2018 Films: T
Tattered (USA | 2016, 6 min)
Directed by: Neil Short
Tattered is a stop-motion animation film in which a young mother returns to a place of her childhood, where she recounts the joys and heartache of time spent with her father before sharing the memories with her own son.
The 6th Amendment (, 13 min)
Directed by: Elika Portnoy
A jury of 12 from all walks of life come together to deliberate the capital punishment of a young extremist.
The Abyss (UK | 2017, 2 min)
Directed by: Anna Biesuz
Reminiscences of the nightmarish absence of feelings one can cope with when experiencing an affective disorder. This symptom can occur when the subject undergoes a trauma that triggers a subconscious defense mechanism that freezes the capacity of the body to feel. This experience of void can be discontinuous and censor feelings in different ways. The rigid contractions of the limbs and intensity of the touching try to communicate the excruciating frustration of this experience.
The Best of All Worlds (Die Beste Aller Welten) (Austria | 2017, 1 hour 43 min)
Directed by: Adrien Goiginger
Cast: Verena Altenberger, Jeremy Miliker
A kid's true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.
The Boneyard (USA | 2017, 12 min)
Directed by: James Verdi
Hidden along the Arthur Kill, the Staten Island Ship Graveyard is home to nameless ships, decaying with each passing tide. Underneath the hulls of these ships, a museum of stories comes alive.
The Bullish Farmer (USA, 1 hour 20 min)
Directed by: Ken Marsolais
Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker, decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living an uncomplicated traditional agrarian life gets complicated when he comes up against Big Agriculture (Big Ag) and realizes that his methods are not in sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John, the very private farmer, becomes a passionate and outspoken activist lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers to help preserve small farms and rural America.
The Chimney Sweep (USA | 2017, 5 min)
Directed by: Gabriella Leonhard
A man recounts his youth as a chimney sweep and the incredible visions of his friend.
The Curtain (Canada | 2017, 17 min)
Directed by: Crystal Lowe
Two hospitalized strangers develop an unlikely friendship by revealing painful, intimate details about their lives through the safety and anonymity of the room’s curtain divider. They bond through grief and humour, encouraging one another to make brave choices that hold personal consequences.
The Darkness Before Me (USA | 2017, )
Written by: Joseph DiFrancesco
What lurks in the darkness - hides plainly in the light.
The Dinner Guest (USA | 2017, 14 min)
Directed by: Dale Griffiths Stamos
Cast: Julianna Robinson, Kenny Johnston, Molly Leland
Valerie Lambert arrives at the home of her boss's wife for dinner. But does the wife know her secret? And if so, why has she been invited there?
The Dollhouse (USA, 8 min)
Directed by: Kyra Gardner
Cast: Kyra Gardner, Tony Gardner, Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif
A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.
The Feels - Season 2 (USA | 2017, 2 min)
Directed by: Naje Lataillade, Tim Manley
Cast: Tim Manley, Adepero Oduye, Tyler Ford, Tara Clancy, Peter Aguero, Rory Ferreira
The Feels follows the awkward and endearing Charlie, a bi illustrator and high school teacher trying to navigate adulthood and queerhood. Rather than present a traditional story arc, each episode of the show is more a series of tender human moments - a live-action comic strip, a daily dose of humanity.
The Final Show (USA | 2016, 9 min)
Directed by: Dana Nachman
A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide, based on all that she has learned, who to take along to eternity.
The Girl in the Show (USA, 1 hour 49 min)
Directed by: Anna Fields
From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today’s most vocal comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, "The Girl in the Show" combines amusing and honest personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. This mutually symbiotic journey explores how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality, and ultimately reveals the urgency of our continued struggle towards a truly intersectional 4th Wave that promotes collaboration over competition.
The Girl In The Woods (USA | 2017, 18 min)
Directed by: Sebastian Sdaigui
The Girl In The Woods is a hyper realistic dark comedy that follows Beatrix, an eccentric self destructive girl, and Charlie, her naive brother, as they try and save the orphanage they grew up in by stealing a painting from a Snuff director.
The Last Goldfish (Australia, 1 hour 21 min)
Directed by: Su Goldfish
The Last Goldfish documents a daughter's search for her lost family. Rich with archival images, this suspenseful and surprising story – stretching from Australia to Trinidad, North America to WWII Germany – reveals the impact of war and displacement across generations.
The Light in the Afternoon (France, 15 min)
Directed by: David Steiner
He had no family, no father, no model. No one had told him life was just... that. When he ran into her after 7 years, she suggested it.
The Man Behind the Music (USA, 37 min)
Directed by: Evan Archerd, Bob Burton
The Man Behind The Music is the story of Henry Lewy, the unsung giant among the music producers and engineers of the rock era.
The Mathematics Engraver (Le Graveur de mathématiques) (France, 28 min)
Directed by: Quentin Lazzarotto
Patrice Jeener, one of the last artist-engravers, draws and engraves mathematical objects. For him, as for mathematicians, human imagination is not bounded by our earthly dimensions.
The Musician Under New York (USA, 9 min)
Directed by: Joy Le Li
“The Musician Under New York” documents Zongli Lu, a struggling immigrant, who finally achieves his American dream in an unexpected way: by becoming a subway musician.