We are really looking forward to this year’s New York International Short Film Festival – it’s only two weeks away and full of amazing shorts including new films from RSSF Alumni. See the full line up here including links to booking.
This year their showcase shorts include Bingo Night, starring Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), The Lord of Catan, starring Amy Acker (Much Ado About Nothing) and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), The Parting Glass produced by NY agency Opperman Weiss, What Cheer? starring Richard Kind (Spin City, Argo), Joan’s Day Out, starring Sally Kellerman (MASH), Tara Lynne Barr (God Bless America), and Betsy Franco (Broken Tower, General Hospital), and Glance, produced by Academy Films. The full programme can also be found at www.NYshortsFest.com
If you are going let us know @SohoShorts – we’ll see you there! Fancy a beer?
The New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City. Offering short-form filmmakers an ideal platform to screen their film and gain recognition in the heart of New York City.
The NY Shorts Fest events include receptions, as well as workshops and master classes with industry experts and top filmmaking professionals sharing their practical advice to attending filmmakers. At the heart of the festival is the quality and scope of extraordinary films and filmmakers.
The 3rd New York International Short Film Festival will be held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City May 27 – 29, 2014.
PROGRAMME ONEGREAT Drama / Germany / 23 min. Director: Andreas Henn Producer: Andreas Henn, Alexander Wasielewski Writer: Andreas Henn, Alexander Wasielewski Did the Nazis ever see Charlie Chaplin‘s “The Great Dictator?” May 10th, 1942: All of Yugoslavia is occupied by Nazi Germany. Nikola, a young Serbian projectionist, has had more than enough. Instead of emulating his violent Partisan friends, Nikola decides to teach the Germans a lesson all by himself. TAKE ME TO THE FRONT Drama / United Kingdom / 13 min. Director: Stefano Pietrocola Producer: Amir Mohsen Abdolrazaghi Writer: Stefano Pietrocola Hector is a British photojournalist covering the Bosnian War. How far will he go for his art? Where will he draw the line between documentation and intervention? Mateo’s Room Drama / United States / 20 min. Director: Maximilian Williamson Producer: Maximilian Williamson, Jana Fredricks Writer: Maximilian Williamson Mateo is an illegal Mexican immigrant working as a diner-runner on the bleak winter streets of New York City. With nowhere to go, he seeks refuge in the dilapidated home of an unaware elderly deaf man, whom he happens upon during his delivery route. Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution Documentary / United States / 15 min. Director: Matthew VanDyke Producer: Matthew VanDyke, Nour Kelze Writer: Matthew VanDyke The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people. See booking details for PROGRAMME ONE on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME TWOThe Wreck Drama / United States / 15 min. Director: Kevin Haus Producer: Kevin Haus, Christine Lo Writer: Kevin Haus The Wreck is a drama about a couple’s attempt to escape from a world that forces them to choose between life and existence. Glance Drama / United Kingdom / 3 min. Director: Conkerco Producer: Lizie Gower, Mark Whittow-Williams Writer: Conkerco Have you ever caught a strangers eye and wondered…what if? Delilah Descends Drama / United States / 13 min. Director: Roan Bibby Producer: Sarah Gross Writer: Roan Bibby A young musician finds a fallen angel on his New York City rooftop. Why Can’t They All Be Like Johnny Depp? Comedy / United States / 7 min. Director: Jeffrey Hirschberg Producer: Jeffrey Hirschberg Writer: Jeffrey Hirschberg Cast: John Carey, Kara Jackson, Robby Johnson, Lynn Justinger, George Katt, Josh Sankey While Cindy dreams of Johnny Depp as the perfect man, she discovers her true soul mate is closer than she thinks. Perfectly Normal Romance / United States / 10 min. Director: Jim McMahon Producer: Rebecca Brillhart, Kerry Taylor Writer: Jim McMahon Cast: Jennifer Restivo, Andrew Pastides, Mike Houston Cassie thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. Unfortunately he’s also her therapist. In The Dark Comedy / United States / 15 min. Director: Bettina Bilger Producer: Bettina Bilger, Richard Lampone Writer: Bettina Bilger Cast: Bettina Bilger, Randall McFadden, Kelly Tuohy, Todd Litzinger A modern comedy that takes us through the different stages of a new relationship: initial attraction, jealousy, miscommunication, and obsessive behaviors. It touches on protecting the ego and navigating the deep passions one can have with one’s neighbors, the attractive and the crazy. A love story. La Loteria Drama / United States / 9 min. Director: Shahir Daud Producer: Shivali Gulab, Alejandro Soto Goico Writer: Shahir Daud, Brendan McArthy While waiting for his flight to America to board, Augusto Ramirez recalls the three biggest regrets of his life. Crossings Romance / Singapore / 18 min. Director: Amos Ezra Katz Producer: Gigi Dement, Vaani Balasubramaniam Writer: Amos Ezra Katz Jae needs to make it to his brother’s wedding – but he just gave his only train ticket to a beautiful backpacker. Who will make it to their final destination? See booking details for PROGRAMME TWO on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME THREEYeye Bells Shiver Drama / United States / 22 min. Director: Jordan Michael Blake Producer: Jordan Michael Blake Writer: Jordan Michael Blake Cast: Jordan Michael Blake, Catherine Leavy, Ricardo Tomita, Tyler Walker Yeye Bells Shiver is a movie about saying goodbye to the people you grew up with. It’s an ethereal, bittersweet journey through the suburbs set on the last day of summer. Night Vision Drama / United States / 19 min. Director: Maddy Crosti Producer: Maddy Crosti Writer: Maddy Crosti Cast: Lily DePaula, Susan Quinn, Jeffrey Coyne, Daniel Palese Teenager Perrie does everything she can to escape feeling lonely. Bernard Le Grand Comedy / Canada / 9 min. Director: Marie-Hélène Viens, Philippe Lupien Producer: Fanny-Laure Malo, René Malo Writer: Marie-Hélène Viens, Philippe Lupien Cast: Elliot Miville-Deschenes, Louise Laparé, Carmen Sylvestre, Gilles Renaud It’s Bernard’s tenth birthday, and he is not happy about it. So, he wears his anti-growing suit and confronts the adults around him. Le Village Drama / Canada / 22 min. Director: Marcel Simoneau Producer: Chris Carrol, Marcel Simoneau Writer: Marcel Simoneau Cast: Maxime Morin, Thierry Leuzy, Marie-Josée Bélanger, William Pelletier Le Village is set in a small French Canadian village. It’s about people searching for a little more out of life and how this search inadvertently, because of the size of the town, culminates into a dramatic event that changes the course of the whole town. Total Freak Comedy / United States / 9 min. Director: Andrew Ellmaker Producer: Brian Birch Writer: Andrew Ellmaker, Emily Ragsdale A young teen pursues a mean girl and discovers a secret about the lake. Thanks Comedy / United States / 13 min. Director: Tom Patterson Producer: Vivienne Roumani Writer: Tom Patterson Cast: Dylan Dawson, Jett Uhlig, Erica Tachoir, Hannah Kloepfer, Tom Patterson A lost girl approaches a shopkeeper. See booking details for PROGRAMME THREE on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME FOURThe Gift Drama / Australia / 16 min. Director: Lloyd Harvey, Spencer Harvey Producer: Lloyd Harvey, Spencer Harvey Writer: Spencer Harvey, Lloyd Harvey Grace is forced to face her own sexuality and the strain on her marriage when her son Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, asks to lose his virginity for his birthday. We meet the family on the night of Charlie’s birthday as Grace prepares for the gift to arrive. The Hero Pose Drama / United States / 12 min. Director: Mischa Jakupcak Producer: Mischa Jakupcak, Robyn Miller Writer: Mischa Jakupcak Mia is eight years old and wants to do anything but hang out at her dads house trying to sell a car that doesn’t run. Her father, Joe has real concerns he’s grappling with. The Hero Pose is a story about Joe and Mia, father and daughter, and those precious moments when two people are able to pause and connect. Man In Progress Romance / Hong Kong/United States / 10 min. Director: Jessica Dunn Producer: Jessica Dunn Writer: Jessica Dunn Cast: Tommy DiDario, Taralê Wulff, Howard W Overshown, Mansi Srivastava A romantic breakup ends life for Alexander as he knows it until a greater life path is revealed. In the Blind Drama / United States / 17 min. Director: Davis Hall Producer: Ingrid Price Writer: Davis Hall, Adam LeFevre Cast: Nick Sandow, Neal Huff A duck blind is a place of concealment, but for two estranged brothers confronting their father’s apparent suicide, emotional truth is revealed. This Mess We’re In Drama / United States / 12 min. Director: Justin Ferrato Producer: Josh Elmets, Justin Ferrato Writer: Justin Ferrato Cast: Natalie Wetta, Aaron Costa Ganis An ex-couple stroll through Central Park to wrestle with how they feel about each other and whether they’ve made the right decisions about life and love. reConception Drama / United States / 12 min. Director: Joe Petrilla Producer: Kit Bland Writer: Joe Petrilla Cast: Jonah Landow, Kit Flanagan, Tom Morrissey A hell-bent bunch of boys break into an abandoned cargo trailer. Their conquest is interrupted by the owner of the vehicle’s unexpected return. Subconscious Password Experimental / Canada / 11 min. Director: Chris Landreth Producer: Marcy Page, Mark Smith Writer: Chris Landreth Charles is paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. Thus begins a mind-bending romp through a game show of the unconscious—complete with animated celebrity guests. See booking details for PROGRAMME FOUR on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME FIVEParachute Drama / Canada / 9 min. Director: Peter Stebbings Producer: Sonia Hosko, Kevin Krikst Writer: Peter Mooney Trapped in professional purgatory, four junior bankers must decide what they truly want before it’s too late. What Cheer? Drama / United States / 19 min. Director: Michael Slavens Producer: Jason Goldman, Ethan Brosowsky Writer: Michael Slavens, Matthew Goldenberg After the sudden death of his wife, Stan must face the music and come to terms with his unbridled grief. Untied Comedy / United States / 11 min. Director: Ivan Cortazar Producer: Jillian Lavinka Writer: Ivan Cortazar, Naftali Beane Rutter, Becca Simone Cast: Naftali Beane Rutter, Becca Simone, David Mohr, Robert Anthony Springtime in New York City. Hot but not humid. The birds are singing. The blossoms are in full bloom. George strolls along the river with his radiant girlfriend Rebecca, but as he bends down to lace up his shoe, Rebecca says the most dreaded four words in the American lexicon: WE. NEED. TO. TALK. Impromptu Animation / Canada / 10 min. Director: Bruce Alcock Producer: Tina Ouellette, Annette Clarke, Michael Fukushima Writer: Ed Riche, Bruce Alcock The chaos of a last-minute dinner party provides the backdrop for a quiet epiphany about embracing life’s rich pageant. Bingo Night Comedy / United States / 14 min. Director: Jordan Liebowitz Producer: Ryan Heraly Writer: Jordan Liebowitz When Ethel is threatened with eviction from her cushy retirement home, she enlists the help of her friends Vivian and Ruth for the heist of the century. Check Please Comedy / United States / 8 min. Director: Geoffrey James Producer: Geoffrey James, TJ Hellmuth Writer: Geoffrey James Check Please is the story of two prideful men who are out on a double date. Everything’s going well. Their wives are hitting it off and the restaurant is impeccable. However, things take a turn for the worse when the check arrives. Wallace Drama / United States / 19 min. Director: Ian McCulloch Producer: William Migliore, Quentin Little, Ed Riew Writer: Ian McCulloch Wallace has made it his life’s mission to be the best boyfriend he can…by any means necessary. Overwhelmed by his zealous brand of courtship, Wallace’s girlfriend ends their relationship and starts seeing someone else. Heartbroken, devastated, inconsolable, Wallace does the only thing that makes sense to a man like him: he vows revenge against this new suitor. See booking details for PROGRAMME FIVE on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME SIXOn the House Drama / United States / 6 min. Director: Daniel Serafini-Sauli Producer: Olivia Serafini-Sauli Writer: David Dilley Cast: Ron McLarty, Geoff Sobelle For the owner of a pawn shop, selling a gun is not business as usual when your customer has an unusual request. Float Drama / United States / 23 min. Director: Kiran Chitanvis Producer: Kiran Chitanvis Writer: Kiran Chitanvis Cast: Lin Kok Ming, Toh Beng Tee, Toh Xiao Qi, Douglas Lam Float is the story of an old fisherman living on a floating house off the coast of Singapore, who has to prove his innocence when a SWAT team storms his home and accuses him of committing a crime. The Master Cleanse Drama / United States / 15 min. Director: Daniel Goldberg Producer: Daniel Goldberg Writer: Daniel Goldberg, Ittai Orr Welcome to Manifest Refuge, Park Slope’s most transformative commune. Founded in 1996 by Dr. Emma Horowitz in a Park Slope brownstone, its members are as diverse as the neighborhood itself. But they all have one thing in common: The Master Cleanse. Jim, an outsider, thinks commune member Brook might be the love of his life, but will this seemingly innocuous ritual stand between them? I Love Hooligans Animation / Netherlands / 12 min. Director: Jan-Dirk Bouw Producer: Koert Davidse, Marc Thelosen Writer: Jan-Dirk Bouw A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive in this world that is so precious to him. Being Richard Kensington Comedy / United States / 15 min. Director: Christopher Marks Producer: Christopher Marks Writer: Christopher Marks An ordinary hotel bartender from suburban New Jersey is mistaken for an impossibly suave international playboy and plays along to win the affections of an unsuspecting bar patron. The Dam Keeper Animation / United States / 18 min. Director: Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo Producer: Duncan Ramsay, Megan Bartel Writer: Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change. See booking details for PROGRAMME SIX on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME SEVENA Memory of Last Summer Drama / Poland / 11 min. Director: Kuba Gryzewski, Ivo Krankowski Producer: Ivo Krankowski Writer: Kuba Gryzewski, Ivo Krankowski Warsaw, mid-1980s. When it seemed that the Christmas party with her parents could not be more boring, Basia unexpectedly meets someone very familiar… Bradford-Halifax-London Comedy / United Kingdom / 9 min. Director: Francis Lee Producer: Grace Welch Writer: Francis Lee On the 10:22 train from Bradford to London Dad looses his rag, pregnant Mam concocts a surprise whilst their teenage daughter aches from embarrassment on just another typical family outing… Joan’s Day Out Comedy / United States / 20 min. Director: Ellen Houlihan Producer: Almitra Corey, Mei Melancon, Ellen Houlihan Writer: Ellen Houlihan A grandmother escapes her retirement home to bail her teenage granddaughter out of jail. Relics Comedy / United States / 14 min. Director: Jennie Allen Producer: Michael Fix Writer: Jennie Allen Cast: Seth Kirschner, Marceline Hugot, Sarah Steele A salesman must decide how far he will go to please his customers. Red Car Drama / United States / 16 min. Director: Steven Wilsey Producer: Daniella Kahane Writer: Steven Wilsey Cast: Laura Allen, Andrew Stearns, Tim Blough, Kim Bogus A hard-working woman tries to build a better life with the purchase of a used red car. The Parting Glass Drama / United States / 3 min. Director: Laurence Dunmore Producer: Mark Johnston Writer: Paul Opperman Four old friends contemplate the loss of a friend and toast one of their mates, who we presume has transitioned to a world beyond – which he has – but not in the way we’re expecting. Jerome’s Bouquet Drama / United States / 16 min. Director: Chris Calkins, Bebe Neuwirth Producer: Nikhil Melnechuk, Chris Calkins Writer: Chris Calkins Elena Klein, a retired New York florist, can’t stop arranging – only now it’s not flowers she’s arranging, but people’s lives. See booking details for PROGRAMME SEVEN on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME EIGHTThe Trial of Barnaby Finch Comedy / United States / 3 min. Director: Samuel Stephens, Sorrel Ahlfeld Producer: Eric Berkowitz, Persis Koch Writer: Sorrel Ahlfeld To swat or not to swat? That is the question an errant fly poses to our hapless hero, Barnaby Finch, at the penultimate moment of his job interview. Filmed in split-screen, the potential consequences of Barnaby’s weighty decision ripple out in absurdist waves, cascading toward an unexpected climax in this metaphysical comedy. Over the Moon Comedy / New Zealand / 7 min. Director: James Cunningham Producer: James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert Writer: James Cunningham, Karl Wills Cast: Anna Jullienne, Calum Gittins, David Van Horn, Damien Avery Brace yourself for a rough landing as kick-ass comic book heroine Connie Radar defends the moon from The USA and attempts to prevent the first moon landing. Grace of God Comedy / United States / 9 min. Director: Millicent Cho Producer: Millicent Cho, Laurie Arakaki Writer: Millicent Cho Teenagers, sex, and divine intervention. Chief, Your Butt’s On Fire Animation / United States / 5 min. Director: Steve Moore Producer: Steve Moore, Donna Moore Writer: Steve Moore Chief, You’re Butt’s on Fire is a cautionary tale about leadership. A New Man Comedy / United States / 9 min. Director: Hughes William Thompson Producer: Benyomin Spaner, Caitlin Mehner Writer: Etgar Keret Cast: Russell Saylor, Vince Bandille, Michael DiGioia After his wife leaves him, Charles begins to assume the identities of strangers at a local coffee shop to avoid being alone. The Third Wheel Comedy / United States / 6 min. Director: Adam Lustick Producer: Alana Grace, Katharine Emmer Writer: Adam Lustick In the unpredictable world of online dating, Gabrielle finds herself on a date with a cute guy and his crazy ex-girlfriend. The Lord of Catan Comedy / United States / 13 min. Director: Stuart C. Paul Producer: Lisa Barrett McGuire, Jason Dolan Writer: Stuart C. Paul Cast: Amy Acker, Fran Kranz One evening, a young married couple settle in for a nice, relaxing game of Settlers of Catan. But what begins as friendly competition soon becomes heated, ushering in an epic struggle for dominance. Old grudges and hidden wounds rise to the surface, exposing the reality beneath the veneer of their relationship and pushing them towards a final reckoning from which there is no return-for there can be only one Lord of Catan. Epilogue Comedy / United States / 16 min. Director: Dylan Allen Producer: Dylan Allen, Eddy Vallante Writer: Dylan Allen At the end of his greatest adventure, Skillman has vanquished his nemesis, recovered the priceless artifact and saved his latest love from certain doom. As he struggles to figure out what comes next, his lady realizes her confident, capable man doesn’t have a clue what to do once the guns are down. Anthony Comedy / United Kingdom / 15 min. Director: Jonathan van Tulleken Producer: Camille Gatin Writer: Tim Key, Jonathan van Tulleken Anthony and Santa set about saving themselves and Christmas by using only toys and their wits. This year Christmas, isn’t going to be about goodwill, it’s going to be about savage, brutal, survival… and a whole load of toys. See booking details for PROGRAMME EIGHT on the NY Shorts Fest website here
PROGRAMME NINEMirage Animation / United States / 9 min. Director: Iker Maidagan, Dana Terrace Producer: Iker Maidagan Writer: Iker Maidagan A young Inuit boy reaches waters no one reached before while trying to fish in the Arctic wilderness. The Rise And Fall Of Globosome Animation / Germany / 6 min. Director: Sascha Geddert Producer: Philipp Wolf Writer: Sascha Geddert In the vastness of space, there’s a a small speck of rock inhabited by the most peculiar lifeforms: Dark little dots that start to replicate fast and begin to show signs of intelligence. Recursion Sci-Fi / United States / 22 min. Director: Sam Buntrock Producer: Antonio Marion Writer: Stanton Nash A modern-day time-travel adventure about a young man who loops back through the same 90 minutes over and over again in search for a lost wedding ring. The Offering Suspense/Thriller / United States / 8 min. Director: Ryan Patch Producer: Ryan Patch, Joanna Bowzer, Michael Koehler Writer: Michael Koehler Cast: Bob Jaffe, Jared Mark Smith A father and son travel deep into the woods to make an offering to a mysterious force. When they realize a key element is missing, they must improvise before time runs out. The House at the Edge of the Galaxy Sci-Fi / United States / 13 min. Director: Gleb Osatinski Producer: Gleb Osatinski, Kate Bolotnaya Writer: Gleb Osatinski A lonely boy is taught by a passing Cosmonaut how to plant a star. Into the Dark Drama / United States / 14 min. Director: Lukas Hassel Producer: Henry B. Lee, Lukas Hassel Writer: Lukas Hassel Cast: Lukas Hassel, Lee Tergesen, Laura Fay Lewis Sometime in the future. Two men, strapped in, back to back. On a journey from Moon to Earth. A countdown. A chance encounter. Just Reality. Real Justice. Tips of Our Fingers Drama / United States / 15 min. Director: Charles Whitcher, Samuel Stephens Producer: Eric Berkowitz, Persis Koch, Ned Brown Writer: Samuel Stephens Everything Lia sees, she hears. Institutionalized from an early age for her unique sensory condition, Lia escapes the confines of the hospital to experience the open road. When her new found freedom is threatened by Bruce, an orderly at the hospital who’s been tasked with bringing her back, Lia must convince him to see and hear the world through her eyes. See booking details for PROGRAMME NINE on the NY Shorts Fest website here