SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Program 1

Coming of Age - Narrative Shorts

March 17, 2018

Total Running Time: 90mins

MRS MCCUTCHEON, Directed by John Sheedy, 17:00

Having always felt he was born in the wrong body, 10-year-old Tom chooses the name Mrs McCutcheon rather than the name he was given at birth; he also prefers the flow of a dress rather than the cut of a pant. Now at his third school Tom is having trouble settling in and finding acceptance from his newfound peers – except for Trevor, a tough little charmer who also suffers prejudice due to his Aboriginal heritage. With the school dance only days away Tom is thrust on a journey of self-discovery and sacrifices to find his place in the world. Be prepared for a courageous ending that might just revolutionize the school dances forever!

PROXY, Directed by Eric Schuman, 14:22

Russ lives and works at a motel with his parents. When a sick girl and her mother come through, Russ becomes fascinated. Trying to befriend the girl, Russ creates chaos.

MUSE, Directed by Camille Gregoire, 14:32

Gripped by unwieldy inspiration, a young songwriter struggles to find her voice while sharing a dilapidated apartment with a reclusive, failed musician.

SQUATCH, Directed by Danny Roberts, 6:28

Faced with waning time and resources, Aaron makes one last ditch effort at reconnecting with his old friend, the Sasquatch.

THE JAR, Directed by Carleton Rodgers 19:42

Jake banks his boyish ambitions of being an astronaut inside a jar of coins. But there are those who would step all over his dreams. Can he still manage to make the giant leap?

CRICK IN THE HOLLER, Directed by Ursula Ellis, 15:11

During West Virginia's 2014 Elk River chemical spill, a first-generation college student charged with the care of her rebellious younger sister instead becomes consumed by an issue with their water supply.

Program 2

Dark Narrative - Narrative Shorts

March 24, 2018

Total Running Time: 83mins

WHERE THE SHADOWS FALL, Directed by Kate Phillips, 14:45

The Man wanders a barren purgatory, seeking those he loved.


THE EMBROIDERED DRESS, Directed by Doğuş Algün, 20:23


LIKE A PATCH OF MUD, Directed by Chieh Yang, 19:35

A young girl is mysteriously attracted to her neighbor who is locked and chained to the wall of her apartment.

CRAZY HIVE, Directed by Shi Wei, 13:15

The year is 2019 and China suffers from a nation-wide downward plunge in home property values. One day at dusk, Lu discovers a corpse on the lawn of his estate putting him in a crisis of confidence about whether to report the corpse.

LAWMAN, Directed by Matthew Gentile, 13:34 

Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety; Bass insists it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.

Program 3

Progressive Aging: Change & Progress Narrative and Documentary Shorts

March 21, 2018

Total Running Time: 95mins

CROOKED ROAD SHAKESPEARE KIDS, Directed by Peter Logue, 19:07

SEQUIN, Directed by Yachi Yang, 16:08

An elderly man happens to make a call for a prostitute without the knowledge of his wife, turns out to be his unexpected journey over one night in Taipei.


LITTLE POTATO, Directed by Wes Hurley and Nathan M. Miller, 14:20

RUTHLESS, Directed by Chris Pender, 15:58

Doris’s mind is slipping... She is not only haunted by the death of her beloved husband James, but she is also struggling with the re-emergence of Ruth – Doris’s sinister alter-ego.


HEAD ABOVE WATER, Directed by Eric Shahinian, 10:33

A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease.


KITTY AND ELLEN, Directed by Leah Galant,16:49

In the short documentary Kitty and Ellen, the incredible friendship of these two Holocaust survivors takes us through animated memories of their past and the impact of the Trump election. Ultimately, the powers of friendship and humor are what make these women a resilient force during a time when the contemporary political climate bears striking resemblance to their past.

Program 4

Adventure and Outdoors: Documentaries That Transport to Another Place

March 17, 2018

Total Running Time: 65mins

M1­KØ Directed by Fahad Shaikh, 8:45

A film about journey to find a deeper meaning of the unknown, “M1-Kؔ follows Mikolaj Zenliski, a Polish software engineer on his bicycle training in middle of the desert, who could be blasting off to the Red Planet after getting through to the next stage of the Mars One project.


CASTING IN JAQUEY GRANDE, Directed by Thomas Winston, 15:24

Just a few clicks north of Bay of Pigs’ pristine mangrove flats - some of the best bonefish habitat in the world - lies Jaguey Grand, Cuba. A surprising scene plays out on a sweltering afternoon in the town’s dusty streets and alleys: Cuban kids with rods and reels attempt to master the art of the fly cast. Their mentor and father figure, Felipe, guides affluent anglers from around the globe to the regions coveted sport fisheries nearby. However, gaining the same access for his “ninos” proves to be difficult.

AMAZONIA DAMNED, Directed by Ada Bodjolle, 14:31

Amazonia Dammed tells the story of the Munduruku people's urgent struggle to protect the heart of the Amazon against one of the largest mega-dam projects on earth. Through the director's relationship with the community of Sawré Muybu, the film invites the audience to discover how these brave warriors of the modern day fight an impossible war of hope and joins its voice to the growing awareness of the need to preserve our planet's remaining rainforests.


OFF THE GRID, Directed by Sarah Hassan,9:03

With a university degree, a corporate job, and a stable marriage, Fadi Hachicho, seemed like someone who “got it all.” However, as he celebrated his 30th birthday, he became unable to silence the sound in his head, incessantly telling him there must be more to life than just this.


WILD OWYHEE, Directed by Dan Holz, 14:04 

In the heart of the west lives a vast, untouched and priceless gem. The Owyhee, a wild place where those who visit leave with something more than they arrived with - whether a connection to a simpler time, youthful memories reignited, or a source of hope and strength. It has been here as long as time, raw and perfect, but its uncertain future now lies in our hands.

Experimental and Animated Films: Explorations in Unexpected Form & Content

March 24, 2018

Total Running Time: 57 mins


WEIRD, Directed by Fausto Montanari, 2:34

A short, delightfully animated film about diversity and the shout of a girl used to being judged "weird" and "different."  She expresses in monologue her dream to delete the concept of weird.  She thinks that in the end weirdness is only a point of view and that we are all the same. But sometimes during her speech she falls into the error of indicating something like weird, because weirdness depends on each of us and our personal perspective.


BIG BOOM, Directed by Marat Narimanov, 4:42

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

SANS CHLOROPHYLL, Directed by Phil Davis, 3:21

Experimental animated choreography with autumn leaves.

CREEP, Directed by Rebeca Jervis and Kagan Marks, 6:48

The story of a guy who just can't get a break.

SAMSA, Directed by Brian O'Malley, 6:21

A young man mysteriously transforms into a strange cyclops-like creature, alienating him from his normal life. He eventually completes a cathartic journey on foot to Lake Placid, NY to make an attempt on the K120 ski jump to find nirvana.


UGLY, Directed by Nikita Diakur, 12:25

An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.
 

AFTER THE VOLCANO, Directed by Léo Favier, 17:58

The earth quakes, ashes fall from the sky, and there’s this fire that firefighters don’t get to extinguish. The villagers decide to take refuge in the forest. Surronded by wild beasts, a new life begins.

VIGIL, Directed by Chris King, 4:26

A young woman lies awake, thinking about what could have been. "Vigil" is a short, powerful tribute to our fallen and their families. (Inspired by a true story)

Program 6

Nit del Foc: A Celebration of Spanish-language Shorts (with English Subtitles)

March 20, 2018

Total Running Time: 92mins


ROSARIO, Directed by Marlén Ríos­Farjat, 10:39

Rosario sees her days go by as caregiver for her ill husband. Silently she bears the burden of his ill health and their failing relationship. But a struggle begins between duty and desire.

ONIÓN, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella, 22:30

Jessica attends a yoga class that may expand her universe in an extreme way.


DEAR RENZO, directed by Francisco Lezama and Agostina Gálvez, 20:23

Three Argentinians meet by chance in New York. They wander around the streets, lost in a

network of money exchange, failed translations, and religious calling.

NOSOTROS SOLOS! (Together Alone) directed by, Mateo Bendesky, 16:30

Débora is 11 year-old and is deaf. Facundo, her brother, is 18 and doesn’t want her to grow up. Together, they have fun setting cars on fire while their father is away, until one day things slip out of control.

SWEDISH COUSIN, Directed by Ines Barrionuevo, 19:59 

With only a few days until her quinceañera (her 15th Birthday party) and the arrival of her Swedish cousin, Cata starts feeling as if everything she believed in is losing its meaning.

Program 7

Vermont Filmmaker Shorts

March 25, 2018

Total Running Time: 60mins

 

CONVERSATIONS FROM THE OPEN ROAD: TEEN CITIZEN JOURNALISTS' WORK FROM 2017

Students and citizen-journalists join together as a media crew probing the challenging issues and individual stories  in our communities during a summertime road trip across America.

GATHERING TIME, by Corey Hendrickson, 8:03

Meghan Stotko and Andy Paonessa tap 1200 trees by hand, producing wood fired Maple Syrup to support their farmstead in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. With little dialogue and no narration, this observational documentary reveals the labor and landscape of this time honored tradition.


2.5 MILLION, Directed by Tyler Wilkinson­ Ray, 22:00

Two and a half years ago, Aaron Rice decided he was going to try and ski 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet in one calendar year. 2.5 MILLION follows Aaron from Utah, to Colorado, to South America and beyond as he tries to ski as much as humanly possible.

THIS IS THE BATHROOM, Directed by Lukas Armstrong­Laird, 7:29

A film of short, seemingly mundane glimpses into a young man's apartment bathroom. Together, these snapshots weave a funny, yet moving tale about how some of life's biggest moments take place in the bathroom.

DORMANCY, Directed by Luke Becker­Lowe and Nick Callais, 13:30

Set in 1932 Northern Vermont, DORMANCY follows a young woman and her new husband as they are visited by field workers who give them false information about reproductive health risks. They agree to undergo “new procedures” to promote sterilization and, lured into a rural clinic, they are subjected to the sadistic goals of the doctors and eugenics field workers.

Program 8

Immigration and Homeland

March 23, 2018

Total Running Time: 91 mins


ELENE, Directed by Sezen Kayhan, 12:00

16-year-old Elene is a Georgian illegal immigrant who works at a tea plantation in Turkey. Feeling threatened by various encounters, she tries to be invisible in this foreign land. But it is not as easy as she thinks.

GOOD IMMIGRANTS, Directed by Suzanne Andrews Correa 

After being the victim of a robbery, an undocumented Turkish immigrant unwittingly becomes a threat to his community and his brother.


UNSPOKEN, Directed by Samia Badih, 10:11

“Unspoken” is about spoken word poet Farah Chamma who, at the age of 17, became an online sensation after her poems went viral. A well-known poet today, Farah finds her poetry at odds with the world she lives in. The film shows her conflict as she struggles with self-censorship and keeping her poetry authentic and real.


INA NYO, (Your Mother) Directed by Mary Evangelista, 12:00

Ina Nyo (Your Mother) is a day in the life of Ana, a young housemaid in Manila, and her quiet resilience as she is hassled by the family she has come to care for and know. While desperate to send more money to her mother, her job is suddenly jeopardized when the rivalry of the siblings and their desire for her go too far. Ana struggles with how to maintain her livelihood.

NEEMKOMOK’, Directed by Douglas Cushnie, 19:55

Isadora, an Indigenous Californian (Gabrielino/Tongva) woman, faces a battle to survive after being emancipated from the abusive Los Angeles mission where she was raised in the early 1800's. She's helped by Domingo, a Franciscan friar, on the journey to bring her to a Native village where she can finally be safe.


BEHIND THE WOODS AND ACROSS THE SEA, Directed by Doug Phillips, 20:00 

Born Onufry Filipovich in the Russian Empire, Owen Phillips came to America alone, with nothing, at the age of 16. The 20 million immigrants who, like him, arrived in America a century ago fueled the astonishing economic growth that transformed the United States from an economic backwater into the world’s leading economy. But today, as the United States averages a million legal immigrants a year and debate over immigration rages, the immigrants of a century ago are no longer here to answer our questions. Did they, as one recent paper claims, have it easy compared with today’s newcomers? Or did they face similar challenges and set an example in how they met them? Through Owen’s experience, documented in oral history recordings of Owen and interviews with people who knew him, we find at least some answers. And we learn, from a visit to Owen’s home village in the Republic of Belarus, the surprising story of what happened to the brothers and sisters he left behind, revealing what it meant for him to have come to America.

Program 9

Any Way But The One We Know

March 18, 2018

Total Running Time: 97 mins


THE REPLACEMENT, Directed by Nabil Chowdhary 10:44

A terminally ill man decides to replace himself with an identical cyborg to seamlessly take over his life. But as time draws nearer to completing the transition, he begins to question as to whether what he is doing is right or fair to his unsuspecting wife.

SEE YA, Directed by Brúsi Ólason 12:04

Waking up from his farewell party, Ágúst takes a drive around his hometown in rural Iceland with his best friend Dóri. But taking one last look on the life he will soon leave behind raises underlying doubts about saying goodbye to the comfortable life. Sjáumst is the coming of age story of Ágúst, who is faced with the decision of whether he should stay in Selfoss, his lovable dead-end hometown, or go abroad to the unknown and follow his childhood dreams.


SEPPUKU, Directed by Daryn Wakasa, 22:00

Mari Yoshimori holds the U.S. record for the fastest 400 meter time in track and field. Shortly before Olympic trials, she learns that she has a potentially career-threatening torn hamstring. This news crushes her soul. Not listening to her doctor or mother’s advice, Mari keeps training, and pushes herself too far. So far that the powers of nature thrust her into the depths of a psychological purgatory. While there, she meets her spiritual sidekick, Bettari. Petite, cute and mysterious, she communicates through a handwritten sign as she playfully lures Mari deeper into her domain. Only Mari can decide whether Bettari intends to guide or destroy.


GIVE AND TAKE, Directed by Christopher Amaya, 14:25

Overcome with ambivalence after years out of work, a man finds solace going back to his passion, food, as he lands a job as a replacement chef who serves final meals to convicts on death row.

IN THE OFF SEASON, Directed by Ben Taylor, 18:30

When her mother walks out of heroin treatment just before Christmas, Ellie desperately tries to find her and prevent another relapse.

FATED TO REPEAT, Directed by Logan Freeman, 16:16

A singer searches for a guest to her first show fronting her dead lover's band.

Program 10

For the Love of Snow

March 24, 2018

Total Running Time: 91 mins


INTO THE MOUNTAINS, Directed by Jon Scott, 3:05

Shot entirely in the alpine regions of France, INTO THE MOUNTAINS is a personal reflection on time in the mountains. On a recent trip typically spent skiing, the filmmaker heads into the back country to explore the mountain regions at a slower pace.


SNOW FARMERS, Directed by Tansy Michaud, 13:00

FOLLOW THROUGH, Directed by Anya Miller­Berg, 22:00

People have opinions about skier Caroline Gleich: Inspirational. Gumby. Social media star. Role model. Model masquerading as a mountaineer. At sixteen, she stumbled upon a copy of the cult classic guidebook The Chuting Gallery. Irreverent and wonderfully arbitrary, the guidebook lays out a set of 88 ski mountaineering lines across Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. They were difficult and dangerous. When she first said out loud she wanted to ski them, she was met with laughter. “Maybe it was because I was five feet tall, or I was a little blonde girl, but I remember that clearly — and it didn’t feel good” says Gleich. After a decade building her skills, Gleich set out to complete her vision and become the skier she dreamt of being. 'Follow Through' is a story of loss, belonging and desire for respect. In this age of hyperconnectivity, which voices do we choose to hear and which do we ignore?

THE VOLCANIC KINGDOM, Directed by Florian Albert, 14:30

Two weeks long, Darjan, Flo and Manu follow the icy streets of the volcanic kingdom, spend the evenings in the largest motorhome on the island, which turns out to be not quite as big as expected, sail into solitary fjords, see the stunning northern lights, meet unique people, hike mountains so close to the sea, that they witness relationship problems between seagulls and cameradrones and of course go for some snowboarding.

ICE DWELLERS, Directed by Barbara Klutinis, 12:31

Inhabitants of polar and subpolar regions wander through landscapes of melting ice.


RABBIT HOLE, Directed by Ian Post, 25:00 

Program 11

Women's Shorts

March 17, 2018

Total Running Time: 81 mins

NEGATIVE SPACE, directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, 6:00

CUBS, directed by Nanna Kristin Magnúsdottir, 19:00

SILICA, directed by Pia Borg, 23:00

THE TOWN I LIVE IN, directed by Guadalupe Rosales & Matt Wolf, 11:00

In Boyle Heights, local activists and members of the art community clash over the fate of the beloved Los Angeles neighborhood.

END OF THE LINE, directed by Jessica Sanders, 14:00

THREADS, directed by Torill Love, 8:00

Program 12

Off the Street

March 17, 2018

OFF THE STREET AND RAISE A FLAG, 1968, directed by Jere Michael, 105mins

Though funded by the Ford Foundation in 1968, this film had never been screened before last year. The film documents a Vermont summer camp, devised by teachers from the Art Students League in New York in response to the civil unrest in the wake of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This film, in which art is employed as a tool for social change, follows a group of artistically talented and ethnically diverse students who study together at the Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT, in the summer of 1968 in a ground-breaking, 8-week art camp. 

RAISE A FLAG OF REVOLUTION: BLACK LIVES MATTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT 2017, directed by Meghan Nanan and Nishani Kessler, both UVM students

In the Fall of 2016 a BLM flag was flown outside the student center at UVM. The raising of the flag attracted national new coverage, controversy and a groundswell of social media conversation.  Later that Fall the flag was stolen. This film explores the events and the evolution of the conversation of race at one local educational institution from the point of view of the students, faculty and administrators involved.

The screening of these two films will be followed by a panel discussion about the role of education in race relations in Vermont over the past 50 years, and will be moderated by Deb Luskin. Panelists: Meghan Nanan, Nishani Kessler, Ebony Nyoni of BLM Montpelier, Joelyn Mensah of MHS. Filmmaker Jere Michael will Skype from Arizona. 

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Special Presentations

LAST NOMADS OF EVEREST, directed by Nirjal Poudyal, 28:59, will play during Yak Cart service at the Film to Table Event - March 24th, at 4:00PM at VCFA - Noble Hall

A PLACE FOR ALL, Jay Ericson and Corey Hendrickson, 2:32, will play before WHAT LIES UPSTREAM

LOS LECHEROS by Jim Cricchi will screen before FORGOTTEN FARMS

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

GREEN MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019

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