"The Iron Mule" is a 1925 slapstick comedy by the great silent comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, featuring Buster Keaton as an Indian! The name also encapsulates the kind of movies we love to show; tough, burly, uncompromising shorts which can't be stopped. The Iron Mule was also an early name for the movie camera (perhaps an allusion to "The Iron Horse," a term for the locomotive).
The Iron Mule Short Comedy Screening Series was founded in April, 2002, as First Sundays, at the Chicago City Limits Theater in NYC and has been screening monthly ever since.
We are a collective of filmmakers and film lovers who meet monthly to celebrate funny and inventive short cinema among friends. Join us if you dare!
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Films screened at the Iron Mule are regularly submitted to iThentic.com for consideration for distribution on their website.
THE IRON MULE TEAM
Jay has produced and directed over 30 short films which have won awards from numerous festivals and have been screened across the US, Canada, and Europe. Jay's first
feature film The Changeling opened in 2007, and his second feature, Spirit Cabinet, is in post production. His newest feature, a romantic comedy musical adventure, The Adventures of Paul and Marian, completed shooting in the June, 2011. Jay also produced Victor Varnado's films Roboto Supremo and The Awkward Comedy Show, which premiered on Comedy Central this April. Jay is
also a founding member of Quicksilver Radio Theater, whose
award-winning radio dramas have been syndicated nationally.
He is a former producer of Chicago City Limits and is a Ph.D. candiate at
Graduate School, where he studied with Peter Greenaway,
John Waters, Jaques Derrida, Claude Lanzmann, Agnes Varda
and Volker Schlöndorff. Some of his short films, made in collaboration
with M. Sweeney Lawless, can be seen at www.jaystern.com.
Victor Varnado is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. As a comedian he has appeared on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central, and as an actor he has appeared alongside Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Stiles, and Werner Herzog. As a director, Victor has worked with Charlie Murphy and Dave Attell (in Warner Brother's Twisted Fortune) and most recently with Michel Gondry for Victor's latest short film Roboto Supremo. His latest feature, The Awkward Comedy Show, a documentary about alternative African-American comedians, premiered on Comedy Central in April, 2010, and is available on DVD by New Video. Learn more about Victor at bestalbino.com.
is artistic director and producer at Chicago City Limits,
and a founding member of Chicago City Limits. He studied improvisation
in Chicago with Del Close and Jo Forsberg at The Second City
, and helped bring CCL to New York in 1979. He performed with
the company for over 10 years, and has appeared in a number
of TV and film productions, including Lovesick, Cagney
& Lacey, PBS's Reading Rainbow, Tales of the
Unexpected, The Today Show and Reel News
on the USA Network. Directing Credits include 25 Chicago City
Limits comedy Revues, Comedy Et Al, television's first
interactive comedy series, and the Off-Broadway comedy Rosa
Krantz and Gilda Stern Aren't Dead, which featured CCL
alumnae Linda Gelman and Carol Schindler. Paul holds a doctoral
degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is
married to Linda Gelman, with whom he co-produced Zara, Philip
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