Frame Change: Experimental Shorts
Directed by Kalil Haddad
(2019; 17 minutes; Canada; English; World Premiere)
Trapped within the confines of his rural existence, Farm Boy attempts to navigate his dormant desire for urban life, faced with the impossibility of his unrequited love for a local boy. Confronted with uncertainty, he lapses into dreams of the present - and nightmares of the future.
Directed by Laura Huertas Millán
(2018; 6 minutes; Columbia; Spanish)
One single film roll intertwines two portraits. On the one hand there is jeny, the femme fatale alter ego of an anonymous millennial transgender. On the other hand, a Colombian public university space, the 303 building, condemned to be demolished. The images of the body and the architecture fuse to create a fictional character, an avatar both analog and digital. jeny303 stands in between fiction and reality, to better narrate the illusions and the contradictions of a subversive youth.
Directed by Peter Franco
(2017; 14 minutes; USA; English)
A date can be a lot of things. Or it can be the same thing every time. Part documentary, part fiction.
Directed by Tina Takemoto
(2018; 4 minutes; USA)
Queer glimpses of a wayward woman captured in bits of emulsion lifted from stray reels of a 35mm Asian drama.
Directed by Adrian Garcia Gomez
(2018; 9 minutes; USA)
La Mesa explores the intersections of memory, identity and queer desire. Stories of a childhood in rural Mexico as told by the filmmaker’s father are interwoven with queered reenactments featuring the filmmaker as the romantic lead opposite the male actors of the old Mexican films and American Westerns from his childhood.
A messy story about oak and
Directed by Emilý Æyer and Maria Bang Espersen
(2019; 14 minutes; USA; English)
A short, incomplete story about Danish kings, royal trees, democracy and beech trees, as well as their entwined connection to wild weeds, Abraham Lincoln, neighborhood rules in Houston, and more. The music composed and sung by Emilý Æyer, references a 1828 play by Friedrich Kuhlau titled Elve’s Hill, the Danish national anthem by Hans Ernst Krøyer (1835), as well as music by the royal composer Heinrich Schütz (1600s) interrupted by made-up speech and experimental sounds.
Directed by Jordan Wong
(2018; 5 minutes; USA & Hong Kong; English)
A nonfiction reflection on being out of the closet.
Directed by Hilary Harp & Suzie Silver
(2019; 12 minutes; USA; English)
Dusty is the brilliant blacksmith of the scruffy Wild West town of Stinkhorn. Lately, her apprentice Pinky has been downright dozey. In secret, Dusty’s paramour, Blaze has been using a magic bridle to turn Pinky into a horse every night and ride him until dawn. Based on a Scottish folk tale, Stinkhorn combines live-action with animation in a lavish hand-painted desert landscape. A psychedelic trip wrapped in a who-rides-who western tale, Stinkhorn is the second short film in “Fairy Fantastic!,” a queer folk and fairy tale series for audiences of all ages.