Event

Short Films: ‘The Coming of Age Mixtape’
14
Oct
2017

Short Films: ‘The Coming of Age Mixtape’

  • Location:411 Troutman Street Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Venue:Lot 45
  • Length:01:00 pm – 02:20 pm

SHORT FILMS: ‘THE COMING OF AGE MIXTAPE’ // 1 hr 20m // Saturday 10/14 // 1:00pm // Lot 45 // Q&A with Directors Post-Screening


MADE OF SUGAR // Directed by Kevin Rios // USA, Spanish Language

SYNOPSIS:

A nostalgic portrait of a Cuban American family’s evolving cultural heritage, spanning over three generations.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Kevin Rios is a proud queer/latino filmmaker, originally from Miami, Florida. Kevin graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Film/TV with a minor in Entertainment Business, Media and Technologies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business. Kevin’s last short film, “Made of Sugar,” was a finalist for a Student Academy Award (2016) in the Experimental section, Winner of Adobe’s Project 1324/Sundance Ignite Program and an Official Selection at over 30 festivals around the world. Kevin’s second short film, “Home Movies,” received a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick and garnered over 200,000 views in 3 days and was a Finalist for TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival. Kevin currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


DEATH IN A DAY // Directed by Lin Wang // USA, Chinese Language

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2g3rsvF

SYNOPSIS:

Evan, a young Chinese boy who, after visiting his comatose father, witnesses his mother’s struggle and must come to grips with the impending death falling upon their family.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Lin Wang is a writer and director from Shanghai, China. She started her creative career writing, acting for theatre when she studied in Shanghai Theatre Academy. Coming from a family with a fine art background, she always had an interest for other medias of art. In 2010, after receiving a scholarship from Shanghai Theatre Academy and New York Film Academy, she spent a year in New York and shifted her focus towards cinema. Her first short film Revenge of the Egg made into the official selection of the 2011 Gotham International Film Festival. After graduating with Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing at Chapman University, California, she has begun her career traveling and directing commercials, independent short films and documentary projects in Shanghai, Tibet, Kenya and United States.


DAYKWON // Directed by Patrick Letterii // USA

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2x7SE76

SYNOPSIS:

Daykwon is a precocious kid from the Rockaways with ambitions that reach beyond his environment – he has the confidence and ability to charm that most grown men can only dream of. Motivated by his adult friend, Ty, to go into the city and audition for a big commercial, Daykwon’s world is flipped upside down when he chats up an instant crush in the waiting room. In Stacy he meets his match – a girl his age who’s not having any of his smooth talking. As he enters the audition room, he disarms the casting directors in the audition room with a surreal, unusual and perfect response to their shallow prompt.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Patrick Letterii is a director and editor based in Brooklyn, New York with a background in theater, marketing, and writing. His commercial for TNT won multiple Cannes Lions awards in 2014, and his 2015 music video for SOS’s Youth in Decline was released by Nylon Magazine. He has also directed music videos for up and coming hip-hop artist Amir Obé. In the summer of 2016, he wrote and directed the short films Daykwon and July, and co-directed and produced the independent pilot Guap. July premiered at the 2017 Brooklyn Short Film Festival and will play at the 2017 Tallgrass Film Festival. Daykwon will premiere at the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival, and screen at the 2017 Bushwhick Film Festival and 2017 Chelsea Film festival. He is currently producing a feature length documentary by William Hart about the Flint Water crisis from executive producer Paul Haggis, and has several narrative scripts in development.


IN THE SKIP DISTANCE // Directed by Emily McNeill // USA

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2wEOs9z

SYNOPSIS:

A girl alone in the wilderness discovers analog technology.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Emily McNeill is an office worker by day, filmmaker by night. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, she studied film and philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lived in burgeoning Bushwick, Brooklyn for several years before returning to her hometown in 2008. In the Skip Distance is her first short film and has screened at several film festivals throughout the Midwest.


ONE PEG BOSS // Directed by Travis Wood // USA

SYNOPSIS:

An animated retelling of loss and learning. The director recounts dealing with a bully, getting his bike stolen and learning to be grateful.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Travis Wood is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, he often tries to experiment with documentaries, and utilize the power of truth. His films have received critical praise from his mom and her co-workers.


EROSION // Directed by Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler, & Brandon Bray // USA

SYNOPSIS:

EROSION pays homage to NYC’s creative culture being pushed aside as luxury condos rise into the sky. The impressionistic story follows four subway dancers who must adapt their artform as the urban landscape shifts around them. As NYC embraces wealth, luxury, and sterility, will the artistry that gives the city its identity be lost in the process?

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

The film’s concept evolved during soul-searching conversations among the filmmakers – Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler, and Brandon Bray – who wondered if NYC’s artistic spirit was progressively disappearing. The film features four Litefeet Dancers and was shot on free weekends and weekdays over the course of five months. This was a zero-budget passion project. Our small two-man crew begged, borrowed, and stole every shot to create the resulting visual poem.


LOOK BACK AND LAUGH // Directed by Dylan and Dakota Pailes-Friedman // USA

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2xHC79o

SYNOPSIS:

Trevor wanders through the hot and sweaty Florida Keys in a search of bologna and perspective.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

Dylan and Dakota Pailes-Friedman are Brooklyn born brothers and filmmakers. As brothers, partners and friends, Dakota and Dylan wish to establish a unique and bold stance on what film as a visual medium is and where it can go. For their most recent project, ‘A Perfect Circle’ they were awarded a Kodak Motion Picture Grant. They have, been officially selected at festivals such as Atlanta Independent Film Festival, LA Cinefest, Marches Du Cannes, and were accepted into the New York City International Film Festival. Dakota PF graduated with Honors and the Outstanding Merit Award in 2015 from the Department of Digital Arts, with a BFA in 2D Animation from Pratt Institute. Dylan PF graduated with HIgh Honors in 2017 from the Department of Film/Video, with a BFA in Film from Pratt Institute.


LA CALVITA // Directed by Giulia Jiménez Tani // USA, Spanish Language

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2xlfHrG

SYNOPSIS:

A young Latin girl travels to the border in search of selling her hair for dollars.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Giulia was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela; a city where ponytail thieves is a concern. She didn’t use to go out that much, and thankfully this made her fall in love with books, films and computers. Because of being involved in theater and festivals, she found the motivation to pursue her dream to become a filmmaker. Now she’s a senior student of Film & Tv at SCAD. She hopes to portray stories that inspire viewers to be themselves, showing them another perspective of the world that’s right in front of them.


HEIDI // Directed by Fatema Abdoolcarim // Cuba, Spanish Language

SYNOPSIS:

A novel filmmaker befriends a young Cuban girl on the cusp of womanhood. Fascinated by her innocent girlhood pleasures, she attempts to make a film to capture it. But when she directs the girl to perform for the camera, the delight she is searching for is unseen.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Fatema Abdoolcarim is a Hong-Kong-born Indian-Pakistani visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. Heidi is her first narrative short film which was awarded second prize in the director’s workshop, Filmando en Cuba con Abbas Kiarostami. The film had its premiere at Locarno Film Festival 2016. It was also selected for Sundance: Hong Kong Short Film Competition; L’Alternativa Barcelona; Bogota Short Film Festival; Eindhovens International Film Festival; Reykjavik Visions Film Festival; Stockholm Independent Film Festival; and won Best Debut Film at Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards. Fatema is a PhD candidate of Art History and Creative Writing at The University of Manchester, where she is developing her first feature fiction film as part of her doctoral thesis.


SOUNDS OF BROWNSVILLE // Directed by Raquel Salazar & Sriyanka Ray // USA

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2k6KIgd

SYNOPSIS:

Tre is a 17 year old teen in Brownsville Community Justice Center’s a Sounds of Brownsville program. He’s been part of the program since April 2014 which has helped him stay out of trouble, offered school support and has given him the opportunity of an internship that he is very proud of. In the last year he has had three encounters with the police, mostly for fights outside of school (and one D.V arrest). He lives in the Tilden Housing and spends most of his time writing songs and recording in the SOB studio as an intern and working towards graduating high school this summer.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS:

RAQUEL SALAZAR is a Chilean-American cinematographer and director. She moved to New York City in 2014 and worked as an assistant director for award-winning Polish non-fiction filmmaker Piotr Stasik. She then went on to formalize her journalism and storytelling background as a staff producer and videographer at BRIC TV — creating non-fiction films covering criminal justice, immigration and youth issues. Her films have earned her several Emmy® nominations and accolades along the way. Right now, she is enthusiastic about telling genre-free stories bounded by truth. She is currently filming her first feature documentary directed by Chelsi Bullard, a Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab recipient.

SRIYANKA RAY is a journalist and Video producer from Calcutta, India. She covers race, inequality, identity and the criminal justice system. Currently she works as a staff producer on BRIC TV’s #Bheard strand of programming where she creates original, character-driven journalistic documentaries on social justice issues that range from race and policing to mass incarceration to immigration and LGBTQ rights. Her work has earned her five NY Emmy nominations along with numerous awards and accolades. She is currently working on a three part series that looks at the collateral damage on the family unit caused the war on terror in America.

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