CW#21 l SEASON 3 l Some of Hell Is Born of Good Manners

CW#21 l SEASON 3 l Some of Hell Is Born of Good Manners

Theme: Dystopia

6 December 2023, Wednesday | Season 3, Episode 21

anorak  and later online

Gottlieb-Dunkel-Str. 43/44
12099 Berlin 

Organized by the Apartment Project Berlin and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe


Some of Hell Is Born of Good Manners


19:00 Film screenings, followed by a conversation with Sara Neidorf and Eli Lewy (directors of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival), moderated by Lukas Ludwig and Johanna Markert (anorak)


Laura Moss, «Allen Anders: Live at Comedy Castle (circa 1987), 2018 (7:10 min)

Ellen Cantor, «Within Heaven and Hell», 1996 (15:52 min)

Gloria Camiruaga, «Popsicles», 1982-84 (6:00 min)

Maria Martinez Bayona, «Such Small Hands», 2020 (19:00 min)

Emily Wilson, «Danny’s Girl», 2020 (12:48 min)

Marinah Janello, «Entropia», 2018 (15:00 min)

Jordan Strafer, «Get Happy Sparkle», 2020 (6:39 min)


Sara Neidorf and Eli Lewy invite you to an evening of horror cinema with short films and experimental art films from female and queer perspectives. Eerie, macabre and comedic, the works find a haunting and at times sadistic sense of pleasure in deconstructing the filmic conventions of horror cinema. By digesting images of the normative, intact body as a whole, they appropriate and transform the tropes of the genre, revealing the everyday horror that surrounds us.

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror films directed, written or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. Founded by Sara Neidorf and Eli Lewy, the festival is committed to creating space for female voices and visions in the horror genre, whether monstrous, heroic or a messy combination of the two. Challenging representations of women as beautified victims and constructions of male fantasies or anxieties in the field, they promote films that see women as subjects and storytellers.

anorak is a curatorial collective and independent art space run by Lukas Ludwig and Johanna Markert. anorak offers a space for sincere and mutual exchange, enabling artists to produce, present and critically discuss their work. Shaped by long-term collaborations with artists and cultural institutions, they develop unique presentation formats with a focus on artistic moving image, sound, and performance.

The video artist and documentarian Gloria Camiruaga (b. in Santiago, 1941) obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago in 1971 and graduated in video art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1980. As one of Chile’s first video artists, Camiruaga has dedicated her life to creating a space for women and transgender people to express themselves.


Maria Martínez Bayona (b. in Reus) is a Catalan/Spanish writer and director currently based in London. She moved to the UK in 2014 to persue her MA in Directing Fiction at the National Film and TV School with the support of a La Caixa Scholarship. Her graduation film «MIA» premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, was long-listed for the BIFA Best British Short and won three awards at the RTS Student Awards, among others.


Through a multimedia art practice that encompassed drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and film, as well as through her work as a curator and writer, Ellen Cantor (1961-2013) advanced bold new feminist representations of sexuality and female disempowerment and empowerment. Integrating Hollywood fairy tale castles, horror movie «final girls», homemade sex tapes, and video diaries into her own «true’ love stories», Cantor troubles boundaries between fiction and life, as well as public and private.


**Within Heaven and Hell, 1996. Courtesy of the Estate of Ellen Cantor; Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.*


Laura Moss is a filmmaker from NYC whose work has screened at Tribeca, Rotterdam, and SXSW. Their feature film, «birth/rebirth», premiered in the Midnight section at Sundance 2023 and will be distributed in theaters by IFC Films this year. Their short film, «Fry Day» is currently featured on the Criterion Channel and their sci-fi/comedy pilot «eureka» won Best Director, Comedy Pilot at Seriesfest. Their award-winning screenplay, «Gordon», co-written with Brendan J. O’Brien, is currently in development.


Jordan Strafer (b. in Miami, 1990) is a New York-based artist and filmmaker. Her art has been featured in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including Participant Inc, Housing, SculptureCenter, and the New Museum in New York; Red Tracy in Copenhagen; and Berlin’s Haus Kulturen der Welt.


Marinah Janello Phennicie is a New England based filmmaker whose work deals with issues of circumstance through humor and creative writing. Her short films and installations have been displayed at PopopStudios International Center for the Arts, Slamdance Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and Fantasia International film Festival, among others. 


Emily Wilson is a filmmaker originally from Syracuse, New York, and a proud alum of the SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory.  As a writer/director, her films tend to be darkly comedic, outrageous in subject matter, and often satirical. Her short comedy pilot («I Adore Dolores») won «Most Outrageous» at Orlando Film Festival and her subsequent film («Danny’s Girl») premiered within the Midnight Shorts Category at Sundance Film Festival. 


 The space of anorak is accessible by wheelchair.