Shorts 1: The One With The Tongue

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Participate in My Relaxed State Katya Yakubov

20 min., 2016, USA

A hybrid, docu-fiction film—this fractured narrative follows one woman’s coming to terms with the elusive mind-body split. Challenging the validity of alternative as well as Western medicine, this film turns its attention instead to the moments in between therapy, and the possibilities that the strange encounter with another can bring.

Trust Fall Jeanne Donegan and Eileen Rae Walsh

4 min., 2015, USA

An experimental video using found footage that cycles through evocative imagery to elicit sensations of fear versus pleasure. This imagery is laid over the sound of the two artists gasping for breath, a sound that remains ambiguous as to whether it is induced by danger or excitement.

Emerald Ice Jesseca Ynez Simmons

14 min., 2016, USA

Emerald Ice is a cinematic odyssey exploring the mind of the American poet Diane Wakoski. This hybrid documentary, or docufantasy, brings to the screen her work–the sprawling beauty that is Diane’s emotional spectrum.

Lingua Absentia Kate Raney and Jeremy Bessoff

10 min., 2017, USA

An experiment in two contrasting points of view: A mother assists her daughter with severe schizophrenia undergoing a massive surgery to replace her tongue.

Gardening At Night Shayna Connelly

12 min., 2016, USA

Waiting for confirmation of Anne’s death creates an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation in Samantha. That night she tames her neglected garden and finds a way to say good-bye and to help her friend come to terms with death.

The Pier [Like Mending Glass] Anna Hogg

26 min., 2016, USA

The filmmaker’s grandfather, suffering from Alzheimer’s, remembers, obsessively, an episode from his youth: an elegant young woman climbs over the railing of the pier and jumps into the water; he saves her. The old man’s speech becomes more confused; the women of his family repeat the story, now become mythical, using re-speaking techniques inspired by “verbatim theater”; the filmmaker reconstructs the scene, casting a young woman whose blonde chignon brings to mind Vertigo’s Madeleine. Yet the moment comes when the grandfather has to be brought to a nursing home, where, gradually, he fades away. His mind, his breathing, fly away with the passing time, along the flowing water. The last image that stays with him, is that of the pier..

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