4PM - 6PM
This screening features 12 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
25 North Avenue West
Cranford NJ 07016
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EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL (U.K.) BY ROLAND DENNING
Synopsis: Everything Is Under Control is a story told by a machine to humans in a world that has crashed and then been re-booted from a back-up. Unfortunately, the back-up was faulty and glitches are increasingly apparent. Have human beings and machines merged? Is the whole world counterfeit? Is free will an illusion? The machine is an unreliable narrator if ever there was one. It assures us that everything is under control, but can we believe it? Constructed during lockdown out of archive material and an AI synthesised voice, Everything Is Under Control is a wry philosophical reflection on our current predicament. Running time: 00:06:25.
Selections/awards: Swedenborg FF, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Underground Film), Super Shorts London FF, and more.
About the director: Roland Denning is a filmmaker, artist and writer based in London.
THE ART OF LOVE (FRANCE) BY ALEJO RESTREPO
Synopsis: In a desert, a blond woman, a dog and a voice declaiming in Mandarin. Space-time is uncertain, the alternation of static and dynamic phases intersects with a car trip; A brunette woman quotes Sun-Tzu in the original text of The Art of War. Is love only possible without war? The souvenirs, inseparable from the memory, take us to the crests of a stormy relationship between two women, whom everything seems to oppose, carried away by a passionate love. Running time: 00:08:46.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Super Shorts London FF, and more.
About the director: Alejo Restrepo was shortlisted for the Young Director Award at Cannes 2015. He was the Bronze winner for 'best TV spot' at The World Independent Advertising Awards 2016, as well as for 'best TV spot' at El Ojo de Iberoamerica Awards 2016.
THE BOY AND THE OWL (PORTUGAL) BY MÁRIO GAJO DE CARVALHO
Synopsis: A young boy lives his life in a magical way, surrounded by the picturesque atmosphere of his village, in this fable about love and the act of letting go. Running time: 00:12:00.
Selections/awards: Guadalajara IFF, Athens Animfest 'Grand Prix Athena Award), NYC Independent FF, Montecatini Int Short FF, Maryland IFF Girona FF, Tehran Int Short FF, and 'Best Animated Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Mário Gajo de Carvalho has 4 university diplomas in Arts and Cinema. As a director, his best-known film is 'The Millionaires', which premiered and awarded at IndieLisboa 2011; the film has toured 24 countries. His experimental film 'The Place that Remains' had the world premiere as part of the 10th Berlin Directors Lounge, Contemporary Art and Media 2014, and was screened at 12 film festivals. He co-directed 'Circus Movements' in 2019, shot with circus kids from Ethiopia, which premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
TIME CAPSULE (USA) BY LAUREN LOESBERG
Synopsis: A documentary created from home video footage from 1997-2005, set to the reading of a letter written for a time capsule found twelve years later. Running time: 00:11:36.
Selections/awards: Soo FF, First Take Shorts Series.
About the director: Lauren Loesberg is a writer and director whose work focuses on the complexities of the female experience in nature and society. She's a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film as well as a minors in Dance, Integrated Marketing Communications, and Acting for the Screen. Amonst many other things she has worked as an AD and PA on independent projects, including 2020 Academy Award Winner “The Neighbor’s Window”.
PIGEON (USA) BY RAPHAEL HALLORAN
Synopsis: A solitary middle-aged pigeon keeper who spends his days on a rooftop in Brooklyn, undergoes a crisis when one of his pigeons gets shot down. The story follows how this seemingly insignificant event compounds to threaten his world. ‘Pigeon’ is a cinematic meditation on alienation and life on the fringe of society.Running time: 00:07:23.
Selections/awards: Astoria FF (Best Drama Short), Boston Short FF, Obskuur Ghent FF, Torino Underground Cinefest, FlickFlair (Best Picture), Super Shorts LA FF, and more.
About the director: Raphaël is a Swiss-American filmmaker interested in exploring and creating cinematic worlds that are poetic, raw, and that challenge conventional storytelling. With a background in environmental sciences and a former career as a digital creative director, he turned to filmmaking as a more fulfilling means of expression. Raphaël holds an MFA in directing from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Brooklyn.
AMERICAN EXPRESS (GERMANY) BY HÄLY HEINECKER
Synopsis: Following the filmmaker through the aftermath of a long-distance relationship, spaces which were once relevant points of connection are revisited as part of an individual journey. Superposition of distance and proximity creates a cathartic expercience. An experimental exploration of anxious attachment, removing projection and resolving in clarity. Running time: 00:06:50.
Selections/awards: Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Doc.Berlin, Doc.Sydney, and 'Best Experimental Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Häly Heinecker was born in Augsburg and is currently based in Berlin. After receiving a BA in Visual Communication from UdK Berlin, they are now studying at the UdK Arts and Media department as part of the Narrative Film class of Thomas Arslan. The foundation of their work is the documentary exploration of different realities of life, ultimately hoping to contribute to a broader understanding of intersectionality within our society.
SPONTANEOUS (USA) BY LORI FELKER
Synopsis: You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you. Running time: 00:14:00.
Selections/awards: 2020 Slamdance FF, Boston Short FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Sydney World FF, and 'Best Documentary Short Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Lori Felker is a Chicago-based filmmaker/artist, teacher, programmer, and performer. Her films and videos attempt to study the ineloquent, oppositional, delusional, frustrating, and chaotic qualities of human interaction. She loves every facet of filmmaking and has worked as a cinematographer, editor, and actor for artists and directors such as Jerzy Rose, Melika Bass, Jesse McLean, and Geof Oppenheimer. Lori works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work internationally at festivals and spaces including the Rotterdam IFF; NYFF: Views from the Avant-Garde; VideoEx, Zurich; Slamdance, Utah; Ann Arbor FF; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Curtas Vila do Conde FF, Portugal; Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago; LA Filmforum; BAMcinemaFest, Brooklyn; and Space Gallery, Pittsburgh.
THE PSYCHLIST (NORWAY) BY MARTIN A. WALTHER
Synopsis: When his daughter died under tragic events just 11 months old, the bicycle became the only rescue for Per. Running time: 00:08:00.
Selections/awards: Viewpoint Documentary FF, Brussels Independent FF, and more.
About the director: Martin A. Walther (1986) comes from Trondheim, Norway. He has a BA in film science from the University of Trondheim and a BA in documentary directing from University of Lillehammer. After finishing his education he worked as a teacher for three years before returning to directing film. The documentary short “Train Robbers” was his directorial debut. The film was an international success at film festival, winning several prices, and was selected for the international competition at Clermont Ferrand. 'The Psychlist' is his second film.
A DOUBLE CAPRICE AT THE ASYLUM (FRANCE) BY STÉPHANE RIZZI
Synopsis: A film found in an abandoned psychiatric institution (circa 1987-2018). Running time: 00:06:10.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF, Unnamed Footage Fest San Francisco, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: After a literary high school diploma, Stéphane Rizzi studied cinema, musicology and cultural mediation at the University Paris VIII Vincennes. In 1990, he participated in Clara, a collective movie based on writings by Armand Gatti, overseen by Philippe Garrel. Between 1984 and 2022, he has made many films in 8mm, 16mm, 35mm and digital technology. In 1998 he staged the operetta Monsieur Choufleuri by Jacques Offenbach, and in 2001, Le Piège de Méduse, by Erik Satie (with Philippe Lehembre).
TO AMERICA (USA) BY ARYA JO SINGH
Synopsis: In an effort to defend her “American-ness”, an Indian-American teenager writes a poem about her dual identity. Running time: 00:04:24.
About the director: Arya Singh is currently a sophomore at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts studying Film and Television. She grew up in New Jersey and has a passion for creating narrative and documentary work.
MY OWN LANDSCAPES (FRANCE) BY ANTOINE CHAPON
Synopsis: A former military game designer was spotted in a video game competition organized by the army. Before going to war, he made video game scenarios that prepared soldiers to cultural shocks and healed trauma. Once back from the war, his relationship with his identity, with life and with the video game changed.Running time: 00:18:42.
Selections/awards: Sundance FF, Visions du Réel (Best Short Film), Palm Springs Intl ShortFest, Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, Torino Film Festival, London Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Glasgow Short FF, Aesthetica Short Film, Boston Short FF, and more.
About the director: Antoine Chapon (1990) is an artist and filmmaker based in Paris. He studied Fine Arts, Philosophy and Social Sciences. In 2019, he learned literary Arabic at the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut (Lebanon). In 2021 he is part of the Berlinale Talents programme, the world’s top 200 emerging filmmakers. His works create dynamic links and tensions between cinema, CGI animations and archives.