As the telescopes of Galileo and Edwin Hubble decentered our sense of the universe and Antony van Leeuwenhoek's microscope first 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 is seeking your 5-10 minute film on space travel, time travel, extra-terrestrial life, and/or alternative dimensions throughout 2018 with a screening in early 2019 at the Gene Frankel Theatre in downtown NYC.
Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film, a festival of eleven films selected from 415 international submissions will screen on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 8:00 at Reverb at 2112 North Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryland This program includes the Syndicate's Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams, a surreal documentary about Marti Domination, the chanteuse, member of the Black Lips Performance Cult, and star of Mathew Barney's Cremaster I.
Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky curated and hosted Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film, a festival of eleven films selected from 415 international submissions and representing five genres: narrative, documentary, experimental, and music video. The affair took place at the historic Gene Frankel Theatre on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:00. Among the films on exhibit was the Syndicate's Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams, a surreal documentary about the chanteuse, member of the Black Lips Performance Cult, and star of Matthew Barney's Cremaster I. Other directors whose work was screened include Douglas Hart (Jesus and Mary Chain), British musician She Rocola, Joe Whitney (Flaming Stars), Kirstie Allison (Cold Lips Magazine, UK), Scottish rocker Gil de Ray (Vagrant Lovers), thrice Emmy Award nominated actor Emily O'Brien (Young and the Restless), Stephen Rutterford (Brooklyn Brothers), Liz Tabish (Austin, Texas), Olga Guse (Berlin), Gordon Raphael (Berlin), and Vinicius Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams was a semi-finalist at the Southeastern International Film Festival in Nashville.
Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky was been invited by the Lexington Film League to screen Secrets of the Heart at the 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington on Sunday, October 8th.
Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky was interviewed by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Tav Falco, etc.) for his radio show on London's SOHO Radio on August 14, 2017: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/jim-sclavunos-14082017/
Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky was invited to screen four short Syndicate films along with a preview sample of The Song of Hiawatha, his feature film on the American counterculture, at the Framestore Preview Theatre in London.
In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life, These directors had films selected for SECRETS of the INTOXICATED LIFE 2017: NikaDrandrova, Leslie Hodgkins, Matthew Kohn, Keith Nelson, TruusdeGroot, Lena Marquise, Joe Whitney (starring Billy Childish!), Noora Albright, and Bradley Eros. This blessed event occurred on Saturday, May 20th, 8-11pm, at the Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn). Complimentary whiskey- and vodka-based beverages will be served before and between films to those who dare. $10 w/21+ ID. The affair was written up by Bedford and Bowery, the blog of New York Magazine.
The Syndicate is delighted to announce that we will be screening the Secrets of the Heart Film Festival at the Gene Frankel Theatre on Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2017. This screening is sponsored by 24 Bond Street Arts, which also is the address of the theater. $15 will get you 10 films and enough wine to extinguish your heartburn.
Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky acted in The Knickerbocker Avenue Strange Science and Terror Radio Program. The production included a three-piece orchestra, six dancers, six actors, smoke billowing from third story windows, giant puppets, and evil creatures. It was part of this year’s Bushwick Open Studios. The production was a pick of Hyperallergic and ArtLink deemed it a “must see.”
On June 7, 2016, The Song of Hiawatha, the first feature film by Syndciate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky, became Indiewire’s Project of the Day.
On May 27, Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky hosted a fundraising concert for The Song of Hiawatha, his forthcoming feature film on the American counterculture, at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI. This blessed event was written up in the Detroit Free Press.
Eye from the Lower East Side, a three-part residency
at Howl! Happening featuring the Syndicate’s films continues on April
9 with Jo Boobs Teaches the Va-VA-Voom and the Party in Taylor Mead’s
Kitchen along with a film by Human Features Film – The Song of Hiawatha.
The final date of the residency is April 29 and it will feature the Syndicate’s
film, Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams, along with a performance
by psychedelic pioneers, The Godz, and projections by Adam Alexander.
Photograph by Dan Efram
On March 19, 2016, Howl!
Happening (6 East First Street, NYC) Syndicate director Jeffrey
Wengrofsky hosted Secrets
of the Heart – Films Telling the Truth that Hurts, a mini-film festival
dedicated to getting past the propaganda about that most sacred sentiment
- love. This program included a special screening of the Syndicate's
film, Getting Out of Bed With Richard Foreman, a documentary about the
downtown absurdist playwright. The other 9 films in the program were
culled from 340 international submissions and included the work of these
fine directors: Jennifer Bodes, Maria Chauvin, Bradley Eros, Leslie
Hodgkins, Lena Marquise, Robin Queere, Christoph Rainer, Isabelle Vossart,
and Mike Wilson. This blessed event was the first in a three-part series,
Eye From the Lower East Side.
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. On February 26, 2016 at The Lookout in Washington DC eight all-too human directors pondered the Secrets ofthe Insect World and our place in it: MV Carbon, Alice Cohen, Bradley Eros, Art Jones, Irene Moon, Jeffrey Wengrofsky, and Mike Wilson.
In Vino Veritas: Secrets of the Intoxicated Life, a program of 9 short films revealing truths inaccessible to the sober, will be screened on Saturday, November 21, from 8pm to midnight. In addition to cinematic pleasure, your eight dollars will grant you whiskey or vodka (while supplies last). All of this action will occur at the Sunview Luncheonette (221 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, NYC). The Syndicate will screen Jack Terricloth is Alive and Well in Gotham alongside films by: Alice Cohen, Bradley Eros, Leslie Hodgkins, Art Jones, The Mannone Brothers, Jack Wheeler, Mike Wilson…and Edwin S. Porter.
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. On June 26, 2015 at the Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street, NYC), eight all-too human directors pondered the Secrets of the Insect World and our place in it: MV Carbon, Bradley Eros, Jeff Frumess, Art Jones, Irene Moon, Lary Seven, Jeffrey Wengrofsky, and Mike Wilson. The Syndicate screened The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen
In March 2015, Syndicate director Jeffrey Wengrofsky and Leslie Hodgkins (Bellevue Literary Press) launched Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, a podcast series about the creative life in New York City broadcast out of Radio Initiativa in Lviv, Ukraine. The first season included interviews with: J.G. Thirlwell, Sarah Small, Laszlo Santha, Puma Perl, Bishakh Som, Angeliska Polacheck, Andrew K. Thompson, Chi Chi Valenti, Rafael Fuchs, Heidi Lee, Mike Wilson, M.V. Carbon, Stephen Ulrich, Elena Pakhoutova, Stefan Pokorny, Lea Bertucci, Mishka Shabuly, Katelan Foisy, and Steven Blush.
Directors Jeffrey Wengrofsky and Leslie Hodgkins guest curate the Sunview Luncheonette for an evening of surreal cinema from five all-too real directors Alice Cohen, Bradley Eros, Leslie Hodgkins, Joel Schlemowitz, and Jeffrey Wengrofsky. Friday the 13th of June, 2014 at 9pm. $5. BYOB.
Otto's Shrunken Head provided the venue for a three-week DJ residency for Jeffrey Wengrofsky (DJ Les Syndicat) and fellow director and vinyl vermin Jon Sadleir on January 3, 10, and 17, 2014.
Director Jeffrey Wengrofsky (DJ Les Syndicat) was the DJ for back-to-back Psychic TV performances at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 27 and 28, 2013).
Photo by Althea Ann
Director Jeffrey Wengrofsky was the undertaker for the World/Inferno Friendship Society's Hallowmas 2013 at The Warsaw on October 31st 2014.
Photo by Fletcher Wolfe
On May 24, 2013, The Norwood Club's Sound and Vision series screened three of the Syndicate's films for its league of urban sophisticates: Jo Boobs Teaches the Va-Va-Voom, The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen, and Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams.
Jeffrey Wengrofsky was interviewed for podcast by Andrew K. Thompson of the Fullerton Art Museum of U.C.-San Bernardino.
Listen: Ask Andrew Anything - Moments in Modernism
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, The Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers screened Jo Boobs Teaches the Va-Va-Voom and Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams and director Jeffrey Wengrofsky was DJ at a benefit for Occupy Sandy at The Delancey (168 Delancey Street, NYC).
The Syndicate's new film, Marti Domination in the Life of Dreams, premiered as an Official Selection of the Brownfish Film Festival on November 3rd 2012 at Cinema Village (12th Street bw University and Fifth Avenue, New York City).
The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen was shown as an Official Selection of New Filmmakers New York at Anthology Film Archives in New York on July 25, 2012.
In February 2012, Jeffrey Wengrofsky returned for a second season as Dr. Thomas Gonzales, the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, in Speakeasy Dollhouse.
Photograph by Margee Challa
Dominick Grimaldi as played by Edgar Oliver
Jeffrey Wengrofsky as Dr. Thomas Gonzales
Russell Farhang as the deceased Frank Spano
The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen made its New England premiere at the historic Brattle Theater in Cambridge on May 11, 2012 at 9:00pm as part of a double feature with Jobraith A.D., a film about the short-lived glam rocker. The Syndicate thanks Boston LGBT Film Festival and the Brattle Theater for their reckless programing.
Microscope Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn had an all-Syndicate program featuring: Getting Out of Bed With Richard Foreman, Jo Boobs Teaches the Va-Va Voom, and The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen on Saturday, March 24 at 7:00.
The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen was shown in conjunction with an exhibit of the paintings of Taylor Mead on February 10, 2012 in Chelsea at Churner & Churner.
Photograph by Simon Luethi of 8 Salamander Productions
On January 31, 2012, "The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen" was screened as part of the "Stranger Than Fiction" film series at the Independent Film Center (the IFC Theater) in New York City. Our film was chosen to kick off the Spring 2012 Stranger Than Fiction season. The ticketholders' line snaked around the block.
Photograph by Heather Allen
The Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers is delighted to announce that its latest film, "The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen," was an Official Selection of DOC NYC 2011, the documentary film festival of the Independent Film Channel. "The Party in Taylor Mead's Kitchen" premiered to 316 people on November 6th at New York University's Kimmel Center, played again on November 7th in the large theater at the Independent Film Center, and screened a third time, on November 10th at the IFC.
Speakeasy Dollhouse In October 2011, Jeffrey Wengrofsky began his first season as Dr. Thomas Gonzales, the Chief Medical Examiner of New York, in Speakeasy
Dollhouse. The play was written and directed by Cynthia von Buhler, and it took place in an actual former speakeasy in the Lower East Side of New York.
Photograph by Margee Challa
with Nicole Schiff as Nurse Bessie Stitch
As recently interviewed by National Magazine Award-winning Tablet magazine for their Long Story Short podcast about how punk relates to Jewish history: http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/music/78206/rejects/
Listen to the podcast here.
"As you may well imagine, this is not easy art. It may leave the theatergoer uneasy - even queasy - amid buzzers, flashing lights, warped music, and the voice of un-reason."
"Jo Boobs and I met at the basement headquarters of her school on the coldest evening in recent years to explore questions of gender, activism, and whether she and her ilk are gender traitors or gender busters."
"He's never had a "Plan B" of any kind whatsoever. He just jumped out his window and - wooosh! - he started flying."
"...Armed with this identity, he enters churches of consumption - like the Disney store in Times Square - to project a powerful message opposing corporate retail, a culture of consumerism, and the encroachment of our public spaces."