2012 Online New England Film Festival
After his diagnosis with terminal cancer, eccentric filmmaker Sanjiban Sellew spent his final days at home with family and friends. Choosing to be as open with death as he was with life, he narrated on camera the extraordinary changes happening to him: “I feel myself becoming less of a human being daily, by the cancer in my brain that’s still chomping away at my electronics, my circuit boards.” After two and a half months, he died at home in rural Massachusetts. This short documentary takes place in the space and time between the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. With his twin brother John as our guide, we ferry Sanjiban’s body from home—a makeshift shrine in the dining room—to the furnace that will consume his earthly remains. “Sanjiban” is an intense, life-affirming story about the profoundly human experience of saying goodbye.
Beautifully shot on super 16mm film, this film portrays the journeys of a diversity of couples who all arrive at the same universal moment: romantic disconnect. This allows the film to celebrate previously unseen characters, which form the contemporary American social tapestry.
Stranded is a story about a young man who finds himself lost in New York City after a heavy night of drinking. On his journey home he reflects upon his life. The story is told through a series of voice-mails from his friends and family that he is unable to receive because his cell phone is broken. The messages from his phone help generate context for the action on screen much like title cards in a silent film.
In Boston, the city that brought us Cheers, there really is a place where the staff know all the regulars by name. But it’s not a bar, it’s a downtown diner that’s been there since the 1940s and has become a historical and cultural icon. 24 Hours At The South Street Diner introduces a diverse group of waiters, regulars, late-night revelers and local celebrities who call Boston’s only 24/7 restaurant home. They share stories of why this tiny diner means so much to the neighborhood and the city of Boston and how it’s survived fires, bankruptcies and even an attempt to revoke its late night license.
Sweet Heart won the 48 Hour Film Slam of the 2012 Green Mountain Film Festival. The film is a “Mockumentary” about maplesugaring and features the legendary maple sugar maker Bob Miller, who shares his insights after sixty years of sugaring with the audience.
In this musical re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel, the witch serves as a mother figure to Gretel. But when Gretel discovers that the Witch plans to eat Hansel, she has to decide between her old family and her new one.
A short film following a day in the life of Omar Ndiaye, a Senegalese taxi cab driver in New York City, who learns that any day could be his last.
In the desert of Nevada, His Excellency Kevin Baugh has founded the independent Republic of Molossia and created a faux secession. With a population of 6 (including his 3 faithful dogs) and a complex infrastructure that ranges from a miniature railroad system to a customs booth at the front door, Molossia provokes and makes us reflect upon the meaning of sovereignty and the limits of our individual freedoms.
Talking sausages. Flying nachos. Evil burgers. When Mike tries to maintain his new diet at a Super Bowl party full of food, all hell breaks loose.
Arnold is retired and nearly broke. In order to help pay for his sick wife’s health care costs he smuggles prescriptions across the Mexico border with his best friend Rocky. But things go from bad to worse one night when the shipment is not what they expected.