Jury Award Winner
This short documentary film is the soul of Anna, a beautiful Native American mother, grandmother and wife who has fell victim to Alzheimer’s. Throughout her lifetime Anna has watched many family members lose their battles with this disease. This film is only through her eyes.
Through a series of looping, black and white shots, the life and legacy of Boston’s notorious James Michael Curley is interrogated, alongside the traditions of history-telling, utility of the past, and commodification of memory. Just as James Michael Curley challenged and redefined the dominant politics of early 20th century Boston; just as Curley’s legacy has been simplified and sanitized; just as history in general blunts and sculpts facts to meet an end; Curley: A Historiophoty by Billy Palumbo challenges narrativization, chronology, linearity, and objectivity in history-telling not in a search for truth but a quest for questions.
Annie, fed up with how she is treated at home, runs away. She does however, make sure to write to her family, providing explanation of her departure, and the grand visions of the life in front of her.
Capturing the unsettling essence of a Twilight Zone episode and the sci-fi tone of a Ray Bradbury story, this reflective short film casts a bleak look at how technology can backfire at bringing us closer together, unintentionally creating more isolation and loneliness than ever before, sometimes leading to harrowing and tragic results.
“Machsom,” the Hebrew word for “Checkpoint,” tells the story of Yaniv Greenblatt, a young Israeli soldier stationed at one of the most dangerous such checkpoints along the West Bank. He would like to be a pacifist and struggles to be fair to the Palestinians, but has to contend with the prying eyes of his superiors. The problems Yaniv faces at home are no easier. His mother is a wheelchair bound hard-right-winger due to the same terrorist attack that killed her husband.
The story centers on Yaniv’s relationship with his younger brother, Avi, who attends one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab schools in Israel, and builds towards an incident at the checkpoint that challenges all involved to reconsider their previous resolve.
Underwater was shot in the waters of Cape Cod in Provincetown, Massachusetts as a collaboration between video artist sam smiley and musician and performer Zoe Lewis. smiley’s cinematography takes the viewer on an underwater tour in and through the water as Zoe performs her music.
Shot completely underwater by sam smiley, it is a mesmerizing and beautiful adaptation of Lewis’s song. It features tidal pools, angry crabs, inquisitive fish, and Zoe, effervescent, with her cardboard ukelele. “Underwater” is a musical selection from Lewis’s latest album, “Rotary Phone”. Rotary Phone celebrates the simpler side of life with 10 great songs full of gypsy and brazillian grooves, a touch of french flair, a little swing and even a taste of India!
An animated short about a teen’s triumphant, touching and often hilarious adjustment after losing his eye in a fireworks accident.
Set against the backdrop of modern day India, The Theft is the story of four people caught in a situation that sets the stage for the induction of innocent young minds into a class and caste based society. Seven-year-old Arjun and his mother Ira have just moved from the US to Mumbai, India. Pandu, is their new servant and shy eight-year-old Bhima is Pandu’s son. One afternoon, a large sum of money goes missing from Ira’s home and they are all thrown into a storm of revelations when Ira accuses Pandu of the theft. Will they find the truth?
For Haven, the world is flat, empty, but her colorless daily routine is instantaneously flooded with life when she mistakenly intercepts an earnest broadcast on the CB, delivered by a passionate woman known only as Cobalt. During the message the mesmerized young Haven learns of an extraterrestrial threat, as yet secret, which has integrated itself into our world. Cobalt is the leader of The Resistance, the only force standing in the way of total annihilation of the human race.