Documentary Shorts #1
Screens 3:30 pm, Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Mammal Gallery
81 min. TRT
(10m, Belgium, China, France) dir. by K. S. McMullen
NAIL HOUSE (钉子户), a term coined by Chinese developers to describe the house whose residents refuse to make way for new construction, is the debut of filmmaker K.S. McMullen.
In Shanghai, an old man takes on a relentless army of builders, cranes and bulldozers to defend his ancestral home. But the city he loves doesn’t love him back.In this dark, poetic docu-fiction, narrated by Don McCorkindale, the charm of Old Shanghai clashes with raw demolition footage and artistic impressions of a hopeless war.
(4m, U S A) dir. by Enrico Marcellino
PFC. Theodore Rushing gave his life for our freedom on November 11, 2011. Every year, his family celebrates his legacy with an event called Teddy Fest.
(12m, Netherlands, Peru, U S A) dir. by Yfke van Berckelaer
Pepe is 12 years old. He has cerebral palsy and lives with his family in a run down shack in one of the poorest parts of Lima, Peru. Life is not easy for him, but Pepe is a fighter and, supported by his loving family, he wakes up each day with a smile on his face. Pepe is an inspiring portrait of a boy who, despite all the hardship, never stops seeing the joy in everything around him.
(5m, U S A) dir. by Victoria Quamme
A poetic portrait of a beekeeper and her bees as they both prepare for the coming winter.
Checkers in the Afternoon
(3m, U S A) dir. by Emily Harrold
In Elloree, South Carolina, a group of African American men pass the time, and put aside worries about the economy, by playing checkers together every afternoon.
Finding Bespoke - The Violin Maker
(8m, U S A) dir. by Michael Bernard
An original short film chronicling the story of the Bennings, the family of distinguished violinmakers based in Los Angeles. For four generations, the Benning family name has been synonymous with the making of fine, master-crafted violins, violas and cellos.
Finding Bespoke - The Shoemaker
(5m, U S A) dir. by Michael Bernard
An original short film that follows the personal narrative of Los Angeles bespoke shoe makers Don Ville.
Dogen and Soto Zen
(6m, U S A) dir. by Hannah Wade
A relaxing and peaceful short documentary. The Sensei and members of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center explain the fundamentals of Soto Zen Buddhism.
Death Among Us
(5m, U S A) dir. by Porfirio Fernando Castillo
An in-depth look at gun violence and its effect on urban America.
Seven Days a Week
(10m, United Kingdom) dir. by Tal Amiran
For the last 36 years, Paul has opened his North London paper stall at 4.40am, seven days a week, every week of the year. Now 66, and with his time selling papers nearing an end, Paul reflects on his life in the paper booth and what the future holds for the stall he inherited from his father.
I Take Photos
(6m, United Kingdom) Oliver David Lister
When Tobi Shinobi and Ron Timehin started using photo sharing app, Instagram in 2012, they couldn't have imagined it would completely reshape their lives. They adopted new technologies at the right time, and worked hard at developing their individual accounts. Fast forward to today and they have swapped their day jobs as a lawyer and a touring musician for their new shared passion as photographers. They are favourites in the London space on Instagram, boasting thousands of followers and millions of likes. Not only has their creative partnership flourished, so too has their success online and offline.
Their message to others is simple: anyone can take photos.
(7m, USA) dir. by Franck Tabouring , Caitlin Crommett
Marty Pigue is a 55-year-old veteran who chose to dedicate his life to cleaning up Southern California's desert highways. This is his story.
After leaving the service and traveling the entire country via bike, Marty opted for a simple life in the open desert stretching the California/Arizona border.
It is there that he started to pick up trash and recyclables along the local highways as a way to give back to the community and protect the environment.