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Below is an archive of past films and filmmakers featured at the Purgatory Film Exhibition.  Click the links to view the films online, where available.  You may also watch those available on Vimeo on the viewer below from the Purgatory Film Channel.


2016 FEATURE FILMMAKERS & FILMS

Compunction – Dean Roberts (2015 United Kingdom 1min)
A snap shot of a man who is struggling to come to terms with his part in a accident resulting in a fatality.

Time Played – Maria Askedal (2015 Norway 2min)
A man tries to help a stranger who is stuck in an entrance to a building.

Out Of His Tree – Robert Howat (2016 United Kingdom 8min)
A troubled doctor meets a new patient in a psychiatric hospital ward, but is he all he seems to be?

XO – Brian Ratigan (2015 New York 4min)
Fearing her own memories, a girl begins the cerebral journey of longing for escape before completely fading away.

Dreams or Demons – Lisa Svelmøe (2015 Denmark 3min)
A woman liberates herself from her strive for the perfect body.

Ramble – Andreas Ramm (2015 Germany 6min)
Sometimes we crave paradise so much that we lose track of reality. The light of the sun is not always beautiful.

Haiku 9:TRADE – Lyle Pisio (2016 Canada 4min)
In a twist on the old “sell your soul to the devil” gag, Andrew is offered his heart’s desire for a bit of his youth.

Belfry – Mike Rader (2016 New York 4min)
Artist Mike Rader explores problems in the painting studio that relate beyond the studio doors.

Sleeper of the Valley – Laura Carnet (2014 Canada 3min)
No matter the location or the context, soldiers represent one and only person: a victim.

Balloon Ride – Evan Hughes (2015 Australia 5min)
Victims of domestic violence, a boy dreams of escaping with his mother, only to wake up to a tragic reality.

Heart of Dust – Louise Keay Bell (2015 United Kingdom 6min)
An ex asylum patient returns to his old cell and reflects upon his memories as a patient.

Mer Depré – Margaret Orr (2015 Indiana 6min)
A journey through the mind of a depressed individual.

Untitled Poem – Ryan Burtney (2016 Michigan 2min)
A spoken word poem about seeing the truth.

The Oneness – Karolina Nieduza (2015 United Kingdom 5min)
What is death? Who am I beyond name and form? Do I have to understand death first to to able to understand life?

Once – Julien Le Goff (2015 France 3min)
Among ashes and broken glass, painfull memories rise from the dead.

Total Animal III – Tristan Guerlotté (2015 France 4min)
Submerged beings plasticized with sensual vibrations, clotting together in their oleaginous universe towards total annihilation.

The Existential Zombie – Susan Lien Whigham (2015 California 3min)
Existential horror from the zombie-centric perspective.

Awake – James Gutierrez (2014 California 6min)
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC)

Ruins Of Time – Mathieu Peteul (2015 France 9min)
Elsa, a young woman who had an abortion, looks for her lost innocence tracing back her childhood.

To Infinity – Jordan Abrams (2016 California 8min)
Their planned day to carry out their suicide pact has arrived. As their moment of truth approaches, resolve grows while faith is lost.


2015 FEATURE FILMMAKERS & FILMS

BOND – Furkan Ethem Erdogan (2015 Turkey 2:03)
The connection between feelings is the lifecycle of creation.

The Paper Round – Katie Bonham (2014 United Kingdom 5:12)
The gruesome reality behind a continuous cycle of events.

Religatio – Jaime Giraldo (2014 Canada 3:22)
Beings who live in a world hanging from ropes are all engaged in a struggle to avoid falling into the void below.

Second Wind – Sergey Tsyss (2012 Russia 6:24)
The last performance on the Earth.

Descent – Johan Rijpma (2014 Netherlands 1:28)
A cup falls and breaks into pieces, beginning a cyclic creation of higher dimensional forms that visualize their destructive moments.

Estrella (Star) – Roberto Chinet (2014 Spain 3:30)
Estrella is a female name.

Arcadia – Rick Fisher (2014 Canada 4:49)
The uncovering of unpleasant truths about idealized pastoral landscapes.

Satori Circus – Shane Law (2014 Michigan 8:08)
And introspective look into Satori Circus, a Detroit based theatrical performer who has been crafting his art over the last twenty five years.

Haiku 7:PULSE – Lyle Pisio (2015 Canada 4:41)
A stop-motion haiku about a drum troll struggling for freedom from his prison, while an artist works to free his muse.

Feigned Miens – Ryan Burtney (2015 Michigan 10:33)
feign [feyn] verb (used with object) 1. to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of. mien [meen] noun. 1. air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.

And Let There Be Light! – Matheus Vitorino (2014 Brazil 2:21)
A man discovers himself through bodypaint, where the body itself is illuminated.

Division – Johan Rijpma (2012 Netherlands 1:16)
A piece of paper is divided by hand into an even number of pieces and then repeatedly reassembled, photocopied and divided again. Everything is created by division.

Drool – Jeremiah Kipp (2013 New York 4:00)
A bizarre experimental meditation on sexuality, birth and feminism.

The Days God Slept – Jeremiah Kipp (2013 New York 11:00)
A cinematic prayer that deals with love and secrets, faith and acceptance.

The Headless Nun – Nuno Sá Pessoa (2012 Portugal 6:43)
A thief meets the maker of the universe at the back room of a gas station.

The Dollhouse – Chad Galloway & Heather Benning (2015 Canada 7:41)
Documenting the decommissioning of Heather Benning’s artwork, ‘The Dollhouse’.

The Theft – Mohammad Farahani (2014 Iran 5:41)
An old woman commits a theft, but perhaps she has not….

The Orange Gunny – Mehrdad Zahraei (2014 Iran / France 4:46)
A part of a poverty stricken little boy’s life who collects garbage and his relationship with a cat.

La Peinture – Chan Yin Fong, Huang Yaohui (2013 Singapore 2:52)
A visual music meditation about transcendence.


2014 FEATURE FILMMAKERS & FILMS

Cobwebs” – Dark Forest Media (2013 Michigan 4mins)
A trip into a dark decrepit basement through the eyes of a feline.

“Black Shoes” – Gabrielle Pescador (2014 Michigan 2mins)
A narrative of loss and mourning in which a woman discovers a pair of black shoes on her mother’s grave.

Esophagus” – Wes Hudson (2011 North Carolina 6mins)
With the aid of his inner demons, a young man attempts to abandon memories.

7 Dreams” – Alex Capatoiu (2012 Romania 11mins)
7 nightmares collected from 7 people living in 7 different places on earth.

The Flying Man” – Marcus Alqueres (2012 Canada 10mins)
A new superhero is coming, only this time it’s on his terms.

“The Guest” – Jovanka Vuckovic (2013 Canada 5mins)
A man must face the consequences of a mysterious bargain he has made.

Love Thy Neighbor” – R-Team (2013 Michigan 7mins)
A man in love with his neighbor discovers her disappearance.

Genesis 2:26” – Daniel Pace (2011 USA/Cyprus 1min)
Adam and Eve have just tasted the Forbidden Fruit and Eve envisions more than she had ever anticipated.

Güm” – Noam Sussman (2012 Canada 2mins)
The bizarre consequences of swallowing gum.

Never Leave The House” – Colm McCarthy (2013 Wisconsin/Ireland 4mins)
In Dublin in 1923, a recovering alcoholic shuts himself away in a attempt to resist temptation.

Reflection: A Self Portrait” – Iris Eaton (2012 California 2mins)
A self portrait in moving form.

Topo Glassato Al Cioccolato” – Donato Sansone (2012 Italy 3mins)
It’s an dreamlike, dark and surreal vision in which the same elements swirl around, running after themselves in a infinite scene.

“An Egression” – Ryan Burtney (2014 Michigan 4mins)
When every outlet appears beyond our means we must nurture what lies near.

5th Stage” – Karolina Malinowska (2011 United Kingdom/Australia 9mins)
Danny undergoes changes leading towards the 5th stage of metamorphosis and the world of self-discovery.

The Captured Bird” – Jovanka Vuckovic (2012 Canada 8mins)
A little girl is drawn to a mysterious mansion where she witnesses the birth of terrifying apparitions.

In Dreams” – Samuel Blain (2012 United Kingdom 3mins)
An experimental documentary that visualises the most vivid, memorable dreams of ordinary individuals.

Process” – Pluto (2013 Michigan 2mins)
A short piece revealing what happens inside a person’s head while going through the ideation and creation process.

“Parallels” – Alexey Rumyantsev (2010 Tajikistan 3mins)
We are getting less concerned about harmony among us, however nature is still trying to draw our attention.

This Vacuum is Too Loud” – Gus Péwé (2012 Michigan 6mins)
The story of a man who finds himself lost on Earth, determined to return home.


2013 FEATURE FILMMAKERS & FILMS

Aramaic” – Brian M Viveros and Eriijk Ressler (2005 California 3mins)
The Language of the Jesus.

Hungu” – Nicolas Brault (2007 Canada 10mins)
Under the African sun, death is prowling, but a mother’s soul resurrected by music will return strength and life to the child when he becomes a man.

The Soul Never Sleeps” – Chris Peters (2012 California 3mins)
To complement his recent exhibition, this experimental film evokes the same mood and atmosphere as the filmmaker’s other 12 exhibited pieces, acting as the “13th Painting”.

The Forest” – David Scharf (2009 Germany 6mins)
A 12 year old girl has to cope with her hostile environment and finds a simple but radical solution.

The Long Journey Home” – Billie Mintz & Jeffrey Timmins (2008 Canada 7mins)
A boy is sent into the wilderness to find the cure to his illness, to return from his great journey to a village that does not recognize him for the changes he has endured.

Sebastian’s Voodoo” – Joaquin Baldwin (2008 California 5mins)
A voodoo doll must find the courage to save others from being pinned to death.

Strumpet” – Wolfgang Lehmkuhl (2011 Missouri 14mins)
On the cusp of a murderous storm, a lonely traveler takes shelter in an old hotel and his slumber is cut short by a beautiful, yet treacherous, siren who haunts the inn.

El Mimo y la Mariposa Negra” – José Luis Saturno (2011 México/Canada 5mins)
Marcelo finds himself at the doors of the underworld, where he will attempt to teach death how to laugh in exchange for a second chance at life.

The Centrifuge Brain Project” – Till Nowak (2012 Germany 7mins)
An insight on scientific experiments with amusement park rides.

The Man In The Lower Left Hand Corner Of The Photograph” – Robert Morgan (1997 England 14mins)
A man sits alone in an empty room, looking at a single photograph of himself of when he was happy.

Apotheosis” – Alex Gee & Pujesh Joshi (2011 Australia 4mins)
The hunted and the other side.

“Western Sunburn” – Karl Lemieux (2007 Canada 10mins)
A re-photography in video of painted, scratched and burned 16mm film loops where traces of an impossible past and future collide.

“The Sound of Wings” – Ryan Burtney (2013 Michigan 6mins)
A man past his prime recounts a dream in which he is visited by an angel and must deal with acceptance, forgiveness and letting go.


2012 GALLERY FEATURE

Southern” – Brian M Viveros and Eriijk Ressler (2011 CA 50min)
An amber drenched hallucinogenic embrace of thee mouvement panique from “the straitjacket duo”.

2012 MAIN FEATURES

Rakthavira” – Voltaire (1993 New York 2min)
Voltaire takes us on a one minute tour of Hindu Hell narrated by Deborah Harry of Blondie

36eme Sous-Sol” – PH Debiès (2010 France 13min)
Four people with dark secrest are in an elevator. They don’t know each other, how they got there, or why they’re there. Memories come back…and the elevator goes down…

Esophagus“- Wes Hudson (2011 North Carolina 6min)
With the aid of his inner demons, a young man attempts to abandon the memories of a lost love, and his feelings of loneliness, hate, and depression.

I Know” – Mike Dereniewski (2011 Michigan 5min)
David Lynch video competition entry, starring Kim Paris.

The Separation” – Robert Morgan (2003 England 10min)
The separation of conjoined twins and its extraordinary consequences.

“Grip” – Ryan Burtney (2011 Michigan 2min)
Falling to his death a man reflects on what was.

Delivery” – Till Nowak (2005 Germany 9min)
A short story about the change of a corrupt world.

“Vor Geburts Vermittelt Entwicklung (Prenatal Media Development)” – Micho Detronik (1995 Michigan 8min)
The loss and confusion of identity with mediated displacement of the soul.

Humane Society” – Zeke Burhans (2010 Michigan 9min)
A story that explores the pain and anguish of a Humane Society worker as he explains his duties of the job.

Le Poème” – Bogdan Borkowski (1986 France 12min)
An autopsy with an Arthur Rimbaud poem as narration.

Three Scenes of the End” – Jeff Bloomer (2007 Michigan 4min)
The end of the world is introduced to the viewer with three short scenes.

The Kinematograph” – Tomek Baginski (2009 Poland 12min)
Francis is an inventor. His invention is supposed to change the world. He forgot about one thing: dreams always cost too much.


2011 – HIATUS


2010 GALLERY FEATURES

In Absentia” – Quay Brothers (2000 USA 20min)
A woman sits alone on a chair at a table in a room on one of the top floors of an asylum.

Dislandia” – Brian M Viveros and Eriijk Ressler (2005 CA 29min)
A disturbing observance of a child existing in an indistinguishable time and place – shrouded by frustration and haunted by surrealist visions. Invited by communique, she ventures on a cathartic endeavor with a startling conclusion.

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms” – Soviet Film Agency (1940 Russia 20min)
This disturbing film records the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life to dead animals (dogs), as conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, USSR.

2010 MAIN FEATURES – SEGMENT ONE

Rakthavira” – Voltaire (1993 NY 2min)
Voltaire takes us on a one minute tour of Hindu Hell narrated by Deborah Harry of Blondie

Smile” – Noam Abta and Yuval Markovich (2005 Israel 7min)
Yuval arrives at his friends’ apartment and begins to suspect that they are plotting to do him harm. The signs build up slowly but surely, up to the point paranoia becomes reality.

The Long Journey Home” – Billie Mintz and Jeffrey Timmins (2008 Canada 8min)
In a village that never knew sickness a boy is sent into the wilderness to find the cure to his illness. He returns from his great journey to a village that does not recognize him for the changes he has endured.

“The Loneliest Little Boy in the World” – Mike Dereniewski (2001 MI 5min)
This film is the director’s reaction to the loss of a great friend of both the director and talent to heroin. The score is comprised entirely of source material from live Caniis Crux performances. This film inspired by and dedicated to Michael D. Petee.

Annabel Lee” – George Higham (2005 England 20min)
A stop-motion puppet animated tale inspired by Poe’s epic poem of love and loss.

2010 MAIN FEATURES – SEGMENT TWO

Transrexia” – Voltaire (2008 NY 1min)
Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs narrates this prehistoric postcard of love gone wrong between a stop-motion T-rex and a Pterodactyl.

Monsters” – Robert Morgan (2004 England 13min)
Eight year old Stan is a troubled child with a vivid imagination and a spiteful older sister. One Sunday afternoon, violent visions and sibling hostility spiral dangerously out of control.

The Eye of Silence” – Daniel Zurawski (2006 England 10min)
A tone poem exploring the cyclical nature of existence.

Delivery” – Till Novak (2005 Germany 9min)
A short story about the change of a corrupt world.

The Kinematograph” – Tomek Baginski (2009 Poland 12min)
Francis is an inventor. His invention is supposed to change the world. He forgot about one thing: dreams always cost too much. He is focused only on himself and his work and realizes the gravity of the situation only when it is too late.

2010 MAIN FEATURES – SEGMENT THREE

DemiUrge Emesis” – Voltaire (2010 NY 3min)Danny Elfman narrates a short film of a mummified cat is tormented by the skeletons of past measls.

Do Not Disturb” – Patrick Rea (2009 KS 15min)
A mysterious and possibly psychotic man, hides out in a hotel room, where he receives strange messages from an unseen admirer.

Three Scenes of the End” – Jeff Bloomer (2007 MI 4min)
The end of the world is introduced to the viewer with three short scenes.

Le Poème” – Bogdan Borkowski (1986 France 12min)
An autopsy with an Arthur Rimbaud poem as narration

We Have Decided Not To Die“- Daniel Askill (2004 Australia 11min)
Three rituals. Three figures. Three modern day journeys of transcendence.

2010 MICHIGAN FEATURES

Sequestered” – Sean Hages and Courtney Spivak (2009 MI 2min)
Examinating the inherent futility of attempts to control the chaos of life. A dialectical montage of abstract images of decay and disorder are contrasted with shots of humans grooming themselves.

“Innerer” – Ryan Burtney (2006 MI 5min)
Sometimes the greatest battle of your entire life exists in your own head.

The Guest Room” – Louis Kerman (2009 MI 10min)
May sees a mysterious little girl in the guest room of her home. Her husband Dan wants them to move forward in their marriage. But ghosts from their past refuse to let them go. Until they both are forced to deal with their feelings over what happened.

Dark Heart” – Robert Joseph Butler (2009 MI 16min)
Daniel is forced down a dark journey of insanity, hatred, writer’s block, and murder – and the consequences that ultimately arise.

Phobia” – Jon Manthei and Joseph Thompson (2010 MI 18min)
When it seems no form of treatment can cure their ten year old son Matthew of his phobia, Jim and Mary Duboise contact Dr. William Paige, who offers them a more primitive but nonetheless sure fire way to cure him forever, but at what cost.

2010 VIGNETTE FEATURES

“Video Drone” – Robert Morris (NY 4min)

“Subway” – Robert Morris (NY 3min)
“Subway” and “Video Drone” are two experimental videos which takes the viewer to a dark, yet intriguing place, leaving the desire to explore further into these created worlds. Dark tunnels and cavernous spaces combined with an erotic performance tell a subtle, sensual, and abstract narrative.

“Breed” – Tsubasa (2007 GA 5min)

“Midori” – Tsubasa (2007 GA 5min)