Tribeca Film Festival 2013: Shorts

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The Rider and the Storm

The Rider and the Storm

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Following a gruesome accident, a man finds himself stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter. Help is on the way, but who will get there first? Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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The Acrobat

Every forty seconds a person commits suicide in the world. The Acrobat is the story of one of them. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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Atlantic Avenue

Young male prostitute Jeremiah waits under a bridge for potential customers. Across the way, seventeen-year-old Celeste is in the middle of a crosswalk when her scarf tangles in her wheelchair. She blocks traffic, and Jeremiah, on his way to a job, stops to help. That moment sparks an infatuation in Celeste, but Jeremiah is too focused on his business. Then she returns as a customer and asks him to be her first love. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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Close Your Eyes

Thirteen-year-old Imani Cortes is a gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss. She has a crush on a quiet artist, Junito, with whom she has a natural connection, but she also faces an enormous challenge: she is slowly losing her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease. Will Imani let her disease stop her or be the path to independence? Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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Coach

One of college basketball’s most prolific coaches, hall-of-famer C. Vivian Stringer became more well known to the non-sports world when the words “nappy headed hoes” were used to describe the young women she was then leading to the 2007 national championship game. A mother whose career has long been mixed with personal tragedy, Stringer’s handling of the incident is a perfect example of grace under fire. Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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Corn Mother

With a single cartridge of Super-8, Taylor Dunne captures her mother’s last visit to her garden. Her body is seen slowly dissolving towards illumination, while her image is forever immortalized in light and silver. The title is borrowed from the Penobscot creation myth of the first woman, The Corn and Tobacco Mother. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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The Cup Reader

Warde, shamed as a young girl yet renowned in Palestine for her mystical seeing and matchmaking, lives with her sister Jaleleh and reads the fortunes of her clients. Each visitor must make a choice between love and marriage, not having the luxury of both. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Dead World Order

Le Havre’s Maison de l’armateur is one of the few houses in the city to survive the D-Day bombings. Built like a spiral, it houses treasures that tell the story of Western colonialism. Through its owner’s special relationship to these objects, and with a soundtrack based on Bernard Hermann’s score to Psycho, Dead World Order examines the desire to preserve and organize objects and, by so doing, tell a specific historical tale. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Delicacy

A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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Depart

A mini-essay on motion, image tracking and mapping in an explicitly digital form, Depart moves through various modes of software and internet aesthetics to frame images of sublime landscapes and flying vehicles. Set to a score of air traffic control radios, transportation ambience and ominous drones, the accumulating layers of found, manufactured and self-shot footage—plus a swarm of digitally animated fireflies—ease into an ambivalent co-existence. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Eating Lunch

At the Eating Disorder Clinic, fifteen-year-old Klara is about to eat lunch with four other youngsters under the supervision of nurses. They have thirty minutes to eat up. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Epilogue

At the end of his greatest adventure, Skillman has vanquished his nemesis, recovered the priceless artifact and saved his latest love from certain doom. As he struggles to figure out what comes next, his leading lady realizes her confident, capable man doesn’t have a clue what to do once the guns are down. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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The Exit Room

In 2021, an imprisoned journalist faces a government execution. As the executioner nears, he contemplates a desperate escape attempt to return to his young family. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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Fear of Flying

A small bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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Fool's Day

The members of a fourth-grade class pull an innocent April Fool’s Day prank on their teacher that accidentally kills her. Fearing jail time, they set out to cover up the murder before their D.A.R.E. officer shows up for his weekly lesson. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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Fortune House

Believing in fortune cookies brings new meaning to the lives of a lonely man and a waitress. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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The Girl with the Mechanical Maiden

An inventor takes an unorthodox approach to childrearing after the death of his wife. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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Grace

Grace follows a dozen interconnected lives in the emotion-filled hours after nuclear war breaks out. Grace follows Rodney as he takes what he wants, and Sam deals with the consequences. Her mother, Paula, struggles to be there for her, while Charles and Vanessa spend the night bickering. April is too far from home. Jamal drives off a homeless man. Barry fights his way onto the streets. Bob misses his long-departed wife, and Jack and Danny just come up short. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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Grandma's Not a Toaster

On a stormy night in Long Island, whiskey-guzzling mother-to-be Susannah is hell bent on convincing her brothers Arnie and Eddie to steal their grandmother’s fortune. Little do they know that Grandma is one step ahead of them. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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Grave Goods

During her lifetime, Leslie Tai’s grandmother amassed a mammoth collection of fashion, accessories, decorative objects and homewares. When she died, she took some of her things with her into the afterlife, but what happens to the things she left behind? Leslie Tai imagines the luscious visual world in which these objects existed in her grandmother’s mind—precious, larger-than-life, quirky, glamorous and beautiful—as she searches for her grandmother’s mark on her life. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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Hermeneutics

Alexei Dmitriev creates a visual illustration of hermeneutics, the art of interpretation. With the cunning use of WWII footage, he creates what appears to be a typical war film, until everything changes. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Honeymoon Suite

Service is the top priority at a modern boutique hotel in Beijing, and the new guest service manager, Ally, aims to keep it that way after a mysterious American VIP arrives and begins wreaking havoc. As the night grows more fantastical, Ally must tame this beastly terror of a guest while risking her own life to protect his secrets, the hotel’s reputation and her own job. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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The Hounds

Friends Franck, Hugo and Philippe go to a housewarming party in a Paris apartment. At the door, two younger teenage men try talking their way in. The tension soon mounts. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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ICE

Ronnie, an enigmatic enforcer for a small-time Brooklyn crime boss, is tossed out by his girlfriend, ending the latest in a series of failed relationships. With no place to go, he heads to Sunny’s Bar to stay in the backroom, “finding hope in futility,” as Sunny’s wife puts it. In between jobs for his boss, Mr. DeMartino, Ronnie sculpts in ice, exploring the inner, deeper questions at the root of his ambivalence. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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Ina Litovski

Sophie is not like the other students at her school, but tonight she plays the violin in a concert among them. She wants her mother to be there. She wants her mother to see her on stage. She wants, for a moment only, to shine a little. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Lapse: Confessions of a Slot Machine Junkie

When director Jonathan VanBallenberghe turned thirty-six, he realized that he had been addicted to gambling for a third of his life. To end the problem once and for all, he entered into psychotherapy and made this documentary about the experience. Lapse portrays the fractured state of mind of a person in the grip of a gambling addiction. Its narration and dialogue were recorded during VanBallenberghe’s own psychotherapy sessions. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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The Last Time

For thirty-eight years, Vincent Cafarelli and Candy Kugel worked together on animated films. Then Vincent, after a day at work, went home, went to bed and never woke up. The Last Time is both a tribute to their collaboration and a recognition of sudden and massive loss. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Life Doesn't Frighten Me

On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a coming-of-age comedy about a young woman’s exploration of ugliness and beauty. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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Light Plate

This whimsical black-and-white film essay explores the Tuscan landscape and the relationship between tradition, modernity and food. Through shimmering, hand-processed, window-framed ruminations, time passes in licks of light, while a storm gathers and a woman makes pasta by hand. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Likeness

A young girl battles with her body image. Her discontent leads to the world of eating disorders, where worth rises as weight falls. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Look Inside The Ghost Machine

Early avant-garde filmmakers believed that the cinema had the function of a machine made to generate pure feelings. The core of this machine was the celluloid, which has recently disappeared, along with its flickering ghosts. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Lunatic

Aasa Ersmark’s photographic animation presents the psychotic experience of existing simultaneously within several points in time. Different phases of the moon flicker in front of our eyes, as the haunting pulsation of music by Simon Mullan and Theodore Trottner builds the sensation of being out of control. Ersmark invites you into the realm of the uncanny, where even the concept of time appears as a mythical entity. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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The Moon Has Its Reasons

The Moon Has Its Reasons is an elliptical melodrama about romance, open to viewer interpretation. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Murk Light

Two friends who work as luggage rack attendants on a bus take a trip full of reality and mysticism. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars

On the eve of their respective open-heart surgeries, Matteo and Sonia forge a friendship through a mutual passion for mountaineering and a promise to climb together in the Dolomites, in Trentino, Italy. Will their hearts survive the challenge? Though Sonia’s husband Mark worries about his wife and feels threatened by Matteo, the two aim for the summit, opening the route to a new beginning and a second chance at life. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Parallel North

“In a world that has really been turned upside down, the true is a moment of the false” (Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle). What about the boreal forest? Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Peanut Butter & Jelly

A young runaway is kicked out of her group home after a vicious altercation. As she travels up to Harlem, where her father is a low-level drug dealer, she is assaulted by a mysterious creature and left for dead. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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Playdate

Playground politics soon boil over when Paul and Kate excitedly arrive for dinner at the home of a cool couple from their kids’ school, only to discover an interloping third couple already in attendance. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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RPG OKC

Two video game characters forge an unlikely romance. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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Recollections

In Yamamoto, Japan, eighteen months after the Tohoku disaster, survivors left with nothing hold onto their existence through pictures found and restored from the tsunami debris. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and The Holocaust

Why did The New York Times, a Jewish-owned newspaper, bury reports of The Holocaust during World War II? Through interviews with historians, journalists and a Holocaust survivor, this film encourages audiences to re-evaluate America’s role as “The Great Liberator.” Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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The Rider and the Storm

A surfer, New Yorker and Freedom Tower ironworker, Timmy Brennan lost everything in the Breezy Point fires during Hurricane Sandy. Through the kindness of strangers, he is given a new board and finds hope riding the same ocean that shattered his community. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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The River

The River is a comedic journey to the river on a sweltering hot day with a pregnant Maria. Her loving-kindness practice is tested by work schedules, mechanical failures and complex human relationships, all conspiring against a desperately needed cooling dip. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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The Root Of The Problem

In the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, a reluctant young housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret. Is it just the anesthesia at work, or is there something more sinister hiding below the surface? Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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Royal American

A discarded Royal Typewriter from the 1930s is picked up from a trash heap and taken to a repair shop in the Flatiron Building. The subsequent letters written and the responses received, including one from President Clinton, makes this a magical typewriter, one that wistfully questions obsolescence. Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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Setup, Punch.

Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life. The consequences will change his life forever and allow him to discover the true nature of performance. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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A Short Film About Guns

Examine the illegal arms trade and how it functions across the globe through the stories of four experts on arms trafficking. They recount their firsthand experiences with the black market and how the illegal flow of weapons facilitates loss of life and devastation. Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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Sight

Super-8 footage layered with Sharpie marker lines and circles obscuring the image illustrates this story of Thirza Cuthand’s experience with temporary episodes of migraine-related blindness and her cousin’s self-induced blindness later in life. Paralleling the experience of blindness with mental illness, she deftly shows that any of us could lose any of our abilities at any time. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Snow in Paradise

Snow in Paradise is a snapshot of life on a remote, picturesque island in the South Pacific, as seen through the eyes of a young Polynesian girl. When she ventures out on her daily routine, she encounters the familiar faces of her family and the small community that she loves. Like her, they are all unaware of the devastating power that lies just beyond the ocean reef. In one moment her world will change forever. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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Space Cadet

After dreamy fifteen-year-old Paul ruins dinner—and nearly does even worse damage—his hippie parents think that it is finally time for a sit down. Their eventual suggestion that Paul see a psychologist sends him into a tailspin of self-doubt. Only a miracle and some very quick thinking can restore his confidence. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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Star Light No.5 Bis

Star Light No. 5 Bis is the latest of five transformations of the kaleidoscopic short film Star Light, first brought to the big screen in Star Light No. 2. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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Two Islands

Two Islands is film about two enormous waste dumps in New York City. The first was once the largest dump in the world. The other, a cemetery of unknowns, is still in use. Two Islands bluntly asks, what does the existence of these two huge mountains of economic and social waste and rejected surplus tell us about our civilization and the so-called richest nation in the world? What kind of legacy will future archaeologists see? Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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We Will Live Again

We Will Live Again looks at the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. Follow Ben Best and Andy Zawacki as they maintain the ninety-nine deceased human bodies stored at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. Meanwhile, cryonics movement founder Robert Ettinger, long-retired from overseeing operations at the Institute, still lives nearby, self-publishing books on cryonics, awaiting the end of this life and eagerly anticipating the next. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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What's Left, What's Lost.

Set in the late 1950s at California’s iconic Madonna Inn, a despondent father struggles with the decision to end his own life and the life of his young son. Screening in Shorts Program: Worst Day Ever

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When The Song Dies

In this poetic documentary, stories, songs and memories from across Scotland are woven together with the richly evocative landscape of the Machars peninsula in the southwest corner of the country. Contributions from well-known Scottish voices Norman Maclean, Sheila Stewart and Margaret Bennett provide access to a rich but dying world in this first film in a series seeking to engage a new generation in the strangeness, mysticism, poeticism and absurdist humor of Scottish folklore. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film

Hear the stories behind rock history’s most enduring images. This film features interviews, photographs and never-before-seen footage spotlighting the work of rock photographers Edward Colver, Henry Diltz, Jill Furmanovsky, Lynn Goldsmith, Bob Gruen, Norman Seeff, Mark Seliger, Guy Webster and, in a special segment, Linda McCartney. Also included are iconic songs by Blondie, The Doors, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Who and more. Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop

Before his senior year of high school, Wilt Chamberlain took a summer job at Kutsher’s Country Club, a Jewish resort in the Catskills. By day, he was making $2 an hour. At night, he played on Kutsher’s basketball team, coached by its then-unknown athletic director, Red Auerbach. Mixing interviews with rarely seen archival video, this documentary captures a basketball great in a very different era, the Borscht Belt’s Dirty Dancing-styled heyday. Screening in Shorts Program: Character Witness

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Wings

Christopher is preparing for one of the most important concerts of his career. He knows that he cannot make any mistake. That is why he is taking care of every single detail. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Yardbird

A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard is forced to confront the town bullies when they travel out to torment her father. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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ZZZZZZZ

Henry and Lucy sleepwalk through New York City in the middle of the night. Lonely and miserable during the day, they come alive as they experience the sights and sounds that most people sleep through. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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