Shorts Package 1: “In Transition”
When: Friday, September 15 4PM
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake
The subjects of these seven short documentaries are in transition…whether that’s geographically, physically, or in terms of their personal identity.
A Doll’s Eyes
Director: Jonathan Wysocki
Run Time: 12 mins
In his personal essay film, filmmaker Jonathan Wysocki searches for the meaning behind his lifelong obsession with the movie ‘Jaws.’ Wysocki recounts the terror that kept him out of the ocean during his childhood and the dark desire that drew him back as an adult. He returns to the ocean to discover a fear deeper than the shark stalking his imagination.
Director: Tal Amiran
Run Time: 14 mins
Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason – to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets. They try to find hope in the hardships they endure, while thoughts of their children’s futures keep them going.
The Art and Dreams of D.J. Sheskin
Director: Emily Sheskin
Run Time: 2 mins
At 73-years-old, D.J. Sheskin dreams of seeing his art in MoMa before he dies. This short piece explores the artist’s body of work, his dreams, and his general outlook on being an artist.erience.
Director: Marisa Pearl & Andrea Meller
Run Time: 11 mins
An airport motel off of I-95 is an unlikely haven for asylum seekers during their first hours in America. And yet, after their long journeys, this is where many refugees will spend their very first night in this country, before taking connecting flights to their final point of resettlement. “Hotel U.S.A.” captures a group of newcomers during their first moments in the country, exploring the sense of loss and hope that pervades the refugee experience.
We Are All Made of Stars
Director: Eduardo Menz
Run Time: 6 mins
From the comical, non-violent, slightly erotic to the downright inexplicable, a short film about bruises.
Director: Carlos Cova
Run Time: 12 mins
Memories help us look back and re-interpret the experiences that we have gone through. But memories are not infallible, they evolve and change as much as we do. Emir Kamenica takes us through what he remembers from the Bosnian War and how it changed his family.
The Wizard Oz
Director: Danny Yourd
Run Time: 22 mins
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, known simply as “OZ”, is a self-described wizard. Being a product of the 1960’s renaissance era where new art, ideas, and beliefs emerged, OZ created a life for himself that is truly stranger than fiction. Raising mythical beasties, seeking out legends, and experiencing the magic of love brings OZ to an important question…will he be remembered?