New York Hall of Science, Corona Park
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Empire Drive-In is a large-scale temporary installation built from junked cars and salvaged materials. Installation features a sound program about cars and manufacturing curated by Ann Heppermann and broadcast to cars by low-power FM. All nightly programs begin with a slideshow of late industrial images by photographer Stephen Mallon.
This short film program explores liminal spaces, tracing a history from obscure but purposeful construction (The Mechanicals, City of Cranes) to accidental migration and occupation (Found, The Commoners), to willful social breakdown and deconstruction (Dr. Breakfast, The External World, Welcome to Pine Point, Ich Bin’s. Helmut). With comedy, drama, animation, documentary, and interactive media, these short films harmonize the complex chaos of the modern world with the soothing reminder that all is artifice.
*Program subject to change.
The Mechanicals (Leon Ford | 8 min.)
This brilliantly conceived and gorgeously photographed film provides a clever metaphor for just how substantially the white-collar class still relies on Labor.
City of Cranes (Eva Weber | 14 min.)
London (like many modern metropolises) is a city in constant transformation—its skyline animated by “a ballet of cranes.” This gorgeous documentary traces those changes from the unique vantage of those at the top, while also exploring the impact of these powerful man-made structures on the drivers who operate them and spend most of their lives removed from the world they are building.
Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard (trilogy) (Todd Bieber | 11 min.)
While skiing in Prospect Park – after THE blizzard - Todd Bieber found a lost roll of film in the snow, and made it his mission to find the owner. His wry voice-over speculations as he tries to decode the lost photos set the tone for this whimsical adventure.
The Commoners (Penny Lane and Jessica Bardsley | New York, NY | 12 min.)
In 1890, a wealthy eccentric named Eugene Schieffelin collected every bird ever mentioned by Shakespeare and released them into Central Park. The only one to survive in the New World was the European Starling, now among the commonest - and most despised - birds in America. p-lane.com | jessicabardsley.com
DR. BREAKFAST (Stephen Neary | USA | 7 min.)
One day at breakfast, a man's soul bursts out of his eyeball. Two wild deer caretake his catatonic body in this meditation on the quirky, but rejuvenating, nature of friendship.
The External World (David O'Reilly | Ireland | 15 min.)
A boy learns to play the piano.
Welcome to Pine Point (Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons of The Goggles | Canada | 14 min.)
Imagine your hometown never changed. Part book, part film, part family photo album, Welcome to Pine Point unearths a place frozen in time and discovers what happens when an entire community is erased from the map. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. interactive.nfb.ca/#/pinepoint
It’s me. Helmut. (Nicolas Steiner | Ludwigsburg, Germany | 12 min.)
Helmut celebrates his 60th birthday on the day he is actually turning 57 (his wife miscalculated) as a façade of petit-bourgeois domesticity peels away.