dir. by Julia Campanelli, United States
runtime: 15 min
Love ~ no bed of roses.
A woman wakes up in a hotel room with a younger man at her side. She insists he leave, he resists, and the struggle begins. Is it the power of love, or the love of power that bring them together, repeating the same, bizarre, obsessive ritual, over and over again? The answer can only be found in Room 116.
5:33 is a skeptic's response to misinformation and 'alt facts.' It is an emotional reaction to the national war of opinions that has erupted with the recent US election. Most of all, it is an exploration of the cult of always being right.
dir. by Bob Celli, USA
runtime: 21 min
BROOKLYN IN JULY is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of a better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. He is a man scarred by the past that is lurking skin deep.
dir. by Rowena Woods, Canada
runtime: 9 min
Celia feels lost and old without her partner, Eddy. But beneath her aging exterior lies a vibrant and passionate artist, capable of generating magic through her daydreams. With the help of Eddy’s playful spirit, and the flick of a paintbrush, she finds her way back to laughter, love, and ultimately, herself.
dir. by Sezen Kayhan, Turkey
runtime: 11 min
16-year-old Elene is an illegal Georgian immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.
Holiday is an experimental work, depicting a chaotic tuberculosis diagnosis. It is a drawn-on-film animated stop motion film, where by over 3000 images of x-rays were used. Inspired by the early cinema of Alice Guy Blaché - especially her film Falling Leaves of 1912 - and the experimental art of David Lynch, Peter Tscherkassy, and Len Lye, the film attempts to ignite a ferocious energy through harsh editing, sound design, and furious imagery.
A mesmerizing voyage into the realm of the psyche. Silently flowing movements due to alternating attractive and repulsive forces, generated by a periodic magnetic field originated from within. Resonating between two extremes.
dir. by Ilia Antonenko, Russian Federation
runtime: 25 min
A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.
dir. by Kalilah Robinson, USA
runtime: 13 min
1875, Indian Territory.
Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.
When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, Maha and Glen Huddleston, also African-American. Bass kills Maha in the gunfight, and arrests Glen, ordering him to carry Maha’s body across the desert back to Fort Smith.
Over the course of their journey, Glen questions Bass’ choice of career and tries to psych Bass out in an unorthodox attempt at escape, a tactic that works as Bass begins to question his own mind in regards to the idea of justice and choosing to fight for a law and a country that may never fight for him.
dir. by John Hellberg, Sweden
runtime: 40 min
What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town? It's during the year's biggest horse race event and the betting center Washington's Tobacco looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash. Mousse is a man of pride and principles and fed up with living as a second-class citizen. But what happens when he faces principles different to his own?
dir. by Pasquale Encell, U S A, Thailand
runtime: 4 min
An Anime style American Western where the heroes drink vampire blood to become fast and strong enough to hunt vampires. The blood keeps them from aging too but all of this comes with a price as their bodies become addicted to the blood and they rapidly will die without it.
dir. by Julián Quintanilla, Spain
runtime: 30 min
As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans... more or less 'together': she devises them and he obeys.
But this year, Julián is going to get a very special request from his mother that will surprise... the whole world.
dir. by George Vatistas, USA
runtime: 8 min
A short neo-noire thriller centered around a mysterious druggist visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist.
dir. by Jennifer Perrott, Australia
runtime: 22 min
When young Ruby's father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect. Ruby's anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family's journey from crisis to healing.
dir. by Patrick Tarrant, United Kingdom
runtime: 20 min
The Trembling Giant is an experimental nature documentary that remediates the iconic landscape of the American southwest by filming through the apparatus of the projector itself. While we do not see the 16mm films playing on the projector, they nonetheless leave their trace as their passage through the mechanism warps the space in front of the camera, much as their soundtracks warp our reading of the Utah landscape.
The imaginary of the city is constructed by individual and collective representations, from that
Marginality already mentioned. It is inhabited and built, transmuted, is own and foreign.
And although not every building, aisle, cellar or means of transport are dwellings they are habitable.
For the inhabitant of Mexico City, the subway, in which he spends at least 4 hours a day is a dwelling even when it is not his dwelling, these constructions are inhabited and when we inhabit them we build them.
I have tried to point out those moments where intimacy
Is made public, where the non-place becomes habitable space, own, dwelling of thoughts and
Sensory experiences that will be user experience, emotional, biographical.
dir. by Ali Kalthami, Saudi Arabia
runtime: 34 min
Wasati is based on true events that happened during a play in Riyadh 10 years ago. The play was called 'Wasati bela Wastiah' which roughly translates to 'A Moderate Without a Middle-Ground,' where a group of extremists attacked the theater and the play was shut down. That story shook the society and it was all over the news. The film addresses that event and retells the story from a different point of view.
dir. by Ella Kohn, Israel
runtime: 25 min
Yuli, a petite military photographer, is in love with Michael, a mysterious Ukrainian-Israeli soldier from her base. Michael has a girlfriend. One night, Yuli witnesses a harsh fight between them and decides to follow Michael. Through Yuli's dreamy eyes, a dreary military night becomes magical.
dir. by Mert Amasyalı, Turkey
runtime: 4 min
A 45 years old school janitor enters an empty classroom and is struck by an addition left unanswered on the board. The addition is the same addition he couldn't answer back when he was a 10 years old student. His teacher beat him up because of it and he still carries the scar on his face and on his heart. The janitor is struggling with solving the addition. Not because he doesn't know the answer, how couldn't he after the trauma but because he is afraid? He finally gives an answer: ''0''. Meaning the way he was educated is meaningless and his life after it had no meaning because he was trapped by the trauma.
An artist’s film that asks a lot of questions - it’s up to the audience’s experiences to provide answers.
It is an investigation of our human relationship with mechanical and technological systems, of our place within an information environment.
It questions film and photographic methods of representing the fictions and documents of our world, and the social framework that distributes and exhibits these experiences.
It is an aesthetic journey into our recognition of images and our biases toward order and comprehensibility.
And it ponders our human role in face of entropy.
All in all, the history of photography, backward.