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People’s choice: Ditmas Park film a finalist in Downtown film fest

Room to think: In the short film “Other People’s People,” screening on Jan. 25, siblings Julie and Jesse retreat to the bathroom to discuss Jesse’s fears about his wedding day.
James Fauvell

She thinks you should see “Other People.”

A short comedy filmed in Ditmas Park will get its Brooklyn debut next week, screening as part of the Katra Film Series grand finale at the Alamo Drafthouse on Jan. 25. The 17-minute film “Other People’s People” follows a gay couple on the morning of their wedding — but when one half of the pair gets cold feet, it causes other wedding guests to question their own relationships, said the film’s producer.

“It’s about the intersecting lives and indiscretions of three couples in Brooklyn,” said Carlee Briglia, who also wrote the film. “There’s a bunch of other characters who attend the wedding and we get little glimpses into their lives and where they are with their relationships.”

The comedy was filmed entirely in Ditmas Park, in one of the neighborhood’s iconic Victorian homes. Briglia scouted the nabe for a house that could match the large wedding spot she imagined for the film.

“I was always obsessed with Ditmas Park houses, and I was looking for one on Airbnb to get an idea of what would the dream house would be,” she said.

And although the film deals with the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships, director James Fauvell said that viewers will also see the good aspects of getting hitched.

“They will laugh and understand the absurdity of relationships and how bad and heartbreaking it can be,” said Fauvell. “And then they watch the film and think ‘Well, maybe there’s a reason to still do it.’ Relationships are hard, bad, and awful — but also can be really amazing, wonderful, and unavoidable.”

“Other People’s People” is one of 14 short films screening on Jan. 25, chosen from among the 119 films shown over the last year at monthly installments of the Katra Film Series, which celebrates the work of new filmmakers. The winner of the finale event, as decided by audience members and a panel of judges, will receive prizes worth about $10,000, including free filming space, new cameras, and film training, said festival organizer Geoffrey Guerrero.

Katra Film Series Grand Finale at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby Streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547, www.katrafilmseries.com]. Jan. 25 at 7 pm. $25–$35.

Feelings of doubt: Main character Jesse wonders if marrying his boyfriend Jacob might be a big mistake.
James Fauvell

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