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The Special People with Director Erica Schreiner in Attendance
July 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Director Erica Schreiner in attendance from New York to introduce the film and participate in post-screening Q&A!!!
THE SPECIAL PEOPLE
Directed by Erica Schreiner
2021 / 120 mins / color / silent (with English subtitles)
In a dark humor vein, the sci-fi experimental art film, The Special People asks you to consider the hypnotic state induced by smart technology and human desire for freedom and authenticity. The audience goes through a hero’s journey while bathing in sparkling storybook sets, an eerie combination of VHS nostalgia and foreboding dilemmas.
The citizens of a pink forest stare into iridescent cubes and cannot look away. Apple, Bird, and Violet manage to break their trance and indulge in philosophical conversation. They question why they are free while the others are not. They had their voices removed when they were babies so they learn to communicate telepathically. They experience the sensuality of fruit and each other in The Forest, but soon feel it is not enough. The Special People decide to embark on a journey to bring the other citizens of The Forest back to consciousness by attempting to destroy the master cube, guarded by The Overlords. On this journey, the three get separated and Apple must continue the journey alone. She encounters many of The Obstacles along the way and learns if she is to free the citizens of The Forest, she’ll have to sacrifice her life.
Erica Schreiner wrote, directed, and stars in The Special People. She single-handedly built elaborate, colorful, and sparkling sets in her apartment where she filmed the feature on her VHS camera. The other actors in this film are her friends. The Special People was produced by Alex Norelli and is a silent film with a musical score by Johnny Dydo of The Johns.