A film by Michal Kosakowski


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.

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