The New York Hell's Kitchen Film Festival is born, and will debut this September 1-11. Jay Duplass' non-fiction debut Kevin (trailer below) will open the festival, accompanied by Luke Matheny's Oscar-winning short God of Love. (Duplass and brother Mark's latest fiction offering Jeff Who Lives at Home will debut at September's Toronto Fest.)
NY's all-digital indiefest will be housed at Hell's Kitchen Producers' Club's Indiehouse theaters, says Producer's Club co-founders Alfred and Ernest Tollja, who founded the fest "to revitalize and bring attention to [the area's] community of artists and film enthusiasts,” says Ernest Tollja. “The festival provides a fresh, edgy New York audience and an intimate setting for independent filmmakers whose voices may still be new, undiscovered or unheralded.”
Kickstarter-funded Kevin, an official selection at SXSW, is about Austin-based musician Kevin Gant's disappearance and redemption. Gant will perform live after the fest kick-off screening, and will be joined by Duplass for a Q & A afterwards. Here's more on Kevin.
The fest will feature domestic indies, foreign, short and students films, as well as a daily filmmaking panel and after-parties. Here's more info.
[Kevin image courtesy of filmmaker, via iW]