2018 Films: R
Racing Against BRCA (USA, 11 min)
Directed by: Trevor Banks
Cast: Director of Photography: Trevor Banks, Editor: Trevor Banks, Music: Dan Phillipson, Emmet Cooke, Reaktor Productions, CAST: Caroline Plank
A young woman’s aspiration to run in the 2017 NYC Marathon is put to the test after she decides to undergo a life altering surgery to reduce her inevitable chances of getting cancer.
Rainmaker (USA | 2018, 19 min)
Directed by: Kristen Hester
Cast: Katherine Cronyn, Craig Ng, Kira Bennett
A young mother struggles with the demon of her eating disorder and the implication that it holds for her six-year-old daughter.
Rapture (USA | 2017, 3 min)
Directed by: Victor Garrido
When a spaceship crashes in the forest, a raptor's leisure turns into a pursuit for the most elusive prey.
Raúl de Nieves Is an American Artist (USA, 7 min)
Directed by: Ian Forster
From his basement studio in Ridgewood, Queens, acclaimed artist Raúl de Nieves creates an epic stained glass mural for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Born in Mexico, de Nieves immigrated to San Diego at the age of nine and has been living in New York since 2008. “Growing up in Mexico was really magical because I got to see a lot of forms of celebration,” says the artist. “I got to experience death as a really young child. That’s what my work is about: it’s like seeing the facets of happiness and sadness all in one place.” His commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art gave de Nieves the opportunity to experiment with the tradition of stained glass, and combine this new light-infused installation with existing figurative sculptures. With gaffers tape, paper, and color gels, de Nieves created a narrative that begins with personal struggle and self-doubt, but ends with a celebration of life. In reflecting upon his father’s early death and his mother’s courageous decision to move their family to the United States, de Nieves sees the installation both as a form of remembrance and evidence of the achievement of an American community whose very identity is under threat.
Reading Room (USA, 5 min)
Directed by: Sandy White
Written by: Sandy White
Driven to protect his identity, an introspective bookkeeper explores the power of thought and memory within a broken world of book burning and censorship. Drawing from Borges’ The Library of Babel, Nazi book burning parties of WWII and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, this 360VR story takes the viewer from an infinite library of free thought to the infernal scenes of it's destruction. Amongst the ashes of the written word, our bookkeeper questions what is required of us to protect and nurture our cultural identity.
Rey (Australia | 2017, 15 min)
Directed by: Ryan Chamley
Written by: Luke Saliba
After the death of a work colleague, Rey has a crash landing and re-evaluates his life learning to climb out of his comfort zone.
Rhapsody in Blueberry (France | 2017, 4 min)
Directed by: Gaelle Denis
Cast: India Hair
Rhapsody, a wild young woman, pushes the limits to find a deeper meaning in her life. She faces the bald reality of not being heard and seen for what she is. She learns how to cope with this struggle through the power of her imagination.
Roar Epic (Italy | 2017, 7 min)
Directed by: Vincenzo Ardito
Road Epic is the title of a web series that wants to show the theme of unemployment in a funny way. The two English terms “Roar” and “Epic” are the anagram of the Italian word “precario” (unemployed).
Rock Bottom (Australia | 2018, 7 min)
Directed by: Nick Baker, Tristan Klein
Welcome to Rock Bottom - a filthy underground bar, full of filthy underground bugs.
Rone (Australia, 9 min)
Directed by: Lester Francois
A distinctive portrait in VR of street artist Rone, whose stunning large-scale portraits are often seen in forgotten spaces around the city.
Rooftop Refuge (USA, 5 min)
Directed by: Andrew Leibman
A short documentary about Brooklyn local, Dave Malone, and how his passion for flying pigeons shaped his life.