the Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers

Secrets of the Dead Short Film Festival seeks your short (20 minutes or less) horror film for screening(s) on and/or around Halloween 2023.

Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky will read from The Wolfboy of Rego Park joined by Richard Cabut (ex-NME) and Tony O’Neill (ex-Brian Jonestown Massacre) at Lucky Bar (168 Avenue B, NYC) on Sept. 30, 6-8pm. This SHIT is FREE (even for you).

The Babylon Theater in Berlin invited Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky to curate & present four consecutive film programs: Secrets of Outer Space, Secrets of Inner Space, Secrets of the Deep-Dreams on Film, and an unprecedented screening of nine Syndicate shorts. Owing to plague, this blessed event has been postponed until some time in the mysterious and seemingly remote future when civilization (cinema) returns. Stay pruned for details, fellow cineastes !

The Syndicate mourns the deaths of three friends and collaborators in celluloid: Larry Kessler, Jack Terricloth, and Leslie Barany. Our flag is at half-mast.

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. Our films are not available on any website for free; 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, The Brickbats, Thompson Automatic, The Godz, The Hold Steady, Sonny Vincent, Casket of Dreams, 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 Ian Couch, Margee Challa, Janelle Rominski, Dan Efram, Arin Sangurai, and Tina Zimmer, as well as illustrators like Bill Anderson and Heather Lee Allen.

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The Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers Thanks You For Your Time and Interest