7PM - 9PM
This screening features 9 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
25 North Avenue West
Cranford NJ 07016
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DIGITAL LOVE (REMIX) (GERMANY) BY RAPHAËL LANGUILLAT + LOVEMUSIC
Synopsis: A neonwave audiovisual poem about love, desire and death bringing together an ambient remix of Daft Punk's Digital Love with fragments of William Shakespeare's erotic poem Venus and Adonis. Written and shot during the Covid-19 pandemic, ’digital love (remix)’ focuses on the relationship between gender and couple, intimacy and distancing, as well as desire and death. Running time: 00:05:00
Selections/awards: Obskuur Ghent FF, Sydney World FF, Bogotá Experimental FF, and more.
About the director: Born in Casablanca (Morocco), Raphaël Languillat is a french composer and multimedia artist. Merging acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, dealing with art history and the re-imagination of narratives, his works use extensively the “photographic” (still and moving images), as well as text and color as central elements. He lives and works in Offenbach/Main.
A PAIR OF SUITABLE SHOES (MEXICO) BY ANA DE LOERA
Synopsis: Cecilia (30), hard-faced, embittered but with a jovial appearance in her dress, returns to live at her mother Ana's home after a breakup. Ana (60), accustomed to solitude, is an independent woman who has fulfilled all her life goals. Their relationship is not usually close. A depressed Cecilia rejects any of Ana's attempts to get closer. It is only after the death of Roberto, Ana's father and Cecilia's grandfather, that they are honest about their relationship with each other, and that they can observe for the first time themselves in the mirror and understand their own solitude. Running time: 00:10:27.
About the director: Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1988. She graduated from the Department of Image and Sound University of Guadalajara (DIS). Ana de Loera creates in various mediums such as documentary, fiction films, and video dance.
BORN LIKE A BULLET (CHILE) BY JIMMY FERNANDEZ
Synopsis: Music video. “A collaboration project which combines poetry, dance and film, all in one, with the objective of creating awareness of our heritage and human rights. Like our black brothers, we have faced social discrimination and constant harassment by certain political figures. We´ve had enough. This must stop now and this is our way of protest. We want to let the world know that we our proud of being latinos.” Running time: 00:03:30.
Selections/awards: Filmhaus Film Fest Berlin (Best Micro Short Film), Bogotá Music Video Festival, Brussels Independent FF, Dumbo FF, and more.
About the director: Jimmy Fernandez is a Chilean-American director and musician, born and raised in Washington D.C. Jimmy has traveled around South America shooting commercials for brands such as Jeep, Nestle and just recently developed branded content for Gretsch Drums, one of the most prestigious musical instrument companies in the world. His ﬁrst music video 'Dejando Libre el Amor' for the acclaimed Chilean band, Chancho en Piedra, garnered over 2,000,000 views.
GRANDPA'S RANCH (BRAZIL) BY GUSTAVO ROSA
Synopsis: A grandmother recalls a violent moment in her marriage of 50 years. Running time: 00:09:54.
About the director: Gustavo Rosa was born in Tubarão (Brazil) and raised in Boston. His family immigrated to the USA illegally when he was 12 years-old. They remained undocumented for 13 years. He earned an MFA in filmmaking from Columbia University in 2016. His films explore immigrant life. In 2014, he was the associate producer of “That Film About Money” Parts 1 and 2, segments in the Webby-Award winning WE THE ECONOMY omnibus film. In 2016, he was the associate producer of INDIGNATION, based on the novel by Philip Roth and adapted and directed by James Schamus. He is currently the associate producer in LOVE AND CAPITAL, a mini-series on the life of Karl Marx.
R.A.Z.A. INDIAN POISON (COLOMBIA) BY RODRIGO TORRIJOS
Synopsis: A girl colors a concrete neighborhood and invokes the memory of her ancestors and the victims of a violent regime. Running time: 00:03:02.
About the director: Coming from the uderground music scene as producer and "screamer" for hardcorepunk band Tierradentro, Rodrigo Torrijos is established as musical journalist, videographer and video director for ROLLING STONE and PLAYBOY magazines. Has worked too for film festivals like Ficci Cartagena Film Festival and Bogoshorts. Torrijos' films explore the independence and social tensions that pulse in the underground of a troubled Colombia where magic and atrocities cross ways all the time.
RADIO SUEÑO (BELGIUM) BY ANNA VERKOUTEREN JANSEN
Synopsis: In a late-night radio show for the sleepless and distressed, fictional radio host Marisol leads a meditation on dreams while offering solace. Based on the writings from master-of-grief-and-comic-relief graphic novelist Chris Ware, the work creates intimacy while emphasizing the vastness of one’s imagination. Through the shared frequency, our imagination holds a potential to feel connected, whether it be fictional or real. Running time: 00:09:06.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF.
About the director: Anna Verkouteren Jansen (1992, FR) is a performance- and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. She graduated at Maastricht Institute of Performative Arts in 2017. Her most recent productions were made for Frascati Theater (Amsterdam) and Monty Kultuurfaktorij (Antwerp). Exploring different aspects of the consciousness, Jansen makes hallucinatory portraits of underdogs and the weird. She exchanges elements from cinema and the theatre as important means of storytelling.
OPHELIA (FRANCE) BY HADI MOUSSALLY
Synopsis: A tribute to the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood by telling the story of the creation of some of the most famous paintings, especially the most known "Ophelia" by Sir John Everett Millais. Where we can see nature taking more and more place in the art. The group's intention was to reform art by rejecting what it considered the mechanistic approach.Running time: 00:06:06.
Selections/awards: San Antonio Independent FF, Chelsea Fashion & Film Festival, Wales IFF, Bordeaux Shorts, Lisbon Cinefest, Girona FF, Athens Fashion FF, San Francisco Frozen FF, Sydney Square Dance Festival, Obskuur Ghent FF, Bogotá Music Video Festivaland more.
About the director: Hadi Moussally (Lebanon, 1987) has Masters in 'Fiction Cinema' and in 'Documentary and Anthropological Cinema'. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes. Moussally has made fashion films and documentaries some of which have received festival awards, and his experimental project on albinism "Positive" has been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair.
BACK IN 5 MINUTES (SPOTS PARALELOS) (SPAIN) BY FELIPE GARRIDO ARCHANCO
Synopsis: Your life sucks? 'Back In 5 Minutes' is a short film structured as a false advertising block: 11 fictional spots that reflect on the advertising language through the advertising language itself. Running time: 00:05:00.
HOY (EL SALVADOR) BY RICARDO B'ATZ'
Synopsis: In the capital of El Salvador, the drivers of a bus, a taxi, a minibus and a private car confront the ravages of 12 years of civil war that continue to torment the country. Running time: 01:08:00.
Selections/awards: Urban World Festival New York, and 'Best Latin American Film' at our 2021 edition.
About the director: Ricardo B'atz' was born in Sensuntepeque, El Salvador, in 1986. He has a Bachelor of Modern Languages at the University of El Salvador and a Master in Intercultural Relations at the University of Lille in France. The movie 'Today' ('Hoy') is his first feature film as a director. Ricardo is also an actor in the short series 'El Sindrome de Piter Pan', and the movie 'La Travesía'.