Joe DeNardo & Paul Felten | US | 72
The thriller genre is exploded and reassembled in DeNardo and Felten’s funny and alluring work on paranoia, surveillance, and performance. Featuring an intriguingly eclectic cast (including the experimental theater performers Stephanie Hayes and Scott Shepherd, the musician Eleanor Friedberger, and Chloë Sevigny), Slow Machine follows an actress (Hayes) whose intimate relationship with a shadowy NYPD-affiliated operative ends abruptly and disastrously, leading her to hide out in a country house otherwise occupied by a band preparing their new record. But la vie bohemienne proves almost as anxious and tense as life in the city… Deftly lensed in 16mm and unfurling as a digressive, tantalizingly off-kilter mystery, Slow Machine is a fascinating work pitched at the intersection of American independent cinema and the avant-garde theater of Richard Foreman and the Wooster Group.
Hard, Cracked The Wind
Mark Jenkin | UK | 17
In Mark Jenkin’s deliriously arch gothic, an aspiring Cornish-revivalist poet buys an antique writing case engraved with her initials, and finds inside it a haunted unfinished poem and the ghost of its previous owner who coerces her to finish it. Jenkin resurrects the past, namely his native Cornwall’s endangered language, using his trademark scratchy, hand-processed black-and-white photography and post-sync sound, conjuring an atmosphere and time out of joint.
Shots in the Dark with David Godlis
Noah Kloster & Lewie Kloster | US | 7
Between 1976 and 1980, young Manhattan photographer David Godlis documented the nocturnal goings-on at the Bowery’s legendary CBGB, “the undisputed birthplace of punk rock,” with a vividly distinctive style of night photography. Lewie and Noah Kloster bring his photos to life with electrifying immediacy, bolstered by black-and-white watercolor animation, a rollicking soundtrack, and voiceover narration by Godlis himself.
Along with a drive-in screening, this film will screen virtually from October 8 at 8pm ET through October 13 at 8pm ET. Get tickets here.
Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368