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Lit on Film with Strand Book Store

Run Time: 73 min. Format: Digital

From the stacks of Strand to the screen at Nitehawk, we invite you to join us for a night of literary adaptations. These stories have lived on shelves at Strand Book Store for 91 years, and we’re excited to see them come to life in 10 original short films.

Enjoy the films and hang around for the award ceremony and conversation hour. Thanks to our judges, all those who submitted, Nitehawk Cinema and book lovers everywhere who made our first ever film festival possible!


Directed by Thomas Grascoeur | 2018 | 3 min

After losing his eyesight, a collector decides to give his daughter visiting the family home his most precious possession.

Director in attendance.

Directed by Kenta Crisà | 2017 | 1 min

A gallery, a painting, two men, or maybe only one.

Directed by Andreas Ramm | 2015 | 6 min 30 sec

Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Osterspaziergang”, Ramble takes us on a romantic journey through nature. But sometimes we crave paradise so much that we lose track of reality. The light of the sun is not always beautiful, it can also blind us.

Directed by John Tomkins | 2018 | 5
min 30 sec
Join Dan A Beard on his very surreal journey in search to find the perfect Beard in the film adaption of poem by Robert Garnham from his book “Nice”.

Directed by Film Workshop for Children & Adolescents by David Valverde | 2018 | 4 min

Reality Hamlet is an experimental version of Shakespeare’s play where fiction and reality are mixed, with humor, by the students of David Valverde’s Film Workshop for Children and Adolescents.

Directed by Michelle Cheripka | 2018 | 4 min

Focusing on the oft-unspoken dialogue between father and son, Michelle Cheripka’s Threshold explores the evolution of relationships, as well as the retrospection that comes with age.

Director in attendance.

Directed by Indigo Bates | 2018 | 3 min 14 sec

A woman waits for a phone call from her lover, as she becomes increasingly manic alone in the house. Based on “A Telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker.

Shot in Brooklyn with cast and crew from the UK, USA, France and Australia. Director, cinematographer Fred Foret and producer Nile Berry in attendance.

Directed by Temenuga Trifonova | 2017 | 10 min

A book reviewer discovers a new genre of literary criticism — ‘fictional criticism.’

Director in attendance.

Directed by Devin Burnam | 2018 | 8 min

Shakespeare’s timeless tale of treachery, insanity, and desperation plays out once more in the red hot Williamsburg hipster housing market.

Director in attendance.

Directed by Sally McLean | 2016 | 7 min

Meet Shakespeare Republic’s “Thomas More”, played by Christopher Kirby, as he tries to convince a group of parliamentary peers the errors of their ways. Shakespeare Republic: celebrating the brilliance of the Bard.

Directed by Laura Naylor and Kristen Kee | 2017 | 10 min

An unassuming Wall Street lawyer finds himself beset by a new employee, Bartleby, who refuses to work—in an ongoing act of passive refusal, he simply “prefers not to.” A quiet, dogged battle of wills ensues in this stop-motion reimagining of a Melville classic.

Director in attendance.

Directed by Jonathan Guggenheim | 2016 | 9 min

Set in the punk scene of Greenville, SC, 16-year-old Terry Webber struggles to navigate a new reality following a tragedy involving his girlfriend. Adapted from NY Times Bestselling author, Brad Land’s novel “Pilgrims Upon The Earth”.