Saturday @2pm | Scruffy City Hall
A Stable Mystic | Documentary Short | Randal Crow | USA
Jesse Frazier is a man of few worldly possessions but has a wealth of wisdom for living life.
The Sad Monk | Documentary Short | Diana Frankovic | Germany
In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it’s natural to question our existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change.
Eastern philosophies, yoga, and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment. Following this path to Nepal, we meet the young Tibetan Buddhist monk, Tenzin, representative of a new generation, who is grappling with recognizable questions of modern life. The insights we garner from observing Tenzin unveil universal human flaw: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealized environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal. We have something to learn from his story.
Lotte that Silhouette Girl | Documentary Short | * Carla Patullo and Elizabeth Beecherl | USA
Once upon a time,
A young German artist changed the world of animation
With shadows, light, and a pair of magical scissors.
Her name was LOTTE.
Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the first animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.
– Eileen Arandiga, Canadian Film Centre
So with music, magic, and a stirring narration by Lotte Reiniger herself, LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE tells the fairy tale story of one of animations’ biggest influencers.
The Boatmaker | Documentary Short | Casey McGarry | USA
In the late eighties, architect Ken Minor bought the plans to build a 30′ Bristol Channel Cutter wooden sailboat. His dream was to sail around the world. In 1991, he began construction on the boat in his backyard. He even built a barn by himself to house the operation. There isn’t one square inch of the boat that Ken hasn’t constructed by hand, helped design, or installed himself. Everything is custom. There are parts and materials on the boat from around the world.
After 25 years, Ken has finally completed the project and is ready to bring the boat down to the water. “The Boatmaker” is a story about a man, his boat, and what it takes to fulfill a life dream.
Balancé | Documentary Short | Paul Griffin | UK
“Balancé” is a short documentary telling the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two.
The portrait of Laura not only affirms the difficulties of balancing everyday family life with the hard work and dedication it takes to dance with a world class ballet company; but seeks to uncover the social challenges in returning to the work place after child birth.
Laura fell in love with ballet at the age of 8, a reluctant beginner who found it difficult to fit in at first but with family support and natural ability went on to ballet school in London 8 years later and soon after found employment with Birmingham Royal Ballet, where she continues working as a Soloist.
In this time Laura made the tough decision to start a family, a rare thing in the ballet world. Her two children were both delivered by caesarean section. With family support and Birmingham Royal Ballet, Laura has returned to work and to the requisite fitness to continue performing at a top level.
A day in life for Laura is not easy, but she maintains a steadfast approach to her family and career. Laura shines a light on the important things in life and sets an important example to her daughters by revealing what it takes to be a 21st century working mother.
Down & Dirty | Documentary Short | Ori Segev | USA
Down & Dirty follows the three-part music group, New Thousand, as they travel and perform around New Orleans, shedding light on street performance and busking culture of the rich and historic city.
From street corner politics to vibrant live concert footage, Down & Dirty captures the spirit of New Orleans street performance through
the eyes of a band that risked everything for their musical dreams. To survive and thrive in the streets, getting down and dirty
is the only option.
Director Ori Segev will be in attendance.
Death Metal Grandma | Documentary Short | Leah Galant | USA
97-year-old Holocaust Survivor, Inge Ginsberg, rose to fame as a songwriter for legendary musicians such as Doris Day, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.
DEATH METAL GRANDMA follows Inge Ginsberg’s journey to break out as a performer of death metal music and as she prepares for an America’s Got Talent Audition. The short documentary interweaves the rich personal history of Inge’s life as she attempts to merge her personal lyrics with the contemporary genre of Death Metal.