This shorts program features 8 films from around the globe,
including 7 New York and US premieres. The films celebrate the
extreme, the comedic, and the transformative. A powerful mystic
pushes his body to impossible limits; a racist barbershop owner is
permanently altered after playing a trumpet; and TV sets enjoy a
night on the town while their owners are away.
El Desafio a la Muerte (The Challenge to Death)
Dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina, 2001, 3min
In Spanish with English subtitles. US premiere
A powerful mystic subjects his body to extreme conditions in an attempt to reach the divine. After fasting for 50 days, the master fits his entire body into a blender on camera for the first time. Don't try this at home (unless you're a stop-motion animator).
Swing of Change
Dirs: Harmony Bouchard, Andy Le Cocq, Joakim Riedinger & Raphael Cenzi
France, 2011, 7min
No dialogue. US Premiere
This smooth computer animation tells a riveting tale of transformation. A racist barbershop owner in 1930s New York City prefers rote rhythms to swinging beats—until a busker outside his shop leaves a trumpet behind.
Alien Repair Guy
Dirs: Alexander Somma & Øystein Moe
Norway, 2012, 13min
No dialogue. US premiere
What happens when Earth breaks down? Impressive technical effects illustrate an imaginative concept in this smart sci-fi film that entices us to ponder what might be going on in the universe.
Dir: Emilie Mercier
France, 2011, 14min
In French with English subtitles. NY premiere
Vibrant animation brings this classic horror folktale to life. A noble lady notices that her husband, a baron, slips out some nights for mysterious reasons. When she confronts him to learn the truth, he reveals one of the most ancient versions of the werewolf tale.
Dir: Joseph Procopio
Canada, 2011, 11 min
Explore the layers not always seen on the superficial exterior of high school. A boy finds himself drawn to a girl, but rather than just text her, he writes an actual letter. A film that asks: When does technology get in the way of real connection?
Dir: Lee Hye-won, Kim Ga-eul, Choi Yeon-joo, Oh Sun-mi & Kim Hee-su
South Korea, 2011, 5min
No dialogue. US premiere
A town terrorized by mischievous spirits turns to a young bounty hunter to end their troubles.
A Love of TVs
Dir: Denis Walgenwitz
France, 2008, 14min
In French with English subtitles. US premiere
A fresh, quirky stop-motion short about love among the television sets.
Dir: Li-da Hsu
Taiwan, 2011, 30min
In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Yi-cheng doesn't fit in with the other preppy kids at his school where even the faculty labels him as a typical 'bad student.' Only Mr. Liu, a substitute teacher, sees there's more to Yi-cheng than a label.