Carbondale Programs

ALL CARBONDALE PROGRAMS HELD AT THE CRYSTAL THEATRE

 

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SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Friday, April 8 |  7 PM  | 98 MIN

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MY MOM’S EGGPLANT SAUCE

 

Filmmaker Shaina Feinberg’s mom Mary had an abusive relationship with her own mother. She also happens to make a delicious eggplant ragout. Shaina explores the connection between this recipe and a traumatic experience revolving around Mary’s first marriage. While filming this short documentary, Shaina and Mary’s own relationship seeps through.

(SHAINA FEINBERG, US, 10 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE

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IF I GO, WILL THEY MISS ME

 

Lil’ Ant’s 12 year old imagination is boundless. He is fascinated by Pegasus, the Greek mythological creature. He dreams of flying like him and sees a mysterious group of airplane people and yearns to fly with them.

(WALTER THOMPSON-HERNÁNDEZ, US, 13 MIN)

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WE SHOULD GET DINNER!

 

This chaotic comedy about bottled-up anger and relationship boundaries begins when Abby runs into Sean, her ex-stepbrother, who she has not spoken to since their parents’ ugly divorce. Sean is looking to move on with his life, while Abby is looking for someone to walk her down the aisle. What happens to people who drift from your life? What happens if they come back? What do you want to say to them, if anything at all? And what if it’s not how you expected it to be?

(ELIZA JIMÉNEZ COSSIO, LEXI TANNENHOLTZ, US, 10 MIN)

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NUISANCE BEAR

 

Churchill, Manitoba is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. Through a shift in perspective this documentary reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.

(JACK WEISMAN, GABRIELA OSIO VANDEN, CANADA, 15 MIN)

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SIERRA

 

Loosely inspired by the director’s childhood, this animation pulls viewers into a surreal car-racing world and the story of a father and his son. In order to win, the boy turns himself into a car tire.

(SANDER JOON, ESTONIA, 16 MIN) US PREMIERE

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ERRATUM

 

Florence, a teacher and researcher, uncovers with astonishment an anachronistic engraving – in modern French – on a Gallo-Roman fresco she just dug up. When she realizes this engraving is really from antiquity, her rationality is put to the test.

(GIULIO CALLEGARI, FRANCE, 19 MIN)

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WARSHA

 

Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. 

(DANIA BDEIR, LEBANON/FRANCE, 15 MIN)

SHORTS PROGRAM 2

Saturday, April 9 |  5 PM  | 94 MIN

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF US

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF US 

When you are in a relationship for a long time, it can begin to feel like you are no longer an individual but part of a superorganism. This animation invites viewers to consider the decisions we make and the differences between our choices.

(ETGAR KERET, POLAND, 7 MIN)

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THE WINDOW

 

One year after Beirut’s port explosion, Basma returns to the country despite fleeing in search of her safety and well-being. Mariam, her former partner, is hosting a dinner at their old apartment to celebrate her recent marriage to a man. Together they struggle to find closure while avoiding discussion of the trauma they share. 

(SARAH KASKAS, LEBANON, 16 MIN) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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DEERWOODS DEATHTRAP

 

DEERWOODS DEATHTRAP

While on a trip to Cape May, New Jersey in 1971, Jack and Betty survived an accident that not many other humans have: they were hit by a train. Not only did they survive, but their 4-year-old son, infant daughter, and elderly mother survived the crash as well. Fifty years later, they return to the scene of the accident to recount their conflicting memories.

(JAMES P GANNON, US, 9 MIN)

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FARRUCAS

 

Four teenagers from a marginal suburb in Almería, Spain, will see their self-confidence and friendship put to the test. 

(IAN DE LA ROSA, SPAIN/US, 18 MIN) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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FREEDOM SWIMMER

 

The story of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong parallels his granddaughter’s own quest for a new freedom in this animated documentary.

(OLIVIA MARTIN-MCGUIRE, FRANCE/AUSTRALIA, 15 MIN)

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CRUMB

 

For one man, all there is to obsess over is the seemingly endless barrage of food crumbs, loose cat litter, and floor dirt. But when an important tool in the management of those crumbs is taken away, an inevitable journey inwards begins.  

(JOSH COHEN, US, 6 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE

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ASTEL

 

Astel, 13, accompanies her father every day in the bush. Together, they look after their herd of cows. Until one day, they meet a shepherd and changes come to Astel’s peaceful life.

(RAMATA-TOULAYE SY, SENEGAL/FRANCE, 24 MIN) US PREMIERE

SHORTS PROGRAM 8

Saturday, April 9 |  7 PM  | 95 MIN

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FANMI

 

Heartbroken following a break-up, Martine receives the unexpected visit of her mother, Monique. Too engrossed in her own sadness, Martine doesn’t notice right away that her mother is hiding something. but a bad feeling starts to take hold of her. During this short stay, these two very different women will have one last chance to get closer to one another before they run out of time.

(SANDRINE BRODEUR-DESROSIERS, CARMINE PIERRE-DUFOUR, CANADA, 14 MIN) US PREMIERE

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SKYWARD

 

Two young birdwatchers, Mya and Arjun, feel the pressure of climate change and the biodiversity crisis greatly. Although they feel isolated and judged by others, they are determined to stand up for what they believe in in this documentary about coming of age in the age of climate chaos.

(JESSICA BISHOPP, UK, 19 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE

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BOTTLE CAP

 

Size matters to a fiddler crab – claw size, that is. And it’s a problem for Shelton. When a plastic bottle cap stands in for his worthless digging claw, Shelton believes himself to be  a god. But  this kind of glory will come at a horrible cost.

(MARIE HYON, MARCO SPIER, US, 5 MIN) US PREMIERE

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SOTAVENTO

 

Every night Matías and Salvador wait for the call of their grandfather who narrates the fabulous deeds of the fisherman Sotavento. One day, in the morning, they decide to return home and become lost in the woods as the mythical Sotavento intervenes.

(MARCO SALAVERRIA, VENEZUELA/CUBA, 11 MIN) INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

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AUNTIE

 

The day after meeting a crew of 20-somethings at a South Asian happy hour, 39-year-old Hena is thrown into their group text.

(FAWZIA MIRZA, US, 7 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE

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THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT

 

She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. This archival documentary portrays the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet.

(ANNE ALVERGUE, DEBRA MCCLUTCHY, US, 39 MIN)

SHORTS PROGRAM 9

Sunday, April 10 |  5 PM  | 98 MIN

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THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE

 

In this animated adaptation of an Inuit traditional story from the North Baffin region, a young shaman in training must face her first test — a trip to the underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill.

(ZACHARIAS KUNUK, CANADA, 21 MIN)

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FOR LOVE

 

An illegal immigrant, Nkechi, lives happily in the shadows with her partner Martha. But when immigration officers turn up unexpectedly, they have to make difficult decisions about their future together.

(JOY GHARORO-AKPOJOTOR, UK, 12 MIN)

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ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (WHAT THEY’VE BEEN TAUGHT)

 

Filmed on the Qualla Boundary and Cherokee Nation, this documentary explores expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world, brought to life through a story told by an elder and first language speaker. ᎤᏕᏲᏅ circles the intersection of tradition, language, land and a commitment to maintaining balance. This film was created in collaboration with independent artists from both Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

(BRIT HENSEL, US, 9 MIN)

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I LIVE HERE

 

A skeptical white man interrogates a non-compliant Black university student named James about whether he lives in their shared building or not.

(TYLER EVANS, CANADA, 11 MIN) WORLD PREMIERE

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SUCCESSFUL THAWING OF MR. MORO

 

Mr. Moro finds out that his ex-partner Adrian, who has been cryopreserved for the past 43 years, will be thawed and brought back to life. When the staff from ScandiCryonics arrives to pick up the cryocontainer with Adrian’s body, Milo realizes he might not be ready for Adrian to return.

(JERRY CARLSSON, SWEDEN, 14 MIN)

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CONDUCTING LIFE

 

Filmed over seven years, CONDUCTING LIFE follows the journey of conductor Roderick Cox and his quest to succeed in the highly competitive field of orchestral conducting, a profession that has traditionally overlooked musicians of color.

(DIANE MOORE, US/FRANCE, 31 MIN)