Event

Short Films: ‘Arthouse’
14
Oct
2017

Short Films: ‘Arthouse’

  • Location:1115 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Venue:LightSpace Studios New York
  • Length:10:00 pm – 11:10 pm

SHORT FILMS: ‘ARTHOUSE’ // 1 hr 10m // Saturday 10/14 // 10:00pm // LightSpace // Q&A with Directors Post-Screening


EVERY GHOST HAS AN ORCHESTRA // Directed by Shayna Connelly // USA

SYNOPSIS:

Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question that paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito explores. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Shayna Connelly’s work explores hauntings, liminality and the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction filmmaking. Her work has screened at IC Docs, Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Stranger Without a Face, Big Muddy, Columbus International, Chicago Underground, Ann Arbor, Athens International and Brooklyn Film Festival among others. Newcity Magazine named her one of Chicago’s 50 Screen Gems of 2016.


AMO // Directed by Haya Alghanim // USA, Arabic

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SYNOPSIS:

‘Amo’ is a portrait of the live Arab hospitality and lifestyle rooted in the diaspora of Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. ‘Amo’ is an archaeological journey of ‘Oriental Pastry and Grocery’ managed and owned by ‘Amo’ Ghaiath. ‘Amo’ explores textures of belonging in the Arab diaspora.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Haya Alghanim is a Kuwaiti director of photography and director based in New York City. Haya also has an art practice in experimental film, new media and projection. Through her film and art practice, Haya aims to pursue her passion in working towards the preservation and representation of modern Arab art and culture. Currently, Haya is an MFA in Film Candidate at Columbia University, concentrating in Creative Producing.


BXBX: THE WHOLE SHEBANG // Directed by Michael Litwak // USA

SYNOPSIS:

“BKBX: The Whole Shebang” tells the story of the universe, from the big bang, all the way to the creation of the internet, completely through the art of mime.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

MICHAEL LUKK 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. In 2016 he teamed up with Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club), Condé Nast, Jaunt, and Samsung to direct and produce the first ever scripted VR series titled INVISIBLE. The project itself IS visible and will be available later this year. He was recently selected to be a writer-in-residence at the 2016 Wassaic Project in upstate NY and is excited to spend time in a place that doesn’t smell like garbage.


GALLERY // Directed by Connor Burns & Dan Simolke // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

In this elliptical character study, Teddy, a young handyman, finds a missing dog and attempts to return it to its owner. Meanwhile, a friend from his past visits and ignites suppressed tensions.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

Connor Burns and Dan Simolke are a directing pair who live and work in New York. They met while working in film distribution. After months of discussing films they decided to make one; Gallery is that film. They are currently prepping their next project.


PORKCHOP & THE 28TH ST NORTH CAROLINA WATERMELONS // Directed by Raissa Contreras // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

This film is a 16 mm b&w silent cinema verite portrait of Porkchop selling his watermelons on a summer day in Baltimore.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Raissa Contreras is a filmmaker & painter living in Baltimore, MD. She has an MA in Film & Video from MICA & an MFA in Painting from University of New Mexico. She has taught film and media studies in the Electronic Media & Film Department at Towson University and art and art history at MICA, TU and Goucher College. Porkchop and the 28th St North Carolina Watermelons received the Special Jury Award at the Southern Colorado Film Festival in 2016. Her work has also screened with LA Cinefest, Short to the Point Film Fest, Bucharest, Romania, MoMA, LACDA, the Anthology Film Archives, the Puerto Madero Int’l Film Festival, The Cutting Room, Nottingham, UK, Experiments in Cinema, the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival, the Short Film Festival of Los Angeles, the New York Short Film Festival, the Golden Gate Documentary & Fiction Festival, and the Festival du Cinema de Paris.


DISTANT APOLOGIES // Directed by D. Schmüdde // USA

SYNOPSIS:

The closer you are, the more difficult it is to say, “I’m sorry.” “Distant Apologies” observes this truth through the use of original Super 8 footage mixed with gorgeous NASA archival to evoke feelings of distance and disconnectedness.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

D. Schmüdde is an artist and computer programmer who has been building experiences and creating stories for broad audiences for the last 15 years. His work has been broadcast on traditional outlets such as the Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse, and Direct TV, screened at legendary venues like the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, and performed in stalwart institutions such as the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow. His latest endeavor, the interactive documentary “Jack and the Machine,” promises to recontextualize the story of the personal computer and the future of our digital society. It is available to preview here: http://www.jackandthemachine.com.


VICTOR & ISOLINA // Directed by William D. Caballero // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

In the Unique style of Hybrid animation…Living apart, Victor and Isolina (now in their 80’s) answer questions about their life-long, complex and arduous relationship, posed from behind the lens of their documentary filmmaking Grandson. An adorable, touching, poignant love story in a funny “he said/she said” account.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

William D. Caballero is a multimedia filmmaker, whose directorial work can be seen on HBO, Univision, and PBS, as well as over 75 film festivals, including Sundance and Slamdance. Excelling in the art of telling “big stories using small figures,” his recent accomplishments include a host of short films and several web-series featuring 3D miniature printed protagonists. An eclectic artist, capable in working in diverse media, Caballero has devoted himself to creating compelling art that empowers, enlightens, and expresses his creativity, culture, and curiosity.


JOSIAH MCELHENY: MAKING A PROJECTION PAINTING // Directed by Ian Forster // USA

SYNOPSIS:

Josiah McElheny explores the relationship between abstraction and the body as he makes Projection Painting 1 (2015). “We’re projecting lost footage or abandoned footage by the great filmmaker Maya Deren,” says McElheny, who further abstracts Deren’s images by filming the footage “from the worst seats.” McElheny’s distorted footage is then projected once more onto a framed fractured landscape in another round of abstraction to create the final painting. Working with cinematographer Martina Radwan at a photography studio in Manhattan, McElheny found that utilizing unedited footage “felt more malleable” than when he attempted to work with completed narrative films. The finished Projection Painting was shown in a continuous loop during McElheny’s Fall 2015 solo show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Ian Forster has served as a producer and director for Art21’s various programming threads since 2009. Since 2012, Forster has overseen Art21’s “Extended Play” digital series, producing and directing nearly one hundred short films. He has worked directly with acclaimed artists such as Kara Walker, Maya Lin, Kerry James Marshall and Do Ho Suh. Additionally, Forster led the production of Art21’s “Artist to Artist” digital series, producing and directing on location in international art centers such as Istanbul, Sharjah, and Venice. Forster is currently directing an episode for the upcoming ninth season of Art21’s “Art in the Twenty-First Century” television series, which will premiere in Fall 2018.


FISHY // Directed by Joseph Sulsenti // USA

SYNOPSIS:

Fishy explores the relationship between a father and son through an uncanny life threatening situation where the father learns to accept his son for who he is after walking in his shoes… or heels, rather.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Joseph really, really loves animation. Growing up being raised by cartoons (Ahh Real Monsters is one of his favorites) and all the animated classics, he knew from the very start that making things move and giving life to characters is what he wanted to do. Joseph thinks animation is the strongest medium to convey ideas. It has the power to move, touch, and tingle people of any age group anywhere around the word.


ON THE ROOF // Directed by Amirhossein Kotobzadeh // Iran

SYNOPSIS:

Leila, a beautiful Iranian traditional woman, wants to gather her clothes from a clothes line on the roof of a building in Tehran when an encounter with a stranger holding a camera turns the roof into a photoshoot.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Born in 1982, Amirhossein Kotobzadeh studied photography for his associate degree before joining a bachelor’s program in film editing and currently studying for a master’s degree in cinema at the Soore Art University of Tehran. His resume includes photography assistance in a few feature-length movies including Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. This is his second film, the first one being a music video for Massive Attack’s “Live with Me”

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