Nothing as It Seems
Short Film Program
$10 online or at the door.
Friday Aug 5, 2011
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin
IN THE CASE OF RAIN THE EVENT WILL BE HELD INDOORS AT THE SAME LOCATION. RESTRICTIONS: 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.

VENUE
Solar One
on the pier along the water
Kips Bay
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

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Nothing is as it seems in a world of dreams, deception, and resurrection. Sometimes breathing comes more easily underwater.


The landscape of these films is clear in our collective memory, though we see much of it at night, in too-bright sun, while we are dreaming, or in an impossible dusk. Everything is a little off as we wander as innocents down rural backroads, across the crunchy gravel parking lots of last-stop motels, through the silence of carpeted hotel hallways, into our own apartments (did we leave the window open?), not knowing what we’ll encounter next.

These films run along a spectrum but most hover in the realm of the dark. We are at times lost, broken down. The characters recount traumas, or create them. A pulse beats throughout the films, pulling us between calm and storm. Though the program varies widely, a thread connects the films, as if the characters are cut from the same cloth, a band of outsiders plotting to take over our world.

- Sarah Palmer


THE FILMS

The Strange Ones (Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein | New York, NY | 15 min.)
A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. But an unseen tension begins to mount, exposing a complicated, dangerous, and secret world lurking beneath the surface. thestrangeones.com

Erica Wexler is Online (Doron Max Hagay | Brooklyn, NY | 14 min.)
Erica Wexler's Facebook is a work of art. There is a constant influx of wall posts from her Facebook friends asking questions—and Erica's great about responding, she's decidedly on top of her Facebook shit. The thing is, Erica Wexler is dead.

Henley (Craig Macneill | New York, NY | 11 min.)
Ted Henley lives with his father in their run down motel on a desolate stretch of road. He earns his tiny allowance by collecting the roadkill that litters the highway. But when the motel cash register starts to run dry, Ted decides to turn his attention to bigger game. northlakefilms.com

Herkimer DuFrayne - 7th Grade Guidance Counselor. (Shaka King | New York, NY | 11 min.)
The worst day in the worst life of the worst guidance counselor in America.

Traumdeutung (Lauri Warsta | UK | 5 min.)
A curious taxidermist mounts a Freudian inquiry into the interpretation of squirrels in dreams.

Magic for Beginners (Jesse McLean | Chicago, IL | 20 min.)
An examination of the mythologies found in fan culture, from longing and obsession to psychic connections and Celine Dion covers.

Disappearance (Zachary Volker | New York, NY | 9 min.)
A young woman is given cryptic warnings and photographed from afar. zacharyvolker.com

Dead Hands (Sarah Daggar-Nickson | New York, NY | 14 min.)
Ben is meeting his girlfriend, Sophie, in an airport hotel room. He can't stay long, and he can't let his hands touch her.

I Do Air (Martina Amati | UK | 7 min.)
A little girl chickens out on the high dive. It is only when the pool has cleared that she can return, with her own kind. cowboyfilms.co.uk

The Nest (Ethan Clarke | San Fracisco, CA | 4 min.)
Some pests have decided to settle in Esther's backyard. animatorethanclarke.com

MUSIC

Sondra Sun-Odeon
“Sondra Sun-Odeon sings as if reading ancient chants straight out of the Cosmonomicon…” -TimeOutNY

“Sondra Sun-Odeon’s trembling voice calls to mind Karen Dalton and Grace Slick….." -Flavorpill
The only music Sun-Odeon was exposed to while growing up in an austere family with no radio or stereo, was the theatrical Chinese (Peking) Opera (via her parents’ regular viewing of Chinese opera movies) and the classical music she learned (via piano and violin lessons). A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, she would tape classical music pieces off the radio and sneak a hand held transistor radio into bed to listen to beneath the covers.

The world that Sun-Odeon’s lyrics live in, is highly romantic, full of longing and desire; sometimes in different languages–sometimes invented–and often inspired by everything from Chinese cult-fantasy films to metaphysical/spiritual journeys to communion with Life, Love, and Death.

Sun-Odeon sings/plays guitar, saz and other instruments in Brooklyn-based band, SILVER SUMMIT (whose debut album was released on Language of Stone/Drag City).

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