2014 AFI Fest - Shorts Program Two

Shorts Program #2: Eclectic and International

 

I had always wondered, with some frustration why AFI Fest so adamantly featured so many international films. I mean after all, AFI does stand for American Film Institute. Now I get it. Perhaps I should have actively sought the film festival’s mission statement sooner. It explains that AFI Fest present by Audi “the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers.”

 

This goal was grandly executed tonight in the Shorts Program #2, where the films could not have been more widely representative, nor more eclectic.

 

In the short film Light (Canada), Director Yassmino Karajah takes a raw, unflinching look at the paralyzing isolation and the summoning of personal strength in this sorrowful mediation about duty and obligation in a tie or tragedy.

 

Afronauts (USA) Frances BodomoIt’s July 16th 1969 and, as America prepares to send Apollo 11 to the moon, a group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first.” Bravo Madam Director. This short is a lyrical, visual triumph. Evocative and tenacious in its effort to penetrate the 21st century epidemic of persistent reality.

 

Person to Person (USA), directed by Dustin Guy Defa, smacks of early Spike Lee in the best ways. The short is essentially about a guy who is trying to get a girl to leave. What it lacks in plot sophistication, it makes up for in colorful characters and accessibility to the “everyman” filmgoer.

 

Send (USA) by Peter Vack is a brief look at a young girl experiencing “buyer’s remorse” in her choice to digitally document a keepsake of intimate moments and act that she thought she would only ever be sharing with one boy. The short is while satisfying in it’s non-linear structure, as well as in our heroine’s ironic and well-suited revenge. 

 

The Diggers (USA) (Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck) is a 15-minute “visual documentary” depicting a work-day in the life of grave digger.  Yup, exactly that; no more, no less.

 

Slap (UK) is the short that packs the most powerful punch in this program. Nick Rowland’s film is a bittersweet tale depicting the anxiety and confusion one teenager experiences when growing pains and the irrepressible need to express identity collide.

 

 

The 28th edition of AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi will take place November 6–13, 2014 at the following venues in Hollywood, California. Don’t Miss Out!

 

Dolby Theatre

 

Egyptian Theatre

 

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

 

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

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