SouthSide Film Institute

Film Schedule – Thursday

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TUE

WED

THU

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SAT

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

7:20pm to 9pm
Charter Arts
NMIH
Touchstone

9:20pm to 10:55pm
Charter Arts
NMIH
Touchstone

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

Time: 5:20pm to 6:50pm

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.

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.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Time: 5:20pm to 6:50pm

Clean Slate directed by Jared Callahan

2021 | 95 minutes | Documentary Feature

Executive produced by Alex Lehmann (Paddleton, Blue Jay), CLEAN SLATE follows two friends in a drug recovery program in the American South struggling to come to terms with their addiction and mental illness by making a short film about the pain they’ve caused their families.

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

Time: 5:20pm to 6:50pm

Small Town Big Canvas: An Indiana, PA Story directed by Bradford Devins

2021 | 26 minutes | Documentary Short

Dripped On The Road, a traveling artist residency program paints 14 murals ‪in 2 weeks‬ in Indiana, Pennsylvania, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The project transforms the town’s visual landscape while paying homage to its local history and focusing on creative sustainability. The town accepts the 4 artists and 3 program directors with open socially distant arms, creating a heart warming and quirky story that demonstrates the importance, power and impact of public art that contributes to community identity. In a time of crisis, uncertainty and division, the arts are a catalyst for breaking down barriers and uniting people from all walks of life.

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.

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

Time: 7:20pm to 9pm

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.

Time: 7:20pm to 9pm

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.

Before I’m Gone directed by Cody Graham

2020 | 58 minutes | Documentary Feature

David spent every weekend at the Western Speedway. But he never yearned to drive the cars. Instead, David was there to learn how to build them. “Some kids like taking apart cuckoo clocks,” he smiles. “I guess I just like racecars.” David got so good at it, his Langford-built cars started winning on the U.S. NASCAR circuit, which led to the creation of a successful marine suspensions company, Shockwave Seats. David was in the pole position of life until his breaks were slammed by stage-four prostate cancer. So David pursued a controversial treatment in the U.S. It caused the cancer to retreat and his perspective on life to change. In the five years since his diagnosis, David says he’s become kinder – and more courageous. He’s returned to the Western Speedway, this time in the driver’s seat.

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

Time: 7:20pm to 9pm

Snowy directed by Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alexander Lewis

2020 | 12 minutes | Documentary Short

Every November, co-Directors Alex Wolf Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje eat Thanksgiving dinner at Alex’s Aunt and Uncle’s house just outside of Philadelphia. And every November, they marvel at the fact that the family’s 4-inch-long pet turtle, Snowy, is still alive. Snowy has lived an isolated life in the family basement for the past 10+ years with minimal sunlight and no companionship other than that of his primary caretaker, Uncle Larry. In an effort to improve Snowy’s life we ask: Is Snowy happy? And is Snowy even capable of experiencing happiness?

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?

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

Time: 9:20pm to 10:55pm

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.

documentary BLOCK 3 | Time: 9:20pm to 10:55pm

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.

Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa directed by Barbara Attie, Mie Attie, and Janet Goldwater

2019 | 13 minutes | Documentary Short

At an abortion helpline in Philadelphia, counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ringing of calls from women and teens who are seeking to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to. Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa reveals the brutal impact of the Hyde Amendment, designed to prevent those struggling financially from access to abortion.

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?

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.

VENUE: TOUCHSTONE | 321 E. 4TH ST.

ANIMATION BLOCK | Time: 9:20pm to 10:55pm

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.