WHERE IT FLOODS. Dir. Joel Benjamin. 2017, 46 min. Animation. Chicago, IL. Blind stubbornness in the face of global catastrophe, and the victims thereof. Calvin, his wife Patty and their son, Kenny, try to maintain their farm and survive in a flooded mid-western landscape despite the fact that (mostly) everyone else seems to have moved on to somewhere safer.
EVERYTHING IN THE SONG IS TRUE. Dir. Doug Morrione. 2016, 80 min. Documentary. New Mexico. Responding to a growing desire to create a film of his own, Doug raised money through a Kickstarter campaign and moved to New Mexico to document the lives of four iconic cowboy characters: Gary McMahan – a national champion yodeler, legendary songwriter and poet; Jeff Nourse – a fourth generation cattle rancher, cowboy singer and iron sculptor; Brice Chapman – trick roper, farrier and animal trainer; and Yvonne Hollenbeck – an award-winning hand-stitch quilt maker, cowgirl poet and ranch wife.
REST STOP. Dir. Isabelle Ingold. 2016, 80 min. Documentary. Picardy, France. This film traces out the portrait of a motorway rest area located in the countryside in the North of France. It looks like a dream, filled with the whispers thoughts and the lives of those who work here, as well as those who are just passing through. It is also a very concrete place, a perfect spot to observe today’s Europe, the violence carried by the free competition of a single market, the nostalgia carried by uprooted lives, and all the solitude engendered by our modern world.