First 12 Animation and Experimental Short Films Announcement #STUFF2015

August 28, 2015


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South Texas Underground Film is pleased to announce the first 12 animation and experimental short films selected to the 2015 STUFF Film Festival taking place this November 30 - December 6, 2015 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

‘Circles’ – Directed by Jose Reyes – USA/6:20 mins

After his introduction to the corporate world happy Max begins to find himself in a routine; a circle of confusion. He tries to rebel but the circle continues. Max is left with one choice beat them or join them.


 ‘A World in Silence’ – Directed by William Mussini – Italy/7:22 mins

A silent journey through the body and the heart of a sculpture that comes to life for love.


 ‘Abandoned Generations’ – Directed by Linda Fenstermaker – USA/10:00 mins

A portrait of farmland in the Pacific Northwest, "Abandoned Generations" explores relationships with land and time in different generations. Told through the perspective of a female farmer in the 1940s, the film questions the distance that modern society has from the earth and how that relationship informs daily life.


 ‘Mer Depré’ – Directed by Margaret Orr – USA/6:08 mins

A journey through the mind of a depressed individual.


 ‘A Letter To My Son’ – Directed by Maurice Hicks – USA/10:07 mins

A tired and worn, would-be father pens a hypothetical detailing his perspectives and fears to his unborn son.


 ‘Grey Blue And’ – Directed by Janelle VanderKelen – USA/5:20 mins

The ephemera of identity rubbed-off: leavings generated by the body and traces of things beloved coalesce into a portrait of that which is lost. The past susurrates uneasily in an act of remembering, dragged along anachronistically by textures of color and the taste of dust.


 ‘MIST’ – Directed by Allan Brown – Canada/4:47 mins

For the better part of the 20th century the rivière St. Maurice in Quebec was considered one of the most polluted rivers in Canada; the most toxic concentration of which went through the 42m falls in the city of Shawinigan. Here, we see the falls and the mist with a vocal mix oscillating between a Greek chorus and a school for “chemistry as a second language” listing a small portion of the toxic or benign chemicals, end products, by products and other compounds that may or may not have made their way into the river, but nonetheless contributed to the river’s noxious reputation.


 ‘Dacryphilia’ – Directed by René Chandler – Australia/6:00 mins

Pablo needs to cry if he wants to keep Adora - the only problem is, he's run out of tears.

 ‘The End of Forward Time’ – Directed by Brian Gardiner – Canada/15:44 mins

A film about growing up in the shadow of the Cold War.


 ‘Relay’ – Directed by Steve Cossman – USA/11:20 mins

An observational document of the visual environment created by artist Ei Wada (Sony Music, Japan). Wadasan re-wires Braun-tubed TVs to function similar to a theremin. Performing in the dark, he creates a unique audio/visual experience using broadcast signal and VHS cassette tapes with distorted image output to control frequency. Playing multiple televisions like a drum-set, he uses his own hands to control amplitude. I conducted an interview with Wadasan and filmed two performances; one in Germany, the other in Japan. Based on our conversations, I created this short piece that emphasized his grassroots approach to instrument making and reflected his own concepts about performance as art. This film was shot entirely on Super 8mm film, hand processed and transferred to DV with recorded sound performance in Osnebruck, Germany and Tokyo, Japan.


 ‘Hollywood Constellation’ – Directed by Kaitlin Martin – USA/1:16 mins

Heads of Old Hollywood celebrities are mutilated.


 ‘Happy Noon!’ – Directed by Karin Fromherz/Didi Fromherz – Switzerland/5:45 mins

One couple. One champagne bottle. One shot. Two strikes.
Whilst on New Year‘s Day they pop the corks, she and he kiss the dust.


More Animation Short Film and other Film announcements coming soon.


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