Documentary Shorts 1

Documentary Shorts 1

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Short Film Program
Screening Category: Short Film Program
Runtime: 101:12 mins

Program Includes:

Just before passing away in April 2017, Catalan sculptor Xavier Corberó opened up his home for the first and last film to be made about him. A glimpse into the universe of a genius which included friendships with Dalí, Picasso and Antonio Gades, which traversed a turbulent moment of Spanish history and in which he created his final oeuvre, his home in Esplugues, a work of art in itself.

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Willcox, Arizona is a country music town that isn’t what it used to be. The town has a single radio station, run by one employee who lives at the studio, and is seen as an outcast by many of the townspeople.
This unlikely champion of country music has a troubled history with the music that he plays every day. But he’s keeping it alive for the old folks, and looking for redemption over the airwaves.

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Dead. Tissue. Love is an intimate experimental documentary exploring and examining the individual character of a female necrophile, as she journeys and recounts her life experiences, sexual awakening and how she expresses her sexuality, whilst hiding it from a society that puts a demonised face on a human figure.

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Musical and documentary unite to introduce The Coffin Club, a truly unique community organisation bringing free-spirited seniors together to construct and personalise their own low-cost coffins. Based in small town New Zealand, with over 60 active members, this group of inspirational elderly meet once a week to rejoice in life while facing the realities of death.

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In My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes director Charlie Tyrell attempts to uncover a deeper understanding of his deceased father by examining his posthumous possessions.
Narrated by David Wain (dir. Director of Wet Hot American Summer), Tyrell presents a unique lens on family relationships and their challenges.
Told through a combination of stop-motion animation, home movies and recorded phone calls, this documentary short offers a window into the complexity of family relationships and the things we leave behind.

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All families have secrets. Having survived the Holocaust, Nani and Popi raised a family in America, endeared themselves to a wide circle of friends, and built a successful business. Now at age 95, a deeply-held secret is revealed: Popi is gay, and finally free to explore his identity and seek the companionship he craves. After ups and downs, one thing is clear; love is complicated. But the revelation is not without repercussions, as the news sends Nani into physical decline, and their daughters scramble to understand their parents in a new light. Awkwardly humorous at moments, and filled with love, “On My Way Out” is a timeless story that anyone who’s been in a partnership can relate to.

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After Tramuntana, a film about the famed the Tramuntana wind in the Mediterranean sea, César Pesquera (director) and Christian Lopez (art director) teamed up with Kako Mendez (writer) in order to make a second film about winds, in this case the Santa Ana winds.

This time literary references are combined with classic cinema references resulting in a film, part documentary, part art-film, that aims to elucidate the link between evil and the famed Santa Ana winds.

The Santa Ana winds are extremely dry down-slope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California.

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