First Night Program
November 1, 2013 - 7:00pm
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2013 JURY AWARD-BEST DIRECTOR
2013 JURY AWARD BEST ACTOR
Everyone on the planet has the same horrible dream about one single man on the same night.
Nightingales in December
A metaphorical surrealist tale that is a trip into memory and the fields of current realities.
The Diver depicts the strange life of a plastic toy as he travels from a toy factory, across the United States to a house in South Carolina. All the while dreaming about an ocean he has never seen.
2013 HORIZON AWARD WINNER
A young taxidermist and small-town loner becomes entranced by a girl he meets.
2013 Jury Award--SILVER MEDAL
2013 Jury Citation--BEST ACTRESS
An airport cleaner gleans the means for her survival from what others leave behind.
A scarecrow endures his everyday existence waiting for the night, when he truly comes alive.
In a bleak waiting room where time stands still, two strangers are compelled to connect.
Irish Folk Furniture
2013 JURY AWARD--BEST EDITING
In this animated documentary, 16 pieces of abandoned furniture are brought to life.
2013 JURY AWARD--BRONZE MEDAL
2013 KUROSAWA AWARD for CREATIVE EXCELLENCE
When two young men photograph a giant fish, their small town becomes a tourist attraction.
The 10 films that make up the First Night Program are presented under the title “Fields and Floods.” They are from 9 different countries and all explore the difference between perception and reality.
As humans, we constantly seek what we see as the true objects of our desire. But just as a farmer knows that without rain his crops cannot grow, he also knows that too much rain can flood his fields, destroying all he has worked for. Such is the true nature of wanting. I was inspired by the writings of John Steinbeck (most notably The Grapes of Wrath) to assemble a program of films illuminating the idea to be successful, the act of wanting should be simple, straightforward, and true.
Steinbeck has written: “There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do.” It is human nature to see everything that happens to us in our lives through our own peculiar filter of “want.” In our dogged pursuit of what we think will make us happy, we often walk hurriedly past the one true moment (or person) who holds the key to that goal. This program concludes with Kibwe Tavares’ fable, Jonah, a powerful exploration of the corrosive nature of our own desires. It is a plea to step back and find the beauty in the simple path.
24fps Festival Director
November 2, 2013 - 2:00pm
An Iraqi boy obsessed with football must travel with his father to the city to repair their TV.
Bishtar Az Do Saat
A young Iranian couple must find emergency care but discover difficulties with the rules of the state.
Marcel, King of Tervuren
In this Greek tragedy, a Belgian rooster survives extraordinary circumstances.
34° 4 S
Two young lovers, together since childhood on the island of Tristan da Cunha, face separation.
A family is forced to leave their home when the father refuses to cross a miner’s strike picket line.
The 10 films that make up the Matinee Program are presented under the title “Ghost in the Town,” and were inspired by the song of the same title by Joshua James. Joshua is a singer/songwriter most often described as a “roots rocker,” an artist who explores the ancient tropes and traditions of who we are based on where we come from. He states: “The whole concept of Ghost in the Town is our need for a certain image of our life--how our parents and our siblings and maybe our parents’ friends and people associated with us growing up viewed us--and how it’s sometimes really hard to get away from that.”
Using his powerful song as a jumping off point, I wanted to assemble a program of films touching on the idea that we all carry with us the shadows of our past-- and although we may be different people now, it always looms behind us. So this program is about perception based on history. Our past has formed who we are--it has taught us. Our past influences every path we take, It effects how we love, hate, forgive, lift up, judge, condemn or embrace. Embedded in the middle of the program is The Roper, a simple example of the power of seeing people based on common goals and aspirations, regardless of our, or our nation’s, past.
24fps Festival Director
Second Night Program
November 2, 2013 - 7:00pm
New York’s controversial “stop & frisk” law is the basis for this experimental dance narrative.
2013 SPECIAL JURY CITATION--CREATIVE VISION
A wild boy found in the woods is brought back to civilization.
This dialogue-free film describes what happens when the system disregards basic human rights.
JURY AWARD--BEST SOUND EDITING, BESTR SOUND DESIGN
Two children who live in the winter and summer encounter complications when their paths cross.
La Orta Cena
When survivors flee a ruined city, an old man insists on staying behind for Christmas Eve.
Marcin, a lowest-leagues football referee who lives in a small town dreams of a better life.
2013 GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER
JURY AWARD--BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Alicia travels to the city for a long-awaited ballet audition only to finds all is not as it seems.
2013 LUMINARIA AWARD (Best Cinematography)
JURY AWARD--BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The inhabitants of a neighborhood begin to mysteriously float into the sky.
The 11 films that make up the Second Night Program are presented under the title “I Will Remain,” and were inspired by the song of the same name by Matthew and the Atlas. Simply put, it is a program about what we leave behind in our wake. Certainly the most difficult of all three of the 2013 exhibition programs, it deals with issues of forgiveness, our violent nature, racism, bullying, human rights, the healing power of kindness, forbidden love, and the afterlife.
It is important to see our lives as a path. It is important to make decisions in our lives based on the legacy of our actions. Is is important to consider what perceptions we leave behind, as those are lasting. In Grace, the opening film on this program, a character facing the most uncertain of futures can only remember the teachings of the legacy of his grandmother: “Life gives you everything...everything.”
24fps Festival Director