Cast: Mitzi Akaha, Lindsay Burdge, Buddy Duress, Brian Deran
“Full Moon, all the crazies are out.” Four seedy stories transpire over the course of one late-night order at 24-hour deli.
Max is a Koch-era NYC psycho-naut trying to make it home before his mouthful of mescaline kicks in. He decides to stop in at an all night deli for a quick sandwich. After numerous order delays and full-on trip stampeding into his psyche, he is made to pay witness to the colorful cast of lower east side weirdos, visualizing their stories through his newly altered lens: A times square dominatrix meets up with one of her regulars to reveal an answering message left by his wife. Two punks discuss an ultimatum as one reveals his connection to a pistol found in a drug bust. A recording engineer convinces an aspiring singer to re-record a destroyed vocal take from a canonic 80s group and attempts to pass it off as the original.
Alan Palomo is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised music producer known for his work under his music moniker Neon Indian. His most recent album Vega Intl. Night School received Pitchfork’s coveted Best New Music classification. As a performer, he’s made numerous television appearances on such TV shows as “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Yo Gabba Gabba,” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” As a filmmaker, he’s directed various music videos; the most recent, one for his own single “Annie,” premiered at Sundance’s Next Fest. This is his first narrative short film.
The nine short films in the OPENING NITE screening of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival address the dynamics of family, shining in the face of adversity, and attempting to make meaningful connections. New York stories punctuate.