Short Film: LAG: A ZOOMSICAL COMEDY, 10min, USA, Musical

 

49b7c6c92f posterDuring the COVID-19 Crisis, a class on meditation and self-care has made the move to Zoom. Four students and an instructor bravely attempt to attain inner peace in this new online classroom beset with all the distractions and frustrations of our new normal. Will they overcome glitchy technology, and the deep fear of losing everything, or will they implode in the process?

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Short Film: MENTAL, 4min., USA, Music

6a2a69cd53 posterI couldn’t help but notice how much this lockdown affects life in iconic places of LA which we will never see like this anytime soon.

This short film is about incredible views of deserted landmarks such as Hollywood Blvd, Venice , DTLA … and many more.

More than shots there’s also a creative story and twist in this video, hoping to spread some smiles in these challenging times.

Cheers and stay healthy.

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Short Film: FORGET ME NOT, 9min., USA, Dance/Experimental

 

5efeeb66a8 posterIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ceremonial and natural sounds meet creative movement. An exploration of connection without words in a time of social distancing.

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Short Film: LIMINALITY, 8min,. USA, Dance

 

B0d5e2413a posterLiminality is inspired by reimagining what Odette may have experienced upon plunging to her death in the lake from the classical ballet “Swan Lake”. It is a moment of suspended reality and a story of disenchantment, self-discovery and transformation. In our modern world we know that “happily ever after” is a journey and we have the ability to exercise our own agency to create our experience. In our story, the heroine is exploring the space in between life and death. She is coming to terms with the end of her world as she knew it and finding the strength and courage to move into a new existence.

We see this story as a metaphor for what many ballet dancers experience upon the imminent journey of their retirement from professional careers. On stage there is always a happy ending. For example, Seigfried in “Swan Lake” immediately realizes his mistake in being seduced by another woman, seeks forgiveness from Odette, and follows her off the cliff to his death so they can be reunited in the afterlife. But what is the reality for the dancers who play these characters? When the fairytale is over, what happens next?

The dancer and choreographer of Liminality, Annali Rose, is searching to answer that question for herself. She is using her heart as a guide to follow what brings her joy. As someone who is new to choreography, she wanted to begin this journey in the only place she had felt inspired to play with choreography in her past—underwater. The water is symbolic of the feeling of drowning and the death of her identity as a professional dancer. But it also envelops her, providing safety, support, and the spark of joy that is the magical seed of regeneration.

The cinematography was captured by artist and digital choreographer, Jennifer Akalina Petuch, at the Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee County Florida during January 2020. Having a sharp eye for 2-D composition in Dance and a steady hand, Petuch used her skills of swimming, experience as a professional dancer, and a simple GoPro to film and then create the underwater work.

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Short Film: THROUGH THESE EYES, 3min., USA, Dance

 

A6eda08793 posterThis video expresses the emotions and frustrations of individuals regarding the recent events. Events like the protests/rioting, police related killings/deaths, racial related killing/deaths, and the justice that has not been served for those who have lost their lives. Through this video we hope to open the eyes of every person that watches it and encourage them to contribute to the change we want to see.

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Short Film: THE VIRGIN FLOWER, 5min., USA, Animation/Experimental

 

373d3e991f posterBased upon the best-selling indie video-game “Hotline Miami”, The Main Character “Jacket”, receives a message about a gang that has kidnapped an innocent young girl, whom they plan to do horrendous acts to. Jacket, on the another hand isn’t the type of guy to just standby, so he takes up matters into his own hands…literally.

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Short Film: BOXED, 9min., USA, Experimental/Documentary

Dabc3d8237 posterThis documentary explores the trauma and emotional aftermath experienced by sexual assault survivor advocate Barbara Handel through poetic and performative reenactments.

Short Film: INSIDE OUT TERRAIN, 4min., USA, Experimental

Ec87eb416c posterA global collaboration between artists in quarantine. The poem written by London based poet, musician, and actor Shay Khan and the performance art by Najah Rizvi of Amman, Jordan were a reflection from each artist and their respective places within South Asian diaspora. The composition by Turkish musician and composer Duygu Demir was written with the idea that though many are familiar with the idea of inequality, no one acts against it. The archival research and edit was conducted by South Asian-American filmmaker and artist Samia Zaidi based in Los Angeles. The piece is predominantly constructed from newsreels filmed by the British military during their occupation in South Asia as well as capitalist propaganda pieces, all of which were available in the public domain.

Poem written and recited by Shay Khan
Cello Comp and Performance by Duygu Demir
Performance Art by Najah Rizvi
Archival Research and Edit by Samia Zaidi

Detailed article available here: https://www.weirdozine.com/blog/inside-out-terrain-premier

  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Genres:
    History, Queer Filmmakers, POC Filmmakers, Female Filmmakers, Poetry Film, Visual Poem, Archival Footage
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 13, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: SOCIALLY DISTANT, 8min., USA, Music VIdeo

42831cb227 posterSocially Distant is a visual album following artist Jeremi “Dende” Lewings through his time during the COVID-19 pandemic with struggles from past loved one & moving on. Dende is premiering unreleased music throughout this short film produced by Dende himself during Stay Home order.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    58 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Apple ProRes 422
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color