(Joel Potrykus, USA, 2012, Blu-ray, 86 min)
If you had to guess the likelihood of various career professionals making a deal with the Devil, you’d put a small-time comedian at either the very top or the very bottom of the probable list. A deal is exactly what failing comedian Trevor Newandyke does in Joel Potrykus’s blunt debut, as his bargains cause his world to spiral into madness (as one might expect with Satan in the mix). A favorite this year at the Locarno International Film Festival, the tragedy of Trevor, played brilliantly by newcomer Joshua Burge, offers a closer look at what might happen if we let our quiet desperation take over.
(Michael Glowagger, USA, 2013, HD, 2 min)
This hand-cranked 35mm film, commissioned by the Film Forum's One Shot film program, finds director Michael Glowagger creating an unusual silent comedy.