SouthSide Film Institute

Film Schedule – Saturday

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1:20pm to 3pm
Charter Arts
NMIH
Touchstone

3:20pm to 5pm
Charter Arts
NMIH
Touchstone

5:20pm to 6:50pm
Charter Arts
NMIH
Touchstone

7:20pm to 9pm
Charter Arts

 

VENUE: CHARTER ARTS | 321 E. 3RD ST.

Time: 1:20pm to 3pm

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.

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.

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.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

documentary BLOCK 2 | Time: 1:20pm to 3pm

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

REVERB/ERATIONS directed by Kevin Kirner

2019 | 32 minutes | Documentary Short

REVERB/ERATIONS is a documentary journey through the Bethlehem, PA indie/DIY music scene and the characters that make it all work.

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

Time: 1:20pm to 3pm

Betting on Bethlehem directed by Delaney McCaffrey, Kari Moffat, and Caroline Kelliher

2019 | 42 minutes | Documentary Feature

Exploring the social and economic impact of the Wind Creek Casino Resort (formerly Sands) on the South Bethlehem community.

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!

VENUE: CHARTER ARTS | 321 E. 3RD ST.

Time: 3:20pm to 5pm

No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics directed by Vivian Kleiman

2021 | 79 minutes | documentary feature

Five scrappy queer comic book artists journey from DIY work and isolating to the cover of Time magazine and the international stage, offering a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination to the search for love and a good haircut. Their work and personal stories are sure to make you laugh, but also make you think about the challenges and triumphs encountered and overcome along the way.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Time: 3:20pm to 5pm

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.

Beer Boom directed by Eric W Schleyer and Andrew Coury

2020 | 60 minutes | Documentary Feature

Craft beer in New York City is big business. But will passion and commitment be enough for a family-owned brewery to make it in the world’s toughest city?

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

animation BLOCK | Time: 3:20pm to 5pm

A Tale of Two Viruses directed by John Wrigley

2021 | 3 minutes | Animated Short

Two anthropomorphized coronaviruses debate the morality of what they’re doing to the human race.

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.

Don’t Order the Lobster Comedy Short

2021 | 3 minutes | Animated Short

Pressure mounts on ordering from a confusing menu. A lonely man drives the open roads of the Arizona desert. Two aardvarks and a politician discuss gangstalking and cyberbullying.

A Recipe for Tofu Scramble directed by Alex Fink

2019 | 1 minute | Animated Short

A piece of tofu goes on a journey to find ingredients and create tofu scramble.

Bolero Station directed by Rolf Brönnimann

2018 | 10 minutes | Animated Short

The signalman lives on one side of the tracks, the saleswoman on the other. They see each other every day, but it’s not till death comes knocking that they both seize their chance to be together.

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.

SALT directed by David Chai

2020 | 3 minutes | Animated Short

An irritated little brother and his bossy older sister come to learn that saying “I love you” doesn’t always mean saying “I love you.”

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.

Song Sparrow directed by Farzaneh Omidvarnia

2019 | 12 minutes | Animated Short

Based on real events, in Austria 2015, and in Ireland 2019: A group of refugees tries to reach a safe country in search of a better life. They pay a smuggler to convey them across the borders in a fridge truck. However, the freezing temperature of the truck turns their hopes for a better future into a fierce struggle for survival.

Centaur Hunter directed by David Chai

2019 | 7 minutes | Animated Short

After a young girl’s father is murdered by an evil centaur, she comes to realize that extracting revenge can often take one’s whole life.

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.

The Gospel of Damian directed by Collin Kornfeind

2020 | 4 minutes | Animated Short

A teenage goth, Damian, buries a manifesto in 1994 that is unearthed centuries later by alien invaders.

UFO Vs. Dinosaur directed by Brian Henkel

2019 | 2 minutes | Animated Short

Another quiet evening in Pangea.

Snow Shelter directed by Robertas Nevecka

2020 | 16 minutes | Animated Short

Frigid winter in a war-devastated, present-day city. Several years have passed since the destruction, and the city is slowly rebuilding. A thirty-year-old guy is living as a squatter in an apartment with a group of strangers. He struggles to survive and also to find a little more comfort in this rough setting. One night he nearly burns the flat down, hoping for a warmer sleep. His roommates start hating him, so the guy has to find another shelter.

VENUE: CHARTER ARTS | 321 E. 3RD ST.

Time: 5:20pm to 6:50pm

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.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Time: 5:20pm to 6:50pm

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.

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

Time: 5:20pm to 7pm

Great Choice directed by Robin Comisar

2017 | 7 minutes | narrative Short

A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

Alien on Stage directed by Danielle Kummer and Lucy Harvey

2021 | 83 minutes | Documentary Feature

This is a story about a unique crew of Dorset Bus Drivers whose amateur dramatics group decide to ditch doing another pantomime and try something different. Having never done anything like it before, they spent a year creating a serious adaptation of the sci-fi, horror film, Alien; finding ingenious solutions to pay homemade, homage to the original film. The show is a crushing flop but fate gives them a second chance to find their audience.

VENUE: CHARTER ARTS | 321 E. 3RD ST.

Time: 7:20pm to 9pm

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.