2021 Film Guide
A Father's Kaddish
A Father’s Kaddish* tells the story of how Steven Branfman used the art of pottery to help him work through his grief after the death of his 23-year-old son. A Father's Kaddish shows traditional and non-traditional ways for people to grieve. From one man’s poignant story at the intersection of love, art, and ritual comes a universal lesson for all who have experienced loss.
A Fine Line
The feature length documentary, A Fine Line, explores why less than 7 percent of head chefs/restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women have influenced the greatest male chefs in the kitchen. Experiences from world-renowned women chefs are woven into a central narrative of a single mother, small-town restaurateur who beat the odds stacked against her. This personal story opens up a national dialogue on gender inequality, motherhood and career balance and how this inequity in the kitchen is representative of industries across the board.
Alles hat Grenzen NUR DER MONDFISCH NICHT
"Alles hat Grenzen, NUR DER MONDFISCH NICHT" is an environmental film musical, in which nature acts and speaks in a diversity of voices. Surfacing evocatively from micro- and macrocosmic layers, she resonates with water as the source of life and resounds as exploited resource. She echoes from the trenches of an inverted world and speaks out as a human being. Reverberating through ecological-cultural depths, images, sounds and associations push to light, giving shape to a vision of humanity being in tune with nature.
The hospitality industry is the artistic heartbeat of New York. Nowhere is that more prevalent than in Queens. Thousands of artists, musicians and actors flock to the city’s most diverse borough to work in the service industry to supplement their dreams. In March of 2020 these dreamers put their lives on hold, self-isolating and sacrificing their income as Queens became the global epicenter of covid-19. As the weeks go by we follow two local bars fight off the virus, financial ruin and the deaths of loved ones, while the frontline workers battle to slow down the death toll engulfing the borough. Under strict and safe filming guidelines, we witnessed how both industries needed each other in order to bend the curve. It’s a tale of two sacrifices that saved not only the lives of thousands but the future of New York.
Jorge, a father thousands of miles away from his son, creates an alternate world- planet b234- where he can cope with the anxiety, depression, and desperation of being separated from one's child. Geographical barriers are no match for Jorge's fertile imagination, but it comes at the cost of his sanity and the very relationship he's fighting for.
R.I.P. T-SHIRTS takes an intimate look at gun violence, and the aftermath it can have on families, through the eyes of a T-shirt shop owner just outside Washington, D.C. Each day, families and friends of recently murdered young Black people visit Jonathan Robinson's shop, commissioning wearable tributes to their loved ones.
A woman whose housework has erased her own identity finds herself living inside her own head. Chained to the feeling of old memories, she must now accept what she has become and realize that her life has been reduced to nothing but her decaying hands and the four black walls that she used to call home.
Spell It Out in Neon
Beth, an aspiring young artist, and her charming commitment phobic coworker, Brian, definitely have a “thing”. When he invites her along to a Halloween party, she thinks their relationship might actually move out of the “friend zone” spurring her to take a romantic leap of faith.