shorts! volume 2
17 AWARD-WINNING FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS
Dear, Sweet Emma Commentary: Animator Danny Oakley, Lead Illustrator Keith Hobgood & Modeler Rebecca Cernak
US (2003) John Cernak (5:21)
As the search is given up for Emma's latest husband, Tucker, a private look reveals that Emma has a secret and uncontrollable dark side.
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Tiffany Shlain
(2002) Tiffany Shlain (13:42)
Playfully updating the 1950's school documentary, the film offers up political and social satire regarding the current state of reproductive rights in a fast-paced sweet to swallow spoonful.
Child's Pay Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Charlie Fisher
US (2004) Charlie Fisher (:36)
This 30-second film, focusing on a trillion-dollar debt legacy, features young children working in difficult service and manufacturing jobs.
Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones Commentary - Director Harvey Wang & David Isay of Sound Portraits Productions
Gallery - Photographs with Commentary by Milton Rogovin
US (2003) Harvey Wang (11:41)
This documentary celebrates the life's work of 93-year-old photographer Milton Rogovin who dedicated his life to photographing the residents of a depressed six-block area in his hometown of Buffalo, New York.
The Firefly Man Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Todd Fjelsted
Storyboards & Concept Drawings
US (2003) Todd Fjelsted (10:42)
A dying man relives a past nightmare and reunites with lost loved ones in this unique short that combines sophisticated puppetry and special effects to tell this emotional story.
Coyote Beach Commentary - Director Markus Griesshammer & Cinematographer Albino Marsetti
US (2003) Markus Griesshammer (21:24)
A modern, humorous and at times reflective take on the eternal battle of the sexes set in the majestic sand dunes of Long Island.
The Fine Art of Poisoning Commentary 1 - Director Bill Domonkos
Commentary 2 - Director Bill Domonkos & Singer/Songwriter Jill Tracy
US (2003) Bill Domonkos (5:32)
A lavish chiaroscuro montage of 2D and 3D animation, still photography and hand drawn images - seduces the viewer into an elegant netherworld of deceit, plotting, and secretly-served revenge.
Family Tree Commentary 1 - Director Vicky Jenson, Producer Lisa Beroud & Writer Scott Ingalls
Commentary 2 - Director Vicky Jenson, Editor David Comtois & Director of Photography Pieter Vermeer
Gallery - Storyboard Sequences & Deleted Scenes
US (2003) Vicky Jenson (31:25)
On Thanksgiving, a guy faces a family that seems to need their conflicts more than they need each other for love or support. Tensions mount culminating in an unexpected harmony.
Mouse Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Wojtek Wawszczyk
Poland (2002) Wojtek Wawszczyk (7:36)
A man and his mouse move into a new town. But can his mouse compete with the town's seemingly more charming pets? A story about staying true to oneself--even when you are surrounded by stronger personalities.
Here Was the Anthem Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Sergio Umansky
Mexico (2002) Sergio Umansky (21:24)
Spanish with English Subtitles
This suspenseful urban drama follows two cocky young men whose cruise for pot in the heart of Mexico City turns into a nightmare when they're abruptly snatched out of their complacent well-to-do world.
And the Redman Went Green Commentary 1 & 2 - Producer Hugh Welchman
UK (2003) Ruth Meehan (1:48)
The coming together of two unlikely strangers in an unexpected momentary dance. It's about movement, restriction and liberation.
Space Off Commentary - Director Tino Franco
Making of Space Off
Italy (2002) Tino Franco (21:12)
The passion for set design, and infinite care of details and quality special effects, make this a unique sci-fi film on the contemporary scene of young, independent Italian film production.
Good Night Valentino Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Edoardo Ballerini
US (2003) Edoardo Ballerini (15:06)
An infamous meeting between two famous men, Rudolph Valentino, silent movie idol, and H.L. Mencken, famed journalist. Based on Mencken's original essay about the 1926 encounter.
Home Road Movies Commentary - Director Robert Bradbrook
Making of Home Road Movies
UK (2002) Robert Bradbrook (12:02)
This vivid family history uses innovative, atmospheric computer animation and treated album photographs, with Bill Paterson in live-action as the father.
The Most Beautiful Man in the World Commentary 1 - Writer/Director Alicia Duffy
Commentary 2 - Producer Hugh Welchman
UK (2002) Alicia Duffy (5:43)
As a small girl searches for something to do on a hot day, she aimlessly walks into the path of a stranger.
The Winter People Commentary 1 & 2 - Director John Stimpson
US (2002) John Stimpson (13:55)
A haunting tale about a mother and daughter who drive down to Cape Cod to close up their beach house for the winter.
The Morning Guy Commentary 1 & 2 - Director Mark W. Gray
US (2003) Mark W. Gray (5:19)
He's a morning person, she isn't. A comedy about just how long a wife can put up with her husband's unique way of expressing himself.