Feature Film Program

Thursday Jun 16, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Ember Schrag
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMQ&A with filmmaker David Farrier
11:00PMAfter Party Sponsored by Stella Artois

The Old American Can Factory
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Stella Artois
XO Projects

The shadowy world of competitive tickling is exposed in this stranger than fiction tale. Presented in Partnership with: Magnolia Pictures


Tickled (David Farrier and Dylan Reeve | New Zealand | 92 min.)
After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier's sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity. Discovering the truth becomes Farrier’s obsession, despite increasingly sinister threats and warnings. With humor and determination, Farrier and co-director Dylan Reeve summon up every resource available to get to the bottom of this tickling worm hole.

Presented in Partnership with: Magnolia Pictures. In theaters June 17.


Ember Schrag
Ember Schrag is x. Hailed as "distinctive and free of affect or artifice" by the A.V. Club, her Great-Plains-gothic style "lands somewhere between Scout Niblett and Karen Dalton, writing about land and space and hope and despair" (Nightlight).

She was adopted as a child and raised by militant Christians. Enticed from the Lord's army by a library copy of A Coney Island of the Mind, she left home at 17 with a glove box stuffed with illicit "secular music" cassettes. She progressed from gigs at Missouri’s Magic Bean, Nebraskan blues bars and Kansas house parties to a series of CD-R’s and DIY national tours, then two criticially acclaimed albums.

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