Event

Short Film Program 4: SURVIVAL
02
Oct
2016

Short Film Program 4: SURVIVAL

  • Location:2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11237
  • Venue:House of Yes
  • Length:02:30 pm – 04:10 pm

Short Film Program 4: Survival

Total Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes

Consommé I Directed by Catherine Fordham I RT 6 min.

SYNOPSIS:
After a fight with her boyfriend, a woman simmers with anger as she walks through Brooklyn’s threatening streets. She is attacked, and discovers her fiercest self. The following morning, bruised but transformed, she purges and cleans.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Catherine Fordham is a Nova Scotia-raised, New York-based writer, director, and producer. After writing and producing Trapped Girl (2014), a short film that screened at festivals in the U.S and Canada, Catherine made her directorial debut with Consommé which will premiere on Shudder.com in September 2016. In July 2016, she co-produced and directed the first four episodes of a scripted comedy mini-series, created by Monica West, Best Thing You’ll Ever Do. Best Thing was shot in New York and the Bay Area and will premiere at The Brooklyn Web Fest in October. She created Top Salt Studio in 2013 to produce her own films and those of her talented collaborators, including Meredith Alloway’s short film, Interior Teresa (2016). Catherine recently attended Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in Germany.
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There’s Too Many of These Crows I Directed by Morgan Miller I RT 4 min.

SYNOPSIS:
A film about aggression and escalation. The narrative initially concerns a poacher and his wife hunting crows in a wide open field. Set roughly in 1913.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Morgan Miller is the creator of the Twillerama Animation Anthology which toured around the US. He has won awards from ASIFA-East and the Stockholm Animation and Experimental Film Festival. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he received a Pratt faculty development grant and finishing funds from the New York State Council for the Arts.
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The Trade I Directed by Michael Pinckney I RT 16 min.

SYNOPSIS:
The Trade follows the lives of an award winning Photojournalist, a young prostitute, a women’s crisis counselor, two vice cops and a flamboyant pimp as their respective lives intersect and their destinies intertwine. Similar to HBO’s True Detective, FX’s Original series American Horror Story and Fargo which all use an anthology format, each season’s locations and selected cast members change, as well as storylines and plot points, keeping the series and premise fresh and unpredictable.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Michael got his start over twelve years ago under the tutelage of Spike Lee and soon after joined the Director’s Guild of America. As one of the youngest recipients of a DGA membership at 24, Michael has worked as 1st & 2nd AD to Spike and Brett Ratner. He has over 10 years experience as an assistant director on films and television series such as Chris Rock hit “Top Five”, “The 25th Hour”, “7th Heaven”, “Broad City”, “The Best Man”, “Law & Order”, “Inside Man” and the academy award nominated film “Precious” in which he was nominated for a DGA award along with the director Lee Daniels as part of his directing team.

Michael made his feature film directorial debut with “You’re Nobody til somebody kills you”, a gritty crime thriller Executive Produced by his mentor Spike Lee and distributed by Lionsgate. He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film “The Candy Store” and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection. He’s directed a variety of digital series from “SoleKings”, “Black Actress” to “The Colors of Love” in addition to Producing the award winning digital series “For Colored Boys – Redemption” starring Tim Reid. The Trade is Michael’s directorial debut in episodic television drama. He was also hired to pen and completed the original script for R&B sensation Bobby Brown biopic entitled “Bobby Brown: The Bad Boy of R&B”.
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b00 I Directed by Teresa Lu I RT 16 min.

SYNOPSIS:
A little girl must deal with the aftermath of her brother’s heroin overdose on Halloween night.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Teresa Lu is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York.
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The Cycle I Directed by Michael Maratz I RT 11 min.

SYNOPSIS:
The Cycle is a short film about the cycle of violence in the African American community. Told through the eyes of an NYPD officer who kills an innocent teen and is cleared of any wrong doing, the film examines the socially relevant topic thru the main character’s journey as he deals with his inner conflicts and societal implications. While seeking redemption, he is forced to confront the personal and societal burden of his actions. He must choose to either continue the cycle of violence, or end it. More than just a short film project, The Cycle is a tool to seEmma Findlen LeBlancrve as a catalyst for community conversation and dialogue.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Michael Marantz is a director and composer. He creates cinematic experiences that seamlessly intertwine story, visuals, and music in a profoundly beautiful way. His goal: get to the core of human emotions and allow others to see the power of them to inspire positive change in the world. Michael lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Isabelle, where they enjoy grilling and gardening in their pint size backyard. When they are not at home, they are traveling the world together working on a project called BEING.
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There Are No Brothers Here I Directed by Emma Findlen LeBlanc I RT 12 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the testimonies of detained Syrian protesters and the regime interrogators who tortured them, There Are No Brothers Here tells the story of Rami, a young and frightened revolutionary and Mustafa, a volatile secret police agent, struggling to wrest control of their own fates and that of their country from each other’s hands. Mustafa threatens to imprison Rami for crimes he did not commit, while Rami tries to win the interrogator over to his cause. Although the pair shares a brief human moment, ultimately they realize that they are both trapped in their roles, destined to take opposite sides in the battle over the future of Syria, even if it destroys them both. They come to see that the one thing they have in common is that neither of them is free.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Emma Findlen LeBlanc is a writer, photographer, and anthropologist. Currently a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, she is conducting her doctoral fieldwork with marginalized forest workers in rural Canada. She lived in Syria from 2007 through 2012, including the first 18 months of the revolution, where she studied Arabic, recorded oral histories at a public insane asylum, and worked as a journalist throughout the region. Her work from Syria and Iraq has been published in GQ, Slate, Le Monde, the New York Times Globalization and Human Rights blog, JO, and The National, and she has exhibited her photographs in the US, the UK, and the Middle East. This is her first film.
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The Singularity I Directed by Alex Chappo I RT 11 min.

SYNOPSIS:
The Singularity is a stop motion short originally edited as a six episode web mini-series. It is scored with music and sound from the album Future Former Self by Brooklyn band CHAPPO. Their album and lyrics as well as The Singularity revolve around the story of Rene Cogito traveling alone to the center of a black hole in order to communicate with a parallel universe and save mankind. As Rene journeys toward the singularity, his dreams merge into his waking life, his perception of time becomes a transparent flip book shifting in and out of focus, and his reality combusts and melds together. Staring infinity in the face, will the madness take over or will he glimpse the constancy of his own self?

This project is a DIY experiment in the evolution of storytelling. It exists in this new era of the internet where the lines of art, storytelling and music continue to blur and get redefined. The Singularity was written and directed by self-taught animator and artist Alex Chappo.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Alex Chappo is a first time filmmaker and self taught animator with his short The Singularity. He is the singer and frontman for the Brooklyn band CHAPPO. CHAPPO was born in the East Village of New York in 2009 and in a few short years has created an enthusiastic and rambunctious following. Splitting the difference between the guitar driven psychedelia of 60′s west coast rock and the spiritual witch doctor moonshine of Dr. John, the band has toured with of Montreal, The Flaming Lips, and had songs in TV, Films, and commercials.
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Marathon I Directed by Theo Rigby I RT 9 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Julio Saucé came to the U.S. from the Ecuadorean Andes fifteen years ago searching for a better life. Having never run before, Julio saw the New York City marathon on TV and said ‘One day, I’m going to do that.’ In the midst of a struggling to make ends meet, working long and hard days in the back of a kitchen, and raising a family, Julio manages to run up to 80 miles a week in preparation for the biggest race in the world, the New York City Marathon. After years of dedication, sacrifice, and sweat, Julio lines up at the 2014 NYC marathon to compete against the world’s most elite runners in an attempt to be the fastest man in New York City.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and photographer based out of San Francisco. He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to incarceration, and most recently, immigration in the U.S.
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Love, New York I Directed by Dionna McMillian I RT 10 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Carmen a struggling New York actress, is on her way to an important audition, when she mistakenly picks up the wrong cup of coffee at her favorite cafe. She is left fighting more than just her nerves in the audition room.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Dionna McMillian is an award winning filmmaker who holds a M.F.A from American University. She has worked on and directed numerous projects, ranging from feature length independent films, broadcast television, documentary, and web content. She works as a Director, Assistant Director, and Editor. Her short comedy film “Love, New York” is currently on the film festival circuit. Additionally, she has two projects in development, a web-series and an independent feature length film. When she is not on set she teaches directing and editing as an adjunct professor.
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Waste-Land I Directed by Michael Immerman I RT 6 min.

SYNOPSIS:
Alone in the desert, a desperate man digs for a mysterious treasure, only to meet an unexpected fate instead. “Waiting for Godot” in the desert.

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