No Way Out
Short Film Program
$10 Online or at the door
Thursday May 26, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Ela Orleans
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:00PMAfter Party at No. 7 Restaurant, sponsored by Radeberger. 7 Greene Avenue at Fulton Street.
In the event of rain the show will be rescheduled for a later date. No refunds. Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
New York Magazine
Vulture
IFC
New York City Council Member Letitia James
No. 7 Restaurant
Radeberger

These fun and frantic short films—comedy, animation, music videos—tell the twisted tales of terrified souls trapped inside the machine.


One of these little old ladies is not like the other, but she’s settling among the group. This ordinary office is not what it seems, but you may end up working here. A disturbing chaos is sweeping these average American high school scenes, but there’s no time to transfer out. And once we have gone into the future, we may never come back whole. But patch up that shabby space suit, dust off that bloody prom dress, and batten down the hatches: it’s gonna be a spectacular show when this ship goes down.

-Mark Elijah Rosenberg


THE FILMS

Twinset (Amy Rose | Scotland | 12 min.)
Tea, cake and stilettos; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite as one of their own, but family life proves a little more difficult.

JPBF (Stephen Collins | Middletown, CT | 7 min.)
It may look like an ordinary office, and it may seem like an ordinary job, but you’d be surprised what they do at JPBF Inc.

Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise (Kelly Sears | Houston, TX | 7 min.)
Part disaster film, part Freudian animation, Once It Started… bears witness to a series of absurd and horrible disasters that strike an American high school, eerily mirroring larger political and social markers of the recent past. Supported by the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. kellysears.com

Prom Night (Celia Rowlson Hall and Jae Song | Brooklyn, NY | 8 min.)
Prom night is ritual, disco balls, expectation, corsages, dresses, holding, sweating, status, entering in twos, balloons, school gyms, dancing slow and fast.

We Used to Call People Late at Night (Eran Hilleli, Anna Shevchenk and Yoav Brill | Israel | 2 min.)
A melancholy animation about prank calls gone awry in the lonely anonymous night.

Evasion (Speedy Graphito | France | 5 min.)
A child-like purple ninja is chased by spirits, snakes and gear-creatures in a shifting Candyland fantasy world—but maybe it was all on screen.

Protoparticulas (Chema Garcia Ibarra | Spain | 8 min.)
The experiment was (almost) a success: protomatter exists! But… chemagarcia.com

Out of Nowhere (Will Lamborn | Los Angeles, CA | 19 min.)
In this neo-noir western thriller, Peter may outrun his killer, over and over and over, but can he escape from nowhere?

Wounded Man (Zachary Volker | New York, NY | 6 min.)
“(Indecipherable.) (Indecipherable.) Check his left pocket.” Two career criminals debate the merits of letting an associate bleed to death in a motel bathroom. zacharyvolker.com

Modern Spleen (Lisa Lugrin and Clément Xavier | France | 7 min.)
Another man, another bathroom, another epic, hairy battle. Courtesy of Autour De Minuit.

Liars: Scissor (Andy Bruntel | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
Adrift at sea in this Liars music video, a man finds land . . . and can’t get rid of it.

Burning Wigs of Sedition (Anna Fitch and Simon Cheffins | San Francisco, CA | 8 min.)
A post-moral tale of self-obsession, finery and the ephemeral nature of oppression, set in the steamy belly of a creaking ancient galleon. When the libertines crack the whip and the slaves revolt, this high seas dispute can only be resolved by a dance off, set to the tunes of the Extra Action Marching Band. wdfilms.com & extra-action.com

MUSIC

Ela Orleans
“…The idyllic beach-house guitar conjured up an atmosphere all twilight and palm trees – a far cry from the stark onstage cluster of sampler boxes in a drafty warehouse…” - Jezebel Music

Hailing from Poland and currently living in New York...Ela Orleans takes us into a demure, suave landscape where internalizing is required and desire untouchable except behind closed doors. Harmonies melt into the sweet longing to be wanted and loved...

The joy in listening to Ms. Orleans comes in her precise editing of verse and melody where she lures you into her dreamy marshmallow jungle while keeping you just on the cusp of euphoria, revealing itself as mature restraint or masochistic benevolence. As she sings, “I am lost without you,” you become lost in her voice, the antithesis of the verse, delicate and sweet, as if she is daring you to actually feel the sadness wrapped so eloquently in a simple melody.

While maintaining her presence in the experimental/noise New York music scene, Ms. Orleans has participated in the BMI film scoring and mentorship program “Composing for the Screen 2009″
and has been a recipient of the NYFA immigrant mentorship program where she worked with renowned drummer Lukas Ligeti. With the many contributions Ela Orleans continues to make, there is a thread she weaves throughout the music, traveling in waves of melodic fragility and fierce honesty.

- La Station Radar

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