SouthSide Film Institute

2023 Films – Page 2







Decorator directed by Ramil Muradov and Nadir Aliyev

2019 | 6 minutes | narrative short

The existing classical and mythic characters have been adapted to modern times in this film. The Decorator (he is “Satan”) is busy building his own scenery near his workshop. A small object is falling from this decoration. Meanwhile a passing by street musician (he is the “Chosen one”, an innocent Prophet) kicks it by leg and the subject slips forward to the middle of the road.

Elephant 6 Recording Company directed by C.B. Stockfleth

2022 | 93 minutes | documentary feature

In the 1990s, cheap rent and big houses in Athens, GA helped incubate bands Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, and many more. This psychedelic rock music, often created by non-musicians and recorded on creaky 4-tracks, developed a loyal following who shared cassette tapes and 45s and packed into raucous live shows. Featuring pioneers Robert Schneider and Jeff Mangum, performances, and video clips, this brisk-paced rock doc charts the genesis of that uber-creative, DIY music scene and captures its electricity and joy.

Everything I Learned When My House Burned Down directed by Joe Pickett

2022 | 9 minutes | Comedy short

Comedian Jacy Catlin was living the simple life in his remote log cabin in rural Wisconsin, eking out a living as a comedy writer and self-producing numerous comedy shorts. One fateful February, on the coldest day of the year, a fire in his wood stove spread out of control, and the house and all of his family’s belongings were destroyed. After the smoke had cleared, he returned to his former home to shoot one last comedy film.

Falls Cry directed by Joshua Wann

2023 | 6 minutes | narrative short

A story about one boy, living on one block, in one crazy world.

Fiesta Blood directed by Elena Fazio

2022 | 2 minutes | animated short

An avenging piñata is fighting back against the brutality of birthday party piñata murder on a mission to save his fellow brethren.

Friendly Fire directed by Tom Koryto Blumen

2022 | 6 minutes | animated short

A friendly soccer game between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian boy that takes place on the West Bank barrier starts to escalate into an uneven battle. The film was painted frame by frame on the wall and become part of the ongoing conflict by staining the wall with over a hundred liters of paint.

fur directed by Zhen Li

2022 | 7 minutes | animated short

a crush gone moldy…

Garrano directed by Vasco Sá and David Doutel

2022 | 14 minutes | animated short

A Garrano horse is forced to pull a heavy load under a blazing sun. Young boy Joel discovers a man who is about to set a forest on fire.

Hellbent directed by Justin Grubb and Annie Roth

2022 | 19 minutes | documentary short

In a small rural town in Pennsylvania, the refuge of a rare salamander and the only source of clean drinking water for 700 people is threatened by the installation of a fracking waste injection well, prompting community members to band together and mount an epic fight for the rights of their people and nature.

How to Rig an Election:The Racist History of the 1876 Presidential Contest directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

2022 | 7 minutes | documentary short

The most hotly contested election in U.S. history took place in 1876 and ended in a “compromise” that permitted racism and racist violence to become more deeply embedded in our nation’s culture and politics in ways that are still felt to this day.

Hurricane directed by JLee MacKenzie

2020 | 19 minutes | narrative short

As a young girl grapples with her mother’s absence, a chance encounter with a woman coping with the loss of her son creates an unlikely friendship.

I Have No Tears, And I Must Cry directed by Luis Fernando Puente

2022 | 13 minutes | narrative short

Maria Luisa is ready to escape immigration limbo, but when her greencard interview takes an unexpected turn, she faces the anxiety of losing the life she had planned.

Inside the Beauty Bubble directed by Cheryl Bookout and Cheri Gaulke

2021 | 31 minutes | documentary short

Enter a pastel dreamland of 3,000 vintage beauty artifacts in the desert community of Joshua Tree, California and meet “America’s hairstorian” Jeff Hafler as he struggles to keep his roadside attraction afloat during a remarkable year that changes his life and the lives of his husband and son.