The annual silent horror event from Knoxville, TN is back for its 5th year in a virtual mini-edition.
Streaming live on October 20th, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Hosted by Kelly Robinson
Knoxferatu is an annual silent horror film event in Knoxville, Tennessee, pairing silent features and shorts with live musicians for an unforgettable Halloween-season cinema experience.
The V doesn’t just stand for Knoxferatu’s fifth year—it also stands for VIRTUAL.
Rather than canceling the event during the pandemic, Knoxferatu is breaking out of Knoxville with a live streaming mini-event for everyone.
Oops! All Shorts!
One of the audience’s favorite parts of Knoxferatu every year is the slate of creepy, weird, and obscure shorts. So, for the virtual mini-edition of Knoxferatu, the event will be completely made up of shorts.
Knoxferatu V will feature some of the most popular comedy-horror shorts from past years, as well as some new picks.
Shannon Plumb makes funny movies. Usually with her in the leading role. You call them ‘personal art films’. They are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art as well as in Private Collections. Here is the interview I did with her in Prospect Park. (Planes flying over, baseball practice and wind competing with my sound!) Her work is very ‘low-fi’ so I decided to shot the interview in that style. I attended her screening at MOMA’s New Directors/New Films series and was very moved by her wonderful sense of the absurd in daily life expressed thru her very funny short personal films. My friend Ben Model accompanied one of her silent films on the electric organ.
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Shannon Plumb’s cinematic studies of life’s various roles and characters explore the complexities embedded in the ordinary and extraordinary. From the humble persona of a new mother to iconic figures from the silver screen, Plumb portrays these characters with zest and humor. Inspired by the curious spirit of slapstick comedy and the physical humor of silent film legends such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Plumb employs a low-fi aesthetic by using Super-8 film, stationary camera shots, long takes and hand-made props and costumes. Plumb is a one-woman show starring as all characters and acting as the creative force behind her films. The low-quality production of the films and her elastic expressiveness as an actress adds to the charm of her work and pushes it beyond its obvious predecessors and influences. She wrote, directed, and starred in her first narrative feature,”Towheads” (2013) and is now in pre-production for her second narrative feature “The Narcissist”.
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From MOMA Website:
Shannon Plumb (American, 1970) becomes a literal one-woman show when she stars as all of the characters in her humorous, often caustic short films. She weaves her life as an artist, wife, and mother into these comedic works, morphing the ordinary into the astonishing by channeling the physicality of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Lucille Ball. There is also a charming low-tech aesthetic in Plumb’s work, particularly with her preference for Super 8mm film and handmade costumes and props. But the payoff is sophisticated, shrewd, and wholly original, offering deft commentary on fashion, domesticity, body image, and the curious world of contemporary art.
In 2013 Plumb’s first feature film, Towheads, a self-assured visualization of modern-day motherly responsibility, premiered in MoMA’s New Directors/New Films festival. Plumb again played all of the key roles, defining her fictional characters using wigs, stuck-on mustaches, and the nobility of a woman pushed to the edge by two young sons and a distant husband. Many of these familiar themes are persistent in Plumb’s work—a result of her constant intertwining of real life and art making.
Shannon Plumb joins us to screen several of her films—including Rattles and Cherries, Rollercoaster, and Olympics—and premiere a performance from her new work Chopped Liver.
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RATTLES AND CHERRIES
To find out more about Shannon Plumb and her work visit her site here.
The NYC Physical Comedy Lab —or “fiz com lab” for short— is not a class, not a workshop, but a jam of practitioners in a field that includes clowns, circus and variety artists, dancers, mimes, comic actors, etc. Different people come each week, and out-of-town guests are always welcome. We share warmups, games, improvs, skills, gags, and works-in-progress. Very little is planned, every week is different, but usually, one idea leads to another to another and we arrive somewhere new.
We usually create some kind of a scenario by the end of the 3 hours combining the skills worked on that day.
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I think of it as a research lab, meaning we are free to explore whatever without the time constraints of a workshop intensive or of a show about to open. We don’t have to jump to a final product but can just aimlessly play with objects and movement to see what we might discover. During Jim’s visit, we did a warmup with different people leading different stretches, then played a wild and wacky movement game involving all kinds of objects and patterns, then had a knife-throwing lesson from magician Ben Robinson, which had everyone channeling their inner Jim Bowie or Davy Crockett.
Then we continued last week’s experiment with repeating patterns of people and objects passing through our MTW (modular trickwork wall), only this time we transferred the concept to more of a story, a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, a high-speed mechanical restaurant with Ben Model as our repeat customer.
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For more information and location of the lab check out the Facebook Page HERE!
The Final Reel is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The Purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films: the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision – one that changes every night of performance with the help of the audience.
Following on the successful streaming of NEW YORK 1911, which MoMA posted last month, they’ve just posted the extremely rare comedy JOSH’S SUICIDE, produced by the Biograph Company and directed by Mack Sennett. The film features comedian Fred Mace as a yokel who carries out an odd revenge against his wife. Like NEW YORK 1911, this film features NYC locations.
The film is presented here in a gorgeous, sharp new digital scan from the museum’s archival 35mm preservation materials, and Ben Model was hired to create a new piano score.