LOGLINE: A woman’s two inner selves recognize each other for the first time.
SYNOPSIS: Striving to create an online persona with the hope of approaching wealthy men to fund her project, a young woman struggles with the thought of sacrificing dignity for the sake of her artistic vision. As the persona takes on a life of its own, gradually shifting her focus and purpose, two inner selves recognize each other for the first time in turmoil.
LOGLINE: From class and race to women’s history and gentrification, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker craft an intimate sociohistorical portrait of an urban laundromat using the people who worked there for decades.
SYNOPSIS: In the 21st century, the laundromat has become a symbol of the aging urban community, one of its last units to disappear as gentrification fleshes its roots out across the neighborhood. The people who have been working there for as long as several decades are almost as invisible, perhaps only recognizable by paper-thin button-up vests or pouches stuffed with quarters. Interviewing and creating performances with several of these individuals, filmmaker Lynne Sachs and playwright Lizzie Olesker craft an intimate sociohistorical portrait of this former staple of urban life. While touching on issues of social class, race, and women’s history, Sachs and Olesker’s documentary avoids exposé to prioritize giving visibility to the people that are the lifeblood of this all-too familiar yet fading institution.
LOGLINE: A shape evolves with an accompanying sound score, birthing a synesthetic collaboration. A cross-like figure grows, moving in captivating harmony with the sound, until it is unclear where the figure starts, where it ends, and where it begins again.
SYNOPSIS: Multiple-disciplinary artist David Brody directs an experimental animation born from an isometric drawing. Brody’s 2003 installation entitled Descent inspired this 2018 iteration, a “synesthetic drama” featuring a single black image expanding from the corner of the screen. The figure, presented in four flowing episodes, builds upon itself as Zig Gron’s accompanying sound score begins to swell. Together, image and sound consume the screen. Through folding and unfolding graphics and sounds, Proliferation is an examination of the relationship between its visual and sonic loops.
John B. Reed, 2018, 1hr 37min
Sunday, May 6th, 2:30 pm
Late 70s, downtown NYC, bar scene. Fara, the bar keeper’s young wife, falls in love with her beautiful step son, Po, just back from California. Early 80s, a filmmaker goes back to the witnesses and players, who tell the story of the tragedy. It’s Phaedra and Hippolytus, shot in a cool-tempered No Wave style.