“It’s like Netflix for Brooklyn,” says the New York Daily News, describing the two-month-old, Brooklyn on Demand video service. Presented by the art of Brooklyn film festival, Brooklyn on demand expands on the idea of creating and promoting indie filmmaking centered on the well-established borough. BKOD showcases exclusive films that represents the diverse voices that makes up the creative Brooklyn scene. Every experience, community, and neighborhood is the objective; all while helping the creators of the film earn revenue.
Launched in September 2014, BKoD has become the online branch of the art of Brooklyn film festival, an indie movie festival that caters to everything that Brooklyn has to offer. Co-creator, Joseph Shahadi, explains that he was looking for a way to extend the lives of some of the short films that were screened in the past. “Every year, we have repeat viewers who ask us about films they have seen, and where they can see them again,” and from not having a good answer to respond with, Brooklyn on Demand was born.
Viewers can buy individual downloads or stream movies for 48-hours, for a fee ranging from $1.99 to $5.99. Hosted by video sharing site Vimeo, Brooklyn on Demand keeps movies in rotation and offers filmmakers a 50/50 split on all profits after reduction from Vimeo’s fee. Currently in rotation are eight-award winning films, including Angela Wong’s documentary “Prizefighter,” A short about a single mother training to become a boxer. Wong had such a difficult time initially gaining distribution for her film, that she eventually uploaded it onto YouTube, for free. “Some people saw it, but I made no money,” says Wong. Her journey to Brooklyn on Demand is parallel to many other filmmakers who struggle to gain visibility and profit for their art, making it a need for such an opportunity that BKoD offers.
“Brooklyn somehow connects to different avenues of life, that is what makes it so special, that is why we can have a festival in which Brooklyn plays the main character in each film,” says Tony Henry, producer of upcoming documentary “Code.” As the main locale, Brooklyn continues to evoke feeling; after all, that is what art is supposed to do.
And now for your feature presentation – Brooklyn
By: Justin Jenkins