DUFF 20/21 Part 1 official program
0700 - FIRST PROGRAM
Director: Tom Bessoir. Queens, NY.
Experimental film. 01:41 minutes.
A film for 2020, a year to remember.
2020 different colors create a flicker film.
Music by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
2020 receives an Honorable Mention for Best Musical Score.
The Stream X
Director: Hiroya Sakurai, Japan.
Experimental short. 06:53 minutes.
In the man-made waterways of rice paddies nature
is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty.
In episode 10 of the series I replaced the underwater sounds
with the outside sounds and the wind pushes the plants and algae
as a metaphor for the liveliness of water.
Professor Sakurai is a 3rd time DUFF return filmmaker.
The Stream X receives an Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography
and Best Audio Editing.
Director: Jason Affolder. Jerome, AZ.
Short documentary. 10:00 minutes.
An impressionistic portrait of sculptor Scott Owens at work
in his Jerome, Arizona studio, featuring candid stories
from a lifetime devoted to making art.
Stonecutter receives the Best Short Documentary Award.
Bearing Witness Triptych: Just Breathe the Air.
Directors: Jack Cochran and Pamela Falkenberg. Austin, TX.
Experimental short. 03:58 minutes.
Based on a found poem by Jack Cochran the film bears witness
to the consequences of Trump’s decision to play down the danger
of the COVID pandemic.
Jack Cochran and Pamela Falkenberg are 2nd time DUFF return filmmakers.
This film recevies the award for Best of Fest.
How to Fall in Love in a Brothel
Director: Sunhui Chang, Portland, OR.
Narrative Short. 11:00 minutes.
Set in 1960 Incheon, South Korea. As a young country struggles
to rebuild after the war two young people find love
in an unexpected and unlikely setting.
In Korean with English Subtitles.
This film receives the award for Second Place Narrative Short.
Director: Hüseyin Mert Erverdi. Turkey.
Experimental short. 03:06 minutes.
Eastern and western sensibilities of calligraphy and painting
evoke a feeling of an inner battle. A salute to Stan Brakhage’s
final film (Chinese Series) made during his own battle with cancer
by wetting a filmstrip with saliva and using his fingernail
to scratch marks into the emulsion. ‘Battle’ is about the
not so silent battles we fight.
Battle receives the award for Best Experimental Short.
Director: Hüseyin Mert Erverdi. Turkey.
Experimental short. 02:38 minutes.
The story of light after being birthed by the pitch black
void preceding the universe which emerges as all the colors
of the visible spectrum, then flows back into the
primordial state of pitch black ‘Khaos’.
Director: Arturo Dueñas Herrero. Valladolid, Spain.
Narrative short. 15:00 minutes.
A new doctor has just arrived at a nursing home
where he meets a patient tormented by a past which
he cannot remember. This doctor will help him do it
without anticipating the consequences.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Anagnorisis receives the award for Best Narrative Short.
Director: Margaret Hart. Weymouth, MA.
Animated short. 07:56 minutes.
Based on collage series the animation
weaves together many similar fragments used in the
two-dimensional work and foregrounds gender
and posthumanism through its animation sequences.
Poly-Morphosis receives the award for Best Animated Short.
Director: Shaun Parker. NSW, Australia.
Music video. 03:38 minutes.
The new music video by JamarzOnMarz depicts a
rebellious uprising of diverse students led by
JamarzOnMarz fighting for inclusivity.
Tomorrow receives the Best Music Video award.
You're The Puppet
Director: Michael Charron. Los Angeles, CA.
Narrative short. 12:15 minutes.
Laramie and Leonard are the hottest comedy duo
in the local scene. Tired of Leonard getting all
the credit, Laramie considers branching out on his own.
Michael Charron is a 2nd time DUFF return filmmaker.
INTERMISSION 0830 - 15:00 minutes
SECOND PROGRAM - 0845
Director: Scott Turri, Philadelphia, PA.
Experimental short. 08:05 minutes.
Feel the pull of slow-moving luxurious waves
attracted to one another by an unknown magnetic force.
Director: David Wilde. Monroe, NH.
Experimental short. 08:14 minutes.
This video art is intended to capture the essential
qualities of life in terms of pure visual and
auditory perceptions with the overall experience
like an extended look at a painting.
Mass For Shut-Ins
Director: Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Lincoln, NE. USA.
Experimental Short. 07:54 minutes.
A fever dream. An infinitely morphing kaleidoscopic
stained glass window. Bells that remind me of the
sounds of Amsterdam, my second home after New York.
A hand-painted 16mm camera-less Fluxus film.
Director: Kendall Christianson. New Mexico / Los Angeles.
Narrative short. 13:36 minutes.
After years of apart a young man reluctantly takes a trip
with his father in an attempt to rekindle something
between the two that has been long lost for decades.
Mother's Wishes receives Third Place for Best Narrative Short.
Director: Marc Cartwright. Los Angeles, CA.
Experimental short. 07:53 minutes.
A meditation on the relationship between
self-perception and ideological bickering.
This film receives Third Place for Best Experimental Short.
Sometimes a little Sin Is Good For the Soul
Director: Alex Beriault. Canada/Germany.
Experimental short. Digitized 16mm color film. 08:00 minutes.
In an architectural, almost painterly world,
interior structures, shapes and colours form together
the unusual spaces within which three women are suspended.
This film receives Second Place for Best Experimental Short.
IRO IRO NA IRO
Director: Mizuho Otagiri. Tokyo, Japan.
Experimental Narrative short. 29:52 minutes.
During a hot, listless Summer Riko has a strange feeling
as if she's losing her sense of self. Certain words
and images burst forth in her mind evoking raw pain.
The space separating reality from the spiritual realm
becomes increasingly vague.
IRO IRO NA IRO receives Second Place for Best Narrative Experimental Short.