Ithaca Fantastik

Series


Cinema Pur


Chained for Life

Aaron Schimberg • USA • 91min

Sun. Oct. 28 • 6:00pm

Mabel, a beautiful actress, is cast as the lead in a schlocky horror film. Her co-star and most members of the supporting cast are actors with disabilities and physical differences. She connects with her peers off-screen, building friendships—and more—as filming goes on. Mabel begins to consider whether their treatment on set is exploitational.

This film within a film brings up important questions of inclusion vs. exploitation. Are current standards of representation in modern film as equal as we would like to believe?

Chained for Life


Diamantino

Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt • Portugal • 92min

Fri. Nov. 2 • 4:00pm

Every time star footballer Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) makes a shot on goal, a pack of giant, happy, floppy dogs romps onto the pitch in a sparkly cloud. That is, until he misses the game-deciding penalty shot at the World Cup. His groove is gone. The glittery pups are nowhere to be seen. His career is over. Floundering, he falls prey to sinister forces offering him a job as a political mascot—shilling the promise to "make Portugal great again.” Hoping for a second chance, he is instead transported on a surreal and satirical journey through a dysfunctional modern landscape.

Diamantino


Keep an Eye Out!

Quentin Dupieux • France • 73min

Sun. Oct. 28 • 8:00pm

When Louis Fugain (Grégoire Ludig) trips over a dead body in front of his condo, his first impulse is to report it to the police. That’s what any good, logical citizen would do, right? He quickly realizes he’s made a terrible mistake. The obsessive Captain Buron’s (Benoît Poelvoorde) gut tells him Fugain knows more than he’s letting on, and will gleefully grill him until he cracks. The seemingly never-ending interrogation takes absurd turns, soaked in dark humor and bloody fun. It’s a twisted ride all the way to the end.

Keep an Eye Out! (Au Poste!)


Luz

Tilman Singer • GER • 70min

Fri. Nov. 2 • 10:00pm

Luz (Luana Velis) arrives at a police station. Seemingly in state of shock, she begins the interview process of filing a report. Meanwhile, at a nearby bar, a mysterious man drinks alone. He’s approached by a young woman with a disconcerting manner. They strike up a conversation over drinks. A malevolent force seems to permeate both conversations.

Shot on 16mm—and the thesis project for German film student Tilman Singer—LUZ already feels like a movie out of time. It has the aesthetic trappings of a film made in the 1980s, but its characters and story are contemporary in their design and feel.

Luz


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Relaxer

Joel Potrykus • USA • 91min

Sat. Oct. 27 • 2:00pm

Settle in for 91 minutes of action set entirely on a sofa as our hero Abbie (Joshua Burge) attempts to beat all 256 levels of Pac-Man before the world ends. Berated by his brother and a slew of off-kilter friends, Abbie must stick to his mission at any cost. He’ll have to stay focused in the midst of hilarious antics. Will he beat the game? Will the world as we know it be lost for eternity? Will he ever get off the couch?

Relaxer


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Starfish

A.T. White • USA/UK • 101min

Fri. Nov. 2 • 6:00pm

The past can creep up on us in the most unlikely of ways. While grieving the loss of her best friend, Aubrey (Virginia Gardner) finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse. She holes up in her friend’s flat, fending for herself as the world deteriorates and unspeakable Lovecraftian creatures lurk around every corner. With mixtapes, an indie soundtrack, and an adorable pet turtle, Aubrey fights to survive. This fantastical tale of grief and trauma transcends time, space, and logic.

Q&A with special guest: Director A.T. White

Starfish


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Documentaries


Black Mother

Khalik Allah • USA • 77min

Sat. Nov. 3 • 4:00pm

The history of Jamaica is retold through the framework of the three trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy. This heartfelt look at Jamaican identity transcends its documentary form to offer an unusual and unique exploration of humanity. A collage of faces from different generations draws us in as the spoken stories of multiple Jamaicans leads us through the enthralling rhythm of personal and national histories.

Khalik Allah has done it again. After his mesmerising documentary, Field Niggas (2015)—an observational piece of art as well as political statement—he treats us with one of the most compelling works of motion picture of 2018. Pure hybrid between narrative and documentary, switching between digital, Bolex, and Super 8 footage as Allah explores the home country of his own mother, you will be changed after experiencing BLACK MOTHER. THIS is Pure Cinema, period.

Black Mother


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Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

Frank Henenlotter • US • 101min

Sun. Nov. 4 • 6:00pm

In 1991, the FBI thought they had a lead on the Gainesville student murders when they came into possession of Mike Diana’s 'zine, Boiled Angel. Despite being cleared of any murder charges, the FBI forwarded information about him and his work to Florida police. He became the first artist in US history to be prosecuted on obscenity charges—all because of his cartoonish depictions of depravity. This documentary, directed by Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage), features narration by Jello Biafra and appearances by Neil Gaiman, George Romero, Jay Lynch, and the trial lawyers who felt they were justified in putting an artist behind bars.

Q&A with special guests: director Frank Henenlotter, artist Mike Diana, and producer Mike Hunchback

Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana


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Midnighters


Girls With Balls

Olivier Afonso • France • 87min

Sat. Nov. 3 • 12:00am

A girls volleyball team, The Falcons, find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere after their minivan breaks down. Little do they know, they landed in the territory of some degenerate redneck hunters. The hunt is on. Thus begins a very long night where the teammates must run for their lives and test their team spirit. But these young athletes may be more resourceful than the hunters give them credit for. Serve. Set. Spike. Kill!

Girls With Balls


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One Cut of the Dead

Shin'ichirô Ueda • 2017 • Japan • 96min

Fri. Nov. 2 • 12:00am

When an ambitious but small-time commercial director (Takayuki Hamatsu) is hired for the arduous task of creating a single-take zombie film which is broadcast live, death and gore become the least of his on-set problems. Starting with the unbroken 37-minute final piece, One Cut of the Dead then goes back in time to show the story behind the making of the actual film—complete with trouble from divas, saké, broken equipment, and even diarrhea. A high-energy screamfest that turns heartwarming, this film knows exactly how to sell its scares.

One Cut of the Dead


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Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh

Vivieno Caldinelli • USA • 96min

Sun. Oct. 28 • 10:00pm

A small-town couple (Kate Micucci and Sam Huntington) finds the perfect apartment at an amazing price. But a parade of intruders keep breaking in to practice a strange cult ritual, following the teachings of their guru: the Holy Storsh (Taika Waititi). The final step? Suicide in the apartment bathtub.

From the deranged minds at Spectrevision, (Mandy) this is comedy in the tradition of the grand guignol, with the hilarious Dan Harmon as an out of his mind inspector—be ready to laugh out loud. Definitely… cult!

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh


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