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 announce his nonconformity to an elderly woman whose extremely varied life establishes hers.
Dive into a program of new experimental cinema that observes the world subjectively, drifting between rural and urban landscapes or expansive deserts and watery depths, interspersed with contemplations of history from the sinking of the Titanic to the exploits of Houdini. When you come back up for air, you’ll be invigorated.
Whether young or old, big or small, not everyone sees the world through the same lens. In this collection of shorts for all ages, an assorted cast of characters learns to adjust the focus and view themselves—and others—in unexpected new ways. Recommended for ages seven and up.
These animated shorts will clear your head (The External World), blow your mind (Dromosphere) or at the very least make you a bit more organized (Pixels) . . . kinda. They run the gamut of CGI, hand-drawn, motion graphics and live action/animation hybrids. Get with this program!
Behaving instinctively, although encouraged in children, often leads to mishaps and difficulty as one enters adulthood. In this offbeat medley of documentary and narrative shorts, various manifestations of acting out are strikingly realized, whether through the eyes of children at play in the woods or two trigger-happy policemen.
A series of experimentally minded shorts from established masters such as Jay Rosenblatt, Peter Tscherkassky and Kerry Laitala and relative newcomers such as Zackary Drucker—and featuring Jonathan Caouette’s (Tarnation) newest work—this program will be sure to surprise and confound and illuminate worlds real and imagined.
A fascinating fusion of ideas, genres, styles and voices, this creative concoction of documentary, narrative and animated films is an inspired and inspiring look at the world as interpreted by today’s teen filmmakers. Discover new talents from the Bay Area and across the country as they share their stories and explore their world. Recommended for ages 12 and up.