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Red Hook Streetscape Embodies Paranoia in Local Short Film

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On January 9, the NewFilmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan screened Followed, a short by local filmmaker Georg Schmithüsen. New York’s longest-running year-round film festival, NewFilmmakers holds weekly events in the East Village, showing hundreds of movies a year by up-and-coming directors.

A cryptic, visually expressive portrait of psychological instability, Followed begins at night at Pier 44, where a man (Vincent Sicilio) spots a woman (Tia Andriani) and follows her through the shadowy streets of Red Hook to a bar. In the midst of their subsequent romantic encounter, a violent memory or hallucination of an older man, played by Bait and Tackle owner Barry O’Meara, invades the mind of the protagonist, who increasingly feels stalked by this enigmatic presence.

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