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The Special People Premiere - Sept 26

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sci-fi experimental art film, The Special People premieres at Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn

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The Special People — Premiere at Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn

Directed by: Erica Schreiner

Running time: 2 hours

Silent with English subtitles 

In a dark humor vein, the sci-fi experimental art film, The Special People asks you to consider the hypnotic state induced by smart technology and human desire for freedom and authenticity. The audience goes through a hero’s journey while bathing in sparkling storybook sets, an eerie combination of VHS nostalgia and foreboding dilemmas. The Special People will play for two nights only, followed by a Q&A with the director both evenings: Saturday, Sept 25 from 6 to 9 PM, and Sunday, Sept 26, from 5 to 8 PM.

The citizens of a pink forest stare into iridescent cubes and cannot look away. Apple, Bird and Violet manage to break their trance, and indulge in philosophical conversation. They question why they are free while the others are not. They had their voices removed when they were babies so they learn to communicate telepathically. They experience the sensuality of fruit and each other in The Forest, but soon feel it is not enough. The Special People decide to embark on a journey to bring the other citizens of The Forest back to consciousness by attempting to destroy the master cube, guarded by The Overlords. On this journey, the three get separated and Apple must continue the journey alone. She encounters many of The Obstacles along the way and learns if she is to free the citizens of The Forest, she’ll have to sacrifice her life.  

Erica Schreiner wrote, directed, and stars in The Special People. She single handedly built elaborate, colorful and sparkling sets in her apartment where she filmed the feature on her VHS camera. This avant garde art film is reminiscent of 1960s experimental cinema like that of Kenneth Anger or Jack Smith. The other actors in this film are her friends. Local art stars like Matthew Silver, Chris Carr, Nick Walther, Lily Chambers and Oya Damla all have major roles in the film. The Special People was produced by Alex Norelli and is a silent film with a musical score by Johnny Dydo of The Johns. 

Erica Schreiner is a New York based video and performance artist. The Special People is her second feature film. Erica Schreiner has presented her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to video, Schreiner works in the mediums of writing and performance. Her most recent publication is a collection of video stills entitled The World, published through Themselves Press, 2021. Recent exhibitions, screenings and installations include: screening of Quarantine, Berlin Underground Film Festival (2020); screening of Satori, presented by Millennium Film Workshop and Spectacle Theater, online (2020); screening of Help, G Biennale Independent Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia (2021); video installation of BYE DAD, at The Women’s Library in Sydney, Australia (2021).

To view excerpts from Erica’s videos, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/analogcinema

To learn more about Erica, visit: www.ericaschreiner.com

This screening is made possible by New York City Artist Corps Grants.

Film Noir Cinema is located at 122 Meserole Avenue between Eckford and Leonard Street. The closest subway is the G train at the Nassau street station. 


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