Shorts Package 1: “In Transition”

Shorts Package 1: “In Transition”

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. Purchase Tickets Now A Doll’s Eyes Director: Jonathan Wysocki Country: USA Run Time: 12 mins Description: 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. Sand Men Director: Tal Amiran Country: UK Run Time: 14 mins Description: 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 Country: USA Run Time: 2 mins Description: 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. Hotel USA Director: Marisa Pearl & Andrea Meller Country: USA Run Time: 11 mins Description: An airport motel off of I-95 is an unlikely haven for asylum seekers during their first hours in America. And yet, after...
“Impact On” The Environment: Atomic Homefront

“Impact On” The Environment: Atomic Homefront

Atomic Homefront Director Rebecca Cammisa, Producers Larissa Bills,James B. Freydberg, and “Just Moms from St. Louis will be in attendance  for a Q&A after the screening! Director: Rebecca Cammisa Country: USA Run Time: 96 mins When: Friday, Sept 15 at 7pm Where: Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse Purchase Tickets Now Synopsis: St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two communities: those along Coldwater Creek, where residents have high rates of very rare cancers, birth defects, and various autoimmune disorders that are potentially linked to ionizing radiation poisoning; and in Bridgeton, adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill, where an uncontrolled subsurface fire has been moving toward an area where the radioactive waste was buried. Just Moms STL, a group of mothers-turned-advocates, believes their communities are being poisoned and demands that the government either fully remove the waste or permanently relocate residents living nearest the landfill. At the same time, the grassroots organization Coldwater Creek — Just the Facts Please is working to educate the community and healthcare professionals and to promote community inclusion in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. About the Director: Director, producer, and shooter Rebecca Cammisa’s first feature documentary film, “Sister Helen,” aired on HBO, and went on to win the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award. In 2003, Rebecca Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 OSCAR®-nominated documentary, “Which Way Home” for which she received a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking. “Which...
Brimstone and Glory

Brimstone and Glory

Brimstone & Glory Director: Viktor Jakovleski Country: USA Run Time: 67 mins When: Saturday Sept 16 at 4pm Where: Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse Purchase Tickets Now       Synopsis: The bulls that storm through the alleyways of Tultepec breathe fire and brimstone, as the towers that dwarf the town go up in smoke. This small town is the setting for the annual fireworks festival. The dazzling displays are not just a show of talent and originality, but an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to demonstrate their courage. Fireworks are the town’s only industry. Adults and children prepare them together, under life-threatening conditions. Undeterred by the occasional accident, the fireworks people climb towers, light fuses, and run away from stray sparks, even during thunderstorms. “Scars”, they say, “are our souvenirs.” These rare images capture the beauty of the moments when everything burns and time stands still. About the Director: Brimstone & Glory: Facebook...
What the Doc? Late Night: Eric & Shaye

What the Doc? Late Night: Eric & Shaye

  What the Doc? Late Night. Eric & Shaye Director Larry Wessel in-person for after film Q&A!     Director: Larry Wessel Country: USA Run Time: 105 mins When: Saturday, Sept 16 at 10pm Where: Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse       Purchase Tickets Now Synopsis: I feel that Eric Fournier is an unsung hero of our contemporary cinema. I have not only made a documentary about Master Filmmaker Eric Fournier and his SuperStarlet Shaye Saint John but I want to personally see to it that Eric Fournier’s work be preserved for future generations to behold. It is my promise that ERIC & SHAYE will Shock, Surprise and Delight as it transcends rational thought, diving deeper and deeper into the inner recesses of the brilliant brain of Eric Fournier…telling his story from his point of view and through the intimate personal details of his life as told by all of his closest friends, roommates and co-workers who were there from the very beginning to the tragic ending of Eric Fournier’s life. About the Director: Larry Wessel is not a man to shy away from controversy, the weird, or the taboo. A member of the UNPOP art movement, whose collages have appeared in both Hustler and Answer Me!, his documentaries can shock as they beguile. Eric & Shaye: Facebook...
Shorts Package 3: “In Conclusion”

Shorts Package 3: “In Conclusion”

Shorts Package 3: “In Conclusion” When: Sunday Sep 17th 1:45pm Duration: 92 mins Where: Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse The journeys of the subjects of these seven short docs are coming to a close (at least that’s what they’ve been told). Despite these voices claiming their actions are futile and their fates doomed, they persist. Purchase Tickets Now Love of Place Director: Brian Olliver Country: USA Run Time: 10 mins Description: In 1982 Southern Pacific Railroad employee Bill Wolverton was pulled into his boss’s office and informed he was being let go. Left without a job and facing an uncertain future, Bill was disheartened. In a daring move Bill sold his Sacramento home and headed east to a small town called Escalante in search of a new life. Mom Director: Reid Antin Country: United States Run Time: 16 mins Description: A middle-aged woman explores the complicated relationship she has with her mentally-deteriorating mother. Balancé Director: Ian Winstanley Written and Produced by: Paul Griffin Country: UK Run Time: 14 mins Description: “Balancé” tells the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two. Face Value Filmmakers:  Stefan Wisnoski, Maureen Maloney, Oanh Le, Marteene Gabrielle Country: USA Run Time: 14 mins Description: Face Value explores the life of artist Ian Robert McKown, particularly his reputation as an enigmatic tattoo genius. Journey to Aleppo Directors: Juuso Lavonen Country: Finland Run Time: 21 mins Description: ”Panic doesn’t help by sharing news items in social media.” Short documentary tells a story of Syrian born Finnish citizen Rami Adham who delivers humanitarian aid to the children of the world’s most...