Competition Documentary Shorts
4 X Real: Doc Shorts Showcase
Total Running Time: 82 MIN
DIRECTED BY GERALD PESTA
USA, 2011, 5 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Through balletic editing of archival footage, body building masters—in 1894 and 1975—are scrutinized and celebrated in this hypnotic study of the male physique and the glory of the moving image. Music by Moby.
DIRECTED BY SARI GILMAN
USA, 2011, 30 MIN
Six residents of a typical retirement condo-community in the vicinity of West Palm Beach extol the virtues and the challenges of living in their geriatric paradise. Poignant, funny, and dark, KING’S POINT drills in on the real complexities these seniors face sustaining independence and humanity in the last chapter of their American Dream.
DIRECTED BY KEVIN SEAN MICHAELS
USA, 2011, 6 MIN
First-time animator, 10-year-old artist Perry Chen collaborates with animation master Bill Plympton to recount the first-hand story of Ingrid Pitt’s extraordinary act of courage as a Jewish child held in a World War II concentration camp. Narrated by Ingrid Pitt herself.
DIRECTED BY LUCY WALKER
USA, 2011, 41 MIN
IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Devastation is antecedent to rebirth. Japan’s most cherished flower pushes out its blossoms even as the hardest-hit survivors struggle to understand what has happened in the midst and aftermath of the recent tsunami. This Oscar®-nominated short film by 2011 Academy Award® nominee Lucy Walker (Waste Land)—both stark and vivid in its visual poetry—offers an unforgettable contemplation on the ephemeral truths of life and nature. Music by Moby.