Ah, New York. Since the advent of filmmaking, many have sought to replicate our city’s uniquely gritty atmosphere on screen. The filmmakers in this program continue that cinematic endeavor, scouring the the five boroughs to bring us stories that might otherwise be overlooked: the internal lives of food delivery workers, the tangled, Erasure-scored romances of gay firefighters, the even more complex entanglements of Brooklyn’s black vampires, and the pathological narcissism of Ridgewood hipsters. Of course, the urge to scream “enough with this city!” is chronicled here too, but New York can hold multitudes. These love letters to our shared civic experiment will remind you why you love it.
Sara Newens | US | 18
"Footprint" is a meditative, experiential look at how visitors interact and engage with the World Trade Center Memorial.
An Afternoon at Oyster Bay
Jon Behrens | US | 6
This film was made from hand painted, manipulated optically printed of a family's 16mm home movies during their 1924 summer vacation to Oyster Bay.
Suicide by Sunlight
Nikyatu Jusu | US | 17
Valentina, a day-walking black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.
Louis Lagayette | US | 6
Jeremy moves into a new apartment. He hasn't met his roommate yet and soon understands they will struggle to connect...
Anya Alekhina | US | 10
Darren meets his girlfriend's fraternal twin brother for the first time and realizes Alex looks quite similar to him. Moreover, twins relationships seems to be too warm and he gets quickly poisoned with incestual thoughts. Being raised in an orphanage, Darren has never been exposed to the kind of intimacy Alex and Alexandra have. The farther the party of three goes, the more suspicious Darren becomes. Is he just being jealous?
Don't Freak Out
Casimir Nozkowski | US | 7
We take Earth for granted but if we step back and contemplate the wonders of the world around us, it's a pretty great planet. Don't Freak Out is an attempt to see that greatness, through the eyes of a reformed alien, originally sent here to colonize our planet. Now passing as a human and married to an actress, the alien must reckon with his new identity as a husband and father. With his former life characterized by violence, he's come to appreciate how Earth's food and culture have dimmed his memories of his home world's ways. All that's left to do is inform his superiors he's never coming back and his wife that he's been lying to her since they met. Don't Freak Out brings us to that point of no return and shows us what it looks like when an alien tries to stop alienating the woman he loves.
I Bought a Whole Field of Corn
Cory Snearowski & Danny O’Hare | US | 4
A man impulsively buys an acre of corn only to stumble into a world he never expected.
King Wah (I Think I Love You)
Horatio Baltz | US | 8
A disgruntled delivery man, a woman with chronic déjà vu, Pat Sajak, and a slow dance in a Chinese takeout restaurant.
Anna Mantzaris | UK | 3
Moments of lost self-control.
José Andrés Cardona | US | 11
Jonny teaches Tommy how to drive.
Mary Dauterman | US | 2
When you’re on the way but you’re a liar! Told as a series of texts between two friends dreading their plan to hang out, “On My Way” is a comedy about not wanting to leave the house.
W. Y. Huang
The music of electronic artist W. Y. Huang is a relentless exploration into the possibilities of modern pop music. Within his universe, experimental electronic production melds with the forgotten textures of traditional Chinese instruments, and artifacts from his cultural heritage find a fresh voice through bold stories and modern narratives. The resulting sound is a vision of globalized culture, streaming wirelessly through Internet pipelines, borderless and hyperconnected. Born in Singapore and now based between his home city and New York, Huang carries on his personal traditions while moving in a lane similar to current experimental pop mainstays like James Blake and FKA twigs. The music ends up being both deeply personal and a universal testament against cultural hegemony, reaching out in ways that are warped and strange, yet hopeful and wondrous.