2017 Programs

Brief Summary

Christened after last year's DIY tour-de-force I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS, this programme compiles the strangest and most compelling eccentric short films we've seen all year, from polished excursions into existential surrealism to enthusiastic reveries of outsider art madness. You'll experience unusual aspect ratios, all manner of mediums (including VHS), broken 4th walls, the occasional flagrant disregard for continuity editing and plenty of endearingly alien performances; all of which culminates in the most mind-meltingly bizarre short film submission this programmer has ever seen! As Bené would say: “These shorts are weird, man.”

Films in this program:

  • WIND THROUGH A TREE
    Experimental filmmaker Seth Smith (LOWLIFE) offers up the eccentric anti-adventures of four members of his family, connecting their souls through colour and composition in this poetic, tragicomic fusion of fiction and home movie.
  • DIVORCED DAD : HOME IMPROVEMENTS
    Divorced Dad (with you the first and third weekend of the month) gets some bad news in this hilarious and disturbing public access nightmare that could have only emerged from the mad minds at ASTRON-6 (MANBORG, THE EDITOR).
  • MAN WITHOUT DIRECTION
    A put-upon man nearly loses himself to the labyrinthine corridors of a shabby roadside hotel in this sublimely surreal dark comedy inspired by Dante's Inferno. A unique collaboration between the creators of SOUND OF NOISE and Moomsteatern, an acclaimed Swedish theatre company comprised of performers with intellectual disabilities.
  • DISCO INFERNO
    A black clad vixen infiltrates a sumptuous mansion overrun with cultists in what begins as a rescue mission, and then deliriously descends into an eerie musical reverie, before finally arriving at a most unexpected conclusion.
  • DOG BOWL
    The theft of service "dog" vest ignites an existential crisis with "sirius" cosmic repercussions. This short is also exactly 44.5x funnier than that aforementioned pun. It is impecable absurdism, the kind that inspires both wonder and gleeful delight.
  • ALIKE & DIFFERENT
    David Davis becomes your new favorite outsider artist in this lo-fi satirical look at a first contact scenario.
  • TRIAL RUN
    A pop-up ad on a porn site leads an unemployed and unstable man on a convoluted cross-country mission to recover a litany of mysterious corpses with the promise of sexual fulfillment. A kinetic and compelling menagerie of conspiratorial musings and manic ruminations instilled with a delirious momentum reminiscent of Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99 monologues, as if performed by a deranged Jack Burton.
  • REVERSE EFFECTS
    David Davis warns of the dangers of purchasing time travel over the Internet.
  • MY JOHNNY
    An epic suburban fever dream about a boy, a babysitter and prescription LSD. LA fringe filmmaker Vincent De Ghoulie claims to have invoked the spirit of his former teacher and great experimental artist George Kuchar while making the film and the result is something so magnificently singular it deserves to sits alongside cinematic company as prestigious as Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE and as infamous as Breen's FATEFUL FINDINGS. May melt your brain, but will split your sides and leave you in utter astonishment.
  • SUPERHERO
    David Davis reminds us about the importance of being an organ donor. Don't wait till your dead.