Welcome to Action Park: A lawless amusement park in 1980s New Jersey that lay somewhere between Lord of the Flies and a Saw movie.
But rather than scaring patrons away, the park's dangerous reputation only served to lure them in. And decades later, the park's survivors look back at it with a mix of awe, nostalgia, and horror.
Han is a concept of an emotion, variously described as some form of grief or resentment, among others, that has been said to be a characteristic of Korean culture.
While celebrating her late mother's life, a Korean Woman journeys through an internal whirlwind of longing and grief. There, she must find peace year after year.
The story of a young boy's quest in proving his worth to his older brother.
Following a graduation celebration, a Chinese student goes on one last date to say goodbye to his secret American boyfriend. They want to hide their bittersweet romance forever from their parents. What they do not know, however, is that their parents have their own secrets too.
During a conversation with a retired college professor, a young man reflects on the relationship he had with his recently deceased father.
On the night of his wife's funeral, a widower finds an old record of the song that was playing when they first met. He plays the song and his wife's ghost returns to him for a brief moment causing him to question everything he believes in...
Blood is Thicker follows Alice, a hardworking single mother, who gets horrible news late one night. Her son, Pat, has committed a crime and asks her to help him fix it. Fear begins to settle in as Alice must deal with her own morals and intuition to protect her son.
A lonely and elderly widower struggles to come to terms with the loss of his wife and the circumstances surrounding her death. When he visits her grave, he encounters a little girl who shows him the path to healing and fills him with hope.
Inspired by a true story, "Abigail" addresses the topics of grief, loss and the complicated topic of end-of-life decisions, and the unique challenges it poses on relationships and family dynamics.
Russia comes first in the number of new HIV infections among European countries but sex education is usually ignored in our families and at schools. So here is a film targeting silent parents. Is this silence really safe?
A visual documentary about the value of home movies through the eyes of those who filmed their valuable memories.
HighBread is a Serio-comedy about Jai who wants to open the first of its kind Pot bakery in Boston despite being an expelled international student from Boston University, having over-controlling, interfering and orthodox parents alongside an expired US visa.
The first episode is about Jai and how he overcomes the obstacle of always being controlled by his surroundings and finally makes a decision for himself which leads us to the franchise of the whole series.
The series is about bringing diverse cultures together to create a comedy that breaks stereotypes about different societies in both India and the United States with some sweet and savory pot induced, baked goods from both the Indian and American heritage on the streets of the educational hub of the world, Boston.
Comedy Series Pilot: On the brink of financial ruin and about to lose his life's work, Dr. Fritz must use all of his brilliance to battle an evil insurance company to save his practice. Pushed to commit medical fraud, he will have to decide between his medical integrity and his practice while patients and his staff all hang in the balance. A satirical comedy for our times.
These are the stories of some of those who contributed greatly and for whatever reason aren’t exactly front-of-mind in our collective consciousness.
SORRY WE MISSED YOU.
A queer geriatrics nurse learns one of life's hardest lessons when he falls in love with one of his elderly patients.
Meet Shelby, Jack and Jennifer ... three young organ transplant recipients who each received the gift of life. Learn about their courageous struggles and the incredible gratitude they have for their donors.
The story culminates at the Eisenhower Park Donor Rose Garden in East Meadow, NY, where guests such as Mets great Ed Kranepool and many others gather to share their riveting stories of hope and survival.
People die every day waiting for an organ transplant.
Please help us spread the word and dispel the myths. Organ donation is desperately needed to save lives right now!
This short film had two generous sponsors:
Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization (LI TRIO) is a non-profit all volunteer organization committed to improving the quality of lives touched by the miracle of transplantation through education, support, advocacy, and organ donation & transplantation awareness. (https://www.litrio.org)
Hearts for Russ raises funds to benefit transplant and heart related causes. (http://heartsforruss.org)
Two young Chinese girls support each other all the time in Chicago and finds out their life change completely after a nightmare.
Loneliness explores a moment in the life of an older middle-aged woman who, on her way home from the grocery store, stumbles on a sign that reads: Woman Wanted. The sign, it turns out, is an advertisement for a wife and the woman is uncommonly struck by it. After much deliberation, she returns back to the sign to get the phone number that is posted, and the rest of the story revolves around her encounter with the man she meets as a result of the phone call.
He has trained some of the most well-known NFL Athletes in recent history (Joe Flacco, Patrick Peterson, Darnell Savage), but few know his powerful life story. Overcoming unbelievable tragedy, heartbreak, and testing, this is the journey of an underdog from Jersey, his family, and a world-class sports facility, TEST Football Academy.
In this short documentary, an exclusive interview with principal dancer Sarah Lane captures her reflection on the value of teaching, art, and, ultimately, what makes us human.
Living Proof Pictures is pleased to present the newest short film by writer/director Brandon C. Lay. Cueball staring Sarah Cugini and Jeremy Thompson.
Sara (Sarah Cugini) is a TikTok and Instagram model stuck at home during the pandemic with her layabout boyfriend Jer (Jeremy Thompson).
“The Simple Path” follows the decision making of Nevaeh, an elder care nurse who struggles emotionally when one of her long-term elderly female patients, Helen, no longer has the financial ability to support the costs associated with the care facility for which she works.
In an impromptu act, Nevaeh makes the decision to move Helen home with her to provide ongoing care with the help of her younger brother, Aman, who just returned home after a 4-year stint working as an oversees Peace Corp Volunteer.
Although the subject matter of “The Simple Path” is distressing in the realistic challenges for many elderly, the story finds emotional balance in the random acts of kindness that certain humans are willing to provide to those in need.
In 1973, the host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, made a joke that toilet paper was going out of stock. By the next day, stores across the country were completely sold out.
This is the story of the first day of the toilet paper crisis.
‘Distemper’ tells the true story of pathologist and LGBT icon Louise Pearce as she works to find a cure for African Trypanosomiasis as it infects millions across the Belgian Congo.
No one can break your heart unless for a time they’ve held it in their hands. Once someone truly loves you - even if it ends badly - they’re your family. Forever.
Celeste and Robert meet at a speed dating event. A lonely widow yearning for connection and a lover of art in search of perfection.
After attending their friends' perfect wedding, Christine is forced to consider the future of her own relationship when her hopeless romantic boyfriend Alex proposes. When Christine is unable to say yes, Alex makes it worse by giving her an ultimatum: either get engaged or break up right now.
A writer reminisces over his failed relationship with an actress, as he currently writes a play about what could have been.
In order to find a place to stay overnight, Belle meets Karina through a dating app, but instead of a night fling, they find support and acceptance to overcome difficult moments in their lives.
Ocean, a gay man with an extraordinary sense of smell has a fleeting acquaintance with a man who smells perfect to him and falls obsessively in love by recreating the scents. However, he starts to doubt his talent when he finds out the person who carries the scent is different from his imagination.
A man tells the story of his autistic uncle, who gardened to cope with his depression.
As the number of students on the autism spectrum attending college climbs, students and schools are trying to figure out how to manage the challenges. This first-of-its-kind documentary introduces us to five unique students who are figuring out how to make college work for them. Premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival, and screened at SXSW EDU.
Directed by Jersey City filmmaker, John Bernardo, A PELOTON OF ONE is a documentary about surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Sexually abused at 12 by a priest in his NJ parish, Dave Ohlmuller conducts a solo bicycle ride from Chicago to NY to inspire other Survivors to come forward and tell their own stories.
In 1969, a small-town girl from Bergen, NJ auditioned and was cast as a singer and dancer on the "Dean Martin Show." Off to Hollywood she went! As one of the Golddiggers, she was invited to entertain American Troops with the USO and "Bob Hope Christmas Show" in wartime Vietnam. Michelle DellaFave tells us her story.
“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” is the surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant 75 years ago, at the tail end of World War II. The film follows Bess, the middle daughter of poor Russian immigrants, from her childhood in a one-bedroom Jewish housing project apartment through the suspense-filled pageant. Impressed by the college-educated musician, the judges chose her in spite of anonymous threatening phone calls and sponsor disapproval of a Jewish pageant winner. On her 1945 Miss America tour, Bess faced antisemitism and closed doors at race-restricted venues which did not allow Jews. It is also a story of courage as her disappointment turned to determination, leading Bess Myerson to start her own tour to teach tolerance at high schools and colleges around the country -- a tour which launched her lifelong passion for justice.
Through use of visceral imagery, emotional score and powerful repurposing of a forgotten John F. Kennedy presidential speech recording, a timeless theme emerges. "In Your Hands" begs viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with the natural world, specifically the ocean. The message is a comforting reminder of our origin, but also our responsibility to honor it.
Narration courtesy of the Presidential Library under public domain.
Among the first to be hit by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, Sean Strub’s political ambitions took a backseat as he struggled to survive. Now 60, he is running for mayor of a conservative town in Pennsylvania. How will this liberal, openly gay ex-New Yorker and founder of POZ, a magazine for people with HIV, fare in a rural community that voted for Donald Trump? My Friend, The Mayor follows his two-month campaign through to its nail-biting finish. The documentary, filmed by Sean’s friend and former Dutch TV-correspondent Max Westerman, is an inspiring and hopeful portrayal of small-town democracy in the age of Trump. The election of a controversial president has energized voters at the local level, with many getting involved in surprisingly bipartisan ways.
Follow Jok Abraham Thon's journey toward building a better South Sudan through his new school system, Promised Land Secondary School. Jok needs to structures to replace the hand built classrooms that are falling over. If those buildings fall, the dream fails.
Max and Dundi are childhood friends.
Their relationship changes completely following a car accident, which leaves Dundi blind.
Six months after the accident, they are living together. Max, suffering from deep post trauma and guilt, is taking extra care of Dundi, even when it’s not necessary.
As time goes on, Dundi is desperate for the return of his freedom and independence.
Amici del Mare is a short documentary film examining surf culture and lifestyle on the Tuscan Coast. Following the lives of the instructors and team riders of Amici del Mare Surf School, the film features a heartwarming story of family values in the beautiful coastal town of Castiglioncello. The story considers the transition of surfing in Italy from alternative to popular culture through a mutual, deep connection to the ocean. Director, Tara Guaimano and producer, Jackson Klarsfeld are students at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
A beautiful collection of photos taken in 1957 ties an elderly American photographer and anthropologist to a village in Southern Italy. The rediscovery of the photos is the occasion of reflections on how to explore a small community through photography, while the memory goes back to 60 years before.
After learning he has an abnormally small brain, John is prescribed a gun to kill himself. Unfortunately, he learns a gunshot to the head is not quite sufficient for his affliction.
After the worst day of his life, Greg meets Jenny on a park bench where they engage in a little game of "Who had the worst day?"
An offbeat NYC dog walker fears that one of her clients—a dog—might be in danger. As the owner’s behavior towards the pet and and the dog walker worsens, she must decide whether to protect the dog or herself.
Zoe, a burnt-out DJ at a small karaoke dive bar in Brooklyn, is shocked to discover the newest song added to the bars karaoke queue is one performed by Nevin, a childhood friend of hers. As customers pour into Karaoke Night to sing the latest hit, Zoe reflects on her friendship with Nevin, where we learn the song was inspired by an old inside joke theirs.
Innovative New Jersey artist, Ricardo Roig, races against time to create a four-story mural honoring the 20th-anniversary of Michael Chang's unexpected 1989 French Open victory.
After the unexpected death of her brother, Beth Reeves seeks solace in her family’s New England cottage. What seems at first like a quiet retreat quickly proves deceptive and dangerous.
Windblown challenges the classic adage, “find what you love and let it kill you”. And proves that grief... is a bitch.
2003. Cellphones now have phones on them. You can take a picture of something and send it to someone else. One man is about to be the first to send a picture of something of his to someone else. What could go wrong?
As the bassist of the three-piece punk-rock band, DUH, Judy dreams of quitting her job and touring full time. But when the band finds themselves on their first tour with a man-eating hillbilly for a roadie the "gig life" is filled with nightmares and half-eaten bodies.
When Jack misreads Stephanie's flirting, he prepares for a romantic date.
Adam Adamson is a homeless real estate agent. This is his promotional video.
He's the no nonsense cop who's going to kick crime in the ass. Then he's going to treat that ass for minor injuries and any abrasions it may have received.
Two old friends embark on a mission in an abandoned warehouse. They follow the clues that lead them to discover secrets about each other... as they prepare to meet... THE MESSENGER.
This comedy-adventure follows Carla, a stripper, who discovers she has the power to resurrect the dead. When news of her powers hits the news, local religious zealots try to bring her down. This is a superhero tale about accepting that modern day miracles can happen in unexpected places.
An eccentric Italian father and his son set out to start their own pasta sauce company. But can they cut it in the merciless world of New York gourmet?
When an internationally acclaimed poet from Belarus with a frozen waffle obsession encounters a Honduran immigrant, a secret from the poet’s past threatens to engulf both men.
In 19th century England, a suppressed woman struggles silently from the likes of her husband, the patriarchy, and corrupt institutions. When thrust into a life-threatening situation, she must choose to endure the pain or claim her freedom.
Life to the Lees is a short film which focuses on one day in the life of Alex, a successful queer advertising saleswoman, who is in the midst of a crisis in her personal life. Alex's story is told through a series of phone calls which reveal her strengths but later when she Skypes her daughter we realize why she is living out of a hotel and what brought her to this moment.
A woman struggles between the expectations of her overbearing mother and a chance to explore the life she always wanted.
Two traumatic events structure the 'Girl's' high school year: a Lock Down and a family secret. She is shocked yet manages to recover and to understand the importance and value of family and the complexity of truth.
When a power outage threatens Landry Family Furniture’s final “Going Out of Business” sale, Martha, the matriarch, attempts to reconnect the power and her fractured family.
Left behind in the wake of the Civil War, the women have a battle of their own that is equally as desperate, challenging and bloody as the soldiers on the front lines.
Girls love princesses, and Bree is no exception. As a struggling but positive actress, she started her own children’s birthday party company, living out her fantasies of being of princess. When Jess, a very practical and feminist writer, is assigned to do a story on female role models, she follows Bree to parties to see if princesses are still ideal heroes for little girls.
In a period-positive world, late bloomer Margot wakes up one morning to learn that her best friend Karli has gotten her first period. This makes Margot the last of her friend group to not have her period yet, and she is not happy about it. She decides to fake her period in order to use the special, lavish period bathroom with her friends at school.
This is a music video for the track "Crazy" by J-Key. J-Key wakes up in a mysterious warehouse with a head injury and no idea how he got there. He travels through long corridors and desolate, empty spaces, seeking an exit, but finding no escape. Along the way, he discovers he's being followed by ghosts from his past.
A "technology drone" leads a revolt against the powers that be..
“Colors” explores the bonds of a young family living in the Bronx. They are displaced after unforeseen circumstances takes the family to unexpected places. Despite the challenges facing them, they find joy, hope, and each other. The landscape of the Bronx is celebrated as a beautiful place. Eric Burton’s evocative movements and dance explore the emotions and the shifts we experience in life.
EAT THE RAINBOW is a musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeny. He doesn’t look or act like anyone else which causes fear and panic and eventually a demand for him to leave the neighborhood. Cousin Wonderlette befriends Bayani and together they take on the opposition led by manipulative and unscrupulous realtor Lobelia Gerber.
A young actress enters a cat-and-mouse game with a famous producer when a breakfast meeting at his hotel takes an unexpected turn.
Two sisters, Annabel and May, whisk away to have the best summer ever at their beach house until one drunken night lands Annabel in an unsafe situation that alters the dynamic of their relationship.
Margo, Dan, Jordan, and Lizzy visit grandmother Ruth for Passover. Later that night, Lizzy finds Ruth watching a midnight news story about Anne Frank’s death. Lizzy then confesses to have known a related secret for years and Ruth is left with some explaining to do.
A Father and a Son each have a secret. When both secrets come to light in the span of an evening, the two men must decide how to move forward in an attempt to salvage their relationship.
A veteran cop on the verge of retirement is tasked with training a bold rookie officer. His plans of coasting through his last week are shattered when he is visited by the victim of one of his earliest cases.
Winter, 1920. As a brutal blizzard strikes, a farmer's wife finds a World War I veteran collapsed on her doorstep. She hauls him inside and as he regains his strength, their growing bond unearths secrets each would rather keep hidden.
A hard-up-single-mother and former boxer, is lured by the Irish mob into an underground boxing match where questions of right and wrong are challenged when the love of family is concerned.
A Jewish Holocaust Survivor agrees to be interviewed by an African-American doing research for her grad thesis on REPARATIONS. He cannot grasp any similarity between restitution for descendants of slaves versus those he's received from Germany. As her questions unearth his secrets the bond between them deepens.
The film chronicles a night of violence and the 36 hours that follow in a city in Pennsylvania.
In the not too distant future, we follow LEAH, 36, and her daughter, ARIEL, 7, as they race against the clock to immigrate across the U.S./Mexican border before sunrise. As officers close in, the direction they run becomes less and less clear.
“THE HUNT” IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT AIMS TO POINT THE ATTENTION AND TO PROVOKE THE AUDIENCE ON AN IMPORTANT SOCIAL PHENOMENON / CRIME THAT IS IN INCREASE AND OFTEN HITS WOMEN AS TARGETS: COERCIVE CONTROL.
After tripping over her dog and dying, a struggling actress wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body.
Summer down the shore. It's a typical day for Jake and his friends; they drink, smoke weed, play video games, and roast the weakest link in the room—the same things they've always done. But with an unclear future ahead and a past that feels all too distant, Jake begins to question what's next.
Aidan was once the talk of Hollywood. But fame is fickle, and thanks to a mix of bad luck and bad behavior, he now finds himself stuck in a hole, playing the lead role in his little brother's directorial film debut in which his character is literally trapped in a hole in the ground. Ill-equipped and in vain he struggles to escape a twisted family power dynamic and a complex sibling rivalry turned on its head.
Based on real events, real people, and real things they actually said, MY DINNER WITH WERNER is a wildly bizarre and wacky story about a 1987 dinner date with a murder plot as the main dish.
When the whole world is hypnotized by an unexplained celestial event, a young boy must face his fear of the unknown in order to keep his brother and best friend from turning to the other side.
In the underbelly of Kentucky a young disabled girl’s world of structured harmony is kept afloat by her older brother, but at what cost?
A drifting narrative of love and inclusiveness in four scenes. The story of five women who come together when one suffers a heart attack. Jonice get's picked up from work by a stranger. Mackenzie relaxes with her girlfriend after a long day. Becs contends with her social anxiety at a party. Abigail proclaims her love for Bernadette in front of her friends.
A romantic comedy that centers around Ryan (Richard Summers-Calvert) a son dealing with an internal battle regarding the inevitable loss of his Mother, and Sunny (Kate Lister) who is on the autistic spectrum; desperate to escape the suffocating life that is depicted for her by her overbearing parents. Both characters find themselves isolated, car-sharing to a funeral in Scottland. They have 3 days to get to know each other and subsequently feel comfortable in their own skin.
Did you know the next President of the United States could be decided by drawing names from a hat? Win, Lose or Draw Straws is a feature length documentary exposing one particular oddity of the US election system. The increasing existence of and wildly varied ways of determining elections that end in perfect ties. Told by the people who experienced the emotional highs and lows of a political campaign that was determined by a random game of chance and exposing the way random luck affects our lives from local races all the way to the White House.
A paranoid woman struggles with an overactive imagination waiting in her hotel room with a locked briefcase.
A man finds information about his wife's whereabouts after she has gone missing for 2 years.
A celebratory night between friends ends in discoveries that no one was prepared to face, and each of them end up questioning what it means to be perfect.
Two American ex-spies have left their experiences during the cold war behind them. However, the fragile normality in life that they manage to establish is broken when one of the ex-spies seeks out the other more than 40 years later. Upon reuniting, old feelings resurface and a dark secret from their past is brought to light.
A fashion model escapes to the desert and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change she's been looking for.
Davis Harwell (Peter Jacobson) is a meticulous man whose life has grown comfortably dull. But when he nods off at the wheel and wakes up a full hour later with no memory of what happened to him, he is presented with a tantalizing mystery. Why does he have visions of a lighthouse, a row of cottages, and a beautiful woman (Shannyn Sossamon) he's never met before? Davis sets out to find the answer, but what he discovers is far more disturbing than he bargains for.
As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Dorota Puzio, Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).
A former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party (YIFEI WANG), living in exile in San Francisco, struggles to settle into life in America while working to heal her family’s wounds from their tragic past. She is seeking justice for the murder of her sister at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Rare undercover footage of a meeting with the director of the labor camp where Yifei’s sister was killed reveals shocking admissions of torture, slave labor, corruption, and a general disregard for human life pervading the camp system today. Exclusive interviews with former Chinese Communist Party officials provide a unique insight into the hidden world of terror that many Chinese citizens live without ever knowing that life can, and does, exist with freedom outside their world.
Two sisters are on a job to deliver packages to a town in the mountains. The young pup finds a chest of gold bars buried in the snow, only to find out that it was stolen by a bandit with a bounty on his head. The bandit chases the dogs down the mountain, only to end up captured. The dogs are fired from their jobs but end up winning reward money for catching the thief.
Boïko, a penniless, whimsical street musician, smiles again when Christelle and Joseph, two blind passersby, make a striking encounter... Captivated by the series of misunderstandings, BoÏko catapults the two blind fellows into his imaginary world made of movies and music...
Teleported to an unfamiliar world, an insecure teenager must chase after his kid-genius stepsister and return her home before their mom gets back from dinner.
A lonely gay man falls in love with an artificially intelligent car over the course of a road trip.
Tensions rise in the RiverPoints Community Playroom, as thirteen diverse Garden Club members slog through a never-ending bi-annual meeting run by the self-appointed leader Wang Fang. Interspersed between the meeting and its sudden unexpected turn are interviews with the gossipy New Age couple, the Frenchman and his alcoholic wife, the Old timers, the Millennial newcomers, and others.
Esther once traveled the stars in a spaceship with her best friend Jordan. When they crash on a mysterious planet, a dark being is awakened: the incarnation of Esther’s anxieties. Now, in high school and on the verge of losing her co-pilot, she must confront that darkness to win back control of her life.
GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO is a story of vengeance and possibly of redemption. When Sofia, a survivor of the Bosinan genocide runs into one of the soldiers who destroyed her world she seeks retribution. A young woman, Hana, an assassin, is sent to make sure justice is served. When Hana reaches her target she discovers Stanislav, the monster she was raised to hate is just a sick, blind, old man. Whether Hana carries out the mission or frees herself from the bonds of the past is the the heart of Hana's journey.
After being pulled from a drug induced trance in a trap house, Cynthia, a former hit woman, finds herself on a bloody path to revenge. Though revenge may not always be what it seems.
Down and out private-eye Jimmy Baz reluctantly takes on a case to find a missing college student when the dead bodies of Muslim men start turning up leading him to believe he is now searching for a serial killer.
Alex Levi is a woman who has suffered through many stages of life. After losing generations of family in the holocaust, several years later she tragically becomes a widow. This loss & grief has caused her to question life. When suddenly she becomes victim to racist vandalism against her Jewish heritage. Fed up with it all, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Things then quickly become critical for everyone involved.
A microcosm of current events, Hawks Ridge is the story of a black, grieving ex-pastor who ponders whether to save the life of the white man who killed his wife.
An old couple living in the American desert.
A rough-hewn Mennonite witnesses a meteor rip apart the skies on his farm, leaving behind a smoking crater filled with glowing corn husks. A lesbian couple unknowingly distributes the corn to un-suspecting Brooklynites through their food truck. An FDA agent with FBI dreams tries to track down a mysterious pod he’s only seen on Instagram. A woman in the midst of a late-20’s crisis is cleaning toilets when she starts noticing her co-workers changing.
Each of them has a key to the puzzle.
But can they figure out a way to stop an alien invasion before it’s too late? Or will they, too, succumb to the pods’ alluring glow? And how will they tell the difference between a Snatcher and a regular Brooklyn weirdo?