Every stage of life comes with its own set of challenges, but youth and old age are particularly fraught. This selection of narrative and documentary shorts covers this tricky territory with humor and pathos, from a kid who uses fake fangs to establish his nonconformity to an elderly woman whose extremely varied life establishes hers.
During the depredations of the Pinochet era in Chile, young Lucho spies on a handsome guy across the way. (Marialy Rivas, Chile 2010, 15 min) In GGA competition.
A misunderstood adolescent boy runs away from home and is picked up by a family that makes him feel relatively normal. (Alfred Seccombe, USA 2010, 15 min) In GGA competition. This is a Cinema by the Bay film.
Library of Dust
A storeroom of canisters filled with abandoned ashes in a rundown asylum becomes a meditation on time and remembrance. (Robert James, Ondi Timoner, USA 2010, 10 min) In GGA competition. This is a Cinema by the Bay film.
Rock music icon Lou Reed prompts his 100-year-old cousin to discuss her eventful life, from escaping WWII-era Poland as a child to her leftist political activism as a worker in New York’s Garment District. (Lou Reed, USA 2009, 28 min)
Machines of the Working Class
A couple of profane robots discuss the pros and cons of holding up a bank. (James Dastoli, Robert Dastoli, USA 2010, 2 min) In GGA competition.
God of Love
In this Oscar-winning short, lonely lounge singer Raymond Goodfellow receives a set of love darts from the Olympus Foundation and puts them to surprising use. (Luke Matheny, USA 2010, 19 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 95 min.