On the first Sunday of each month, The Iron Mule Short Comedy series serves up a collection of the funniest short films from around the world, including, animation, web series, and narratives! Celebrate funny and inventive short cinema with hosts Jay Stern and Victor Varnado along with a rotating collective of filmmakers and film lovers. Every show includes the World Premiere of the latest Wanna Be a Star film, which places one lucky audience member from the month prior's show in a film with a different director each month. The title of this film is yelled out by the fastest talking audience member! After the films, chat with visiting film makers then mingle with them and fellow audience members at the award-winning after party, in Symphony Space's Bar Thalia, featuring $5 drink specials.
About Iron Mule:
The Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series was founded in April 2002 in New York. The name The Iron Mule is derived from the 1925 slapstick comedy of the same name by the great silent comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton as an Indian. The name also encapsulates the kind of movies we love to show: tough, burly, and uncompromising.
This Month's Shorts & Special Guest Judge:
Your Mother's Maiden Name
Pete calls his bank and endures the hardship of customer service that we all know all too well. Written by Max Reisman and directed by Joe Ahern
I Gotta Go
We'd like to give you a synopsis of this movie, but we gotta go. Written and directed by Fritz Donnely
The Lost Butterfly
A missing butterfly. Two men. A mystery. Written and animated by Jason Coates
Boome and Slade
Two recently-canceled sitcom characters invade the mind of their creator to prevent him from moving on to original material, but writer's block has unintended consequences. Written and directed by Eric Jaffe
A dark story about a funny puppet. Written and directed by Travis Aitken
Meat the Parents
A dinner with the girlfriend's father has unexpected consequences. Written by Seaton Kay-Smith, directed by Nick Hunter & Mitch O'hearn
Part of our "Wanna Be a Star" competition, starring audience member Wiley Kimelman!
Guest Judge: R. Sikoryak. He is the author of Masterpiece Comics (Drawn & Quarterly). He's drawn for The Onion, The New Yorker, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among many other publications. He hosts the comics performance series Carousel. He'll be presenting some of his Masterpiece Comics on the big screen at the start of the show.
Bonus! The Iron Mule's 1,000th film--directed by and starring the entire Iron Mule team--will be screened!