SouthSide Film Institute

Films 2021 – Page 4






The Rifleman directed by Sierra Pettengill

2020 | 19 minutes | Documentary Short

The story of one man who changed the National Rifle Association (NRA) forever. Told through meticulously crafted archive, The Rifleman takes us into the life and trajectory of Harlon Carter, the leading force behind a coup who paved the way for the NRA’s staunch anti-regulation stance and unyielding influence in American politics.

The Whistle directed by StormMiguel Florez

2019 | 57 minutes | Documentary Feature

A documentary about secret code shared among lesbian youth in 1970s/80s Albuquerque. They didn’t all know each other, but they know how to find each other.

The Winter directed by Xin Li

2020 | 5 minutes | Animated Short

Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees an unusual deer and goes to follow it. The deer allures him and the peasant even wants to catch it.

Three Men Named Mantas directed by James Mackenzie

2019 | 11 minutes | Narrative Short

A pregnant American tracks down the father of her child in the most foreign of places: Lithuania.

Trade Center directed by Adam B Baran

2021 | 9 minutes | Documentary Short

The voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus. World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival in 2021.

Trudie’s Goose directed by C. Lily Ericsson, Cheri Gaulke, Samara Hutman, and Liran Kapel

2020 | 5 minutes | Animated Short

When a young girl preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ritual, befriends a Holocaust survivor elder both lives are changed forever as they journey from darkness to healing through the power of art.

Tumbling Towards Home directed by Imelda O’Reilly

2020 | 14 minutes | Animated Documentary Short

Tumbling Towards Home is a coming of age story about Malcolm Adams, an Irish immigrant who moves to New York in 1989 to study acting under Alan Langdon. He works through the grief from the loss of his mother and his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. This leads to his decision of where to put his hat down and call it home.

Tuscaloosa directed by Philip Harder

2019 | 101 minutes | Narrative Feature

1972. Vietnam war protests and racial tension is sizzling in the late summer heat of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Billy Mitchell (Devon Bostick, Diary of a Wimpy Kid), a recent college graduate, spends the summer working on the lush grounds of an old world mental institution run by his psychiatrist father (Tate Donovan, Rocketman). Billy falls in love with Virginia (Natalia Dyer, Velvet Buzzsaw, Stranger Things), a patient who is possibly crazy, or perhaps she is the only sane person Billy has in his world. Billy’s best friend Nigel (Marchánt Davis) becomes involved with a radical civil rights activist (YG) against Tuscaloosa’s power elite, which includes Billy’s father. Billy is torn between Nigel, his father and his cronies, and Virginia who is planning her escape with or without Billy.

UFO Vs. Dinosaur directed by Brian Henkel

2019 | 2 minutes | Animated Short

Another quiet evening in Pangea.

Vinyl Nation directed by Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone

2020 | 92 minutes | Documentary Feature

A deep dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to discover what an old technology says about our relationship to music and each other in a divided time in America.

We Were There to Be There directed by Jason Willis and Mike Plante

2021 | 27 minutes | Documentary Short

June 13, 1978, may not immediately ring any bells, but it has secured a place in punk rock history. A seminal performance by The Cramps and The Mutants was captured on tape for posterity as they put on a show for the residents and staff at the Napa State Hospital, a psychiatric facility with a progressive, self-sustaining philosophy.

Women of Steel directed by Robynne Murphy

2020 | 56 minutes | Documentary Feature

Wollongong, New South Wales,1980: Denied jobs at the steelworks, the city’s main employer, working class/migrant women refused discrimination. Their 14-year campaign for the right to work pitted them against BHP, the richest and most powerful company in Australia. In Women of Steel, they tell their personal stories – from the unemployment line to the factory gate to the High Court. It’s an exciting and often humorous story of the ups and downs of a group of seemingly ordinary women, determined to overcome a giant. This is an extraordinary but little known episode in women’s history!