2015 SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

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ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS!

(dir. Danny Madden)
2015 / USA / 4min / Animated Short

Synopsis
Any show you wanna watch in the palm of your hand! Crazy convenient! . . .crazy.

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Preceding the Opening Night documentary feature PLANETARY.

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AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

(dir. Jarred Alterman & Ryan Scafuro)
2015 / USA / 9min / Documentary Short

Synopsis
Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England – in a small town in upstate New York. AMERICAN RENAISSANCE takes you on a rollicking journey to one of the largest renaissance faires in the US, and a portrait of the characters that return year after year.

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Preceding the documentary feature WESTERN.

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BANANAS

(dir. Ben Petrie)
2015 / Canada / 12min / Narrative Short

Synopsis
The genetic blueprint of a bonobo and a human is 98.7% identical. One bright young bonobo named Pete jumps the last 1.3% and moves to the city in search of enlightenment.

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Preceding the narrative feature A WONDERFUL CLOUD.

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BUFFALO JUGGALOS

(dir. Scott Cummings)
2014 / USA / 30min / Experimental Short

Synopsis
An exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo NY. Long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which—causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of the everyday, preening, sexual gratification, backyard wrestling, explosions and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.

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Preceding the narrative feature JOY KEVIN.

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HOTEL 22

(dir. Elizabeth Lo)
2014 / USA / 8min / Documentary Short

Synopsis
Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public city bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world.

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Preceding the documentary feature APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT.

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NIGHT SOIL / FAKE PARADISE

(dir. Melanie Bonajo)
2015 / Netherlands / 32min / Experimental Short

Synopsis
NIGHT SOIL/FAKE PARADISE examines the healing effect of the hallucinatory plant Ayahuasca on modern man’s troubled mind. Can Ayahuasca be, for Western civilisation now, what LSD was for the 1960s? How can shamanism, medicinal drugs, sexuality and the return of the feminine be aligned with the narcissism of cyberspace? Can empathy, spirituality, feminism and ecological consciousness enable a healthy future for all living organisms on the planet?

// Filmmaker Website

Preceding the documentary feature THE LAST SEASON.

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PAPA MACHETE

(dir. Jonathan David Kane)
2015 / Haiti / 10min / Documentary Short

Synopsis
PAPA MACHETE is an intimate account of ‘Professor’ Alfred Avril, one of the world’s only known masters of the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing, known in Creole as Tire Machet. The film documents a proud, but aging man’s devotion to his heritage and his desire to continue tradition.

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Preceding the documentary feature PLANETARY.

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SLEEPING GIANT

(dir. Andrew Cividino)
2014 / USA / 17min / Narrative Short

Synopsis
Fourteen-year-old Adam is spending the summer in a small beach community on the North shore of Lake Superior. His dull summer routine shatters when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo, two smart alecks who fill their long days with adventures and reckless stunting. When Adam learns he is competing with Foster for the affection of his crush, Taylor, he is drawn into a dark and unfamiliar world which leads the boys to the top of the infamous Todd’s Cliff.

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Preceding the narrative feature LAKE LOS ANGELES.

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SOMETHING GIVES

(dir. Jotham Porzio, Kelsey Westerlund)
2015 / USA / 2min / Animated Short

Synopsis
They say there is a place in the world for everybody. With a little bit of persistence and a lot of curiosity, an extension cord finds his place in a city apartment.

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Preceding the documentary feature BIKES VS. CARS.

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SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN

(dir. Terence Nance)
2015 / USA / 23min / Experimental Short

Synopsis
A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and how to sing in church—in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.

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Preceding the narrative feature THE MAN IN THE WALL.

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THE GREGGS

(dir. Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Robert Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson, Jonathan Rosenblit)
2014 / USA / 20min / Narrative Short

Synopsis
The origin of the SATs in which Gregg, Gregg, Gregg and Gregg lose The Gregg.

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Preceding the special event SECRET SCREENING WITH ZACH WEINTRAUB.

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THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PRINT

(dir. Tim Mustoe)

Synopsis
A short documentary about La Grande’s local newspaper, The Observer.

2015 / USA (La Grande OR) / 25min / Documentary Short

Playing as part of the LOCAL SHOWCASE.

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WORLD OF TOMORROW

(dir. Don Hertzfelt)
2015 / USA / 16min / Animated Short

Synopsis
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

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Preceding the Closing Night narrative feature FUNNY BUNNY.