We’re just days away from the first ever Radical Film Fair, a new way to celebrate and support independent film presented by The Eyeslicer and Kickstarter. This massive free event happens Sunday, 9/15 and will bring together dozens of filmmakers, independent distributors, movie theaters, zinemakers, and more for a giant flea market and indie film jamboree.
We asked everyone participating what to expect, and compiled a list of just some of the offerings that will be on display at the Fair for you to watch, consume, and enjoy…
Free RSVPs are still open, and if any of the below catches your eye (how could it not?!) we hope you’ll join us!
1. Arrive early for free movie tickets, Criterions, and mimosas
The first 150 attendees through the door Sunday afternoon will have their pick of a free present!
While supplies last we’ll be giving out free movie tickets to NYC staples like Nitehawk, Anthology, and Spectacle, as well as 30 free advanced copies of Criterion’s new BluRay of John Waters’ Polyester (donated generously by the fine folks at Criterion).
Plus: you’ll also receive a drink ticket for a free mimosa in the kitchen. It is prime Sunday brunch-time after all.
2. Film books and magazines galore!
Film Comment editor-in-chief Nicolas Rapold will be at the Fair with new and vintage issues of the magazine for your perusal. Cineaste will have discounted copies of their latest issue, plus copies of their new book ‘Film Criticism, Programming, and Preservation in the New Millennium.’
And The Film Desk (who you might know from the Metrograph bookstore) will be on hand with a selection of titles, including the now out-of-print ‘Philippe Garrel — L’Enfant secret,’ signed by Philippe Garrel, rare books by Bill Gunn, and the brand-new ‘Conversations with Kiarostami’ by Godfrey Cheshire.
Plus! Vimeo’s Jeffrey Bowers will be selling PRISM Index, a mixed media book/CD/DVD featuring writing by Jay Duplass, artwork from Lisa Hanawalt (creator of Tuca & Bertie and designer of Bojack Horseman) and Bill Plympton, unreleased songs from Phosphorescent, Michael Hurley, Mountain Man, and Real Estate, and a DVD of shorts from the Safdie Brothers, the Zellner Bros, Sam Green, and more.
3. A Movie-Centric Science Experiment
In an era when people are spending more time with video games, TV, and VR, no one has done more to save the brand of Movies than Kentucker Audley. How has he done it? By launching his Official Movies Brand, featuring hit products such as “a hat that says Movies on it” and “a shirt that says Movies on it.”
Kentucker will be at the Fair selling exclusive Movies Brand swag and chatting with attendees about how they can best save Movies (see the above shirt). He’ll also be presenting a brand new science experiment entitled “Are Movies Dead?”
Here’s a sneak peak:
4. Meet the Distributors
So many of our favorite independent distributors will be on hand selling DVDs, Blu-rays, VHS tapes, and swag.
Have you been meaning to pick up the new 4K restoration of Last Year at Marienbad? Visit the Kino Lorber table! Big fan of Kogonada’s Columbus? Check in with the Oscilloscope folks.
From Neon to Grasshopper to Magnolia Pictures to Factory 25 to IFC Midnight to Kartemquin (plus many more!) we’re not sure so many incredible labels have ever been all together in one spot.
5. The Eyeslicer season two
The Radical Film Fair is the centerpiece of Eyeslicer Fest, a week of events that we (the punk television show The Eyeslicer) is putting on to celebrate our massive new second season. We’ve decided to release season two exclusively via a physical edition. It’s modeled after 7-inch records (featuring a hard-drive with 13 new episodes loaded onto it, plus liner notes). We think it’s really beautiful, and it’ll be available for the very first time at the Fair:
6. Listen to provocative filmmaker talks
We reached out to four of our favorite filmmakers — Penny Lane (Hail Satan?), Bridey Elliott (Clara’s Ghost), Rashaad Ernesto Green (Premature), and Madeleine Olnek (Wild Nights With Emily) with two questions that we’ve often wondered about ourselves:
one. As an artist, how do you stay active and creatively fulfilled when you’re not in production on a feature? Tell us about your daily artistic practice.
two. If you could change one thing about the film industry, what would it be? And why?
We asked each of them to respond to either question in the form of a 10-minute “lightning round monologue.” It’s happening from 2:30–3:30pm during the Fair, so join us for what are sure to be some provocative and entertaining responses…
7. Cinemetal // Female Filmmaker Tees
Our friends from IFC Center will be on hand selling an assortment of the totally-iconic Cinemetal & Girls on Top t-shirts. Our fav will always be the Béla Tarr // Black Flag combo…
8. A new fanzine about movie nuns, plus one about Jim Carrey’s best year ever
Artist and illustrator Stephanie Monohan will be at the Spectacle Theater table with copies of her brand-new zine Bad Nuns zine, which she describes as “a tribute to naughty and nefarious sisters on film.”
And right next door at the Screen Slate table, grab a copy of “Nobody Stopped Him: Jim Carrey’s 1994,” a zine retrospective celebrating the actor’s triple-threat of releases (Ace Ventura, The Mask, & Dumb and Dumber) from 1994.
9. Lots of free mentorship in the Film Clinic
We believe in radical transparency, and that access to mentorship within the film ecosystem should be democratized and available for free. That’s why we’re hosting a Film Clinic all day throughout the Fair. This is a space for anyone to get advice about anything from some of independent film’s most knowledgeable people and places. Wondering how to begin development on an animated project? Have a legal question? Looking for advice about how to make your film stand out to granting orgs, film festivals, or broadcasters? Ask away…
From 1–3pm in the Clinic, meet:
From 3–5pm in the Clinic, meet:
A quick note: if you’re attending the film clinic, please be chill: this is not a place to pitch your personal project or ask for longterm favors. It’s a place to meet knowledgeable people and get advice about filmmaking and the film industry.
10. Everything you need to start shooting on film
Non-profit film organization Mono No Aware (who offer an array of amazing classes and camera workshops) will be on hand with everything you need to start shooting on celluloid: 35mm, 16mm and Super 8mm motion picture film stock for distribution, tested Super 8mm cameras available for purchase, and a couple of 16mm camera kits on display for demos.
11. Autographed swag from Hal Hartley
Hal Hartley’s Possible Films will be on hand selling a slew of collector’s editions, albums, and books from the legendary filmmaker. Including From Here to the Station, a cloth bound book of Hal Hartley’s sketches, drawings, paintings, shot diagrams and more in a limited edition of 700, all numbered and signed by Hal.
12. Rare (and free) Posters
NYC gallery Posteritati will be on hand selling exclusive apparel, original film posters, photographs and ephemera. Plus! Factory 25 leader Matt Grady tipped us off that he’s bringing along a bunch of free posters to hand out, including some from Ronald Bronstein’s legendary Frownland, and The Film Desk will have rare silk-screened posters for their re-release of Philippe Garrel’s J’entends plus la guitare.
13. The Future of Film is Female’s brand new zine
The Future of Film is Female is a granting organization and film series run by programmer Caryn Coleman. She’ll be premiering a brand new zine at the Fair, featuring contributions by A.V. Rockwell, Ashlee Blackwell, Desiree Akhavan, Kate McEdwards, Alexa Harrison, Shayana Filmore, Anne Cohen, Jennifer Reeder, Akosua Adoma Owusu, and Dominga Sotomayor.
14. Even more film tees!
One can never have enough film tees, and thus we are excited to welcome distributor Jordan Mattos, whose company Aspect Ratio releases t-shirt tributes to his filmmakers’ favorite films. We’ll definitely be grabbing one of these Fox and His Friends shirts…
15. A massive 11-room binge-watch
We’re transforming Kickstarter’s second floor into a gigantic 11-room installation version of The Eyeslicer season two. Grab an episode guide from a giant eyeball and walk room to room watching every single episode from season two. That’s over 10 hours of new work from the vanguard of American filmmakers. We promise you’ll see stuff that you won’t be able to unsee…
For a full list of filmmakers with work in season two, click here.
16. Meow Wolf on the east coast
Sante Fe-based immersive arts collective Meow Wolf (who are set to open a massive new art space in Vegas next year) will be making a very rare East Coast appearance at the Fair, offering merch and more straight from their gift shop.
17. VHS isn’t dead!
Specialty VHS label Basement Labs will be on hand with their catalog of self-released tapes (we hope they bring along a few copies of their iconic “Richard Spencer Getting Punched in the Face for an Hour”).
Plus! Factory 25 will have VHS copies of Todd Rohal’s gonzo masterpiece Uncle Kent 2, and over at the NoBudge table, pick up an extremely limited edition copy of Albert Birney’s Instagram epic Tux + Fanny.
18. Even more film tees (Seymour Cassell edition)
Behold Factory 25’s brand new Seymour Cassell shirt, available for the first time at the Fair:
19. So many puppets!
The filmmakers and producers behind Under Covers, one of the craziest and best animated shorts of the year will be bringing along their sets and puppets for an exclusive installation. This might be your only ever opportunity to get your photo taken with a singing moon or a mermaid teddy bear or a half-naked nun.
But that’s not all!! Miami-based Borscht Corp. are sending along subsidiary bisque corp. with hand-sculpted figurines from their new animated series. Plus! Eyeslicer filmmakers Gabby Kash and Artless Media will be at the Fair selling hand-made puppets.