SCREENING DATES & TIMES:
Thursday, April 20th at 9:30pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 9:15pm
Not all of us are destined to go gentle into that good night. Ask any of the island spirits, murderous siblings, or vengeful artists dominating this block. Everybody Dies, sure, but our individual journeys to and through the afterlife—if one believes in such a thing—are sometimes anything but peaceful. Angst-ridden and anarchic, simmering with not-so-quiet rage, the shorts of Everybody Dies concern themselves with the souls and psyches of those for whom tranquility and passive acceptance are not possible. Everybody Dies burns with irrepressible emotion, searing audiences with taboo feelings that would certainly remain covered otherwise. All the lives of Everybody Dies rattle and rage, going out with an explosion, not a whimper.
J. Cole’s music video “Everybody Dies” sets an unmistakably volatile tone, with director Scott Lazer honing in on the devastating power of language to insult and malign. In this truck bed tirade, the artistic reputations of others are victims of the rapper’s poisoned pen. On the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, malevolent jumbi haunt the memories of locals in Vashti Harrison’s journalistic experimental short Field Notes. Spoken recollections and notebook scribblings overpower grainy 16mm film footage to create a vision of an afterlife populated by supernatural furies. Death, Gabriella Badillo’s scorched revision of a traditional Mexican folktale, offers yet another tale of a painful, protracted demise with the story of three brothers attempting to elude the inevitable.
White Death, Robert Collío’s ghostly real-life chronicle of a lost Chilean battalion’s ill-fated trip through the snowy mountains, unsettles with its frightening vision. André Silva’s 16mm observational documentary Black River haunts with somber images of a landscape cycling through decay and eventual renewal. David Zonana’s narrative short Dim Blood perplexes with its study of a young woman’s strange response to her sister’s leukemia diagnosis. Wave Iteration, Anna Spence’s pixelated, color-saturated experimental study of organic sea forms, enriches Everybody Dies with its bewitching array of intense imagery
Field Notes, directed by Vashti Harrison
White Death, directed by Robert Collio
J. Cole – Everybody Dies, directed by Scott Lazer
Black River, directed by André Silva
Death, directed by Gabriela Badillo
Dim Blood, directed by David Zonana
Wave Iteration, directed by Anna Spence