In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life

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Drugs have been used to access the spiritual dimensions of existence in many cultures since the dawn of civilization.  Artists have likewise sought to escape the confines of the rational mind through the use of substances that expand the senses, alter perception, and suspend the repression of the conscious mind. And others, eager to subvert the conventions of a prevailing culture, have hoped to achieve liberation and even Enlightenment by modifying how they thought.  In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life will explore the heights and depths of consciousness to reveal truths inaccessible to the sober.

In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life is a film festival of nine short films (each five to ten minutes in duration) about how getting wasted can elevate the spirit, enhance our creativity, make us wiser, deliver us onto freedom or otherwise improve the human condition.  Many formats - documentary, experimental, animation, and narrative film – are represented in this program as well as a 16mm print of Edwin S. Porter’s silent film classic, “Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend,” which will have musical accompaniment.

Event Info:

The Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave. Greenpoint, Bk) will host In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life on Saturday, November 21st, from 8pm til 12 midnight. Eight dollars and a 21+ ID at the door will get you nine films and unlimited whiskey and vodka (while supplies last). The Sunview is small venue, so first come will be first served. Host/Curator: Jeffrey Wengrofsky

The Films:

- Alice Cohen, "Ambulance" (2010) music video created for the band Greatest Hits in 2010. It was screened as part of a single channel video loop in 2010 at the now defunct Live With Animals art gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn, for my "Mirror Moves for Private Eyes" solo art show, and again in 2015 at Adobe Books Arts Cooperative in San Francisco for a screening of selected animations.

Alice Cohen is an animator/musician living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She makes labor-intensive stop motion collage animations from found books, magazines and objects, and has created dozens of music videos for indie bands such as Ducktails, Maria Minerva and many others. Her work has been shown in screenings, gallery and museum settings, including Microscope gallery, Anthology Film Archives and the New Museum. Cohen has been musically active since the late 70s, releasing recordings on both major and indie labels. Her 5th solo release, Into The Grey Salons came out in September 2015 on Olde English Spelling Bee Records.

- Bradley Eros, “DrunkDreamNightmare", 10:00, sound, (never released, but made in the early 90s, on VHS, a solo bedroom project, now part of the Velvet Hermetic System)

Three scenes originally taped from night-owl television & sutured together into a vertigo danse macabre: 1) an inebriated taunt: “Think you oughtta drink that. . .” 2) a nocturnal puzzle in “a queer, mirrored-sort of room...” 3) a psycho-ride with a roller-coaster siren from the Twilight Zone.~ with stroboscopic color frames to induce nausea.”

Bradley Eros is an artist working in myriad media: experimental film & video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. Also a maverick curator, composer, designer & investigator. Concepts include: ephemeral cinema, mediamystics, subterranean science, erotic psyche, cinema povera, poetic accidents and musique plastique. Exhibited at Whitney Biennial & The American Century, MoMA, Performa09, The New York, London & Rotterdam Film Festivals, The Kitchen, Microscope Gallery; Worked for many years with the New York Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archives & co-directed the Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema.

- Leslie Hodgkins, Undine's Dream,“ 7 min., 2015, 16mm and Super 8mm digital transfer, premiere

A young woman listens to old records on a lonely evening. The psychedelic reverie evoked by the music elicits sublime fantasies mingled with deep-seated memories of a primordial past. 

Leslie Hodgkins is a writer, filmmaker, and associate editor at Bellevue Literary Press. His writing has been published in The Battersea ReviewThe Mantle, and VIS: Inter-Arts. His films have screened at a variety of galleries and social events, usually accompanied by live music. 

- Art Jones “Valley of the Darlings” (2015) 5:10 premiere

Art Jones has produced and directed pieces for organizations including MTV, Deep Dish Television, and the Women's Health Project of New York City Department of Health, and has served as Director of Photography on projects for clients including The New York Times, Red Bull BC One Tokyo, and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. Jones is best known for his innovation in the art of audio/visual mixing. His live mixes have been performed in collaboration with musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium.Jones' films and media art projects have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, London's Tate Gallery, and numerous media festivals and broadcast outlets internationally. Jones was born in the Bronx, is a graduate of SUNY-Purchase, where he currently works.  

- The Mannone Brothers (Alex and Marco),  “Rex Picket’s My Life on Spec: The Story Behind Sideways,” 13:39, festival premiere, 2011

Author Rex Pickett brings you on a personal road trip back to the very wine country that inspired his hit novel "Sideways." This short film is intended to be expanded into a feature-length documentary that will also encompass his follow-up novel, "Vertical," his hit play and third and final novel of the trilogy "Sideways 3: Chile."

Originally from Italy and now living in Los Angeles, brothers Alex and Marco Mannone are a filmmaking team currently developing screenplays in Hollywood.  They are represented by the Gersh talent agency.

- Jeffrey Wengrofsky, “Jack Terricloth is Alive and Well in Gotham,” 2009, 9 minutes, festival premiere. The film was broadcast on the site of Coilhouse Magazine

Curator/Host: Writer, director, and actor Jeffrey Wengrofsky is the fourth generation of his family to make a home in NYC’s Lower East Side.  His films have been screened at DOC NYC (IFC Center), Boston LGBT Film Festival, Berkeley Video and Film Festival, Brownfish Film Festival (Cinema Village), Beacon Independent Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, Churner & Churner (NYC), and elsewhere.  In 2015, he had a residency at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (Brooklyn) to work on The Song of Hiawatha, his first feature-length film. Jeffrey has curated events at The New School, NYU, Yale, the New York Academy of Art, at the Gene Frankel Theatre and he has taught at NYU, Rutgers, and at The New School. Jeffrey Wengrofsky and Leslie Hodgkins host Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, a podcast on art and artists in New York for Radio Initiativa (Lviv, Ukraine). For more information: www.humansyndicate.com and www.humanfeaturesfilm.com

- Jack Wheeler, “Liquor Cabinet,” 5:48, premiere, 2015

Jack Wheeler graduated from Suny Purchase in 2007 with a BFA in screenwriting. His first short film, Fat Man, was an official selection at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2010, Jack has directed and produced several short films after that including Reconciliation, Creeps, and The Gateway Hypothesis. I'm currently in the process of editing my first feature - Brooklyn Bullet.

- Michael C. Wilson, "A Letter From Stone," 7:21, 2015, premiere.  

Mike Wilson is a multimedia producer living in New York City. Focusing on the abstract and the incongruous become harmonious, he produces music, radio theatre, music videos and short films. Having founded Sulphurbath Productions in 2009, he currently works as a producer and videographer in Brooklyn, New York. Projects include "Inside the Sulphurbath" internet discussion show, "Knickerbocker Ave" - strange science fiction radio show, and "Incantare"-a scifi short. Wilson received the award for best music video at the New York International Film Festival in 2010 for the video "Return of the Jitney Man" by Jeff Tain Watts.

- Bradley Eros will screen two 16mm films (courtesy of Joel Schlemowitz):

Edwin S. Porter’s“Dream of a Rarebit Fiend” (1906.) On 16mm with smell-o-vision and live soundtrack.

The absinthe scene from Ken Russell’s film Dante’s Inferno: The Private Life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poet and Painter (1967),featuring the “inspired lunacy” of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  On 16mm with smell-o-vision and live soundtrack.

About the Secrets series:

Believing that cinema allows us to see what they eye cannot, the Secrets series aims at divulging mysteries.  This will be the third installment of the Secrets series. The first, Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film, premiered at the Sunview Luncheonette in June 2014, with five participating directors: Alice Cohen, Bradley Eros, Leslie Hodgkins, Joel Schlemowitz, and Jeffrey Wengrofsky.  The second, Secrets of the Insect World, premiered at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street, NYC) with eight directors: MV Carbon, Bradley Eros, Jeff Frumess, Art Jones, Irene Moon, Lary Seven, Jeffrey Wengrofsky, and Mike Wilson. In February 2016 Secrets of the Insect World will be traveling – along with its host and several directors – to Washington, DC to screen at The Lookout. 

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 20:00
  • 221 Nassau Ave
    New York
    United States
    40° 43' 33.114" N, 73° 56' 37.5468" W