Shorts Package: “Stay the Course”

Shorts Package: “Stay the Course”

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. Purchase Tickets Now 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. Trailer Nocturnes: The Paintings of Eric Merrell Director:...
Shorts Package: Against the Grain

Shorts Package: Against the Grain

Shorts Package: “Against the Grain“ When: Saturday May 14th at 2:15pm Where: Sie FilmCenter “Conformity breeds mediocrity.” -Deepak Chopra The subjects of these seven films refuse to accept the status quo, and instead carve out their own destiny. The stars of these shorts reject aggressive and draconian policing (“Kettle”), the assumption that dumpster diving is disgusting (“Never Pay for Food Again in NYC”), New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s lip service about Hurricane Sandy survivors (“Two Years”), our culture’s insistence on clothing (“Naked Lake”), the belief that MDMA has no therapeutic value (“Psychedelic Soldiers”), and the assumption in Laos that elephants should be enslaved for hard labor (“Gardeners of the Forest”). Purchase Tickets Now Kettle Director: Lucius Dechausay Country: Canada Run Time: 15 mins Description: More than 1,000 people were arrested during the G20 Summit in Toronto, making it the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Through the skillful use of crowd-sourced footage, police radio and bodycam recordings, Kettle revisits one downtown intersection to ask larger questions about civil liberties, the abuse of power and police misconduct. Trailer Never Pay for Food Again in NYC Director: Jeff Seal Country: USA Run Time: 5 mins Description: For many, the term “dumpster diving” evokes stomach-turning images of half-moldy rolls and recently-expired tuna salad snatched from the mouths of gnawing rats. But as many sophisticated urban survivalists know, there is an extraordinary amount of perfectly good, even gourmet, food set out every night in sanitary bags outside city delis, bakeries, restaurants, and supermarkets.   Trump Rally   Director: Sean Dunne Country: USA Run Time: 22 mins   Description: A Donald Trump gathering in Las Vegas descends into...
Shorts Package: “She’s in Control”

Shorts Package: “She’s in Control”

Shorts Package: “She’s in Control“ When: Sunday May 15th at 4:45pm Where: Sie FilmCenter Despite decades of barriers from the male-dominated industry, female filmmakers have maintained a strong and meaningful voice. These seven shorts, all made by women and about women, reveal tragedies and triumphs of girls and women from Luxembourg, to the UAE, to Prince Edward Island, to the USA. Though some of these women suffer from the cultural forces of transphobia (“Mazy”), objectification (“What Happened to Her”), misogynistic ‘cleansing’ (“Omnia”), or from the deep, personal emotions brought on by grief (“The Third Dad” and “An Islander by Choice”), they persevere and can never be silenced. And you’re never too old to become your best self (“The 100 Years Show” and “The Honeys and Bears”) This Shorts Package Made Possible By Our Friends at:    Purchase Tickets Now The Third Dad Director: Theresa Moerman Ib Country: Scotland Run Time: 11 mins Description: Ten years after breaking all ties with her alcoholic father, a filmmaker sets out not only to find his grave, but also redemption. Poetically merging archive material, new footage and an immersive soundscape, The Third Dad is a brave journey of memory, self-discovery and a desperate attempt at reconciliation. Trailer Mazy Director: Yuting Jiang Country: USA Run Time: 6 mins Description: Growing up in an interracial family in mid-Missouri, Mazy Gilleylen has been grappling with her identities; not only with her racial identity, but with her gender identity. Although still facing strong judgment from society, Mazy’s parents have been working hard to ensure that their daughter can grow up in a safe and happy environment. Omnia Director: Amena Al Nowais Country:...