8PM - 10PM
This screening features 4 shorts and a feature film. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
25 North Avenue West
Cranford NJ 07016
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JUST LISTEN TO THE STORM (FRANCE) BY HANNAH PAPACEK HARPER
Synopsis: A follow up to Hannah Papacek Harper's 'Vegetative', making the two films into a diptych. Both are experimental shorts which are odes to human nature and a questioning on womanhood. 'Just Listen to the Storm' is a poetic expression of feminine power through a return to natural elements. Running time: 00:01:00.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF.
GENERATION (UK) BY RICCARDO FUSETTI
Synopsis: A brief journey through the human experience as seen by the eyes of an Artificial Intelligence. Running time: 00:02:13.
Selections/awards: Short Of The Week, Super Shorts London, Sydney World FF, and more.
MARIS B653 (ITALY) BY DEBORA VRIZZI
Synopsis: Debora the Astronaut floats in space. After a turbulence, she awakens in a familiar but transfigured domestic environment. Here she finds two aliens, the Mother and the Grandmother. They begin a telepathic conversation about their lives, sexuality and motherhood, revealing the fear of discovering something about themselves and their desires, culturally accustomed to an attitude of passive obedience and rules that should not be discussed. Through an experimental narration between documentary and fiction, "Maris B653" tells a real, intimate and familiar experience, in which the socio-cultural bond runs through the lives of three generations of mothers. Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Festival Les Instants Vidéo Marsiglia, K3 Film Festival.
SECANT (USA) BY TIMOTHY DAVID ORME
Synopsis: Music by Lanier Sammons. Running time: 00:03:00.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF, Brussels Independent FF (Best Music Video).
LOST BOYZ (USA) BY JOHNNY SWEET
Synopsis: Growing up in the South Jamaica section of Queens amidst the chaos of the 1980s crack era, Terrance "Mr. Cheeks" Kelly and three of his best friends form a hip hop group called “The Lost Boyz.” Under the tutelage of his uncle, singer-songwriter Gil Scott Heron, Mr. Cheeks writes songs to uplift his community, breaking with the common pro-violence themes prevalent in popular hip hop acts of the era. As The Lost Boyz get signed and climb the music charts, their greater mission to transform their community is catching on like wildfire, creating a youth movement that provides an alternative to gangs and violence. But on March 28, 1999, their rise is abruptly halted by the very forces they set out to combat when band member Freaky Tah is gunned down outside a local venue. The group soon disbands, and Mr. Cheeks - blaming himself for his best friend's murder - descends into years of survivor’s guilt and alcoholism. Twenty years later, Freaky Tah’s son, Khalil, emerges as a young rap artist under the alias "Freaky Kah." With the hope of reviving The Lost Boyz' original mission, Mr. Cheeks and Kah set out to re-form group. During the course of filming, the confession tape of Freaky Tah’s murderer from 21 years prior is finally unsealed, offering Mr. Cheeks a chance to face his own demons over the death of his best friend. Running time: 00:58:02.