That Impending Sense (Short Films)
Short Film Program
Friday Jun 7, 2013
7:45PMDoors Open
8:15PMBruce Levingston performs Philip Glass’ “Dracula Suite” live along with a clip from 1931’s Dracula
9:00PMShort Films Begin
11:30PMAfter-Party at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St. @ Grand) courtesy of Red Stripe
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Film Biz Recycling
Red Stripe Lager

World-renowned pianist Bruce Levingston performs the Philip Glass’ “Dracula Suite” to presage a night of eerie and mysterious short films.

A shiver of dread runs through you. The ghostly dancers disappear, the room goes topsy-turvy, you think a monster might be following you. That chill which runs down your spine is the uneasily pleasing reminder that you’re still alive, you can still feel, you’re here, transfixed, hypnotized, engrossed by the dark and sparkling images before your eyes. For now, from film to film, from luscious animation to looming drama to disturbing (but daft) comedy, you’re watching the pictures, but who (or what) is watching you?

- Mark Elijah Rosenberg


Sonata (Nadia Micault | France | 11 min.)
Listen through your eyes.

Machinehead (Micah Gallagher | USA | 12 min.)
Inspired by the uncanny animations of Jan Svankmajer and the Quay Brothers, a man travels through rooms haunted with ephemera, on a journey of self-discovery, diving into his own mind to see what buttons can be pushed.

Drifters (Ethan Clarke | USA | 8 min.)
Three passengers awake on a train which they do not remember boarding in this unsettling animation with existential Western overtones.

Chiralia (Santiago GIl | Germany | 26 min.)
Six people. Three generations. A lake in the forest. A boy disappears. This tragic event, transported from person to person, spawns a collective screen onto which individual fears and wishes are projected. The dramatic consequences recede to the background and are superimposed with the subjective experience of the figures, until the veracity of the events dissolves. Did something really happen to the boy?

I'm Fine, Thanks (Eamonn O'Neill | USA | 5 min.)
The indignities of life add up, so much that your head might feel ready to explode, shrieking with colors and shaking jaggedly. But we’ll be fine. Sure we will.

Night Giant (Aaron Beckum | USA | 10 min.)
As if it weren’t hard enough find a hip chick in these post-modern noir-ish days, imagine if you’re also being stalked by a Night Giant. So uncool.


Bruce Levingston
Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of today's leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the world's most important composers have written works for him and his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. The New York Times has called him "one of today's most adventurous musicians" and praises his performances as "graceful", "dreamy, and "hauntingly serene." The New Yorker has described him as "elegant and engaging... a poetic pianist who has a gift for glamorous programming," while The Washington Post has lauded his "wonderfully even touch" and "timeless reverie, which Levingston projected beautifully." - The Premiere Commission

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