Thursday, June 01, 2017

Fun in Girls Shorts (2017)

Fun in Girls Shorts (shorts program), total runtime 79 min.
Saturday, June 17, 1:15pm, Castro Theatre
Sunday, June 25, 11:00am, Castro Theatre
Saturday, June 24, 12:00 noon, Piedmont Theatre (East Bay screening!)

[Administrivia: Unfortunately, only 3 of the 7 short films in this program were available in advance for review screening. Check back later for reviews of the other four. The checkered flag symbol means “not yet reviewed.”]
• More than God, dir. Kev Cahill, 2015 Ireland, 9 min. 👍 Bay Area Premiere
More than God
Father and daughter rush through evening Catholic prayers so that daughter can go out. Later, father and daughter wind up hiding under the same bed as the awkwardly interconnected relationships get more and more difficult. I lived briefly in Ireland in the early 1990’s, and this film evokes deeply the feeling of living in a devoutly Catholic country, but there were a couple of points where the film left me saying, “Wait, what??” Recommended.

• Plus One, dir. Peter Knegt, 2017 Canada, 8 min. 🏁 World Premiere
Plus One
Frameline’s blurb says, “Two strangers form an unlikely bond when they don’t have a Plus One and meet at the singles table of a lesbian wedding.” Unfortunately, the film was not available in advance for review, so I guess I’ll have to wait and see it with the rest of the audience. Check back later for an actual review.

• Carol Support Group, dir. Allison Tate, 2017 USA, 8 min. 🏁 World Premiere
Carol Support Group
Frameline’s blurb says, “A melodramatic mutiny ensues within Carol Support Group, a 12-step program for people addicted to the film Carol.” I missed Carol last year, but the official trailer looks intriguing; I may just have to go back and fill in that gap. It stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who become involved in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, the short film Carol Support Group was not available in advance for review. Check back later.

• The Escape Hatch, dir. David Willing, 2016 Australia, 10 min. 👍 Bay Area Premiere
The Escape Hatch
The woman you see in the photo here is playing the role of “escape hatch” for a friend who is on a Tinder first date. (If the date goes badly, the friend can feign an important call from our superhero to wriggle out.) Of course, there’s more to the story than that, as the bartender slowly teases out. Unfortunately, some of the action is a little clunky, especially the “oops!” moment that brings the plot to an inflection point, but it’s still a worthwhile film. Recommended.

• Brown Girls, Episode 4, dir. Sam Bailey, 2017 USA, 13 min. 👏
Brown Girls
(Watch all 7 episodes on Vimeo)
The camera work, sound, and editing in Brown Girls are solidly first rate. I mention those first because, when I hear words like “web serial” I prepare myself for less-than-stellar production values, but Brown Girls would feel right at home on big-league network tv. The writing and acting are also top notch, of course, making for an enjoyable 13 minutes that leaves you wanting more. Happily, if you share that sentiment after seeing Episode 4, you can see episodes 1 through 7 as one of the “Episodics” programs in the festival (Sun 6/18 9:30p Elmwood, or Tue 6/20 7:00p Roxie) or watch them for free on Vimeo (link above). Highly recommended.

• Étage X, dir. Francy Fabritz, 2016 Germany, 14 min. 🏁 US Premiere
Étage X
The Frameline blurb says, “An accidental meeting in an elevator at a department store leads two older women to their limits.” Unfor­tu­nately, Étage X was not available in advance for review. Check back later.

• Las Rubias (The Blondes), dir. Carlota Martínez Pereda, 2016 Spain, 17 min. 🏁 US Premiere
Las Rubias (The Blondes)
The Frameline blurb says, “Inspired by real events and the style of Pedro Almodóvar, The Blondes is a no-holds-barred takedown of class and privilege. Nothing stands in the way of Marta and Pepa — except another blonde.” I’m a huge Almodóvar fan, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing esta pelicula, but unfortu­nately it was not available in advance for review. Check back later.

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