|7:00PM||Live Music by Bird Courage|
|10:00PM||Q&A with filmmaker Zoe McIntosh|
on the grass along the water
Long Island City
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
Take the N or Q train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.
International Premiere. Clint and Dwayne are two of a kind. The kind that start a pimped-out pony gang (ponies replete with glitter, oversized sunglasses, and bling) on the edges of rural New Zealand. Riding through town the duo deals some drugs, tries to snuggle up to some ladies, and attempts a fundraiser for new teeth while learning the lengths people will go for their mates.
Preceded by a short film.
The Deadly Ponies Gang (Zoe McIntosh | 65 min.)
The “Deadly Ponies Gang” is comprised of just two people – Clint and Dwayne. The name is not just a nonsensical gang title – they actually ride ponies. Living on the edges of New Zealand makes traveling from point A to B a chore, so the duo has decided to ride it and, of course, they have to ride in style. Accessorizing their ponies with bead necklaces, stunna shades, and nail polish, these “bestest of friends” are out to have a deadly good time. Not short of a suave move with the ladies, Clint worries that Dwayne's not pulling the way he once did - most likely because he has no teeth! As Clint so eloquently puts it, “Dwayne deserves some serious sexy times, and I’m gonna do my best to get him sexed up.” You may wonder how a gaunt, toothless, balding guy is going to get “sexed up,” but Clint has an answer: host a fundraiser to get Dwayne a new pair of teeth. The event is aptly named the “'Help my mate Dwayne get some teeth Fundraising gig.” And so begins Clint and Dwayne’s delirious adventure of scoping the streets for women to get with and dudes to sell drugs to (for supplemental income).
Billed as a docu-comedy, The Deadly Ponies Gang is a stranger-than-fiction story about a unique community and the lengths people go for their mates. Director Zoe McIntosh uncovers a friendship so odd, dudes so distinctive, and lines so quotable that it put’s James Franco’s Spring Breaker’s character to shame. The two gleefully live their lives without shame, partying like its their last days on Earth, all the while riding their pimped-out ponies through the remote countryside, staying true to both themselves and each other. Unforgettable and uniquely off-beat, The Deadly Ponies Gang is sure to be a journey you won’t regret taking.
- Daniel Spada
The Pink Helmet Posse (Kristelle Laroche, Ben Mullinkosson | 9 min.)
Three pink tutus. Three pink helmets. Three pink skateboards. Bella, Sierra and Rella prove that skateboarding is not just for boys.
Bird Courage met in dark spaces under New York City and together are now forging a new pastoral-astral sound that is drawn from the heart, the land, and the stars. From seeds carefully planted in the heart of Brooklyn, their following is spreading quickly through the North East of the USA and across the Atlantic to the UK and Europe.
"Already raising comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel, Bird Courage play stripped down folk with earthy overtones. The band has an assuming presence with gentle strength in songs like “Blind in Both Eyes” and “Wind and Oak,” both of which conjure images of a gray, wooded forest in winter’s eve."
- Devon Antonetti, The Deli National.
“A Promising Flee is precious and delicate, moving and passionate. Each song is a pleading ode, a woeful cry, full of intricate acoustic guitar work and vocal harmonies so beautiful and gentle they seem to float away like big, airy clouds. If you like Fleet Foxes, you will love Bird Courage"
- Michelle Geslani, The Music Ninja
“…masterful acoustic guitar is present, as is the stripped-down yet musically rich folk sound the tracks showcase…The dual vocals lend variety to tracks, as the two alternate taking lead, joining together in rich, Simon and Garfunkel style-harmony.”
- Lauren Sloss, Indie Shuffle
" Like the exquisite marriage of Iron and Wine and The Tallest Man on Earth, their earnest folk instrumentation and introspective lyrics meld to form a sound that is warm and welcoming…"
Charity Painter, The Wild Honey Pie