South Texas Underground Film is pleased to announce the first 11 documentary short films selected to the 2015 STUFF Film Festival taking place this November 30 - December 6, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
‘Shirley's Kids’ – Directed by Michael Paulucci – USA/9:49 mins
Shirley Chambers is a woman who gained nationwide publicity because of the tragic loss of her four children to gun violence in America’s most dangerous city, Chicago. A microcosm for Chicago gun violence and the national gun debate, this film celebrates the lives of and relives the deaths of Carlos, LaToya, Jerome, and Ronnie through the eyes of the person who loved them more than anything in the world, their mother.
‘ONE artist per day keeps the doctor away’ – Directed by Sofia Caetano – Portugal/21:06 mins
ONE artist per day keeps the doctor away. Even so, this film exists not only to spread the word about the work of portuguese young artists but also to explore how cinema and art can interplay. The film documents contemporary art and shows painting, dance, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, photography and music.
‘Radio Orson’ – Directed by Matt E Nova – USA/14:00 mins
In 1946 Orson Welles used his radio program to speak openly about the social issues of the day. He focused on police brutality toward African Americans and the burgeoning civil rights movement. Unfortunately much of Orson's commentary eerily mirrors contemporary America.
‘A Political Care’ – Directed by Ermela Teli – Albania/18:04 mins
The force of prejudices and racism threatens civilization, as the goal of discrimination means to fight against the other, rather to meet the others.
A documentary about Romani people.
‘Earth Speaks’ – Directed by Rebecca Centeno – USA/11:51 mins
Earth Speaks is a short documentary about the Earth as Mother and the impacts of oil and gas drilling on tribal lands in the United States, particularly the Blackfeet Reservation in North Central Montana. Outside entities promise economic wealth and prosperity to territories whose unemployment rate hovers at 70%. Exploitation of people, land, and resources is not new to the Native American. How does seeing the Earth with a 'spiritual eye' affect the oil and gas industry of Native Lands? Is there a connection between those views and others that are more pragmatic, and what alternative is there for a world dependent on fossil fuels?
‘Dark Fathomless’ – Directed by Csaba Monory – Hungary/5:54 mins
"There is an old church in the inner yard of the building at 57 Rákóczi street, Budapest. It holds its stand against time lonely, weather-worn."
‘Adana Kebap’ – Directed by Özgür Barut – Turkey/16:27 mins
This is the first movie about kebap. We invastigate to kebap culture from past to present. We found 3rd generation chef of kebaps invertor (Sedat Usta). it is a short story about kebaps history and culture.
‘Yields’ – Directed by Jonna Mckone – USA/16:32 mins
A nonfiction film, non-narrated and observational, that looks at economic vestiges embedded in gesture and landscape in a rural region of North Carolina. Yields is a meditation on wage labor in a community abruptly severed from its historical connection to the production and processing of poultry.
‘The Edge of Illusion’ – Directed by Timothy David Orme – USA/12:50 mins
Edge of Illusion is a personal essay film that examines the inherent anxiety and apprehension of the filmmaker's pursuit of image (illusion) making. Paradoxically, the investigation takes place through images, both those shot on super 8mm and 16mm film, and the Cornell-like boxes the filmmaker creates as a way of understanding motion through framed stillness.
‘A Wee Night In’ – Directed by Stuart Edwards – UK/11:19 mins
In a quiet street in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, life moves slowly for the small and frail 95 year-old Chrissy, who is a determined and feisty wee woman who still carries out her daily tasks to keep herself busy and active.Carers and doctors keep telling her to rest and take things easy, which she finds genuinely insulting, as if that`s something elderly people would do.This is a tough woman from the war generation, who did not have an easy, early life and has worked hard all her days and brought up five children in difficult times. She awaits the arrival of Bill, her 91 year-old boyfriend, who will spend the weekend at her house. Bill is a natural comedian who finds humor in most things and we see the spark between them and their genuine affection for each other in a typically under-stated Scottish way as they go about their daily routine.
‘Quest for Serendipity or: How to Become a Celebrity’ – Directed by Cordelaine Kline – USA/17:41 mins
Nuensie Suku (Nancy Oakley) is a millionaire living in San Antonio. She owns a jewelry store. She's a best selling author. She's been on Oprah. But her life long dream is to become a celebrity. 'Quest for Serendipity' explores the abuse and trauma of Nancy's past while showing Nancy's charming personality. Can Nancy become a celebrity or will abuse continue to haunt her life?
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