Two Worlds

Two Worlds

Maciej Adamek, 2016, 51 min  (Polish with English subtitles)
*Winner Documentary Feature
Saturday May 6th, 4:30 pm  

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In Two Worlds, 12-year-old Laura is our guide through life with her deaf parents, which is unusual, challenging, and surprisingly ordinary. Laura serves as a vessel of emotion and communication for her mother and father, playing the roles of mouth and ears, helping them with practical activities. In the film, she functions as a window into the habitual, everyday trials of the differently-abled, revealing the seamless rhythm created between her and her parents. We become witness to Laura’s adult-like sensibility towards her parents as it coincides with her youthful adolescence.

This documentary feature is a genuine capture of the intersection of two worlds; the converging of multiple perceptions and means of expression, the complications of which are diluted by the family solidarity.

 

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Man

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Man

Emma Penaz Eisner, 2017, 7 min 9 sec
Experimental/avant-garde Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm  

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Up is down, and inside turns out. Who are these men that embody and fuel our collective existential upheaval? What are they to you: heroes, anti-heroes, villains? Or something else altogether? Created by award-winning filmmaker Emma Penaz Eisner, this experimental work intermixes original cinematography and archival film along with contemporary found footage to draw viewers into these questions.

 

Soft Voice

Soft Voice

Afshin Hashemi, 2015, 60 Min
*Winner Experimental Feature
Saturday May 6th, 6:30pm  

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A transgender female leaves her life in the city and locks herself in a house in the middle of the woods, contemplating her life. Various people come to visit her, challenging her with their different agendas, as she seeks peace and a new voice – a soft voice – to return to her life and her people.

 

Rebel Rossa

Rebel Rossa

Williams Rossa Cole, 2016, 88 min
Documentary
Saturday May 6th, 2pm  

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Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was one of the most controversial figures in Irish history.  A committed Republican, he created the concept of bombing campaigns against England in the 1800’s.  His funeral in 1915 lit the fuse to revolution resulting in the rebellion of Easter 1916.  Today he is still revered in Republican circles.  Banished as an exile to the United States he continued to relentlessly campaign for Irish independence becoming an influential figure in Irish America. 

One hundred years after his death his great grandsons investigate Rossa’s legacy and their relationship to their infamous relative.  Directed by Williams Rossa Cole, this journey explores Irish American identity as descendents of one of the most notorious and revered figures in Irish history.  Filmed in the centenary year of O’Donovan Rossa’s death, the grandsons find themselves not only observers of their relative’s commemorations, but actual participants.

With original music composed by James Fearnley of the Pogues.

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Panic Attack!

Panic Attack!

Eileen O’Meara, 2016, 3 min 20 sec
Animated Short *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm  

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Inspired by nagging thoughts that may start with “did I leave the coffee on?” and end up turning into “what if I give birth to Satan’s baby?”, this hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

 

New York City Sketchbook

New York City Sketchbook

Willy Hartland, 2016, 13 min 1 sec
*Winner Animation Short
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 PM  

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Sketchbook drawings come to life in this dreamy vision of New York City.

From director Willy Hartland: “In my art, most specifically my newest animation “New York City Sketchbook,” I explore the urban experience unfiltered, with all it’s beauty and it’s blemishes. Working from my sketchbooks, in a form of visual journalism, the film attempts to document the challenges that New Yorkers face with their hopes and desires as they negotiate the urban matrix of the city itself.

There are layers and layers of people and places in the film, some opaque, while others we see right through. Most of the characters in the film were sketched from life, often in public places, but sometimes they are friends or lovers observed privately during moments of intimacy. In this regard the film is personal and has as many layers of interpretation as there are layers of drawings within the film’s structural compositions.

Structurally and thematically I am fascinated with the pulse of the urban beat. As I move the viewer through the city’s vast spaces, I look for rhythmic patterns and shapes in the city’s architecture, with it’s majestic skyscrapers, bridges and endless avenues. I look for patterns of movement in the subway trains, ferries, taxis and pedestrians as they overlap and crisscross each other in an endless looping cacophony of shape and sound.

I regard my art as a hybrid of social realism and theatrical nonfiction, where I combine animation based on observation, found sound, and visual diary forms into one seamless work.

Influential artists and thinkers of mine in no particular order are: Yuri Norstein, George Grosz, John Hubley, Flannery O’Connor, David Lynch, Diane Arbus, Joseph Mitchell, Alfred Hitchcock, Saul Steinberg, Picasso, Herge, and David Hockney.”

 

Good Morning

Good Morning

Michael Marantz, 2017, 2 min 46 sec
*Experimental, Avant-Garde Short  *Official Selection
Saturday May 6th, 6:30 pm   

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Created as a response to the turmoil across the US, Good Morning is a film to remind us to stand united and continue to work for a better, more connected world where all are respected as equals.

 

From director Michael Marantz: “We might not share the same opinions, we may look different, but in the end we are all human beings. We hope this piece conjures up some inspiration to act with strength and compassion in all of our daily interactions. Let us stand together.”