Program Four - Aspen

Shorts Program Four

Wheeler Opera House    |    Thursday, April 5, 2018    |    5:15 pm followed by filmmaker Q&A    |    Run Time:  95 min.


When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change. (Kim Tailhades, Florian Brauch, Romain Tirions, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Taihades, Yohan Thireau, France, 7 min.)

The Caregiver

After a short home-leave in India, Raj returns to his 85-year-old employer only to find out he’s been replaced by a Filipino caregiver named Joy. While trying to earn back his job and home, Raj realizes that the truth has many faces. (Ruthy Pribar, Israel, 12 min.) North American Premiere

The Earth is Humming

In Japan, there is an old saying “sonae areba urei nashi”, which means, “be prepared and have no regrets.” Situated along the circum-Pacific volcanic belt, Japan has several volcanic regions frequently affected by earthquakes and Tsunamis. In the event Tokyo experiences a magnitude seven quake in the next 30 years, an estimated 23,000 people would die and more than seven million would be driven into emergency shelters. Such an incident would cause economic damage of 95 trillion yen, or roughly the equivalent of the national budget. (Garret Bradley, USA, 14 min.)

Careful How You Go

A darkly comedic three part short film about malevolent women.  (Emerald Fennell, United Kingdom, 12 min.)

Solar Walk

Solar Walk shows the journey of individuals and their creations on through time and space. Any meaning of action is only existent from the perspective of the individual, but never mandatory when looking at it from the perspective of a solar system. It’s about the melancholy of accepting chaos as beautiful and cosmic. Passion for creation is projected through the unique and playful texture of the animation craft itself. (Réka Bucsi, Hungary, 21 min.) North American Premiere

Lonesome Willcox

Willcox, Arizona is a country music town that isn’t what it used to be. The town has a single radio station, run by one employee who lives at the studio, and is seen as an outcast by many of the townspeople. This unlikely champion of country music has a troubled history with the music that he plays every day, but he’s keeping it alive for the old folks and looking for redemption over the airwaves. (Ryan Maxey, USA, 12 min.)


A hybrid between documentary, dance and fiction, Juck depicts the all-female dance group who made a name for themselves in 2013 with a video that became a viral hit all over the world. The word “Juck” is Swedish for “hump” and their groundbreaking appearance pushed the boundaries for how we are used to seeing the female body. The film poses the question: what is femininity? (Olivia Kastebring & Julia Gumpert & Ulrika Bandeira, Sweden, 17 min.) North American Premiere