The films in this contemplative, challenging and invigorating program of shorts vary wildly in their approaches, but share an ethos of expanding both audience expectations and the idea of what is possible to depict through the use of moving images and sound. These are beautiful, strange, charmed and sometimes confrontational films. All films are in competition for a Golden Gate Award.
Conjuror’s Box Like a funeral pyre paying respect to the demise of celluloid film, Laitala’s film presents the sense of magic and illusion we are losing as an artistic medium fades into obscurity. (Kerry Laitala, USA, 2012, 5 min) This is a Cinema by the Bay film.
Hex Suffice Cache Ten This film either presents video games, medical experimentation and an alien or two colliding and beginning to mutate into one another or it reveals the way that films are conceived intellectually before they are made. Or both. (Thorsten Fleisch, Germany, 2012, 12 min)
Malody An atypical meal at a dank diner explodes to show a nested set within a set each seemingly operating independently in this mind-blowing effects piece. (Phillip Barker, Canada, 2012,13 min)
More Real If there’s something more real than this, we haven’t seen it. Amidst an introduction to a video exhibition at the Minneapolis Museum of Art and SITE Santa Fe, there is an eruption of feelings and past regret. This is so real. (Jonn Herschend, USA, 2012, 9 min) This is a Cinema by the Bay film.
Morning of Saint Anthony’s Day Tradition says that on June 18th, lovers must offer small vases of basil with paper carnations and flags with popular quatrains as a token of their love. Using this occasion, João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man, SFIFF 2010), presents a mildly zombie-ish vision of slow social decay. (João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal, 2012. 25 min)
Salmon This journey against the current continuously evokes surprises. (Alfredo Covelli, Israel/Italy, 2012, 6 min)
3020 Laguna St. In Exitum Based on and shot in a site-specific art installation the film documents and explores the space and art created in a condemned home. (Ashley Rodholm, Joe Picard, USA, 2013, 9 min) This is a Cinema by the Bay film.