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!
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
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
Dir: Riley Stearns
USA – 2012
Everyone knows that wolves make the best parents. Right?
- WORLD PREMIERE
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
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
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
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