View the best short films, docs, and animation from our richly talented extended film community. Magic talking dolls, car crashes, epic period pieces, the films have it all. Featuring new cinematic offerings from (Phish bassist) Mike Gordon, award-winning animator Daniel Houghton, and acclaimed playwright Jim Lantz. Join the filmmakers to celebrate and explore their work on the big screen and continue the conversation at the catered reception to follow. If you’re interested in film or if you make film, this is the way to start your Saturday. Catch one block or stay for them all.
BLOCK 1 - 9:00-10:00am
Flicker, by Jeremy Lee MacKenzie, 13 minutes, Narrative
When a young girl’s mother passes away she copes by believing her mom’s soul is reincarnated as a candlestick to communicate through shadow puppets.
In The Bight, by Ben Finer, 28 minutes, Narrative
What begins as a day playing in the forest slowly transforms into an adventure exploring the wonders and darkness of the childhood imagination.
Doll Power, by Mike Gordon and Neil Madsen Ryan, 9 minutes, Narrative
Eight-year-old Tessa is given magical powers to save the world by her genie doll. As she seeks out humanity’s biggest problems, she is faced with a difficult choice.
BLOCK 2 - 10:00-10:45am
Divided by Diversity, Duane Carleton, 10 minute (excerpt), Documentary
In 2010, five African-American students from New York City were accepted to attend a Catholic high school in Vermont where they made the basketball team. Divided by Diversity explores many of the elements that contributed to the xenophobic resistance the students, their teammates, coaches, and hosts endured.
The Sign, by Jim Lantz, 14 minutes, Documentary
After their homemade “Trump 4 President” sign was run over twice, a Vermont filmmaker travels to Virginia to interview his parents to understand their support for (then) presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
Sunday 1287, by Brandon del Pozo, 11 minutes, Narrative
Vanessa’s family takes her to her boyfriend’s apartment so she can leave him, this time, for the last time.
BLOCK 3 - 10:45-11:30am
Phantom, by Avery Melzer and Dylan Pollak, 10 minutes, Narrative
An adrift young man longs to escape his forested solitude and return home but cannot without venturing into the lurking metropolitan world which surrounds him.
Laps, by Charlotte Wells, 6 minutes, Narrative
On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded New York City subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight.
The Collinwood Fire, by Daniel Houghton, 7 minutes, Animation
On March 4, 1908, the Collinwood Elementary School burned to the ground, trapping and killing 172 school children, two teachers and one rescuer. The Collinwood Fire reanimates the inferno through the sensationalist newspaper headlines of the day and the silent moving picture images of an aspiring young filmmaker cranking his camera at the blaze.
Dad’s 50th Surprise Party, by Matt Lennon, 10 minutes, Narrative
Two brothers team up to finally one-up their prankster dad for his 50th birthday.
BLOCK 4 - 11:30-1:00pm
Neither Shadow of Turning, by Adrian Centoni and Justin Derry, 20 minutes, Narrative
Trapped in snowy isolation, husband and wife descend into darkness as their lives are threatened by illness. A short film about love and control.
Yellow, by Alexander Hankoff and Alexander Maxwell, 18 minutes, Narrative
A small-town race car driver struggles with the proposition of a sponsor who takes an interest in the sport’s potential for carnage.
Black Canaries, by Jesse Kreitzer, 18 minutes, Narrative
Isolated, desperate, and haunted by his coal-stained birthright, Clarence Lockwood continues his daily descent into the accursed Maple mine—even after it has crippled his father and blinded his youngest son. Set in 1907 and based on director Jesse Kreitzer’s own coal-mining ancestry, Black Canaries is a powerful meditation on patrimony, loyalty, and love.
Sponsored by John M. Bissell Foundation
New in 2017: Tickets are required for this Showcase, Adults $10, Students $5
Ticket price includes all four blocks and catered reception for filmmakers and attendees.