SouthSide Film Institute

2022 Films








7 LB 8 OZ directed by Yoo Lee

2021 | 7 minutes | Animated Short

When a young mother moves into a Jersey City neighborhood full of long-time residents, her preconceptions are challenged by the neighbors who show her the value of community.

A Cartoon of a Cat Sleeping directed by Randall Christopher

2022 | 7 minute | Animated Short

A 7-minute comedy which unfolds entirely in one shot with no edits, cuts, or camera movements. As the story gets more and more chaotic, one big question looms: Will the cat ever wake up?

AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman directed by Dante Alencastre

2021 | 62 minutes | Documentary Feature

As the self-appointed “AIDS DIVA” and ACT UP/LA spokesperson in early 90’s Los Angeles, Connie Norman stood proudly in her multiple, fluid and evolving LGBTQ identities. Both beloved and confronting, Connie’s soulful and salty rantings and intersectional politics were heard widely through her newspaper column and pioneering radio and cable TV talk shows. Serving as a bridge in both gender and politics, Connie’s piercing and compassionate voice urges us again into action, to fully engage with our lives and our world.

All Those Sensations in My Belly directed by Marko Djeska

2020 | 13 minutes | Animated Short

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

Allwell Ogini – Jolly directed by Maciek Albrect

2020 | 4 minutes | Animated Short

Afrobeat Afro-Fusion Hip-Hop Music Video

An Irish Goodbye directed by Tom Berkeley and Ross White

2021 | 23 minutes | Narrative Short

Set against the backdrop of a working farm in rural Northern Ireland, ‘An Irish Goodbye’ is a black comedy following the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother.

Annah la Javanaise directed by Fatimah Tobing Rony

2020 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model. They called her Anna la Javanaise. This is a reimagining of her story.

Between Men directed by Ares Ceylan

2020 | 20 minutes | Narrative Short

Two men joined by their grief: Rolf has lost his son, Çem has lost his friend. Rolf sees the handover of the belongings as a chance to learn more about his son. What started with awkward politeness turns into an evening full of revelations.

Bird directed by Wu-Ching Chang

2019 | 5 minutes | Animated Short

The girl suffers from a feeling of great discomfort that comes without warning, like an uncontrollable disaster. When the panic is accompanied by a flapping of wings, a chaotic, dissociated journey into her unconsciousness begins.

Blue Cooler directed by Laura Margulies

2021 | 8 minutes | Animated Short

An oil painted animated short film that captures small moments of life in Hawaii through a montage of richly painted and colorful brush strokes, sounds, and images.

Breaking Trail directed by Jesse Roesler

2021 | 30 minutes | Documentary Short

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed Alaskan Husky sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.

Brother Troll directed by Gudmund Helmsdal

2021 | 30 minutes | Narrative Short

Once upon a time in the Faroe Islands, two lone brothers struggle to save their fragile relationship after the sudden loss of their older brother.

Burros directed by Jefferson Stein

2021 | 14 minutes | Narrative Short

Set in southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a six-year-old Indigenous girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has lost her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham tribal lands into the United States.

Calendar Girls directed by Maria Loovuhud and Love Martinsen

2021 | 87 minutes | Documentary Feature

A coming of age story about Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60 – the Calendar Girls. A dance documentary that shakes up the outdated image of “the old lady” and shows the deep human need for creativity and friendship.

Cat Daddies directed by Mye Hoang

2021 | 89 minutes | Documentary Feature

A heartwarming collective portrait of eight unique men whose love for cats has changed their lives, from internet celebrity to occupational therapy – and in the case of one disabled homeless man, a reason for hope.

Confusion will be my Epitaph directed by Marine Beasse, Corentin Cormont, Benjamin Germe, Hadrien Maton, Arnaud Mege, Coline Thelliez

2021 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

A lonely little girl shares her daily life with illness.

Cupids directed by Zoey Martinson

2021 | 10 minutes | Narrative Short

What is the most important thing on the last day of school before summer break? If you’re Mia, Natalie, and Jabari you frantically search for a date for Ms. Cheryl, the most beloved bus driver of all time! This love letter to New York’s essential workers captures the whimsy of a child’s imagination as they try to save Ms. Cheryl from a lonely summer void of school children, destined to a life on the sofa surrounded by cats.