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Short Film Program #1

Saturday June 04, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

New Jersey Film Festival
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Online for 24 hours from 00:00 and in person at 17:00! Nine films in the package.

Once I succeeded – Martin Gerigk (Krefeld, Germany) – A lovely animated collage film based on Walt Whitman’s poem Once I passed through a town populated which features the collage work of Serbian artist Nikola Gocić. 2022; 10 minutes.

Vigilante – Joni Whitworth and Sam Tam Ham (Portland, Oregon) – self defense is a short film documenting a poetic performance art piece. The piece explores my time navigating the world as a neurodivergent person. Neurodivergence refers to variations in the human mind – variations in sociability, learning, mood, sensory processing, and behavior. Many people lean towards the word “neurodivergent” and away from the word “autistic”. I don’t care what term we use, as long as we can have a creative conversation about the implications of the label. Against this year’s violence and degradation, marginalized creatives are tasked with generating an equal and opposite response. This piece is an attempt in that direction, knowing that queer and autistic writers have much to offer in terms of social and cultural feedback and constructive criticism. The work addresses several cultural questions, including how an autistic person can defend a Self by moving through various categories of spaces and relationships. The words also unfold slowly, in juxtaposition to the best-known cultural narrative of autism, which is that of rain man or a weird or eccentric man. Many other types of people have autism; there are dozens of unexplored autistic elements, areas that may not be related to math or memorization of facts, but to more generous, emotional or sensual details. 2021; 20 mins.

A cartoon of a sleeping cat – Randall Scott Christopher (San Diego, California) – A 7-minute animated comedy that takes place entirely in a single shot with no edits, cuts or camera moves. As the story gets more and more chaotic, a big question arises: will the cat ever wake up? 2021; 7 mins.

Chiaroscuro – Asia Vo (Boston, Massachusetts) – Chiaroscuro is an immersive sound and video installation that follows an anonymous luminous figure as it crosses an empty, black and unknown plane. They go through a series of events, from witnessing strange shadows dancing in the void to an exchange of fruit with a mystical body of water. The character’s quest does not reach a completion point. Caught in an endless cycle, they end up with an empty bucket and nothing gained. Chiaroscuro studies the relationship between the mind and the unknown. 2022; 7 mins.

Love Forbids You… – Will Rittweger (Howell, New Jersey) – Film noir meets a dream. While searching for a missing girl, the seeker encounters a maze of despair, desire, and awakening. 2022; 8 mins.

Gruf and I – Dovi Keich (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Gruf is a graffiti character brought to life in animation. Gruf falls in love with the street artist who created him. He tries desperately to find her in the seedy streets of Tel Aviv and discovers that interdimensional love is not easy. 2021; 9 mins.

Tundra – José Luis Aparicio (Madrid, Spain) – Walfrido Larduet, a solitary electrician inspector, dreams of the Red Woman, whose image persists and becomes an obsession. Something tells her she’s near. Over the course of a day, Walfrido will follow in his footsteps as he travels through the outskirts of an infested city. Individuals, like animals, are made of fears and desires. Tundra is a film about these impulses, about all the frustration that leads to paralysis. Sometimes Cuba seems — to Cuban director José Luis Aparicio — like a frozen landscape: the desolate desert where nothing grows, where nothing ever happens. The country has taken on the physical aspect of our inner chaos, it stands as a vestigial post-disaster region. Here, disaster happened silently at some point in the past. What followed is outside the story, the inconsistent survival of ghost citizens. This film delves into the ghostly aspect of a Cuban’s life, usually driven by inertia and automatism, a life full of mental obstacles, where frustrated desires take root and do not allow us to move forward. . For this, we have chosen the aesthetics and codes of fantastic cinema. In Spanish, subtitled. 2021; 3 mins.

Emoticon – Padrick Ritch (Boston, MA) – An experimental film examining the impact and influence of the media. 2022; 2 min.

Unforgettable – Sujin Kim (Tempe, Arizona) – Unforgettable, an experimental animation, weaves together the testimonies of four South Korean women forced to become “comfort women,” the sex slaves of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film shines a light on the horrific sexual violence that occurred around the world during this period, while using metaphorical and fairy-tale visuals so as not to perpetuate the violent imagery and re-victimize the survivors in the film. In Korean, subtitled. 2021; 8 mins.

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