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Thursday, August 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
SHORTS BLOCK 16: Gravity

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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.


Adam Halverson

Director, “Leadfoot”
I enjoy watching lots of different kinds of films. Highly regarded award winners to cheap b-movie schlock all have their charms. The common thread for me is honesty. If a film feels honest and passionate in it's approach and execution it doesn't matter if it's a dra- ma concerning... Read More →

Alicia J. Rose

Director - The Gift of Gravity
Photographer/Director Alicia J. Rose is known for imbuing riveting story structures and compelling visual aesthetic into her body of work. She has played a key role in visually branding such successful Northwest bands as the Decemberists, Menomena and Laura Gibson and made popular... Read More →

Callista Haggis

Director - I'd Rather Stay
A growing body of research shows a strong relationship between accessible and inclusive neighbourhoods with longer, happier lives, and a reduced burden on our healthcare system. The ability to stay active while aging in our own neighbourhoods and homes has a huge positive impact on... Read More →

Hugo Obregon and Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Manuel Álvarez-Diestro (1972) is a Spanish visual artist. He holds an Art History degree from Boston University, Massachusetts, and in his work he explores city landscapes around the world with the objective of revitalizing our visual appreciation of the contemporary city through... Read More →

Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple... Read More →

Patrick Murphy

Director, “Modify to Fit”

Thursday August 28, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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