2019 Short Film Selections

Narrative
 
My Moon
A relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun. Presenting “My Moon”, a new short film directed by Eusong Lee.  This is beautiful animated short with compelling characters that manages in only 8 minutes draw in viewers of all ages. Run time: 8:32, Country: USA


 
Loser Leaves Town
An 11-year-old luchador uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life. Run time: 12:00, Country: USA


 
The Old Man and the Dead
An old man who lives in a cafe far away from town is committing suicide when a truck driver interrupts him to say he found a dead body. He asks the old man to keep the body till dawn when the hearse will collect it. Hours later, we learn the dead don’t always stay dead.  This short is shot in flashes that leave you hanging until the end to understand all the twists in store. Run time: 17:05, Country: Iran

 
No Traveler Returns
A young African immigrant's struggles to adjust to life in America push him towards an existential crisis. This is a tough short to watch as we see the main character struggle between choosing light and life or dark and death.  This a behind the scenes look of what it takes to push someone to the brink of self-destruction. This gives the viewer insight into the root of terrorism and the vulnerability of young men who may feel slighted by society or their community. Run time: 12:37, Country: USA


 
The Sea Swells
A war is surrounding an old man who lives in the middle of the sea and the viewer is taken on a journey to an alternate universe where the battles are fought underwater.  It is a visually spectacular short that won’t disappoint. Run time: 16:15, Country: Iran


 
Green
Green, an undocumented Turkish pedicab driver unwittingly draws police attention, endangering his brother, his community, and himself. In a clandestine apartment in New York City, groups of men from different parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa live without the ability to communicate in their native tongue—yet to the outside, they are the same thing: an immigrant and potential threat.  Their dynamic—loving, fraught, and contradictory—is familiar to anyone with a sibling or parent transforming these foreigners or characters in a film into people we recognize, who share many of the same flaws and desires as the rest of us. Run time: 12:26, Country: USA


 
Are you Volleyball?!
A group of Arabian speaking asylum seekers wait outside a border guarded by English speaking soldiers are prevented from crossing.  One day, a kid’s game of volleyball turned that wall into a volleyball net and we are given a glimpse of an alternative world. This world is where walls aren’t walls at all but symbols of peace and friendship.  Run time: 15:00, Country: Iran


 
The Fox
A young fox on the verge of experiencing the first love got trapped by a hunter. The Hunter ties his dog collar bell on the fox’s neck and leaves her in the wood. And then the fox begins his effort to survive and love and revenge. The film was based on a true incident that happened around 200 years ago during the Qajar kingdom in Iran. The first King of Qajar, Agham Mohammad Khan, was fond of fox hunting, and he used a strange and unique method. Run time: 9:45, Country: Iran
 
 


 
Documentary

Built to Last
From humble beginnings in a small slate roofed village in Greece, to the heyday of America’s movie palaces, “Built to Last” is the story of one family and how they built an empire of theatres throughout New England in the hardscrabble years of the Great Depression. Run time: 12:55, Country: USA (Vermont)

 
Bow With Me
As a professional viola player, teacher, and street musician, the entire D.C. area serves as Vasili Frankos’ stage as he "busks” - performing in public on street corners, at the Metro, and in parks; his string case open in front of him graciously accepting tips for his public performance. Following in Vasili's footsteps is Sonny, his spirited seven-year-old pupil, who is gearing up to carry on the tradition of busking for the very first time. Run time: 14:54, Country: USA


Timbo
"I will make a Brazil for the majority, minorities [indigenous] have to bow down to the majority. Minorities should adapt themselves or simply disappear", words of Jair Bolsonaro, newly elected president of Brazil as he proposed opening the Amazon region to mining and resuming dam construction. If built, the dams would severely affect the community of the indigenous people and flood an area the size of London, Paris and Amsterdam combined. The flood would also cause a large amount of toxic plants to dissolve in the water, leading to severe poisoning or even death among the local tribes. These plants are commonly known as Timbó. Run time: 8:53, Country: Brazil


Horns Out
Maurice Horn, an aging, 77 year-old Montana climber grapples with sense of place and identity through the past loss of his childhood ranch and the imminent loss of his replacement for that ranch - climbing. This really shows aging with a fervor for life that will be an inspiration to viewers of all ages. Run time: 12:33, Country: USA


Big World
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? In April 2018, Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne embarked on a week-long stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. David makes his living guiding some of the world’s most incredible peaks and Nepal is like a second home. He wanted to deepen Thorne’s understanding of the world beyond their Seattle neighborhood. Engaging with this world helps us grow. Run time: 13:00, Country: USA

 
Nobody Dies Here
Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies. Run time: 23:32, Country: France

 
Leaving the Nest
Hal, Asia and their daughter Emilia live in yurts in the mountains near Horse Shoe, North Carolina. They now live alone to focus on their family, but over the course of five years, around 100 people have lived in community in the yurts on their land. After attending the demonstrations at Standing Rock, Hal and Asia realized they could not stand to stay in the United States and are making plans to move to Portugal. Run time: 7:01, Country: USA

Thank you for a successful festival. See you in 2020!

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL  PO BOX 901  MONTPELIER  VT  05601-0901                         

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