SouthSide Film Institute

2023 Films – Page 3







Karen Carpenter: Starving for Perfection directed by Randy Martin

2022 | 98 minutes | documentary feature

She’d only just begun. Forty years after her death, this captivating, revealing, and unvarnished documentary provides astounding new insight into pop superstar Karen Carpenter’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.

King on Screen directed by Daphné Baiwir

2022 | 75 minutes | documentary feature

1976, Brian de Palma directs Carrie, the first novel by Stephen King. Since, more than 50 directors adapted the master of horror’s books, in more than 80 films and series, making him now, the most adapted author still alive in the world.

Lalito 10 directed by Jordan Matthew Horowitz

2021 | 17 minutes | documentary short

When COVID-19 forced his school to close and remote learning proved impossible, a teacher in Guatemala built a classroom on wheels to bring education directly to his students.

Lipstick of the Brave directed by Bill Plympton

2022 | 6 minutes | animated short

Lipstick of the Brave represents the animated journey of Madstone Rowan, composer and performer, as they find inspiration in the rock and pop music which inspired them to move beyond the gender binary and embrace their non-binary self. Through Bill Plympton’s poignant animation, homage is paid to the songs and artists that lifted Madstone on their journey as the film seeks to connect with the audience in a way that inspires the viewer to see their own sense of personal power as a part of a world that collectively embraces all expressions of gender and sexuality. The animation is set to the music written and sung by Madstone Rowan.

Love, Barbara directed by Brydie O’Connor

2022 | 15 minutes | documentary short

A short documentary about the iconic legacy of pioneering lesbian experimental filmmaker, Barbara Hammer, through the lens and love of her partner of over 30 years, Florrie Burke.

New Moon directed by Jeff Le Bars and Jérémie Balais

2022 | 11 minutes | Animated short

An imaginative surrealist journey of young Jay Jay and his mother Edie. Their inner city dreams are illuminated by the New Moon accompanied by magic of Aretha Franklin playing on a summer’s eve on a transistor radio in a backyard in West Philadelphia.

North Star directed by P.J. Palmer

2021 | 30 minutes | narrative short

A rural rancher and his ailing husband, struggling against poverty and isolation, make a heartbreaking decision in order to preserve the dignity of their marriage in the face of mounting pressures from relatives.

Period Drama directed by Anushka Tina Nair and Lauryn Anthony

2022 | 2 minutes | animated short

In Victorian-era England, highly precocious and imaginative eleven-year-old Georgiana Crimsworth is up late enjoying a good book. She suddenly experiences cramps and finds blood on her sheets. Not having received the talk yet, she doesn’t understand that this is her first period, and she thinks she’s dying. Her imagination runs amok as she searches for answers among sins and deadly disease, and fears the worst for what this means for herself and for her family.

Pipes directed by Kilian Feusi, Jessica Meier, and Sujanth Ravichandran

2022 | 4 minutes | animated short

Bob the plumber is hired to fix a broken pipe & lands to his surprise in a gay fetish club.

Pistoleros: Death, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll directed by Steven B Esparza

2022 | 63 minutes | documentary feature

Pistoleros is the inspiring true story of brothers Mark and Lawrence Zubia. Musicians from an early age. The brothers formed several bands at the forefront of the 1990’s Tempe music scene made famous by Billboard charting artists such as Gin Blossoms and The Refreshments. Despite landing a million dollar major label record deal, Mark and Lawrence’s fortunes were repeatedly tested by alcoholism, suicide and opioid addiction.

Plausible Audio directed by David Pierce

2021 | 5 minutes | animated short

When your new audiobook subscription is some guy making up stories as he goes along.

Regular Rabbit directed by Eoin Duffy

2022 | 8 minutes | animated short

With story and visuals purposefully separated, a Regular Rabbit battles a comically absurd onslaught of disinformation. He is not the nightmare being told. He is as shown, a regular ol’ stupid rabbit doing his usual rabbit stuff! The narrator is full of s#!t!! How is this so hard to believe?! Fake news!! Where’s the evidence?! Agh!!! He is nothing more than a Regular Rabbit!

Satan Wants You directed by Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams

2023 | 88 minutes | documentary feature

Satan Wants You tells the untold story of how the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was ignited by “Michelle Remembers”, a lurid memoir by psychiatrist Larry Pazder and his patient Michelle Smith. Supported by the Catholic Church, the bestselling book relied on recovered-memory therapy to uncover Michelle’s childhood abduction by baby-stealing Satanists. Amplified by law enforcement and America’s Daytime TV boom, satanic rumors spread through panic-stricken communities across the world, leaving a wave of destruction and wrongful convictions in their wake. This film digs deep into the roots of moral panics and cult conspiracies, showing how these events still affect and distort our reality today.

Satanic Hispanics directed by Alejandro Brugués, Mike Mendez, and Demián Rugna 

2022 | 105 minutes | Horror feature

A police raid takes place on a mystery location where a brutal massacre has happened and only one survivor remains. Taken into custody, the mysterious man has some strange tales to tell whilst the clock ticks down to a deadline that the man says will be the end of them all.

Scrapper directed by Charlotte Regan

2023 | 84 minutes | drama feature

Georgie, a dreamy 12-year-old girl, lives happily alone in her London flat, filling it with magic. Suddenly, her estranged father turns up and forces her to confront reality.