Shorts

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 AT 9:00PM

LET’S CONNECT
Cultivating relationships new and old, often when you least expect it.

Karma Gettin

Featuring:
Karma Gettin’

Ben M.F. Rapson – Seattle, WA – 7 min
A confused and distressed waitress fumbles through a series of baffling events in order to find the answers she needs in this new take on silent film.

El Camino Solo
Shawn Telford – Seattle, WA – 12 min
Without any other options at his disposal, a man stranded on the side of the desert highway must learn to trust others in order to make it to the next town.

Signs Everywhere
Julio Ramirez – Seattle, WA – 11 min
A father of two goes through life ignoring the obvious, but all it takes is someone who cares to wake him up to reality.

The Perfect Pieces
Krk Nordenstrom – Seattle, WA – 6 min
Things go horribly awry when a father tries to sabotage his daughter’s restaurant business.

Overlooked
Brad Singley – Renton, WA – 4 min
“Hey you! No, not you. Yeah, the other guy.”

Next Like
Milton Ng – Vancouver, BC – 12 min
Kenny tries to cheer up his brother-in-law after a bad break-up by showing him all the other social media left in the sea.

Melvin the Birder
David Emmite – Portland, OR – 5 min
In search of the elusive Mustard Billed Wood-Pecking Belly Wiggler, Melvin must use his cunning to capture the photograph he’s been searching for all these years.

Wishful Thinking
Matthew Law – Seattle, WA – 18 min
Trained and prepped by his steadfast friends, Jayhouse tries for love by snagging the girl of his dreams.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 2:15PM

WOMEN’S MOVEMENTS
Women tell stories of navigating critical life moments.

 

Every Beautiful Thing

 

 

Featuring:
Julia’s Farm

Sudeshna Sen – Seattle, WA – 15 min
Two women hatch a plot to steal money through life insurance fraud and must handle the consequences that follow.

Rue’s Eden
Micaela R. Colman – Kent, WA – 16 min
After a tragedy shatters her life into unrecognizable fragments, Rue has to find a way to pick up the pieces again.

Every Beautiful Thing
Sonya Lea – Seattle, WA – 11 min
Two sisters must wade their way through remembrance and forgiveness as their mother lay dying.

Take Me Home
Kim Tran – Vancouver, BC – 17 min
Dragged from her self-induced seclusion, Lily must make the choice between moving forward with her life, or remaining trapped in a past she can’t escape.

Luk’luk’l: Mother
Wayne Wapeemukwa – Vancouver, BC – 20 min
Contrasting rampant poverty and social neglect against the backdrop of blind patriotism, this film follows mother and sex-worker Stoney as she tries to navigate her own life.

American Gladiators
Lara Gallagher – Portland, OR – 11 min
Caught in a rivalry with her little sister, Jean must learn to accept the discord that comes with having a sick sibling.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 3:15pm

YOUNG FUTURES
Two mid-length docs focus on kids’ perspectives as they look forward.

 

Ethan's Wish

 

 

Featuring:
Ethan’s Wish

Michael Manglia – Seattle, WA – 24 min
After Ethan Zakes passed away of a rare disease, his family raises awareness of the disease by teaming with the local skateboarding community, promoting early screening in order to save the lives of many young boys.

Before
Terrence Brown – Seattle, WA – 37 min
Before looks at life through the eyes of a pre-teen on the last day of elementary school as these kids straddle the line between child and adolescent.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 5PM

LOCAL FACES, CHANGING SPACES
Documentations of the longing to thrive, no matter the circumstances.

 

On Mothers and Daughters

 

 

Featuring:
Moving Day

Zheng Wang – Issaquah, WA – 13 min
Forced to move after her apartment building is sold, Melina tells the story of her time in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood.

A Rich Mann
Bernard Mann – Seattle, WA – 15 min
A sailor and photographer, Richard Mann tells the stories of his past and his personal philosophy on life.

Local Treasure
Christy X – Seattle, WA – 20 min
As Seattle strives to preserve its natural landscape, the shores of the local waterfronts require restoration in order to protect near-shore forests and their wildlife.

Luchadora
Amber Cortes – Seattle, WA – 7 min
As the first fully debuted Lucha Libre wrestler in all the northwest, La Avispa explores what it’s like to be part of the luchador culture.

On Mothers and Daughters
Maria Gallen-Kallela – Seattle, WA – 24 min
Struggling to support her mother and her daughter in Senegal, Nabou strives for a Western life that can bring happiness to her family, but finds that the path is filled with obstacles.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT 4PM

AFTERNOON AT THE MUSEUM
You’ll be delighted by your local art museum’s hidden treasures.

 

Art of the Guardin' Variety

 

 

Featuring:
Listening to Bierstadt

Michael Seiwerath – Seattle, WA – 4 min
An intermingling of sound, visual art, and audience observation, creating waves of noise with spaces of silence.

Art of the Guardin’ Variety
Aaron Bourget – Seattle, WA – 27 min
Hired by the Seattle Art Museum to protect the exhibits, six artists delve into their work and the methodology behind it, as well as the reasons they took the job as security.

Special Ticket Pricing: $6 General

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 9PM

EXPERIMENTALLY YOURS
Distance and intimacy, life and death, and where these intersect.

 

Collision

 

 

Featuring:
Everyday Magic
Shannon Stewart – Seattle, WA – 19 min
The intimate moments of a daily routine are captured in this observational piece on bodies and space.

Abandoned Generations
Linda Fenstermaker – Seattle, WA – 10 min
Through overlapping layers of film, Abandoned Generations tells the story of a female farmer living in the 1940s and the distance modern generations have placed between themselves and the land they live on.

Am I Being Clear?
Anna Firth – Olympia, WA – 5 min
Illustrated in the form of fable, this film uses layers of clear materials to show just how muddled our idea of clarity really is.

Surface Waves
Reed O’Bierne – Seattle, WA – 4 min
A woman ruminates on the meaning of self, confronting her own image through movement and dance.

Collision
Abbey Sacks – Kirkland, WA – 2 min
Exploring the intersections of car crashes and human experience, this experimental film uses dance poetry to ask what it means to accept one’s self.

Notes from the Farm
Caryn Cline – Seattle, WA – 7 min
Interweaving “botanicollage” film, scenes of the countryside, and a jazz soundtrack, Notes from the Farm investigates the juxtapositions of urban and rural life.

Frontier Journals 03: Aztec Baldwin Collage
Georg Koszulinski – Seattle, WA – 10 min
Found in the Mission District of San Francisco, Craig Baldwin pieces together bits of found footage, creating works that criticize and condemn the colonization of the American frontier.

Hidden Picture
Hayley Park – Seattle, WA – 8 min
The proof of existence by witness and the role of the indifferent gaze in the cycle of violence.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 9pm

 

Bladfold

 

 

Bladfold: The Story of Brad Nixon
David Nixon – Seattle, WA – 45 min
An animated musical documentary about the life and times of Seattle Buddhist leader Brad Nixon.

Screens with:
The Shelf

David Nixon – Seattle, WA – 25 min
Through animation and song, David tells a story about him and his brother that he remembers from before he was born, and of the shelf that would dictate how their lives would be.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 9PM

FOREBODING FICTION – at THE GRAND ILLUSION
Cutting-edge storytellers deliberate on our sense of self.

Drexel

Featuring:
Collision

Lael Rogers – Seattle, WA – 14 min
Struggling with the aftermath of a car crash, a young girl tries to keep a handle on reality, all while facing up to her own self-identity.

The Virgin a Journey Through Three Loves
JP Schmidt – Seattle, WA – 14 min
A mixture of performance footage and sensor painting. Each layer of the film (visuals, score, and editing) depicts a different love in life with the idea of sex in mind and how it is represented with each person differently but all as one.

Drexel
Alexander Lenzi – Seattle, WA – 34 min
Drexel explores the concept of ‘mirroring’ through a young man with no sense of self.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 at 7:15PM

PORTRAITS OF TWO ARTISTS
The lifelong artist’s struggle to create and inspire.

Dino Saluzzi

Featuring:
Thirsting

Ethan Steinman – Kirkland, WA – 17 min
Exploring the delicate and dangerous art of glassblowing, Martin Blank discusses the teamwork and persistence it takes to sculpt out of hot glass.

Dino Saluzzi: Every Sound is Music
Pete Vogt – Seattle, WA – 40 min
A music documentary on Argentinean musician Dino Saluzzi. As a talented and famous bandoneon player, Saluzzi delves into his life as well as the inspiration for his music.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 9PM

LOSING YOUR HEAD – at THE GRAND ILLUSION
Late night thrills to make you question your sanity.

 

Summer of '69

Featuring:
The Graveyard Shift

Peter Feysa – Seattle, WA – 7 min
Working nights can be a dangerous business.

Alone
Kris & Lindy Boustedt – Seattle, WA – 31 min
The first night alone in a new house can always be frightening, but when strange occurrences begin to disturb the new owner, she must decide whether it’s her own imagination or something much more sinister.

Summer of ‘69
Matt Holmes & Ellen Steves – Seattle, WA – 40 min
How far would you go for family? This dark chiller examines just exactly what it means to lose yourself in the depths of collective insanity.

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