#Film&Friends Presents: Jeff Wengrofsky

February 26, 2016

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2439 18th St NW


In this Darwinian, dog-eat-dog existence, humans have developed an innate fear and loathing of insects that is hardly matched among our species’ many phobias and hatreds. Perhaps our animosity stems from the popular notion that, when our species eventually exterminates mammalian life, insects will inherit our planet. Or perhaps insects remind us of our final destination – even the most pretty and rich among us will eventually be eaten by little critters. Likewise, insects may also remind us of our ugliness – how beauty is species specific, in the eye of the beholder. And they outnumber us on this planet by a considerable margin, and, are actually all over and even inside the cleanest among us.


Featured Directors:

MV Carbon is a Brooklyn-based sound and video artist whose current work references magic, interchangeability, and telekinesis.  She has received commissions, grants, and residencies from The Jerome Foundation, Roulette (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), The Clocktower Gallery (NY), and The City of Chicago Cultural Affairs (IL).  Carbon has performed and exhibited her work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), PS1-MoMA(NY), The Guggenheim BMW Lab (NY), The Copenhagen Music Theater (DK), ULU (UK), Nefertiti Jazz Club (SE), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), The Stone (NY), Performa 2011(NY), The Sage (UK), Casa Des Artes, (PT), Worm (NL).  Her film, Spiral Stabilimenta (color, video, 2011, 5:32), will screen at Secrets of the Insect World.

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. Alice will screen her animated short for the song Ichthus Hop by Talbot Tagora (2009). This will be the film’s theatrical premiere.

Bradley Eros has been working in experimental film, video, collage, photography, performance, sound, and text as part of New York City’s film community since the 1970s. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, PS1, The New York, London & Rotterdam Film Festivals, Performa09, Exit Art, The Kitchen, Millennium, Ocularis, Light Industry, Issue Project Room, Microscope Gallery, Participant Inc, Cabinet, ABC No Rio, White Box, Warhol Museum, Pacific Film Archives, SF Cinematheque, No.w.here  (London), Lightcone (Paris), Arsenal (Berlin), and Image Forum (Tokyo).  Bradley will screen two short films: spidery (2004, color, sound, dvd, soundtrack: Stockhausen’s Zodiac, 8:23) and eau de cinema (2014, edited with Tim Geraghty, color, dvd, soundtrack by Olivier Messiaen, 2:00).

Art Jones is an artist working with photography, the moving image, audio and installation. His work steals and borrows from mainstream media culture as raw material to be sampled and re-combined. Jones works in a variety of genres, including fiction, documentary and music-related pieces. He lives in the Bronx, New York City. Art’s film, Dronography (color, 6:00) will premier at Secrets of the Insect World.

Since 1997, Scientifically Speaking with Irene Moon has been presenting musical lectures and films about insects and other arthropods in an attempt to elevate Entomology (the study of insects) as a rock genre. Irene Moon (Dr. Katja Seltmann) is presently a researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology, and a researcher for ten plus years in Entomology (http://codex.begoniasociety.org). She brings the aesthetics from the entomology laboratory to art galleries and music venues in absurd, though factual, presentations about insects. Playing upon many of our deep fears and stereotypes about insects, she reconfigures them exposing the factual roots of these myths.  Her films Terroristic Entymology (color, Super 8, 1998, 2:50) and Slumbering Helplessly (color, video, music, with Yon Visell, 2012, 3:50) will be screened at Secrets of the Insect World.

Since the late seventies, Lary Seven has been building, soldering, photographing, recording, mixing, filming, playing, collecting, re-interpreting and creating sound and image. He’s the founder of the Analogue Society and co-founder of Plastikville Records and Directart Productions Ltd. He has performed in many countries in Europe as well as in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Seven lives and works in Manhattan’s East Village and is one of the last remaining vestiges of a once-vibrant community.  At Secrets of the Insect World, Lary will be showing slides through a Magic Lantern.

Writer, director, and actor Jeffrey Wengrofsky (curator) 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, Luncheonette (Greenpoint), and now, at the Gene Frankel Theatre.  He will screen his film, The Party in Taylor Mead’s Kitchen (color, video, 2011, 10:00), at Secrets of the Insect World. More info: www.humansyndicate.com

Mike Wilson produces music, radio theatre, music videos, and short films. His studio, Sulphurbath Productions, also hosts art exhibits and, for the third year in a row, is participating in Bushwick Open Studios. Mike received the award for Best Music Video at the New York International Film Festival in 2010. Incantare (color, sound, 2015, 6:00) will premiere at Secrets of the Insect World.


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