Left: Paul Krik, Able Danger, 2008, still from an HDCAM film, 85 minutes. Kasia (Elina Lowensohn) and Thomas Flynn (Adam Nee). Right: Austin Chick, August, 2008, still from a color film in 35 mm, 111 minutes. Tom (Josh Hartnett).


PERHAPS YOU'RE a habitué of the Angelika, Sunshine, and Anthology who has grown tired of padding amid the tourists in downtown Manhattan. Maybe you’re a jet-set festival whore who’s already hit Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes, and you’re yearning for something with a truly independent spirit. Or it could be simply that you live in Brooklyn and want a chance to see a new movie without leaving your hood. No matter the situation, it’s probably worth checking out the eleventh annual Brooklyn International Film Festival, this year boldly themed “Cinergy”—a vulgar portmanteau perhaps, but a nice sentiment in these unstable times. Among the 102 films (including seventeen features) being showcased are some having their US premiere, such as Able Danger, a noirish tribute to 9/11 conspiracy theories. Others, such as Crawford, a documentary on the roller-coaster lives of citizens of the eponymous Texas town so famously adopted by George W., simply sound compelling. Then, of course, there’s August (showing for the first time on the East Coast following its Sundance premiere), a Wall Street–based thriller featuring the crush-worthy Josh Hartnett and David Bowie. Hmm . . . OK, so maybe the whole indie-cred conceit has worn a bit thin, but some guy on IMDb says it’s Hartnett’s best film to date.

The Brooklyn International Film Festival runs May 30–June 8 at the Brooklyn Lyceum and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. To watch the trailer for August, click here. To watch the trailer for Able Danger, click here. To watch the trailer for Crawford, click here.

David Velasco