Short Film

  • Corrado D’Errico – Stramilano (1929)

    1921-1930Corrado D'ErricoExperimentalItalyShort Film
    Stramilano (1929)
    Stramilano (1929)

    Quote:
    The history of the city symphony is dominated by artists who identified as progressives and radicals, or in some rare cases, such as that of Walter Ruttmann, artists whose politics appear to have undergone a rather startling transformation, from a position that was at least centrist or moderate, to one that was far to the right of center. Stramilano (1929), directed by Corrado D’Errico (1902-41) and produced by the company of the Za Bum music hall by Mario Mattoli and Luciano Ramo for instituto LUCE, was not only Italy’s first contribution to the city symphonies cycle, it was also the earliest example of such a film to emerge from a fascist nation. Read More »

  • Jem Cohen – Lost Book Found (1996)

    Jem Cohen1991-2000DocumentaryShort FilmUSA
    Lost Book Found (1996)
    Lost Book Found (1996)

    Twenty five years ago, Jem Cohen completed Lost Book Found, a semi-fictional diary film that draws from his experience as a pushcart vendor in lower Manhattan. The work is crafted from what such a vendor might have seen and heard: bits of paper and plastic swirling ghostlike in eddies of wind; weathered storefronts; window displays crowded with tchotchkes; enigmatic notes taped to streetlights; disassociated recordings of sales pitches, passing conversations, and the sounds of machines at work; unlovely aggregations of cardboard; evening skylines glowing in fog.Read More »

  • Hal Hartley – The Apologies (2010)

    Hal Hartley2001-2010DramaShort FilmUSA
    The Apologies (2010)
    The Apologies (2010)

    A commercially realistic but artistically conflicted playwright lends his Berlin apartment to a young actress friend so she can rehearse her drama school audition while he goes off to save his doomed production in New York.Read More »

  • Daniel Kamwa – Boubou cravate (1972)

    1971-1980African CinemaCameroonDaniel KamwaDramaShort Film
    Boubou cravate (1972)
    Boubou cravate (1972)

    A young diplomat is prey to the sarcasm of his own “boy”, who sees in him one of the many black-skinned Europeans totally lacking in authenticity and adrift between two cultures. But this adaptation of a novella by Francis Bebey is not limited to this simple contrast. The black man may well fall for the deceptive seductiveness of the blonde woman, but this same white beauty just as easily allows herself to be seduced by the mystery of black Africa. After all, the stereotype differences between Blacks and Whites can never tell the whole story. This culture clash is also the story of a master and his servant, of a director and his secretary, of the same director and the director-general, of a husband and his wife. It cannot be by chance that in the end, after a ritual invasion of his own living room, the diplomat rediscovers his identity by means of the mask, which as we know always conceals and reveals at the same time.Read More »

  • John Magary – The Big Trim (2020)

    2011-2020ComedyJohn MagaryShort FilmUSA
    The Big Trim (2020)
    The Big Trim (2020)

    Tensions build as a couple is stuck in their New York City apartment during a pandemic.Read More »

  • Sean Bokenkamp – Theoria (2023)

    USA2021-2030ExperimentalSean BokenkampShort Film
    Theoria (2023)
    Theoria (2023)

    In ancient Greece “theoria” describes a journey to bear witness at a festival taking place in a foreign city. The “theoros” undertook the journey on behalf of their community and, upon returning home, described what they had seen with their own eyes. With “theoria” the first step towards knowledge is seeing. With a hero’s journey the return is as essential as embarking in the first place—through the act of leaving and then returning after the arduous journey the new is metabolized and the old is seen in a new light.Read More »

  • Jasmin Tenucci – Céu de Agosto (2020)

    2011-2020BrazilDramaJasmin TenucciShort Film
    Céu de Agosto (2020)
    Céu de Agosto (2020)

    As the Amazon burns for the seventeenth day, a nurse in Sao Paulo finds herself drawn to a Neo-Pentecostal church.Read More »

  • Hal Hartley – Implied Harmonies (2010)

    Hal Hartley2001-2010DocumentaryShort FilmUSA
    Implied Harmonies (2010)
    Implied Harmonies (2010)

    Hartley’s conscientious assistant in Berlin receives weekly letters from her boss and sends him the books he needs as he struggles in Amsterdam to create the staging for Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s opera, “la Commedia.”Read More »

  • Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – The Volunteer (1944)

    1941-1950Emeric PressburgerMichael PowellShort FilmUnited KingdomWar
    The Volunteer (1944)
    The Volunteer (1944)

    Plot summary
    After a masterful performance as Othello in a London theater ‘Ralph Richardson’ is asked for an autograph by Fred, his dresser. A short while later, Fred has joined the Fleet Air Arm (Fly Navy) and has become a hero, rescuing a pilot from his burning plane. When Fred goes to Buckingham Palace it’s Ralph’s turn to ask for an autograph.Read More »

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