PHL CONNECT SHORTS PROGRAM
Semicolon (;) | USA | 6.25 min
Directed by Paolo Gadala-Maria
A short film about first-hand experience with depression, hospitals, and sedation; a journey through the destruction and rehabilitation of the self.
Astonomer | USA | 7.3 min
Directed by Kelly Murray
Cinematography by Hillary Hanak
The Astronomer is a visually rich silent film adaptation of Walt Whitman’s poem “I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”. Beneath the vivid imagery costuming, and sweeping music, at its core, The Astronomer is about one’s journey towards discovery and self-reliance.
The journey of self-reliance is a universal one that can take many forms. Whether it’s going after your dream job, taking a risk on one’s self, or simply seeking a non-traditional way of learning than what’s offered in the classroom, the feeling of seeking something greater than oneself is a catalyst for many towards finding self-fulfillment.
Director/Producer Kelly Murray and Cinematographer Hillary Hanak will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Room 3 | USA | 14 min
Directed by Blake Hodges
When Jessica becomes tormented by disturbing visions from a past life she attempts a new experimental form of therapy. There, she meets the mysterious Nathan, who forces her to confront her past and break free from it for good.
The Misunderstood Lives of Only Children | USA | 21 min
Directed by Christian Browne
The Misunderstood Lives of Only Chirldren tells the untold story of what it is like to be an ony child. Through intervies from Sean Reed, Katie Fox, and Jordan Ecret, viewers learn both the benefits and challenges that only childen faces in their daily lives. this film is the very first made by Christian Browne or how others refer him to as Unknown Whisper.
Director Christian Browne will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Skin | USA | 19 min
Directed by Aniya Wolfe
Skin is a short film about three teenagers facing their own harsh realities. Their friendships to each other help them get through everyday life but they all have their own secrets about what they do to really get through it all. Family life only fuels the fire as things become too much for one of them… After a tragedy, a decision has to be made about how they will live the rest of their lives. Will they continue down the road to destruction or will they not let their pasts define them.
Aniya Wolfe is a 14yr old filmmaker/photographer from Philadelphia, PA. Aniya currently owns a photography business and uses the income to fund her film projects.
Mutual Friends | USA | 9 min
Directed by Melissa Kim
Eddie, Senna, and Dannt cross paths at a neighborhood park. They’re not exactly the best of friends, and they each have a reason for being there they’d rather keep under wraps. A story about being young and facing harsh adult realities while dealing with pain and loss in different ways.
Director Melissa Kim will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Sway | USA | 5 min
Directed by Pheng H. Tang
A woman struggles over aging issues after falling for a younger man.
Director Pheng H. Tang will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Trailer for Gender Journeys: Addiction, Homelessness, and Trade | USA | 5 min
Directed by Tess Kunik
Produced by Luke Allen Productions and Christina May
This trailer for Gender Journeys: Addiction, Homelessness and Trade, highlights the full documentary that is a continuation of the series that focuses on the #TrabsLivesMatter movement. The filming, which took place at Luke Allen Productions LLC, and the LGBTQ shelter, Home for Hope, in N. Philadelphia hints at some of the issues that the transgender population in Philadelphia deal with on a day to day basis. The full documentary focuses more in depth on the residents and staff of this Philadelphia LGBTQ shelter. Those interviewed were residents and staff from this shelter and trans activists who in the Philadelphia community’s field of addictions.
Director Tess Kunik and Producers Luke Allen and Christina May will be in attendance for a Q&A.
THE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL 2017
Prince Theater | Black Box
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