Event

Short Film Program 1: IDENTITY
30
Sep
2016

Short Film Program 1: IDENTITY

  • Location:411 Troutman St, Brooklyn NY 11237
  • Venue:Lot 45
  • Length:07:45 pm – 09:30 pm

SHORT FILM PROGRAM 1 : IDENTITY

Total Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
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First Night Out I Directed by Will Mayo I RT 2 min.

SYNOPSIS:
A woman takes herself to dinner for the very first time.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Will Mayo is a Brooklyn-based director, cinematographer, editor, and sound designer. He grew up on a horse farm in Tennessee and went on to attend New York University, where he received a BFA in Film and Television Production in 2013. The films he’s directed have screened at Aspen Film Shortsfest, Outfest LA, and NFFTY, and have been written up in publications like io9, Kotaku, and Horror Film Central. His most recent film is a short documentary about the legacy of his grandfather, made with a $25,000 grant from Voyager, a Brooklyn-based production company.
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Twinsburg I Directed by Joe Garrity I RT 15 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Jerry, sentimental about his fading twin identity, reunites with his reluctant brother Paul for a weekend of revelry at the world’s largest congregation of twins.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Joe Garrity is a writer, filmmaker, and improviser based in Brooklyn, New York who has studied at UC Berkeley, NYU Tisch, and BATS Improv in San Francisco. His experimental short video, LETTERING, was awarded Berkeley’s Eisner Prize in Film, and the 16mm short film FERRIS WHEEL ON FIRE screened at the Berkeley Art Museum. His latest short film, TWINSBURG, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival and won Best Comedy at Taos Shortz Film Fest and the Industry Choice Award at Dances With Films. He has worked with the Telluride Film Festival, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and Pixar Animation Studios.
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Smoke That Travels I Directed by Kayla Briët I RT 13 min.

SYNOPSIS:
What happens when a story is forgotten? ‘Smoke That Travels’ is a personal documentary by 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow Kayla Briët that explores preservation and loss of Native American culture and her own identity as a Prairie Band Potawatomi.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Kayla Briët is a 19-year-old self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, composer, musician, and media producer. Her short films have taken her to the White House for the 2014 First-Ever White House Film Festival, where she was invited to meet President Barack Obama, as well as to NYC, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles for awards and film festival screenings. Her work in science and education has been awarded by organizations like ACS, FASEB, and ProjectED, and she was honored by the OC Register as 2014 Film Artist of the Year. She is a 2015 Youth Fellow of the renowned Future of Storytelling conference, a 2015 Sundance Ignite Fellow Finalist, and a public speaker who has presented at Girls Who Code and numerous junior high and high schools in Orange County.
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Napoleon In Exile I Directed by Michael Litwak I RT 16 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Napoleon In Exile is the story of a mother attempting to help her autistic son transition into the real world.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Michael Litwak is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker that was born and raised in Los Angeles. He likes to tell character-driven stories that embrace the absurd, often through a lens of classic genre filmmaking. His NYU Thesis film THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOMMY CHAOS AND STACEY DANGER is an unflinching look at the brutal effects that space-dinosaurs can have on a relationship, a topic that resonated across the world: after taking home NYU’s top prizes and playing at more than 40 film festivals, Deadline Hollywood voted it the #1 Short Film of 2014.
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MX.ENIGMA I Directed by Je’Jae Cleopatra Daniels I RT 8 min.

SYNOPSIS:
The intersection of Jay’s Orthodox Jewish community and their gender identity, and how one suppresses the other.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Je’Jae is an NYC based Genderqueer Artist/Designer/Media Maker.
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A Short Film About Arthur I Directed by Niels Alpert I RT 7 min.

SYNOPSIS:
I first met Arthur as a customer at his tailoring shop in his Williamsburg loft. I found him from a search online and the colorful reviews about him intrigued me. When I walked into his apartment for my first appointment, I immediately felt a connection to him. His mind, his manner and his home are totally unique.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Niels Alpert is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer living in Brooklyn. His short films have screened at festivals in the US and abroad and won several awards. As a director of photography, he has shot commercials for clients such as Google, Verizon, Intel and Dior. Earlier this year, he completed his second season as the DP of the Jim Gaffigan show and he’s currently shooting season four of the network series Sleepy Hollow.
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Suburban Jungle I Directed by Mark Perro, Brian Chillemi I RT 15 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Short video documentary exploring the strange hobby and personality of one Chuck Harris, who collected venomous cobras in his parent’s basement.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Mark Perro is a filmmaker and musician working and living in Brooklyn, NY. He currently plays in Brooklyn rock band The Men. They have released 4 albums on Sacred Bones Records and toured extensively all over the world. The band recently started its own label, We Are the Men Records, and will be releasing their 6th full-length album this fall. Mark’s favorite movie is Singin’ in the Rain, and he loves popcorn.

Brian Chillemi is a filmmaker and musician working and living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the eldest of seven children and was raised in Tarrytown, NY. After studying New American Cinema style filmmaking at Fordham University, he has since shown his films in London and New York City. Brian has released several albums and toured North America as well as Europe in various rock’n’roll bands. He can currently be seen with his band Junk Boys or as a solo performer CHILLEMI.
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Rocket Wars I Directed by Salomon Ligthelm I RT 6 min.

SYNOPSIS:
A war to keep the peace. In the small village of Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios, there is unrest. For over a century, parishioners of two Greek Orthodox churches have engaged in a battle on Holy Saturday, firing more than 100,000 homemade rockets at each other’s churches once the sun goes down.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Salomon Ligthelm is a multidisciplinary Director, with a background in music and sound design. He hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, but lived in Dubai and Sydney prior to moving to his now home – New York City with his wife and two children. His textural & experimental work finds new ways of exploring human nature and seeks to blur the lines between narrative and documentary. His background in sound design and music provides a strong backbone for commercial work, and his understanding of people and culture fuels his love for longer form narrative and documentary film-making.
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Gouch I Directed by Raul Buitrago I RT 23 min. DOC

SYNOPSIS:
Gouch, a Brooklyn native, puts life as a graffiti writer and ordinary citizen in the balance. Growing up in Flatbush during the 80s and 90s, graffiti was a way of life. He hit his peak in the early 2000s to become one of New York’s most influential graffiti writers. After falling victim to his own vices, he overcame his demons and emerged clean on the other side. Now, after finishing school, acquiring a 9 to 5, and starting a family, he faces a new set of challenges: balancing day-to-day responsibilities, graffiti, and fatherhood. With his newfound normalcy, he discovers that leaving a legacy behind means more than putting paint to the wall.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:
Raul is a filmmaker from Queens, NY. Before he picked up a camera, his first instruments of expression were a drumset, a skateboard, and spray paint. In the midst of all the noise and paint fumes, he discovered photography through skateboarding. And thus, another life-long passion was born. Today, he devotes his time to filmmaking. The noise and fumes still linger.

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