See you at the movies — many, many movies.

The Boulevard Film Festival will fill Sunnyside with comedy, drama, and some late-night mischief this weekend.

The third annual extravaganza, dubbed “BLVD III,” will show 25 shorts organized into four thematic blocks with Q&A sessions from Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15. Selected from a 600-plus pool, the works have current hot button themes, such as race, politics and LGBTQ issues, and all were done by NYC residents.

Opening night focuses on comedy, and the host is Thalía Spanish Theatre at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave. The fun starts at 7 p.m., and here’s the schedule.

  • “’A Tragedy’ A Comedy” (Director Desmond Confoy, 1 minute) takes a peek inside the development of Romeo and Juliet.
  • “Black?” (Director Guy Calaf, 10 minutes) shows two New York roommates who navigate what it means to be black in the acting world.
  • “Peep Show” (Director Tanya Perez, 5 minutes) follows a woman who strains to keep her adult video/peep show open. An unlikely stranger’s request and a bumbling employee spark a new kind of adult entertainment.
  • “Call the Cobbs” (Director Shaan Couture, 8 minutes) depicts an overly analytical couple’s struggles to get pregnant. When faced with a life-or-death situation involving a Russian criminal, they discover a new approach to building a family.
  • “The Baby” (Director A.M. Fine, 22 minutes) stars first-time parents Preston and Julia Sanders just after bringing home their adopted son. Although everyone sees an angelic baby, Preston sees a pudgy, balding and mischievous adult. Hilarity ensues.
  • “Brooklyn?” (Director Rob Levy, 4 minutes) is a road trip featuring Manhattanites making their way to Kings County.

Documentary is the theme for the session that begins on July 14 at 2 p.m. It’s also at Thalía, and the lineup follows.

  • “Silver Arm Nina” (Director James Gantt, 10 minutes) follows James “SoSoon” Gantt as he strives to preserve fading memories of his grandmother 12 years after her death.
  • “My dream at the other side” (Director Carlos Freire, 9 minutes) tells the story of a Mexican man, Celestino, who illegally came to the United States to make money to build a house in his hometown. Over 10 years, he worked hard, built his house and brought his family to New York City. Now it’s time to go back and enjoy the fruits of his labor, and Celestino is counting the days. However, his American son doesn’t want to go.
  • “Hierve El Agua” or “Water Boils” (Director Liena Vayzman, 4 minutes) was filmed in the back of a pick-up truck on the roads to a sacred mineral spring in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. With boundaries deconstructed, is this travel adventure or tourist gaze? Still photography or moving image? Life (water) or death (coffins, vulture)? Spanish or English? Sound or image?
  • “America Heard: Refuge of Hope” (Director Yasmin Mistry, 5 minutes) takes viewers to Syracuse, New York, where more than 10,000 refugees have settled recently. Two of them reflect on their presidential vote.
  • “Listen” (Director Min Min Hein, 13 minutes) is a portrait of revolutionary artist Chaw Ei Thein. Exiled from her homeland of Myanmar, she uses visually striking and emotionally unsettling performance art and artwork to express her political views and give voice to her inner struggles.
  • “Shinobu” (Director Hsuan-Yu Pan, 9 minutes) looks at taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe and Japanese flute-making master Ranjo.

The third block, which begins on July 14 at 7 p.m., is about drama. It’s also at Thalía, and here are the details.

  • “The Family Robinson” (Director Kyle Lavore, 6 minutes) displays a young woman’s struggle to divulge a secret to her conservative father.
  • “Hotel Room” (Director Calla Videt, 11 minutes) begins with a woman contemplating an irreversible act in a hotel room. Then, the parallel paths of strangers begin to collide.
  • “Innocence” (Directors Miranda Jean Larson and Michael Cicchetti, 9 minutes) is about a female teenager who is sexually assaulted at a college party. A child tries to stop her from committing suicide.
  • “A Cycle” (Director Lea Pfandler, 15 minutes) follows a German artist couple looking for a new start in New York as they struggle to save their relationship and their fledgling film project.
  • “Seeing Glory” (Director Rick Hamilton, 14 minutes) is a bittersweet story of wine, dementia and immortal words. Gloria prepares a feast for ailing Eva in an attempt to share a perfect evening and be seen as the woman she truly is.
  • “Night Live” (Director Dazhi Huang, 8 minutes) measures two gay sex acts. One in New York, the other in Shanghai. Both were exposed online in real-time, and both had consequences.

There are experimental, musical, and horror aspects to Midnight Mischief, which is set to begin at midnight, when July 14 becomes July 15. Sanger Hall, a newly opened restaurant at 48-20 Skillman Ave., is the host, and here’s the run of show.

  • “Jimmy (Parts 1 + 2): Jimmy” and “Smile.” (Director Brian Hose, 8 minutes) In “Part 1,” a high school student struggles with his sexual identity and depression. He is teased and tormented by friends when he’s discovered with a boy he likes. In “Part 2,” the same boy starts taking drugs and a mysterious figure seduces him.
  • “Mary Todd Lincoln” or “Why I Couldn’t Finish the Video In Time” (Director Katy McCarthy, 7 minutes) uses simulation, language and costume to slip between fiction and reality. On the left channel, the artist is in her studio, researching Mary Todd Lincoln for an exhibition proposal. On the right, the artist plays Mrs. Lincoln in a campy period set.
  • “limbo” (Director Gokce Erenmemisoglu, 2 minutes) mixes photography and film. The project critiques modern humanity and relationships by using toy body parts and plastic dolls to show how senseless humans have become.
  • “Definitely Soy” (Director Ruben Zaccaroni, 12 minutes) is a surreal noir about crime and punishment as David and Goliath meet again in a 1950s-themed diner somewhere in America.
  • “Robby” (Director Jason Artiga, 16 minutes) takes place on Halloween in 1987. A young woman is brought to a police station as a prime suspect in the murder of her foster parents. She tells detectives that a malevolent spirit named “Robby” did it — and Robby is coming.
  • “Swallow It*” (Director Matthew Kohn, 7 minutes) follows Nita as she enlists Brooke to find the man she thinks tried to steal her daughter’s bike. She has a transforming experience.
  • “Red Delicious” (Directors Ian Hurdle, Luke Williams, and Justin Gilman, 4 minutes) depicts an honest man faced with unholy temptation.

Tickets cost $10 per session.

The closing party is scheduled for Sanger Hall on July 15 at 5 p.m.

Images: Boulevard Film Festival


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