NewFilmmakers NY – December 11, 2012 @ Anthology Film Archives

NewFilmmakers is an internationally recognized screening series and over the past fourteen years has screened over 600 feature and 2,000 short films. NewFilmmakers screens a wide range of films including animation, documentaries, shorts, and features. Many are films and videos overlooked by traditional film festivals.

On Tuesday, December 11 NewFilmmakers begins with 4 great shorts, followed by a double feature of eclectic feature films.

NewFilmmakers NY screens every week and sometimes more at Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave & 2nd st.) starting at 6pm.

6:00 PM Documentary Series
HACK (2011, 20 minutes)
Dir: Saman Maydani
Only one percent of New York City’s 40,000 taxi drivers are women: Liz is one and she’s stuck. As she drives us towards our dreams, she can’t quite locate her own, finding outlets for her frustrations in unexpected places.Off duty, Liz trains to become a dominatrix and fellow cabby Tyson dreams of recording his debut album; both grasping at a life beyond the wheel.

FACTORY OF ONE (2012, 59 minutes)
Dir: Sage Eaton
John has always wanted to be an engineer, even before he knew what the word meant. From as early as childhood when he built robots with Lego Technics until he went to college to study optical engineering at the University of Davis, John’s life has been leading up to this moment. Since he graduated and moved back to Portland, OR, he has been slowly buying industrial welding and drilling equipment and stocking his garage full of tools so that he could build something great. After a few friends convinced him to join them in forming a theme camp for Burning Man 2008, he fell in love with the free-spirited, highly inspirational nature that brings everyone together in the Nevada desert every year. In 2009, John built his own tent structure made of steel trees and a giant parachute, and again camped with the same group of friends. But some disagreements between them lead him to separate into his own camp for 2010 and now he has to build an entirely new structure. The film follows John throughout his journey from planning the structure’s theme of the Emerald City, to the design, the long tedious building process, and finally to it’s fruition on the dusty grounds of Black Rock City. There are ups and there are downs, but throughout the film John stays vigilant and driven, and ultimately he prevails in a way that can only be appreciated if you realize how much he has done all on his own. It’s not only a story of one man’s determination and remarkable expertise, it’s also a tale of one boy’s dream coming true.

THE HIPSTER PARADOX (2012, 13 minutes)
Dir: Kyra Nicole Rogers 
A satire of the phony nature of the hipster culture. It exposes the absurdness of their culture by juxtaposing the facade with the humanity behind it.

HIPSTER TREATMENT (2009, 14 minutes)
Dir: Bryce Prevatte
When investment banker BOB comes home to meet his graphic artist girlfriend JADEs old friends from NYU – the Hipsters- all hell breaks loose. Literally.In HIPSTER TREATMENT, a comedy-of-bad-manners, first impressions mean a lot. Bobs polite questions reveal Jadeƒ??s seemingly talented, brilliantly creative friends to be lazy, trust-fund wannabes, that don’t actually ‘do’ anything.Arriving at Architecture groupie JULIAN Tribeca loft for a long-awaited meet the friends dinner date, Jade is touched by Bobs natural, easygoing small acts of kindness. At dinner, conversation devolves from polite Q&A, through a zero-sum game of insults, to confessions all around that, aside from the gang pet Jersey Girl Jadeƒ? they, well, dont do anything.When the TV reveals a riot of out-of-work Wall Street bankers the so called living dead turning into a full fledged Zombie massacre, only Bob and Jade seem the least bit concerned.Bob futilely barricades the door in an attempt to save himself, and the Hipsters. Meanwhile, our Hipsters have no time to be concerned about their impending doom by the hands of the zombies, and Bob eventually tires of trying to save them.And so, Bob is left with really only one choice – The Hipsters or the zombies?

8:30 PM Double Feature
IN CARCOSA (2012, 91 minutes)
Dir: Christopher Ernst
Built around improvised performances from a fantastic ensemble cast and an original, improvised score by Kill Dalton Ames (featuring rock cellist Gordon Withers with J. Robbins and Zach Barocas of Jawbox), the film twists the storyline with textured visual montage sequences and nods to abstract cinema art creating a unique motion picture experience.

The “group” begins another meeting under the unhinged supervision of their group leader, William. As the session unfolds, William begins to crack under the sarcastic scrutiny of his neighbor, Barry, while an absent group member, the mysterious Daniel, taunts him through strange phone calls. As each member of the group recounts their latest “episode,” they flicker between states of surreal recollection and absurdist conversation. Through their stories, each individual tries to make sense of the truth behind their condition, as William continues to become increasingly unstable. When the session is suddenly interrupted by a nightmarish vision and Barry’s unplanned entrance, William finally snaps and the group falls apart. The enigmatic Daniel then appears in a series of dream-like flashbacks that begin to hint at his relationships with the group members and his secret machinations. As the flashbacks progress, Daniel’s behavior grows more and more confused and time/space seems to break down in the very substance of the film around him. At last, Daniel and William come together as their stories oddly intertwine toward a climax. Rejected by the group, they each escape into the thick of their environmental delusions, lost in hallucinatory, fever-dream landscapes: an unreal metropolis that finally opens into passageways perhaps leading to stranger worlds.

CURRENCY (2012, 85 minutes)
Dir: Brad Rosier
Currency weaves together a tapestry of tales as we observe several lives over the course of eight decades. A writer asks why we live. A child asks why we die. Mobsters ask why life has value. An old woman asks why we are alone. A scientist asks why there is anything at all. Part mystery, part drama, Currency is a collection of simple stories about the hard questions we are all dying to have answered. We all want to know why and we all die.

About NewFilmmakers NY
NewFilmmakers screens at Anthology Film Archives on the Lower East Side at 32 Second Avenue & 2nd Street. NewFilmmakers LA screens in the Stanley Kramer Theater at the Sunset Gower Studio and has become a leading showcase for new films in Hollywood.  Many features screened at NewFilmmakers are now available on NewFilmmakers Online. New York Admission is $6 for the whole evening and tickets are available at the Anthology Box Office the night of screening.


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