Screening Block D (Experimental)

Sunday October 10, 2021
2:15PM
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AFFLATUS

Director: Andre Westerholt

Germany

05:00

A struggling artist is taken by surprise when his painting sells online for a high price but is soon forced to face the true emptiness behind his art.

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YOU & I 

Director: Yiqing Zhao

USA

06:57

A blocked writer meets her inner child in her meditation, who gives her a wake-up call.

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GAIA

Director: Hector Quijano

USA

13:30

One man's psychedelic odyssey leads him to an encounter with a transcendental force of nature in this award winning short.

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VILLA DEI MISTERI

Director: Georgia Usborne

USA

05:03

Villa dei Misteri depicts a memory revisited through words and movement, exploring a woman's relationship to self, space and time and the lenses of perception through which we see and are seen.

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VIZƏDƏNT

Director: Alexis Karl & Adam Torkel

USA

06:43

The Vizədənt navigates between the past and the present in a dystopian landscape, seeking meaning and hope in the solitude of a broken world.

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DAWN

Director: Nona Catusanu, Katherine Castro, Liza Gipsova, Red Dawn Trio

USA

07:55

One woman faces her final obligation in her isolated, waning days among a post-apocalyptic world.

HS Films Block B

Sunday October 10, 2021
3:30PM
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DISTORTION (VERZERRUNG)

Director: Samuel J. Punto

Germany

07:00

Masks. Point of View. Screens. Distortions. Any resemblance to our society is entirely intentional.

Masked figures wander through a surrealistic world, their actions influenced by a central screen. Two groups form, the Diamonds and the Lashes, and tensions gradually increase.

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UNDEFINED BEAUTY

Director: Charlene Tolentino, Kenia Mayen, Nataly Xante, Sadie Cowing

USA

07:55

In this film, we explore the stories of four girls and how unrealistic beauty standards negatively impact their self image. As these girls attempt to accept their insecurities, they embark upon a journey upon which they learn to love themselves in a healthy manner. Simultaneously, they realize how many people share their struggle with self esteem, and attempt to diversify what is known as beauty.

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A LETTER TO YOU

Director: Estrella Barcenas, Ana Marroquin Tercero, Debra Sani, Skarlet Barba

USA

06:15

In this short documentary, four young women of color face their struggles with beauty standards, and embark on a journey towards self-love and collective empowerment. 

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THE 3As: A RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Director: Amanda Woodruff

USA

13:47

Beginning in 2017, three Russian figure skaters under the same coach revolutionized women’s singles by making history with their incredibly high-difficulty jumps and record-breaking performances. This story follows three Russian teenagers, Alexandra Trusova, Alena Kostornaia, and Anna Shcherbakova, colloquially known as the 3As, who continue to dominate women’s singles figure skating to this day, and the coach who started it all, Eteri Tutberidze. The 3As have forced the figure skating world to up their game if they want to compete, but are these arduous skills worth the pain and suffering these children must undergo to achieve them?

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LIMITLESS

Director: Brissa Campos-Silva, Alique Tufenkjian, Alyssa Ho

USA

08:32

LIMITLESS is a film about the obstacles women face in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, and the importance of increased diversity and equality in STEM fields.

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DEAR JANE...

Director: Lucas Duarte

USA

08:32

Jane (Perla Hedman) and Mike (Pedro Rodrigues) 
are a young couple with their memories full of love, love that never ends...

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LA VOODOO FEMME

Director: Kristin Quintanilla

USA

07:53

A portrait of Gina Yvonne, a Santera and spiritualist living in San Antonio, TX.

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THE ROAD TO MANZANAR

Director: Christian Lee

USA

02:53

Japanese American filmmaker, Christian Lee, documents his emotional visit to Manzanar, one of ten concentration camps in America. He combines harrowing archival footage with visually lush shots of the camp to create an intimate portrait of historical trauma.

Screening Block E (Drama) 

Sunday October 10, 2021
4:45PM
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GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO

Director: Melissa Skirboll

USA

09:50

GREETINGS FROM SARAJEVO is a story of vengeance and possibly of redemption. When Sofia, a survivor of the Bosnian genocide runs into one of the soldiers who destroyed her world she seeks retribution. A young woman, Hana, an assassin, is sent to make sure justice is served. When Hana reaches her target she discovers Stanislav, the monster she was raised to hate is just a sick, blind, old man. Whether Hana carries out the mission or frees herself from the bonds of the past is the the heart of Hana's journey.

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CAROLINE

Director: Patricia Vidal Delgado

USA

23:29

A professional artist is on the brink of failure as she struggles with self-doubt and the resignation of her new assistant just before her first solo show.

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SHEER QORMA

Director: Faraz Arif Ansari

India

30:00

Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family, and how it comes together under one roof, as resilient, queer Muslim women and non-binary characters of colour, choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

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WE ARE HERE

Director: Margaret Sclafani, Eleanor Brown

USA

12:59

A man and woman are at a crossroads in their relationship. They each seek comfort and clarity in nature. The woman gathering recyclables from beside the road. The man sprinting towards an uncertain future. 

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RIMI

Director: Nischhal Sharma

India

13:05

Rimi, a housewife, stuck in the mundane life of domesticity finds herself on the threshold of leaving everything behind and embracing liberation when a desire awakens in her after she encounters young and attractive Riya.

Closing Night Special (Women in Horror)

Sunday October 10, 2021
6:30PM
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COUNTING DOWN

Director: Oya Babaoglu

USA

15:23

A young psychiatrist in 1875 is promoted to be the head doctor of the city asylum, but she has a secret, she suffers from arithmomania - a form of OCD where sufferers have a strong urge to count. She is committed to cure herself all on her own, but she only has one week. Can she succeed?

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GREATER GOOD

Director: Andrea Ashton

USA

08:00

Two strangers from the future enter the home of a woman expecting her first child. In a matter of minutes, she must make a 
life-altering decision.

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MAMA'S SOUP

Director: Felicia Rivers

USA

20:00

Vanessa has been dealing with her abusive boyfriend Victor for years. He not only puts her down but is own mother does too. Vanessa finally gets sick of him and her mother in law too.

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A HOUSE IN THE WOODS

Director: Meredith Slifkin

USA

07:31

A house-hunting excursion in Westchester proves trying for a couple with a generational gap.

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VAN CORTLANDT

Director: Carolynn Cecilia

USA

19:54

Faye, a hotel desk clerk in NYC, has recently returned from her mother's funeral. When a co-worker informs her that a list of missing persons has continued to grow Faye must now navigate her life with a history of loss and heartbreak while also wondering what it means to truly “miss” a person. Faye wades through these emotions as she walks the trails of Van Cortlandt Park, her thoughts moving back through time in conjunction with the park’s terrain. Can she find her way forward and on a path that takes her away from her turmoil and toward a fresh start?

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BREACH

Director: Sloan Turner

USA

08:00

Following a confrontation with her husband about his infidelity, a distraught wife pursues the woman complicit in his crime.