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WATCH: The BRIC Documentary Intensive

1 Feb

I’ve had the pleasure of co-creating and teaching the first two Documentary Intensives at BRIC.
This short video highlights some of the participants in the class, as well as the goals of the program in the larger context of Free Speech. Enjoy!

-Liam

 

Adult Education Specialist!

8 Jan

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

In December of 2016, I joined the staff at BRIC in downtown Brooklyn as their first ever Adult Education Specialist! I’ve worked at BRIC in various capacities for 3 years, and I’m thrilled they have asked me to join them as a full-time staff member!

There’s a lot to this position. I’ll be developing new classes, as well as finding ways to enhance the technical skills of our community producers. I’ll be managing our off-site classes at Brooklyn Public Libraries, and I’ll be continuing to run the Documentary Intensive.

Most excitingly, I’ve been in charge of a new class called Intimate Eye: Capturing Theatrical Performance. This class is focused on the development of new work at the intersection of cinema and black box theatre. As someone who has done theatre and film since he was 13, it’s a really exciting program to be heading up!

You can read all about BRIC at www.bricartsmedia.org – hope to see you there!

-Liam

Read my piece on Fandor.

17 Oct

Hey all,

I’ve been awfully quiet here working on a few projects, but I thought I’d send out a piece I wrote recently.

A year ago, Chantal Akerman took her own life. She was a huge influence on me, and actually the reason I attended film school at City College. I wrote about being her student for Fandor. You can read it HERE.

In case that doesn’t work, here’s the full link:

On Being Chantal Akerman’s Student

Thanks for reading!

-Liam

Watch ‘Future Perfect’ now.

15 Jan

Hey all,

My short film, Future Perfect, which most recently played at The Portland Film Festival, is now available to watch below. Enjoy!

Thanks all,
Liam.

Short documentary to air on Brooklyn Independent Media tomorrow!

1 Jun

Sam

Hello all,

Several years ago, my friend Harmony starting dating this painter. When I first met him, he was quiet and reserved. After a few meetings, Sam and I started talking a lot more. I became interested in his focus and concentration on painting, and would often ask him about making art.

Eventually, we collaborated on Harmony’s one-woman show, Human Fruit Bowl, and spent some time together in Prague where the show premiered. We drank a lot of beer and talked a lot about art. He lent me a few books about the artistic process, and we bonded over our shared interest in Tarkovsky films.

Sam has a studio in Red Hook. I went there first a few couple of years ago, and I thought it was the coolest place. It was filled with art and coffee cups and paint brushes. It smelled like what art should smell like. I was envious of Sam’s space, and I wanted to watch him work.

Last summer, we got together and I filmed him a bit working his studio. We talked a bit about art, and about his process.

That piece will air on Brooklyn Independent Media tomorrow from 12-1pm, and will re-air throughout the afternoon.
Brooklyn Independent Media airs on Cablevision 70, Time Warner 756, Verizon FiOS 46, and streams online at BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia.

Sam’s work is at samuelwadelevy.com. Check it out. He’s my favorite painter.

Thanks for watching. If you miss it, I’ll post the piece later this week.

Best,
Liam

What the Summer holds: a Gallery show at BRIC!

13 May

Hey all,

It’s an exciting summer. This is my first in a series of posts about what I’ll be doing this summer, film and art wise.

First of all, my work is being screened with a bunch of other incredible artists in a gallery in downtown Brooklyn!

8d41f987-d8b5-4095-a705-029db701c422_img_5647_instaselfieparadise_abigail-b-clark_webBRIC’s downtown gallery space.

That’s right, BRIC, that wonderful multidisciplinary space in downtown Brooklyn, is highlighting the work of a group of their Teaching Artists, and I’m excited to be one of them. They will be screening my short film Purple, as well as Our Neighborhood, a piece I helped make with the 4th and 5th grade blogging club at PS 297 Abraham Stockton school in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Purple was a film I made with a group of actors. You can read more about it’s genesis on Edwin Nieves’ great site, A-Bittersweet-Life. It deals with divorce from the perspective of a child, and is something of the precursor to my feature film, The Cape House, currently in development.

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Our Neighborhood was created by teaching our group of students a bit about filmmaking, then having them draw pictures of a few things they liked and a few things they disliked about their community. They then interviewed one another on camera, and we used their drawings as storyboards. The film was shot over several class sessions, and the resulting film is a bit of mosaic that shows the ups and downs of their community, specifically those living near Marcy.

The opening of the show is May 20, and it will run for one month . You can read more about it here. Hope to see you there.

More soon.

My best,
Liam

#CapeHouseMovie: Casting Call!

19 Mar

Hey friends,

We are having a reading of The Cape House next Saturday, March 28, from 6pm to 9pm, around Union Square in Manhattan.

We are looking for local actors willing to volunteer their time to help us hear the script, but it will be a chance to read for the parts, as we will be casting them in the near-ish future.

Here are short descriptions of the characters.

Jack: 12, anxious, still plays with action figures and has a strong fantasy life. His parents’ relationship has made him sensitive and very aware, but he is unable to process how he feels and deal with the anger arising from a situation over which he has no control.

Dad: 35 – 42 born and raised Bostonian, hard working, emotionally repressed. He had a son a bit before he was ready, but has adapted to the role fairly well. He is prone to anger, but is also gentle and shows a lot compassion, he does not want to separate from Mom.

If you know anyone who would fit these parts well, please get in touch with me. You can e-mail me at liam@liambillingham.com, or find me on twitter @liamgbillingham.

Thank you!

-Liam