SHORTS: DRAWN TOGETHER

Expected to Attend: Several Members of the filmmaking team

Life, animated. Santa Is a Psychedelic Mushroom (USA, 6 min., Matthew Salton) embraces the shamanistic side of Christmas. Music & Clowns (UK, 7 min., Alex Widdowson) are Jamie’s greatest passions. Hiroshima survivor Akiko Takakura receives the spirits of her parents and is haunted by memories during Obon (Germany, 15 min., Andre Hoermann, Anna Samo). A woman recounts her experiences of being Tightly Wound (USA, Chile, 10 min., Shelby Hadden), grappling with chronic pain and its attendant shame. For A Better Life (USA, 10 min, Yasmin Mistry) tells the story of Fekri, sold for $100 at the age of five, and suffering years  of abuse before his plight is discovered. Carlotta’s Face (Germany, 5 min., Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld) is unrecognizable to Carlotta herself due to a rare, untreatable condition, but art offers her a way to finally recognize herself. Lon (Belgium, 7 min., Nina Landau) Landau is a promising Jewish stage designer whose life takes a turn during World War II. Using her own words, Lotte That Silhouette Girl (USA, 10 min., Elizabeth Beecherl, Carla Patullo) tells the tale of Lotte Reiniger, a trailblazing animator. The legacy of the matriarch of the Bagley clan is depicted using stop-motion animation in The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley (USA, 14 min., Taylor Stanton).

CARLOTTA'S FACE

NYC PREMIERE As a child, Carlotta didn't expect the people around her to have faces. She even doesn't recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

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FOR A BETTER LIFE

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

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THE LIKES AND DISLIKES OF MARJ BAGLEY

NYC PREMIERE In this innovative documentary, a family recreates itself using stop-motion animation. The film tells the lifelong struggle of Marj, the matriarch of the Bagley clan, to find happiness. Marj battles infidelity, broken noses, dysfunctional relationships, giant birds, and a fateful game of cards with her grandchildren. Through a combination of interviews and recreations, her family reflects on the legacy of a woman who they realize they may not understand.

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LON

NYC PREMIERE Lon Landau is a promising Jewish stage designer whose life takes a turn during= World War II. He is held captive in a Belgian nazi camp, but decides to stay positive and do what he knows best: building dream worlds. LON is an ode to the power of imagination and how people maintain their dignity in difficult times.

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LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL

NYC PREMIERE Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the oldest surviving animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.

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MUSIC & CLOWNS

WORLD PREMIERE Music and clowns are my brother's two great passions in life. Jamie is close to nonverbal so the rest of the family are left filing in the gaps when we discuss what life is like for him. Our differing perspectives show as much about us as they do Jamie.

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OBON

Akiko Takakura is one of the last survivors of the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima. During Obon she receives the spirits of her parents and is haunted by memories. Akiko's childhood consists of constant rejections and beatings. Finally Akiko experiences fatherly love in the midst of Hiroshima's ruins.

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SANTA IS A PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOM

NYC PREMIERE It's time to embrace the shamanistic side of Christmas.

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TIGHTLY WOUND

A woman recounts her experience living with chronic pelvic pain – how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger, and hatred have plagued her body.

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