It’s time for our annual program of bizarre and disquieting short films. Among these films you’ll find animated girls who lose things they can’t remember; documentaries about the steely gaze and distant reserve of drone pilots; and tragic fantasies about a pigeon from the father of alternating current. These films ask: Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought? If a foley artist falls in the forest, who will record it? Is it a nervous breakdown or the best set of your life?
Allen Anders - Live at the Comedy Castle (circa 1987)
Laura Moss, Tony Grayson | USA | 7
Allen Anders is either having a nervous breakdown or the best set of his life.‘Found footage’ of Allen Anders famed 1987 performance at New York City's Comedy Castle offers a revealing window into the troubled comedian's psyche.
Death of the Sound Man (Awasarn Sound Man)
Sorayos Prapapan | Thailand | 16
Two sound recordists are working on final mix of a short film. Will their sound be heard by someone? They remind us that the voices of the people are often neglected, same for sound in film.
Find Fix Finish
Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko | Germany | 20
"Find Fix Finish" delves into the accounts of three military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis. The voyeuristic ocular perspective from a military drone can reduce people to pixels on a screen and a certain de-contextualization is almost necessary to deal with the fact that people can be killed on a push of a button. “Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?”
Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, Romain Salvini | France | 7
Early in the morning in a Japanese shopping center, a shopkeeper bends down, gets a crick in her back and can't stand up again. In order to help, her young employee decides to carry her across the shopping center. What could go wrong?
Xander Robin | USA | 8
A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme.
Shaka King | USA | 5
Ask your doctor if LaZercism is right for you!
Nina Buxton | Australia | 7
A teenager riding home on her bicycle late at night becomes the object of predatory attention.
CATALINA | USA | 12
He wants you to bounce on his lap.
Sarina Nihei | UK, Japan | 5
A girl who lost something important meets a rabbit.
The Tesla World Light (Tesla : lumière mondiale)
Matthew Rankin | Canada | 8
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. "The Tesla World Light" is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating current, inspired by real events such as the inventor’s run of bad luck as a businessman and his affection for a pet bird, which he loves “like a man loves a woman.” Tesla’s words to the banker form the backdrop of this moving film about the man who blended science and art in his attempts to create the utopia of unlimited energy for all.
Laura Stewart | Canada | 2
Welcome is a stop motion animation about a man who tries to befriend his new neighbor by baking her cookies. It doesn’t go as planned.
NOIA is the stage name of Barcelona native Gisela Fulla-Silvestre. A film score sound designer by day, Gisela produces left-of-center pop by night as NOIA. Habits, her 2016 debut EP, reflects NOIA’s myriad musical and cultural influences: everything from dancehall, tropicalia, and R&B, plus the literature and cultural theory of Cavafy, Olaf Stapledon and Byung Chul Han. NOIA also incorporates works her sound-design experience into the mix, creating a uniquely cinematic atmosphere with percussive foley and digital distortion. NOIA has spent the last few years in a creative shell, experimenting with new sounds and techniques. She’s now emerging with a new EP entitled CRISÀLIDA, the Catalan word for “chrysalis.” Across the EP's four tracks, NOIA again unites the disparate styles of her musical heritage, and what emerges is a confluence of cultures: traditional arias flutter atop left-field pop production while lyrics float seamlessly from Spanish and Catalan to English.