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Opening Film: Empty Metal

In-Person screening

Maltings Main House
20 September 2018, 19:30 – 20:53

Empty Metal takes place in a world similar to ours—one of mass surveillance, pervasive policing, and increasing individual apathy. The lives of several people, each inhabiting poles of American social and political consciousness, weave together as each attempts to achieve some kind of forward motion, sometimes in contradiction, and always under the eye of more controlling powers.

A taut thriller, the film reveals a political fantasy, an alternative reality whose characters teeter on the dull knife edge that is contemporary American politics, at the same time refusing to fall right of left. Instead, they lash out from the soul, under the radar, in an attempt to achieve what their mainstream predecessors have yet to accomplish.

“Filled with energy, rage, and the smallest measure of hope, Empty Metal is a new kind of political film for these extraordinary times.” —Film Society of Lincoln Center

Q&A with filmmakers Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer

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Empty Metal

Empty Metal takes place in a world similar to ours—one of mass surveillance, pervasive policing, and increasing individual apathy. The lives of several people, each inhabiting poles of American social and political consciousness, weave together as each attempts to achieve some kind of forward motion, sometimes in contradiction, and always under the eye of more controlling powers.

A taut thriller, the film reveals a political fantasy, an alternative reality whose characters teeter on the dull knife edge that is contemporary American politics, at the same time refusing to fall right of left. Instead, they lash out from the soul, under the radar, in an attempt to achieve what their mainstream predecessors have yet to accomplish.

“Filled with energy, rage, and the smallest measure of hope, Empty Metal is a new kind of political film for these extraordinary times.” —Film Society of Lincoln Center

Q&A with filmmakers Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer

Empty Metal takes place in a world similar to ours—one of mass surveillance, pervasive policing, and increasing individual apathy. The lives of several people, each inhabiting poles of American social and political consciousness, weave together as each attempts to achieve some kind of forward motion, sometimes in contradiction, and always under the eye of more controlling powers.

A taut thriller, the film reveals a political fantasy, an alternative reality whose characters teeter on the dull knife edge that is contemporary American politics, at the same time refusing to fall right of left. Instead, they lash out from the soul, under the radar, in an attempt to achieve what their mainstream predecessors have yet to accomplish.

“Filled with energy, rage, and the smallest measure of hope, Empty Metal is a new kind of political film for these extraordinary times.” —Film Society of Lincoln Center

Q&A with filmmakers Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer

Filmography

Adam Khalil: 
The Violence of a Civilization without Secrets (with Zack Khalil & Jackson Polys, 2018), INAATE/SE/ [it shines 
a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./] (with Zack Khalil, 2016), Another Day Without a Future, But What the Hell Another Day… (2012)

Bayley Sweitzer:
Cor Childe (2015), The Economy (2012), Julian’s an Alien (2012), The Hills Have Houses (2011)

Director

The New Red Order (Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil & Jackson Polys), Bayley Sweitzer

International Premiere

Production Country

United States

Production Year

2018

Duration

83 mins

Dialogue Language

English

Print Contact

Bayley Sweitzer