Monday, June 18
5:oo pm, Theater 1:
Northside DIY Shorts (Program 1); Tickets
Northside kicks off their engagement at Nitehawk cinema with a showcase of the first seven finalists in their DIY shorts competition. Winners walk home with $250. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. This batch of shorts includes: Dog (2012); Dir: Jonathan J. Johnson; The Last Colorful Note (2012); Dir: Alex Mallis; Same Same; (2011); Dir: Dylan Allen; Nonna Si Deve Asciugare (2011); Dir: Alfredo Colvelli; Love is Making its Way Back Home (2012); Dir. Erez Horovitz; Every Speed (2012); Dir: Julia Fuller & Lindsey Martin; Lodger (2010) Dir. Karim Tabbaa
5:30 pm, Theater 3:
We Are Cave Creatures (2011) and Wolfy’s Journey (2011); Tickets
We Are Cave Creatures (2011)
Dir: Chris King, Whit Bernard, Adam Pogoff, Clay Franklin | Back in 2011, Moviehouse asked composers Whit Bernard and Adam Pogoff to write a film score. After it was finished, they handed the score to animator Chris King to create a piece based on the music. After it was finished, Moviehouse stripped the score from King’s animation and handed it over to another musician, Clay Franklin, to compose a piece based on King’s movie. We Are Cave Creatures shows both versions of the film, with Bernard and Pogoff’s original score based on nothing, and Franklin’s score based on King’s animation that’s based on Bernard and Pogoff’s score that’s based on nothing. Phew!
Wolfy’s Journey (2011)
Dir: Leat Klingman | A wolf’s quest to eat the world leads him on a path of self-discovery as he encounters one-winged birds, a French dragon and other whimsical fun adventures. Trailer.
Q&A with filmmakers after the show
7:00 pm, Theater 1:
Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (2011); Tickets
Dir. Ryan O’Nan | Presented by Oscilloscope and Rooftop Films, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best follows Alex (O’Nan), a recently dumped underachiever, who hits the road with his new oddball bandmate, Jim (Michael Weston). Their tour sees them play several disastrous gigs, until their talent and persistence starts to gain the pair traction. Q&A following with Eric Kohn (indieWIRE), director Ryan O’Nan and star Michael Weston, and a performance by Brooklyn Brothers
7:15 pm, Theater 2:
Fascination (1979) with live score by Morricone Youth; Tickets
Dir. Jean Rollin | New York band Morricone Youth returns to Nitehawk to perform their amazing, loud score for one oddball director Jean Rollin’s most lucid films, Fascination—an erotic horror film brimming with scantly clad French girls.
7:25 pm, Theater 3:
Northside DIY Competition: Hook, Line and Sinker (2011); Tickets
Dir. Andrea Bosshard | The first of the Northside’s DIY finalists follows PJ, a truck driver who loses his beloved job when his vision begins to rapidly diminish. PJ’s wife begins ramping up her own business to make up for the loss of income, but, facing a sightless future and a drastically different family dynamic, PJ refuses to accept his new place in the world.
9:40 pm, Theater 2:
Impolex (2009) and The Zone (2011); Tickets
Brooklyn based DVD and Record label Factory 25 presents a pair of strange films. Q&A afterwards with Alex Ross Perry, Kate Lyn Sheil, Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine
Dir. Alex Ross Perry | An “unjustifiable blend of the bare bones realism of John Ford’s WWII documentaries and the glorious stupidity of Abbot and Costello.” It tells a story of a U.S. soldier on the hunt for unexploded German rockets, but starts to see visions of people from his past.
Dir. Joe Swanberg | The second film, The Zone, is a “sexually explicit meta-movie” from director Joe Swansberg. Half remake of Paolo Pasolinis Teorema, and half meta-comedy on the difficulty of filming sex scenes starring your friends, The Zone attempts to break down the barriers between art, the artist and the audience.
9:55 pm, Theater 3:
Arabian Drift (2011) and Unclear Holocaust (2011); Tickets
Presented by the Brooklyn-based DIY film collective Spectacle presents a pair of unconventional documentaries about a pair of fascinating topics: massive car crashes and the destruction of New York City. Spectacle’s Akiva Saunders and Troy Swain will introduce and reps from The Anti-Banality Union will be on hand for questions afterwards.
Arabian Drift (2011)
Dir. Tony Lowe | A documentary cobbled together from cell phone videos and bootleg DVDs, Arabian Drift follows the wildly dangerous pseudo-motorsport of Hagwalah, or massive unprofessional drifting rallies. Lowe explores the phenomenon through a lens of “internet, oil, Islam, sexuality and death.”
Unclear Holocaust (2011)
Dir. The Anti-Banality Union | Art collective The Anti-Banality Union put together this “feature-length autopsy of Hollywood’s New York destruction fantasy” by cutting and pasting together over 50 pieces of film depicting the destruction of Manhattan into a coherent narrative.
10:10 pm, Theater 1:
Old Dog (2011); Tickets
Dir. Pema Tseden | Presented by dGenerate Films, Old Dog is the newest film from Pema Tseden, a leader in Tibet’s burgeoning film movement. Set in a backdrop of the Chinese countryside, Old Dog follows one family’s struggle to prevent the theft of their aging dog when its breed suddenly starts selling for a high price. Indiewire calls the film “a cleverly devised story, rich in allegory and social critiques with very little fat on its bones.”
In The Lobby:
VHS Vault Presents: Caged Heat (1974) and Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965)
June Grindhouse continues at Northside with a special VHS Vault double feature! Way before his Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme teamed up with Roger Corman to make Caged Heat, the ultimate women in prison movie. We’re going to follow that up with some groundbreaking sexploitation from Doris Wishman and Bad Girls Go to Hell.
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