BAPHTA is a bi-monthly multimedia comedy show that celebrates legendary film directors with monologues, characters, and short videos. Special guests are invited to put their spin on these visionaries of the seventh art.

This month’s installment focuses on the enigmatic writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable, Stuart Little)

Join BAPHTA as we explore the nuances of M. Night’s films. There will be spooks, capes, capers, a touch of the supernatural, Bruce Willis, and a surprise twist ending!

This month we welcome:

Lucy Augustine (The Ravishing of Lol Stein)

Spike Einbinder (Los Espookys on HBO)

Hayden Maxwell (Only the Best for Hayden Maxwell)

Devon Walker (Comedy Central)

Our October installment will focus on the enigmatic writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE, STUART LITTLE).  We will dive deep into Shymalan’s body of work and will definitively decide whether he is the reigning master of suspense and supernatural or merely a charlatan.

Join us as we bring the sleepy suburbs of Philadelphia to Brooklyn for one night only. There will be spooks, capes, capers, a touch of the supernatural, Bruce Willis, and a surprise twist ending!

BURNING FRAME: A Monthly Anarchist Film Series

CALLING ALL LEFTISTS! The past few years have been a whirlwind: exhausting, invigorating, and ripe with potential. It’s tremendously difficult, when in the thick of it, to pause, reflect, or even find a moment to catch a breath. Especially when “it” refers to the rise of fascism on a global scale, with any number of future cataclysms hovering just over the horizon. But we digress.

Join us, then, for a series that asks: if not now, when? Come for great works of radical political filmmaking, stay for the generative discussions, or even just to gossip and gripe. The hope isthat this forum for authentic representations of successes, defeats, and the messy work of political action, will be thrilling, edifying, and maybe even inspire your next organizing project. To butcher the title of a great film for the sake of a moderately applicable pun: “Throw away your dogma, rally in the cinema.”

Dir. Dziga Vertov, et al., 1924–55
USSR. 85 min



“From 1924 to perestroika the USSR produced 41 animated propaganda films. Their target was the new nation and their goal was to win over the hearts and minds of the Soviet people. Anti-American, Anti-British, Anti-German, Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist, some of these films are as artistically beautiful as the great political posters made after the 1917 revolution which inspired Soviet animation… The films feature some astounding animation techniques from stop-motion to paper cutout animation to impressively intricate puppetry. Includes interviews with the directors and commentary by the leading Soviet film scholars.”

“The animated film was another weapon in the Totalitarian war of ideas. In a Soviet Union where over a hundred languages were spoken, moving pictures communicated ideas better than words. Animated cartoons were also ideal to teach small children. The influential power of film is undisputed, even here.”

Text by Glenn Erickson