|8:30 PM||Live Music by Shenandoah and the Night|
It’s never easy to go home, but this program of spirited black comedies, fraught animations and intimate documentaries offers hope for reconciliation.
Everybody grows up, and finds their own way. Friends are left behind, families change, pass on. Toys and clothes we found comforting as children, streets and forests we once called home, they come to seem foreign, confining, haunted. When we reunite, the past is all-too present, confining, alienating. Sometimes we react with tragic silence, sometimes we lash out, hopefully we find solace and laughter.
All the screenings at Metrotech Commons are presented in partnership with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Forest City Ratner.
DONALD CRIED (Kristopher Avedisian | 21 min.)
Returning to his hometown to retrieve his grandmother’s ashes, Peter must rely on his only local contact, estranged buddy Donald. Awkwardness ensues as the men have different expectations (from action figures to marijuana) for rekindling their friendship.
Ninety-Two ('92) Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card (Todd Sklar | 14 min.)
Jim and Dave are brothers. They don't like each other, but are forced to come together when their dad dies. Alonzo Mourning was drafted by the Hornets in 1992 and averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds his rookie season. Mourning had no brothers.
BUSTED ON BRIGHAM LANE (Talibah Newman | 20 min.)
Featuring stellar performances and a smart script, a girl seeks to reconcile her relationship with her estranged father. Wandering into a hustler’s life, she discovers a world she never could’ve imagined.
THE LIGHT IN THE NIGHT (Sarah Daggar-Nickson | 13 min.)
In the woods, in the middle of the night, a woman finds refuge with a dangerous man in an eerie mansion. But she has a secret that will save or destroy him. Recipient of the 2011 Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund / Adrienne Shelly Foundation grant for women filmmakers.
MY MOTHER'S COAT (Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovita | 6 min.)
In this artfully oblique animated home movie, the filmmaker recollects the her mother’s struggles, discovering one moment of clarity.
THE LAST BUS (POSLEDNY AUTOBUS) (Ivana Laucíková | 16 min.)
It’s the start of the hunting season. The animals of the forest board a small bus and flee to safety.
INBETWEENER (Erik Bafving | 14 min.)
In this heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting documentary, the filmmaker uses a lifetime of anguished drawings and photographs to address his father’s suicide.
Burt Talks to the Bees (Isabella Rossellini | USA | 2 min.)
Meet the bees—the queen, the workers and the drones—in this wonderfully fantastic and wildly educational series of short films created by Isabella Rossellini, actress, director and uncanny Burt impersonator. Once you meet them, you’ll want to save them too. Visit www.wildforbees.com to see how.
Shenandoah and the Night
Shenandoah Ableman has the rare ability to turn any genre into a voluptuous experience. Comfortable singing in front of styles ranging from German cabaret to doo wop, her quintetShenandoah and the Night are bringing sexy back... one sultry style at a time. The band's new self-titled debut EP showcases this sensuality with deep confidence through a series of songs steeped in the tradition of American folk, but featuring a very un-American, almost overwhelming, nostalgic power - in the most literal and decadent definition of "romanticism". These songs ("So Fine" and "All The Beautiful Ladies" deserve a honorable mention) make us flirt with "dangerous" thoughts like the fragility of love, the desire for the lost past, the unreachability of perfect happiness, our vain but primary quest for beauty. They might not make us jump or feel happy - but the do make us feel alive. Can you afford to ignore it?