SHORTSFEST 2018 ASPEN PROGRAM 5

Shorts Program Five

Thursday, April 5 | 8:00PM | 92 min. | Filmmaker Q&A to follow | Wheeler Opera House

Discharged

A couple that sold their infant are in a hospital waiting for payment to be transferred into their bank account. They pursue the matter from with a nurse who has been the mediator of this deal.  They realize that the buyer-family has cancelled the deal because of the infant’s respiratory problems. Now they must return half of the down payment that they received beforehand, has already been given to their creditors. (Azadeh Moussavi, Iran, 15 min.) International Premiere

Death Metal Grandma

97-year-old Holocaust survivor, Inge Ginsberg, rose to fame as a songwriter for legendary musicians such as Doris Day, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Death Metal Grandma follows Inge Ginsberg’s journey to break out as a performer of death metal music and as she prepares for an America’s Got Talent audition. The short documentary interweaves the rich personal history of Inge’s life as she attempts to merge her personal lyrics with the contemporary genre of death metal. (Leah Galant, USA, 13 min.)

Botanica

A garden-center employee fears of his possible infertility. While the pregnancy-wish of the love of his life is growing, shame starts to take a hold of him. He senses them growing apart, but nourished by an artificial arena, he makes a very unusual decision and swallows his pride in order to let their love overcome. (Noël Loozen, Netherlands, 14 min.) US Premiere

Atlantic City

Junior and Pony are homeless day laborers drifting through San Antonio, Texas. Their mutual hardship has forged a friendship as strong as brothers. But Pony is fixated by an Atlantic City postcard he carries – the last connection from his estranged mother from twenty years ago. When Pony asks for help finding her, Junior feels betrayed, causing Pony to split from his friend. Alone, and needing money to head north, Pony accepts a job from a local thug, Jimmy, who operates out of a skating rink. It’s here Pony encounters a kindred spirit, a fifteen-year-old runaway girl who claims the rink as her own. When he tries to help her, things spiral out of control. (Miguel Alvarez, USA, 15 min.)

Salon

Made as the result of a conversation with Werner Herzog on a park bench in Cuba and shot in the small town of San Antonio De Los Banos, Salon examines a local woman’s unusual motives for visiting the beauty salon every day. (Bob Gallagher, Cuba & Ireland, 2 min.)

Jeom

A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father’s birthmark to remove it, but he just can’t get rid of its trace. (Kangmin Kim, USA, 4 min.)

Atelier

A young woman comes to a remote island to get away from it all, taking refuge at a modern studio utopia. Her stay is jarringly interrupted by a sound artist, and tension between the contrasting personalities rises as differing lifestyles and expectations clash. Meanwhile nature and mysterious sheep close in on the labyrinthian house. (Elsa María Jakobsdottír, Denmark, 30 min.) US Premiere