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Short Program #2 (Virtual screening)

Friday, February 11, 2022 @ 12:00am

NJ Film Festival

Six short films shown will be available online for 24 hours on February 11th starting at midnight.

¡Llámame Chinita! – Stacy Chu (Los Angeles, California) - Lulu, a 30-year old woman from China, travels alone to Mexico in the middle of the Pandemic. Despite her distance from home, her daily life and pressures seem to follow. In Chinese and Spanish, subtitled. 2021; 22 min.

Threads of Desire – Bianca Di Marco (New York, New York) - Threads of Desire tells the story of Bettina, a lonely and overlooked farmer who steals an elegant dress from a small Italian town. Riddled with guilt, Bettina must choose between following her conscience or her fantasies of owning a beautiful gown. In Italian, subtitled. 2021; 9 min.

Covid Crusader: The Carla Brown Story – Randy Slavin (Port Washington, New York) - Motivated by the death of her husband due to COVID-19, Carla Brown is on a mission to vaccinate the African American population of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 2021; 3 min.

Joey Skaggs: Fish Condos – Judy Drosd and Joey Skaggs (New York, New York) - Since the 60s, artist Joey Skaggs has used outrageous tactics to make social political commentary. In 1983, fed up with urban gentrification and the destruction of the environment, he created “Fish Condos”, better homes for upwardly mobile guppies, and forever changed the status quo of fish tanks. This short documentary is the fifth in the ongoing series, Joey Skaggs: Satire and Art Activism, 1960s to the Present and Beyond. 2021; 19 min.

Memory Builds The Monument – Isaac Yowman (Houston, Texas) - Compelled by the vivid memories of the legendary Club Matinee by aging citizens, this film leaps into the music, the art, and the community of Houston's historic 5th Ward. The doc highlights the impossible to ignore cultural and social challenges of African-Americans in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s living in the South. The through-line of this story showcases how the music of these eras played a part in defining generations and bringing people of all ethnicities and backgrounds together and how memories, at the verge of being lost can be shared to propel the future. 2021; 15 min.

Just Like Water - Manos Triantafillakis (Athens, Greece) - This lovely short is about the father of the director, Spyros, his life and experiences. He is the protagonist and narrator. Just Like Water speaks about time and the circle of life. The questions asked are, what is time and how do we perceive it? Do we really live the moments in our daily lives and do we give them their due value? So, we follow a magical journey through time, embedded with vivid images of Spyros, grandfather, man, child ... A girl and a woman always there. A patchwork of images, accompanied by original musical composition, sketched in detail: it weaves the puzzle of a whole life nestled in the Island of Crete. In Greek, subtitled. 2021; 13 min.

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