Lev Omelchenko | Atlanta, GA | 51 min
Seventeen years after immigrating to the United States, filmmaker Lev Omelchenko returns to the Ukraine to visit his only living grandparent, Lida, on her 70th birthday. Still tending to farm animals on ancestral land in rural Solonitsa, Lida lives alone in the home she built with her late husband. This documentary portrait offers up a day in her life, one complicated by the unexpected arrival of her grandson.
Jessica Mendez Siqueiros | Los Angeles, CA | 10 min
Genre: Narrative Short
In this heartfelt family comedy, a Mexican-American vegetarian endures accusations in whispered Spanish (which she doesn’t speak) and receives bowlful after bowlful of pozole, a traditional pig snout stew (which she doesn’t eat) at the wake for her late grandmother.
Jonathan Rattner | Nashville, TN | 10 min
Genre: Experimental Short
An ode to a lost loved one, this experimental short collages archival material with Super 8 footage and digital video, contemplating parent-child relationships against the meditative sounds of cicadas and far-off fireworks. Grey Seals is the latest experimental short from Indie Grits alum Jonathan Rattner.Reserve Tickets