BRIC PREMIERES “BROOKLYNIFICATION,” A NEW SCRIPTED COMEDY WEB SERIES DIRECTED BY KEITH MILLER (FIVE STAR, WELCOME TO PINE HILL), CO-CREATED BY CHRISTOPHER POINDEXTER, AND STARRING JAIDEN KAINE (“MARVEL’S LUKE CAGE”), DECEMBER 16 ON BRIC TV
BRIC is pleased to announce that BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-centric cable channel and digital network, will debut “Brooklynification,” a new scripted web series about navigating the unique challenges and pleasures of life in the diverse, energetic, maddening borough, on December 16. Directed by Keith Miller (Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill), co-created by Christopher Poindexter (72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?) and starring Jaiden Kaine (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”), the entire six-episode first season will available on the BRIC TV YouTube channel at 12 noon. The first three episodes will air on cablecast (Time Warner Cable 756, Cablevision 70, and Verizon 46) beginning at 9pm.
“Brooklynification” centers around a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Among the cast of characters are Jason, the put-upon broker, played by Jaiden Kaine (Luke Cage), who finally snaps after dealing with a parade of snobby real estate voyeurs; two couples pitted against each other in a real estate bidding war, that ultimate Brooklyn blood sport; and nervous new moms Jackie and Talia, for whom it takes a village, including the local restaurant deliveryman, to assure them that their new baby is normal. Like “Portlandia,” “Broad City,” and “High Maintenance” before it, “Brooklynification” keenly observes—and hilariously skewers—the city where it takes place, with its mommy-and-me yoga, awkward playgroups, exquisite pre-war original molding, real estate envy and other assorted first world problems.
Keith Miller has earned considerable critical praise for his films’ rendering of Brooklyn and its inhabitants, including, most recently Five Star, which starred Bloods James “Primo” Grant, an actual member of New York’s Bloods, as a five-star general of a fictional group like them. Five Star was set in the Walt Whitman Houses, just a few blocks from BRIC House. Reviewing Five Star in its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Variety called the film “a low-key but powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story—of drugs, power and respect on the inner-city streets—with such unusual authenticity and dramatic force that it’s as if we’re seeing it for the first time.” IndieWire likened Five Star to “John Cassavetes directing an episode of ‘The Wire,’” and raved that the film’s “real triumph is that the cast delivers, yielding a story in which the heightened suspense emerges organically from a gritty foundation of realism.” Before Five Star, Miller’s debut feature, Welcome to Pine Hill (2012), told the story of a reformed Brooklyn drug dealer trying to make it as an insurance claims adjuster in midtown Manhattan. A.O. Scott of The New York Times, one of many critics to hail the film, called it “thoughtful and adventurous.”
Though an established media and advertising attorney, Christopher Poindexter has long assisted local filmmakers by investing, producing and providing legal advice to their projects before deciding to write and produce his first short film, the autobiographical Their Eyes Were Gummy Bears. His credits also include executive-producing 72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story? in partnership with the non-profit ReelWorks. The film is currently on the festival circuit.
“Brooklynification” is the latest new series from BRIC TV, celebrating its first anniversary this fall. The success of BRIC TV’s first year, which saw 1.5 million digital views and garnered nine New York Emmy Awards nominations, underscores the appeal of what Executive Producer Aziz Isham describes as a “parallel universe” in television: a community media channel with the production values and editorial oversight of a major network, and the mission-driven content of a non-profit, community-media organization. In addition to adventurous scripted shows—such as award-winning director Caveh Zahedi’s (The Sheik and I, Confessions of a Sex Addict) “The Show about the Show,” a hilarious self-referential meta-series about a Brooklyn filmmaker trying to make a TV show—BRIC TV offers dozens hyper-local news stories and documentaries and dozens of short-form series.
About BRIC and BRIC TV
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
BRIC TV is Brooklyn’s only non-profit cable channel and digital network. With an audience of tastemakers and a reach of millions, it is the voice of the borough—reflecting the best that Brooklyn has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to itself and to the world. The award-winning lineup delivers documentary series, hyper-local news, politics, music, comedy, scripted series and more. BRIC TV is community television with an edge, a megaphone for the under-represented, a patron of the independent arts, and the home of trend-setting artists, musicians, and other makers. BRIC TV is Brooklyn without boundaries.
Support for BRIC House
BRIC’s programs benefit from generous public funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Institute of Museum and Library Services; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Assembly Members James F. Brennan, Walter Mosley, Annette Robinson, and Jo Anne Simon; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, and New York City Council Members Inez Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Mark Treyger, and Jumaane Williams.
Additional private support is provided by American Express, Astoria Bank, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomingdale’s, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Ford Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Laurence W. Levine Foundation, The New York Community Trust, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Oppenheim Family Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Organization, TD Bank, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as numerous individual supporters. BRIC’s media programs are made possible by generous funding from Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable.
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