CIFF, Strand present shorts showcase

May 09, 2014
The subject of “Brendan O’Connell is blocking the Bread Aisle” does just that.

Rockland — Camden International Film Festival presents Artfully Short, a showcase of acclaimed documentary short films all centered around the creative process, as part of its 10 for 10 series collaboration with the Strand Theatre Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

The films take viewers on a journey into the minds of musicians, architects, painters, sculptors and photographers, from Spain to Lincolnville. All the short films selected for this program were previously screened at CIFF as part of its Shorts First program between 2010 and 2013.

“With over 40 short films screened each year at CIFF, it was a real challenge to choose just a handful to share,” says Ben Fowlie, founder and executive director of CIFF. “These films, however, explore the creative process in unique and creative ways themselves, and will surely leave audiences awed and inspired.” The list of films follows. The entire shorts program will run 90 minutes.

• “A Story for the Modlins” (2013, Spain; 26 min.) Filmmaker Sergio Oksman stumbled upon a box of personal items once owned by Elmer Modlin, an actor who appeared as an extra in “Rosemary’s Baby.” As Oksman uncovers the details behind each of the items, an intriguing story about the Modlin family begins to unfold.

• “Brendan O’Connell is Blocking the Bread Aisle” (USA, 2013, 5 min.), directed by Julien Lasseur. Artist Brendan O'Connell has been kicked out of more Walmart stores than most have ever visited. So what if the chain gave him full access and allowed him to setup an easel in any aisle across America?

• “Deus Ex Machina” (USA, 2012, 15 min.). Local filmmaker Seth Brown tells the tale of a man building an incredibly beautiful, yet incredibly dangerous machine. Covered in grease, sandwich in hand, he is in his shop all night, tearing wires, welding copper to steel, replacing logic with humor and wit — not for money or fame, but his own satisfaction.

• “Flo” (USA, 2013, 10 min.), directed by Riley Hooper, offers a portrait of New York photographer Flo Fox, who has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now battling multiple sclerosis, lung cancer and visual impairment, Flo continues to pursue photography and maintain her adventurous, feisty spirit and dirty sense of humor.

• “Minka” (2011, USA, 15 min.), directed by Davina Pardo, is a short documentary film about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. In 1967, an American journalist and his adopted Japanese son rescued the ancient house from the snow country of Japan. This film tells an intimate story about place, architecture, memory and the meaning of home.

• “5 Variations on a Long String” (2010, USA, 20 min.), directed by Peter Esmonde. Over the past quarter century, composer, performer Ellen Fullman has developed and perfected her extraordinary “long string instrument.” More than 50 feet long, the instrument envelops its audience in dense masses of sound. Recorded in multichannel Surround Sound, this short film is an intense musical exploration of Fullman's creative process and her mind-blowing sound world.

The monthly series celebrates the upcoming 10th edition of CIFF in September. Each month through August, 10 by 10 offers a highly acclaimed documentary from a past festival or shares a new film fresh from the festival circuit at the Strand, 345 Main St. Tickets are $8.50, $7.50 for students and senior citizens.

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