Beach Boys co-founder Mike Love is looking forward to being one of the judges in the Lower East Side Film Festival when it opens June 11 and runs through June 21.
“It’s another aspect of of entertainment than what I’m used to, primarily being involved with the Beach Boys for five decades now,” the legendary singer said in an interview with the atombash.com. “I just thought it would be pretty interesting to do.”
He is also looking forward to being back in New York, noting that “New York’s been a real source of amazement and entertainment over the years.”
The fifth annual celebration of movies “support[s] low budget filmmakers from around the world and … showcase[s] exceptional films made exclusively on the cheap, all in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.” Some of the eclectic offerings include theme nights, such as: NYC Filmmakers Night and Lasagna Night — Filmmaker Reception, during which attendees can eat, drink, and mingle with this year’s featured filmmakers.
One theme night that will be of particular interest to Love is Music Video Night, on June 20 at the Village East Cinema (189 Second Avenue) — “Snakes, sausage fingers, acid trips, speed boats, and trips to the moon – all to set to tunes that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the night. In a GOOOOD way.” Unlike the fare that used to be found on the likes of MTV and VH1, some of the videos in this showcase include: “Acid Boots”: “A music video about a man’s descent into insanity on the streets of East London” and “Marooned”: “A 1950’s Science Fiction about the destruction of Earth’s resources, and the launch of a [sic] elite, secret, military spacecraft.”
Some of the other judges this year are Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox; movie and television actress Parker Posey; and Jacob Blackstock, co-founder and CEO of the internet app Bitstrips.
Although the Beach Boys singer is looking forward to viewing the “diversity and creativity in the more independent films,” his favorite movies are biographies. “I’ve always been most interested in biographies and autobiographies, showing me human stories,” he said. “There are numerous, fantastic other types of films, but those are often so poignant because they’re real people with real life experiences.”
Of the diverse offerings at the LESFF, Love is eager to see “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story.” “I read on social media about that one, ‘A Brave Heart,’ and that’s a very touching story. The whole bullying thing has been so emblazoned on our consciousness in the last few years, so it’s great that they brought this to film,” he said.
Screenings and events will be held in downtown movie theaters, hotels, and galleries, such as Sunshine Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Village East Cinema, Crosby Street Hotel and MEET on Chrystie. Tickets range from free to $25 in advance ($30 at the door), with the majority selling for $12.50 ($15 at the door).