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Upper West Side
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY
By Subway: 1, 2, 3, B or C to 72nd Street | By Bus: M7 or M11 to 75th Street
These short documentaries are brimming with peculiar characters, brave filmmaking and outright bizarre storytelling and are guaranteed to be some of the most imaginative and unique films you’ll see this year!
This program of short films finds butts becoming beautiful instruments, gladiators struggling with existential crisis’, a middle-aged German woman obsessed with Elvis, nomadic families transported throughout the world, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon reinterpreted as a wildly unique, animated personal odyssey about a filmmaker’s mom’s failing poster store. No, these aren’t your typical documentaries.
Arena (Piotr Bernaś | 16 min.)
What are the reasons underlying the human drive toward self-destruction? What is the wellhead of motivation for a person who chooses a life involving perpetual struggle, self-harm and risking their health? Is the road of physical pain an escape route from other kinds of pain? And finally, what lies at the roots of the contemporary fascination with risk and aggression? Arena is a film project about contemporary games, arenas and gladiators.
Graceland (Christian Hödl | 11 min.)
In her small flat in Munich Angelica lives an Elvis Presley-centered life, far away from the world which she perceives as loud and bad sometimes. She spends from 600 to 700 Euros a month for Elvis fan stuff, but she only needs 20 Euros a week for food. Angelica lives in a very special way and at the same time she is very self-reflected. The film is the portrait of a middle-aged woman, who wants to live as she wants to: with Elvis Presley.
Butter Lamp (Hu Wei | Beijing, China | 15 min.)
A photographer weaves unique links among nomadic families.
Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (Jodie Mack | USA | 41 min.)
Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.