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Thursday July 19: American Dreams and Nightmares

This month we’re proud to present a curated programme of notable American short films from the past decade or so. These films have played festivals around the world and we’re happy to bring them to you here in Toronto. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Thursday July 19th at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from CRYSTAL LAKE

CRYSTAL LAKE

Dir: Jennifer Reeder
USA – 2016

Crystal Lake is about a group of girls who take over a skate park, forming an all-female force field on the half pipe. There on the ramp, with no boys around, they are thriving and visible. This is an anthem for young feminists which presents female friends as a means to survive adolescence. EVERY GRRRL-SHAPED BREATH IS A BATTLE CRY.

Duration: 16:00


Still from STRYKA

STRYKA

Dir: Emily Carmichael
USA – 2015

Stryka is an awesome reptile woman from another planet who does heists and odd jobs with her (literal) partner in crime, Callen. But she has a secret: she’s been stealing with somebody else. (She just wants a partner who cleans up well enough to pull off a fancy jewel heist once and a while–is that so wrong?) Anxious about her career in thievery and torn by her loyalty to competing thieves, Stryka has to figure out where she belongs. Luckily, she has a highly advanced robot therapist to talk it over with.

Duration: 8:00


Still from THE PROCEDURE

THE PROCEDURE

Dir: Calvin Lee Reeder
USA – 2016

A man is tranquilized on the street and wakes to find himself tied up in empty room. But what is that thing coming down?

Duration: 4:00


Still from AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

Dirs: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
USA – 2007

While on their way to a mariachi recital, a devastating car crash forces a mother and her two sons to confront the truth about their past.

Duration: 10:00


Still from FRY DAY

FRY DAY

Dir: Laura Moss
USA – 2017

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989.

Duration: 16:00


Still from DARLING DARLING

DARLING DARLING

Dir: Matthew Lessner
USA – 2005

Meeting your date’s parents is never a comfortable experience, but the event is taken to unexpected levels of surreality in Matthew Lessner’s directorial debut starring Michael Cera as an awkward and flustered everyteen forced to make small talk with his prom date’s bizarre father.

Duration: 12:00


Still from MEN DON'T WHISPER

MEN DON’T WHISPER

Dir: Jordan Firstman
USA – 2017

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton decide the only way to regain their confidence and prove their masculinity is to sleep with some women. When they meet fellow conference attendees and pleasure seekers Beth and Dominique, it seems like a perfect match. Unfortunately sealing the deal is easier said than done.

Duration: 21:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Full(ish) Program for October 11 Screening

We’re waiting to hear back from one more filmmaker, but I figured you’d like to see the shape of our program, since our screening is just ONE WEEK AWAY! If you can’t figure it out already, I’m insanely excited about this particular slate of films, since I put it together all by myself. Normally, the core of our programming is the Future Shorts pop-up festival selection, but our quarterly screening and their selection are slightly out of sync at the moment. Look for more from Future Shorts in the new year. In the meantime, I got to put together a whole bunch of stuff that I liked. Two of our films came through our brand new submission process which makes me very happy. And one film is from local filmmaker Matt Brown, whom I’ve known for several years now. We’re also pleased to be screening for the first time at the very snazzy Carlton Cinemas, where they even sell popcorn!

Without further preamble, here is the lineup for next week! Please join us!


Still from The Secret Number

THE SECRET NUMBER

Dir: Colin Levy
USA – 2011

The Secret Number is a short sci-fi psychological drama that was created over a period of two years by a team of young filmmakers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Based on the short story by Igor Teper, The Secret Number is about a man whose world is thrown into question. Psychiatrist Simon Tomlin (Daniel Jones) has a troubling conversation with one of his patients, a brilliant mathematician named Ersheim (Tom Nowicki) who intends to prove the existence of a secret integer between three and four. Ersheim’s delusion compels Tomlin to dig deeper, but he only uncovers more questions — about fate, connection, and the nature of reality.

  • Best Student Film – Savannah Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Short – Charleston International Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from Foxes

FOXES

Dir: Lorcan Finnegan
Ireland – 2012

Ellen and James live alone in a silent maze of uniform houses populated only by spectral shrieking foxes. James commutes to and from work each day, leaving in the morning, returning at dusk. Ellen spends her time photographing the foxes. Her pastime becomes an obsession. An obsession that alienates James. One day she flees the house, vanishing into the endless rows of overgrown gardens…

  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Seattle International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Montreal World Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from The Cub

THE CUB

Dir: Riley Stearns
USA – 2012

Everyone knows that wolves make the best parents. Right?

  • WORLD PREMIERE

Duration: 5:00


Still from Aftermath on Meadowlark Lane

AFTERMATH ON MEADOWLARK LANE

Dir: David and Nathan Zellner
USA – 2007

Family secrets are spilled after a car accident on the way to a mariachi recital.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 10:00


Still from The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete

THE BALLAD OF POISONBERRY PETE

Dir: Adam Campbell, Elizabeth McMahill, and Uri Lotan
USA – 2012

This animated Western from student filmmakers at Ringling College of Art and Design could be called The Life of Pie.

  • Official Selection – LA Shortsfest
  • Official Selection – Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival
  • Student Grant Awardee – National Board of Review

Duration: 6:00


Still from Edmond Was A Donkey

EDMOND WAS A DONKEY

Dir: Franck Dion
France/Canada – 2012

Edmond is not like everybody else. A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job that he does extraordinarily well. He is, however, very aware that he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature.

  • Bravo FACT! Award for Best Canadian Short – Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award – Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from Who Remembers How It Ends?

WHO REMEMBERS HOW IT ENDS?

Dir: Matthew Brown
Canada – 2012

After a raucous bachelor party, one man recognizes another in an elevator. Or does he? It’s all got something to do with The Substream.

  • WORLD PREMIERE

Duration: 3:00