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.
|7:00PM||Live Music by Bird Courage|
|10:00PM||Q&A with filmmaker Zoe McIntosh|
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
Zoe McIntosh first won attention for a documentary on mail order brides, made while she studied film at Ilam. In 2010 Lost in Wonderland, her hour-long doco about idiosyncratic barrister Rob Moodie, won the Qantas award for Best Popular Documentary and the following year she was awarded the SPADA new film maker award. Currently directing commercials, McIntosh has been given notice of her talent for drama, with the award-winning 2010 short Day Trip and in 2013 she won the Cannes Lions young directors award for her commercial. She has just completed a feature film called The deadly ponies gang and a short documentary called King of caravans. Both premiered in this years New Zealand international film festival.