The Second Annual Take Two Film Festival in New York City Set for April 5-7 Following Postponement Due to Sandy

Three-day festival will feature 56 independent films from 14 countries at the historic Theatre 80 St. Marks in the East Village.

The Second Annual Take Two Film Festival in New York City Set for April 5-7 Following Postponement Due to Sandy
New York, NY, March 12, 2013 --( When a transformer exploded at a 14th Street power plant in Manhattan, the lights went out for Theatre 80 St. Marks and the second annual Take Two Film Festival, originally scheduled for the weekend following Sandy’s destructive blow this past November. Now the lights are back on, and the Take Two crew is delighted to announce the rescheduled three-day festival is coming up the weekend of April 5-7, 2013.

“Our thoughts go out to those who are still struggling to recover from the aftermath of Sandy. With filmmakers and their families traveling to New York from places like Portugal and Amsterdam, we had to act quickly to postpone our festival,” said Take Two Producer Asher Bar Lev. “We’re working tirelessly to revive this important opportunity for undiscovered and emerging artists to present their work at a top-notch event.”

Take Two Film Festival
Theatre 80 St. Marks
April 5-7, 2013
For film synopses, tickets, and the schedule visit

Take Two launched in June 2011 and featured just five films organized by Salon Ciel, an alternative gallery that exhibits emerging, undiscovered and forgotten photographers and visual artists in diverse locations around New York City. The films selected for Take Two that evening reflected Salon Ciel’s mission.

“I was amazed and deeply moved by the outpouring of excitement and enthusiasm,” said Asher Bar Lev. “Clearly our offerings had struck a chord. The next morning I decided to launch a more ambitious project.”

The second edition of Take Two features 56 films from 14 countries around the world… a drastic jump signifying the desire for a new independent venue to showcase filmmakers who are below the mainstream radar. Many films deal with political activism and social issues like freedom of speech, religion, race and sexual identity. They’re produced by independent artists hailing from premiere academic centers including the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, Florida State University, and the American Film Institute. Others represent cultures from countries abroad including Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Portugal, Czech Republic, Israel, Bangladesh, Denmark, Ireland, Morocco, and Iran.

Eleven winning films will be selected by the Take Two producers based on technical quality and imaginative content. Honorees will receive The Manny, a glorified NYC manhole cover that is a literal interpretation of Take Two removing the lid hiding underground films.

Take Two films will be screened in nine, 120 minute blocks that include a range of shorts, full-length features, and documentaries followed by engaging Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Tickets for each block are $9 for students and $12 for adults. Discounted single-day, two-day, and three-day passes are also available. All prior Take Two ticket sales will be honored at the rescheduled festival, including those purchased for the sold-out world premiere of “Killing the Dog” by writer/director Conor Stratton and Six Part Productions.

To access film bonus features and real-time festival updates, like Take Two on Facebook at, follow @TakeTwoFilmFest on Twitter and use that hashtag #Take2Fest. Also, view the Take Two video promo at

About Salon Ciel

Salon Ciel is an alternative gallery that exhibits emerging photographers and visual artists with spunk. Our monthly events display adventurous + relevant works in relaxed environments.

At the salons, artists and guests spend an intimate evening together in a residential cocktail party atmosphere, viewing and discussing art while overlooking Manhattan. At our public events around New York City, we bring art to wider audiences while still maintaining the personal experience.

We welcome portfolio submissions from emerging artists. While our main focus is photography and visual art, we also encourage performing art portfolios and often flirt with collaborative multidisciplinary exhibitions. Please see our web site
Take Two Film Festival
Adam Daley