Shortsfest 2018 ASPEN PROGRAM 9

Shorts Program Nine

Saturday, April 7 | 5:15PM  | 92 min. | Filmmaker Q&A to follow  |  Wheeler Opera House


A man wakes from a coma speaking a fully formed but unrecognizable language, baffling linguistic experts from around the globe. As he tries to navigate his way through the world, online bullies become the hardest thing he has faced yet. (Benjamin Cleary &TJ O’Grady Peyton, Ireland, 14 min.)

Wicked Girl

8 year-old S. is a little Turkish girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. As she is in hospital, she is looking  looks back on happy holidays in her grandparents’ village, but dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense. (Ayce Kartal, France/Turkey, 8 min.)

Home Shopper

Penny and her husband, James, have what probably appears to be a happy functioning relationship in middle America. Nice little house, finely manicured lawn, two cars for the household and a roast in the oven, but as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving. One fatal day Penny’s obsession with the Home Shopping Channel finally takes its toll on the marriage. This ultra-dark comedy is about the tenuous nature of relationships and how misguided obsession and unspoken feelings can be a deadly combination. (Dev Patel, USA/Singapore, 16 min.)


Set in Toronto in the 1980’s, “Weekends” is the story of a six-year-old boy shuffling between the two homes of his recently divorced parents, both of whom are adjusting to their own separate lives. The situation becomes more complicated when a new man enters Mom’s life, an unsettling presence in the child’s new and unfamiliar surroundings. Combining intimate domestic moments with vivid dream imagery, “Weekends” aims to sincerely capture the exciting, bittersweet, and surreal aspects of childhood in expressive hand-drawn animation. (Trevor Jimenez, USA, 16 min.)


Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase, has come an influx of drugs, crime and sexual violence. On the Fort Berthold Indian reservation alone, rates of sexual violence have increased 168%, with Indigenous women most affected. Juxtaposing the ravaged yet starkly beautiful landscape with personal testimony from young Indigenous women living on the reservation, Nuuca is an evocative mediation revealing the connections between the rape of the earth and the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls. (Michelle Latimer, USA/Canada, 13 min.)

The Tesla World Light

New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. The Tesla World Light is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating current, inspired by real events such as the inventor’s run of bad luck as a businessman and his affection for a pet bird, which he loves “like a man loves a woman.” Tesla’s words to the banker form the backdrop of this moving film about the man who blended science and art in his attempts to create the utopia of unlimited energy for all. (Matthew Rankin, Canada, 8 min.)


Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. (Jeremy Comte, Canada, 16 min.)