NEW YORK SESSION#1
DECEMBER 1, 2021
This screening session features 12 films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled. Included: a free networking drink at the bar after the screening!
Film Noir Cinema
122 Meserole Avenue
New York 11222
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.
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
Festivals: 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, and 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.
JUST LIKE THE FILMS (PORTUGAL) BY SARA N. SANTOS
Synopsis: "I always needed fiction to make sense of reality". A cinematic image fills the void left by the death of a loved one. This is a film about loss, loneliness and the love for the movies. Running time: 00:10:00
Festivals: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Porto/Post/Doc, Obskuur Ghent FF, Fisura, International Festival of Experimental Film & Video, Experimental Film Guanajuato, Underneath the Floorboards London, and more.
About the director: Sara Santos (1992) is a filmmaker with a masters degree in Documentary Film from the Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design. She’s been building her gaze as a cinematographer and camera operator in documentary projects (films and TV series). More recently, she created a media laboratory called emerGENTE, where teenagers develop their thinking through the viewing and practicing of cinema and photography.
GUM (USA) BY JACOB REED
Synopsis: In a reality where gum doesn't exist, Anne pitches an idea that could change the world. Running time: 00:08:54
Festivals: Raindance FF, London Short FF, Sci-OnFF (Winner Best Comedy), Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, El Dorado FF, and more.
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.
THE ARMOR (FRANCE) BY DAVID FITT
Synopsis: Several women reflect on their daily lives.Running time: 00:01:00
Festivals: Toronto Arthouse FF.
About the director: David Fitt is an award-winning filmmaker, whose work has been praised for its storytelling and electric vibes. Dedicated to his passion to create haunting and vibrant images, he has also been working as a photographer for years. He is currently based in Paris.
SLEEP SERENE (CANADA) BY DANIEL HAACK
Synopsis: A woman seeks out a new, hi-tech form of therapy which promises to ease her troubled mind. Running time: 00:13:00
Festivals: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF, and more.
About the director: Daniel Haack is a film editor, having cut the shorts “Boxing” (2015) and “Glitter’s Wild Women” (2018), along with the feature film “Cardinals” (2017), all of which had their premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Sleep Serene” (2019) is Daniel’s first writing and directing effort.
PHYSICAL THOUGHTS (U.S.) BY ANNE HOLLOWDAY
Synopsis: A dancer reflects on a recent injury. A dancer's body is their whole life. It is the sum total of their history, it’s the medium through which they make a living and it’s their method of creative expression. After a dramatic injury puts a professional dancer out of action for six months, she reflects on how our physical thoughts reveal who we are, perhaps even more than what we say. A meditation on authenticity, the creative life and facing one's own fears, Physical Thoughts is the document of an injury and a poetic distillation of wisdom for every artist. Running time: 00:03:32
Festivals: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, New Filmmakers NY, Micromania FF, and more.
About the director: Anne Hollowday is a NYC-based director creating affective and cinematic films that preserve the freshness of a lived encounter. Her award winning work is emotionally resonant and deeply human. Her work has garnered recognition from across the industry with inclusion in both the 1.4 and Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcases, as well as being awarded by the One Club, American Photography, AICP, SXSW and others.
WOUND RIDERS (U.S.) BY ANGEL BARROETA
Synopsis: When a young woman ventures into the unknown night, unexpected obstacles and the tantalizing distractions of creatures of the night transform her mission into a journey of self-discovery. Surrounded by throbbing humanity, she stands alone until she finds what she is looking for. Running time: 00:13:28
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, New Jersey Independent FF.
About the director: Angel was Born in USA and raised in Venezuela, started his career shooting Skateboarding videos when he was 15 yeas old, he received his BA in Audiovisual Journalism in 1998, He is known for his award winning Short DIVA & ASTRO and as the cinematographer of films like Bravetown, Mondays Night at Seven and Operacion Jaque, also by his extensive work in the music video world.
FOREST (IRELAND) BY DERMOTT BURNS
Synopsis: ‘Forest’ is an experimental short film rendered using real-time graphics. Through contrasting a vibrant virtual paradise with a dark reality, the film reflects upon humanity’s ignorance of their destructive nature on earth; the innocence of youth and the indifference of adulthood. Running time: 00:02:48
Festivals: Venice Film Week, Toronto Arthouse FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, and more.
About the director: Dermott is a Real-time Artist/Designer and Concept Artist, based in the UK. A graduate from Ulster University and MA Graduate at Bournemouth University in animation and design, he has experience in both the video game and Animation Industry. He has previously worked as an Environment Artist on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, directed some short films and was as an Environment Lead on a real-time short film Ennui by Taunt Studios.
THE CUT (CANADA) BY CHLOÉ CINQ-MARS
Synopsis: Recovering from a cesarean section, Emma finally meets her newborn son. As she overcomes her unfamiliarity and slowly falls in love with him, The Cut explores the complexity of the bond between mother and child.Running time: 00:17:00
Festivals: Fantasia IFF, Montreal (Winner Best Actress And Best Editing), Vancouver IFF, Bogoshorts, 20minmax Intl Short Ff (Winner Best Short Film), Female Eye FF Toronto, Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia, Kerry IFF, Thessaloniki Intl Short FF, Hof IFF, St.Louis IFF, and more.
About the director: Chloé Cinq-Mars wrote the screenplay of La Voce, a short film directed by David Uloth, which traveled to over 150 festivals and was awarded 54 prizes. She also wrote the feature film The Far Shore, directed by David Uloth. The Cut is her first experience as a director.
COMMENTS (GERMANY) BY JANNIS ALEXANDER KIEFER
Synopsis: “Comments” casts a glance at the German digital legacy of our society and is devoted to digital words: Real commentary from YouTube is interpreted and presented afresh in different chapters. (Amateur) actors embody the protagonists of the virtual conversations and give them human form thanks to the semi-documentary style adopted. This brings the true, yet bodiless events into a reality that the camera can then cover. Running time: 00:04:58
Festivals: Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival, Festival of Nations, Leiden International Short Film, Timisoara Refugee Art FF, Wallabout Film Festival, Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Thessaloniki Intl Short FF, Caminhos FF, Warsaw FF, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, ShorTS IFF Trieste, and more.
About the director: Jannis Alexander Kiefer studied Audio-visual Media in Berlin and completed several Interships in Munich, Freiburg and Berlin. Since 2011 Kiefer works as a Freelancer for Camera Work and as a 2nd AD. In 2016 he started studying "Directing" at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, his first-Year film COMMENTS was selected to more than 80 festivals worldwide and won several awards. In 2019 his film KAISER//EMPEROR premiered at the 53rd international Hof Film Festival, won the "BILD - KUNST" Jury Prize and was broadcasted at the German Televison Channel "3sat".
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”.