If you’re looking for gorgeous modern furniture… this is a REALLY good time to come in.
Starting next weekend – March 3rd and 4th – and recurring every Saturday & Sunday through June, FBR will be hosting Imagine This! workshops in our RE-Workshop. Imagine This! classes are taught by professional teaching artists. Small class size ensures individualized instruction and full participation for each student. All classes are open to kids ages 7 to 10. These exciting educational opportunities include…
Imagine Architecture! with Andrew Zelmar - Students will learn about basic structural properties of everyday material, such as paper, cardboard, string & wire by designing and building models in different scales.
Imagine Re-Style! with China Aroh - Using old clothes from home, fabrics and design accents, students develop, pattern and create original fashions.
Imagine Digital! with Omar & Jeffrey - Students participate in all aspects of creating and producing a short film: conceptualization and writing the story, creating the sets, props and costumes, casting and acting, and editing the final project.
Imagine Visual 2-D! with Omar Villegas - Children become art students in this class, as they work with various materials to explore the visual arts. Mediums will include painting, drawing, print making, and collage.
There’s still time to sign up! If you have further questions, please see the Events page at filmbizrecycling.org or call Imagine This! at 347.489.1996. We hope to see you there!
On January 24th, FBR hosted Cycle 25 of the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program! ”Made in NY” was developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Theatre and Brooklyn Workforce Innovations. The program aims “to provide individuals from diverse communities with training for entry-level positions in film production and access to employers in New York City’s production industry, and to teach production assistants how to work collaboratively with local communities when they shoot on location throughout the five boroughs.” In the past 6 years, “Made in NY” has graduated over 325 students with a job placement rate of 98%; 2 years after graduation, 70% of graduates continue to work in myriad aspects of the production industry. Collectively, graduates have put their skills to good use and earned $6 million since in the programs’ inception. ”Made in NY” is doing great work and we appreciate their dedication to educating the future of production. When Cycle 25 came to visit FBR, our Founder and President Eva Radke shared some great insight with students about the resources FBR provides, keeping productions green and finding ways to reuse. We had a great time and we hope you guys did too…thanks so much for the touching thank you notes – you guys are awesome! Hope to see you again soon!
WHAT’S HAPPENING is Film Biz Recycling’s way of sharing ubersupercool goings-on.
DIY, budgets of $0, community support, and re-thinking once standard ways of creating films is core to everything FBR so you can imagine our faces when we heard about the Zero Film Festival. Premiering in New York on November 11-13th, the 4th Annual Zero Film Festival celebrates self-financed cinema. The festival is complete with feature lengths, documentaries, shorts, experimentals that fulfill Zero Film Festival’s mission to support under-represented filmmakers and screen the world’s best self-financed films for cinema lovers everywhere. ZFF focuses on community, inclusivity and good times on planet Earth.
ZFF, a New York based non-for-profit organization remarks on the festival: “In the age where the majority of festivals are Hollywood marketing campaigns, and even “indie” and “underground” festivals screen financed films, we exist to offer something different. Each year Zero holds events in New York, Los Angeles, London and Toronto, providing exposure in key cities for authentically independent filmmakers.”
A weekly post presenting a nod of our appreciation in the direction of a featured partner, charity or donation and a sneak peek at the process of how we collectively use our powers for good in turning would-be waste into treasure.
We’ve received a HUGE donation of shoes (thanks!) and now we’re turning to our friends at Wearable Collections who know best what to do next. Some of the volunteers here loved all the high heels and kicks but alas, it’s best not to get attached.
Here at Film Biz Recycling, we’re all about creating socially responsible and sustainable solutions for media industry waste that would otherwise go the way of the landfill. It’s a proud feeling to be the home for props, fostering their beauty and returning them to the hands of creative people.
In this case, as much as we love to see all of these beautiful shoes in our Prop Shop, it’s much better to see them off with one of our great partners and charities, like Wearable Collections!
We can’t wait to fill this white van with shoes!
Today Film Biz Recycling officially began a new composting regimen with Vokashi, innovators of urban composting & eco-living. Vokashi’s process is different than most other composting practices generally heard about. That said, today being Day One, we’ve opted not to wrongly describe the science, but to copy & paste the How Does It Work? directly from their site:
The chemical process is similar to vinegar-based pickling, according to Dr. Yong Deng Hang, a food science professor at Cornell University. “The process is to acidify the food,” said Hang. Yeast converts food sugars into alcohol and lactic acid bacteria convert sugars into lactic acid. Combined, these create a vinegar-like acid that ferments the waste. Like a picked cucumber, it can sit, preserved, on a shelf—or in your front yard—until you are ready to use it, Hang added.
Yeast? Lactid acid? We’re ready.
Our Vakashi bucket, (which is a lovely shade of muted olive green) is all set up in the FBR communal kitchen eagerly awaiting scraps of fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, fish bones, dairy, cheese, eggs (and shells!), coffee grinds, teabags, dried leaves, flowers that are no longer vase-worthy, biodegradable paper products, lint and even hair. There a few things that shouldn’t end up in the bucket, such as rubber bands and thick meat bones, but we don’t anticipate that being an issue.
Once a month Vokashi will pay us a visit, answer any questions that we may have, and take our bucket to places in need, of our yeast and lactaid acid induced pickled goodness. And from its contents, beauty will grow.
Just take a look:
Stay tuned for our progress report.
SOURCE: The Carroll Garden’s Patch
WHO’S THAT (GREEN) LADY?
Carroll Gardens resident Elizabeth “Sweetheart” Eaton Rosenthal goes green.
By Tierney McAfee
It’s not easy being green — unless you’re fine artist Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal. Better known as “Sweetheart” or “The Green Lady” to her clients and Carroll Gardens neighbors, Rosenthal has dressed in green from head to toe for almost 15 years.
Rosenthal’s passion for green started with home-mixed green nail polish and a neon lime streak in her hair, but the green slowly spread all over. Today the petite 70-year-old dyes her hair green, paints her nails green and sports all-green garb and hand-painted green shoes.
“It’s the most positive color in the whole world,” said Rosenthal, who pairs every sentence with a giggle. “It makes me feel happy. You can wake up really miserable in the morning and then you get dressed and turn green and it’s quite wonderful.”
One of her favorite things about wearing green is the reaction she gets from people she meets on the streets. Rosenthal can often be spotted in the neighborhood walking her son’s beloved golden retriever, Dylan — on a green leash, of course.
“Everyday I meet just the most interesting people and children,” she said. “It’s just awesome. I have so much fun.”
Though Rosenthal’s husband, Robert, prefers to stay under the radar (“I have to be very careful not to wear green too; can you imagine the two of us?” he said), he admits it’s fun for him too.
“It’s just amazing traveling with her,” he said. “People shout from cars, children flock to her on the train and tourists take pictures of her. The most diverse people call to her from across the street, give her thumbs up, call her ‘Miss Green.’”
“Miss Green” shops at GapKids, The Children’s Place and Old Navy’s kids department for her main staple — green overalls, of which she has almost 30 pairs. If she can’t find something in green, she’ll buy it and dye it.
But Rosenthal hasn’t always been green. Born in a little coalmining town in Nova Scotia, Canada, she studied fine arts at Mount Allison University under renowned Canadian painter Alex Colville. After graduating, she searched for a job, but found the art scene in Canada lacking.
In 1964 she hitchhiked to New York City and instantly fell in love with Manhattan. Jobless, Rosenthal headed to the New York Unemployment Agency with nothing but her sketchbook and her pillow. She was sent on an interview right away and got a job working at an art department in the garment center.
By 1987, she had her own design company, SweetPea Design Studio, which she ran for 15 years before she quit to run a small art business and focus on expanding and selling fabrics from her substantial vintage design collection.
Rosenthal has worked with many big-name manufacturers, including Michael Kors, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, American EagleOutfitters and Ralph Lauren. Today she works mainly with Ralph Lauren, who buys prints and commissions artwork from her for his lines.
“Ralph is about the last in the business who appreciates fine art,” she said. “I’m very lucky.”
Rosenthal, who has called Carroll Gardens home for 28 years, lives and works in a “greenstone” apartment building that she and Robert share with their son, Sam Eaton, a magician, and his wife, Mimi. Rosenthal’s whole house is green, from her front door to her backyard and everything in between — pots, pans, pens, chairs and shampoos.
What else is green?
“Everything,” Rosenthal laughed. “I can’t even sleep unless I’m all in green.”
Her love of green is partially inspired by nature. Rosenthal’s grandparents had a log cabin on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where she grew up painting watercolors of her lush surroundings.
But when she moved to New York City, Rosenthal missed the greenery.
“I had to make more green because there wasn’t enough,” she said.
Now Rosenthal is surrounded by green, not just on her body, but in her large backyard, where she grows tomatoes, basil, shiso and figs. She also supports the other green movement — she has an 85-gallon compost in the yard, and earned a Green Bag Tag from CVS for using recyclable bags to shop.
Rosenthal went through many fashion phases before going green — from her years wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a beehive hairdo, to an era filled with bellbottoms, braided pigtails and Canadian Army jackets, to a decade of vintage dresses and homemade hats — but “Sweetheart” says she’ll forever wear green.
“I really am addicted now,” she said with her signature giggle. “It brightens all of my days. Like today, I’m a mess, but when you’re green it doesn’t matter.”
Click here for original post on The Carroll Gardens Patch.
Film Biz Recycling is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Waterfront Epic Ride.
Join us for a for a 40-mile ride along Brooklyn’s entire waterfront and Jamaica Bay! The route highlights the potential of a completed Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway combined with a completed Jamaica Bay Greenway.
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Eco Brooklyn came to FBR’s Prop Shop today. We’re humbled by reading their blog post, but will of course will happily, and proudly, share it:
Posted by Gennaro Brooks-Church July 19, 2011
I checked out Film Biz Recycling’s warehouse today in Brooklyn on President and 3rd Ave. Eva Radke, founder and visionary, gave me a tour of the place. Film Biz Recycling collects all the props and materials from film sets and offers it up for sale. You’ve got a great selection of cool stuff, from tables to lamps, carpets to antique signs.
The defining thing about the place is how well it is organized and presented. It isn’t depressing like a thrift shop. Things are displayed in an organized and pleasing way, obviously a result of Eva’s former production experience.
These things are also not ragged hand me downs, unwanted items from a consumer society. These things were bought to make a dream – a movie – and as such were never used. They are brand new. Even the ones that look old are simply playing their movie role. There is a feeling of glamour in each item and the overall feel is a hip boutique of odd ball items.
Unlike Build It Green, another place for finding salvaged stuff and which has more building type things (toilets, beams, appliances), Film Biz Recycling is more interior design related. But that is only a broad generalization, since what they have really depends on what films are wrapping up at the moment. If there’s a film out there about a carpenter you can bet Film Biz Recycling has a lot of wood shop stuff in it’s future. A film about baby’s, expect to find some great deals on baby strollers.
It is definitely worth checking out. The reason Eco Brooklyn is interested is that we build our New York brownstones exclusively with salvaged materials. So we are constantly on the look out for salvage streams. Film Biz Recycling is definitely another go to place in our daily harvest of salvaged materials.
As a New York green contractor, salvaging is a full time job for us. We have a guy who spends pretty much the whole week driving around sourcing salvaged materials. So allies like Film Biz Recycling are valuable to us in helping us streamline our salvage sourcing work.
I also like their web site. It is very much a web site of our time and really just a place page that links to the various social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flikr….the site reflects a cutting edge way of looking at the world: that we are all connected, and this is really what Film Biz Recycling is about.
There is no such thing as trash in a world where we are all connected, just things that need to be passed on. The moment you forget that, you break the web and the results can really screw with the ecosystem.
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