American Independent 26/11/18

There’s familial loyalty and filial frustration, manipulative mothers and absentee fathers, traumatic memories and concrete metaphors, voices in the head and doubts in the mind, fitting memorials and magical exits in our selection of the best new American Independent shorts.

Advisory Cert 15

Monday 26th November at 6.00pm

NIAMOS sc1 (Nia Cultural Centre), Chichester Road, Warwick St, Manchester M15 5EU

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NORTH & NOWHERE

North West Premiere

Dir / Prod / Wri: Scott Ballard, Prod: Molly Preston.

USA, 2017, 11 min 30 sec 

A girl, a gun and a last chance.

WONDERLAND

UK Premiere

Dir / Wri: Tiffanie Hsu, Prod: Pin-Chun Liu, Domenica Castro.

USA, 2017, 14 min 18 sec

Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO KELLY AND TED            

Manchester Premiere

Dir / Wri: Jason Manella, Prod: Dana Brunetti, Lisa Barrett McGuire, Paul Rowe.

USA, 2017, 6 min

If we continually listen to the voices in our head, we’ll eventually be driven mad.

THE CRITIC                                    

International Premiere

Dir / Wri / Cast: Stella Velon, Prod: Jean Gabriel Kauss.

USA, 2018, 14 min 55 sec

A starry-eyed actress with a troubled past faces her harshest critic during an interview gone wrong.

CAKE DAY                                     

UK Premiere

Dir / Wri / Prod: Joshua Choran, Prod: Kevin Wayne, Jason O’Brien.

USA, 2018, 4 min 59 sec

One young woman’s candid start to her day opens up to reveal a personal piece of her past that has carried over to the present.

DOUGGY                                       

UK Premiere

Dir / Wri / Prod: Matvey Fiks, Prod: Katya Skakun.

USA, 2017, 19 min 8 sec

In a forgotten part of Brooklyn, Douggy works as a tow truck driver. He spends his last two night shifts, anxiously waiting for a crucial phone call.

SELF                                              

European Premiere

Dir / Wri: Manolo Celi, Prod: Dani Rotstein, Marcos Cline, Diane Cricchio.

USA, 2018, 6 min 39 sec

A man’s battle with commonplace clichés told in a visually literal way.

PROXY                                          

North West Premiere

Dir / Wri: Eric Schuman, Prod: Birgit Gernböck, Nikki Manteris, Wri: Inger Dietrichs.

USA, 2017, 13 min 53 sec

Russ lives and works at a motel with his parents. He becomes fascinated by a sick young girl who moves into one of the room with her mother.

THE FUNERAL                                  

World Premiere

Dir: Henry Kaplan, Prod: Nash Cubero, Wri / Cast: Cam Maloni

USA, 2018, 5 min 33 sec

At a funeral, two friends must grapple with the promises they made to the deceased before he passed.

TRT: 95 min 35 sec

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