SHORTSFEST 2018 ASPEN PROGRAM 10

Shorts Program Ten

Saturday, April 7 | 8:00PM  | 92 min. | Filmmaker Q&A to follow  |  Wheeler Opera House

The Driver Is Red

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest-ranking Nazi war criminals on the run. (Randall Christopher, USA, 15 min.)

Milk

A young employee of a rural dairy farm is experiencing anxiety regarding her unexpected pregnancy. She finds it difficult to ignore her feelings as she is surrounded by pregnant cows on the farm whose milk she helps to collect after they give birth. (Heather Young, Canada, 14 min.)

Hair Wolf

In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, Janice, the shop owner, prepares to leave for the day, as Eve, a young hairstylist, braids the hair of her boyfriend, Damon. Cami, a salon regular, bursts into the store and breathlessly recounts a horrifying experience she has just had. One by one, the salon residents undergo a terrifying metamorphosis as Rebecca grows stronger, draining them of their conviction in black power and leaving Cami in a fight for black lives. (Mariama Diallo, USA, 12 min.)

Volte

Zuzia, 12, has been training vaulting for two years and has an extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is the “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced “base” vaulters. Another intensive season begins. During training sessions, it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightness. At first the coach blames the “base” but they admit that Zuzia is too big to lift her. It became As it becomes clear that she is “just growing”, and her role is given over to a younger girl. (Monika Kotecka & Karolina Poryzala, Poland, 14 min.)

Wren Boys

In his sermon on St. Stephen’s Day, a priest from County Cork recalls the now-outmoded wren hunting tradition. Boys on the cusp of manhood would be sent out to kill a wren, and later the parish would gather for the burial of the bird. The tradition symbolized the burial of the past, promising a fresh start in the new year. Later that day, Conor drives his nephew to prison to visit a battle-worn inmate. Their visit is one born of a new 21st century Ireland, which casts a critical eye on tradition. But within the prison walls, progress operates at a different pace; , and runs alongside the threat of violence. (Harry Lighton, United Kingdom, 11 min.)

Nevada

A young couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap in this stop-motion animated comedy. (Emily Ann Hoffman, USA, 12 min.)

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

As provocative an examination of life as it sounds. Prompted by his father’s death, director Charlie Tyrell pursues a deeper understanding of his emotionally-distant father in this documentary short by starting with what he left behind: a rather kitsch collection of pornography on VHS videotapes. Tyrell presents an indiscriminate look into one’s material possessions as a way of understanding the complex nature of family relationships and their challenges. (Charlie Tyrell, Canada, 13 min.)