A film by Michal Kosakowski



Our next stop is Fargo, North Dakota. ‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the 10th Fargo Fantastic Film Festival that will run from October 19-21, 2012. The festival takes place during ValleyCon 38: The Fargo Entertainment Expo! Screening schedule will be announced soon!

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The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival celebrates film in all genres slightly beyond the norm! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Thrillers, Adventure… anything close! The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival exists to showcase the ambitious and creative independent filmmaker. To make a good “genre” film takes real creativity, craftsmanship and – yes, artistic merit. We show professional and amateur productions as both can learn from the other. The Fargo Fantastic Film Festival is also the largest and longest-running genre-film festival in the Midwest.


by Katerina Sakkas | BlackSpotHorror, Sept 27, 2012

The Killer Inside: Michal Kosakowski’s Zero Killed

“There’s a killer lurking inside each of us,” asserts one of the participants in Michal Kosakowski’s documentary-cum-thought experiment Zero Killed (2011).  In 1996 Kosakowski made a series of short films based on the murder fantasies of a handful of people from a variety of backgrounds.  The only rule was that each person must act in his or her fantasy, either as victim or killer.  More than a decade on, the director interviewed his subjects about their experiences of the initial project.  These interviews are interspersed with grabs from the original ‘murder films.’  The result is uncomfortably fascinating.

The subjects appear to enter into these simulations of torture, bashing, shooting and slashing with relish—a couple indeed seem slightly unhinged (especially the man who admits to having hit his daughter on several occasions).  From reminiscences about their filmed fantasies, the participants move on to larger questions addressing the meaning of ‘evil,’ the human potential for violence, killing in a wartime context, high school massacres, media desensitisation and the justification of torture in interrogation.

Watching these violent simulations and listening to the motivations behind them is a strange experience, more disturbing in a way than viewing a violent horror film, where not only do you know it’s fake, but also that it has been devised on some level as a work of imagination.  In Zero Killed, the link between participants and subject matter in these short films is so direct that the boundary between fantasy and reality becomes blurred.  Fake reality; real fantasy.  Adding another level of bizarreness to the viewing experience was the fact that I recognised one of the subjects as someone I’d been at art school with years ago.  Fortunately, he was in a minority of actors who chose to be victim rather than perpetrator!

Kosakowski’s seemingly perverse exercise brings to light the sobering notion that in a society stripped of laws, regulations and basic morality, life is pretty cheap.

Read the review on blackspothorror.com




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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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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.


‘Zero Killed’ has been officially selected for the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby, England. The festival runs from October 25-28, 2012. The screening is scheduled for

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 6 pm @ Pavilion Theatre

Bram Stoker International Film Festival
2012 Playlist

The Bram Stoker International Film Festival celebrates the life of Bram Stoker through four days and nights of gothic decadence cumulating with the highly anticipated and world famous Bram Stoker European Vampires Ball now in its third year. Bram Stokers European Vampire’s Ball is a night of dark romanticism and a gothic interpretation of beauty, inspired by Bram Stokers Dracula. Join your host Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen as she guides you through the dark entertainment and gothic delights from The Beautiful Deadly Children, Bella Lune, Winter in Eden and Method Cell before handing you over to the tender mercies of DJ Ghost of Charnel House. 2012 sees the 100 years celebration of Bram Stoker’s death in true gothic style in Whitby. The Vampire’s Walk will allow Goths, Steampunks and Dracula fans to retrace Mina’s steps through Whitby dressed in their finest attire.


by Harrison Engstrom | Sticky Trigger Entertainment, Sept 15, 2012

A documentary about the murder fantasies of everyday people, shot by everyday people, is an interesting experiment. However, without any premise or statement, the audience is left in the dark about the director’s purpose. We understand that this is a documentary about the darkness of ourselves, but is it showing the true nature of humanity or the freedom of cathartic art or something else entirely? (more…)


Official Selection #18! ‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan (October 18-20, 2012).

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Movie Selections!

Thriller! Chiller! is Grand Rapids original international film festival, and we are proud to screen the best in world class genre movies in our hometown venue, the Wealthy Theatre! Action, sci-fi, suspense and horror movies like those you discovered as a kid on some random Saturday afternoon hanging with your friends at the theater. Or a movie you found late one night on television after the parents went to bed and you couldn’t catch a wink of sleep before – or after – watching it.


Our next stop with ‘Zero Killed’: Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival in Buffalo, New York. The festival runs from October 17-21, 2012. We are closing the festival with a screening on

October 21, 2012, 8.45 pm @ Dipson’s Market Arcade Film & Arts Center

Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival

Welcome to the Third Annual BUFFALO SCREAMS Horror Film Festival, a festival organized by filmmakers to spotlight edgy, creative, independent horror films you probably won’t see at your local multiplex – a film festival for people who love to make horror films and people who love to watch horror films.


‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas!

PollyGrind Underground Film Festival

PollyGrind = underground, alternative, extreme, cult, horror, grindhouse, genre, experimental, weird, odd, arthouse, film noir, sci-fi, edgy, bloody, sexy, exploitation, no budget, rejected, banned, censored, feral and more! Mission: Our aim is to celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions.


Official Selection! We’ve been invited to present ‘Zero Killed’ at Spooky Movie – The 7th Annual Washington D.C. International Horror Film Festival. We’re also glad to announce that director Michal Kosakowski will join the festival and will be there for a Q&A. Don’t miss this event – we’re screening @ midnight right after the US Premiere of Jennifer Lynch’s ‘Chained‘ – also followed by a Q&A with the director. Wow, it’s going to be a very dark and chilling night…

Friday, October 12, 2012, Midnight @ AFI Silver

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival
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Spooky Movie – The Washington, D.C. International Horror Film Festival (aka: The Spooky Movie Film Festival) is an internationally recognized showcase for independent and underground filmmakers of the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. The first and only horror film festival held in the D.C. Metro area, The Spooky Movie Film Festival was formed in 2006 to give both filmmakers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry, and the fans in Washington, D.C. area a unique experience.


‘Zero Killed’ is screening at South Texas Underground Film Festival (September 21-27, 2012). It’s going to be the Texas Premiere!

Sept 26, 2012, 7.30 pm @ House of Rock

STUFF 2012 – South Texas Underground Film Festival 2012


‘Zero Killed’ will be screened at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in the following time slots and venues:

Sept 15, 2012, 10.30 pm (22.30), venue: CinemaxX 8
Sept 16, 2012, 03.00 pm (15.00), venue: EWE Forum Alte Fleiwa

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‘Zero Killed’ is amongst other 4 movies a nominee for the ‘German Independence Award – Best German Film’. Director Michal Kosakowski and his film crew will attend the screenings and will be available for Q&A.


‘Zero Killed’ has been selected as the winner of the 1st Annual International Horror Film Contest, sponsored by Barnabus Bailey Presents and the Underground Cinema Film Festival in Dublin, Ireland. Our movie will officially open the Horror Day for the Festival on

Saturday, Sept 15th, 2012, 10am @ Kingston Hotel, The Dargan Suite, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Barnabus Bailey and the Greatest Show Unearthed
Underground Cinema Film Festival 2012

About Zero Killed (from Barnabus Bailey)

What happens when you ask typical everyday working class people to film their personal murder fantasies, with them acting a role in the film? Then follow-up with interviews of each of them after the films to see how the experience affected them?

This brilliant documentary by Michal Kosakowski does just that. At times this film is humorous, other times frightening, as the participants share their darkest secrets and how they see them playing out visually. It is a brutally honest self-examination of those little thoughts we all experience daily. This documentary gets inside of your head and demands the ultimate in after viewing conversation circles.


by Chard Core | artsHub, Sept 7, 2012

German director Michal Kosakowski explores the intricacies of death in its various forms in his feature length debut documentary, Zero Killed. Over ten years in the making, the film asks people from everyday life, from all over the world, to share something special, something undeniably intimate; specifically, their ‘murder fantasies’.

Don’t roll your eyes, we all have them.

The ultimate elephant in the room, death will eventually consume us all. Even though we’ve been taught to repress thoughts of it, its shadow stretches across our lives and manifests in countless ways.

The ways Kosakowski’s nameless participants process death, and expand upon their thoughts about it when given free reign by him to do so, lies at very centre of Zero Killed. (more…)


We are proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the 20th Raindance Film Festival in London, United Kingdom. This will be our U.K. premiere of the movie. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at it’s home of Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4LR. We hope to meet you there @ the festival! We hope to meet you there @ the festival!

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Raindance 2012 Announces Line-Up (thehollywoodnews.com)

The screening dates are

Friday, Sept 28, 1.30pm @ Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
Sunday, Sept 30, 1.15pm @ Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus

About the festival

Raindance Film Festival is Europe’s leading independent film festival. Started in 1993 and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, it is listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’. Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

About Zero Killed (by Owain Pacisuszko)

Since 1996 Michal Kosakowski has been asking people, from all walks of life, about their murder fantasies, turning their dark confessions into short films on the condition that his subjects act in them, allowing them to live out their fantasies. This film brings those shorts together with interviews from his ‘murderers’ and ‘victims.’

There’s something for everyone in the grim realisations of their homicidal daydreams, some are darkly comic, some brutal and drab, there’s torture, poisoning, assassination, even a philosophical suicide. Kosakowski has succeeded, often eerily so, in creating depictions of murder that teeter perilously between fantasy and snuff. Amongst this the contributions from his participants ruminate on the simple desire to kill, how it can become intermingled with daily frustrations and what would drive someone to perhaps make the fantasy a reality.

Scenarios vary, from a farmer musing about the character required to kill a sheep, something he has to do on a daily basis, to a soldier pondering the justification for their actions, or the seemingly universal desire for murderous revenge if someone harmed your children. Kosakowski tantalisingly keeps his subject’s careers anonymous, leaving the viewer to create their own little fantasies about what they do for a living and how that may have influenced their make-believe murder.

A strangely playful film, this is in turns a riveting, wince-inducing succession of nightmare scenarios and at once an arch, wry look at the cruellest fantasies that ordinary people harbour.


We are proud to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ has been nominated for the ‘German Independence Award – Best German Film’ at the 19th Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany.

From Hollywoodreporter.com

Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino will head an all-woman jury at this year’s Oldenburg film festival, the indie film fest billed as Germany’s answer to Sundance.

Sorvino was named international jury president for the 2012 Oldenburg festival, which runs Sept. 12-16. Joining her on the international jury are actresses Debbie Rochon (Night of the Living Dead) and Gabrielle Miller (Call Me Fitz); producer and writer Lana Morgan (The Last Supper) and director/producer Tamar Simon Hoffs, whose last film, Pound of Flesh, premiered at Oldenburg in 2010.

The jury will elect the winner of Oldenburg’s German Independence Award for Best Film. Five German-language titles are in the running this year: Jan Ole Gerster’s opening night feature Oh Boy; the drama The Visitor (Die Besucher) from Constanze Knoche; Lola Randl’s The Dragonfly and the Rhinoceros (Die Libelle und das Nashorn); Still Life (Stillleben) from Austrian director Sebastian Meise and Zero Killed, the first feature length film from experimental director Michal Kosakowski.

About Nominee ZERO KILLED – From Oldenburg International Film Festival

This first feature by award-winning experimental director, Michal Kosakowski, could not be more relevant – or terrifying. A group of seemingly normal people with no criminal history agree to be interviewed about their murder fantasies. Offered the chance for their fantasies to be filmed, the only condition was they had to act in these films themselves, as either the victim or perpetrator. And they do. The result of these ‘non criminal’ fantasies of average people is shocking, bold, insightful, harsh.


‘Zero Killed’ is an official selection of the 8th Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia! The movie will be screened on

September 1st, 2012, 1pm

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We are happy to announce that ‘Zero Killed’ is in the official selection of the 19th Oldenburg Internationl Film Festival in Germany. The festival will be held from September 12-16, 2012. Director and producer Michal Kosakowski will be attending the festival and will be available for Q&A. The screening schedule will be posted on September 4. Meanwhile checkout the website

Oldenburg International Film Festival

About the festival (from Wikipedia)

Situated in Northwest Germany the Oldenburg International Film Festival covers since 1994 the international movie scene in all of its aspects. This open minded approach leads to an inspiring mix of great premieres, surprising discoveries and original independent productions. Off beat innovation and ideas against the grain are the trademarks of the festival.

‘Oldenburg: The German Sundance…has become a must in the festival circuit.’ (Cannes Market News)

‘The German Sundance’ (Screen International)