Event

Short Films: ‘Bushwick & Chill’
14
Oct
2017

Short Films: ‘Bushwick & Chill’

  • Location:1115 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Venue:LightSpace Studios New York
  • Length:07:30 pm – 08:55 pm

SHORT FILM BLOCK: “BUSHWICK & CHILL” // 1 hr 25m // Saturday 10/14 // 7:30pm // LightSpace // Q&A with Directors Post-Screening


CAKE // Directed by Anne Hu // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

Eliza tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage with her husband Thomas by surprise ordering a female sex robot for them to share. But the sexbot is not the cure-all she had hoped for. Be careful what you wish for.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Anne Hu is a director, writer, editor, and actress who is currently a Senior Producer and Editor at HBO. She has edited theatrical film trailers and television commercials for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and more. Her own films have received recognition. Balloon, her hand-drawn animated short, was in the 2010 Top 16 New York City Campus MovieFest Northern Regional Grand Finale. Emma and Into the Woods, short narratives, were official selections of The Queens World Film Festival in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Her award winning short Cake is currently in the festival circuit and has screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. She is a former co-leader of two NYC filmmaker’s collectives: Film Fatales NYC Shorts and the The Filmshop. Through focusing on female and minority voices in her work, Hu hopes to address Hollywood’s lack of diversity and inclusion.


POOP EMOJI // Directed by Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

Tre, a popular social media personality, is convinced by his best friend to go to a house party instead of a 90s-themed club event. To his surprise, Tre’s childhood best friend, Kim, happens to be at the party and the three spend the night exploring Tre’s current, wild, polygamous love life. With a slip of the tongue, it is revealed that Tre has not met any of his girlfriends in person, and Kim is annoyed by how much Tre is infatuated with these “women”. Some humanity is knocked into Tre after grasping Kim’s disinterest in his online persona.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Known to her colleagues as “Chief”, Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah is a Canadian filmmaker who isn’t afraid to take risks and explore new models of storytelling. POOP EMOJI marks her directorial debut. In the past, Nancy has primarily worked in the sound department, providing clear and dynamic audio experiences for a number of shorts including the award-winning film, The Shallow End. Nancy graduated from York University majoring in Film Production and minoring in Digital Media. POOP EMOJI is a jaw-dropping showcase of Nancy’s skills in directing, sound designing, and digital effects.


PEACH AND CHERRY // Directed by Noah LePage // France, French Language

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SYNOPSIS:

Two self-proclaimed “Unlovers” go on a summertime journey of self-discovery through the streets of Paris.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Noah LePage is a young filmmaker from Western Maine currently based in New York City. In the past few years Noah has directed award-winning projects in a variety of mediums, from theatre to audio drama to virtual reality, but his favorite mode of expression has always been the short film. In his films, Noah strives for a sense of magical realism, introducing surreal elements into intimate worlds in an effort to better represent the unrepresentable. His short films have been awarded by a variety of organizations and showcased in festivals around the world. Some of his primary influences include Kelly Reichardt, Andrei Tarkovsky, Antonin Artaud, William Blake, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


AFTER WORDS // Directed by Mia Bunai // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

After Words: The Opposite of Foreplay offers a humorous glimpse of love’s pursuit. Claire searches for both good love and good sex with a range of partners, from charming to questionable. The film explores romance’s gamble, challenging the common tropes of on-screen sex. Shot solely in Claire’s bedroom, in scenes that take place immediately after sex, Claire’s journey charts the rickety path to finding love.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Maria Bunai is a Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker. Writing projects include The First Nine Houses, a feature story about a mother who kidnaps her five children. Her comedic script, Couples Therapy, was a finalist for the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee mentorship program. It imagines a therapy session between the U.S. and ISIS. After Words, a story of love and sex told entirely by what happens after sex, is her directorial debut. Before moving to narrative films, Maria had a career in journalism. She received her Master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a member of New York Women in Film and Television.


POISON // Directed by Erica Eng // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

Horace Gold’s poetic words personify his past unhealthy relationship with alcohol through a fictional relationship with a woman. Inspired by the surrealist film “Meshes Of The Afternoon” — POISON is an expression of addiction through repetition.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Erica Eng grew up in Oakland, CA where she fell in love with film at a very young age. Working as a freelance director right out of high school, Erica began shooting music videos, live shows and documentaries for musicians around the bay area – including artists like Goapele, Zion I and Los Rakas. Shortly after graduating with a B.A. in Cinema at San Francisco State University, Erica moved to Los Angeles to assist top agents and executives in the music video and commercial world, before working alongside the Academy nominated film director Michael Mann. After six years of learning the industry from the ground up, Erica jumped back into freelance directing. Taking inspiration from her Oakland roots, she always strives for diversity and powerful female characters, and creates work to make an impact and inspire.


BRUCE LOVES YOU // Directed by Darin Quan // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

A young woman, Penelope, lives with her best friend, Hillary, who is dating a ghost, Bruce, who haunts their apartment and emerges when Hillary plays her keyboard. When Bruce begins to show interest in Penelope, complimenting her ‘subtle voice’, the friendship between the two women hangs in the balance!

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Filmmaker Darin Quan comes from a multi-disciplinary background that includes music, photography, writing and drawing. He has created content for Vox, Chase, Toyota, Google, HP and Time Inc. His short films have screened at the Urban Media Makers Film Festival, Long Beach Intn’l Film Festival, as well as the Brooklyn Film Festival. As a cinematographer, he shot the features “Diverge” (2016 Tallgrass Film Festival Best Cinematography), “What Children Do” (Grand Prize, 2017 Ridgefield Int’l Film Festival) as well as the upcoming “Empathy Inc.” As a composer/musician, Darin is works in both electronic and rock/blues/jazz styles, having scored many of his own commercial projects, web series, and shorts. He plays with the band The Commotions which plays regularly in New York city.


CONSENTING ADULTS // Directed by Alice Gruia // Germany

SYNOPSIS:

Philip and Jelena are getting ready for a night in: having a quick shower, arranging some snacks on the table and making the odd snide remark. Both are too preoccupied trying to cover up their own insecurity to actually realise how insecure the other is. Their routined, oblique way of communicating is like a boxing match. Sometimes a swing makes real contact and it hurts, sometimes they just dodge and taunt. But in the end, both are out for the count, when the unspoken is finally said.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Alice Gruia was born in Germany in 1983. After her studies in Philosophy and Psychology at Trier University she became a social worker in Rome. Then she did three years of full-time acting training in Cologne and New York. 2010 she moved to Sydney and shot her first film: “Rodicas” is an award-winning documentary that was screened at the Berlinale and many other international festivals. “Consenting Adults” is her first fictional work, a feature film and a TV series are currently in pre-production. Alice Gruia still works as an actress in TV and film.


YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER // Directed by Thanos Topouzis, Written/Produced by Paula Hämäläinen  // United Kingdom

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SYNOPSIS:

‘You Should Know Better’ is a comedy short film that offers a glimpse into the life of Rae, a twenty-something receptionist whose fairly boring life momentarily goes off the tracks when she meets Oliver, a self-proclaimed feminist poet, and accidentally gets pregnant.

ABOUT THE WRITER/PRODUCER:

Paula Hämäläinen is a producer and writer who grew up in Finland but has spent the past decade in England and Japan. After studying international politics she worked in collaborative journalism and short documentary. In addition to comedy, trash television and karaoke she’s passionate about telling stories which too often are left unheard.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Thanos Topouzis is a director who has migrated to the trade from visual effects, best known for his VFX work on Gravity (2013), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Clash of the Titans (2010). Apart from being committed to creating visually compelling images, he is drawn to developing and filming great stories.

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