It Seemed So Real (Documentary Shorts)
Short Films Program
$15 at the door

Thursday Jul 2, 2015
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms Begin

The Roof of Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts
Between Myrtle and Park Ave, South of the BQE
Clinton Hill
143 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205
G to Clinton/Washington


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam

A program of dazzling documentaries that challenge our understanding of every observation

What looks like a beautiful pattern may turn out to be something more ominous—a body, a remnant of disaster. A character who appears to be a charming old man may turn out to be a potent symbol of power; a woman who seems noble and sweet may have committed a heinous crime. Your enemies may be your only saviors. But in each of these fascinating and masterful documentaries, no interpretation settles for long. Our understanding shifts like snow drifts, gets shattered like shrapnel, and meaning remains elusive but persuasive.


Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars (Tomonari Nishikawa | New York, NY | 2 min.)
I buried a 100-foot 35mm film negative film under fallen leaves alongside a country road, which was about 15 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, for one night in June 2014. The film was exposed to the possible remaining of the radioactive materials.

Lopapeysa (David Scott Kessler | USA)
Set in a small Icelandic village, Lopapeysa is part travel log and part surreal fantasy. The film explores the mindset of a traveler guided by a longing to fully experience an unknown place as he is led by his own preconceived ideas and the landscape’s own powerful influence. Comprised of narrative, documentary and digital animation, Lopapeysa often eschews facts and authenticity to preserve the wonder of first exploration, depicting a somewhat naive beauty - difficult to recapture and often lost to familiarity.

The Breath (Fabian Kaiser | Switzerland | 11 min.)
Deep underground the action force is preparing for the imminent case of emergency. Surveillance cameras are tracking the descent. The head is burning. Constriction puts pressure on the chest. In the vacuum of depth delusion is pulsating.

On The Spot: Gaza - Chronicles of a Conflict (Eszter Cseke and Andras S. Takacs | Hungary | 27 min.)
A Qassam-fighter is collecting the remaining parts of Ahmed Jabari's body from his wreck after an Israeli airstrike that killed the head of al-Qassam Brigade, the armed wing of Hamas. A Palestinian journalist who doesn't believe in violence, is getting a phone call, his 8-year-old daughter was hit. A shiver cut three of her fingers off. Parallel stories of the Qassam-fighter whose dream is to blow himself up to take revenge and the journalist who is willing to do anything to get her daughter into an Israeli hospital - the only place where she can be saved. The birth of hatred and hope - the chronicles of a conflict in Gaza.

Hotel 22 (Elizabeth Lo | USA | 9 min.)
Each night in Silicon Valley, a public bus transforms into an unofficial shelter for the homeless. Hotel 22 captures a single, dramatic night on the Line 22 route.

Starting Point (Michał Szcześniak | Poland | 25 min.)
Aneta rebelled at the age of 19. She went to prison for murder. Nine years later, while serving her sentence, she takes up a job of a caregiver. Every day she leaves the prison to go to the nursing home to look after Helena who suffers from rheumatism. By talking to the old lady, Aneta realizes how much she has in life and starts to believe in herself before the hard test which is ahead of her.

Bär (Pascal Floerks | Germany)
My grandpa's past was always very present. It would break through in something he'd say or do, but he'd never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.


Tica Douglas
Tica Douglas has been building a fan base for years by releasing heartfelt bedroom recordings and playing shows all over, from New Hampshire to New Orleans to Edinburgh, Scotland where Tica lived for two years. In 2013, Tica brought a batch of songs to producers Andrew Lappin and Ryan Dieringer and released Summer Valentine. In 2014, the same team headed up to rural Maine to make Joey.

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