7:00PM on Saturday, 3/11 and 2:30PM on Sunday, 3/12
I Am Not From Lew's
Film essay, 3 mins, USA
This personal essay film, shot on 16mm, deals with themes such as anxiety, isolation, agoraphobia, identity crisis, and face paint.
Lydia Milano is a Junior Film and Media Studies Major, History of Art Minor at Johns Hopkins. However, she has considered dropping everything to follow her real passion of photographing dogs full time.
What Happens in Your Brain When You See A German Word Like...?
Experimental video, 5 mins, Germany
The German language is very flexible: one can simply string words together in order to create new ones. Director
Zora Rux blends animation and live action in order to make a humorous account of what happens inside the brain
of a man reading an extremly complex word. Gently mocking intellectual language, the film investigates how
different language structures affect the way we think.
The Milk Walk
Experimental, 6 mins, USA
A man with no control over his body forgets he bought milk and retraces his steps to find his sanity.
Brothers in the Midnight Sun
Narrative, 8 mins, Sweden
Arne and Leif are two brothers living in the north of Sweden. They're both in their fifties, but are still unable to communicate with each other properly. This morning they’re out in their small boat in the middle of a quiet lake. Everything seems peaceful but the calmness will soon be disrupted.
Lars Vega is a promising young storyteller and director from Luleå, Sweden. Lars is known for his ability to capture small but tragic life events and combine it with carefully balanced humor. Born 1989. He is a big fan of the TV series South Park.
Zora Rux has been studying Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) since 2011. In
2015 she was a scholarship holder at Columbia University in New York. She also worked as Casting Director for
Roy Andersson, obtained a scholarship for Valie Exports photo class and toured the Berlin Film Festival and the
Fusion Music Festival with her art project Kinobox. Her awardwinning short Safe Space (2014) was screened
in over 100 festivals around the world. She is currently working on her first feature.
Sascha Taylor Larsen was born in Oslo, Norway to Jamaican-Canadian and Norwegian parents. After a year of extensive traveling in Europe and India and working in Ghana he moved to New York in 2013 to begin his studies in Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
He is currently completing his degree with a major in film directing and editing.
Melissa Fandos, Julia Gunnison, and Hankyeol Song
Narrative, 9 mins, USA/Czech Republic
With the help of a psychedelic cactus, a woman rediscovers and redefines her identity as a mother.
Melissa Fandos is a filmmaker studying English at Grinnell College. She really likes clouds.
Julia Gunnison is a film programmer and filmmaker at Johns Hopkins University. She watches movies most of the time.
Hankyeol Song is an artist and film-maker currently pursuing a B.A. in Media & Cultural Praxis. Her work consists of examining through a feminist and queer lens, the ways in which structures of violence such as gender, sexuality, race, and class, are represented on screen. Her films typically confront and challenge how these systems permeate and are reproduced through the every day.
Documentary, 20 mins, Canada
Missing Peace follows Chloe Jennings-White and Jeremy as they struggle with Body Integrity Identity Disorder. Chloe wishes to be paraplegic, and Jeremy wants to cut off his hands. Chloe is open and public with her disorder, but Jeremy strives to remain anonymous, fearful of what his family and friends would do if they knew about his wanting to be hands-free. Dr. Michael First is the leading expert on Body Integrity Identity Disorder, and through his experience and treatment of multiple subjects, has discovered that surgery is the only effective treatment. All three subjects discuss how BIID has affected their lives, and how people can live with a disorder where you want to make yourself more disabled than you actually are.
Jenna Gartlan is the director and writer of Missing Peace, a documentary that demonstrates the plight of those suffering with Body Integrity Identity Disorder. Although this is her directorial debut, Jenna won Panavision’s Best Emerging Filmmaker from Sheridan’s Advanced Television and Film Program. Jenna completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University where she studied Human Geography. From there, she studied Screenwriting and Documentary Filmmaking in Sheridan’s Post-graduate program. Jenna spends her free time snowboarding, writing scripts, and wishing she owned most dogs she sees.