Actor Frank Mosley has been a frequent presence in American independent cinema for over a decade. As both a leading man and ubiquitous character actor, he’s appeared in films helmed by established indie darlings (Shane Carruth, David Lowry) and rising stars (Dylan Pasture, Cameron Bruce Nelson). His dance card may be full to bursting, but Mosley is more than just a pretty face.
As a director and writer, he has exhibited work at many of the world’s foremost festivals: Slamdance, Maryland Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and Champs-Elysée, to name a few. His fascination with matters of identity, memory, and temporality bleed through every frame of his films – few directors working today can touch Mosley’s narrative and media savvy. Spectacle is honored to bring his most recent efforts – three shorts, and a laudatory feature – to a discerning New York audience.
FRANK MOSLEY SHORTS PROGRAM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 – 7:00 PM
Dir. Frank Mosley, 2017.
USA, 14 mins.
A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. PARTHENON is a slippery, dizzying diptych that questions the limits of our perception.
CASA DE MI MADRE
Dir. Frank Mosley, 2016.
USA, 12 mins.
A fire rages in the woods near a village. This fire triggers a memory in a lonely, middle-aged woman. And this memory pushes her to utter aloud the words she’s always wanted to say.
Produced in Cuba with the support of Black Factory Cinema and Escuela Internacionales de Cine y Tv in San Antonio de los Banos (EICTV), and made under the guidance of master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. The result of Mosley’s selection as a participant in the 2016 Workshop for Auteurs, the film examines grief, transference, and the consequences of role-playing.
Dir. Frank Mosley, 2016.
USA, 15 mins.
Two women, seemingly strangers, confront one another in an old house with conflicting memories of the same dress. By turns mysterious and shocking, the film’s fragile narrative begins to unravel, but the women’s relationship teeters closer to truth.
Loosely inspired by Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, SPIDER VEINS is a mercurial investigation into varying levels of everyday artifice.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 – 9 PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 – 7:30 PM
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 – 7:30 PM
HER WILDERNESS weaves an elliptical, minimalist narrative of a lost, wandering child in the wake of an affair that may or may not have even happened. The film has been called “a unique work with a distinctive voice” (Indiewire), “a mesmerizing film by a superb actor and filmmaker” (RogerEbert.com), “a delicately fate-fixated mid-length enigma” (Keyframe), “the sort of fulfillment of good poetry” (Hammer To Nail), “one of the best undistributed films of 2015” (Film Pulse), and “the best experimental narrative of the year…at once alien and achingly resonant” (Indie Outlook).