Saturday July 8th, 2023
This screening session features 8 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, USA)
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Bellybutton (USA) by Hilary Eden
Synopsis: A Y2K teen girl struggles to connect fantasy and reality when she gets a piercing on her birthday. Running time: 00:08:06.
Selections/awards: Athens International Film and Video Festival, Kansas City IFF, San Francisco Independent FF, Poppy Jasper FF, Phoenix FF, Tribeca FF.
Disused (Sweden) by Susanne Walström, Ester Holmén
Synopsis: 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.
Selections/awards: Sydney World FF, NYC Independent FF.
Never Fuggedaboutit (USA) by Dustin Waldman
Synopsis: Amid the high anxiety of post-9/11 NYC, a struggling post-production house is hired to remove a shot of the twin towers from the intro to a hit TV show. Running time: 0:11:33.
Black Dragon (Rồng đen) (USA) by Alexander Thompson
Synopsis: 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. Hailing from the producer of “Cabin Fever”, the film stars Matthew Del Negro (Scandal, The Sopranos, West Wing, City on a Hill, Wind River) and Celia Au (Lodge 49, Nora From Queens, Wu Assassins). Running time: 00:14:40.
Selections/awards: HollyShorts FF (Best Visual Effects), Flickers' Rhode Island IFF, Brussels International Fantastic FF, Nashville FF, Portland FF, Eerie Horror FF, and more.
Slate Lines (USA) by Sarah E. Jenkins
Synopsis: A line travels through slate ruins in post-industrial Wales. Running time: 00:02:47.
Bag Lady (USA) by Max McGillivray
Synopsis: It’s 1868, and new factory gal Margaret E. Knight has moved to Boston to give her love of inventing a real shot. However, her city-job is that of “bag folder,” a tedious factory position reserved for women workers. Determined to prove her abilities to both men and women alike, Margaret sets out to build a bag machine in the dead of night. Running time: 0:18:00.
Circle (USA) by Phillip Kaminiak
Synopsis: "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. They begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle, commonly known as a "death spiral" because the ants might eventually die of exhaustion. Shot in Mexico City by director Phillip Kaminiak, this vibrant and impressive city is a protagonist, symbolizing a life in endless high speed movement and the humans who are dedicating their lives to endless movement, self-exhaustion in a modern capitalistic-based world. Running time: 00:06:10.
Selections/awards: Vimeo Staff Pick, Brussels Independent FF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
Where Do We Go From Here (Italy) by Antonello Schioppa
Synopsis: A woman's lifeless body is lying on a room's floor. A shocked man is staring at it. Beyond the closed door, someone is quietly trying to get in: he's a 9 years old child. These three are a family. Or what's left. Running time: 00:19:50.
Selections/awards: Sulmona Int Short FF (Best Abruzzo Short Film), Visioni Italiane 2020 - Cineteca di Bologna, Varese IFF, Asti FF (Best Short - Young Jury Award), Falvaterra FF (Best Actor), Super Shorts London (Best Director), and more.