Rockland Shorts — March 2014

March 07, 2014
Friday, 8 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, present this ongoing series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series. The series is shown in The Strand and includes an hour of short films, with its 2014 selections being shown during two events on Friday, March 7th and Friday, September 5th. As part of the screening, select filmmakers will join in a discussion at the Strand in person or via Skype for a conversation with the audience. Rockland Shorts strives to show contemporary, questing, independent films that help define the digital generation without restriction of culture, format, formula or genre. 

This series is organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Education Department, and film selections are being made by visiting program director, Sally Levi; the Farnsworth’s Director of Education, Roger Dell; the Executive Director of the Strand Theatre, Sarah Ruddy; broadcast journalist and Maine Media Workshops film faculty, Mimi Edmunds; and the director, cinematographer, editor and educator, Daniel Quintanilla.

Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim
Above Below
5 minutes
Potential takes many forms, and can be destructive if not harnessed. Ouverture follows the early life of a young Bulgarian girl as she uncovers her true potential.
4 minutes
WIND is an animated short about the daily life of people living in a windy area who seem helplessly exposed to the weather. However, the inhabitants have learned to deal with their difficult living conditions. The wind creates a natural system for living.
Live Action
17 minutes
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn't what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.
Virtuous Virtuell
7 minutes
Abstract ink drawings seem to come out of nowhere. Following a secret choreography, they take on characteristics and moods of the music and narrate a story that appears to be laid out in the music. The interplay of timid encounters and dynamic pursuits, the agile lightness and confrontation, awakens a multitude of associations e.g. of birds, plants or the under-water world, which in turn stimulates many different emotional impressions.
Live Action
12 minutes
The idea of combining very different concepts is my most interesting thing about writing an making films: putting together comedy and drama, or an science fiction story inserted in a domestic life, mixing them in a natural way, putting them to sharing the same space, the same shots... I decided, also, that I would tell the story in the real places and with real people, without actors. The streets, the rooms and the decoration are like that. My grandmother, my cousin and some friends are in the movie. I think that this insertion of real people in the movie helps me to create a more realistic world, and at the same time a more fantastic story. And, of course, it's very funny to work with non-actors.
Kiki of Montparnasse
14 minutes
"Kiki de Montparnasse" was the unwary muse of major avant-garde painters of the early twentieth century. Memorable witness of a flamboyant Montparnasse, she emancipated from her status as a simple model and became a Queen of the Night, a painter, a press cartoonist, a writer and a cabaret singer.
Live Action
2 minutes
The circle of life: a mantis gets eaten by a frog. The frog is swallowed by a stork, which in turn is eaten by a crocodile just before he gets shot by a hunter...
6 minutes
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

Join us at Fog Bar in Rockland directly following the screening.

Tickets will be for sale at The Strand Theatre’s box office directly prior to the screening. Cost: $8.50; $7.50 Farnsworth members



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