the Syndicate of Human Image Traffickers
Jeffrey Wengrofsky directs and produces the Syndicate. Over the past seven years, he’s created seven film festivals – Secrets of the Deep: Dreams on Film, Secrets of the Insect World, Secrets of the Intoxicated Life, Secrets of the Heart, Secrets of the Dead, Secrets of Outer Space, and Secrets of Inner Space. Secrets film festivals have screened in New York City, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Washington DC, Lexington, Berkeley, and Los Angeles. The next fest in the series – Secret Treaties: Strange Political Bedfellows – is seeking YOUR dystopian and anti-political short films for a screening in 2021. Wengrofsky has taught at New York University, The New School, and Rutgers University, and has worked for Aperture Photography Magazine, Coilhouse Magazine, Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, and the Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School. His 50+ publications include tasty bits in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Maximumrocknroll, Trebuchet Magazine (UK), Cold Lips (UK), and Ozy. Wengrofsky also hosted Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, a weekly podcast series about the creative process, transmitted by Radio Initiativa (Lviv, Ukraine), for two seasons. His first feature film, The Song of Hiawatha: A Trip in the American Counterculture, is in post-production and he has edited a book on mysticism in Aristotle now under review by the University of Toronto Press.
As a teenager, Wengrofsky founded and edited Vehement Renaissance: Fanzine of the Apocalypse.
Brian Wengrofsky is an accomplished SinEmoTographer who believes that balancing a life of vice and productive community service (aka filming bad boys and girls) is the S.H.I.T. His documentary credits include A Lion’s Trail, winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Documentary Film, which was shown at Cannes and on PBS’s Independent Lens, as well as When The War Is Over and The Mother’s House, both of which aired on the Sundance Channel. In 2010, he shot his second season of Mal Zwischendurch (In Between) for German television, the narrative short Sponge, and documentary projects in Haiti and Indonesia. www.brianwengrofsky.com
David Kavanaugh is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His work in cinematography and lighting for film and television has taken him to exotic locations in North America, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Kavanaugh has worked on set with several of cinema’s established greats as well as a few of its up-and-coming darlings: Robert Frank (Don’t Blink), Ramin Bahrani, Lisa Rinzler, Michael Cuesta, Peter Sollett, Laurie Anderson (Heart of a Dog), Alex Gibney (Mea Culpa Maxima), Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Paul Schrader (First Reformed), Jim Jarmusch (The Dead Don’t Die), and Bhen Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). He prefers New York-style pizza over Chicago-style deep dish and is building a geodesic dome in the Catskills. In his free time, Mr. Kavanaugh enjoys editing and shooting for the Syndicate.
A variety of other fine art criminals have also contributed their might and muster to the cause, such as Le Bui, Chris Breal, Brendan McGowan, Graham Meisenheimer, Benjamin Cerf, Lance Pidgeon, Daniel Schanler, and Alex Zarnoski.