SHORTS: Avant-Garde Shorts
Directed By: Various
Run Time: 92 Minutes

Anthem Directed by Robert Todd 3 minutes

Troubled times call for troubling measures. We have used our powers to build our House as we have seen fit, perfectly hollow, reflecting nothing of consequence. The end is near, and we have ushered it in.

Banzo Directed by Pedro Henrique Brum Gossler  15 minutes

Marcelo, a bus driver, is stuck with the only image he can see.

Dark Logic Directed by Margaret Rorison 5 minutes

An ode to the restricted space and surveillance in the skies. Sound derived from a live performance by sound artist Mario de Vega. Shot in Los Angeles, Summer 2015.

The Domestic Life of a Housecat Directed by Marnie Ellen 4 minutes

The curse of hindsight and the desperate pursuit of intimacy portrayed through a personal collection of voicemails, sex tapes, animation, and spite.

Hotel 22 Directed by Elizabeth Lo 9 minutes

Each night in Silicon Valley, a public bus transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. Hotel 22 captures a single, dramatic night on the Line 22 route.

The Man From Hong Kong Directed by Karen Yasinsky 7 minutes

An internalized collage film which started with the found vacation film someone gave to me many years ago. The script I recorded for the film was resistant but the photographs of Man Ray, Paul Outerbridge and the soundtracks from Bruce Lee films attached themselves. Everyone wants to touch someone.

One Document For Hope Directed by Margaret Rorison 8 minutes

The sterile and procedural narrative of the Baltimore City Police Scanner recorded on Monday, April 27, against precious moments of gathering, celebration and protest in Baltimore from April 28 – May 3, 2015. Shot on 16mm. Audio recordings provided by Karl Ekdahl. 

Open Hearing Directed by Brian Ashby, John Corbett, and Terri Kapsalis 10 minutes

A dog is rescued from the railroad tracks. Citizens have their say while councilmen watch. Which is more precarious? Will somebody please do something? A collaborative meditation on the tensions between image, sound, and word that journeys beyond the human in the circus of politics.

Peace In The Absence of War Directed by Theo Anthony

On April 28th, 2015, a week after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra held a “Concert for Peace” in downtown Baltimore, approximately a mile away from the site of Gray’s arrest. The performance was free to attend. Footage is culled from that concert, along with various demonstrations on that same day. All nights shots were taken after a military-enforced 9PM curfew while following the route of Freddie Gray’s arrest.

Sentient 1 Directed by Ashley Sabin 4 minutes

A woman awakes from a dream and explores life. Her life is embodied in these images and sounds.  Sentient 1 is a poem from lost fragments stitched together creating an evocative journey through time.  It is also alive a real thing.  

Sentient 2 Directed by Ivetta Kang & Ashley Sabin 4 minutes

I had a dream. The dream that we were going to be apart. Waking up, realizing I am being in a different city in distance where you are in. I can only talk about my old memories to dreams. Becoming a dream is an approach toward our memories.

A Tone Halfway Between Lightness and Darkness  Directed by Kelly Sears 8 minutes

A visit with lost mediums, lost lives, lost histories, and lost hopes. In middle gray.

Writing History with Lightning Directed by Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib 10 minutes

Writing History With Lightning is a meditation on a century of American racial tension, bookended by the theatrical release of Birth of a Nation in 1915 and the protests of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore in 2015. The film is set in the crumbling Parkway Theatre in Baltimore, where Birth was first screened a century ago. Here, the derelict structure is reanimated by the deeply troubling scenes from D.W. Griffith's racist epic.


Thursday May 5th, 2016 at 7:35pm Saturday May 7th, 2016 at 2:15pm