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Poster for NoBudge Live #23

NoBudge Live #23

Run Time: 83 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2019

NoBudge is happy to present new work from a group of emerging indie filmmakers based in New York. These narrative short films are a mix of drama and comedy, often favoring the lighthearted and peculiar, like in Town Meeting and Exit Statement, balanced out with some heavier emotional material, like in Nevada and Bye Bye Body, not to mention the beautifully unclassifiable oddities of The Inconceivable Mountain and Allen Anders. For this edition, we’re also sprinkling in a couple of music videos to switch things up, Baby Little Tween, by Okay Kaya, and the experimental dance piece, TWINS “You must be related!” Six of the films are NYC premieres, and all directors will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A and Afterparty.

NoBudge is an online platform spotlighting the best in low-budget indie filmmaking. “One of the best places to sample what’s happening in low-budget cinema worldwide,” says Glenn Kenny of The New York Times. Its mission is to provide a supportive home for emerging indie filmmakers working with limited resources and without major industry connections, and to be a trusted discovery platform helping audiences find their new favorite movies and filmmakers.

The movies:
Town Meeting
Directors from Simple Town present.
On a drizzly day a long time ago, a group of peasants go about their daily lives while considering upcoming town gatherings.
(7 min)

Baby Little Tween
Director Adinah Dancyger present.
Music video by Okay Kaya.
(4 minutes)

New York Premiere.
Director Varya Rootwood present.
In this experimental dance film, a pair of twin sisters aim to reconcile a sacred bond.
(4 minutes)

Bye Bye, Body
New York Premiere.
Director Charlotte Benbeniste present.
Nina is fifteen and in her final week of weight loss camp. When, in her last weigh in, the scale doesn’t budge, she turns to desperate measures.
(9 min)

Director Emily Ann Hoffman present.
On a weekend getaway, a young couple deals with a birth control mishap.
(12 minutes)

The Inconceivable Mountain
New York Premiere.
Director Daniel Witkin present.
A musicologist and her dog climb a mountain in search of an indecipherable song hoping to understand its meaning.
(16 minutes)

A Very JNCOS Movie
New York Premiere.
Director Zoe Katz present.
A day in the life of a group of JNCO Jean-wearing construction workers as they head to work.
(3 minutes)

Tasteful Nudes
New York Premiere.
Director Sofia Dobrushin and writer Emma Rogers present.
A flailing Artist and her obedient Muse host their premiere original photography exhibition attended by incensed critics and peers from their art world past.
(13 minutes)

Allen Anders – Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987)
Director Laura Moss and writer/star Tony Grayson present.
The fever dream of a 1980s stand-up comic who is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life.
(7 minutes)

Exit Statement
New York Premiere.
Director Ben Kitnick present.
When a doomsday cult leader decides that he can’t spend eternity with his most aggravating follower, their plan falls into chaos.
(8 minutes)

The Letter
New York Premiere.
Director Eric Paschal Johnson present.
A little girl receives an alarming letter from Santa Claus.
(3 minutes)