The program for the 2017 Short Film Festival is out. It looks to be an entertaining list of films, so make a plan to see them. You will not want to miss the premiere screening on Sunday, July 2nd at 9:00 pm at Crocker Park. There will be a full additional screening on Monday, July 3rd at 10:30 am in the Abbot Public Library.
The films, presented in alphabetical order, are:
Belonging 3:13 Minutes Lizzy Embick/Raw Arts
This piece is five short commercial-like films made by Lizzy Embick in association with Raw Art Works that examine the conflict between individuality and belonging to a group. The individual shorts will be spread throughout the Film Festival.
Big Tree Small Town 3:35 Minutes Kiely Quinn/Raw Art
“Big Tree Small Town” tells the story of the well-known tree in Swampscott’s Memorial Park narrated by people who testify to its importance in their lives. Kiely Quinn made the film with Raw Art Works.
The Business of Boxing, Part One 10 Minutes Rob Maloof
Rob Maloof’s documentary takes us into the rough and tumble world of three amateurs who aspire to a career in professional boxing. Rob Maloof is a filmmaker and photographer who has documented the Boston boxing scene.
A Conversation about Race 4:42 Minutes Gregory Maxim Burdett
A candid conversation about race in America and how it colors our everyday lives, including discussions by those who have grown up in biracial households.
Eagle Feather 4:20 Minutes Pasquale Encell
In this animation, Mr. Encell describes his childhood experiences learning about Native American lore from his elders. Pasquale Encell is a student animator from Ashland. Oregon.
Haymarket 4:00 Minutes Chuck Bernis, Rob Antonucci/ Westwood High School
A day in the life of Haymarket Square, Boston. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the passing day. Chuck Bernis and Rob Antonucci are students at Westwood High School.
The Hidden Harpist 3:53 Minutes Eleanor Levine
Eleanor Levine’s short documentary concerns harpist Ellie Denison and her psychological struggles with an instrument that is simultaneously her life-long passion and her greatest source of fear. Ms. Levine’s documentary was screened at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival. She is currently a student at Wheaton College.
Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands 6:39 Minutes Patrick Johnson
Honk! is a documentary about activist street bands who reclaim public spaces with their brash sound and political message. Patrick Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Filmmaking at Wheaton College.
The Hot One, the Smart One, or the Girl? 10:00 Minutes James Magnus Woods
In this over the top comedy, it’s interview day for Bill, Steve and Alice, and they’re nervous. To get the job, the applicants must navigate a workplace rife with gender bias and objectification. But in this world, it’s women who call the shots. Originally from Australia, James Magnus Woods lives in New York. He has won several awards and is known for his satirical perspective.
Signs of Love 2:32 Minutes Alexander Keown
Mr. Keown’s film is an animated short that tells the romantic adventure of two restroom signs that come to life and find each other. Alexander Keown is an artist, animator, and video producer from New Hampshire who has created many independent short animations and video projects, and works for a software developer as the company’s creative specialist.
Teenage Survival Guide 4:00 Minutes Adriana Marquez/Raw Arts
This is a commonsense guide for making it through one of life’s rougher patches. Adriana Marquez made the film in association with Raw Art Works
Transfer 12:10 Minutes Andrew Bloomenthal
This is a real live musical comedy about a psychotherapist and her patient, a young man who is trying to recover from a traumatic breakup. Transfer writer/director Andrew Bloomenthal is the award-winning filmmaker of the noir thriller Sordid Things. He’s also a career journalist and enthusiast of the CBS series The Amazing Race.
Tryout 14 Minutes Susana Cesares
Nayla, a Muslim teenager in small-town America, tries out for her new high school’s cheerleading squad. She has everything it takes but the judging panel won’t let her join unless she takes off her headscarf. Nayla doesn’t want to compromise her beliefs but she doesn’t want to give up her dream either, so she’ll have to find her own special way of complying with both worlds… and challenging them. Susana Cesares is a Spanish Director with many credits and prizes to her name and whose works have been shown around the world.
The Wave 1:50 Minutes Craig Kimberly
In Gloucester Massachusetts, the dead of winter is the peak surf season. With a bird’s eye view, take a journey out to sea, then right back on a frozen cloud of fun. Craig Kimberley is a filmmaker from Gloucester
Well of Dreams 2 Minutes Azure Allen
In this tale, a greedy Carolina planter steals a beautiful mermaid from her ocean home. Through her own power she can save herself, while her captor is oblivious the terrible fate that awaits him because of his selfish actions. Azure Allen is a 16-year-old filmmaker and animator from South Carolina.