Trapped: Uncanny Short Films
Short Film Program

Thursday Jun 9, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Arc Waves
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:00PMAfter Party Sponsored by Stella Artois

Industry City
Sunset Park
274 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Stella Artois
Industry City

Shorts about glitches in reality, monsters under the bed and things lost in the edits of life

These amusing and disquieting short films offer surreal visions of domesticity gone awry and unbreakable cycles. Glimpse the lives people who find themselves in situations most unusual: a prom night sprinkled with elements of magical realism; the amusing monotony of a life lived with a conjoined twin; and a quirky repurposing of the scene of an infamous crime. These are startling cinematic spectacles you won’t soon forget.


Dirt (Darius Clark Monroe | USA | 7 min.)
With an unsettling lyricism all his own, Darius Clark Monroe traces an evocative and elliptical portrait of a dirty deed.

Discontinuity (Lori Felker | USA | 15 min.)
A short film about losing things in the edits of life.

The Wraith (Maran) (Åsa Ersmark | Sweden | 5 min.)
In a sculptural twilight existence, the personal childhood nightmares and hallucinations of artist Åsa Ersmark, a witch abuses a defenceless girl from the age of four and into puberty. The girl is displaced from the nightmare to reality and the edge of death.

The House is Innocent (Nick Coles | USA | 12 min.)
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.

Love, Gina (Nicole Emanuele | USA | 11 min.)
Gina is corresponding with a man who she’s never met and she’s and becoming more obsessed day by day. Alone on their one year anniversary, she’s overcome with the need to finally meet him face to face. She begins an adventure to surprise him, but on the way she receives a new letter from her lover that disrupts the lines between her fantasy and reality.

Ham Heads (Efren Hernandez | USA | 10 min.)
Larry and Barry are the world's oldest living conjoined twins. They live in their brother's basement.

Blood Below the Skin (Jennifer Reeder | USA | 30 min.)
This short narrative chronicles a week in the lives of three teenage girls, from different social circles, who form a bond in the week leading up to the school dance. Countdown to prom night is actually countdown to irreversible change for each girl. Two of the girls are falling in love with each other against all expectations and the third girl is forced to mother her own mother in the wake of her father’s disappearance. Each girl seeks comfort within the walls of her bedroom where the music blasting from the turntable provides a magical synchronicity between them all. The title refers to the secrets that girls and women keep just below their surface.


Arc Waves
“A Brooklyn band breaking the mold...that offers something refreshing to the music scene” - Huffington Post

"a glowing tapestry of mesmeric vocals and shoegaze-y guitars" - Consequence of Sound

"forging a texturally layered sound, merging droney distorted guitars, ethereal vocals, and electronic elements with new wave and shoegazer influences" - The Deli Magazine

Arc Waves crosses sonic boundaries to create songs that blur the lines between indie, classical, punk and electronic music. The result is an enveloping sound that is driving, assertive, beautiful and mysterious. Arc Waves has played CMJ and Northside Festivals and appeared on national radio, TV, and opened for national and international touring bands. Arc Waves is Elaine Lachica (vocal, guitar, synths and bass), Brandon Jaffe (lead guitar), Mike Hodges (drums) and Joe Beach (bass, synths, guitar and vocal).

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