Shooting Wall presents

Views from the Underground
A monthly showcase of current Philadelphia independent filmmakers For some time now, Shooting Wall has observed that there seems to be no real space for true independent or underground cinema in Philadelphia, or elsewhere for that matter. We know however that there are indeed people who refuse to play the corporate game of making films for the corrupt systems of Hollywood and Indiewood. Instead, these filmmakers focus on making films for little to no money, which allows them to take more chances with the medium and in turn produce more adventurous films. Unfortunately, there seems to be no spaces willing to show this type of work. Film festivals, even the smallest or most local, are not actually looking for these films, despite what they say. They too are only interested in work that is static, not challenging, and marketable. So where does that leave a Philadelphia filmmaker making such films? Shooting Wall has always felt there needs to be a space for these kinds of filmmakers and for audiences who really want something different out of cinema. Last May marked the first annual Shooting Wall Film Festival at PhilaMOCA, and it’s success proved to us that indeed people are hungry for an alternative space for film viewing and dialogue. With these screenings, we hope to continue and expand these opportunities. And, ultimately, if we can at least open up a dialogue about what is happening with cinema and discuss alternatives to the current corporate cinematic system, then maybe we can form something unique in Philadelphia that will actually benefit filmmakers and audiences and not just businesses and the cultural elite. All films to be screened at:

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Monday September 24th at 7pm
by Joe Kramer, 3 minutes 44 seconds

'Vacant Guillotine Blues' is a surreal short film/teaser trailer that combines a mariachi band, a scooter, a coffin, a couple of mods, a group of sirens, and Jesus Christ in an anachronistic spaghetti western. "It's Fellini meets Leone."
Written and Directed by Joe Kramer. Produced by Justin Berger. Director of Photography - Pat Murray. Steadicam Operator - Matt Carl Inglese. Assistant Director - Aaron Biscoe. Assistant Camera Operator - Pam Mayer. Hair/Make-up/Costume Design - Jessica Bernard. Special Make-up Effects - Alyssa Catalano. Seamstress - Sarah Muhl. Original Music - Justin Berger and Gringo Motel. Editor - Joe Kramer. Starring Andrew James McManus, Jessica Bernard, Giovanna Kline, and Ryan Aloisi With (in order of appearance): Gringo Motel (Tom Scheponik, Kevin Cunningham, Richard Breazzano, and Rich Galster), Mary Terese, Katie Daunoras, Richard Thomas Everill III, Devon Winfree, Melissa Patton, Christina Bernard, Meredith Boring, Alesandra Ameen, and Karen Gregory Special thanks to Bob Campolongo, Renee Geleff, Poliana Irizarry, Michele Kramer, Stephen Smith, and Newt Wallen

Episodes from an Investigation
by Joshua Martin, 115 minutes
Episodes from an Investigation is an essay/narrative film presented as a series of fragments from the lives of numerous cinephiles and radicals living in the nightmare capitalism of 21st Century America. This film attempts to integrate theory, form, and content in order to explore the relationships between cinema and capital, the past and the present, and filmmaker and theorist, while at the same time questioning our assumptions about cinematic history and our place in the cinematic future. Episodes from an Investigation is film as theory. How do we understand cinema? And where can cinema go? The film cuts between three related narratives: a film collective on a journey to find a mysterious film theorist/filmmaker; a couple whose relationship is falling apart as they each work on pieces concerning the cinematic past and the cinematic present; and two cinematic radicals holed up in an unknown location trying to understand how to revolutionize cinema. The question remains: what is the future of cinema?
A Nana K production/Agnes: Phoebe Schaub/Charles: Mick Dahl/Anita: Laura Michelle Edoff/Arthur: Victor Gennaro/Vera: Alison Hoban/Ann: Lee Minora/ Alexander: Michael Bee/Paul: Gabriel Caste/And Featuring Josh Christensen, Alex Halpin, Elizabeth Levison, Jake Mariani, Jon Seidman, Marc Dickerson/ Voice Jill Hackney/Music Paul Akerman/Editor Joshua Martin/Assistants & Sound Marc Dickerson, Karl Starkweather, Carrie Love, Mick Dahl/Photography Jill Hackney, Alex Halpin/A Film by Joshua Martin Made in Philadelphia Summer 2012

Monday October 22nd at 7pm
A Night of Shorts
A young woman deals with two contrasting losses simultaneously. Through a series of dreams, fantasies, subconscious revelations, and real -life events--all of which blend together into a portrayal of her subjective reality--the young woman contemplates the death of her mother and a bad breakup with her boyfriend. The previously-apparent permanence of her mother's presence and the actual permanence of her death contrast sharply with the potentially-transient nature of her boyfriend's presence in and departure from her life. The film traces her thought process while dealing with a difficult time in her life while guiding viewers through the protagonist's analyses and epiphanies.

A young man struggles with acceptance of adult sexuality and love.


Outside forces target low rent criminal Harry Fine after first taking down his brother. Left to deal with this loss as well as his own increasing paranoia, Harry wallows through a wretched criminal purgatory of his own making, counting the days he has left on one hand and pouring a stiff drink with the other. Shot on glorious Mini-DV.

A young woman is faced with the afterlife. Experimental. Shot on super 16mm, HD video, and with cut-paper animation.

Monday October 22 (cont) THE MUD
A grieving young couple suffer each other’s company in a stale seaside home until one night, a feral mudcreature appears in their kitchen. Upon washing her, they discover a malleable innocent fit to become a lady! Maybe.

A proletarian is faced with the aesthetic superiority of a bourgeois woman. He becomes a submissive to her, but then he does an about face. There is a conflict which results in violence.



Monday November 12th at 7pm
A musical odyssey that takes place in an uncertain time, RAPTOR is a short film from writer/director Marc Dickerson, photographed by Joshua Martin, with songs composed by Owen Byrne. It is a surreal journey into a comedic tragedy brought on by delusions of grandeur; and a story about the passion to create something new without knowing how. We follow Raptor, the volatile and charismatic frontman of Sound Dungeon, as he quits the band and sets off on his own towards his destiny as the superstar he believes himself to be. Nothing will get in his way. He is Raptor.


November 12 7pm by Rob Marvin, 75 minutes
Featuring live musical accompaniment by Brandon Can’t Dance

The result of endless consumption of Star Trek, John Waters, Buster Keaton, the Marx Brothers, Roger Corman produced Vincent Price Victorian-era films, season 9 of Project Runway (it was rigged, I swear), the Sun City Girls, copious amounts of $5 pinot noir, and whatever shit crossed my path that was absorbed, diluted, fermented, and ultimately vomited onto the screen by my inside brain--Birthday Wedding and a Funeral follows what its title insinuates. The basic tendencies of the life of a young man and woman are exploited and explored as all their ugly glory is hung out to dry for the neighbors to peep at and mock ruthlessly. Those sisterfuckers will rue the day, but you'll be able to relax knowing it's only a movie--and a quasi-comedy at that.