The Plagiarists. 2019. USA. Directed by Peter Parlow. 76 min.
Co-written by experimental filmmakers James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir, The Plagiarists is at once a hilarious send-up of low-budget American indie filmmaking and a probing inquiry into race, relationships, and the social uncanny. A young novelist (Lucy Kaminsky) and her cinematographer boyfriend (Eamon Monaghan) are waylaid by a snowstorm on their way to visit a friend in upstate New York and are taken in by the kindly yet enigmatic Clip (Michael “Clip” Payne of Parliament Funkadelic), who puts them up for the night. But an accidental discovery months later recasts in an unnerving light what had seemed like an agreeable evening, stoking resentments both latent and not-so-latent. Exhilaratingly intelligent and distinctively shot on a vintage TV-news camera, The Plagiarists is a work whose provocations are inseparable from its pleasures. North American Premiere
Levittown. 2018. USA/France. Directed by Nelson Bourrec Carter. 13 min.
The lull of a prototypical American suburb turns nightmarish while a man recites lines of dialogue that sound oddly familiar. U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 29,6:15 p.m.The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
Thursday, March 28,8:45 p.m.Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater