LOS ANGELES SESSION#2
DECEMBER 8, 2021
This screening session features 13 short films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
7936 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90046
Free seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk before each screening. Reservation is not required, but optional. If you want to be certain of your seat(s), reserve your ticket(s) here.
Proof of full vaccination and face masks will be required. Masks can be removed only while eating or drinking.
LUNAR STRANDING (U.S.) BY JOHN MASLOWSKI
Synopsis: A space poem. Running time: 00:00:43
About the director: John is an award winning writer, director, producer and actor. His films and screenplays have been selected at 144 Film Festivals and have garnered 15 awards.
MY FATHER (U.S.) BY DANIELE SESTITO
Synopsis: An adolescent girl fears that her father is going to kill her.Running time: 00:03:58
Festivals: New Jersey Independent FF (Winner Best New Jersey Film), Film Shortage, Beyond The Short.
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. Along the way, he's worked with companies such as Forbes, iHeartMedia, Cinematography Database, and Windy Films. Recently, he completed his education at Emerson College, earning his BFA in Film Production. 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.
RECLUSE (IRAN) BY MATIN SEYMARI
Synopsis: Two people struggling with with loneliness and depression, each dealing with it in a different way. Running time: 00:10:30
FOSSIL (BELGIUM) BY ANTON CLA
Synopsis: An old man's vision of a drowning world is clouded. He decides to take radical actions inflicting damage to his surroundings. Instigating a self-destructive chain of events, coming from the dark abyss of his subconsciousness. Running time: 00:11:20
Festivals: Odense IFF, Ottowa Intl Animation Festival, Obskuur Ghent FF (Winner Best Animated Film), CUT TO: Gent, and more.
About the director: Anton Cla (1990, Belgium) has started experimenting with the audiovisual medium in 2016 after working as an abstract painter and documentary photographer in a hobbyist fashion. He discovered contemporary techniques such as 3D-computer graphics and real-time rendering while studying animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK). He became focused on combining these with more traditional animation, painting & graphic techniques in a passionate search to try to find unique cinema experiences in both his artistic and freelance work, as well as asking questions about the future of digital animation as a medium.
SPONTANEOUS (U.S.) BY LORI FELKER
Synopsis: You never know when someone is miscarrying; it could be happening right next to you. Running time: 00:14:00
Festivals: 2020 Slamdance FF, Boston Short FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
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, Slamdance FF, Ann Arbor FF, LA Filmforum.
CONSOLAR (U.S.) BY SUSAN DELEO
Synopsis: A short poetic piece shot on Super 8mm film inspired from a line of a traditional Spanish folksong "Asturiana." "To see if it would console me, I drew near." Running time: 00:04:35
About the director: Susan DeLeo is a multi-media artist using experimental film/video, sound, installation and photography to explore the poetics of memory, loss, and the ethereal within the elemental/natural worlds. She has a Diploma in Studio Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and was a recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship Award and also studied film and photography at Mass College of Art. Being a musician and singer she often composes sound for her films. She exhibits and screens nationally and internationally and is a member of the Boston based AgX Film Collective.
A.WAY (BELGIUM) BY GLENN DUMORTIER
Synopsis: "A.WAY" is a journey into lost memories of youth, purely constructed with archive material. A nostalgic reverie that transitions into a feeling of melancholy and unease. The beauty of life and the fear of death as a universal sentiment. Running time: 00:15:00
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Obskuur Ghent FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF.
About the director: Glenn holds a Masters in "Documentary" at RITCS-Brussels.
THE BEAKMANN INCIDENT (U.S.) BY JARED D. WEISS
Synopsis: Three housemates recount an unspeakable event that took place in their home. Running time: 00:03:42
Festivals: Alternative FF, Moving-Image-Arts International Short FF, Oxford FF, Detroit IF of Animation, FF Bremen, Nickel Independent FF, Animist Tallinn, Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Animation Volda, and more.
About the director: Jared D. Weiss makes films and works on TV shows out of his apartment in Los Angeles. His films Transmission, Brazey, A Message For Brazey, and Frog Dog Log have screened in festivals around the world.
CONTACT (CANADA) BY FRÉDÉRIC DESJARDINS
Synopsis: In a world where technology often makes it possible to do without others, a man works, lives and carries out all of his activities alone. Running time: 00:09:03
Festivals: Indie Short Fest, Offline FF (Best International Short), Venice Film Week, The Buddha Intl FF (Best Cinematographer), and more.
About the director: Frédéric Desjardins has been working as a professional director for over 20 years, working on documentaries, television ads and shorts. He was awarded a Gémeaux for best Direction in 2011. 'Contact' is fourth short movie. In this short film he soberly approaches the themes of loneliness and caring between human beings. His previous short movie L’ouvre-boîte earned him a prize in the competition Pourquoi pas un court. Frédéric is currently working on his first feature film which he hopes to shoot in 2022.
SOAKED EARTH (U.S.) BY NANCY WYLLIE
Synopsis: A fertile field in heavy rain yields a harvest of grief and loss Running time: 00:02:22
Festivals: International Berlin Directors Lounge, Now & After International Video Art Festival, Tribeca Cinemas Video Art & Experimental FF, Extremely Shorts FF, The Americas FF, The Americas Award for Best Experimental Short at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and more.
About the Director: Nancy Wyllie studied film at NYU after completing graduate work at RISD and Tulane University. Trained as a painter, her work became increasingly narrative and resulted in a shift to the moving image. In harvesting footage from a variety of sources over long periods of time, Wyllie mines both public and private memory. Her films are deeply influenced by Jean Luc Godard’s philosophy that a film should have a beginning, a middle and an ending but not necessarily in that order.
PIGEON (U.S.) 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
Festivals: Astoria FF (Best Drama Short), Boston Short FF, Obskuur Ghent FF, Torino Underground Cinefest, FlickFlair (Best Picture), 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.
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
Festivals: Sydney World FF (Winner Best Music Video), Verona IFF (Winner Best Music Video), 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.
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
Festivals: Sundance FF, Visions du Réel (Winner 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.