Is This Love? Romantic Short Films
Short Film Program

Friday Jun 3, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Cut Worms
9:00PMFilms Begin
11:00PMAfter Party Sponsored By Stella Artois
No refunds. In the event of rain this show will be rescheduled. Seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

VENUE
The Old American Can Factory
Roof and Courtyard
Gowanus
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

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Strangely-funny, loving, sexy, romantic short films that are sure to turn you on (to something).


We can’t help who, or what, we love. These shorts flip and reverse every notion of romantic courtship. The program starts with the darkest truths about love and then moves to corners more obscure and less-considered. Along the way, love’s participants will find themselves in outlandish circumstances and uncomfortable situations, questioning the very form of an emotional experience. It is all capped with indelible stories that you’ll always remember. Don’t say we didn’t warn you...


THE FILMS

The Darkest Truth About Love (Hannah Jacobs | UK | 2 min.)
We're generally hugely upbeat about how relationships might go. But every now and then, we should allow ourselves a glimpse of the darkest realities.

PARTNERS (Joey Ally | USA | 6 min.)
Work and life partners Kate and Leigh share everything, from their apartment to the bar they co-own. When a sex life slump forces them to reconsider their relationship, they must confront how intertwined their lives have become, to humorous ends.

Audition (Lovisa Sirén | Sweden | 19 min.)
Mika is auditioning male actors for her first feature, and they are all well-established alpha dogs in the film business. The situation turns more sour as their confidence in her reaches new lows.

Girls & Boys (Ninja Thyberg | Sweden | 30 min.)
Nour and Gry are two super horny geeks, who's highest wish is to lose their virginity. When Nour hears that Valentin, school's hottest boy, is going to Lo's party to find a rebound, she sees the opportunity of a lifetime. But how will the geeks get invited to the party? Girls & Boys is about the first encounter with the other sex, but it's also a film about betrayal, friendship and the desire to fit in.

Love (Réka Bucsi | France / Hungary | 14 min.)
LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light. This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

Dolphin Lover (Kareem Tabsch and Joey Daoud | USA | 15 min.)
Set in 1971 on the Southwest coast of Florida, Dolphin Lover tells the incredible true story of Malcolm Brenner, a college student who lands his first professional gig as a freelancer photographing the marine animals at Floridaland, a tourist trap disguised as a roadside amusement park. The experience would launch Malcolm’s career as a photographer and introduce him to his one true love while changing his life forever. Dolphin Lover tells the incredibly true story of Malcolm Brenner’s year-long romantic and sexual love affair with Dolly, a captive bottlenose dolphin.

A Reasonable Request (Andrew Laurich | USA | 8 min.)
A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father to ask an unspeakable favor that will change both of their lives forever.

Gwilliam (Brian Lonano | USA | 6 min.)
A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget...Gwilliam.

MUSIC

Cut Worms
Cut Worms' Max Clarke spent the past few years busking around Chicago, playing shows around town and writing, recording, and stockpiling an incredible backlog of material, some of which would both intermittently appear on his bandcamp page and eventually see a limited cassette release via windy city wunderkinds Dumpster Tapes. Last fall brought a relocation to Bushwick, followed by a steady stream of local performances, which has left the local community abuzz with excitement.

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