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Red Flag

Teasing the line between fiction and reality, Karpovsky plays an indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky, who, recently dumped by a longtime girlfriend fed up with his refusal to marry, takes to the road with a reluctant old pal for a misbegotten mini tour screening his movie on college campuses and independent cinemas. Pursued by an overly ardent groupie and his own demons, he sinks deeper into a swamp of sex, fear and humiliations.


"Alex Karpovsky's hilarious road trip comedy 'Red Flag' makes the case for his mainstream potential. Whether truly narcissistic or an eloquent portrait of narcissism, Alex Karpovsky's "Red Flag" is an utterly hilarious ode to the modern struggles of the microbudget American filmmaker. While the prolific Karpovsky has starred in Andrew Bujalski's "Beeswax" and Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" -- and more recently appears in Dunham's "Girls" -- his trajectory behind the camera predates those notable turns. "Red Flag" merges his skills as actor and filmmaker better than anything preceding it by telling a quasi-autobiographical story. The meta quality of "Red Flag" is entirely irrelevant to its low key charm and persistent irreverence -- anchored, as always, by Karpovsky's loopy screen presence… With the ill-conceived intentions of a young Larry David, Karpovsky makes the ideal anti-hero, a man guided by an impulse to put his gut desires ahead of regard for everyone and everything around him.." - INDIEWIRE

83 minutes        

 

Rubberneck

RUBBERNECK follows Paul Harris (Karpovsky), a scientist at a small research facility on the outskirts of Boston. After a weekend tryst with Danielle, an attractive co-worker, leaves him wanting more, his unreciprocated desires gradually mold into an acute infatuation over the following months. Paul’s suppressed resentments and perverse delusions become unhinged, triggering a horrific course of events that mercilessly engulf a tortured past and fugitive present. A slow-burning, psychosexual thriller, RUBBERNECK navigates the underpinnings of obsessions, and our sadistic inability to look away.


"Karpovsky's range—both with genre and in his multihyphenate capacity as a writer-director-producer-editor who acts, too—is remarkable.. RUBBERNECK is a moody, suspenseful drama that marks Karpovsky as a director to watch—and on the acting side, it seems his star is already on the rise." - INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

84 minutes        

 

Trust Us, This Is All Made Up

Described by the New York Times as "Second City-seasoned masters of long form improv," TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi have become living legends in their field. Their performances of entirely improvised, character-driven, often hilarious and wholly original one-hour plays have mesmerized audiences worldwide. Exploring the folds of faith that underlie their relationship and the transcendental forces that govern their improvisation, TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP features an unforgettable live performance recorded at New York's Barrow Street Theater. Whether you're a student of improvisation or simply interested in the underpinnings of human imagination and the depths of mutual understanding, this journey will leave you laughing, guessing, and in awe of this altogether remarkable feat.

"really effing funny" - THE ONION

81 minutes        released by New Video Group


 

Woodpecker

Fanatical birdwatchers have descended upon a small town in the Arkansas bayou in hopes of finding the celebrated Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Declared extinct in the 1940’s, the bird has apparently been spotted by numerous experts. Enter amateur birder and poet Johnny Neander, who has convinced his taciturn sidekick that he will be the one to find the elusive woodpecker. The ensuing chaos divides the small town between believers and non-believers, rabid environmentalists and opportunistic entrepreneurs. Much like the bird itself, WOODPECKER explores the intersection of fact and fiction, manipulating our notions of documentary and narrative techniques within a tragic comedy about hope, perception, and some very very strange birds.

"a great, funny and surprisingly moving film that's not to be missed." - FILM THREAT

89 minutes            released by Carnivalesque Films


 

The Hole Story hole story wreath

Despite arctic temperatures sheathing Minnesota's lakes in three feet of solid ice, an inexplicable stretch of water surfaces on North Long Lake. Determined to unravel this mystery for a television pilot called "Provincial Puzzlers," an aspiring director is slowly engulfed in a maniacal search that leads to his own unraveling.

 

"Equal measures Woody Allen and Werner Herzog, The Hole Story is one of the most original American comedies we've seen in a long time." - FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

86 minutes           released by Indiepix


 

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