(96 minutes)
Film is a powerful medium which can engage an audience, generate awareness of topical social issues and inspire action to compel change. With today’s accessible filmmaking toolset the possibilities are endless for filmmakers to intimately address often marginalized questions. At its best, the personal film can reach deep into life’s larger issues and questions, and the personal becomes universal. These stories can shape our lives and give a voice to current issues being evoked such as war, natural disasters, 2012, death and the meaning of life. The following program depicts such issues from award-winning American short filmmakers.
(13m, U S A)
John Dion, director
Retirement is going well for Al and Fern, until a “rift” appears in the form of a “black hole” in their bathroom drain.
(10m, U S A)
Scott Beck & Bryan Woods, writers/directors
Deadly events unfold around a man (Chris Masterson) racing to his final and most significant act.
(6m, U S A)
Matt Faust, director
A touching portrayal of the essence of home and the feeling of loss that occurs when home becomes a memory. Director Matthew Faust conveys his themes through a bittersweet, evocative archive of his family house in Chalmette, Louisiana that was flooded by Hurricane Katrina.
(8m, U S A)
Dustin Grella, writer/director
Prayers for Peace is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist's younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq. Drawn entirely with pastels on a slate chalkboard, the materials used to create the animation become a metaphor for the impermanence of life.
(14m, U S A)
Vineet Dewan, director
Two Friends, Two Sides, One War. Based on a true story starring Navid Negahban.
(19m, U S A)
Dan Hannon, writer/director
Shelly (Alicia Witt, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, THE UPSIDE OF ANGER), a young woman distraught over the death of her husband, sets about scattering his ashes on the pond in an apple orchard they had both loved. But the waters of the pond hold a secret, and when a stranger (David Morse, THE HURT LOCKER, THE GREEN MILE) appears unexpectedly, she learns the truth about this stunning locale..
(8m, U S A)
Jonathan Heidelberger, writer/director
Alone in her cottage, a widowed mother (Dee Wallace) awakens with a nightmare of her only son (Jason Alan Smith) burning to death. She has sent him to war promising he will be safe. One night, hope and fear race through her mind as she answers a telephone call that may reveal her son’s fate.
Also featuring Ben Cross and Gabrielle Stone.
(18m, U S A)
Eric Stoltz, director
A young poet-scientist (ERIC STOLTZ, Pulp Fiction, Some Kind of Wonderful) is chosen to find the next "message" to be sent into space to reach out to other potential civilizations. Also starring Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under).
Cinema House - 05.11 - 17:00
Cineplex - 06.11 - 15:00
Lumiere - 09.11 - 19:00