A film by Michal Kosakowski

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This Halloween Flaherty NYC is proud to host the New York City premiere of Zero Killed, the debut feature of Polish-born, Berlin-based artist Michal Kosakowski, which has steadily garnered acclaim across a number of international festival appearances.

Filmmaker Michal Kosakowski will be in NYC for post-screening discussion moderated by local author Andy P. Smith. Also some of the participants of ‘Zero Killed’ such as Sergio Figueroa, Vitus Wieser and Dorit Oitzinger will join the screening & discussion!

Wed, Oct 31, 2012, 7.30 pm @ 92YTribeca Screening Room

92YTribeca – Flaherty NYC – Zero Killed
92YTribeca – Flaherty NYC – More Fun in the New World
The Robert J. Flaherty Film Seminar

‘More Fun in the New World’

This fall Flaherty NYC aims to conquer the election season by exploring works that deal with the issues that have so effectively divided our nation. The end result may not be surprising—we’re neither the first, nor will we be the last to be embroiled in such adolescent battles—but it certainly is pressing: if this is the way things are and always have been, how will anyone ever be able to affect change? From classic and rarely-seen works to contemporary and crucial, we’ll take a closer look at debt, corporate money, choice, uprisings and violence through a prismatic tour of user-generated media, murder fantasies, experimental animation, Native American tribal politics and much more. Each screening will be followed by discussion that will not only dissect the issues, but challenge you to consider a new perspective.

Programmed by Jon Dieringer

JON DIERINGER is the publisher and editor of New York City repertory film and media listings resource Screen Slate. His varied professional experiences include art direction and accounting for film and working as an assistant to independent film producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey and artist Neil Goldberg. Dieringer’s video work has shown at various venues in New York City, and he has additionally authored projects supporting non-profit, activist and cultural organizations including Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and Occupy Cinema. He is presently one of the head programmers at Spectacle, a Brooklyn screening space established and maintained entirely by volunteers, and a board member of the New York Film/Video Council. Dieringer is The Flaherty’s proud former communications coordinator.

Author Andy P. Smith

Andy P. Smith is writer, editor, producer, and curator. Currently he is working to develop educational initiatives at Brooklyn’s coworking space The Yard. He is a staff writer at The Williamsburg/Greenpoint News + Arts – a free, monthly newspaper. Smith was the founder and editor-in-chief of Brooklyn’s artist profile publication Chief Magazine from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, he worked as contributing editor of Colors magazine and Benetton Talk in Treviso, Italy. He wrote a book entitled Welcome to the Land of Cannibalistic Horses, illustrated and designed by Mike Force. It is 556 pages of essays and interviews about America during the summer of 2004. Before that he worked as co-producer and on-camera correspondent for the PBS documentary TV series Roadtrip Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, USA, with strong ties to Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans. He has a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and a MS in Publishing from New York University.

About ‘Zero Killed’ by Jon Dieringer

Since 1996 Kosakowski has interviewed dozens of common citizens from a broad swath of national and occupational backgrounds about their murder fantasies. He then offers them a chance to stage them as short films with the stipulation they appear as the perpetrators or victims. For Zero Killed, Kosakowski has revisited his interviewees, many over a decade after the fact, to discuss their emotional reactions to the experiments while further soliciting personal opinions about topics including war, torture, revenge, the death penalty and suicide. The interviews and staged films have been assembled into a running dialog about violence at base, personal and societal levels. The result is a streaming commentary that’s sometimes wryly amusing, often disturbing and always provocative—a richly textured dissection of media and society that begs for the conversation to spill off screen.


‘Zero Killed’ has been invited to screen at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival of San Diego! We’re proud to be the first horror feature documentary ever to be screened at this festival! The festival will run from Nov 10-11, 2012 and is presented by Monster Island Resort! Screening schedule will be posted soon!

Festival director Miguel Rodriguez made an interesting interview with director Michal Kosakowski that will be podcasted on Monster Island Resort soon.

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival of San Diego
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival – Facebook
Monster Island Resort – The Online Radio Show

The mission of Horrible Imaginings is to spotlight horror and it’s various subgenres. From psychological thriller, to noir, to complete mayhem, the power of horror is its inherent ability to take our fears and exploit them–either to help us face them, or to just help us appease our dark sides. The number of subgenres is a testament to the creative power behind this dark genre.


‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the 9th Another Hole in the Head Film Festival in San Franciso. The festival runs from Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2012. More details on screening dates etc. will be posted soon!

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
Another Hole in the Head Film Festival – Facebook

Another Hole in the Head is an annual festival of horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy that defies convention to bring you the most outrageous genre films from both emerging and established filmmakers.


‘Zero Killed’ is officially selected for the Killer Film Fest in Somerville, Massachusetts – Nov 1-3, 2012. Our movie will be shown on

November 1st, 2012, 6.30 pm @ Somerville Theater

Killer Film Fest
Killer Film Fest – Facebook
Somerville Theatre

KILLER FILM FEST: Horror, Killer Clowns, Monsters behind your closet, Flesh Eating Fog, Zombies (possibly singing ones too), Alien Babies, Fetish Dolls, Disco Exorcisms , Cursed Beer, Ghosts, Toxic Monsters, Cult Rituals, Demons… the list goes on!!!

Killer Film Fest brings the best of indie horror to the screen and web since 2009. Come join us this year for a Killer experience and our first annual zombie pub crawl.


‘Zero Killed’ is the opening feature movie of the 7th Annual Freak Show Horror Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. The festival is part of the Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend! Director Michal Kosakowski will attend the festival and will introduce his film following by a Q&A after the screening!

October 26, 2012, 7 pm @ The Hilton Orlando

Freak Show Horror Film Festival
Freak Show Horror Film Festival – Zero Killed
Freak Show Horror Film Festival – Facebook
Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend

“The Art of Horror” – Orlando, Florida

Celebrate the Art of Independent Horror! This international horror genre film festival is the brainchild of FEAR FILM Motion Picture Studios Owner Robert J. Massetti. As a veteran independent horror filmmaker, Robert wanted to make a film festival that celebrates the independent horror filmmaker by giving the artist a forum to show his or her work.

The festival is a showcase of some of the most talented, up and coming horror filmmakers in the world and tries hard to help filmmakers reach their goals with their films. Located in the heart of all the best resturants, attractions, and shopping Orlando has to offer, this is a festival not to be missed for fun and exposure.

The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is part of SPOOKY EMPIRE’S Ultimate Horror Weekend which draws thousands of horror fans from around the world. The convention features horror celebrities, bands, tattooing, huge vendor room, parties with celebrites by the pool, and much more!


See the interview on oldenburger-lokalteil.de
See the interview on youtube.com

by Amon Thein | Oldenburger Lokalteil, Sept 21, 2012

Interview in German!

Last week filmmaker Michal Kosakowski showed his semi-documentary film “Zero Killed” at the Oldenburg International Film Festival – strong stuff in shaky images. Some viewers left shocked the cinema, one should have even thrown the ticket in the face of the moderator RP Kahl. In the video interview with Amon Thein Kosakowski explains what is behind the film and why you should definitely talk about murder fantasies.


We are proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of Phoenix FearCon V – Arizona’s largest Independent Horror Event.

October 13, 2012 / Noon till 1:00am @ Scottsdale Ultra Star Cinemas

Phoenix FearCon
Phoenix FearCon – Zero Killed
Phoenix FearCon – Facebook

FearCON originally started out in 2006 as the Phoenix Fear Film Festival, showcasing local and international independent horror films from a small art gallery. We have since grown to a large theater and have been a vanguard event, dedicated to strengthening the general understanding of the Horror genre film culture by providing audiences independent, cutting‐edge, original films – and authentic representations of Horror.

Through time the festival has evolved to include a wider variety of horror genres for audiences to enjoy, all of which portray a different aspect of terror along with an atmosphere dedicated to the horror movie fan, including special musical presentations, special effects demonstrations, panel discussions, Q&A with cast and crew, fashion shows and more. To reflect these changes and highlight the festival’s evolution, the name of the festival has been changed to “Phoenix FearCON”.

The 2012 Phoenix FearCON V Film Festival will provide a significant opportunity for audiences to come and see what independent Horror is all about from different perspectives and reflect. Cinema is a bridge that connects us all. The committee members and volunteers have a passion and energy dedicated to this event. Although the festival is still young, it is supported by its members with unlimited potential.