SHORTS BLOCK 16: Gravity
15 min – “The Gift of Gravity” by Alicia J. Rose: Four teenage girls set out to play a video prank on an unpopular classmate but find themselves transformed by what they witness behind closed doors.
5 min -- “Modify to Fit” by Patrick Murphy: Kendra Bailey, a below the elbow amputee athlete, describes the modifications she has had to make in order to successfully perform a squat clean lift. Kendra relays stories from her everyday life as an amputee that motivate and define her.
05 min -- “Leadfoot” by Adam Halverson: Nicholas, an elderly Russian man, is unable to keep pace with his wife's zest for life in her golden years. She goes out dancing at night while he secretly uses his engineering skills to mend the rift forming between them.
19 min – “I’d Rather Stay” by Callista Haggis: An intimate exploration of the joys and challenges of growing older in one's own home and neighbourhood. Told through the diverse experiences of 5 older adults, living in Vancouver, Canada, the film explores themes of fear, resilience, and the importance of building more accessible and inclusive communities.
15 min -- “Never Again This Flower” by Hugo Obregon Goyarroia: Upon discovering that his friend is dead, Hou wanders around the streets that were once the setting of his relationship with him. He is grieving and the metropolis, Hong Kong, resonates within him in a special way.
17 min -- “The Game Changer” by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.