From sharp feminist critiques to lacerating dark comedies, the shorts in this program run the genre gamut, but are united in their shared preoccupation with the human form, along with the various abuses, violations, and manipulations that the body endures. Aesthetically adventurous and guided by an unmistakably feminine vision, these experimental and narrative films and videos explore the strangeness of inhabiting a body in a world where threats against it are the norm.
Silliness is serious business. Ask any of the filmmakers from Late-Night Mixtape. In this celluloid cavalcade, Oregonian wrestlers primp and preen, toilets catch fire and sprout tentacled skeleton parts from their porcelain depths, and escaped convicts lurch and stumble along swampy, sunstruck riverbanks. Get in touch with your ridiculous side. Cut loose and enjoy this hour of undiluted merriment–we guarantee that your inner absurdist will thank you.
Buy Tickets: Thursday, April 12 at 2:00 PM
Buy Tickets: Friday, April 13 at 4:30 PM
These People Portraits are studies in resilience. In the unifying force of human creativity. In the unbreakable bonds of family–whether that family is biological or chosen–and the surprising and sometimes difficult inheritances that our ancestors pass on to us. Eccentric and lovingly drawn by turn, the wacko TV commercial auteurs, fiercely determined barrel racers, and uncompromising dairy farmers that populate these Portraits inspire with their respective quests for lives well lived.
Buy Tickets: Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM
Buy Tickets: Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 PM
Venomous lyric poetry set to PowerPoint, a fraught queer romance in a pine forest, a touching and ruminative catalogue of a grandmother’s belongings–these are among the raw materials inspiring this deeply felt collection of narrative and experimental shorts and music videos. Centering the struggles and experiences of women and femme folx, Acts of vulnerability (Can’t break what’s broken)–through its incisive social critique, surreal humor, and sharply observed character dynamics–challenges misogynistic attitudes and behaviors that remain deeply rooted in contemporary culture.
Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix
The Passages of Pride
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
below the neck, above the knees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrrr”
Family life is explored from various perspectives in this program of shorts, some stranger than others, all set in the South. We start in North Carolina in 1978, where a young mother reflects on her abusive marriage during a rainstorm with her two children. Then we switch gears to something more dreamy and associative about adolescence and the passage of time. We’ll meet drag queen uncles in Alabama, drifters and maybe brothers in Texas, a young girl who has to conquer a racist monster, and gravity-defying sci-fi children from the West End of Atlanta.
They say you shouldn’t talk about religion or politics at the dinner table–but hey, this is a film festival, so here we go. This program brings us backstage during the production of a Biblical epic in Arkansas before approaching a mysterious dance outside a rally for an Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexually abusing several women. We then meet some of the people behind the Gays for Trump organization before heading to a free-speech debate in North Carolina.
Buckle up! This program takes us on a journey from the open expanse of the Texas Panhandle to the southern rim of Japan; from the rainy outskirts of New Orleans to the festive heart of Santiago de Cuba. Along the way we’ll learn about an American artist who used the earth as his medium and a Japanese poet who went on a 900-mile walk by herself; we’ll join a young woman who investigates a mysterious painting before parading down the street with two joyous bands.