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Over the weekend, Carmel Productions celebrated the third anniversary of 'I Feel' in Bushwick.

Friday night in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, cosmonauts from all over the country celebrated the three-year anniversary of ‘I Feel,’ an event series focusing on art, electronic music, self-expression and magic. Founded in 2011, Carmel Productions puts on these monthly themed parties in New York —past parties have included ‘Land Before Time’, ‘Mermaid Cove’, ‘Flight Of The Pegasus’, ‘Wicked Witches of Wonderland’, the list continues.

Dress code required, the party is self descripted as the space between dreams and reality.


Bella, 23

Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Costume: Galaxy Girl
How long have you been preparing your costume? This costume was already pre-made for another event I went to but I felt like it would fit this event so I just revamped it. I made two, so it probably took about 3 hours.
What’s your cosmic name? Nebula
Do you believe in aliens? I do, I am one.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I do.


Samantha Pescarino, 22

Hometown: North Kingstown, RI
Costume: Galaxy Girl
How long have you been preparing your costume? About a week.
What’s your cosmic name? S Baby Swag
Do you believe in aliens? “Of course I do!” – points to her wrist of UFO tattoos
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I don’t know, I’m far away from home but maybe I’ll find someone.


Kirk Worx Dupuis, 52

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Costume: Space Cadet
How long have you been preparing your costume? A week
What’s your cosmic name? Kirk Worx
Do you believe in aliens? Yes, definitely
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I do have a cosmic crush but she’s not at the party yet.


Kiyan Griffith, 21

Hometown: From Queens but live in downtown Manhattan, NY
Costume: Moon Galaxy Goddess Empress
How long have you been preparing your costume? I made this tutu last year for another event so I had it, and I’ve been painting myself since 5pm today (interview was at midnight)—I took purple liquid latex and put it on my skin and then I put silver.
What’s your cosmic name? Asteria
Do you believe in aliens? I do—I feel like we’re too self-righteous to think we are the only smart things out there.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I have a feeling one will come around but I haven’t seen him yet. I think when I don’t think about it he will just flitter by, and I’ll think “oh snap!”


Brandon Deleeuw, 31

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Costume: I’m the disco bishop
How long have you been preparing your costume? I had this in my closet.
What’s your cosmic name? I’ll have to get back to you on that.
Do you believe in aliens? Yea of course.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I do, he’s over there. (pointing to boyfriend Garth).


Claire, 30

Hometown: Bucks County, PA
Costume: I’m part of a group costume—I’m Earth and we’re all going to be solar system. So everyone is going to be planetary body. I’m Earth, so I just did an Earth Goddess type of vibe.
How long have you been preparing your costume? I started buying things a week ago and didn’t actually get my act together until last night. I made the headpiece last night.
What’s your cosmic name? Gaia
Do you believe in aliens? I think there’s got to be something out there but not necessarily like a large head; there’s got to be some kind of intelligent life out there but who knows.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? This guy, Jeff or ‘Mars’ (pointing to man next to her).


Brandon Keeven, 32

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Costume: Space Man
How long have you been preparing your costume? I threw this together tonight.
What’s your cosmic name? Streaking Blue
Do you believe in aliens? Of course
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Of course


Yael Carmel, 32

Hometown: Haifa, Israel
Costume: Cosmic Creature
How long have you been preparing your costume? All the stuff that I ‘m wearing is from all of the people that I love—I got everything from people in the community. Everything I’m wearing tonight is gifts from friends, so I didn’t prepare for tonight because I got everything from everyone.
What’s your cosmic name? I don’t have one
Do you believe in aliens? Of course I do
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I have a cosmic crush for my baby 


Leon & Ri, 60 & young at heart

Hometown: New Jersey
Costume: Space Beings … *laughs* just being ourselves
How long have you been preparing your costume? Not long
What’s your cosmic name? Leon and Ri—our universal names
Do you believe in aliens? Of course
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? We know most people at this party so lots of crushes and they are all universal and cosmic.


Danny Viterbo, 33

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Costume: Ring Master
How long have you been preparing your costume? 2 hours
What’s your cosmic name? No cosmic name
Do you believe in aliens? Yes
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? All of the people here


David Shifren, 35

Hometown: New York, NY
Costume: I am an evil Jester
How long have you been preparing your costume? An hour
What’s your cosmic name? Not yet, you can’t give yourself a cosmic name
Do you believe in aliens? I think I see some here
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I just got here so we’ll see


Megan Bliven, 27

Hometown: New York 
Costume: Carnival meets space
How long have you been preparing your costume? 3 days
What’s your cosmic name? No cosmic name
Do you believe in aliens? No
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Yes I do


Gali Beeri, 32

Hometown: North Carolina
Costume: I’m a Lunar Queen
How long have you been preparing your costume? Two or three weeks. I’ve been knitting my headpiece, which are the moon phases.
What’s your cosmic name? Mesmerelda
Do you believe in aliens? Sure
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Definitely, I’m in love with this party.


Tom Eshchar, 40

Hometown: Nowhere, I’m a black hole
Costume: Black hole
How long have you been preparing your costume? 2 hours
What’s your cosmic name? Meta
Do you believe in aliens? It could be, I just haven’t seen any proof of aliens.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? No


Janelle Leone, 39

Hometown: I live in Hells Kitchen, New York
Costume: Because this is a cosmic carnival, I’m an alien clown.
How long have you been preparing your costume? A week
What’s your cosmic name? I don’t have a cosmic name, but someone told me I look like Barbra Streisand as a smurf.
Do you believe in aliens? I think I do
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Nope

 
Matt and Genevieve Silverstein, 31

Hometown: New York
Costume: Matt is a Disco astronaut and Genevieve is the solar system
How long have you been preparing your costume? This is what we were this for Halloween.
What’s your cosmic name? Matt: no cosmic name. Genevieve: I just go by, “I’m the universe” at this point.
Do you believe in aliens? Matt: Yes—actually I think I saw some aliens not even 3 weeks ago (true story); Genevieve: yes I believe there is some life form out here, that we are not alone.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Matt: My beautiful wife. Genevieve: my husband


Emily Dempsey, 25

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Costume: An angel unicorn hybrid thing
How long have you been preparing your costume? A week
What’s your cosmic name? I don’t have a cosmic name, should I have a cosmic name?
Do you believe in aliens? I definitely believe in aliens.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? I have like 7 cosmic crushes.


Danny Bravo and ZQ (brothers), Danny is 40+ and ZQ is 30+

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Costume: Cosmic is the source of all things so we came with some jewelry, some body paint and we brought a lot of energy.
How long have you been preparing your costume? I made this mask last weekend, it took about 3 hours and today I put about 30 minutes into it.
What’s your cosmic name? Danny: Zeus. ZQ: Dirty Dan
Do you believe in aliens? Absolutely, I run into many every day
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party?  Maybe—we just got here so we’ll see. 


Yelena Mna, 35

Hometown: New York
Costume: I’m an alien’s closet
How long have you been preparing your costume? Part of this costume is from Burning Man—it took a couple hours to prepare.
What’s your cosmic name? Queen of Hearts
Do you believe in aliens? I am an alien
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? That’s yet to be discovered.


Jeremiah Geniuz & Pat Diva Psychic Star, 65 & considerably younger than Jeremiah

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Costume: I’m in a tuxedo, and Pat is a cosmic person
How long have you been preparing your costume? We do costumes all the time; we are constantly looking for costumes.
What’s your cosmic name? Jeremiah which is biblical, and Pat Diva is Psychic Star
Do you believe in aliens? I don’t
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? My wife of 35 years


Hug Monster & Rocket Girl, Ageless

Hometown: New York
Costume: Hug Monster & Rocket Girl
How long have you been preparing your costume? Rocket Girl: I’m a costume designer, so I made both these costumes. A lot of work went into it, many hours. RocketGNYC.com is my business.
What’s your cosmic name? Hug Monster & Rocket Girl
Do you believe in aliens? yes
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Each other


Lexi, 28

Hometown: Queens, NY
Costume: A cosmic bird
How long have you been preparing your costume? I have a boyfriend who gets my costumes together for me, which is incredible.
What’s your cosmic name? No, I’m going to be such a boring interview.
Do you believe in aliens? No, but I guess sometimes in the right circumstance I do.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? No yet, but that’s because we just got here.


John Schemitsch, 28

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Costume: I’m a space astronaut
How long have you been preparing your costume? It probably took me two or three weeks.
What’s your cosmic name? I don’t have one, not yet
Do you believe in aliens? There has to be something out there statistically but not particularly, no.
Do you have a cosmic crush at this party? Of course, my girlfriend Lexi (the cosmic bird).

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