Lady Circus performs at LESFF. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Lady Circus performs at LESFF. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

We didn’t see Mike Love of the Beach Boys or any of the Lower East Side Film Festival’s judges at last night’s awards party, but Drom was filled with plenty of fantastic humans with golden wings and furry tails. Not to mention, filmmakers who traveled from across the country to hear who took home awards.

While the platinum blonde sisters who make up the duo Chaos Chaos rocked out on drums and synthesizer, we chatted up attendees like Eleanor Wilson. The co-producer of Blunderbus, which screened at the festival’s Secret Biergarten, said she enjoyed tracking down clues to an ice cream truck — much like one stolen in the film — where she found her entrance ticket.

Chaos Chaos brings sweet vocals to the stage. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Chaos Chaos brings sweet vocals to the stage. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Though everyone we talked to enjoyed the screenings they’d attended, there was agreement that the five-year-old festival has some growing to do. “If you think of it like B actors, it’s not the best independent films,” said Angel Rivera, who has organized film festivals in Los Angeles. “It’s somewhere less than that because it’s still a growing, young film festival.”

Like anything in its pre-teen years, he expects the festival to continue to develop. “The Lower East Side is blowing up. Of course it’s going to grow because the community is changing, it’s very artistic,” he said. “I think it’s special because it’s on the Lower East Side. It’s an avant garde community and they’re going to accept independent films. They don’t need to see films that are made for a broader audience.”

Time for a selfie. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Time for a selfie. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

Jeff Desalu, an actor who came to the party to network, singled out Life In Color as a “dope” film. “I think Katharine [Emmer] did an amazing job with that role and that character,” he said. “I definitely became a fan of hers after seeing that film.”

With that, a woman wearing a headdress and sparkling spanks sashayed into the center of the floor and climbed up a chain suspended from the ceiling. After what amounted to Cirque du Soleil with a little BDSM thrown in, festival co-director Shannon Walker came into the room leading another woman on a leash. She was on four stilts and looked like a mystical cat. Everyone began taking selfies with the two lovely vixens.

Then came one of the shortest awards ceremonies ever (the hosts joked they wanted to keep it under five minutes).

A Brave Heart receives an award. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

A Brave Heart receives an award. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

“As the years go by, it’s going to get weirder. In 2020, we’re going to the moon!” shouted Walker towards the end of the ceremony.

“Yep, it’s going to be on the moon and I’m going to be an android,” said her co-host.

The night wrapped up with some “jazzy hip hop” by Brooklyn group Quincy Vidal.

The final performance rocks the stage. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

The final performance rocks the stage. (Photo Credit: Sam Gillette).

“All we want to do with this festival is break down that divide of audience and artist because so many people in the audience are artists themselves,” said Walker. “We want to create, like year one, an intimate, special night for people to chat with each other and inspire each other.”

Once you’re done looking at Lady Circus, check out the festival winners below.

Best Feature Film – POP MEETS THE VOID (Directed and written by William Cusick)

Best Live Action Short Film – P.S. 432 (Directed and written by Elizabeth Nichols)

Best Animated Short Film MONSTER (Directed and written by Stephanie Lin & Thomas Shek)

Best Documentary Short Film – LUCHADORA (Directed and written by River Finlay)

Best Music Video – «24K ALL YOU NEED IS GOLD» – Funk my Jesus (Directed by Kane Lee Kwik, written by Kane Lee Kwik, Marco Paul Silva, Alberto Samper)

The LESFF Audience Award – A BRAVE HEART: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (Directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo, written by Michael Campo)

The LESFF Neighborhood Award LITEFEET (Directed by Scott Carthy)

Best of Fest – The L.E.S. Prix D’Or – LIFE IN COLOR (Directed and written by Katharine Emmer)