4PM - 6PM
This screening features 10 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
25 North Avenue West
Cranford NJ 07016
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ATLAS (FRANCE) BY JIM VIEILLE
Synopsis: Dark and poetic, this music video depicts a rite of passage : the liberation of an inhibited personality. First, the night, rough, wild and frenetic, to let out all the accumulated frustrations. Then the next day, appeased, like a rebirth, a return to life. Running time: 00:05:43.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF (Best Music Video), Verona IFF (Best Music Video), Super Shorts LA FF, and more.
About the director: Jim Vieille is a french director. Dark, violent and enigmatic, his work in different mediums (film, video, installation) explores the boundary between fiction and experimental. His films have been featured in several festivals. In 2010, his first short, 'Take Me To The Water', won the Prize Of The City Of Clermont-Ferrand.
PHYSICAL THOUGHTS (USA) BY ANNE HOLLOWDAY
Synopsis: A dancer reflects on a recent injury. A dancer's body is their whole life. It is the sum total of their history, it’s the medium through which they make a living and it’s their method of creative expression. After a dramatic injury puts a professional dancer out of action for six months, she reflects on how our physical thoughts reveal who we are, perhaps even more than what we say. A meditation on authenticity, the creative life and facing one's own fears, Physical Thoughts is the document of an injury and a poetic distillation of wisdom for every artist. Running time: 00:03:32.
Selections/awards: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, New Filmmakers NY, Micromania FF, and more.
About the director: Anne Hollowday is a NYC-based director creating affective and cinematic films that preserve the freshness of a lived encounter. Her award winning work is emotionally resonant and deeply human. Her work has garnered recognition from across the industry with inclusion in both the 1.4 and Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcases, as well as being awarded by the One Club, American Photography, AICP, SXSW and others.
THE MOTH (U.K.) BY GEORDIE LEYLAND
Synopsis: A lonely lightbulb remembers the love of its life. Running time: 00:03:00.
Selections/awards: Birmingham FF, Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Verona IFF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Geordie trained as an actor at RADA in London. He has written screenplays and studied story & film for the last ten years, whilst doing various jobs - a film school receptionist, a photographer, a butler, a film set runner and for a while a door to door salesman. Today he is a scriptwriter. Most recently he has been making branded short films, for which he likes each one to have a strong narrative drive.
MOTO (CANADA) BY BRIAN DALE SOKOLOWSKI
Synopsis: A 2 ½ minute filmic essay shot at a pro national motocross race in Southwick, Massachusetts, in which the director recalls a death he witnessed during teenage years spent racing dirt bikes. Running time: 00:02:34.
Selections/awards: Toronto Arthouse FF (Best Canada Based Filmmaker), Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Brussels Independent FF, Bad FF NYC.
About the director: Brian is a filmmaker and photographer. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University, Montreal, 2017.
OLYAN DOLGOK - THINGS LIKE (AUSTRIA) BY KÁLMÁN NAGY
Synopsis: Éva lives a nightmare. She has the terrible suspicion that her husband has done something to her five-year-old daughter. Éva seeks help from her best friends. But can they help her? Running time: 00:25:17.
Selections/awards: Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film Graz, Palm Springs Shortfest, Shortynale - Filmfestival Klosterneuburg, Five Lakes FF, Filmfestival Kitzbühel, and more.
About the director: Kálmán Nagy grew up in a small town in Hungary. From 2016 he began his Bachelor Film Studies in Directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts - Film Academy in Vienna in the class of Michael Haneke.
HOTEL STADT ALTONA (GERMANY) BY SOPHIA SCHACHTNER
Synopsis: The team at Hotel Stadt Altona wishes you a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. Running time: 00:05:16.
Selections/awards: Doc.Berlin Documentary FF, Doc.Sydney Documentary FF, Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.
CASS & LEX (GERMANY) BY PHILLIP KAMINIAK
Synopsis: In his directorial debut, Berlin and Mexico City-based cinematographer Phillip Kaminiak embarks on a personal project where he attempts to deal with his previous relationships by training a lens on real-life couple Cassandre Clerc and Johannes Lex. By documenting their lives and translating their relationship into Dance, 'Cass & Lex' tells a poem about the beauty and the horror of love. Running time: 00:04:47.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF (Best Music Video), Boston Short FF.
About the director: Phillip Kaminiak is a 1982 born german / polish cinematographer, who graduated from Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin in 2013. His short films and documentaries were screened at film festivals all over the world. His debut feature Film 'The Woman behind the wall' was nominated for the prestigious german 'Grimme' TV Price. After his second world wide screened feature film 'The Weather Inside' he realized more than 150 Commercials and music-videos until today and realized another TV Feature, coming along with the cinema production 'Die Zerstörten' in 2018.
MY FATHER (USA) BY DANIELE SESTITO
Synopsis: An adolescent girl fears that her father is going to kill her. Running time: 00:03:58.
Selections/awards: Film Shortage, Beyond The Short, Super Shorts London FF, and 'Best New Jersey Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Daniele Sestito is a director, writer, and cinematographer based in the NJ / NYC area. As the son of two immigrants, he has always been obsessed with culture and perspective. Through film, he's found a way to share unique perspectives, in addition to his own. He’s shot several short films, music videos, and a web-series as a DP, written many shorts and a feature, and his work as a director has been screened at numerous film festivals. What drives Daniele is his passion for storytelling. Taking a precise approach to each and every frame, sound, and emotion, he aspires to make films that leave a strong impact on their audience.
QUANTUM CLOUDS (GREECE) BY DIMITRIS GIOUZEPAS
Synopsis: Unsettling visuals for an unsettling tune, an ever-evolving Rorschach inkblot, an ungrasped idea. Running time: 00:03:43.
Selections/awards: International Music Video Awards London, Brussels Independent FF, Toronto Arthouse FF (Best Music Video), Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Dimitris Giouzepas is an architect with a Ph.D. in urban design. He teaches 'architectural representations' at Democritus University of Thrace. Since 2005, he has made several short films.
GOOD GIRLS DON'T GET BEATEN (BELARUS) BY HALINA ADAMOVICH
Synopsis: Excessive use of force in self-defense is among the most wide-spread reasons why women are put in prison. Over 140 countries of the world have laws against domestic violence. There’s no such law in the Republic of Belarus. Running time: 00:52:00.
Selections/awards: WATCH DOCS Belarus, Verona IFF (Best Documentary Feature), Doc.Sydney, Doc.Berlin, and 'Best Documentary Feature Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Galina Adamovich was born in Minsk. She graduated from the Documentary Films Department of the Belarusian Academy of Arts in 1994 and has been working as a filmmaker since. Galina Adamovich is one of the most interesting documentary film directors in Belarus, and is also well-known in the international community. Almost all of her works were awarded at different international festivals.