PROGRAMS WITH FILM SYNOPSIS
PALACE THEATER –
7pm – Opening Program
Karen Black, SIFF’s SOPHIA, Lifelong Achievement Award winner will screen and discuss by Skype
MARIA MY LOVE
(2011) by Jasmine McGlade Chazelle – 99min, fiction -
A young woman named Ana is struggling to deal with her mother's death and her father's mistakes. In an effort to feel better, she reconnects with her half-sister Grace, (Lauren Fales) and, inspired by a new boyfriend (Brian Rieger), sets out on a quest to find someone to help. Though excited and hopeful when she meets an eccentric woman named Maria (Karen Black), she soon discovers Maria is a compulsive hoarder, and is swept up in a situation more emotionally and morally complicated than she had expected to find. Inspired by a true story.
Malek Jandali, World Premier of EMESSA-HOMS
Malek and the team at FUGO Studios set out to achieve an ambitious vision of freedom in the face of oppression. The video portrays a fantasy world in which a boy makes a journey to a clock tower to free children imprisoned there from the tyranny of an evil ruler.
9:30pm – Karen Black
COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (1982) by Robert Altman – 109 min.
Director Robert Altman directs this elegant cinematic adaptation
of Ed Graczyk's Broadway play, which observes the interactions
between a group of women holding a 20-year reunion of their James
Dean fan club. Over the course of their get-together, the old
friends expose painful secrets and stunning revelations, all of
which are powerfully conveyed by a cast that includes Sandy Dennis,
Karen Black, Kathy Bates, and in her comeback performance,
WATSON AUDITORIUM – WATSON HALL,
7pm – Animation Program
THE REVENGE OF A KINEMATOGRAPH CAMERAMAN (1912) by Wladyslaw Starewicz –
12min – Poland/Russia
A jilted husband takes revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This is one of Starewicz’s first animations and stars animated beetles.
HOW A MOSQUITO OPERATES (1912) by Winsor McCay – 6min –
A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.
TRIP (PYTUVANE) by Radostina Neykova – 8min –
A man and a woman are moving towards one another on a train. During the trip they meet and part with different people in different places and at different times until they finally find each other. Very inventive
CAR CRASH OPERA by Skip Battaglia – 8min –
An all singing short animated cartoon, constructed as an homage to that paragon of American cinematic art form staples -- the car crash film. But this is sung as an opera, with seven characters, graphic and musical flourishes, poignant interludes, orchestration, and sound effects. Strong and beautifully drawn
A writer who can’t write because there is a thing in the corner of his room. Is he crazy or is it real? He meets a drunk who can see it. He learns to live with it.
by Oh Jimon – 7min –
A man listens to his car radio. He’s underwater. It's a toy car surrounded by monsters
He’s in a glass globe. A large hand belongs to a sleeping girl. Girl is in car with him. She tells him they are through and he drowns in tears.
PAPER MEMORIES by Theo Putzu – 8min –
An old man searches for happiness in old photos. His world is divided into multiple realities. The film combines live action with animation. Interesting combination of live action and animation
SPRITE (KLICENI) by Martina Vybiralova – 5min -
Drawn animation. A girl is trapped in a birdcage kept by a wolf man. She escapes, sends butterfly to him and teases him with the cage key. The key becomes a bird and flies to the girl. The wolf becomes a prince.
ESO TE PASA POR BARROCO
by Pablo Serrano – 4min –
Claymation in which a chicken gets to dine on a human. Very funny.
by Frenc Rofusy – 10min –
Rotoscoping is the primary technique used to explore the physical and psychological journey of a man, through life, from birth to death from his point of view. Powerful.
THE OLD MAN and the OLD WOMAN
Basia Goszczynska – 9min –
Two soul mates struggle with opposing fears of death and loneliness in this short dark comedy.
THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE by Kealan O’Rourke – 8min –
Rupert, a ten year old boy falls hopelessly in love. When it all goes terribly wrong he wishes never again to experience heartache. Turning to a book of magic he invokes a spell to forever shield him from emotion.
by Kim Ye-Young and Kim Young-geun – 5min –
Computer generated animation.
BODY MEMORY (KEHA MALU) by Ulo Pikkov – 10min -
Our body remembers more than we expect and imagine. Our body remembers and bears the sorrow and pain of our ancestors. Powerful, inventive, a major award winner.
PALACE THEATER –
7pm – Special Event: Silent Film Classic & Music
by Charlie Chaplin – 95min, fiction –
Screened with an original score, commissioned by the Festival, by Italian composer Gian Luca Baldi and performed by members of the Society For New Music. Mr. Baldi will be present for a Q&A after the performance.
The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) travels to the
Yukon to take part in the
Klondike Gold Rush. Bad weather strands him
in a remote cabin with a prospector who has found a large gold
deposit and an escaped criminal, after which they part ways, with
the prospector and the fugitive fighting over the prospector's
claim, ending with the prospector receiving a blow to the head and
the fugitive falling off a cliff to his death. The Tramp eventually
finds himself in a gold rush town and takes a job looking after
another prospector's cabin. He falls in love with a lonely saloon
girl, Georgia, who he mistakenly thinks has fallen in love with him.
He soon finds himself waylaid by the prospector he met earlier, who
has developed amnesia and needs the Tramp to help him find his
claim. When we next see them they are on a steamer, two wealthy men
headed for home. By chance,
9:45pm – Rob Nilsson – Sophia Award Winner
(2000) by Rob
Nilsson – 95min, fiction –
Phil Berkowitz is a 55 year old
Midnight – Brew and View Screening
FIVE EASY PIECES
(1970) by Bob Rafelson – 98 min, fiction –
The film tells the story of a surly oil rig worker, Bobby Dupea, whose blue-collar existence belies his privileged youth as a child prodigy. When word reaches Bobby that his father is dying, he goes home to see him, reluctantly bringing along his pregnant girlfriend, Rayette (Black), a dimwitted waitress. The film was selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry in 2000.
AUDITORIUM - NEWHOUSE 3,
THE HEART OF MONEY (1912) by Louis Feuillade and Leonce Perret - 17min, fiction – France
An innkeeper’s daughter is in love but her mother has already decided that she is going to be married to another man. This early use of split screen makes for an impressive viewing.
by Anthony Sherin – 5min,
A piano sitting on the sidewalk in NY is seen from an apartment window two or three floors up as still images show people playing it and otherwise interacting with it until finally a group of people break it apart.
THE FASTEST MATTHEW IN THE WORLD (NEJRY CHEJSI MATEJ NA SUETE) by Tomas Pavlicek – 21min, fiction – Czech Republic
A man is always in a hurry, forgets things, and gets lost driving to his own birthday party that his girlfriend has arranged at a restaurant. His adventure forces him to confront his childhood and his phobia. Funny and interestingly told.
by Tim Sutton – 68min, fiction –
MAX AND HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW
(1912) by Max Linder – 8min, fiction –
Max and his young bride attempt to enjoy an Alpine honeymoon despite the presence of her mother.
IL SETTIMO by Luska Khalapvan – 10min, fiction – France/Armenia
A woman gets off the Metro and is immediately chased by man in a chicken suit. She is going to a restaurant to meet a blind date, her cousin, but another fakes it’s him. When the real cousin shows up he mistakes another woman for her. Very clever.
by Kenneth Bi – 105min, fiction –
In this very controversial film four girls - tempted by the money that can be earned in prostitution - meet men on 'paid dates' in Hong Kong and enjoy the rewards to the fullest. However, after awhile, each of them will learn that nothing comes without a price. A very stylish film that deals with a serious social problem under the veneer of sexual exploitation.
HOMECOMING by Gursimran Sandhu – 26min, fiction –USA/India
When 12 year old Nina Patel is nominated by her classmates to represent her seventh grade class at Homecoming, she’s thrilled. However, Nina’s Indian heritage comes with pride and restrictions, and her traditional parents refuse to let their daughter assimilate into such an American tradition. Beautifully made, powerful, and very well acted.
HOLD ON YOUR HAND
by Huayu Xu – 90min, fiction –
Syracuse University MFA alum returns with his second feature film. The story centers on a photographer trying to reconcile his urban popularity with his true desire for artistic freedom. Circumstances bring him to a small village in which he encounters the beauty of the Chinese landscape and the care of an innocent woman. A poetic, beautifully shot work that exits in both a mythic and mundane world.
Fernando Franco – 18min, fiction –
Ana is on her computer, chatting. She smokes, drinks, strips to bra and panties. Guys on line go crazy. There is heavy breathing of a male voice but the sounds seem to contradict the image. Ana leaves her room. When she returns her death is watched on web cam. An interesting statement about on-line relationships.
THE MAIDEN DANCED TO DEATH
by Endre Hules – 100min, fiction –
Beautifully made, totally entertaining. Steve, a
dancer-turned-empresario, returns from
PALACE THEATER –
LA MARCHE DE L’ESCAROT
by Mario Damian Funes – 4min, experimental –
We all want to live with dignity but not everyone respects the rights of others to live as they choose.
APARTMENT IN ATHENS
by Ruggero Dipoda – 100min,
This very powerful film is set in 1942
FALLING LEAVES (1912)
by Alice Guy – 12 min, fiction –
This is one of the first films of
A GOOD THING by
Mark Tobey – 22min, fiction –
Film Festival Honorary Board Chair and 2011 Sophia Award for Lifelong Achievement honoree, Tom Bower stars as the owner of a rural gas station where he and his wife struggle to maintain their faith as the fear of an elusive killer sweeps the region of their lonely desert outpost.
Paolo Zagaglia – 80 min. fiction –
This is an extraordinarily beautiful and narratively unique film. The script, acting and cinematography are noteworthy. The setting is a café that serves as a regular meeting place for many individuals and couples each with their own story imagined and told by an old man who in turn is observed by Arlette, a woman in a wheelchair and sister of the café owner, who is in love with him. And, for the old man this is not an afternoon like any other.
by Adiya Imri Orr – 8min, fiction –
Amit and her female life partner Noa decide to take a crucial step and have a baby. Despite their strong self-confidences, neither one of them knows for certain what they will do next. The night after Noa gives birth they both discover that certain things cannot be hidden.
by Dina Zvi Riklis – 100min, fiction –
In this beautifully made coming-of-age drama, a teenage orphan
struggles to adjust to a new life amidst other exiles in a
7:15pm – Rob Nilsson – Sophia Award Winner
WHAT HAPPENED HERE by Rob Nilsson – 94min, documentary –
This is not a standard documentary. It’s a documentary “road movie”
seeking a real place, the site of Leon Trotsky’s birth and home
town, a secret to most of the world today due to Stalin’s attempt to
erase him from Soviet history.
But we found that the farmers who live in a tiny area around
Bobrinetz, a small town 40 miles south of
9:30pm – Ron Perlman – Sophia Award Winner
THE LAST WINTER
by Larry Fessenden – 101min, fiction -
The American oil company KIC Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking energy independence. Independent environmentalists work together in a drilling base headed by the tough Ed Pollack in a sort of agreement with the government, approving procedures and sending reports of the operation. When one insane team member is found dead naked on the snow, the environmentalist James Hoffman suspects that sour gases may have been accidentally released in the spot provoking hallucinations and insanity in the group. After a second fatal incident, he convinces Ed to travel with the team to a hospital for examination. However, weird events happen trapping the group in the base. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Midnight – Brew and View Screening – Ron Perlman in HELLBOY
(2004) by Guillermo del Toro – 122min, fiction -
Brought forth by the Nazis during a sacred ritual towards the end
of World War II. Our hero was summoned by accident when the evil
monk of Russian history/folklore, Grigori Rasputin was meddling with
forces that lead to his undoing. With the twisted and evil monster
trapped for another sixty years when things don't go as planned (
WATSON AUDITORIUM – WATSON HALL,
1pm – Imaging Disability Showcase
WAR’S DAUGHTER by Lana Hijazi - 9min, documentary – Gaza/USA
A powerful look at the consequences of chemical warfare on innocent children, and one child in particular, now a young woman
Glenn Holstein/Scott Johnston/Bud Clayman – 90min, documentary –
Director Bud Clayman documents his struggle with OCD and Asperger's
Syndrome and how it derailed his plan to become a
named for the year Clayman experienced his initial breakdown (and
the shorthand he uses to describe his altered state of mind), is one
man's attempt to exorcise his demons. But it's not a singular
vision. Clayman has difficulty making decisions, and so shares
director's credit with psychologist Scott Johnston and documentarian
Glenn Holsten, who keep the camera focused on Clayman. They
alternate interview segments with inventive scripted sequences, the
latter re-creating the internal debates Clayman has when confronted
with basic social situations like buses and restaurants. \
3pm – Imaging Disability Showcase
Lilat Movsisyan – 20min, fiction –
Great cinematography. Extraordinary film. An image of a strong but distressed character, fighting against his fears, love, hope and pain in a psychological hospital. Sounds of incredible music, played by a girl with no musical instrument, come to his ear making him much more helpless. Is he really insane?
DISLECKSIA: THE MOVIE by Harvey Hubbell – 85min, documentary –
Harvey Hubbell V and crew explore Hubbell's own experiences about
growing up as a dyslexic while also looking into the latest
scientific research and educational developments regarding the
condition. They examine how the education system in the
5:15pm – Imaging Disability Showcase
AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN by Shawn Alex Thompson – 10min, fiction –
A simple street sweeper goes unnoticed by the people around him, but things aren't always what they seem.
Arto Halonen – 100 min, fiction –
Inventive, funny, beautifully acted and ultimately heart warming
Princess is based on real-life events and a real person. Cabaret
dancer Anna Lappalainen, drifting from one foster home to another,
ends up in psychiatric care and soon the hospital staff and her
fellow patients see that she’s suffering from severe delusions. She
claims to be “Princess”, a member of the English royal family from
TINA FOR PRESIDENT
by Carmen Emmi – 13min, fiction –
A film about bullying made by
by Balazs Simonyi – 8min, fiction –
A clever, single shot film, that begins with a couple in a car. The woman gets out to go into a restaurant to sell flowers. A fly on the bar is killed. Two men hear operatic music. They pass a woman as the camera follows her to the orchestra pit while opera takes place on stage. The two men are percussionists and make the film’s final musical sound.
CHASING A STAR
by Avi Malka – 90min, fiction –
Adam, an unemployed actor, is
waiting for his big break although all his agent has found for him
is an audition for the role of a washing machine. Much to his
surprise he finds the role has gone to superstar Moshe Ivgi.
Shir is the best
soccer player that anyone has seen in years. The final game of the
season is taking place the day after tomorrow. She simply has to
succeed although it is common knowledge that, at the moment of
truth, she will probably panic and literally wet her pants!
Victor is an ex-con
who has just been released from jail. He decides to pack up
his stashed millions, and his girlfriend
by Cecilia Felmeri – 19min, fiction –
A man traces a snake on dead man’s body. A man has a mermaid on his stomach. One is a doctor the other a surgeon. They talk repeating lines from respective points of view. It's a fractured time structure where all story lines are set off in time though fictionally happening at the same time.
IRVINE WELSH’S ECSTACY
by Rob Heydon – 99min, fiction -
Frustrated with her boring middle class and loveless marriage, Heather Thompson seeks a change. When she meets happily-partying Lloyd Buist, a drug addict, she falls hard for him despite the fact that most of there is spent under the influence of drugs. As they experiment with this new lifestyle, they are faced with the question of whether they love their drugs, each other, or are just drugged into loving each other. When Lloyd almost dies after a drug smuggling operation goes terribly wrong and faces the possibility of losing Heather, he decides to turn his life around, and he finds that natural highs might be the best of all.
BABYLON FAST FOOD
by Alessandro Valori – 14min, fiction –
An unexpected plot develops between an African man and Italian elderly woman. He cooks outdoors, she in her kitchen. After implied tension she invites him in for dinner. Well acted.
RICKY ON LEACOCK
by Jane Weiner – 90min, documentary –
A 38-year journey that I began in 1972 as a young filmmaker and, shooting off and throughout many years, I filmed many and various encounters between Ricky, his friends and contemporaries including Henri Langlois, Jean Rouch, Jean-Luc Godard, DA Pennebaker, Robert Drew, and others. Mixing my own footage with film clips and rare images from Leacock's personal film archives, this film pays homage to my mentor and, most importantly, allows him to tell us the story of his long film making career in his own words. Written by Jane Weiner
KAISER KANER CONDUCTOR by
Viktor Portel – 13min, fiction –
A drunk pianist and conductor, are they the same person? Both play piano, are alcoholic. The drunk calls the other “master.” Is this a case of, a split-personality. Inventive and very well shot.
REST AREA (
A story in the press inspired the filmmaker Michael Aguiló to
shoot his first film as director.
Cosmos, a 55year-old Polish coach
driver is driving tourists to
CARPENTER EXPECTING A SON by
Narina Malyan – 20min, fiction –
Set in the distant past a wife won’t have sex until her husband gets a job. Living in squalor he leaves with spikes in his hands. His three daughters look out the window. Soldiers march on street. A man carries a cross. At night the husband comes home commenting that he had a hard day at work. His wife is not happy with his pay. His shirt is bloodied.
BORN AND RAISED by
Joshua Dragge & Nick Loritsch – 96min, fiction –
Young Bubbs was born and raised in a
by Jagoda Szelc, 6min, experimental/fiction –
Outstanding cinematography and art design mark this short gem about “aposiopesis” a term for an unfinished thought or broken sentence, in this case explored through the movements of a woman in solitude.
Alauda Ruiz De Azua – 16min, fiction –
About bullying. An unpopular teenage girl and boy. She shares her secret with other girls in the hope of being accepted but they turn on her. In the end he dies. Well shot and acted.
by Hajdu Szaboles – 96min, fiction –
In order to regain custody of her daughter, whom she left in the
care of her fortune-telling aunt, Mona must tell a social worker her
story. The tale she spins---and the movie we watch---is a wild,
surreal adventure in which people are able to project and enter each
other's dreams, and our heroine is sold into slavery and lands in a
(1912) by Mack Sennett – 8 min, fiction –
This is one of several dozen short comedies Sennett directed for Biograph before we went to Keystone to work on his own. He directs and stars in a film about a jilted lover.
IN FONDO A DESTRA
Valerio Groppa – 15min, fiction –
Piano music hints at comedy. A vacuum cleaner salesman develops a relationship with an elderly male customer. It turns out the man buys from all door to door salesmen and uses their visits as the way he socialize. Funny and poignant.
by Valerie Weiss – 90min, fiction –
This is a quirky, totally entertaining romantic comedy. Samantha, a sweet and neurotic Jewish Harvard biochemist working on her Ph.D., has discovered the Y-kill protein. Four years after her discovery she finds herself under pressure to replicate her results. Outside the lab, Samantha's frustrated as well. Her boyfriend of five years, Ben, proposes, but Samantha rejects him, and sets out—on a series of dating mishaps—to find proof whether he's Mr. Right. She uses the only tools she knows, science.
GREWEN AUDITORIUM – GREWEN HALL, LE
12pm – Social Justice Showcase
(KHWAAB) by Anadi Athaley
– 10min, fiction –
A Kashmiri woman is waiting for her husband from across the border. The day comes when he finally arrives. She welcomes him. But her contentment will not last for long. Poetic, with wonderful cinematography.
JUST TWO STEPS
by Too Avd Kaprealian – 5min, experimental/fiction –
An old man walks on streets in a Syrian city. His feet shuffle, his age showing, a metaphor for an old dysfunctional society,
ONE DAY AFTER PEACE
by Miri Laufer – 86min, documentary –
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in
2pm – Social Justice Showcase
300 MILES TO FREEDOM by Richard Breyer and Anand Kamalakar– 40min, documentary –
This totally engaging film tells the story of John W. Jones, a
fugitive slave who escaped bondage in
UNFIT: WARD VS. WARD
by Edwin Scharlau & Katie Carmichael –
In 1995 in
5pm – Social Justice Showcase
HERE I LEARNED TO LOVE
by Avi Angel -54min, documentary –
Brothers Avner and Itzik live in
TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD by Brendan Fay – 55min, documentary –
Former Le Moyne College professor of philosophy, a POW in Nazi
PALACE THEATER –
1pm – Special Event Screening
by Steve Rash – 105 min, fiction -
A Lacrosse movie produced, in part, by the Onondaga Nation. A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation’s high school lacrosse team that competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League.
Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals…will they win?
THE GAME OF LIFE: HEART AND SPIRIT OF THE ONONDAGA
by Stu Lisson – 14min, documentary -
The film explores the cultural and spiritual significance of the
sport of Lacrosse to the people of the Onondaga Nation. Called the
“Creator’s Game” by the Onondagas, Lacrosse has its origins deep
within the customs and beliefs of The Six Nations people. Interviews
with players, tribal leaders and coaches help tell the story of the
sport that has grown to span the world. The Onondaga Nation’s
involvement with feature film “Crooked Arrows” is also covered as
well as its unique connection with
MARY AND MAX
by Adam Elliott – 92min, animation –
This is an extraordinary Claymation.
The two main characters are, Mary, a poor, unloved little girl from
6pm – AWARDS CEREMONY
7:30pm – CLOSING EVENT
I AM NOT A ROCK STAR by Bobbi Jo Hart – 86min,doc –
Screening followed by Q&A and recital by Marika Bournaki
An absolutely outstanding documentary that follows
the story of 20-year-old Marika Bournaki, who embarks on a journey
to become a world-class concert pianist, a dream she has had ever
since her father first encouraged her to start playing the piano at
the age of five. Shot in cinéma vérité style over eight years, the
film begins when Marika is 12 years old and commuting every Saturday
AUDITORIUM – NEWHOUSE 3,
CAROL NORTH SCHMUCKLER NEW FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE
Warren Wolfson, Cygnus Management Group and
Films and Art
Video produced by students in the Department of Transmedia,
BEAUTY EVAPORATES by Q Park – 4 min – art video
The sympathy and respect for analogue medium and ritual of its farewell
CARNEY’S POINT by Alex Parkin and Marla Christiansen - 16min - fiction
Carneys Point is the story of a woman's life, fractured into three facets each representing an important crossroad of her life.
IN A BLINK by Jordan Rapoport – 7min - art video
A woman tries to create a man and animate him
SERVANT by Guan Tian – 26min – experimental/fiction
A dark comedy about a man sitting on his bed contemplating suicide. His imagination becomes his reality as his room and his body transform, planted in a flower pot.
HOW TO EXTRACT THAT COLOR OF THAT EVENING SKY FROM THE DAY YOU FIRST DISCOVERED DUSK by Misha Rabinovich – 4min – art video
Colors come and go as liquids are syphoned from one container to another.
BLUE APPLE by Xiaochuan Xu – 15 min – fiction
A young man comes to
ONE MAN'S PALACE by Daniel Aguilera, Michael Choi, Adam Heicklen – 9min, fiction
A movie theater owner can no longer afford to keep the doors open and informs her sole worker that tonight will be the last show. This sets him off in a passionate frenzy to save the future of the movie theater.
Based on a true story, about a poor fishing family who lives on the
MATAR AUN NINO
(THE CHILD WILL DIE) by Esteban Alenda – 8min, fiction –
Told from the point of view of a child now an adult. Its 10am and a happy child is going to die. The
Boy dreams of fishing with his father. Car crash kills the driver not the boy. Inventive and well written.
INTO PARADISO by Paola Raudi – 100min, fiction –
Alfonso is a Neapolitan scientist, shy and awkward, who has just
lost his job. Gayan is a charming former Sri Lankan cricketer who
has not a penny has just arrived in
THE GIRL AND HER TRUST
(1912) by D.W. Griffith – 16min, fiction –
Some tramps assault the telegraph office trying to rob $2000 delivered by train. The telegraphist girl, trying to help, telegraphs the next station and then the men are captured. Extreme close-ups, long shots and multiple story lines are part of filmdom’s earliest sophisticated works.
A WONDERFUL DAY
by Yosi Meiri & Ariel Weisbrod - 24min, fiction –
A Holocaust survivor tries to prevent her grandson from going to
by Attila Tell – 20 min, fiction –
A man reports a missing dog to police. In a rural setting the family’s father enslaves a poor man. He treats him like a dog. The daughter gets knocked up by boyfriend and wants to move in with him. Believing the slave is responsible for his family’s woes the husband/father beats him to death. A very powerful film.
by Andrey Silvestrov – 64min, experimental –
The film takes place simultaneously in two realms. The first is the
contemporary city of
by Jae Bin Han – 25min, fiction –
A grandmother travels through 90 years of her life in one day. She meets herself in a series of encounters until she first meets the man who will become her husband. She shares with him what will be his last day.
MUERTON Y VIVIENTES
by Darmul Love – 17min, fiction –
A funny Zombi movie in which a bereaving woman kills zombies so she can get to her husbands grave and digs him out. Once free the two drive off, forever together.
by Robert M Young and David Grubin – 60min, documentary -
William Kurelek’s The Maze is a documentary about the life of
celebrated Canadian artist William Kurelek, dramatically told
through his paintings and his on camera revelations. The film takes
an intimate look into the life of one of the 20th century’s most
fascinating artists and his struggles with attempted suicide and a
self professed “spiritual crisis”. Kurelek describes The Maze as “a
painting of the inside of [his] skull which [he] painted while in
by Lisa Ford – 9 min, fiction –
A young girl struggles with her violin lessons. Recognizing she is letting down her teacher and her mother she imagines that suddenly she has become a prodigy.
by Justin Lerner – 94min,
The film depicts the evolution of a friendship between a young
man with Down’s Syndrome and a single mother in a small town in
SON OF A RAILWAY MAN by Assaf Tager – 26min, documentary/fiction – Zambia/Israel
Casapo, the son of a locomotive driver for the Zambian railway company, is called back home following the news of his father’s death. A poetic, beautifully filmed work that is evocative and mysterious.
(Fast Rewind) by Cardillo & De Plano – 85min, fiction –
Natale's neice, Rosina, left many years before for the States to
become an actress. To see her again, Natale decides to shoot little
movies. But a clumsy burglar, Salvo, steals her camera. Salvo's son,
Nicolo, brings it back to Natale and finds a kind of grandfather,
who changes the life of the family, lending Salvo a boat. At
Natale's funeral, Rosina shows up. She's intending to sell the house
and the boat and leave. But she finds out Natale knew the truth
about her life in
GREWEN AUDITORIUM – GREWEN HALL, LE
11am – Special Event – filmmaker present
by Michael Streissguth – 53min, documentary -
Record Paradise rolls with Joe Lee, black sheep of a blue-blood
12:30 – Social Justice Showcase
A PAKHTUN MEMORY
by Tentative Collective – 14min, documentary –
This project by the Tentative Collective used Pakhtun folk music
and memory to temporarily privilege a subaltern population in
A diverse group of Iraqi performing arts students unite through hip hop, jazz, orchestra, and Broadway at an American arts academy in Iraqi Kurdistan. Arabs and Kurds, Christians and Muslims, Americans and Iraqis, everyone must work together to prepare for the big show. Along the way, cultures collide, egos clash, dreams come true, and the viewer is offered a candid and revealing look at the troubles and triumphs of this life-changing event. Written by Ryan White
2:30pm – Social Justice Showcase
by Wasim Alsyed – 15min, experimental/fiction –
There is a couple in bed, no dialogue, only music. They fight with one another. There are frogs in a jar. The man drinks coke and spills it on the woman. We are primed for violence. This is a beautifully shot and totally bizarre film, symbolically structured to deal with a destructive environment.
WHO SHOT MY FATHER
by Liora Amir Barmatz – 73min, documentary
Three daughters, one big secret and many unsolved issues. This film follows the courageous attempts of these women to uncover the dark secret behind the murder of their father, Israeli Air Force Attaché Colonel Joe Alon. An investigative report that has personal and national dimensions, the film applies to a story that occurred in 1973 that continues to be problematic. The film documents the riveting life of Colonel Alon, and includes interviews with FBI agents, Mossad chiefs, a former American Air Force Chief Commander and other key personnel. A story of intrigue and personal anguish.
5pm – Social Justice Showcase
A PLACE TO GO by Wajdi Elian - 17min, fiction. –
"Ziad is a solitary character living a surgically organized unadventurous routine existence in the city. One day, his rhythm is disrupted by a series of tiny accidents that bring a peculiar street cat to share his home, for better or for worse…" A fascinating narrative that is beautifully shot.
A.L.F.: ANIMAL LIBERATION FRONT by Jerome Lescure – 94min, fiction –
What happened, that 24th of December ? This is what officer Chartier wants ton find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier: Franck's Christmas Eve. Franck: insignificant drama-teacher, Franck belongs to a nameless and leaderless commando: the Animal Liberation Front. These characters are bound by a limitless empathy towards mistreated animals, and will have to show courage to complete a mission they have been preparing for months. Their goal: to free dogs, condemned to be sold to laboratories for the purpose of live experiments. Their philosophy: when something has gone beyond the boundaries of reason, you have to forget about what's legal, and care about what seems right. During the questioning, Franck understands that one of his fellows betrayed him. A unique thriller with a powerful message.
1pm – Special Event Screening
TOY STORY 3
by Lee Unkrich, a
PIXAR film – 103min, animation -
Andy, now nearly 18 years old, is leaving for college, and his toys feel like they have been abandoned as they have not been played with for years. Andy decides to take Woody with him to college and puts Buzz and the rest of the toys in a trash bag for storage in the attic. However, the toys are accidentally thrown out when Andy's mom finds the bag and puts it out on the curb, causing the toys to think that they are no longer wanted. They escape and decide to climb in a donation box for Sunnyside Daycare. Woody, the only toy who saw what actually happened, follows the other toys and tries to explain they were thrown out by mistake, but they refuse to believe him.