Under the Stars: a Fond Sendup of Brooklyn’s Indie Scene

Hunter & Game, screening Friday, is a Park Slope native's faux valentine to the DIY music business

The mockumentary Hunter & Game tells the tale of a Brooklyn electronic-music duo in the borough's indie scene (Photo courtesy of Hunter & Game)

The season of movies under the stars has arrived, with its pleasant slate of family-friendly classics and cartoons. This Friday, however, brings an unruly exception to the usual fare. Screening at the Bushwick Inlet Park in Williamsburg is a Brooklyn cult favorite, Hunter & Game, a faux documentary about an electronic-music duo trying to make it in the borough’s DIY music business. As the screening’s sponsors put it, “this scathing comedy is both a brilliant parody and a love letter to the Williamsburg electronic music scene.”

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Written and directed by Park Slope native Kevin Alexander, the movie features real Brooklyn performers and venues, including some of the last video shot at the legendary, now-defunct club 285 Kent. The movie premiered at the LA Indie Film Fest in 2014, where it won the award for best feature; it picked up the same honor at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in 2015. While the movie never got into theatrical release, it has become a top video on the no-fee service Brooklyn on Demand, racking up more than 30,000 views.

The movie’s two stars have gone on to high-profile TV gigs: Nico Tortorella on Younger and Cameron Scoggins on Shades of Blue and Nashville. The movie will be screened at 8 p.m. Friday, sponsored by the NYC parks department and the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Admission is free, but space is first-come, first-served.

Steve Koepp is the editor of The Bridge. Previously, he was editorial director of Time Inc. Books, executive editor of Fortune and deputy managing editor of Time.