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Highlights from Sundance 2015 include wild, weird and wonderful short films
For the fourth consecutive year, Rooftop Films is excited to team with Sundance Film Festival to present some of our favorite short films from their 2015 edition. Once again this year, Sundance proved to be one of the most important places for world independent film. Whether they’re from Ukraine, Greece or Bed Stuy, whether they’re narrative, animated, documentary or experimental films, Sundance brings the best of independent shorts with this diverse array of storytelling.
Palm Rot (Ryan Gillis | USA | 8 min.)
Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That's just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret.
The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul (Kitty Green | Australia | 7 min.)
Adorned in pink sequins, little girls from across a divided, war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of gold medal-winning figure skater Oksana Baiul, whose tears of joy once united their troubled country.
Papa Machete (Jonathan David Kane | USA | 10 min.)
"Papa Machete" is a glimpse into the life of Alfred Avril, a poor farmer who lives in the hills of Jacmel, Haiti. He also happens to be a master of the mysterious martial art of Haitian machete fencing, known in Creole as tire machèt.
Mynarski Death Plummet (Matthew Rankin | Canada | 8 min.)
A completely hand-made historical micro-epic about the final minutes in the life of Winnipeg’s doomed Second World War hero, Andrew Mynarski (1916-1944). When his bomber jet is raked with enemy canon-fire over France, Mynarski unsuccessfully attempts to save the life of a trapped crew-mate before falling into an incandescent death-spiral towards earth.Combining wartime aviation agitprop with classical and avant-garde animation techniques (including stop-motion, silhouettes, bleaching, scratching, hand-painting and rubbing letratone patterns directly on the celluloid) Mynarski Death Plummet is a psychedelic photo-chemical war picture on the theme of self-sacrifice, immortality and jellyfish.
Volta (Stella Kyriakopoulos | Greece | 11 min.)
A mother and daughter start out from downtown Athens and head to the northern suburbs of the city. Nina thinks she's going on a walk.
Pop-Up Porno: m4m (Stephen Dunn | Canada | 4 min.)
A lonely traveler on a business trip to New York finds himself in a heated Grindr chat with his worst nightmare.
Mulignans (Shaka King | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min.)
n.1. Italian-American slang for nigger.
Derived from Italian dialect word for eggplant.
See also moolie.
*source: urban dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever
Myrna the Monster (Ian Samuels | USA | 18 min.)
A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20something.
Storm Hits Jacket (Paul Cabon | France | 13 min.)
A storm reaches the shores of Brittany. Nature goes crazy, two young scientists get caught up in the chaos. Espionage, romantic tension, and mysterious events clash with enthusiasm and randomness.
Balancer is a band. Its members are originally from Puerto Rico and Colombia but are currently residing and working in Brooklyn, NY. Felipe Piedrahita, Gabriela Jimeno and Francisco Valentín brought together their visions and energy to create a sound influenced by electronics, Psychedelic music, Pop, and Alternative Rock (lets say). For Balancer that is what music is about, letting go of all your expectations and following your gut. Making music, for the sake of making music.
They released their first EP "House in the Clouds" on 2012, second EP “Transitions” on June 2013 and after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign Balancer released their debut album “Tipsoo” on February 2014.