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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tribeca 2017: 6 Short Films to Look Out For

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival lineup is looking really good so far. Today's press release unveils an impressive slate of short films—of which 40% were directed by women—curated from a record 4,385 submissions. I'm here for it.

Here are six highlights:

Directed and written by Kaveh Mazaheri
(Iran) - International Premiere
Synopsis: Maryam's husband has an accident at home and, rather than saving him, she stops helping and watches him die. In Persian with subtitles.

Big Sister (Ahotcha)
Directed and written by Michal Gassner
(Israel) - International Premiere
Synopsis: Gili has a clear and violent agenda towards male sexual offenders, and finds it difficult to comprehend the limits of her power to repair the world when she discovers her younger brother is suspended from school for a similar violation. In Hebrew with subtitles.

Directed and written by Timothy Michael Cooper
(USA) - World Premiere
Synopsis: Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.

Viola, Franca
Directed by Marta Savina
Written by Marta Savina, Andrea Brusa
(Italy) - World Premiere
Synopsis: It's Sicily in 1965, and Franca is forced to marry her rapist to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditionalist community, but she rebels against the established custom and sets a precedent that alters the course of Italian history, paving the way for women's rights. In Italian, Sicilian with subtitles.

Mother's Day
Directed by Elizabeth Lo
Co-directed by R.J. Lozada
(USA) - World Premiere
Synopsis: The impact of mass incarceration on a generation of youth is explored through an annual Mother's Day charity bus journey that takes children from across California to visit their mothers in prison.

For Flint
Directed by Brian Schulz
Written by Brian Schulz, Sharika Ajaikumar, Katharina Stroh
(USA) - World Premiere
Synopsis: In the face of a federal emergency deeming its drinking water unsafe for consumption, Flint's resilient citizens rally together to forge a new narrative that is hopeful and optimistic.

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival will be held in New York City, April 19-30. For more information, click here


Brittani Burnham said...

These all sound like ones I'd watch. I just hope they're released somewhere online since I never get to see shorts any other way.

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