Our film screenings highlight underground, avant-garde and independent cinema. When we can, we host the filmmaker for an introduction and post screening Q&A. We have shown thousands of films ranging from structural classics like Tony Conrad's "The Flicker" on 16mm, to music films such as Bjork's "Biophilia Live" and Sigur Ros' "Heima". We strive to bring classic films to be screened on 16mm but also new films by emerging independent filmmakers.

The Films of ROBOT HAND, filmmaker Brian Lonano IN-PERSON.

01.22.2011 8:00pm

Join Moviate on Saturday, January 22nd as we travel beyond the outer reaches of short film into the fantastic cinematic world created by ROBOT HAND. ROBOT HAND is a Sci-Fi Underground Film movement founded by Brian Lonano, Kevin Lonano, Erin L. Horsey, Gary Powell and Jeff Jenkins. They are best known for the giant killer robot short film series "ATTACKAZOIDS!", which has won several awards and international acclaim from film festivals all over the world. Collectively the filmmakers have been influenced by Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Ray Bradbury, and Ed Wood.

The films of ROBOT HAND have been Artsfest Film Festival favorites in the past, and we are delighted to finally bring Director Brian Lonano and his team of fellow filmmakers to Moviate. Two of the films presented in the program will be premieres that have not screened previously in any other festival or program. Following the films, Brian and his team will share insight on the use of practical effects over CGI, the importance of the short film format for aspiring filmmakers, navigating the film festival circuit, and micro-budget filmmaking.

The work of ROBOT HAND is entirely self-produced and is an amazing DIY effort for film fans of the Sci-Fi genre and fellow filmmakers alike. Please join us in supporting the true spirit of independent cinema by discovering the unique and inventive vision created by ROBOT HAND!


Spooky Movie 2010 bumper - 1:00 - Ghosts vs. aliens on Super 8 Film!

Brobot - 30:00 - (thesis film) 30:00/ 2005 - A scientist creates a robot to replace his angst ridden daughter.

Casket Climber Insect God - 2:38 - (music video) 2:38 / 2006 -Teeth Man spends time around his casket with a monstrous insect and other horrid creatures before transforming into one himself.

Electrical Skeletal - 6:00 - (music video) 6:00 / 2007 - Horrific and hilarious events occur one night in a deserted graveyard.

ATTACKAZOIDS! (short film) 7:07 / 2008 - A woman struggles for survival in a ghostly world besieged by giant killer robots.

ATTACKAZOIDS, DEPLOY!! (short film) 4:16 / 2009 - War is declared on the off world settlement and everyone on earth unites to deploy an army of giant robots.

8bit Ghost Hop (short music video) 1:24 / 2010 - A mysterious signal from the moon summons strange ghosts.

Martian Precursor (short film) 1:00 / 2010 - A homeless man is tormented by transmissions from the Planet Mars.

Spooky Movie Telelvision (opening credit sequence) :57 / 2010 - Ghosts vs. aliens in High Definition!

CARNY (short student film directed by Kevin Lonano) - 10ish minutes / 2010 - The Psycho-Fugue Circus executes one of their own for murdering the Headline act. *PREMIERE

Bacchus Attack Us! - Runtime TBD - film festival bumper for Boston Underground Film Festival. *PREMIERE

Notable screenings of ROBOT HAND films:

Anthology Film Archives NYC, American Film Institute (Silver Spring, MD), Cannes Short Film Corner, Hollywood Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, NYC Horror Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival (Part of the NYC Avant Garde Series), Coney Island Film Festival, Artsfest Film Festival, Dragon*Con Short Film Festival, Vimeo Festival (out of competition), Tromadance, IFC TV.

Awards and Accolades: Finalist USA Film Festival (Academy Qualified), Best Experimental (Action On Film Festival), Best Sci-Fi Short (Atlanta Underground Film Festival & Terror Film Festival).


Secret Happy ColorDate:
02.12.2011 10:00pm

A Documentary About The DRIVE BY TRUCKERS:

TICKETS ON SALE: http://moviate.ticketleap.com/drivebytruckers/

One lucky attendee at the screening will win a copy of the film poster SIGNED by all the band members. This is a limited-run 12 x 18 poster designed by Wes Freed, the Richmond, VA-based artist who has designed numerous DBT album covers and tour posters and who is featured in the film.

THE SECRET TO A HAPPY ENDING documents the Drive-By Truckers and their congregation of fans as they explore tales of human weakness and redemption. Filmmaker Barr Weissman followed the band during three critical years of touring and recording -- years in which the band struggles to overcome the trauma of divorce and survives a near breakup. The film features band interviews, behind-the-scenes footage on the road and in the studio, and legendary live performances. Reflective of the band's roots in Alabama and Georgia, the film explores the changing American South -- its culture, economy and history. (101 minutes, 2010)

“Universal themes such as teenage alienation and the liberating power of music emerge, allowing the film to appeal beyond current fans to a wider swath of music and movie lovers.”
– Mike Snider, USA Today

"The film captures the singular blend of grit, sensitivity, stamina and acute songwriting that have led admirers to compare them to Neil Young, William Faulkner, the Replacements and Robert Penn Warren."
– Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post




Saturday February 12th
Starts Promptly at 8pm
Admission $5
Seating is Very Limited

POSTPONED: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, in-person filmmaker! sunday sept 11, post-gallery walk, $5

09.11.2011 6:30pm

due to the flooding in Harrisburg (moviate/mantis ok, but lots of city areas messed up) this in-person with tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE will be postponed. (likely to be a November show)



interview with tENT:


23rd Annual Underground Film Festival - May 13th - 15th, 2022

Annual Film Festival Update!

Due to the continuance of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the prevalence of the Delta variant in our area, we have decided to push the festival back to May of 2022, in the hopes of starting up again with fully in-person programs. We have extended our submission deadline, so please use the link below to submit your entry 

Thanks for your understanding. More updates to come. Stay safe.


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