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RIIFF 2002 Film Schedule

 

Short Films T-Z



Friday August 9th Columbus Theatre 2:45PM
Target Audience
Director: David Kittredge
Company: Triple Fire Productions
Runtime: 12min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
His parents are away, the beer is gone, his best friend just passed out, and he's about to find out you've got to watch out for those late-night infomercials!

 

Monday August 12th Columbus Cinemateque 5:00PM
Taste it All
Director: Richard Liukis
Runtime: 27min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
When a sleazy gallery owner manipulates an artist to paint something that she doesn't want to, it takes extraordinary effort for her to uncover why and get back at the gallery owner

Thursday August 8th Columbus Cinemateque 9:45PM
Telephone
Director: Terry Montlick
Runtime: 19min
Country: USA
Format: 16mm
It is 1960. A man is on a tryout for a white-collar job with a pharmaceutical company. His wife is pregnant with their first child, and he desperately needs money. He is alone in a small, grim office, with only a telephone connecting him to the world. Everything goes well until there is an unexpected phone call, and he is faced with the most chilling choice of his life.

 

Saturday August 10th URI 5:30PM
Thanksgiving
Director: Alex R. Johnson
Company: La Chima Films
Runtime: 16:54
Country: USA
Format: 16MM
You're supposed to spend Thanksgiving with family. It's just that Rich was hoping it wouldn't be his own.

 

Thursday August 8th URI 12:00PM
Three Sonnets
Director: Samuel Crow
Company: F.O.C. Films
Runtime: 6 minutes
Country: USA
Format: Beta SP
Taking Shakespearean sonnets as their script, "Three Sonnets" resets this classic poetry as a series of animations, crafted entirely out of woodblock prints and watercolor.

 

Monday August 12th Columbus Cinemateque
New England Premiere

Threnody
Director: Vincent Paterson
Runtime: 4min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
THRENODY is a look, through dance, at the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. In the wake of the 9/11 experience, this film has been interpreted in two ways. One is the confusion of individuals post tragedy, the sense of isolation, the search for answers by binding with survivors and the moving on through group bonding and understanding. The second interpretation sees the figures in the film as souls after a tragedy. Confusion leads to questioning, eventual comprehension, and the evolution of traveling together into the light of peace.

 

Sunday August 11th Columbus Theatre 2:45PM
The Tower of Babble
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Runtime: 22min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
Three unique stories repeating the same sequence of dialogue, framed by a monkey at a typewriter, suggest that language is finite — expression is infinite.

 

Friday August 9th Columbus Theatre 9:30PM
Timmy's Wish
Company: A Teeny Monkey Production
Writers/Producers: Tom Ballatore, Patrick Cannon, Amit Itelman
Runtime: 9min
County: USA
Format: 16mm
After he's sent to his room for refusing to eat his vegetables, angry little Timmy prays to heaven to be delivered from his cruel parents. Much to his surprise, his prayers are answered-- bigtime. Now it's up to Timmy to clean up the mess.

 

Thursday August 8th URI 2:15PM
Traces of Ghana
Director: Brian Williams
Runtime: 6min
Country : Ghana, West Africa, USA
Format: BETA SP
Far too often, progress means the slow erosion of one's culture as western ideals supplant traditional ones. In Ghana the Traditionalist religion produces much of the music that defines their culture; as Ghana converts to Christianity (now the most practiced faith in Africa), it loses this cultural identity.

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Theatre 5:00PM
Trailer: the Movie!
Company: Horn of the Moon Productions, LLC
Director: Douglas Horn
Runtime: 8 min
Country: USA
Format: 35mm
When two filmmakers discover their blockbuster is really just a bust, they cut together every half-decent shot into a misleading trailer to dupe audiences and save their careers. Based on a true story, this short is a biting satire of big-budget movies and their marketing machines.

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Cinemateque 1:00PM
Traveler
Company nid noy productions
Director: Marie Regan
Runtime: 13 min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
When 92-yr-old Dorothy's driver's license is revoked, she feels the weight of a lifetime of restriction. Then she meets Flash. She hires the surly teen to drive her, craving just to ride. When Flash demands destinations they arrive where neither expected to be.

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Cinemateque 9:45PM
Twin Set
World Premiere
Company Life of Riley Productions
Director: Eva Saks
Runtime: 12min
Country: USA
Format: BETA-SP
TWIN SET is a political satire about American politics and sibling rivalry. In the great tradition of THE PATTY DUKE SHOW and THE PARENT TRAP, one actress plays both twins in TWIN SET. This film was heavily influenced by two important American classics: Doris Day's PILLOW TALK and BUGS BUNNY.

 

Friday August 10th URI 12:00PM
World Premiere

Two
Director: Eva Gaspar
Runtime: 9 minutes
Country: Canada
Format: BETA SP
Ten-year-old Jimmy and his failed harlequin father ride unicycles as a means of transportation. Two is the story of a boy's quest for a bicycle and a father's coming to grips with change.

 

Thursday August 9th Castle Cinema 9:30PM
Vanite
Company: Spirafilm
Director: Stephane Houle
Runtime: 20min
Country: Canada
Format: video
A young woman with amnesia finds herself among a group of color-blind people who ask her to describe to them the colors in the photographs they show her.

 

Monday August 12th Columbus Cinemateque
Underground Zero II
Producers: Jay Rosenblatt, Caveh Zahedi
Runtime: 78 min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
One week after September 11, 2001, San Francisco-based filmmakers Jay Rosenblatt and Caveh Zahedi asked 150 independent filmmakers to create a short work related to the events. Eighteen of these works are included in Underground Zero II, a feature-length video that studies the significance of September 11th through a variety of creative, personal and cultural lenses.

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Theatre 5:00PM
UP
Director: Chad S. Park
Company: Apple Park Inc.
Runtime: 15min.
Country: USA
Format: 35mm
In all of us live a Dreamer and a Realist, locked in perpetual battle. The tragedy is that we blame the Realist for our broken dreams instead of recognizing the more lethal third residentŁour own Doubter inside us. This battle of Id, Ego and Super-ego plays out in a prison world between a Prisoner who learns to fly, a Captain obsessed with paper airplanes, and a Guard who coldly rejects any flight of fancy. In a surprising finale we learn that all three men are one and the same, shedding light on the sad truth: We are Doubt's captives.

 

Sunday August 11th URI 4:20PM
Visualizations
A series of award winning short films from the University of Rhode Island. Titles include: "Falling Leaves", "White Narcissus", "Photograph", "Pre-Owned Honda", "Musication", and "Brewed Awakenings."

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Theatre 5:00PM
We Got Us
Director: Joan Brooker
Runtime: 26min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
We Got Us is a portrait of four women drawn together by friendship and a weekly game of Mah Jongg. The documentary follows these women for a year and a half...listening in on intimate conversations about childhood, marriage, death, and surviving the culture as aging women.

 

Monday August 12th Columbus Cinemateque
What Have We Learned?
Producer/Editor: Don Albert
Run-time: 6:38
Country: USA
Format: Beta SP
The film What Have We Learned consists of news clips of the September 11th tragedy set to the music of Vangelis. The tragedy, the aftermath, the response of the people of New York and the response of the Nation and then the Question: what have we learned from the event of September 11th, 2001?

 

Saturday August 10th URI 7:45PM
Wheels Locked
Director: Dave Bergeson
Runtime: 17min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
Within the stuffy confines of an hospital waiting room this emotional roller coaster ride unfolds as a man fighting pain and boredom becomes drawn to a quadriplegic woman and angry with her abusive nurse. WHEELS LOCKED explores that moment when we are asked to confront or conform.

 

Saturday August 9th Columbus Theatre 9:30PM
White like the Moon
Director: Marina Gonzalez Palmier
Runtime: 22min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
A highly visual coming-of-age story set in 1950's San Antonio, WHITE LIKE THE MOON talks about the unspeakable: skin color, class, and the desire to fit in. When her mother insists she bleach her skin, 13-year-old Nita is painfully forced to accept that beauty may be skin-deep, but the attitudes that shape opinions of beauty and acceptance can cut to the soul. (Inspired by true events)

Friday August 9th Columbus Cinemateque 1:00PM
New England Premiere
Why Can't We Be a Family Again?
Company: Public Policy Productions
Directors / Producers: Roger Weisberg, Murray Nossel
Runtime: 27min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
Why Can't We Be A Family Again is a cinema-verite portrait of the bond that develops between two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother. The film chronicles their mother's agonizing battle with crack addiction and their grandmother's extraordinary determination to keep the family together.