2019, 83 minutes, Digital, NR
This innovative collection plays in the gray, showcasing works on the cusp of multiple genres. Beyond mere documentary, these works astutely blend aspects of narrative, animation, comedy, or the avant-garde into markedly nontraditional frameworks.
Corina Schwingruber Ilić, 2018, Switzerland, 10:00 minutes
Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.
Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, 2018, Germany, 5:00 minutes
Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.
Cuba Scalds His Hand
Abby Sun & Daniel Garber, 2019, USA, 4 minutes, World Premiere
Behind the scenes of the annual high school rodeo championship, Naudy Exposito, a.k.a. 'Cuba,' feeds the bucking horses and bulls. When an accident befalls him, he does what cowboys do best: work through the pain.
Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews
Meghan Fredrich, 2019, USA, 17:10 minutes, World Premiere
Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask)
Scott Calonico, 2019, UK/Germany/USA, 11 minutes
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the amazing origin story of one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created. In color.
Matt Meindl, 2018, USA, 5 minutes, Super 8
Faceless forms inhabit the shadow-sprayed remnants of an electronic shopping mall board game. Slumber party capitalism, now a bargain bin of lost dreams.
Pelourinho: They Don't Really Care About Us
Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2019, Ghana, 9 minutes, Super-8
Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019) is freely inspired by a letter in 1927 from Pan Africanist W.E.B. Du Bois to the American embassy in Brazil.
Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, 2018, USA, 10 minutes, 16mm & HD, World Premiere
An experimental reflection of a Japanese American family's history at an internment camp during World War II.
Jason Giampietro, 2018, USA, 6:00 minutes
On the eve of the 2018 NFL draft, a conversation about the top quarterback prospects available turns toward the league's tendencies of racial bias at its most prestigious position.
Artemis Shaw, 2019, USA, 6:35 minutes, World Premiere
After returning home from a family safari, an aspiring filmmaker turns her lens away from wild animals and onto her mother.