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The 72-Hour Films
Participants will be challenged to shoot, edit and score a short film in 72 hours, based on the themes of the festival.

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Premiere screening:
Sat, May 31 at 8pm
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Unloosened and Root
DD Art Enterprises
Written, Directed and Live Spoken Commentary by David Dixon
www.indiepixfilms.com/unloosened
Writer/director David Dixon will give a live commentary while his elegiac, sometimes cryptic, feature film, Unloosened and Root, is projected, adding another layer of meaning (and convolution) to an already highly personal, multi-layered documentary/fictional film. Viewers will be able to leave the theater knowing that they are now prepared to watch the film on their own having received most, if not all, the director's insights and anecdotes.

70 minutes

Depraved Indifference
Performed by Kenneth Shorr
Depraved Indifference is a series of monologues, ruminations, and jokes starring Kenneth Shorr. "The tragicomic world that Shorr creates is filled with faux pas, traumatic scenes and surreal glimpses of life in the American Southwest. His themes are self-deception, racism, disease, social inequality and the difficulty of negotiating a media landscape that blends banality and terror. Shorr has been concerned with such subjects for some time, but it is only the medium of videotape, it seems, that is able to give his genius for gothic satire the full scope it deserves." — Art in America, review, Raphael Rubinstein, May 2002.
40 minutes

Q&A to follow!

Wed, June 4, 7pm

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Brooklyn Independent Vol. 1
www.brooklynindependent.com
"Brooklyn Independent Vol. 1" is the first collection of short films from the Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, a bi-weekly screening series curated by filmmaker Joe Pacheco. The program features a diverse selection of films from a variety of genres including a narrative about two young brothers' journey across the back roads of Maine, a documentary chronicling the last days of one of 42nd Street's unforgettable lunch counters in NYC, and a surrealistic interpretation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."
Total Run Time: 104 minutes

Sat, June 7 at 4pm
Free tickets at the box office at 3:30pm



Horrible Child
a TK Film from Best Ten Dollar Suit Pictures
Written and Directed by Lawrence Krauser
Designed and Edited by Larissa Tokmakova
Starring Mike Daisey, T. Ryder Smith, and Paul Willis
www.horriblechild.com
Mr. and Mrs. Child (T. Ryder Smith & Mike Daisey) live in perpetual enmity with their only mistake: Horrible Child (Paul Willis). Their world is a bodyless echo-chamber of memory and hostility, honed into baroque linguistic ritual. Mother and father have a dream: that one day The Exterminator will arrive to cap H.C. and set them free. A visually minimal, sonically lush, perversely comic talk-opera catalog of human dysfunction from Lawrence Krauser and Larissa Tokmakova.
72 minutes
Q&A WITH DIRECTOR AND CAST TO FOLLOW!

Wed, June 11 at 7pm

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Bending Space
Georges Rousse and the Durham Project
Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer & Penelope Maunsell
What happens when a visionary French artist meets the creative spirit of a former tobacco town? A singular grassroots project emerges that confounds expectations and takes the city of Durham, NC by storm as buildings from a past incarnation are transformed into temporary canvases for dramatic public art. Bending Space captures the genius of French artist Georges Rousse and reveals the process of creating Rousse's signature illusions of color and shape that ultimately become stunning, large format photographs exhibited around the world. The film bears witness to the energy unleashed when a remarkable photographer and an art-loving community join forces.
56 min

Art in the Middle
Directed by Annie Gregory & Elizabeth Brandenberg
"Art in the Middle" reveals the unlikely relationship of California sculptor Bret Price and the town of New Bremen, Ohio. The film documents the creation of "Amore," the last piece completed for a year-long sculpture exhibition at the Dayton Arts Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
30 min

Sat, June 14 at 4pm
Free tickets at the box office at 3:30pm

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LOL
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Alex, Tim, and Chris, struggle to balance their online fantasies & addictions with the demands of real life. Featuring a nonprofessional cast working without a script, LOL offers an honest portrait of how the latest tools of communication can either help us click or turn us off.
80 minutes

Sat, June 14 at 10pm
Free tickets at the box office at 9:30pm







Short Films:

Late Bloomer
Northlake Films
Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Directed by Craig Macneill
Original Music by One Ring Zero
www.northlakefilms.com
Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, "Late Bloomer" is compelling and humorous short film about 7th grade sexual education class gone horribly wrong. Based on the short story/performance piece by Clay McLeod Chapman, we take our love for HP Lovecraft where no one has ever taken before...into the schools.
13 minutes

Film vs. Theater/Theatre
Created by Joyce S. Miler
In "FILM Vs. Theater/Theatre" Joyce Miller practically hand-forges a new genre of minimalist film dubbed "The Readies", bringing the ritual of communal reading to new heights. In her film making debut, she explores the freedoms, and stifling, stifling limitations, of creating a film out of nothing more than letters against a black screen, and how it can illuminate certain intersections of film and Theat(er/re).
12 minutes

As Smart As They Are: The Author Project
Peanut Butter No Jelly Productions
Directed by Joe Pacheco
www.pbnoj.com
"As Smart As They Are" follows the band One Ring Zero and documents their collaboration with McSweeney's Publishing and an ensemble cast of award-winning writers, including Paul Auster, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem and Rick Moody. Featuring live performances, studio sessions, and interviews with the writers and musicians, the film explores the relationships between music and literature while painting a portrait of the literary community that fostered the band.
63 minutes

Wed, June 18, 7pm
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Walkouts...Henry IV: BAM
Produced and Directed by 31Down and The Unseen Machine
www.31down.org
A 30 minute video work that documents audience reactions to The New York City Players' production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2003). An audience of 21st Century theater-goers immediately became the restless mob of groundlings that one might associate with Shakespeare's time, getting up and leaving the theater as soon as they could. On closing night, they were greeted by an interviewer, eager for their thoughts. This work includes a 2008 interview with director Richard Maxwell.
30 minutes


Melon of the Sky
Produced and Directed by Art Wallace
http://youtube.com/user/Artwar57
Melon of the Sky is a movie about a play. It is an Off Off Broadway masterpiece created by the hottest new hot director. Blayton Renior. Originally written in Old Norse, Blayton interprets and directs, driving his talented actors through a regimen of strange theater games of his own invention. Along the way there are scandals and death and the learning of lines.
75 minutes

Wed, June 25 at 7pm
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PLAYS:

Birthtaint
Written by Andrew Gilchrist
Directed by Julie Rossman
Dawn sees promise in the grandiose fantasies of her large-faced friend Daniel, who dreams of one day building a theater on a cliff. She also knows scant time remains before she's lost him to the loose and cocksure girls of the Cabaret Magnifique. But will Dawn's confidence avail her? Or will she find herself in a struggle for which she's not yet prepared? In her dreams, she was special… In reality, it was always her Birthtaint...
70 minutes

Tue, June 17 at 8pm
Sat, June 28 at 10pm
Sun, June 29 at 2pm
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Bring Me the Head of John Ford
Aztec Economy
Written by Casey Wimpee
Directed by Cole Wimpee
www.newyorkisdead.net
Bring Me The Head of John Ford is a one-man, one-act production that uses video projection and live performance to examine the effects of isolation, obsession, and the relationship between fantasy and reality, voyeurism and spectacle, and the psyche in crisis. Like a director’s commentary gone mad, Bring Me The Head of John Ford is both a humorous and dark examination of cinephilia and the oedipus complex on the frontier of culture in America.
30 minutes

Sat, May 31 at 5pm (with Code Alpha)
Sun, June 1 at 5pm (with Code Alpha)
Thu, June 5 at 10pm (with Code Alpha)

Sat, June 14 at 1:30pm (with Code Alpha)
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Code Alpha
Directed by Judson Kniffen
There has been an outbreak of an acute intestinal virus on a cruise ship, and it is damage control time! The "powers that be" are producing a video to send to the press, but for now, all are quarantined until proper medications can be secured. The PR director coaches the ship's head male nurse what to say - despite contradicting the actual facts and evidence. As the filming progresses, the symptoms of the nurse and the ship as a whole go from mild to extreme. The final product, though, covers up the truth and a marketing video for the cruise line has been created.
30 minutes

Sat, May 31 at 5pm (with Bring Me the Head of John Ford)
Sun, June 1 at 5pm (with Bring Me the Head of John Ford)
Thu, June 5 at 10pm (with Code Alpha)
Sat, June 14 at 1:30pm (with Bring Me the Head of John Ford)
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Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. Eddie Eisenberg, Prop.
a reading
Written by Robert Saietta
A doc style play of the life of Eddie Eisenberg, a 50-something Brooklyn everyman who has lived in the same neighborhood all his life. For the past 15 years, he has made his living as a Crime Scene Cleaner. The play takes place on Eddie's last night on the job.
120 minutes

Reading: Fri, June 27th at 10pm
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Death at Film Forum
Old Kent Road Theater
Written and Directed by Eric Bland
www.oldkentroadtheater.com
Four hip, overweening cinephiles compete in the cruelest of cruelties: an Indie Film-off with one auteur left standing. Naturally the story ends in murder.
105 minutes

Sat, June 7 at 7pm
Sun, June 8 at 5pm
Thu, June 19 at 7pm
Sat, June 28 at 2pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing
a reading
Piper McKenzie Productions
Written by William Peter Blatty
Directed by Jeff Lewonczyk
www.pipermckenzie.com
In this world-premiere concert reading, the author and screenwriter of The Exorcist spins a behind-the-scenes tale of madness and mayhem in a Hollywood feature engineered for failure. In a deal that whiffs of brimstone, art-house director Jason Hazard has been hired to film an expensive big-screen adaptation of the hit horror novel The Satanist. Things, needless to say, go horribly, horribly wrong, in ways that include demonic possession, Himalayan cats, unhinged Jesuits, and bad acting. Jeff Lewonczyk, who staged the premiere of Blatty's musical John Goldfarb, Please Come Home in the 2007 FringeNYC, directs.
120 minutes

Reading: Fri, June 20 at 8pm
Reading: Sunday, June 22 at 5pm
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Free Preview Cabaret and Opening Night Party!
Five-minute sections from plays and films in the festival are previewed for opening night. SEATING IS FREE! Stay after for the opening night party. Film installations, experimental music and mayhem abounds! Did we mention it's free!?

Special performance by Glissando Bin Laden and His Musichideen with Video by ( ). Glissando Bin Laden is an improvising sextet based in New York City.
www.myspace.com/glissandobinladen( ) is a sound artist essentially, but also works with video and sound in performance and installation settings. ( ) uses a laptop computer and other instruments and sources to create a variety of sound and image.

Fri, May 30 at 8pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
I, Object!
Adhesive Theater Project
www.adhesivetheater.com
It is very likely that I, Object! is a story about three obsessive individuals and the objects they keep. However, it may be that it’s actually a story about objects and the people they keep. Whichever perspective you take, I, Object! unleashes the power of our everyday belongings and asks the question, if we can’t get rid of our possessions, who is really the possessed?
60 minutes

Sat, June 14 at 9pm
Sun, June 15 at 2:30pm
Thu, June 19 at 10pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
It's Gonna Be a Cold Night
Written and Directed by Keith Biesack
How does one become a zombie? And once a zombie, does one still dream? This fleshy play examines the world of watching and listening through the rotting body of Lance: a late night talk show host who's in love with world, loved by his audience and assured by his dentist that things look good. But Lance feels something lurking in his own dark blood. Some strange jazz rhythm. Something that will transform him into a being unknown.
80 minutes

Sun, June 1 at 3pm
Sat, June 21 at 9pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
Kill Me Like You Mean It
The Stolen Chair Theatre Company
Directed by Jon Stancato
www.stolenchair.org
Kill Me Like You Mean It is a timely absurdist film noir, creating comic chaos out of the possibility that American life might be pointless. After a 100% sold-out critically acclaimed run in 2007, this visually stunning production will be restaged entirely behind a movie screen. Why bother mounting a live performance when the audience won't see it? Why bother doing anything?
60 minutes

Thu, June 5 at 8pm
Sun, June 8 at 8pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles: A Reconstruction for the Stage
Adapted and Directed by Ian W. Hill
www.collisionwork.livejournal.com
An exact theatrical recreation of the butchered Orson Welles film adaptation, as Welles had intended it to be seen.
120 minutes

Sun, June 1 at 8pm
Fri, June 6 at 8pm
Tue, June 10 at 8pm
Thu, June 12 at 8pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
A Paranoid’s Guide to History
presented by J. W. Regan
inreco.info
A Paranoid’s Guide to History is documentary theatre that combines spoken word, music, and video. From Tom Paine to Tom Cruise, from James Bond to Global Warming, the Guide examines the broader implications of seemingly incidental events and practices from a deeply suspicious perspective. The show leads the audience through an unexpected cultural landscape that is continually dissolving the conceptual boundaries of being and identity. There is something weird going on, we help make sense of it all.
60 minutes

Fri, June 13 at 7pm
Sat, June 28 at 5pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
Q&A: The Perception of Dawn
The Fifth Wall
Created by Danny Bowes and Gyda Arber
The question and answer session for the independent film The Perception of Dawn rapidly devolves into a grudge match between the writer, director, producer, and actors…will anyone make it out unscathed? The audience determines how it all goes down, as they ask the questions in the question & answer session.
75 minutes

Sat, June 21 at 7pm
Tue, June 24 at 8pm
Fri, June 27 at 7pm
Sun, June 29 at 5pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
The Stubborn Illusion of Time
Bone Orchard
Created by the Company
www.boneorchard.org
Born out of improvisation, The Stubborn Illusion of Time tells the story of a living man who stumbles into an old casket factory and emerges, his head bursting with what he has seen: ghosts frozen in a photograph. Bone Orchard plays off the film of their previous theatre piece, The Immediate Present to explore the nature of reality, illusion and time itself.
75 minutes

Sat, June 21 at 2pm
Sun, June 22 at 3pm
Sat June 28 at 7:30pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
Suspicious Package
The Fifth Wall
Created by Gyda Arber
www.thefifthwall.org
In this Brooklyn Noir, you are the Detective, the Starlet, the Heiress, or the Producer in the mean streets of Williamsburg, where technology, reality, theater and film meet. Are you a victim of circumstance or the guilty party? Personal video players accompany you through the mystery and prompt you through your lines, as you star in the show.

Saturdays and Sundays by appointment, starting at 4pm
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Tod & I
Piehole Productions
Created by Piehole
Puppets, shadows, and sounds remind us what it is to encounter the strangeness of death for the first time, and show us why the woods beyond the funeral home can be the perfect place to play hide and seek. Get away from the flowers and formaldehyde and come out into the dusk with Tod and I.
50 minutes

Sun, June 8 at 2pm
Sat, June 21 at 4:30pm
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Old Kent Road Theater presents
What I Took in My Hand
The American Story Project
Directed by Jess Chayes
www.americanstoryproject.com
Beginning inside the Spirit of St. Louis midway through its trans-Atlantic journey, What I Took in My Hand follows the fractured history Charles Lindbergh through the death of his son, his manic attempts to build a machine to cheat death, and his eventual reconciliation with his own mortality as he digs his own grave in Maui. What I Took in my Hand is a theatrical chamber piece about hope, grief, and genius in the midst of a rapidly modernizing world.
60 minutes

Sat, June 14 at 7pm
Thu, June 26 at 7pm
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You Bet Your Life LIVE: Film Trivia Edition
Lisa Levy Industries
Created by Lisa Levy
www.lisalevyindustries.com
Updated riff on Groucho Marx's 1950s TV Game Show. Lisa Levy banters with contestants to see if they will say the "secret word" for the episode and then provides opps for them to win money and prizes by answering Film trivia questions.
60 minutes

Sat, June 7 at 10:00pm
Fri, June 13 at 10:00pm
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