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 narrative shorts. 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 filmmakers, then mingle with them and fellow audience members 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.
Guest Judge: Rebecca Trent
Rebecca Trent is the owner/operator of The Creek and The Cave in New York City. Called "the CBGBs of contemporary NY comedy" by the Village Voice, this venue boasts 150 live shows a month, a podcast network called Cave Comedy Radio and an award winning on-going series called Week at the Creek. Beyond her venue, Rebecca directed Colin Quinn's off-broadway show Unconstitutional that toured internationally, books Comedy as a Second Language at Kabin (a Time Out NY Fav) and co-produces What's Your Effing Deal with Big Jay Oakerson at the Village Underground. Rebecca has worked with Just For Laughs Montreal as a Program Assistant for New Faces and New Faces Unrepped in addition to creating the touring arm of the venue, Creek Cave Live, which has gone to SXSW (TX), Northside (NY), Hell Yes Fest (NO), Cape Fear Comedy Fest (NC), Accidental Comedy Fest (OH) and NY Comedy Fest (NY).
UPCOMING FILMS: April 2015
Smart People Being Stupid: Cardboard Titanics - 15 min, written and directed by Sam Frazier, Jr.
Successful people devote their day off to building, rowing, and racing cardboard and duct tape boats in an madcap effort to recapture the American dream.
Cardboard Titanics: Smart People Being Stupid - written and directed by Sam Frazier, Jr.
Once a year, a group of highly educated and successful people (scientists, doctors, lawyers, pilots, piano teachers, etc) meet to build, row, and race very unseaworthy boats made solely of cardboard and duck tape in an insane effort to recapture the American Dream.
Busted - written and directed by Steven Hirst
A shy man puts everything on the line to chase the woman of his dreams.
The Adventures of Captain Contraceptive
written and directed by Ryan McCabe
Captain Contraceptive, a hero sworn against unsafe sex, learns what it takes to become a crime fighter when he goes toe to toe with his first villain; Dr. Porkwell!
written and directed by Logan Fry
T.J. Time has a problem -- a not altogether unusual problem, it seems. He has troublesome impulses to murder his wife. Friends urge him to see a psychologist. He does, with totally unexpected consequences.
A directionless young man questions his life after a chance encounter with his ex-girlfriend.
written and directed by Sean Clancy