The Winter Film Festival was held on Feb 21st with 15 short works and Q&A with a few of the filmmakers.
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The following was the Winter program with Signs of Love as the People's Choice winner.
HONK Sea of Stories Signs of Love The Hot One
Sea of Stories 2 Minutes Azure Allen
In this tale a greedy Carolina planter steals a beautiful mermaid from her ocean home. Through her own power she is able to 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 homeschooled filmmaker and animator from South Carolina.
Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands Patrick Johnson 6:39 Minutes
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, a documentarian, and a saxophonist for the School of Honk. Honk! Won the Honorable Mention award for the 2017 Summer Film Festival.
The Hidden Harpist Eleanor Levine 3:53 Minutes
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.
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.
The Business of Boxing , Part One 10 Minutes Rob Maloof
Rob Maloof’s documentary takes us into the rough and tumble world of amateurs and an early pro who aspire to a career in professional boxing. Rob Maloof started out as an audio engineer and expanded his interests into photography and filmmaking, documenting the Boston boxing scene. The Business of Boxing, Part One won the Best of Show award for the Summer Film Festival.
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. Gregory Maxim Burdett is a graduate student in Emerson College’s Visual Media Arts program and Director for Artists for Humanity’s Studio for Video and Motion where he works with Boston area teens on video and animation projects.
Dear Meghan 2:42 Minutes Michael Sargent and Jeffrey Szymal
In this moving essay-like documentary, the filmmaker writes a letter to his deceased sister. Both Michael Sargent and Jeffrey Szymal are students at Fairhaven High School.
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.
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.
A Teenage Girl 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.
Tryouts 14 Minutes Susana Casares
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 Casares is a Spanish director with many credits and prizes to her name and whose works have been shown around the world. Tryouts won the Honorable Mention award and the People’s Choice award for the 2017 Summer Film Festival.
Big Tree Small Town 3:35 Minutes Kiely Quinn/Raw Arts
Big Tree Small Town tells the story of the well-known tree in Swampscot’s Memorial Park narrated by people who testify to its importance in their lives. Kiely Quinn made the film with Raw Art Works.
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. Anyone who has ever endured the interview process, whether successfully or not, will relate to this satrical take. Originally from Australia, James Magnus Woods lives in New York. He has won several awards and is known for his satirical perspective. NOTE: This film contains an instance of strong language and a five second allusion to a sexual act.
Estranged: A Love Letter to New England 2:45 Minutes Noah Duarte
A young New Englander considers what the region has given him as he prepares to bid his farewell to it. Noah Duarte was a student at Fairhaven High School last year. Estranged won a prize in the five-minute high school film category in the Salem Film Fest and the written version won a 2017 New England Student Production Award for Excellence.