Short Film Program

Trapped: Uncanny Mindbenders

Mind-bending short journeys into the uncanny valley.


Wed Jun 5 8:00 PM

If you’re ready to shift your consciousness, bend your mind, and dissolve your ego, then join us for a program of startling visual experiences and alternate realities. Explore stick-figure forests, go sight-seeing in a city built out of movie clips, hang around the flat with argumentative ghosts, and take your dog for a virtual walk on the beach–just watch out for the cars crashing into thin air. In the darkness of Trapped, no one can hear you Wilhelm Scream.

The Films

Ghost Crash

Donato Sansone | Italy | 1

11 unexplained car crashes caught on camera.


Claudius Gentinetta | Switzerland | 4

In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.


Meryam Joobeur | Canada | 25

Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tension between father and son rises over three days until reaching a breaking point.

Homing In

Parker Hill | US | 7

Joan is startled when she finds a strange man in her house, but the situation begins to feel all too familiar. Inspired by true events in 1950s Levittown, New York.

Difference (Ekhtelaf)

Ali Asadollahi | Iran | 14

A few young men express themselves in a way in which each thinks he is the one who is right and the others are wrong, insofar as each one does not see the other one and denies his existence.

Spirit #1

Brett Potter | US | 5

Samantha met a ghost last night, but she can't remember what he looks like.

The Common Space (L' Espace commun)

Raphaële Bezin | France | 10

It is not a landscape. It is not a modern city. It has never produced a language nor an industry. It is a city of ruins, wonderful, that produces nothing. Built with cutted, distorted and superimposed images extracted from the collective imaginary of cinema. It is a microcosm. A layered document containing evidence of urban and filmic evolution.

The Train, The Forest

Patrick Buhr | Germany | 3

A train ride and a stroll through the forest reveal strange incidents.

Technology Lake: Meditations on Death and Sex

Brandon Daley | US | 8

A dog and her owner navigate the perils of modern technology.



Gemma is Felicia Douglass and Erik Gundel. "The songs on 'As Ever,' Gemma’s first record, are quiet, alert and beautiful: dance music, party music, but of a seriously adult kind." -Ben Ratliff, The New York Times / "’s sensual, anxious, hopeful, but above all, it’s earnest." -Stereogum

Event Details

8:00 PM
Doors Open
8:30 PM
Live Music from Gemma
9:00 PM
Films Begin
10:30 PM
In the event of rain, show will be rescheduled at the same location. No outside alcohol is permitted.


Brooklyn Commons Park

5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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