Blade #1   A Documentary by Zuzka Kurtz

BLADE #1 - in collaboration with Cori Kresge, Emily Vetsch, Annie Now, Leanne Ferguson, Chelsea Retzloff, Milan Misko, Geoff Hug and more...

"Struggling to make ends meet, five New York City dancers respond to a Craigslist ad looking for women willing to shave their heads for money. What follows is a bizarre journey with the mysterious men who directs each of the dancers by email on the very specific rules of a game. The film focuses on Cori, one of the dancers whose unusual childhood comes into play as the women's relationship with the men evolves with surprising results..."

Review of Blade # 1
By Kerby Pierre

Blade #1 is a haunting yet mysterious story about a group of women who get money for shaving their head. It seems harmless at first, in fact almost too good to be true. Some of the women were offered hundreds to thousands of dollars just for shaving their head. Although the instructions came from an ominous place, they were very specific. The razor had to be a number one blade. Getting accounts from different women who were doing the same thing, each story seemed vastly different and the film centers itself on the emotional impact that the women felt while shaving their head. The documentary takes an eerie turn when the women start to compete for high amounts and up the ante to get more money and look for new ways to keep him interested in the shaving.

The film really draws in viewers with the story. It focuses on the strengths of the story, sets it up like a narrative, and uses the women’s interviews to structure the story in chronological order. It is as if the audience is watching a film with the characters growing and evolving from this experience. It’s evident that the women in the film are changed by this event in their life. The blade becomes a part of the story. The blade is constantly in the film with a menacing buzzing sound and a sense of terror in the women’s eyes every time, but the idea of money at the end just overpowers the fear. Blade # 1 is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be screened at the festival on October 12-18, 2015.

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Berlin International

Nominated for
The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Berlin 2016!

Oct. 22 - Oct. 29, 2016

1st Annual Healdsburg Flix Mix Short Film Festival Program
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg CA
Friday/Saturday/Sunday - June 17, 18, 19 - 2016 at 8 pm
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Spotlight Documentary Film Award 2015

Nominated for Best Documentary Award 2015
Blow Up
Chicago International
Art House Film
Screening: December 20 2015 - 7:00PM

Gene Siskel Film Center
Main Theater
164 N.State Street
Chicago Illinois

Winner Best Featurette (medium length) Documentary
Atlanta DocuFest Festival - 2015
Screening: Nov 21, 2015 - 6:00 PM

205 Holtzclaw St. Se
Atlanta, GA, 30316

Official selection 12th Annual Big Apple Film Festival
Nov. 7th, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Village East Cinemas
181-189 2nd Ave

Official Selection for Rome CenemaDoc 2015
November 2-7, 2015
Rome, Italy

link to film festival

Nominated Best Short Documentary Award
November 2, 2015, 1:30pm
Milano international Filmmaker Festival Award
Hotel Novotel Milano Nord
Room 2 IFF
Ca Granda
Milano, Italy

Film Columbia Festival  Chatam/Hudson
Blade #1 will be screened in two venues
Saturday Oct. 25, 2015 at 12:00PM
    - CHATAM: Morris Memorial, 17 Park Row, Chatam, NY
    - HUDSON: 601 Union Street, Hudson, NY

Official Selection of the NYC 2015 Independent Film Festival
October 16, 2015 - 6pm
NYC Independent Film Festival
Helen Mills Theater
137 West 26 Street
New York, NY 10001

LA Femme Film Festival
October 15th, 2015, 10:00 am
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

September 19, 2015 - 8 pm
Time and Space Limited (TSL)
434 Columbia Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Tel. 518 822 8448

Blade #1
Honorable Mention
International Film Awards Berlin
ifab 2015

World Premiere
Official Selection of The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2015


Best Documentary Award from NYLA (New York Los Angeles) Film Festival