Shorts Package: “Stay the Course

When: Thursday, May 12th at 4:30pm
Where: Sie FilmCenter
Is perseverance a universal human experience? In these seven short docs, people maintain their positions, doing things their own way despite confusion, pushback, or negative consequences from those around them.

NYChapters: Bryan “Monkey” Northam

Director: Alexander Hankoff
Country: USA
Run Time: 9 mins

Description:

A day in the life of Central Park carriage driver Bryan Northam as he ‘hacks’ customers and shares stories from his 34 year long career.


Stateless

Director: Mike Holland
Country: USA
Run Time: 15 mins

Description:

Fleeing the violent Syrian Crisis, refugees resettle in Detroit where they face pushback from the locals of their new community.


Mumbai Mornings

Director: Veena Rao
Country: USA
Run Time: 7 mins

Description:

At 5am everyday, before the crowds, traffic and heat descend on the city, Abbas Sheikh, a top ultramarathon runner, gets up to run along Mumbai’s picturesque Marine Drive. By 9am, he is at work in a hot, cramped factory where he polishes jewelry for 12 hours a day. Abbas describes these contrasting realities and the world that has opened up to him while running through the vibrant city he calls home.


Starring Austin Pendleton

Director: Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes
Country: USA
Run Time: 19 mins

Description:

Austin Pendleton is that quintessential character actor you might recognize. We follow Austin as he reflects on his life and craft, while his A-list peers discuss his vast influence and dogged determination, and what it means to be an original in today’s celebrity-obsessed world.

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Nocturnes: The Paintings of Eric Merrell

Director: Alec Ernest
Country: USA
Run Time: 6 mins

Description:

Los Angeles artist Eric Merrell is best known for “Nocturnes”, a series of abstract desert works that he has painted all over Southern California, each solely by the light of the moon. When night falls and the desert takes on a surreal and mysterious beauty, the edges blur and shapes transform, and solitude takes on a whole new meaning.


Patrolling Sandy Hook

Director: Kelly Quinn and Caroline Clark
Country: USA
Run Time: 20 mins

Description:

The mass murder of twenty children and six adults inside an elementary school is still hard for many to believe…and some choose not to.


The Useless Sea

Director: Franck Tabouring
Country: USA
Run Time: 7 mins

Description:

‘The Useless Sea’ takes viewers on a cinematic journey around the Salton Sea, California’s largest body of water, and a tragic mistake.