Event

Short Films: ‘The Rebels’
14
Oct
2017

Short Films: ‘The Rebels’

  • Location:1115 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
  • Venue:LightSpace Studios New York
  • Length:02:30 pm – 03:45 pm

SHORT FILMS: ‘THE REBELS’ // 1 hr 15m // Saturday // 2:30pm // LightSpace // Q&A with Directors Post-Screening

 

WHITE FACE // Directed by Mtume Gant // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

The story of NY Actor Charles Rogers who hates his Black Skin and attempts to live the life he has always wanted to live, the life of a white man. But is this ever possible?

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Mtume Gant is a Director and Performer hailing from NYC. A graduate of NYC’s Laguardia HS & The Acting Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, he has worked heavily on stage, screen & TV, most notably as a cast member of the HBO show OZ and one of the leads in the film CARLITOS WAY: RISE TO POWER, where he was featured in the role of “Reggie” next to Mario Van Peebles and Luis Guzman. He made his screen debut as Louis in the Sundance Award Winning Film HURRICANE STREETS. His most recent accomplishments include writing/starring in Contact Theatre’s critically acclaimed production Fields of Grey and his film directing debut of SPIT released in 2015. SPIT has gone on to win over half a dozen awards (Best Short film at the Coney Island Film Festival) screened at nearly two dozen festivals across the United States such as Aspen Shortsfest, Woodstock Film Festival and Cucalorus and recently made its TV debut late this summer 2016 as a part of The ABFF Independent short film series on the TV station ASPIRE. With WHITE FACE, Mtume takes on his biggest challenge yet not only as director and writer of the film but taking on the challenging lead role of Charles. He is also in the midst of putting the final touches of a feature screenplay he aims to begin in Winter of 2018


THINGS BREAK IN // Directed by Tess Harrison // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Set against the lush beauty of New England summer, Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in 1940 are required to work together in privacy.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Tess Harrison is an award winning filmmaker and actress based in LA. She wrote, directed and starred in her debut short film It’s Perfect Here which received the Best Narrative Short Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival in 2015 and screened at numerous others. It’s Perfect Here, and her upcoming short Take Me Out with the Stars, starring Hannah Whitney and Jeff Ward (Marvel’s Agents of Shield) were produced along collaborators Hannah Whitney and Maria Wilson via The Lake Shorts, a co-production of three short films, one week and one location. Tess co-created and starred in the short Happy Vacation with Colby Day, (Blacklist 2017). She directed the lyric video for X Ambassadors’ HOPING which benefited the ACLU. Tess can be seen in Noor Gharzeddine’s debut feature film Are You Glad I’m Here which was shot on location in Beirut, Lebanon fall 2017. She is working on two features and two series.


SEE YOU YESTERDAY // Directed by Stefon Bristol // USA

WATCH TRAILER: http://bit.ly/2hfQrLX

SYNOPSIS:

Presented by Spike Lee, two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas – determined to outwit fate and role-play as God – build make-shift time machines to save CJ’s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Brooklyn-born, Long Island-bred, Stefon Bristol is writing his own success story as a fresh face with a creative voice in the indie film world. Stefon is an award-winning filmmaker and recent alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Film Program. Stefon’s gift is his ability to go deep with his characters; peeling back the layers of a character that looms larger than life and revealing what makes them relatable to audiences in a manner that is both authentic and captivating. While at NYU, Stefon helmed five films including the Cine Golden Eagle Award winner The Bodega. Spike Lee, a longtime mentor, awarded Stefon with the 2016 Spike Lee Production Grant for See You Yesterday, a poignant, sci-fi short film. See You Yesterday is also being adapted into a feature film produced by Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are Back to the Future and Jurassic Park… Don’t judge!


PIERRE ANDRE SIMMONS // Directed by Jenny Groza // USA

SYNOPSIS:

Pierre Andre Simmons’ life is filled with so much more than the overflowing shopping carts and garbage cans most people associate with New York City can and bottle collectors. Pierre chooses the grueling work of collecting cans and bottles each day, plays the piano by night, and knows what he values more than anything else: freedom. With a college education, he’s fully capable of a “regular” job, but his values have led him down an unusual path. With an original score composed by Pierre himself, PIERRE ANDRE SIMMONS begs the question: To what lengths are you willing to go for freedom?

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Jenny Groza is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker passionate about social justice and feminist issues. She was selected as a 2017 Collaborative Studio Fellow at Union Docs, and a Brooklyn Public Media Fellow in 2016 at BRIC where she teaches camera, documentary, and podcast. Her documentary work has shown at international film festivals. She has a master’s degree in public policy from The New School, which she attended on a Peace Corps Fellowship, and a degree in video production from Ohio University.


I AM YOUR FRIEND // Directed by Nicholas Payne Santos // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

A friendship is put to the test when two teenage boys are left alone for the weekend. As the teenagers confront their neighborhood rivals, horseplay escalates to violence throwing their loyalty to one another into question.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Nicholas Payne Santos is a twenty-nine-year-old filmmaker based out of Brooklyn, NY. He is a writer, director and producer at BullMoose Pictures and is a proud member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. Santos was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is of Cape Verdean descent. Nicholas is currently pursuing his Film MFA in Creative Producing at Columbia University School of the Arts. He attended Ithaca College, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Cinema & Photography.


HIGH PLACE // Directed by Sarah Sitzler // USA

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SYNOPSIS:

“High Place” is a glimpse into a day in Jackie’s world: a microcosm of rural suburban life, and a window into a larger story written by Sarah Sitzler. After working the morning shift at a nursing home, teenage Jackie drifts between her blue-collar hood and a more affluent area, letting off steam with a BB gun in between. Parents are not all there, even if they are physically present, because ‘money don’t fix crazy’. Everyone and their mother looking for a high in this quiet slice of life film.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Sarah Sitzler is a writer, director, and installation artist. With a background in darkroom photography she took to film and video while studying at Fordham University, graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees in Visual Arts and Communications. She has worked on studio and independent feature films, fashion and music videos, and commercials in various capacities. She has also taught filmmaking to middle school youth in Brooklyn through the Xposure After School Program. Creating some distance from more experimental roots, “High Place” is her first narrative short. It is semi-biographical, and shot in her native South Jersey. Sitzler currently resides in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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