New York Lift-Off 2017 – Shorts programme 2

Shorts programme 2

Tuesday 20th June, 8.45 - 11.00pm
@ The Producer's Club, 358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036


The Fare
Dir. Santiago Paladines
USA | 25mins | Language: English & Spanish
Javier, a 19 year-old Ecuadorian works transporting undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border to stash houses in Southern California. Working his way up a gang of human traffickers, everything changes the day he meets Cristina, a 14 year-old girl from his same hometown in Ecuador. His memories and long forgotten past is uncovered when he is asked to deliver her to a sex trafficking organization, Javier will have to decide between being loyal to the man that gave him everything or save Cristina’s life from a fatal destiny.


Dir. Robin Goode
South Africa | 17 mins | Language: English
A boy takes a page out of his favourite war book and the lines between fiction and reality blur as he comes face to face with the stories he reads on his daily visits to the city library.


Among the Dead
Dir. Eric Marcus Weglehner
Austria | 17 mins | Language: German with English subtitles
Mortuary assistant Erich is trying to get his daughter Julia on the phone—without success. Attentively, he drives around the small town until he spots Julia and her friends on a girls‘ night out. An argument breaks out. They part ways. In order to reestablish a closer relationship with his daughter so as to help her understand the true meaning of life, he comes up with the idea to convey his world view to her, by giving her an antique ring of symbolic importance. When they make plans to meet, he wants to seize the opportunity to give her the ring. The film tells the story of a man, whose word view, narrow-mindedness and selfishness lead him into disaster.


True Copy
Dir. Olga Belova
Russian Federation | 12 mins | Language: Russian with English subs.
Igor's uncontrolled transformations into other people force him to turn to the only person able to stop this...


Dir. ShihChieh Chiu
Taiwan | 7 mins
This is the story of a teenager who discovers the strange and terrifying reality behind fundamentalism. Warped into an ultra-religious environment from a young age, his surroundings force him to adhere to a rigid and sometimes irrational world-view. He eventually succumbs to the madness, and lives consumed by guilt while devouring every crumb of false hope thrown at him from his religious community. One day he gathers the courage to leave his faith behind, and sees that human existence is actually a more nuanced experience than the black and white reality in which he grew up in.


- Winston
Aram Sarkisian
USA | 7 mins | Language: English
A man is driven mad by obsession and paranoia.


L’Age d’Or - SAVIOR
Dir. Nicolas Michel
France | 5 mins | Music video
Two young men, Niels and Pierre, murder a couple near a lake in the mountains. A policeman arrives and shoots his gun at Niels. Pierre attacks the policeman but he shoots Niels before being killed. The two men get into their car, leaving the crime scene at full speed.


The Hunt
Oz Yilmaz
Canada | 4 mins | Language: English
Peter’s modus operandi is he works alone with a selection of classic music, preferably opera. On the very day of my visit, opera was the choice of music setting the tone of our interview. His various trinkets around the atelier indicated a life fully lived. Of course, this made me wonder why would a man who has had this joie de vivre return to the places that were remote. He indicated that his solitude was what allowed him to see nature’s subtle play on colours. Brush stroke after brush stroke of laying colours until it took hues of golden rays caress on an autumn day made all the more sense. This was Peter’s vision which he took as souvenirs from these lands and transplanted them in his studio.


Dir. Frank Tamburin
UK | 20 mins | Language: English
‘Wraps’ is a film set in the colliding worlds of boxing and substance recovery. [‘Wraps’ are both the pieces of binding used by boxers to protect their hands, and the plastic baggies used by dealers and addicts to transport and store Heroin].

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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