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Madeleine Molyneaux, through Picture Palace Pictures, in collaboration with Trilobite-Arts-DAC, has produced five feature films  and multiple short form work, as well as commissions and exhibitions,  for the artist/filmmaker and 2012 Alpert Award recipient
Kevin Jerome Everson.

She produced, in association with the artist, Picture Palace Pictures and Video Data Bank, the 3 DVD boxed set
Broad Daylight and Other Times: Selected Works of Kevin Jerome Everson (VDB, 2011). The set includes Cinnamon and 23 shorts and a catalog with essays by Emmanuel Burdeau (France), Katrin Mundt (Germany), Monica McTighe (U.S.) and an interview between Everson and Michael Gillespie (U.S.).


Tonsler Park (2017, 16mm, 70:00, b&w, sound)  Election Day 2016, Charlottesville, Virginia. Democracy in action.
Awards: Best Experimental Documentary, BAFICI 2017; Best Documentary, Olhar de Cinema, Brazil 2017)
Official Selection: IFFR; NYFF; BFI/London FF; Cinema du Reel

8903 Empire
co-directed with Kahlil I. Pedizisai) (2016, HD, 480:00) not yet premiered

Park Lanes  (2015, HD & 16mm, 480:00, color, sound): Official Selection, IFFR 2015; Doc Fortnight, MoMA 2015; BAFICI; BFI/London Film Festival 2015 (Experimenta program curated by  Benjamin Cook, Helen De Witt, and William Fowler)

The Island of St. Matthews (2013, 16mm, 70:00, color, sound ): Official Selection, IFFR 2013; Punto de Vista, Official Competition, 2013

Quality Control (2011, 16mm, 71:00, b&w, sound): 2012 Whitney Biennial; Views from the Avant Garde/NYFF 2012; IFFR 2011

Erie (2010, 16mm, 81:00, b&w, sound): Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Images Festival 2010; Best Feature, Migrating Forms 2010; BAFICI FID Marseille; Festival Entrevues, Belfort, Competition, 2010, a.o.

The Golden Age of Fish (2008, 60:00, color and b&wsound ):  IFFR 2008; Migrating Forms 2008; BAFICI 2008

Cinnamon (2006, 70:00, color and b&w, sound): Sundance Film Festival 2006; IFFR 2006; EFM Berlin 2006; Pesaro, FID Marseille, Munich, Belfort, 2006

©KJE 2006                                                                                               above: Cinnamon (2006), pictured: Erin (Erin Stewart) and the blue car in John Bowles' garage. 
ALL PHOTOS courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

©KJE 2012     Ten Five in the Grass (2012) pictured: Lee & Brianna McNeil, Natchez, MS

Shorts: (selected)

Black Bus Stop (co-directed by Claudrena N. Harold) IFFR Tiger Shorts Competition; BAFICI; EMAF
Traveling Shoes World Premiere, Berlinale Forum Expanded
Music from the Allegheny Plateau, Cinema du Reel, Paris; BAM Cinema Fest, NY

Richland Blue (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 4:29, b&w, sound) centers around films, two in particular- a stag film and a public service announcement featuring an African-American woman arrested for shoplifting- produced by the corrupt Richland County, Ohio police department in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Goddess (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 2:19, color, silent) is based on a stag film produced by American photographer Garry Winogrand and the corrupt police from the filmmaker’s home county of Richland, Ohio.

Round Seven (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 18:51, colour, sound)

Round Seven centres on mysterious occurrences in and around the city of Mansfield including UFO sightings, the closing of Mansfield Tire and the famous 1978 boxing match in Dayton, OH between Sugar Ray Leonard and local prizefighter Art McKnight.

Rhino (2018, HD, 17:50 colour, sound, Italian and French with English subtitles)

An enactment of the last days of Alessandro de’ Medici, who was named the first Duke of Florence in 1532. De Medici was assassinated by his cousin Lorenzino five years into his rule.

A Good Fight accounts for it. (2018, 16mm, 1:57, b/w, sound)

Polly One is about ninety-nine percent totality. Filmed during 2017 eclipse across North America. (2018,16mm, 6:12, color, silent)

Polly Two is about ninety-nine percent totality. Filmed during 2017 eclipse across North America. (2018, 12:00, b/w, silent)

2017 films

Tonsler Park (2017) captures Election Day 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (82:00, 16mm, b&w)

Brown and Clear (2017) are the only choices in this particular establishment. (7:40, HD, color, sound)

How Can I Ever Be Late (co-directed by Claudrena N. Harold) takes a Sly and the Family Stone tarmac arrival as a point of departure. (US, 2017, 16mm, b/w)

Fastest Man in the State (co-directed by Claudrena Harold, 2017) is Kent Merritt waxing poetically about being one of the first four Black scholarship athletes at the University of Virginia. (10:00, color, b/w)

Rough and Unequal (2017) is about the beautiful lunar surface. Filmed over several months from Earth to Moon, this is a film for a two channel installation. (11:30, b/w, dual channel)

Rough and Unequal: Oceanis Procellarum (2017) is a single channel film about the beautiful lunar surface. (21:13, b/w)

IFO (2017) is about three famous UFO sightings over Mansfield, Ohio. (9:50, b/w)

Carrs Down South (2017) presents three generations of the Carr family waxing poetically about living and working in Salisbury North Carolina. (3:30, color)

70kg (2017) is about two University of Virginia grapplers taking instructions. (16mm, 2:30. b/w, silent)

R-15 (2017) is about the material that keeps southern homes warm in the winter months and the cool in the summer. (5:10, color)

Rams 23 Blue Bears 21 (2017) is another take on the Lumiere Brothers’ classic 1895 film. (8:06, color, sound)

Eason (2016), commissioned by the Scribe Video Center, part of the one-hundred anniversary of the great Black migration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is loosely based on the life of James Walker Hood Eason (1886-1923) a long time member of the UNIA of Philadelphia (15:00, color)

Improvement Association (2016) has Malik Hudgins, an UNIA life-long member of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, waxing poetically about life. (11:44, color)

During an Ears, Nose and Throat (2016) examination Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eye witnessed. (10:30, color)

Shadeena (2016) recounts a horrible event she eye witnessed. (4:43, color)

We Demand (co-directed Claudrena Harold, 2016) tells the story of the anti-Vietnam War Movement from the perspective of James R. Roebuck, a northern-born African American who studied at the University of Virginia during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Over a ten-day period of unprecedented student upheaval at the University, Roebuck, the first African American president of UVA’s Student Council, confronted a series of political challenges and existential dilemmas. This budding activist and future U.S. representative was the quintessential militant insider whose cool temperament and ideological flexibility proved quite useful as UVA appeared on the verge of imploding from within. (10:19, color)

Threshold Spondee/ Discrimination N66#1 (2016) is about the success of a hearing test. (4:15 color, silent)

Lost Nothing (2016) is the subject Willie James Crittenden waxes poetically about. (3:30, color)

Auditioning for Nathaniel (2016) has famous actor Nathaniel Jitahadi Taylor waxing poetically to dancers, painters, actors and filmmakers. (13:30, color, b&w)

8903 Empire (co-directed with Kahlil Pedizisai, 2015) is an eight hour-long film of a house on Empire Street in Cleveland, Ohio. (480:00, color)

Oscar at 8903 Empire (2016) is the address of proud home owner Oscar Dickerson. (1:50, color)

Polly One
Polly Two
Round Seven
Richland Blue

How Can I Ever Be Late (in collaboration with Claudrena N. Harold, a Black Fire UVA production)
Fastest Man in the State (in collaboration with Claudrena N. Harold, a Black Fire UVA production)
70 kg ((in collaboration with Claudrena N. Harold, a Black Fire UVA production)

Ears, Nose and Throat
Awards: Grand Prize, Hamburg International Shorts FF 2016
World Premiere, IFFR; Official selection, TIFF (Wavelengths,) BFI/LFF (Short Film Competition)

Three Quarters
(2015, 4:37, 16mm, b/w, silent)
Awarded Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2015
World Premiere, Berlinale, Forum Expanded 2015;
Media City, Windsor, Ontario; Art Toronto (Verge Video)

Grand Finale (2015, 4:41, HD sound)

World Premiere, Ann Arbor FF; Media City; AFI Fest, Los Angeles

Regal Unlimited (2015, 3:11, color)
World Premiere, Ann Arbor FF

e26 (2014, 7:21, 16mm, color, sound)
Awarded Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2014
World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival 2014; IFFR, Ann Arbor, EMAF, Osnabruck, Hamburg Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, doc competition, Traverse City Film Festival, upcoming: NYFF, BFI/London "Experimental"; Viennale

Sound That (2014, 11:40, 16mm, color, sound)
Awarded Jury Prize, Ann Arbor Film Festival 2014; Special Mention, Media City FF, Windsor, Ontario 2014

World Premiere, Ann Arbor; EMAF, Osnabruck; upcoming: NYFF, BFI/London "Experimental"; Viennale

©KJE 2014         above: still from Sound That (2014) shot in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Cuyahoga County

(2013, 6:50, HD, color, sound)
Awarded Best Short Film, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF/Film Independent)
Stone is getting his hustle on, often and early.

above: still from Stone (2013)  courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

Rhinoceros (2012, 7 minutes, VHS, color and b&w, Italian with English subtitles)
Official Selection, 2012 Rome Film Festival, Cinema xxii Competition
Rhinoceros features Alessandro de'Medici addressing the good folks of Florence. Alessandro, portrayed by artist/performer Justin Randolph Thompson, is congratulated at the end of his directive by two loyal supporters (Daniel Chukwu, Stephen Chris)
Shot in analog VHS, to resemble a lost television broadcast, perhaps from the last days of Mohammar Ghaddafi, in summer of  2012 in the Villa la Pietra.  It will be included in the experimental bio-pic feature film Rhino, currently in pre-production, to be shot 2013/2014 in Florence, Italy and Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Tombigbee Chronicles No. 2 (2012), featuring Rita Larson's Boy, Early Riser (Cotton Comes to Harlem), Chicken:
Official Selection, Views from the Avant Garde/NYFF 2012; Media City, Windsor, 2012; BFI/London Film Festival 2012 (Rita Larson's Boy)
Three films featuring work by and about three native sons of Columbus, Mississippi, the hometown of Everson's parents--Tennessee Williams, Chester Himes and actor Nathaniel Taylor.
the backstory on  LFF/Mark Webber's blog: http://markwebber.org.uk/experimenta/2012/10/02/kevin-everson

Century (2012), Official Selection, Images Festival, Toronto, 2012; Viennale 2012; AFI Fest, 2012; Sundance Film Festival 2013, New Frontier Shorts Competition; True/False Film Festival 2013; Ann Arbor Film Festival 2013; Bradford Intl. Film Festival (UK) 2013

Chevelle (2012); Views from the Avant Garde/NYFF 2012; Wavelengths/TIFF 2011; Media City 2012

Ten Five in the Grass (2012): Winner, Euro Prize, Oberhausen Film Festival 2012; Visions du Reel 2012

Company Line (2009): IFFR 2009; Light Industry, NY; Filmforum, LA

Emergency Needs (2008); IFFR 2008; Whitney Biennial 2008

According to... (2007): CPH:Dox 2008

©KJE 2012       above: still from Early Riser(Cotton Comes to Harlem) part of The Tombigbee Chronicles No. 2 (2012)

©KJE 2013       below: still from Workers Leaving the Job Site (2013), shot in Columbus, MS


©KJE 2009      above: still from Watchworks (2009)

Charlie Rankin (Stephen Dorff) and Florence Jane (Michelle Monaghan), Tomorrow You're Gone (2013)
  production stills©2011 Deed Films. all rights reserved. reproduction in any form strictly prohibite


Madeleine Molyneaux's longtime creative collaboration with writer/director David Jacobson (CriminalDahmer, Down in the Valley)  includes  her role as Producer on the feature film, Tomorrow You're Gone (2013, 90 minutes). A surreal, fever-dream neo-noir,  starring Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, Willem Dafoe and Tara Buck, the film was shot in and around Cleveland, Ohio and was released in the U.S. by Image Entertainment.

In addition to serving as  Producer, Madeleine Molyneaux, as Music Supervisor, worked closely with Jacobson to curate a wildly eclectic sonic landscape. Tracks from Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Big Jay McNeely, Link Wray, Andre Williams, the original wild man (and inspiration for the film's title) Hazil Adkins, Circle X,  Algis Kizys, Paul Loeb, et al combine with composer/multi-instrumentalist  Peter Salett's atmospherically nuanced score.

Madeleine Molyneaux also served as Creative Consultant on Jacobson's critically-acclaimed  Down in the Valley, a contemporary Western set in the San Fernando Valley starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, Rory Culkin, David Morse and Bruce Dern. The film, part of the 2003 Sundance Lab,  debuted at Cannes in 2005 in Un Certain Regard and was the opening night film of the 2005 LA Film Festival.

director's original poster sketch for tomorrow you're gone © DJ2012
all rights reserved: reproduction in any form strictly prohibited

all TMG production stills©2011 Deed Films. all rights reserved. reproduction in any form strictly prohibited

2016 celebrates the centennial of Nathan's Famous !


produced by Lloyd Handwerker, Leslie Siegel, Madeleine Molyneaux
Music by Ergo Phizmiz
(U.S., 2014, 86 MINUTES)
(and netflix, itunes, amazon choice...)
Released in North America by Film Movement

poster courtesy Loquat Films; design by Graphic Havoc; photo by Mike Zwerling, 1955. All rights reserved.

Famous Nathan chronicles the personal and public history of Nathan’s Famous of Coney Island, the iconic Brooklyn eatery and Coney Island institution, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker’s grandfather Nathan Handwerker.  In 1984, Lloyd started filming interviews with former workers and family members, a journey that took him around the world, as he listened to stories, first-hand accounts, secrets and perhaps a few tall tales.    Spanning two centuries, this Coney Island inspired roller-coaster ride of a film employs a kaleidoscopic blend of home movies, animation, experimental cinema, historic archival, family photos, never-before heard audio recordings of Nathan, and a series of emotional and sometimes hilarious interview ‘encounters’ with the Handwerker family, their tight-knit circle of friends and a group of former Nathan’s employees recounting the dedicated days of ‘hustle, bustle, fast food cooked at nano-second speed.’    A film about labor, family, immigration, and yes, food,  Famous Nathan is a vivid  testament to a true American success story and the fighting spirit of a consummate New York family-run business.

Ming of Harlem: 21 Storeys in the Air
a  film by Phillip Warnell
Produced by Madeleine Molyneaux and Phillip Warnell

Awarded the Grand Prix International Georges de Beauregard
FID Marseille, 2014

North American premiere, Official Selection, 
New York Film Festival 2014 
UK premiere, Tate Modern, Feb. 18, 2015 in conversation with Jean-Pierre Rehm
Additional screenings: BAFICI (Argentina), Viennale (Austria), Indie Lisboa (Portugal), Jihlava (Czech Republic); Era New Horizons (Poland) FICUNAM (Mexico), CPH: DOX (Denmark); Valdivia (Chile); Olhar de Cinema/Curitiba (Brazil); Vancouver (Canada) Signes du Nuit (Germany); KW (Berlin) BOZAR (Brussels)

Cinematography by David Raedeker
Music by Hildur Gudnadóttir
Poem by Jean-Luc Nancy
Editor: Chiara Armentano, Phillip Warnell

With Antoine Yates, Rajiv & Brianna
Featuring Johnny Garrett-Graham, Willow Samuel, Mabel Stark, Ming & Al

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air,   the debut feature film of  UK artist/filmmaker Phillip Warnell (The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes, 2008; Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies, 2009; I First Saw the Light, 2012)  advances a series of propositions around sound-image-geographies, secret lives and extreme levels of human-animal intimacy, ultimately privileging the presence of the predatory animals themselves, as prodigious, exemplary visual creatures.

One component of the project consists of the 'only in New York' story of Ming, Al and Antoine Yates, who together cohabited a highrise apartment in Harlem for five years until 2003, when news of their dwelling caused a public outcry and collective outpouring of disbelief. Discovering that Ming was a 500lb Tiger and Al a 7ft Alligator, their story took on an astonishing dimension. The film embraces the wonder of these circumstances, how they might even have been conceived of, let alone maintained for such duration.

 Against the backdrop of this particular "case study" in human-animal domestic relations,  the films focus is, however, on an extended time spent with the animals themselves, observing their prodigious attributes, behaviour and predatory presence in unfamiliar surroundings. It will also reflect in broader terms on the close proximity between big cat and human using startling archival footage of Mabel Stark, tiger training pioneer and queen of the big cat circus display, from the 1960's. Her extraordinarily intimate actions and communication with big cats, as per those of Antoine Yates, verged on extreme animal relations. 

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air develops a bizarre, secret and dangerous domain, mixing real and staged spaces, time frames, recollections and environments, juxtaposing news and archive, animal time and social elements. The film develops, in philosophical terms, ideas on proximity and captivation between species. 

A cinematic mix of (documentary) material shot with Yates is combined with filmed "encounters" with a tiger and an alligator, filmed at locations in the UK, , material generated within two specially designed and constructed animal apartment/sets. These, unusually positioned within existing animal enclosures, thus located in animal territory, corresponds loosely to a re-imagining of the space of the  a high-rise, climate controlled apartment. Exploring the confines of the set -the  Tiger and Alligator are observed during feeding, at play, in repose, during both day and evening.

Extended passages filmed from within the corridors and rooms of the set will dominate the film, intended to enable the atmospheres of 'animal time'. Languishing, embodied metaphors, de-territorialised, territorial behaviour, in contrast to both Harlem and a third element: the stark, diagrammatical and dynamic aerial view of the set from directly above. Archival sonic material features prominently in the film, building an interwoven soundscape as soundtrack. 

"Apart yet together, they explore a secret phantasmagoric world, elevated, airborne and outrageous; an inoperative community established and hidden within an urban high-rise. The tension between social space, austere corridors and intimate distances emerges as a number of prolonged, extended real-time sequences convey the moods and behaviours of the animal protagonists: placing the viewer in direct proximity with animal becomings and responses. The film thus presents a range of these extreme pets behaviour: marking territory, during feeding frenzy, olfactory stimulation, sense of unease, response to crane/camera, introduction of objects/stimulus and contact at distance. In this fantasy zone of peculiar domesticity a merger takes place between geometry, architectural form and sound; the apartment itself becoming a protagonist." --© Phillip Warnell, London, January 2013

 "Ferocious luxury, sumptuous fur and skin, luxuriant mass blooming" --JeanLuc Nancy, excerpted from the original poem Oh Animals of Language,  translation: Martin Crowley, Cambridge University.

Key contributors to the film include a voiced text, by Icelandic composer and musician Hildur Gudnadóttir, penned by philosopher and collaborator Jean-Luc Nancy especially for the project, 'Oh the language Animals'. and extensive interviews with tigerman Antoine Yates and the 'working life history' of the stand-in Tiger and Alligator. 

The cinematography and lighting is by award winning DOP David Raedeker  (awarded the Grand Jury Prize in Cinematography, World Cinema, at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival  for My Brother the Devil, (Best European Film, Europa Cinemas Award, Berlinale 2004; Grand Jury Prize, LA Outfest). Other credits include Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir (winner Grand Jury Prize, International Feature, Sundance 2019); The Whale (2014); The Village (2014); I Am Masrine; Elvis  Pelvis; Top Girl. Previous collaborations with Phillip Warnell include I First Saw the Light, 2012  and The Girl with X-ray Eyes, 2008).  

Shot on location in New York City, The Isle of Wight Zoo, (with the collaboration of Charlotte Corney) and Crocodiles of the World, (with the collaboration of Sean Foggett), the architectural design of the set is by Tomas Klassnik,  constructed by London-based artist Matthew Tickle. Location sound recording by David Hocs (U.S.) and  Adam Gutch and Chu-Li Shewring (UK); sound design and mix by Emmet O'Donnell; editing by Phillip Warnell and Chiara Armentano; Associate Producer: Jacqui Davies; digital intermediate and finishing byTechnicolor London.

The film is a production of Big Other Films, Ltd, London, in association with The Wellcome Trust (UK), Picture Palace Pictures (US) & Michigan Films (Belgium), with additional support from the CCA, VAF, Arts Council of England, Kingston University, and the FID Lab.

"When I turned and called him, he would come up on his hind feet and put both feet round my neck. Pull me to the ground, grab me by the head, you know a male tiger grabs the female by the neck and holds her and growls till the critical moment is over. So, in this fashion, Rajah grabbed me and held me. We kept rolling over till he was through, and while the audience could not see what Rajah was doing, his growling made a hit." Mabel Stark - Hold That Tiger

Mabel Stark at Jungleland, California, 1950's

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