Experimental

Experimental

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  • Limerence

    On a laid-back summer day, a young woman spends some time with her casual partner. Irmak Akgur directs “Limerence,” a slice-of-life portrait that flows in uninhibited vignettes. Minimally plotted but tonally sharp, Akgur’s film captures a couple of free spirits in their element — spending the day...

  • When it comes to the inside of you

    In their early twenties, a Brooklyn couple contemplates the ramifications of unprotected sex. Jinho Myung directs “When it comes to the inside of you,” a candid discussion between friends that authentically captures the perspective and foundational knowledge / naivety of four young friends. Dual ...

  • Coconut

    To his mother's homeland of Jamaica, a young man returns to pay last respects to the grandmother he called Two Mommy. “Coconut,” directed by Jard Lerebours, is a self-proclaimed “public declaration of love,” an experimental documentary and poetic remembrance of a matriarch and caretaker. Shot on ...

  • Groundhog Year

    A woman searches for meaning in her life, where all days seem to blend into one. Varya Rootwood directs “Groundhog Year,” an experimental film poem rendered with striking, darkly funny compositions and sarcastic monologue. She spends her day gardening, drinking coffee, and reading. Except, she’s ...

  • Polished

    While navigating a busy work day, a woman reflects on a profound personal decision. “Polished,” directed by Colleen Dodge, is a sensory vignette tracking a vulnerable woman through a difficult day in New York City. Jane attends to incessant needs from her job but she is mentally elsewhere. Trying...

  • Be Leaving

    Two men in bloody shirts watch a French film and chat about Cheese-Wiz as a shell-shocked woman tries to make sense of it all. “Be Leaving,” directed by Brandon Wilson, is a surreal avant-garde film oozing with uncertainty as it reveals surprising doses of humor. Via deadpan banter, the two men d...

  • The Duchess of Zion

    Born into a life of opulence, Anna finds herself stuck in a plagued dream state. Horace Martins directs “The Duchess of Zion,” a striking experimental film capturing a life of beauty and decay, a mix of the haunted and the ethereal. Soon after her birth, Anna’s wealthy parents split, her dad ditc...

  • Sticky

    An uninvited houseguest makes herself at home. “Sticky,” directed by Aisha Schliessler, is a stylish experiment — an exploration of a living space inhabited by somebody who doesn’t live there. With unclear intentions, the woman makes her way through the house: in the kitchen, she drinks from a bo...

  • Time Code

    Commissioned to make a short profile of an emerging pop star, a 3-person American film crew spends six days in Asia searching for their subject. Brook Linder directs “Time Code,” a hyperkinetic meta narrative that coheres improbably around the creation of a piece of glossy online content in 2016....

  • Slow Vine

    In a series of quietly absurd vignettes, a group of people move through their lives in anticipation of a punchline they can’t see. “Slow Vine," directed by Glenn Fellman, patiently explores the quotidian spaces and timelines turned askew by surreal touches. A man in a suit aggressively rides an e...

  • The Pressure of Sweetness

    Two undergraduates discuss the status of their relationship and their sexual experiences. Jinho Myung directs “The Pressure of Sweetness,” a spontaneous conversation that accurately reflects the nascent modes of expression between two young adults evaluating a fling. While hanging out one day, th...

  • The Valley of the Cats

    Two brothers steal a car in Lisbon, Portugal and head for a lighthouse. Directed by George Daniell, “The Valley of the Cats,” is an inventive lo-fi comedy adventure, shot on 8mm tape, part road movie, part descent into madness. Dead Eye and Square Hands, as the brothers are known, make their way ...

  • Are You Ok? Cause I'm Ok.

    A mother and daughter trip on Mushrooms together on the Jersey Shore. Part documentary - part scripted - part improv - this film is an exploration of what it means to be a mother and daughter and how we cope with love and death. | Directed by Rivka Rivera. Cast: Amy Berkman, Rivka Rivera.

  • Waterfall

    A young, fantasy-prone writer dances between the parallels of her reality and a fictional world she has created. | Directed by Johanna Block. Starring: Zora Casabere. Co-Starring: Delia Cunningham & Samantha Goldman.

  • Meshes of the After

    A woman returns home to a constantly shifting domestic and mental landscape in this retelling of “Meshes of the Afternoon,” Maya Deren’s landmark avant-garde film. Meg Case and Brad Porter direct “Meshes of the After,” swapping 1940’s Hollywood for Brooklyn current day, and grainy black and white...

  • Souvenirs

    A friend-for-hire balances his time with an eclectic clientele as he prepares for his most involved assignment to date: becoming a father. Andrew Theodore Balasia directs “Souvenirs,” a film that builds on a foundation of loneliness and disconnection to explore the realities (and unrealities) of ...

  • Larry Larissa Linda

    A young woman who paints her nightmares, her wily much-older cousin, and a small apartment-bound therapy group collide. | Directed by Ryan McGlade.

  • Knickknacks

    An attempted e-commerce transaction goes awry. | Director: Ryan McGlade. Cast: Edy Modica, Tynan DeLong.

  • Earth FM

    Three scientists search for an elusive signal...their transmissions cross inside the earth, resulting in a mysterious and cathartic discovery. | Directed by Philip Rabalais.

  • Just getting by is okay

    A silent experimental film about a space man’s first day in Brooklyn. Directed by Travis Wood and shot on Super 8mm black and white film, “Just getting by is okay” communicates with a gentle playfulness and warmth. The ‘space man’ hits the streets to get acquainted with his new environment, attra...

  • Las Gitanas

    On the streets of Los Angeles, a group of young hustlers spend a night partying and stealing. It's a visceral collection of scenes with a pulsating natural energy and soft-focus gaze on lost innocence. The film centers around Gabriel, a handsome young man, and a gender-fluid set of friends maneuv...

  • Pure Immersion

    While recuperating from cosmetic surgery, an actress stops in a small town expecting peace and quiet, but instead finds herself absorbed in a local legend. “Pure Immersion,” directed by Dave Biddle and Dave Ehrenreich, is a strangely engrossing tale of a young woman covered in face bandages makin...

  • Drone Pilot has a Crisis of Conscience

    An upstart drone racing competition attracts a smattering of enthusiasts trying to qualify for a national race. David Ehrenreich directs “Drone Pilot Has a Crisis of Conscience,” which takes a futuristic sporting event and creates an art film around it, surreal, experimental, and shot on Super 16...

  • Future Memory

    Two strangers meet by chance and form a romantic connection. Julissa Yasmeen Ramirez directs “Future Memory,” an experimental short (just over 1 minute long), shot on Super 8mm filmed primarily in close-ups of hands. Under a pressing electronic score, the young couple moves through New York City ...