2013 Online New England Film Festival
An experimental undergraduate thesis film, A Descending Man is the story of a man in a turbulent relationship who must decide between mutual infidelity and a true chance at love, or misplaced loyalty and unhappiness.
Captain Eric Summers and Ambassador to Alien Life Forms Alex Tucker-Greene are the crew of Le Blue Stella, the most amazing vessel to drift above the earth’s atmosphere since the Apollo missions. What seems to be a simple adventure on the surface shows it has a deeper and more heartfelt connection to the real world. Above all, this is about their friendship.
It has always been my goal to live a creative life. In this short documentary I ask for advice from three of the most inspirational people I know: Steve Connor (luthier & owner of Connor Guitars), Martin Keen (Founder & CEO of Focal Upright Furniture), and Mike Fink (RISD Professor, Author).
If your girlfriend had the flu, would you still kiss her? What about if she might have viral Meningitis? For David, the answer is simple. Absolutely not. Unfortunately, David’s girlfriend doesn’t see it this way.
Back Around is an animated music video created by Shamus Alley. A graduate of the Maine College of Art, Shamus has always been looking for a way to marry his two loves: music and art. Portland, Maine landmarks and characters serve as the backdrop of the video with an animated version of the artist meandering through the non-linear landscape. Shamus spent the better part of a year drawing, digitizing, syncing and editing his video using Flash, After Effects and ProTools. The finished product retains a home-made feel with Shamus’ distinctive drawing style.
Mongolia is at the cusp of incredible growth, as its enormous mineral wealth is suddenly discovered and exploited by the western world. It has been called the Kuwait of East Asia. Billions of dollars are pouring into this land of less than three million people, whose population until recently was largely nomad. Can this traditional rural civilization, with a love for the land, withstand the muscle of the mining industry, as it tears up the countryside in a helter-skelter effort to maximize its sales, largely to China? Is Mongolia selling its birthright and future to the Chinese market? Greed, graft and corruption are lurking dangers — and yet, no one can deny that, if properly managed, Mongolia’s future has much to gain.
Laundromat. A woman is sitting and looking at spinning laundry drum while she eats a cotton candy. Her hands become sticky and she becomes dirty, a violent encounter with a stranger resurfaces. Her action of eating in the present merges with the past memory; the Laundromat becomes both an interior and exterior space filled with cotton candy. The machine’s repetitive noise fills the Laundromat and dictates the movement inside it. The sweetness becomes too sweet, sticky and soiling. And she is spinning. This non-genre film combines elements from Video-art, Video-dance and fictional-cinema.
Raising Emma examines the life of Emma, an adopted Asian American college student. Her story leads us from her experiences in an orphanage in China to growing up with her American family in Chicago.
Constraints is the story of a former nude model whose portrait is used to explore notions of exploitation vs. empowerment. While visualizing the tenuous line between “art” and “pornography,” the film extrapolates the details of the model’s former lifestyle: why it started, what happened at shoots, and why it ultimately wasn’t for her. Through aesthetic mystery and underlying tension, the documentary illuminates certain paradoxes of representation — the difference between intent and viewership. Told through the words of a former model, this tale of personal regret is made even more urgent because “what goes on the Internet, stays there forever.”
Artist Selina Trieff haltingly makes her way to her easel and gets ready to paint. And insists she will keep painting and drawing until her brush or pen drops from her hand.
Selina Trieff Will Not Stop is a humorous and touching portrait of a fearless American artist. Trieff has been called an American original by New York Times art critic John Russell.