New York Lift-Off 2017 – Shorts programme 1

Shorts programme 1

Monday 19th June, 6.15 - 8.15pm
@ The Producer's Club, 358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036


Serial Loser
Dir. Luke Quine
UK | 27 mins | Language: English
Viktor has always had trouble making friends. Long ago, after years of rejection, he decided to pursue fame in the hope of being noticed by his peers. There's just one problem though; he has no talent, no special abilities and is not handsome for anyone to care. One evening, whilst scrolling through the usual onslaught of online gossip magazines, Viktor hears about a local serial killer and something clicks. That's how he will become famous. It should be easy... right?Ultimately, though, Serial Loser is about Viktor's lifelong struggle with the choice between being liked by the few or being known by the many.


The Botanist
Dir. Maude Plante-Husaruk & Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis
Canada, Tajikistan | 2016 | 20mins | Language: Kyrgyz, Russian with English subtitles
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan, a former Social Soviet Republic, plunged into a devastating civil war. A famine struck the mountainous region of the Pamir where Raimberdi, a passionate and ingenious botanist, built his own hydroelectric station to help his family survive through the crisis.


Dir. Nathalie Alvarez
USA & Sweden | 11 mins | Language: Swedish with English subtitles.
Seven-year old Filip admires his older brother Sebastian most of all. They watch movies and play football together. One evening Filip happens to see something unexpected between Sebastian and his best friend and he doesn't know how to handle it.


Dir. Piotr Dumala
Polish | 10mins | Language: Polish with English subtitles
A story about a terrifying encounter between men, women and children.


Clanker Man
Dir. Ben Steiner
UK | 11 mins | Language: English
Reality doesn't happen by itself. Terry Lothian works tirelessly to maintain the background details that we all take for granted. But with his department feeling the pinch of austerity cutbacks, it's not just the fabric of reality that's starting to unravel.


Dir. Anna Rollot
UK | 10 mins | Language: English
On a night out clubbing, Liv, a determined young woman encounters a stranger who triggers memories of a hidden trauma. As her night turns to nightmare she has a choice: to run away from her past or to finally confront it.


Stories Upon Your Lips
Dir. Bastien Bron
Switzerland | 3.5 mins | Music Video
A psychedelic lust story between a biology teacher and his class of young schoolgirls which promises to be the hottest video of the summer!

After each film there will be a 2 minute break, during which we invite the audience to complete score cards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audiences response.

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