The annual Northside Festival will take place in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, from Thursday through Sunday. Here's the easiest way to describe the festival's programming: it's SXSW in Brooklyn. Northside incorporates music, film, and new media panels for a welcome mix of events that take place in venues all along Bedford Avenue and its outer realms. Run by the folks at the free publication L Magazine, the Northside lineup can be broken down like so:
Up-and-coming musicians at clubs around Williamsburg: Theophilus London, Dom, Oh Land, Wavves, Diamond Rings, Luke Rathbone, Woods, Twin Sister, etc.
Established musicians at McCarren Park: Guided By Voices, Beirut, etc.
Screenings of recent film festival hits at IndieScreen: Errol Morris' documentary Tabloid, Robert Mitchell's drama The Myth of the American Sleepover, and David Dworsky & Victor Köhler's documentary PressPausePlay. That last one, is presented by FilmBuff, so please join us on June 19...
The DIY Film Festival at UnionDocs: Dustin Guy Defa's Bad Fever, Nathan Christ's Echotone, and Zak Forsman's Heart of Now.
Panelists speaking about new media at Brooklyn Brewery: Alyson Shontell (Business Insider), Alex Rainert (Foursquare), Jim Moran (Yipit), Sarah Kessler (Mashable), Emily Hickey (Hashable), Charles Smith (Ex.Fm), Steve Martocci (GroupMe), Eric Mortensen (blip.tv), etc.
Plus, there will be street fairs and other free events for people just walking around the neighborhood. See you there.