Filmed partially underwater and loosely based on the poem by German writer Heinrich Heine, “Lorelei” is a story of lost love. The original poem tells the tale of a maiden on a cliff overlooking a bend in the Rhine River calling out to her former lover, a sailor navigating the treacherous curves below. Similar folklore of maidens, mermaids, and sirens seducing unsuspecting sailors can be found throughout literature. This experimental film tells the tale of a sailor drowning his sorrows in drink as he ponders the lost love of his life. Haunted by images of his former lover, the sailor finds refuge in drink, but a constant barrage of sublime reminders beckon him.7 min
An old man and a little boy left their drought-stricken and abandoned village to the endless world (infinite) seeking any sign of life.
They keep traveling through the desert, but the land becomes more bare and lifeless, until they reach the most dried and cracked land. The old man and the boy lag behind. The old man applies ointment to his hands and feet while the child applies ointment to the cracks of the land.
This is the moment when the sky begins to cry.10 min
The film is a short powerful manifestation of the Desert of the Real—a critical note raised by French philosopher J. Baudrillard in Simulacra and Simulation.3 min
A musical theatre singer takes the stage for her final performance in this 16 minute one-woman film. As Belinda sings and addresses her audience for the very last time, we see that all is not as simple as it seems—and get a glimpse into the inherent love/hate relationship between artist and audience.16 min
Enter the Dragonfly is a comedic fantasy tale about a 12-year-old boy named Bruce that has a vivid imagination to say the least. Although academic subjects like math should be Bruce’s focus, his thoughts instead are completely centered around his favorite obsession…kung-fu movies. When his teacher sends him to deliver a note to the principal, the adventure begins.23 min
Jerod Grot’s once-prosperous farm is now a twisted shadow of its former self. With his land overrun by crows and a scarecrow with a mind of its own, Jerod is forced to seek solace in the fading happy memories of his past. Each day is as the next.
But today, Jerod finds a lost love letter from his deceased wife. The letter is not to him, but rather to his scarecrow.
With his world turned upside down, Jerod is met with many more memories—dark and unpleasant ones which he chose to ignore. As he confronts the scarecrow about the letter, these buried secrets begin to surface, shattering the uneasy peace that once existed on this haunted land, and forcing him to face his past as it truly was.
In this work of Magical Realism, the only thing we know for certain is that Daysi, a Latina high school girl, is pregnant. Is the conception the son of a mystical winged man, as Daysi insists? Or the result of a one-night stand, as the girl’s mother claims? This visually arresting and poetic rumination on truth, written by Academy-award nominee José Rivera, asks what it means to hold fast to a belief, and what it takes to let it go.14 min
Helen Brumett, an elderly woman, believes she is talking to fairies in her garden. Her husband, Abner thinks she is crazy and has plans to put her away in a home. Are the fairies just a figment of Helen’s imagination, or are they real?22 min
Trevor, a frustrated painter suffers from artist block. He searches for his muse, and in the process, gets help from the surreal visions of the painter Rene Magritte, a wallet, and a tall man wearing a bowler cap. Through his creative journey Trevor finds his happiness and his soul mate.17 min
A man finds himself locked up in the dark. But when he began to try to get out, he never would have thought that he was about to face his worst nightmare. There, his last and only hope lies… in the rope.16 min
That’s Magic! follows a disillusioned magician who seeks his own answer to find what is ‘magic’ in the world around him.15 min
Life is for the birds. They require so little. Every day gathering their lives from the wind. Doron has no wind. If only he could harness the voice of every bird, every jay, every sparrow. Could he funnel their song inside his soul? Could he survive another day? An enigmatic story about a man’s relationship with his surroundings both natural and artificial.7 min