NEW YORK SESSION#2
DECEMBER 2, 2021
This screening session features 13 films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.
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.
EMPTY STATES (U.K.) BY JOLA KUDELA
Synopsis: This experimental music video was shot in Holdstone Down. According to the Aertherius Society it’s the place where Jesus – and by Jesus they mean the Earth’s incarnation of an extraterrestrial “Cosmic Master” - appeared to their founder, on the 23rd July 1958. Julia Kent’s music, with its haunting basslines and looped harmonies, is eerie and emotional. Just as Aertherians believe that they can restore balance on Earth with their spiritual energy, so too in this video the darkness and apocalyptic gloom is dispelled by the power of natural harmonies and the Earth organic rhythms. Running time: 00:03:50
Festivals: Contexts Ephemeral Art Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: Jola Kudela was born in Poland and now travels between Paris, London and Warsaw for various projects. Kudela graduated from the Lodz Film School (Masters in Animation and Visual Effects) and completed her training at the department of animated film at CFT Gobelins in Paris. She currently works as director, animation director and visual supervisor.
UH HUH (U.S.) BY MARK ISAAC, GABRIELA BULISOVA
Synopsis: A protest music video -- anti gun violence -- during a protest year, during a baffling era. Running time: 00:05:00
Festivals: Los Angeles Rocks FF, Hollywood Verge Film Awards, Brussels Independent FF, Oregon Short FF, Brighton Rocks FF, Sweden Film Awards, Obskuur Ghent FF (Best Music Video), NY Lift-Off FF, and more.
About the director: Gabriela Bulisova and Mark Isaac are artists and multimedia storytellers who collaborate on intimate projects designed to bridge the gap between fine art and documentary practices. Their work includes still photography, video, writing and music focused on environmental crises, mass incarceration, diversity, memory, and borderlands. Their commitment to these issues is fed by a passion to engender meaningful changes in policy. Among their many projects are videos, portraits and album covers created for several bands and musicians. Their work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited and published in the U.S. and around the world.
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.
BARKING ORDERS (U.S.) BY ALEX TULLO
Synopsis: When the entire British Royal family tragically dies, the Queen’s corgi finds himself next in line for the throne and in the seat of power. Running time: 00:02:15
DARE! (SWEDEN) BY GUSTAV OLSSON
Synopsis: A group of teenage girls in front of a computer screen who are the “Playmakers”, orchestrates the actions of a young boy in disguise entering a corner shop. The demands quickly become more and more bizarre and is well designed to achieve the twisted crescendo the Playmakers are out to get. Running time: 00:09:35
Festivals: Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Pixel Skånes FF, and more.
About the director: Gustav Hugo Olsson is a Swedish award-winning director, producer, screenwriter, filmmaker and editor with over 10 years of experience in film productions in various sizes and genres.
THE MOTH (U.K.) BY GEORDIE LEYLAND
Synopsis: A lonely lightbulb remembers the love of its life. Running time: 00:03:00
Festivals: Birmingham FF, Brussels Independent FF, Boston Short FF, Verona IFF, Sydney World FF, and more.
About the director: Geordie trained as an actor at RADA in London. He has written screenplays and studied story & film for the last ten years, whilst doing various jobs - a film school receptionist, a photographer, a butler, a film set runner and for a while a door to door salesman. Today he is a scriptwriter. Most recently he has been making branded short films, for which he likes each one to have a strong narrative drive.
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.
HOTEL STADT ALTONA (GERMANY) BY SOPHIA SCHACHTNER
Synopsis: The team at Hotel Stadt Altona wishes you a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. Running time: 00:05:16
Festivals: Doc.Berlin Documentary FF, Doc.Sydney Documentary FF, New Jersey Independent FF.
AMAZONIA (UK) BY DOMINIC HICKS
Synopsis: Amazonia is a triptych of twisted tales about alienation and obsession based on real reviews from amazon.com. Running time: 00:08:00
Festivals: Dark Comedy Shorts, London Short FF.
About the director: Dominic Hicks is a writer and director of short films, music videos and commercials. He lives and works in London. Hicks explores alienation in contemporary culture through dark comedy and genre experimentation.
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.
ONE THIRD OF A SECOND (TURKEY) BY BURAK OGUZ SAGUNER
Synopsis: Ilyas, an expatriate writer who lived most of his adult life in Australia, returns to Turkey in the hope of finding inspiration for his new book. Instead, he ends up having to deal with the breakdown of a relationship and a deepening writer's block, in a land he feels estranged. Running time: 00:15:40
Festivals: Oslo FF, International Changing Perspectives Short FF, The Hague Global Cinema Festival, and more.
About the director: Burak Oguz Saguner graduated from North Sydney College of TAFE NSW in 2004, where he studied Screen & TV Production. As a cinematographer, he worked on numerous independent short and feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos in different parts of the world. In 2013 Burak co-wrote, produced, shot and edited the short film 'In Autumn', which world-premiered at the 29th Warsaw FF and won the Rising Star Award at the 2014 Canada International FF. 'Driftwood Dustmites', which world-premiered at the 65th Berlin International FF, won him Best Achievement in Cinematography Award at the St Kilda FF and Best Cinematography Award at the Canberra Short FF in 2016.
DANCE OR DIE (FRANCE) BY NATHALIE DE LOPEZ
Synopsis: Conceived as a portrait film, “Dance or Die” tells the resilient story of french dancer Kevin Bago, who, because of an accident, lost sight of his left eye. “Dance or Die” carries a message of hope at a time when the world most needs it. The short combines dance, music and poetry. It’s divided into four acts, corresponding to the four verses of William Henley’s poem INVICTUS, published in 1875 and cited as an inspiration by Nelson Mandela during his years in prison. The poet was himself condemned to the amputation of one of his legs. Running time: 00:06:30
Festivals: Brooklyn FF, Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, San Diego IFF, Chelsea FF, and more.
About the director: Born in Paris, Nathalie is a self taught photographer, passionate about people and timeless imagery. In 2017, drawn to strong personalities and the idea of bringing out inner beauty through striking portraiture, she worked on her first exhibition called “Amazones”, featuring a series of portraits of brave and inspirational women. In 2018, Nathalie created Gangster Magazine, a media platform that brings together a new generation of creatives working on collaborative and innovative projects within the fashion and culture industry. Shortly afterwards she turned to video projects, growing her expertise to now also work as a film director
OLYAN DOLGOK - THINGS LIKE (AUSTRIA) BY KÁLMÁN NAGY
Synopsis: Éva lives a nightmare. She has the terrible suspicion that her husband has done something to her five-year-old daughter. Éva seeks help from her best friends. But can they help her? Running time: 00:25:17
Festivals: Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film Graz, Palm Springs Shortfest, Shortynale - Filmfestival Klosterneuburg, Five Lakes FF, Filmfestival Kitzbuhel, and more.
About the director: Kálmán Nagy grew up in a small town in Hungary. From 2016 he began his Bachelor Film Studies in Directing at the University of Music and Performing Arts - Film Academy in Vienna in the class of Michael Haneke.