SHORTS 2

100/100: THE INTINERANT PORTRAITIST, "A" MY NAME IS, ART FOR ALL, RAG, WAIT FOR LAUGH, LADY LIBERTY, TWO BALLOONS

  • 100 minutes
  • 100/100 The Itinerant Portraitist

    In 2017, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York turned 100. Over the course of that year, portrait painter Brenda Zlamany painted 100 of the residents. One hundred surprising, unique and inspiring stories emerged. Through the collaborative nature of the portrait process, this film focuses on the engagement between artist and subject. The film asks: What is important at the end of life? And what is the role of memory?

    US, 2019, 20 min.

    Directors: Brenda Zlamany, Laure Sullivan

    Filmmaker in Attendance 

    “A” MY NAME IS

    A young girl with early stage cancer has a late-night adventure in a hospital that culminates in the consideration of her mortality. With subtle and playful grace, the film explores the transition from childhood into adulthood through the eyes of a sick youth.

    US, 2018, 12 min.

    Director: Sarah T. Schwab

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    ART FOR ALL

    ART FOR ALL is a documentary short about the prolific Easthampton, Massachusetts painter Luke Cavagnac. The film takes you inside his Invisible Fountain art studio where he creates stream of consciousness work that’s accessible and affordable to the general public. The short explores Cavagnac’s beginnings, influences and methods, while highlighting many of his vibrant pieces.

    US, 2019, 9 min.

    Director: Jason Mazzotta

    Filmmaker in Attendance 

    RAG

    Abir is a Muslim immigrant who works hard trying to make a living. One night on her way home, she witnesses a group of white supremacists assaulting a woman wearing a headscarf. Joining forces, Abir and Dina manage to fight off the assailants, barely escaping the scene of the attack. But when they discover the truth about each other’s identity, they realize that overcoming their own prejudices might be their toughest challenge of the night.

    US, 2018, 10 min.

    Director: Yuval Sussler

    Writers: Yuval Sussler Cast: Amel Khalil, P.J. Sosko, Dana Watkins

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    WAIT FOR LAUGH

    Travis Maurer should be dead right now. But he just walked away from a 12-story suicide jump without a scratch. Dazed, confused, and impossibly alive, he wanders the streets of Boston, reaching out to anyone and everyone who might help him make sense of his miraculous survival.

    US, 2018, 17 min.

    Director: Patrick Franklin

    Writers: Patrick Franklin, Philana Mia

    Cast: Amie Lytle, Philana Mia, Patrick Shea

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    LADY LIBERTY

    LADY LIBERTY is a coming-of-age and coming out comedy-drama following Shea Miller (played by creator/writer, Julia Lindon), a 20-something aspiring comedian/current assistant to a famous comedian, as she learns to claim her queerness and redefine herself. Shea is caught between conflicting identities: the nice Jewish girl her friends and family have always known, the up-and-coming comic she wants her boss to see, and the confident queer gal she desperately wants to be.

    US, 2018, 26 min.

    Director: Taylor Nagel

    Writer: Julia Lindon

    Cast: Julia Lindon, Jason Sudeikis, Julia Lindon, Rebecca Henderson, Yoni Lotan

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    TWO BALLOONS

    Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

    US, 2018, 9 min.

    Directors: Mark C. Smith Writer: Mark C. Smith

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About Berkshire International Film Festival

The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera.