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the Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers

The Babylon Theater in Berlin invited Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky to present four consecutive film programs on May 2, 2020: 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 sometime in the mysterious future when civilization and cinema return to homo sapiens.   Stay pruned for details, dear friends !

Secrets of the Dead Film Festival  seeks directors who choose death. This is an OPEN CALL for films concerning DEATH in ANY genre: narrative (vampire and zombie films are welcome), documentary, music video, or animation. Films can be old or new, so send us what you have without regard to date of completion. More than one film can be submitted, though fees for each film will be calculated. Selected films will screen in Secrets of the Dead at Cinema Film Noir in Brooklyn (NYC), a converted funeral parlor, around Halloween in 2020.

Secret Treaties: Strange Political Bedfellows is a short film festival that will turn back the blankets to reveal the squishy underbelly of politics.  This is an OPEN CALL for short films (less than 20 minutes) that efface ALL ideology: the sicker, the better. SECRET TREATIES is a cynical festival dedicated to RIDICULING politics, politicians, activists, media pundits, just causes, wars to end all wars, and true believers. We are seeking degenerate cinema! Dystopias welcome ! What can go wrogn? Screening in 2021.

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, The Brickbats, 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 Ian Couch, Margee Challa, Janelle Rominski, Dan Efram, Arin Sangurai, and Tina Zimmer as well as illustrators like Bill Anderson and Heather Allen.

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