1/26: Local shorts, Down By Law at LaunchPad

Description: We’re welcoming a couple friends and neighbors with some recent short work and music videos, followed by Jim Jarmusch’s masterful dry comedy Down By Law

Christian Carroll, a Brooklyn-based writer-director-cinematographer-actor, will present a music video,”Strange Position” by Adam Harpham, and the debut of the official trailer to his upcoming feature project Suicide or Lulu and Me in a World Made For Two. Elliot Eustis, a local actor, director and videographer, will present two recent projects: a beautiful experimental video project set to the song “Redlights” by Salem, and the short clip “Late Afternoon in the Park.”

Down By Law (1986, 107min) is arguably the finest film by New York post-punk auteur Jim Jarmusch: an existential, hilarious, bone-dry comedy of manners in which three very different convicts rely on each other to bust out of prison in the Louisiana bayou. Starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. With gorgeous silvery black-and-white photography by Robby Muller, and Jarmusch’s signature deadpan touch, Down By Law stands as a true original and one of the best American indies of the ’80s.

Details:Wednesday 1/26, doors at 7:30, films at 8… at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave in Crown Heights. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin.

Free/ free popcorn/ BYOB.

1/19: Animation Showcase at Semi-Legit

Description: First event of 2011! We are gathering up some of the most talented, adventurous, creative, suggestive, awkward, magnanimous animators and visual artists in our fair city and presenting their work to a lucky audience in Bushwick. Featuring animated and stop-motion shorts and music video oddities from Ben Granoff (“Yander Wild Dreams”), Preston Spurlock (“Invention” “Irks” “Beat Hemisphere” “Cesspool Soup”), Yvonne Grzenkowicz (“Taste”) and more TBA!

Details: Wednesday 1/19, doors at 7pm, films at 8. Free, and a few bottles of wine for your pleasure. Cheap cash bar after the gravy train runs out.

At new art space Semi-Legit, 6 Charles Pl. Bushwick. JMZ to Myrtle-Broadway.