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Wednesday, August 27 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Shorts Block 1: People

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06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

14 min  -- “Operation Barn Owl” by Satsuki Okawa:  Ellen's best friend Jonah wants to create a unique and picturesque proposal to his girlfriend. Banding together with a group of friends, Ellen works diligently to ensure that the meticulously planned show of affection goes off without a hitch, but issues arise along the way. Ellen must overcome her feelings for Jonah and any past promises they made to each other for the proposal to go as planned.

11 min  -- “The Inheritance” by Anne M. Hamilton:  After hitting a deer on her drive home through cornfields, seventeen-year-old Gitty receives an unexpected visit from her estranged father and is faced with a choice to leave the small town where she was raised for a 'brighter' future. In what seems like a simple conversation, darker subtexts emerge that touch on themes ranging from the future of traditional farming communities, to what the best kind of life is, to what we owe the people we call family.

06 min – Gramatik’s “Brave Men” by Joe Zohar:  Gramatik’s “Brave Men” tells the story of an abusive husband and his seemingly beaten housewife. Concerned neighbors call the police to rid the neighborhood of this element.  The husband is confronted by the police regarding these allegations and is hauled away for being belligerent and aggressive with his wife. (Music video)

19 min -- “The Box” by Christen Kimbell:  A young boy, Michael, awakes to find an angel who hands Michael a beautiful wooden box and asks him to watch over it. Michael does, even though it means he has to spend more and more time alone. He keeps it safe from some bullies who try to take it. Eventually he starts to draw, then paint, the angel. His paintings make him famous, but he is still alone. When he is very old, the angel returns to him and takes the box away.

03 min -- “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)

17 min -- “Sie heisst jetzt Lotte! (“Call her Lotte!) By Annekathrin Wetzel: The friendship between theater actress Maria and her Jewish friend Lea starts to break as Maria’s husband Hans rises to become an SS officer. On the day of the Jewish deportations in Munich, Maria proves what friendship means by saving Lea’s child, risking her own life, and losing Hans. Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress. (In German)

03 min -- “When He Comes Home by Ben Phillippo: When a 1950’s housewife discovers her husband's infidelity, a neighborhood cocktail party turns into something far more sinister. In this music video set to the retro rock of Boston-based trio Banditas, you'll find the tasteful decor and clean-cut faces only serve to conceal the unspeakable...

03 min -- “Super Secret by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

10 min -- “Casey by Miguel Duran: “Casey” is about a young girl who struggles with her mother's misguided attempts to show love. She finds escape as an MC in an underground hip-hop club and must decide between taking a stand against her mother, or watching her owns dreams drift away.




Anne M. Hamilton

Director, “The Inheritance”, Prime Mover Pictures
Anne Hamilton is a writer and film director. She got her start in filmmaking as an intern on Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE. She then worked for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her first short film as a writer-director, DEATH ARTISTS, INC., premiered in the spring of 2013 at Cannes... Read More →

Annekathrin Wetzel

Annekathrin Wetzel has been working as director and producer since 2001 and has produced numerous awarded short films including "25 Years After Tschernobyl," "The Message of Bob Dylan," My Child Is A Neo-nazi," and "The Fighter."

Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.


Director, “When He Comes Home”
Ben Phillippo is a film and television director from Boston, Massachusetts. His films have played festivals and won awards around the country. He currently directs the award-winning news program Greater Boston for WGBH, Boston's PBS television station. Fascinated by storytelling and... Read More →

Christen Kimbell

Other work can be seen at christenkimbell.com.

Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"

Joe Zohar

I graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema & Photography in 2006. Immediately following I opened up a production company, Moving Box Studios, that is still thriving. I’ve worked on music videos, commercials, short films with the intent of learning every key job in the... Read More →

Miguel Duran

Writer/Director, “Monsoon”
Miguel is originally from Phoenix, AZ. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Claremont McKenna College. He has made several shorts as well as multiple seasons of the sci-fi web series, Chutes, which was recognized for outstanding writing at the LA WebFest. His short film... Read More →

Satsuki Okawa

Director, “Operation Barn Owl”
Born in Tokyo, Satsuki earned her BA from Nihon University College of Arts and went on to graduate with an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she directed several short films including “Koyuki’s Wandering Football”, which was commissioned... Read More →

Sean Carrow

Sean attend the Delaware College of Art & Design, and then the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning his BFA in animation. He spent three years working as a freelance animator and artist. To further his creative knowledge He attended the Savannah College of Art & Design for... Read More →

Wednesday August 27, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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