Documentaries, animation and experimental films about
the ongoing attempts to conquer the world, and about
the people and places left in the wake.
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
8:30 - Live Music by Sean
Lee & The Masquerades
9:00 - Movies Begin
On the roof of The Old American Can Factory
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232 Third Street @ Third Avenue
Gowanus, Brooklyn (Between Carroll gardens and
In the event of rain the show is indoors at the same
Tickets -$8 at the door or online
Presented in partnership with - IFC.com, New York
XØ Projects, Inc
other Industriance™ shorts on
Suburb Vegas Suburb Desert | Vacancy | Financial
Advice | Did
I Tell You? | Devil's
Canyon | Dies
INDUSTRIANCE™ - Manifest Destiny
Many people take for granted the basic functions
of our homes, our lawns (Gimme Green), our roads (Market
Street & Dies Irae), our shopping centers (The
Mall). We accept the necessity of dominating nature
(El Cerco) -- for shelter, food, fuel, waste disposal
(Garbage Dreams). In cities, we tear down buildings
with fickle changes in neighborhoods (Vacancy), squandering
both the history and the resources that went into them.
Meanwhile, civilization stretches farther and farther
into the mountains (Lao Shan, Lao Yin) and deserts
(Desert Suburb Vegas Desert), forever changing the
natural landscape, and perhaps our own psyches (Devil's
Canyon & Did I Tell You??).
The central idea of the INDUSTRIANCE™ series is to examine the
way the built environment affects the way we live. This stunning program
of short films includes both quirky and serious documentaries, humorous
and horrifying experimental films, astonishing and exciting animation.
As a film festival that lives in the liminal spaces of urbanity, we
are excited, and perhaps obliged, to explore on screen the way our
society builds and destroys, and the way our structures help us survive
or make us suffer. This enticing and thought-provoking program is a
deconstruction of our constructions, and a celebration of our creation.
For better or worse, herein is the fulfillment of our destiny.
Desert Suburb Vegas Suburb Desert
(James Cho | Henderson, NV | 1:00)
This short video is about the utter boredom of Las
Vegas, the filmmaker's home town.
Vacancy (Brandon Walley | Detroit, MI | 6:30)
A moment in Detroit’s history, captured before
it is forgotten.
The Mall (Jonathan Ben Efrat | Israel | 12:30)
The Mall reveals the surreal routine
of an abandoned Israeli shopping mall, which is home
to hundreds of Palestinian illegal workers.
Lao Shan, Lao Yin (Old Mountains, Old Shadows)
(Johanna Vasquez Arong | China | 6:00)
While an always increasing number of young people move
to Peking to realize their dreams, what do the old
living in a town hidden in the mountains 90 km from
the capital dream?
Tyger (Guillherme Marcondes | France | 4:30)
Set in Sao Paulo’s chaotic urban landscape, this
film is a loose adaptation of William Blake’s
Gimme Green (Isaac Brown & Eric Flagg |
Yulee, FL | 27:00)
Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession
with the residential lawn and the effects it has on
our environment, our wallets, and our outlook on life.
From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms
in the arid Southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the
curtain of the 40 Billion industry that fuels our nation’s
largest irrigated crop- the lawn.
El Cerco (The Fence) (Ricardo Iscar & Nacho
Martin | Spain | 12:00)
Every year thousands of tuna fish migrate to the Mediterranean
Sea. Men chase them in a ritual of blood and death:
Three hundred tuna fish are trapped into a ring of
Terrified, the animals start jumping and beating their
tails on the water surface turning that circle into
a huge water curtain. Images of nature abused and overwhelmed.
Dies Irae (Jean-Gabriel Periot | France | 10:00)
"Dies Irae" are the opening words of the
Sequence of the Latin Requiem Mass, which in full reads, "Remember
that I am the cause of your journey. Do not forget
me on that day." The quickly alternating sequence
of images of roads, railways, passages, subways, airports,
etc., shot all over the world, acts as a lovely and
frightening allegory for an individual's journey through
life, and for mankind's manufactured "progress."
Did I Tell You?? (Marianne Hayden | Los Angeles,
CA | 5:18)
The experience of a woman’s dream cycle, as placed
into a landscape of highway overpasses and abandoned
Devil’s Canyon (Kelly Sears | Glendale,
CA | 6:10)
Devil's Canyon weaves together a narrative growing
out of a collection of abandoned images and super 8
of the American West. Mechanical horses, a doomed automobile
town, and distressed cowboys are combined into a tale
of American tragedy.
Market Street (Tomonari Nishikawa | San Francisco,
CA | 5:00)
A dazzling trip, one frame at a time, down one of the
San Francisco's central streets.
Garbage Dreams (Mai Iskander | Egypt & UK
This film is brought to us courtesy of the Media
that Matters Film Festival.
THE MUSIC: Sean
Lee & The Masquerades
With warm, booming vocals, and myriad instrumentation,
Sean Lee & The Masquerades truly depict an original
sound that can be enjoyed by any generation of listeners.
The quartet, hailing from Philadelphia, is the birth
child of the charismatic yet humble, Sean Lee. The band
delivers a rustic sound with smart and personal lyrics,
an unusual feat for someone 21 years young. Sean Lee
& The Masquerades make honest, fun music that will
appeal to any music fan. If you don’t trust us
then here’s what Sean's Nanna has to say: “His
music rivals my matzah ball soup in family lore,”
which is odd because Sean isn’t Jewish.
Apes Have Escaped is their new album. Listen to
tracks from the album on MySpace and
read below some of the things people are saying:
“When it comes to songwriting, The Masquerades
aren’t faking anything. All five tracks on this
EP are insanely catchy. Sean Lee’s vocals and
lyrics recall Elvis Costello (with a hint of Tom Petty).
The music is bright and poppy; the harmonies are perfectly
sloppy. Watch for these guys.”
--- Origivation Magazine (5 Stars)
"Vague echoes from the Beatles but with a sound all of their
--- The Delicate Art of Noise Pollution Podcast