2011 Program

First Night Program
November 4, 2011 - 7:00pm

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The eleven films that make up this First Night Program are from five different countries, and represent a diverse group of artists exploring the roots of our modern human condition.

Grief, fate, mental health, loneliness, maturity, contagion, suicide, loss of innocence, and the evolution of violence are explored with a particular emphasis on how we, as a human race, struggle to deal with these important issues while living in our complicated 21st Century world.

Great film always emerges from a powerful and singular vision.  Whether it is a the somber world of Wallner and Leutchenberg's LOST AND FOUND BOX OF HUMAN EMOTION, the comic isolation of Gleeson's NOREEN, or the surreal imagry of Caouette's ALL FLOWERS IN TIME, all of these artist's voices speak passionately about our fragile sensibilities and the atmosphere of global unease that envelops our lives.

What is so strking about this group of short films is the underlying sense that each of these artists, whether with a dark or a light touch, peels away the complications of our lives to revel the simple fact that we are all human--and we are all the same.

Barry Smoot, 24fps Festival Director



Matinee Program
November 5, 2011 - 2:00pm


The ten films that make up this Matinee Program are from eight different countries, and each of them explores the transition between childhood innocence and the realities of our adult lives.

Throughout the festival's submission process, I became keenly aware of the staggering number of projects we were receiving that addressed issues of prejudice, poverty, self-image, human rights, war, and even ageing seen through the perspective of children.

The issue is not that we deal with complications in our lives any more real or difficult than the generations before us, but that the choices and soluctions presented to us are filtered through the peculiar lens of modern technology and the shrinking of our world that this communication heralds.

There is a moment at the end of Einsiedel's documentary, SKATEISTAN, that is particularly concise and compelling.  Murza, a 16 year-old Afgani boy who has known nothing in his life but war, has the opportunity to speak to the filmmaker about his view of his complicated future:

"It was really miserable during the Taliban period, but at least there was peace.  After the Taliban left, the fighting started again and now we are back to square one.  My hope is that my country is led by someone who is abe to bring peace.  Until then, my future is uncertain."

What modern technology and instant global communication does so often is remove the opportunity for personal connection.  It also removes the opportunity for a parent, guardian, or mentor to have the opportunity to lead this child through the maturing process.

21st Centry children see out world instantaneously.  This blessing and curse defines them.

Barry Smoot, 24fps Festival Director



Second Night Program
November 5, 2011 - 7:00pm


The Second Night Program is compliacted.  The eleven films that make up this program represent six countries, and deal with some very difficult issues.  What they do have in common is the underlying current of a dseire to change, and to learn from the past.

Lowery's powerful PIONEER asks us to continue our lives post-grief.  Mulloy's overwhelming BABY explores the difficult path from isolation to connection.  Wolkstein and Radcliff's THE STRANGE ONES succinctly details those uncomfortable moments when we realize we have chosen the wrong path.  Nenow's PATHS OF HATE exposes our continuting history of violence.

There is a moment in PIONEER that is incredibly powerful in its simplicity.  A father, telling his son a bedtime story about the complicated journey their lives have taken since the loss of their mother/spouse says:

"When I am gone, I will be gone and that's all there is to it.  What you have to find out is--why you're still alive."

That's the journey.

Barry Smoot, 24fps Festival Director