Shorts Block: Sound & Vision
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St
Pre-Show Reception starts an hour before screening time. Q&A Talk-back with filmmakers starts immediately following screening.Big Bag/ THIS IS SHE / Confluence/ Corazón Salvaje (Heart Unhinged)/ The Emotional Dimensions of the James River/ Rhythm of the City / sheBig BagAnimation, 14 min. SpainDirected by Ricardo Martin ColomaNYC PremiereWorld and society dictates where and how much time you have to be for every second of your life.We work, sleep, buy things to feed an enormous machine that rules all of this questions.Do we really need to depend on a superior machine?Brooklyn Connection:All the crew members live here and the film is a vision of all of us arriving here and finding the city of New York. The film is a photograph of what we thought is the city from a Brooklyn living point of view. A picture of what was happening at that other side of the bridge. Even the J train line appears at a moment of the film.This is SheDrama, 10 min. USADirected by Tarik KaramWorld PremiereA grieving woman moves into a new apartment and discovers an amorphous, mold like spot on the walls. As she settles into her home, she is forced to confront the spot which refuses to go away. Brooklyn Connection:The film was conceived, shot, and finished in Brooklyn.THIS IS SHE from TARIK KARAM on Vimeo.ConfluenceExperimental (Film As Art), 6 min. USADirected by Noah ShulmanThere is always movement, even in stillness. Things around us are constantly changing in tiny ways that we don’t notice, eventually building up to growth and death. In “Confluence,” a new film by director Noah Shulman, viewers look beyond what the human eye is capable of seeing to experience those moments in between the transformations that we perceive.Created with specialty macro lenses and microscopes and shot in 4K resolution, the film reveals hauntingly beautiful movement at the microscopic level and reminds viewers that everything around them is in flux, even when the surface is calm. The film is part of Mental Fabrications, an installation by architect Ion Popian that aims to map the mind's mental landscape through electroencephalogram (EEG) and 3D printing.Brooklyn Connection:Noah is a resident of Williamsburg and was born and raised in New York City. The film's DP was born and raised in Bensonhurst as well.Confluence - Trailer from Sleepless City Productions on Vimeo.Corazón Salvaje / Heart UnhingedExperimental (Film As Art), 5 min USADirected by Andrew KeatingBrooklyn PremiereAbjuring conventional narrative, Corazón Salvaje expresses the stubborn independence of our internal organs and our feckless attempts to control them.Brooklyn Connection:Corazón Salvaje was made in the computer lab at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights where I have taught art since 1988.The Emotional Dimensions of the James RiverExperimental (Film As Art), 3 min. USADirected by Michelle MarquezNYC PremiereMusically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project, this experimental short film explores the deeply rooted biological connection that the human brain forms with complex images, sounds, and music. Using drones for aerial photography and special Infrared cameras, fifteen-year-old filmmaker Michelle Marquez breaks down the barrier between science and art in this unique visual and auditory experience.Brooklyn Connection:From Michelle: "I am a 15 year old sophomore in high school with BIG dreams. One of my biggest dreams is to study at the Pratt Institute. Recently in a visit to Pratt's main campus in Brooklyn, I felt very much at HOME. And I asked myself why? And the reason was because the beauty of those Emotional 'roller-coaster' Dimensions transcended the physical location. I AM BROOKLYN-DREAMING."Rhythm of the CityAnimation, 2 min. USADirected by Julie GratzWorld PremiereAn invitation into the heart of New York City through the atmospheric art of BUA, and the extraterrestrial music of DJ Qbert and Dana Leong. Escape into moments in the streets that are filled with artistic expression from the hip hop culture of a vibrant metropolis. Directed by Julie Gratz, and animated by Julie Gratz and Ivo Stoop at KALEIDA.Brooklyn Connection:This film is inspired by New York and created in Brooklyn. The paintings of New York native Justin Bua come to life through the animation and direction of Julie Gratz at the KALEIDA studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The surreality of the piece is magnified by the music of Dana Leong and DJ Qbert which was recorded at Life After Dark Studio located in Harlem, New York.sheExperimental (Film As Art), 12 min. USADirected by Kyle ParsonsWorld PremiereSHE is about a girl who goes through her life doing everyday things. Running errands, washing dishes, watching movies. But no matter how normal and everyday her life may be, she's still under the eyes of strangers. She doesn't know they're observing her, but they are. Through time though, she begins to feel the weight of their gaze upon her. These strangers are unaware of the impact they're having on her. They are eventually confronted with the reality that their opinions and judgments don't exist in a vacuum, even as strangers.Brooklyn Connection:I was living in Bushwick when I wrote the script for this piece. I, and my closest collaborators in the film, all live in Brooklyn. We've all been active in different film and art communities around the borough as long as we've lived here. Brooklyn is the birthplace of the relationships and ideas that made this film possible.
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