LOS ANGELES SESSION#3
DECEMBER 9, 2021
This screening session features 14 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.
2020 (U.S.) BY TOM BESSOIR
Synopsis: A film for 2020, a year to remember. 2020 different colors create a flicker film. Music by Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth). Running time:
About the director: Tom (New York, 1957) studied mathematics and electrical engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While attending the Engineering School, he took advantage of Art School classes, focusing on film theory and studying experimental filmmaking with Robert Breer. In the late 1970s, he started photographing the downtown music scene. His photographs have appeared on dozens of records as well as in films, books, magazines, and newspapers. Tom Bessoir’s experimental films often use mathematics to explore perception and the structure of cinema. In the arts, Tom Bessoir is best known for Microfilm (1979), Digits of Pi (2019), and his photography documenting downtown NYC.
*** (FISH) (POLAND) BY FILIP BOJARSKI
Synopsis: Short film about consciousness. Running time: 00:02:00
About the director: Filip Bojarski (1990, Wadowice) studied Film and Television Directing Department at Lodz Film School, and Cognitive Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków.
EXHIBITION (GERMANY) BY SYLVIA BORGES
Synopsis: In the age of smartphones an exhibitionist struggles to get the attention he needs. Running time: 00:03:16
Festivals: London Worldwide Comedy FF (Winner Best Comedy), Brussels Independent FF, Gold Coast International FF, Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Hof IFF, and more.
About the director: Sylvia Borges studied at the academy of media arts (KHM) of Cologne. Since 2014 she is working as screenwriter, director and consultant for commercial films, TV and cinema.
PLAYTHING (IRAN) BY ALIASGHAR BEHBOODI
Synopsis: Radin, a 6-year-old boy at his father’s behest, cannot allow his sister to leave to a party. So, Radin tries to devise a plan, but... Running time: 00:07:30
Festivals: Cefalù FF, Asian Cinematography awards, Mice FF, Venice Film Week.
About the director: Aliasghar Behboodi, director and film editor, got closer to the world of the image by editing different videos, films, and documentaries. He was passionate about Italian Neorealism and moved to Italy to study cinema in 2010. He is a graduate of the Master of cinema at the University of Roma Tre.
MICHEL GONDRY'S BRAIN (SLOVENIA) BY KATERINA DULAEVA
Synopsis: What’s inside the brain of an artist? Where do ideas come from? This is the stop-motion tribute to Michel Gondry's creative mind. The cut-out animation film "Michel Gondry's Brain" was completely made during 2020's lockdown. Running time: 00:03:00
Festivals: Alternative FF Toronto, Lift-Off Online Sessions, Couch FF.
About the director: Katerina Dulaeva was born on November 14, 1989 in Moscow. She earned a Master degree in Documentary film in 2012 at GITR Film & Television School.
FULL PICTURE (U.S.) BY JACOB REED
Synopsis: Santina has been in a wheelchair since she was six years old. With meetings, hangouts, and classes happening virtually due to the Coronavirus quarantine, she's experiencing something new: choosing when (or if) to disclose her disability. Running time: 00:11:56
Festivals: Slamdance FF, San Luis Obispo IFF (Winner Best Documentary Short).
About the director: Jacob Reed is an award-winning director and writer. He’s known for his ability to craft nuanced performances from improvisers and Oscar-winners alike, owed partially to more than a decade as a teacher and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Jacob has directed for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Nickelodeon and BuzzFeed. His ability to tap into pop-cultural moments has resulted in hundreds of millions of views for his videos, which as we know are the crack cocaine of the Internet.
GRANDMA KITTY'S PING PONG (U.S.) BY SAGE BENNETT
Synopsis: A grandmother's lifelong dreams of playing ping pong with the best of the best are realized Running time: 00:02:49
Festivals: Berlin Indie FF, Toronto Int Women in Film Festival, Boston Short FF, Doc.World Documentary Film Festivals, and more.
About the director: Sage is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer from Chicago currently residing in Los Angeles. Sage's work explores femininity and everyday heroes. Sage is passionate about making art that brings people together through this shared human experience.
I N T E R S T I C E (SWEDEN) BY OSKAR WILLERS
Synopsis: When Anders makes an indecent proposal to his younger boyfriend Micke, things take a very sudden dark turn. Running time: 00:11:21
Festivals: BFI London FF, Venice Film Week, Cornwall FF, Amsterdam Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Oskar Willers has studied Filmtheory and Filmhistory at Stockholm University and went to the hands-on Film Schools: Stockholm Film School and Biskops Arnö Screenwriting School. He has worked as a commercial film- and still photographer and for the last ten years he is also a teacher at Kulturama Film School in Stockholm. I N T E R S T I C E (M E L L A N R U M) is Oskar´s directorial debut.
THE UNIVERSE ACCORDING TO DAN BUCKLEY (CANADA) BY ROBERTO SANTAGUIDA
Synopsis: In the beginning, there was nothing. You can get nothing easily. Running time: 00:09:30
Festivals: Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, Athens Intl Film and Video Fest, Aesthetica Short FF, IndieCork, Atlanta FF, Jaipur IFF, Oaxaca FF, South London Shorts, Sweden Film Awards, El Paso FF, Girona FF, Canberra Mental Health FF, and more.
About the director: Since completing his studies in film production at Concordia University, Roberto Santaguida’s films and videos have been shown at more than 300 international festivals. Roberto is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award and a fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.
MICRO MOVIES - THE TEST (GERMANY) BY FLORIAN MEIMBERG
Synopsis: The MICRO MOVIES are „the world’s shortest feature films“. A whole storyline compressed into a couple of seconds with a disturbing twist in the very end. Running time: 00:48:00.
About the director: Florian's professional background lies in the world of ad agencies. Working for global networks as a Creative Director, Florian has created successful international campaigns for 12 years before jumping ship and becoming a film director. The 43-year-old shoots commercials, virals, documentaries, webisodes and music videos. Flo is especially interested in exploring new forms of storytelling in the field of social media.
RHINO N' BIRD (U.S.) BY BRADLEY OLIVER WILKINSON-VEGA, TAMIR RAWLINGS
Synopsis: A symbiotic relationship between a parasitic bird and a grumpy rhino, stuck together on the open plains of Africa. Their family kinships goes back generations, bringing them to modern day. Discussing topics like family, grooming, disease, and survival. Running time: 00:05:09
MAGIC KINGDOM (HONG KONG, USA) BY NELSON NG CHAK HEI
Synopsis: The story is set in 1997 against the backdrop of the looming handover. Kit, a middle-aged single parent, brings his son from Hong Kong to California under the pretense of visiting Disneyland. The son, Chun, comes to realise the real intention of the trip is for his own adoption. Running time: 00:15:00
Festivals: Asian FF LA (Best First Time Director), Boston Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Nelson Ng Chak Hei studied film at Emerson College and graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations. After returning to Hong Kong, he co-founded Stray Dogs, a production house specializing in advertising, while exploring personal stories to develop outside the commercial sphere.
ANYWHERE BUT HOME (ISRAEL) BY YOTAM LAOR
Synopsis: He will do everything not to return home. What home are you running away from? Running time: 00:02:40
Festivals: Amsterdam Independent Film Festival.
About the director: Yotam has extensive experience working as an actor, field reporter, writer, assistant producer for television, cinema and commercials. Along his career Yotam was privileged to take part in highly invested productions by NETFLIX, such as "The "Green House", “Fauda" and “Typhoon” in addition to many well known Israeli productions (“Ninja Israel”, “Eurovision Israel” and more). Yotam also directed and released dozens of online videos that became viral with thousands of views. Among his other works he has written and directed short films for the Israeli film foundation and commercial AR videos for Israel’s largest HMO. Not having the means to study in film school, Yotam gained his knowledge and experience through hard footwork, on set and behind the scenes.
NEIGHBOUR (GEORGIA) BY DAVID BORCHKHADZE
Synopsis: Beso is a father of three – Luka (21), Ana (17) and Ika (4). Ever since the passing of their mother, Ana is left to take care of the family. One day, the family is disrupted by an intrusion of two construction workers from the neighboring flat, who accidentally smash down a part of the common wall. Ana and Beso trust the workers to restore the wall immediately, however, the situation aggravates when Ana’s little brother Ika disappears. Ana suspects that Ika was abducted by the workers. The Father, instead of making an effort to find Ika, idly watches TV and hopes that the four-year-old will come back on his own. Meanwhile, as the workers get comfortable around the house, using the family’s belongings and even eating their food - everyone forgets about the missing child. Ana’s attempts to bring light to her brother’s disappearance slowly diminishes, as her protest is consumed by the daily routine of her family. Finally nihilism takes over. Running time: 00:30:00
About the director: David Borchkhadze has been working around sets since the age of 16. He worked as editor at almost all TV channels in Georgia, and later directed episodes on several TV shows, including one of the first reality shows in Georgia. He also has been independently shooting the biggest commercials in Georgia, totaling over 300 commercials. He directed an episode of the film “Tbilisi Love Story” and soon after shot his first independent feature film ,“Seazone” in 2010. In 2019, he shot the first interactive 3-hour commercial film in Georgia, “Arena”.