Short Film: BLACK STAINS, 14min, USA, Experimental/Dance

8ce2ec9951 posterBlack Stains addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Inspired by the personal experiences of choreographer Trent D. Williams, Jr., the film illustrates the reality of being black in the United States. Through interviews with men of varying ages and robust athletic dancing, the film persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?

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Short Film: WHEN EARTH TOOK A BREATH, 5min., USA, Music

Ora The Molecule’s “When Earth Took A Breath (Are You There?)” depicts our relationship with the natural world. Filmed with a full spectrum camera, plants and trees appear in unfamiliar colours – the sea of red pulsating like alarm bells as we’re reminded of our planet’s climate and biodiversity emergency.

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Short Film: AMERICAN QUARTET, 9min., USA, Music

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In a 2030s small town bitterly divided over who belongs, a young Muslim-American woman puts herself at risk when she shares her private, digitized memories with strangers, challenging the status quo in the hope that empathy will triumph over hate.

“American Quartet, through innovative storytelling and without speaking a word, poignantly communicates the future of hate, humanity, and courage.”
– Irshad Manji, author, “Don’t Label Me”

“Dvořák’s music is a perfect underscore for this American story of love, hate and identity…”
– Elliott Forrest, WQXR

“American Quartet” is a short film set in the near future, in which the newest device is a telepathic diary. The diary, owned by everyone, records only each individual’s emotions and memories for the purpose of retrieving and re­-experiencing them. It centers on Noreen, a young home health aide starting to make a home for herself in a small American town, only to find that there are people who don’t want to share their town with her. Andrew, a young man who lost his father in a war in the Middle East, does his utmost to make sure Noreen knows she’s unwelcome. And the majority of citizens, shepherded by longtime city councilwoman Sonia, are more interested in minimizing strife than in facing the underlying issues that plague their town. But with the help of Antonia, a newly-elected and justice-hungry city councilwoman, Noreen might have a chance at creating a place she can call home. Antonín Dvorák’s beautiful “American Quartet” drives the film and allows the characters to tell their stories entirely without dialogue.

Short Film: SANKOFA, 3min., USA, Experimental

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Filmed in San Cipriano, Colombia
August, 2018

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “go back and get it.” This 16mm film interprets an exorcism of social repression. Humanity’s passion, pain, and love are revealed through movement, light, and nature. The song “Tonada de Luna” was performed synchronously with the improvisational dance.

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Short Film: TARAH WHO? – HURT, 4min., USA, Music Video

Trying to write this, without letting a tear go.
Sad is not even the appropriate word.
Can’t even be mad, I don’t even have time.
Looking back the only thing that makes me smile is your speech, your words, your fake-ness… so ..
No, I’m not mad my friend.

 

  • Tarah Who?
    Name of Band or Artist
  • Javier Arcelus Cano
    Director
  • Benny “The Jet” Urquidez
    Director
  • Javier Arcelus Cano
    Writer
  • Maria Quintana
    Director of Photography
  • Nupur Mehrotra
    Producer
  • Maria Quintana
    Producer
  • Apoorv Arora
    Co Producer

Short Film: THE NEXT GIRL, 6min., USA, Experimental/Drama

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Danny’s casting call doesn’t go as plan when he meets a young girl with a traumatic past.

2020: Los Angeles Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival – Official Selection – ‘The Next Girl’.
2019: The IndieFEST Film Awards – Official Selection – ‘The Next Girl.’

  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 9, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED

Short Film: UPWELL, 6min., USA, Dance

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A vision of surfing, embodied by pro surfer Kassia Meador, appears as in a dream and inspires a woman to return to the water after a devastating loss. Surrounded by a diverse group of female surfers, she paddles out and they perform a ritual of connection to each other and to the ocean that is a refuge for them all.

Upwell
-To rise from an inner source.
-A process in which new, nutrient-rich waters rise from the ocean depths to the surface.

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Short Film: MOTEL-X, 5min., USA, Dance

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Motel X is a human trafficking awareness exhibit that featuring the talents of PONES Dance Company in a film. The Film is used in a bigger installation featured at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH.
Motel X: Sex Trafficking film was created to show the psychological and physical bondage between the victim and the trafficker.

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Short Film: ADAM & STEVE, 3min, USA, Music

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Rising pop star Dorian Electra’s music video for Adam & Steve rewrites homophobic religious rhetoric into queer empowerment. Taking the anti-LGBTQ slogan “God made Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve” and subverting it, Dorian instead imaginatively re-writes biblical “history” through a subversive queer lens. Co-directed by Electra and creative partner Weston Allen, “Adam & Steve” explores martyrdom, conversion therapy, and sexual repression in this daring and fantastical video.

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