the Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers
The Forgiveness of Judith Malina, a short film about the ethics of forgiveness after the Holocaust featuring Judith Malina, will premiere on July 7, 2019 at Anthology Film Archives as a Special Session of “New Filmmakers New York.”
Secrets of the Dead has issued an OPEN CALL for short FILMS (5-10 minutes in duration) about death for Halloween screening (Nov. 2nd) in a former funeral parlor in NYC.
Secrets of Inner Space has issued an OPEN CALL FOR short FILMS (5-10 minutes in duration) about mind, body, spirit and/or blood for screenings in 2020.
As the telescopes of Galileo and Edwin Hubble de-centered our sense of the universe and Antony van Leeuwenhoek’s microscope revealed life hitherto invisible to the naked eye, Secrets of Outer Space will deploy a visual device – cinema – to plumb the mysteries of that which lay outside unassisted sensory knowledge. Secrets of Outer Space: Into the Great Beyond will screen ten international short films on space travel, extra-terrestrial life, and alternative dimensions. The next screening of this program will be at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival in November 2019.
The Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers makes documentary films that focus on tensions in the creative life between art and commerce, democracy and demagoguery, freedom and debauchery, sexiness and sexism, existentialism and inspiration, bohemianism and mores, psychedelic illumination and cosmic mumbo-jumbo, etc. Sometimes our films are available on this website for free and without commercial interruption, but they are usually off-line so that they can be screened at festivals, galleries, and other arts institutions. Our first four films were simultaneously broadcast on the blog of Coilhouse Magazine.
To date, Syndicate soundtracks have been commissioned to members of: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Cramps, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, The Mars Volta, Beaut, Thompson Automatic, The Godz, The Hold Steady, Sonny Vincent, The Fungus Fire Tabernacle Choir, The Cult Heroes, and The Nixon-Mao Handshake. Our coming contraptions reel was scored by J.G. Thirlwell aka Foetus. The Syndicate collaborates with photographers like Tina Zimmer, Margee Challa, Janelle Rominski, Dan Efram, Arin Sangurai, and Ian Couch as well as graphic artists like Bill Anderson and Heather Allen.
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