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75 min / 1986 / Colour / 1.85:1 / Mono / English
Sleepwalk is the story of a computer typesetter who is given a manuscript of mysterious Chinese fairy tales to translate and transcribe. Slowly these tales begin to echo themselves in her life and the lives of the people around her and where the magic ends, coincidence takes over. Sleepwalk has the logic and landscape of a dream. An open-ended fairy tale set in the margins of an imaginary New York.
48 min / 1981 / B/W / 1.33:1 (4x3) / Mono / English
You Are Not I is a short story by Paul Bowles from his Collected Stories 1939-1976. It is the story of a young woman, Ethel, who escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. A rescue volunteer that finds her trying to place a stone in a dead woman s mouth mistakes her for a shock victim. The volunteer drives her to her sister s house. The sister is confused and angered by the sudden arrival of the psychotic Ethel. Not wishing to be alone in the house with her, the sister brings two neighbor women over. Finally the sister calls the hospital and finds out that Ethel wasn t released at all but somehow got out. They nervously await the attendants from the hospital while Ethel, refusing to speak, formulates a plan to stay in the house. The women are terrified of her and appear relieved when the attendants arrive. As the men are ushering Ethel out, she takes one of the stones out of her pocket and pushes it into her sister s mouth. The screen goes black. As it clears, the sister is being taken away while Ethel remains in the house: For a moment I couldn t see very clearly, but even during that moment I saw myself sitting on the sofa. As my vision cleared I saw that the men were holding my sister s arms and she was putting up a terrific struggle.
94 min / 1993 / Colour / 1.85:1 / Stereo / English
When Pigs Fly is a film about a pair of ghosts, a jazz musician, a go-go dancer and a guy who gets what s coming to him. Set in a grim industrial town in a fading Irish American community, the film is in the tradition of Topper and the Canterville Ghost.
Two Ghosts, Lilly (Marianne Faithfull) and Ruthie (Rachel Bella), have been imprisoned for many years in rickety shed behind a seedy bar, the Rose of Erin. They are supernaturally connected to an old rocking chair stored there in which both had met their untimely deaths. Lilly was the wife of Frank (Seymour Cassel), the foul-tempered owner of the Rose of Erin. Ruthie is the ghost of a little girl from long ago.
Sheila (Maggie O Neill), a go-go dancer in the Rose of Erin, acquires the rocking chair. She takes it home and leaves it a present for her landlord, Marty (Alfred Molina), a jazz musician in his early forties who lives with his dog, Dolphy, downstairs from her. Marty keeps to himself, he is out of place and out of time in the small community. The only contact he has with people are the few piano students he teaches to earn a living and a bewildered grey haired lady, Mrs. Cleary, from next door. Needless to say, he is perpetually out to lunch and hung-over until Lilly and Ruthie show up with the rocker and raise hell in his basement.
Marty and Sheila befriend the ghosts and ultimately, they become instruments of revenge for Lilly in the unfolding plot to get back at her jealous murdering husband, Frank. In the end Lilly gets her revenge. She and Ruthie are happily reunited with Lilly s only daughter. Marty wakes up to the world and to Sheila.
10 min / 1994 / Colour / 1.33 :1 (4x3) / Mono / English
A short ten-minute movie about the Bowery, a street in lower Manhattan. A street known for its derelict past.
All four of Sara Driver’s works belong to what the French call la fantastique--a conflation of fantasy with surrealism, science fiction, comics, horror, sword-and-sorcery, and the supernatural that stretches all the way from art cinema to exploitation by way of Hollywood. --Jonathan Rosenbaum