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Full Program for April 16 Screening

Spring is here, so join us for some short films. You might even be able to wear shorts! We’ll even have t-shirts, tote bags, and subscription packages available for sale! Please join us!

Thursday April 16 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from Kneel Through The Dark


Dir: James Batley
UK – 2013

Shot on Super-8 by self-taught filmmaker James Batley, this experimental film is inspired by the occult rituals of Aleister Crowley. Gus Van Sant called it “cool.”

  • Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival

Duration: 8:00

Still from De Honger (The Hunger)


Dir: Benoit de Clerck
Belgium – 2014

Wednesday, the 29th of May, 1963. A boy goes out to play in the dunes. His game is disrupted harshly when he makes a discovery in between the sand and grass. This encounter will permanently alter his life and can only be remembered in secrecy.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Still from En Retour (In Return)


Dir: Benjamin Wacksmann
France – 2013

Middle-aged Jean-Marc invites the much younger Simon for dinner in his Paris apartment. After an initially warm meeting, they discover each other’s expectations, leading to an escalating tension throughout the evening…

Duration: 18:00

Still from Rehovot


Dir: Sofia Gutman
Israel – 2014

In the sunlit town named Rehovot, a father and his daughter spend a day together. When night falls the girl is confronted with her parent’s violent past. She dives into a world of images and frightening memories.

Duration: 8:30

Still from Mouse-X


Dir: Justin Tagg
UK – 2013

Anderson wakes in a building with no idea where he is or how he got there. Slowly he discovers that in the rooms around him are a thousand clones of himself, all of whom woke into the same mysterious scenario.

Duration: 15:00

Still from Memorable Moi (Remember Me)


Dir: Jean-Francois Asselin
Canada – 2013

Mathieu seeks all ways to attract attention to himself. It is a matter of survival: you think of me so I am.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And, by the way, 2015 subscriptions are still on sale at a reduced price! Get all your 2015 shorts in advance!

Closeup: Kneel Through The Dark

Kneel Through The Dark is part of our April 16th lineup. Get your advance tickets now and we’ll see you there!

In January, we did something we don’t normally do. We showed a trailer (watch it above) for one of the films we’d be showing at our next screening. It was a pretty assaultive clip from James Batley‘s Kneel Through The Dark, a sort of experimental horror film shot on 8mm film. To be completely honest, it’s a bit of a departure for us. But I’m always glad to try something new and our audiences continue to be amazing and supportive of the directions we’ve been taking them.

James’ journey as a filmmaker is worth exploring. Completely self-taught, he didn’t even have a computer to edit his first short film (Bad Owl and the Fox Boy). “I’d just record onto VHS and film it back through the TV,” he says. Nevertheless, the film was accepted by the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. In 2013, Cannes also accepted Kneel Through The Dark, a bewitching piece of film that references infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley. As such, it brings to mind the work of experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger.

After its Cannes premiere, the film made its London premiere in a disused World War II bunker on Friday the 13th of September. We’re posting this on a similarly scary Friday the 13th but we can’t promise that sort of haunted atmosphere at our screening. Fewer rats, a comfortable seat in a fully-licensed cinema, and a selection of other great films will just have to do. Join us!

Some more images from the film:

Still from Kneel Through The Dark

Still from Kneel Through The Dark

Still from Kneel Through The Dark

Still from Kneel Through The Dark