Fifteen Shorts on Tap for NYC's Inaugural "Fall Collection"
by Brian Brooks
On November 1st, New York City will welcome its latest film/cultural event, "The Fall Collection." The 21-night festival combines film, music and theater into each night of programming in order to spotlight "underexposed new and emerging artists." The Fall Collection, which is non-competitive, offers a rotation of one-act plays and short films in a theater, followed by music at a nearby venue where the evening will culminate in a party featuring live music from DJs, bands and solo artists. The fest promises that "no two nights will be the same," and organizers have named fifteen American independent and international shorts from notable and emerging filmmakers for its inaugural event.
Among the film offerings slated to screen during The Fall Collection is Steve Collins' "Homebody," about a boy who stalks and eats a can of moldy soup that reminds him of his beloved mother. Bill Morrison's "Light is Calling" depicts a deteriorating scene from James Young's "The Bells" (1926) which is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon's seven-minute composition. The piece is described further as "a meditation on the random and fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an ancient film." Cam Archer's "bobbycrush," currently on rotation on Sundance Channel, is about 13 year-old Bobby who has a crush on his best friend Dylan, who then ignores his friend after finding a girlfriend, thus crushing Bobby.
2004 Sundance-winning short "Gowanus, Brooklyn" by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden join the lineup with a film about a 12 year-old girl who has discovered a dark secret about her teacher, while Chase Palmer's "Shock and Awe" takes place at a family meal in Baghdad, which is interrupted by bombing, but a teenage boy, determined to eat, does not follow his family for shelter. Cesar Kuriyama's "Awkward" centers on three bored companions who experience an 'awkward' moment when they introduce beer to the situation, while John Chuldenko's "Fake Stacey" is the story of an accidental pop culture icon. The film has screened at Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons, SXSW and the Atlanta film festivals. "Gravel," meanwhile, is the story of a "single mom [who] drags her skateboarding teenage daughter on a short road trip for lunch with an ex-convict mother has her eye on. Directed by Steven Bognar, the film along with his other shorts and docs have screened at global fests including Sundance, Rotterdam and Locarno.
"Like the films being chosen to headline The Fall Collection's debut season, these first fifteen were carefully chosen by our board of curators not only to showcase the talents of their creators, but also to expose them to an unsuspecting audience in a totally new and entertaining way," commented Erica Livingston, The Fall Collection's executive director in a statement. "While some of the films are comedic and otherwise readily engaging, others are more visually and morally challenging. When placed in rotation against each other in a single evening that also offers one-act plays and live music for 21 nights in a row, The Fall Collection offers our audience a totally new performance and multi-media arts experience." The event will take place at the LaTeaTheater at the CSV Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and will continue through November 21st.
[ For more information and a full line up, visit the event's http://www.thefallcollection.org . ]