High Jinks (Short Films)
Short Film Program

Wednesday Jun 17, 2015
8:00PMLive Music
8:30PMFilms Begin

Elevated Acre
near Coenties Slip
Financial District
55 Water St., New York, NY 10041


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Elevated Acre

Free screening

Playful short films about games and pranks as part of the Water Street “Game On” program

The key to any successful hoax is that it’s got to seem real. Whether it’s teenage punks improvising prank calls as dirty old men, a young couple role‐playing at lustful jealousy, or a major publication elaborately conspiring with a professional sports team to fool the world—there has to be a shred of truth in what’s portrayed if anyone is going to believe it. These surprising short films are filled with wild schemes, bizarre characters, and scenarios too weird to be real . . . but they are. (Maybe.)

More Info about the Game On series can be found here.


Applied metacinema (Nieto | France | 4 min.)
There has not yet been any applied work of Metacinema. It was necessary to give the path to methodological problems. That is the reason why I decided to chose the purest subject to analyse. That is a subject composed of a single “substance”.

Spearhunter (Adam Roffman, Luke Poling | USA | 14 min.)
Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world's greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own bizarre obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

Calls to Okies: The Park Grubbs Story (Ben Steinbauer and Bradley Beesley | USA | 18 min.)
In the early 1980s, before the Jerky Boys brought prank phone calls to a mainstream audience, a group of Oklahoma teenagers were conducting strange backwoods experiments with their landline telephone. These underground prank calls gained infamy, and became known as Park Grubbs, garnering such fans as The Flaming Lips, Daniel Clowes (Ghostworld, Art School Confidential), and Peter Bagge (Hate). Directed by two Okie filmmakers, Bradley Beesley and Ben Steinbauer, and featuring interviews with both the pranksters and the pranked, the legendary Park Grubbs prank calls come to life in this one-of a-kind documentary.

Unhittable: Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball (Peter Sillen | USA | 22 min.)
A breakdown of the tale of a Mets prospect that was so phenomenal, he was too good to be true.

Everything & everything & everything (Alberto Roldán | USA | 15 min.)
The oppressively vapid life of Morgan is forever transformed when a mystical blue pyramid - that inexplicably produces doorknobs - appears in his apartment. What follows is a tale of greed and loss as Morgan builds an impossible, absurd corporate empire of doorknobs.

Playground (Dan Bogoslavsky | Israel | 11 min.)
A young couple moves between reality and imagination as the two are planning a role-play. Together they create drama that is lacking in their everyday life, and escape to an emotional fantasy that takes them to the end of the game.

Interior. Family. (Esteve Soler, Gerard Quinto, and David Torras | Spain | 9 min.)
A couple of loving parents wake up their son in the middle of the night. They need to talk to him about an urgent and horrifying matter that will change his life forever.


Feral Foster
Feral Foster has been gigging in New York, across the country and in Europe for the past 10 years, capturing the imagination and attention of listeners with his impassioned singing and powerful songwriting. Foster draws from the deep wellspring of early blues, country, and jazz to tell contemporary, human stories, making for music that feels well­ worn and strikingly fresh at the same time. He has become well ­known in the roots music scene for establishing, curating, and performing at Jalopy’s weekly Wednesday “Roots n’ Ruckus” review, which has become a premiere showcase for new and established talent. His new, eponymous record of all original material recruits a host of talented musicians, including Jay Sanford (Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess), Ernie Vega, and Wyndham Baird. Following on his successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the record, Foster is now touring the east coast, with a more extensive tour planned for the fall.

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