I will be screening 8 short films that were selected by the audience of the Rochester International Short Film Festival as the "Best of the Fest" over the last 7 years. The screening starts at 6:30 pm in the library meeting room. This selection of films, ranging from 7 minutes to 25 minutes, originate from Germany, Australia, Israel, and the US. There are dramas, comedies and even an 8 minute musical. The 55th Annual Rochester International Short Film Festival is held the next week at the Dryden Theater with free admission, and is the oldest, continuously held short film festival in the world.
Come see some short cinematic gems at the Winton Library, and then join us after at the Winfield Grill for food, drink and discussion. I want to hear what you think.
I was a screener for the films for this years festival, a very unique event for our area. Come see this years winners at the Dryden on Thursday - Saturday April 25 - 27, free admission, donations accepted.
Here is the program I wrote for the event:
Short films screening at Winton Library
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7pm
Welcome. These short films were entries in our Rochester International Short Film Festival, the longest running short film festival in the world. I hope you enjoy them.
The 2013 Rochester International Short Film Festival runs April 25 - 27 and takes place in the Dryden Theater of the George Eastman House. Admission free, donations accepted. http://rochesterfilmfest.org/
1). Kodachrome (Germany, 5:26 min.) (Loss of film) Dedicated to a product of Rochester ingenuity, Kodachrome film. With some of the last few rolls of Kodachrome you could buy, German filmmakers made a reminiscence about those days of Kodachrome to the music of Paul Simon’s “Mama, Don’t take my Kodachrome Away.”
2). MIA (USA, 7:43 min.) (Lost innocence) Through Kodachrome home movies, we learn of the loving relationship of a little girl and her big brother. After the brother returns from Vietnam an injured vet, their relationship is not the same.
3). Borderline (USA, 10 min.) (Fear of losing) A mother is protective of her young teenage boy as he starts to date girls, but to what degree are her measures over the line? (comedy)
4). Edgar & Elizabeth (Australia, 16:15 min.) (Finding another) Elizabeth starts a new job operating a copy machine in a very dangerous office. Coming to her rescue is a very strange repairman reciting incantations to control the machine. Communicating through photocopies and fighting the machine together, can they find love? (comedy)
5). Touch (USA, 11 min.) (Finding an Angel) A hauntingly beautiful film by filmmaker Jen McGowan. Two strangers make a most important connection in their lives while waiting for a subway train. The film explores isolation in a city and the need for another. Filmed in downtown LA for about $12,000.
6). Road to Tel-Aviv (Israel, 18 min.) (Fear) Life in Israel and the West Bank is filled with fear of terrorists. Do we let these fears of the unknown control our lives?
7). Interpretation ( USA, 7 min.) (Conquering fear) A young couple out for a walk confront a gang of thugs. Applying different interpretations of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War , the situation plays out with those involved gaining a little enlightenment. Lin Oeding filmed this on a $35,000 budget in Los Angeles. (Contains violent content)
8). Penguin: The Musical (USA, 8:21 min.) (Fun) How can you cope with the love of your life leaving for Antarctica to study penguins? Through song, sweeping camera angles and singing stuffed penguins, thats how! Another fine short from the students at Florida State University film school. (Comedy)