SouthSide Film Institute

Films 2021 – Page 2






Frank Parese, A Jersey Shore Veteran Story directed by Jennifer Suwak and Steve Abruzzese

2020 | 20 minutes | Documentary Short

Follow Frank, a 94 year old WWII veteran who lives and rides his bike at Jersey Shore.

Grizzlies directed by Alex Heller

2019 | 9 minutes | Comedy Short

Within the midwestern animal kingdom, teenage workplaces (like Dairy Queen) are known to employ some of the most savage beasts of prey. In this comedy about animal instincts to protect family, a retiree and her adult daughter must stand up to each other’s bullies. *Pathetically and nostalgically based on true events.

How Long Until directed by John Rehr

2021 | 3 minutes | Comedy Short

Castaway was about a man stranded on a deserted island. This is about two men stranded on a deserted island. Which changes everything.

Impact: Mobility and Modernity Reconsidered directed by Rik Scarce

2020 | 58 minutes | Documentary Feature

“Why do people wear shoes?” is the deceptively straightforward question animating “Impact.” A film seemingly about barefoot running, as it develops it becomes an exploration of modernity’s relationship to technology, evolution, nature, our bodies, our selves, and the human spirit.

Junior directed by AJ Wilhelm

2020 | 11 minutes | Documentary Short

Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group “Racine Mapou de Azor” and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future for himself and his legacy.

Last Meal directed by Marcus McKenzie and Daniel Principe

2020 | 18 minutes | Documentary Short

Capital punishment simmers in a boiling pot of controversy. Amidst the political and religious debate surrounding the issue one thing sets tongues wagging more than the others – what do the condemned eat before their execution?

Love Stories directed by Elizabeth Myles

2019 | 7 minutes | Animated Short

Love can come from many places: a memory, a story, a song. Told from multiple perspectives and always from a place of love, this film is a rumination on the feeling that we all search for in the hopes of finding it. Experimental animations bring Love Stories to life in a touching exploration of what it means to experience love in this world.

Made in China: Reforming China’s Supply Chain directed by Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley

2018 | 9 minutes | Documentary Short

For years, China has valued aggressive growth at the cost of environmental protection. Ma Jun emerged as a bold and singular voice, willing to stand up to powerful political and economic interests. His groundbreaking use of data and transparency holds industry accountable and makes clear the costs of toxic pollution.

Marionette Land directed by Alexander Monelli

2020 | 84 minutes | Documentary Feature

“Marionette Land” is an intimate portrait into the wonderful world of Robert Brock, a man who lives above his own magical marionette theatre with his mother, Mary Lou. Brock creates and performs classic marionette shows for families as well as grown-up shows where he straps on his heels to become famous Hollywood divas of the past. But new personal and professional challenges emerge as Robert and Mary Lou struggle to keep the marionette theatre open while preparing to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

My Friend, The Mayor; Small-town Politics in the Age of Trump directed by Max Westerman

2019 | 60 minutes | Documentary Feature

Among the first to be hit by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980’s, Sean Strub’s political ambitions took a backseat as he struggled to survive. Now 60, he is running for mayor of a conservative town in Pennsylvania. How will this liberal, openly gay ex-New Yorker and founder of POZ, a magazine for people with HIV, fare in a rural community that voted for Donald Trump?

Prickly Jam directed by James Cunningham

2019 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

An end of days comedy animation about an amorous cricket and a starving hedgehog who wants to eat the last cricket left in the world.

Out Loud directed by Gail Willumsen

2020 | 53 minutes | Documentary Feature

OUT LOUD chronicles the first season of the historic Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the largest group of transgender and gender nonconforming people anywhere in the world who regularly sing together. Led by Lindsey Deaton, who co-founded the chorus and served as its first artistic director, these choristers, many of whom have no musical training, come together to hone their craft and find their voices. Some choristers have the added challenge of coping with changes to their vocal range as they take hormones to transition. The stakes are high for all as they prepare for their 2016 public concert debut in this inspiring story of an extraordinary choir.

Rat Tail directed by Chad Sogas

2021 | 14 minutes | Documentary Short

Rat Tail explores director Chad Sogas’ battle with depression in this short autobiographical documentary. What begins as a self-deprecating story about the rat tail he had for nearly ten years (that his parents still keep in the storage room of their basement) transcends into a journey of unexpected self-discovery and healing.

Rebel directed by Pier-Phillippe Chevigny

2019 | 15 minutes | Narrative Short

Alex, a six-year-old boy from Quebec, is much too young to understand why thousands of refugees have been entering Canada illegally. Yet when his father takes him along to a vigilante patrol in the woods to hunt out trespassing migrants, something inside him tells him to rebel.