I realize that pretty much everyone will be at the opening night festivities of Independent Film Week next Monday night (9/15), watching Barry Jenkins and Co.'s sublime Medicine For Melancholy, but for those of you who don't have IFP badges or have already seen it, I am guest programming another night of short films at Joe Pacheco's Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series, and this one is a doozy!
Click on the above link to read more musings about the films, or if you're really lazy, here are descriptions, minus film stills:
This Funny Country
Will You Roughhouse My Lather? (David Gordon Green, 7 mins)
For those of you who scratched your heads when you heard that David Gordon Green was going to be directing Pineapple Express, this early film school short might connect some of those dots. Just don’t ask me which ones. Will You Lather Up My Roughhouse? is like a bizarre home-sitcom from a long-lost dimension that has been preserved on crappy videotape to disturb and confuse the world for centuries to come. Don’t miss this rare screening of this truly ridiculous film.
What's This a Ralph Handel Movie (Josh and Benny Safdie, 15 mins)
This documentary introduces the world to New York City comic Ralph Handel, as he does his laundry, works in a midtown office building, and performs at open mic nights in comedy clubs throughout the metropolitan area. Unfortunately, Benny Safdie is in another country shooting his newest film and Josh’s presence hasn’t been confirmed, though Handel will be in attendance for a post-film discussion, and, if we’re lucky, he’ll grace us with a taste of his newest material.
The Adventure (Mike Brune, 15 mins)
A well-to-do Southern couple heads into their local state park for a picnic and encounters a mysterious mime along the way. Mike Brune's directorial debut is a masterful exercise in tone, balancing American humor with European drama to create something wholly original. (Special NYC sneak preview!)
After the End of the World
Scaredy Cats (Bossi Baker, 15 mins)
Bossi Baker's film—made as his thesis project for the Savannah College of Art and Design—is an impressive accomplishment. Scaredy Cats conjures the apocalyptic dread of Cormac McCarthy's The Road in only fifteen minutes. If I had been Baker's teacher, I would have strongly advised him not set his sights so high, yet I would have been wrong. Scaredy Cats is an unsettling, haunting experience.
Glory at Sea (Benh Zeitlin, 25 mins)
Benh Zeitlin's life-affirming spectacle is another portrait of post-catastrophe America, following a group of spirited residents in post-Katrina New Orleans who build a raft to reunite with their missing loved ones at the bottom of the sea. In a year of exceptional cinema, Glory at Sea might very well be the most exceptional achievement of them all. If you haven't seen this film, now's your chance! And if you have, now's your chance to see it again!
Don't miss out on this great lineup!