To book a screening of the new “Best of 2016-17” Tour Program or “The Very Best of Rural Route (2011-2015)” collection (and inquire about additional feature options), email: tour@ruralroutefilms.com.

RECENT/UPCOMING DATES:
Lake Placid, NY – November 17 @ Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Larkspur, CA – October 17-23 @ Lark Theater
Freistadt, Austria – August 24-28 @ Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival
Elkader, IA – August 20-21 @ Elkader Cinema/Art in the Park
Delhi, NY – June 24 @ Bushel Collective

“Best of 2016-17” Tour Program:

LOVE_web_originalstillforposterimageLOVE. Dir. Réka Bucsi. 2016, 14min. Animation. Budapest, Hungary.
Academy-shortlisted animator Bucsi explores the relationship between affection and physical change on a distant solar system through a series of cartoon vignettes, starring quirky animals and made-up creatures.

unnamed-2SEED SAVER. Dir. Kenneth Price. 2015, 4min. Experimental/Archival. Walland, TN.We have lost 93% of seed diversity over the past 100 years; John Coykendall has dedicated his life to preserving and growing heirloom varieties before it’s too late. Footage from Prelinger Archives.

Jamie underwaterDIVER. Dir. Christoph Gelfand and Caroline Losneck. 2015, 9min. Documentary. Cushing, ME.
Despite an accident that threatened his livelihood, James Sewell remains one of the only fishermen who dive to the ocean floor to harvest scallops by hand.

cyclesstripUPCYCLES
. Dir. Ariana Gerstein. 2016, 7min. Experimental. Chicago, IL.
Images of birds and nature within the Chicago cityscape ‘cycle’ from Super 8 to 16mm to 35mm and back down again, optically printed, hand processed, and then optically printed again using a digital still camera.

black_canaries5BLACK CANARIES. Dir. Jesse Kreitzer. 2016, 19min. Narrative. Iowa.
Kreitzer shows his talent for the period piece with a stark, spot-on 1907 story (based on his own coal mining ancestry) of a family’s continuous descent into the accursed Maple Mine.

SpreeuwenzwermTHE ART OF FLYING. Dir. Jan van IJken. 2015, 7min. Experimental/Documentary. Beesd, Netherlands.
In the warm winter of 2014/15, the Common Starlings stayed in Holland instead of migrating south, giving van IJken the opportunity to record their mysterious “murmurations,” one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on Earth.

Canary_03_RRCANARY. Dir. Marie Schlingmann. 2016, 11min. Narrative. Ulster and Sullivan Counties, NY.
Midge has some unusual visitors at her gas station out in coal country, Pennsylvania. After they leave, she finds her pet canary dead in its cage, but that’s only the beginning of troublesome revelations…

Contemplating_still2MOUNTAIN FUNERAL. Dir. Jonathan Johnson. 2014, 6min. Experimental. Skagaströnd, Iceland.
Video footage from the mountains of northern Iceland are combined with an archival sound recording of an Appalachian man recalling a funeral from his childhood. Life, death and spirits that transcend both hang in the fog.

ogasavara-1OGASAWARA. Dir. Tato Kotetishvili. 2015, 8min. Narrative. Gorelowka, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Georgia.
Murad and Masha are getting married in their Georgian Dukhabor village. But their romantic date dynamite fishing takes a surprising turn in this whimsical tale of love, death and stop-motion.

2015-16 ‘VERY BEST OF’ DATES:
Freistadt, Austria – August 24-28 @ Der Neue Heimatfilm Festival
Elkader, IA – August 20-21 @ Elkader Cinema/Art in the Park
Delhi, NY – June 24 @ Bushel Collective
Reno, NV – June 16 @ Nevada Museum of Art
Portland, OR – May 31-June 2 @ Clinton Street Theater
Pittsburgh, PA – May 15 @ Hollywood Theater
Richmond, VA – April 7 @ James River Film Festival
Memphis, TN – March 16 @ Indie Memphis
Decorah, IA – March 4-6 @ Oneota Film Festival (w/Festival Director Alan Webber)
Houston, TX – March 3, 2016 @ Aurora Picture Show
Quito, Ecuador – February 3-7 @ Ocho y Medio (incl. “Edén”, “Sal”, “Mosuo Sisters” and “Taromenani”; w/Festival Director Alan Webber Feb. 4&5)
Decorah, IA – January 21 @ Oneota Film Festival (special event)
Arica, Chile – October 22-25, 2015 @ Arica Nativa (w/Festival Director Alan Webber)
New York, NY – October 23, 2015 @ Margaret Mead Film Festival at American Museum of Natural History (co-presentation of “Sailing a Sinking Sea”)
Cedar Rapids, IA – October 11, 2015 @ CSPS (w/Festival Director Alan Webber)
Iowa City, IA – October 8, 2015 @ FilmScene (w/Festival Director Alan Webber)

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