Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7-9PM
Marilyn Monroe Theatre
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute
7936 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, California
This screening session features 14 films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Kiss/Crash (United Kingdom) by Adam Cole
What destruction is triggered by romance? What pleasure is there in a car crash?
Running time: 00:01:10
The Drawing (United States) by Jay Salahi
After waking from a nightmare, artist Scarlet is pursued by a malevolent figure eerily reminiscent of her latest drawing.
Running time: 00:02:59
Circle (United States) by Phillip Kaminiak
“Circle" is an analogy between the modern human being, living in mass cities, and the phenomenon of the circle of death - observed in nature with ants who are separated from the main foraging party and lose the pheromone track.
Running time: 00:06:10
Dog Years (United States) by Maxfield Biggs
A poem about a dog, her human, and the consequences of a nasty habit.
Running time: 00:01:29
Just Right (United States) by Camille Wormser
A peek inside the absurd and whimsical mind of Mel, a woman with severe OCD trying to do something new with her day.
Running time: 00:15:30
Motherboard (United States) by Rana Ghiassi
Motherboard sculpts a narrative about privacy in a digital age, feminism, and the ways in which humans connect with one another today. Shot in black and white, metallic beings both alien and robotic in demeanor lay upon a bed of electronics and cords, as they bask in the LA sun, reclining and recharging.
Running time: 00:03:38
Under A Shooting Contrail (United States) by Rika Nakayama
A little stop-motion puppet leaves his studio and explores the outside world. He experiences the vast, dynamic, and unpredictable world of nature through a lens of a stop-motion puppet.
Running time: 00:06:28
I love you California (United States) by Taylor Mahoney
A love letter and a visual poem to an ex, or rather "California".
Running time: 00:02:05
Disused (Sweden) by Susanne Walström, Ester Holmén
A young woman suffers a sudden loss. Isolated from the outside world in a barren desert landscape, she processes her experience to understand and accept her feelings.
Running time: 00:09:08
Slaps (United States) by Angela Chen
The mysteries of love and relationships boiled down to 90 seconds.
Running time: 00:01:30
Healer (United States) by Mackenzie Leigh
A young woman grapples with the untimely death of her sister, seeking solace in an imagined reality where they grew up together.
Running time: 00:15:49
Dear Nana (United States) by Han Nguyen
Dear Nana is a deeply personal work that reflects my own childhood memory of living as a queer kid in a small, conservative town in North Central Coast, Vietnam. It is made in memory of my maternal grandmother who passed away in 2011. She was the first person to teach me that there is no shame in being myself and doing whatever makes me happy instead of trying to conform to the norm and doing what is expected of me. This work is both about remembering her and reassuring myself that she would still be supportive of me now that I have come so far in my journey of self-expression. The film also features aspects of Vietnamese culture, such as the tradition to venerate our ancestors and pray for their blessings.
Running time: 00:02:43
Bodylands (United States) by Sarah McColgan
The human body becomes a living sculpture in this film that aims to reimagine toxic societal beauty norms.
Running time: 00:01:00
Black Dragon (United States) by Alexander Thompson
Vietnam, 1968. A feared American colonel nicknamed “the Black Dragon” by Vietnamese locals must face his inner shadow when his platoon presents him with a captured Vietcong girl who harbors some very unusual powers. A Jungian psychological thriller/parable examining the capacity for monstrous evil lurking within us all, the film is loosely inspired by the My Lai Massacre, one of America’s most pernicious wartime atrocities.
Running time: 00:14:40