NYCIFF Mini Reviews

 

10 Minutes to Show

I have to admit, seeing an Austin made film selected for an NYC festival makes me happy. This short was cute and brought back all the wonderful (along with hilarious) memories of being at live shows, and how quickly things can spiral out of control. Music plays a big part of our youth, and its fun to see it represented from the artists perspective. The story may be a bit ridiculous, but it progresses in a realistic way (if that makes sense) to create an entertaining film about concert life.

Showing: May 12, 9 pm, Producers Club Theater G

 

Bagheera

This needs to be mandatory viewing in all girl/teen/women’s gatherings, I absolutely loved this. It doesn’t stop from the moment it starts, creating an exciting world inside the film. The dominance that Bagheera expresses is empowering. It is a socially conscience film, and it’s a film that can serve as an inspiring attitude one should strive to reach. The situation in the film requires Bagheera to be cunning and rely on her survival instincts (the badges were a wonderful touch), but it also shows her vulnerability. Women are strong and delicate, and its great to see it represented in a powerful way. To quote Queer Eye, YAS QUEEN!

Showing: May 11, 9 pm, Producers Club Theater S

 

 

End Unsung

The fascinating thing about this short is the way they manipulated film techniques. Modern audiences are bombarded with eye candy and heart pounding tension, but at the heart of the film is still the story. What Rolf Lindblom is able to showcase with the simplistic beauty of the landscapes and the visual emotion of the actor is outstanding. This film has no dialogue which at times it affects our attention, but it’s not because of the quality of the film but instead because of our overactive brains. As the short moves though the story arcs, your investment with the story and character grows. It doesn’t have a solid ending, but one where you are left wanting to know more.

Showing: May 12, 2 pm, Producers Club Theater G

 

 

FACE 

As a filmmaker and film historian, I have long been obsessed with long takes. They are by no means the easiest thing to accomplish, nor the most manageable in achieving a simple progresses to the story so when you see one done with such ease, it’s engaging. This technique paired with the fact that this film is only a close-up of the lead adds to its appeal. Like the dancing that starts the film, FACE is an expression of an emotional rollercoaster with the emphasis on the human face. We tend to forget how important our face is in our daily lives, like when we are thrown off guard by life, because that is the one place we cannot hide our true feelings. There are other intriguing elements about the film, but those should be experienced on their own by the audience.

Showing: May 12, 12 pm, Producers Club Theater G

 

 

Latino Vortex

I have never had a film resonant with me as much as this short did. I always joke when leaving family gatherings (I’m Latino, btw) that I should get a head start of at least 30 minutes before I want to actually leave. My notes quite literally say, “Best. Thing. Ever!” This short is endearing, it not only shows the comic element of leaving a party of 30 plus family members, but it also showcases the closeness we feel to one another. With a family that big, it’s hard to stay actively connected to everyone, but we will always be close because we are family. To explain all of this in a two minute short was wonderful. It makes me want to see my family again, give them a big hug, and travel down that vortex.

Showing: May 9, 7 pm, Producers Club Theater S

 

 

Snap

I’m very much a cat person, and I think my little common American grey tabby is the cutest cat in the world. I have tons of picture on my phone to prove it. However, as this short adorably shows, most of the pictures aren’t that great. It’s the perfect example of Expectations vs. Reality, but when it revolves around a furry independent being. Its good to know I’m not alone, it’s the little thing that connect us in the massively small world. We all need those films in our life to make us smile, and SNAP is definitely one.

Showing: May 12, 12 pm, Producers Club Theater S

 

 

The Curtain

This is an interesting take on how our culture allows for an openness when our identities are hidden. It’s true that most of the time that vulnerability manifests into hateful comments, but this film is a way back to our vulnerability. As an audience, we are reminded that we truly never know what is going on in someones life, even if they tell you it from their own mouths. There is always something brewing beneath the surface, and we only need to take the time to examine that in others (and maybe even in ourselves) to enrich our lives. It’s also heartwarming, showcasing that chance encounters can provide balance in a chaotic situation.

Showing: May 11, 4:30 pm, Producers Club Theater S

 

 

Tuna, Farofa, and Spaghetti

Food is the universal connection between all people. It not only provides fuel for life, but it also provides for the soul, and when that’s blended with a range of cultures and people the final dish is spectacular. TUNA, FAROFA, AND SPAGHETTI is a film that follows three friends, Andre Matsumoto, Duca Lapenda, and Joca Pontes, three Brazilian chefs who are documenting their trip to cook at an exhibition in a Parisian restaurant. The trip has stages, which include natural distractions as well as cultural connections to the chefs, which all lead to a greater understanding of the subjects and the food they cook. If you think of food as a blend of ingredients, this story is just an extension of that, especially when the cultural backgrounds of the friends are Brazilian, Italian, and Japanese. There are times at the beginning that are hard to follow, for example the story is hard to grasp at the beginning, but it’s not long until the intrigue picks up again. It’s also a bonus if you have an appreciation for food, as the journey’s importance relies on the preparation as well as it does on the outcome. It’s eyeopening seeing this world through the creators (chefs) eyes. 

Showing: May 11, 2 pm, Producers Club Theater G