2020 Online New England Film Festival
In the heart of Crystal New Mexico, renowned Navajo Master Weaver Irene H. Clark lives with her family. Passing forward the artisan knowledge of her mother Glenebah Hardy, Irene and her children teach us what it means when a strong connection with one’s heritage, landscape, and family is woven together to create beautiful artwork.
Constance Smith is an Afro Latina plus size model from Boston, MA. She is an advocate for anyone struggling to love and accept their bodies. The documentary “Size 22” features how Constance Smith breaks the stereotypical beauty standard that idealizes thinness and pushes the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
16-year old Juana risks everything when she sneaks out to a party to get closer to her crush, Robin. Because Juana has a secret none of her friends know about: she is undocumented.
“From My Heart to Yours” provides an intimate look at how the availability and use of opioids have impacted the lives of many individuals throughout New England. It also offers an opportunity to see how the City of Somerville is working with the community to stamp out stigma by supporting the many individuals that are involved in recovery.
Where there is light, there will be shadows.
A group of young animators explore their relationships with their shadow side.
Johny is a small town executioner, slaying sinners who break the law. But Johny doesn’t want to be an executioner….he’d rather be a dancer.
Inspired by a real self-help book of the same name, “The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy” tells the story of a Hasidic couple tasked with consummating their marriage on their wedding night. The trouble is, no one ever taught them how. Starring: Felix Teich and Julie Benko.
In a not-so-distant future, Golda is the last dyke delivery driver handing off packages to isolated survivors living in denial of the impending, climate-accelerated apocalypse. The world hasn’t fully decayed yet, but there’s signs; a flaming meteor hangs above and rugged individualism is the new social reality.
Obsessive collectors await packages from Golda who shuttles from house-to-house in her sensible “Doomsday Delivery” hatchback. The different packages contain collectable miniatures, some political chotchkies, and even fancy lime green latex dresses. Each item is a representation or celebration of the political and material excesses directly responsible for ushering in the apocalypse. Golda communes for a bit with each customer to learn about their orders and what drove them to seek out these strange objects. She’s left wondering what ideas and items will survive the impending world’s end.
Golda’s roommates and friends seem unconcerned with the state of things, choosing to ignore the signs of decline. Instead, they indulge in decadent meals and reckon with the chaos through rituals and romance.
Eventually, they convince Golda to drive them to an unironically themed “end of the world” party where, amongst the benevolent frat bros and queers engaged in rageful ideological battles about identity, she meets Tova, a deeply reclusive queer who hasn’t left their house in a while. Tova and Golda quickly realize they’re the only two people who understand the gravity of the current situation, and decide to make the best of their limited time together.
Golda’s deliveries, adventures and final romance in Shelf Life examine the items, events, rituals and relationships that might help us divine meaning from an existence plagued by uncertainty and undeniable climate apocalypse.