Saturday, February 8-Voorhees Hall #105-7PM
Super Shorts II
A Thousand Cranes – Leonard Chan (San Francisco, California)
Two stories play out in this lovely short film: In the first story, set during China’s Qin Dynasty, a warrior named Flying Arrow and a princess named Clear Clouds must face separation and sacrifice. Flying Arrow promises Clear Clouds that he’ll love her through multiple reincarnations. The two young lovers yearn for a future that is not tangible. In the second story, set in the present day, an older couple, Claire and Aaron, must face the terrible sense of loss that comes with Claire’s late-stage Alzheimer’s, as they yearn for a past that doesn't exist anymore. The lovers from different lifetimes are determined to prove their love, not knowing their lives are intertwined. In Mandarin, subtitled. 2019; 7 min. Q+A Session with Director Leonard Chan!
Lab Dog – Noemi Durivou (Glendale, California)
When Peter, a laboratory assistant in an animal testing facility, is given the task to perform tests on a beagle dog named Riley, he has a total change of heart. In the dark of night, he goes on a mission to save Riley, by taking him out of the lab. As Peter begins to rehabilitate the traumatized dog, and discovers the dog’s passion for singing, he realizes that he has to save other animals from the cruel and illegally run animal testing facility. 2019; 13 min.
The Quiet Pain – Timothy Amatulli (Glen Rock, New Jersey)
After discovering that her husband is having an affair, Kiriko must make a split-second decision between exposing her husband's infidelities or maintaining appearances for the sake of their young daughter. 2019; 13 min. Q+A Session with Director Timothy Amatulli!
9 Degrees – Demetre Papageorgiou and Kalim Armstrong (Brooklyn, New York)
This compelling documentary tracks the co-director’s personal journey after he discovers, through genetic testing, that he has eight siblings. Demetre Papageorgiou grew up as the oldest child of George and Cynthia, Greek immigrants, who settled in the Midwest. All of that changed when Demetre got a call from a man in Texas who turned out to be his half brother. This is the story of five brothers and four sisters, separated by distance and decades, coming together for the first time, thanks to online DNA testing. This is a story of brothers and sisters who beat all the odds and found the loving family they never knew they were looking for. 2019; 13 min. Q+A Session with Directors Demetre Papageorgiou and Kalim Armstrong!
Another Round – Brandon Regina (New York, New York)
A man and a woman have a drink to rekindle their former relationship, but they may be harboring secrets that could lead to the ultimate betrayal. 2019; 15 min. Q+A Session with Director Brandon Regina!
A Missing Piece – Grace Chang (Brooklyn, New York)
Ling, a former Peking Opera performer, tries to enlist her teenage son, David to deliver a mysterious package to her aging Opera master. During their visit at her master’s retirement home in Chinatown, something unexpected happens that leads Ling and David to find the “Missing Piece”. In Mandarin, subtitled. 2019; 16 min. Co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Cinema Studies Program and the Rutgers University Confucius Institute!