Fighting against adversity, these individuals will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. These shorts will inspire you to expand your own creative capacities.
Mian Mian Lu • Taiwan • 2015 • 26:11 • Mandarin with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
After being fired from her job, Qin-Qin wanders through a fish market searching for meaning in her life. When she walks into a late night seafood stand, she finds what she has long been missing.
Born in Taipei, Mian Mian Lu has been involved in the city’s avant-garde theatre scene since she was a teenager. She is developing her first feature film.
Nutag – Homeland
Alisi Telengut • Canada • 2016 • 6:00 • English
A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people who were mass-deported by the USSR from 1943-1957, where half of them died before they were allowed to return home.
Alisi Telengut • Canada • 2016 • 6:45 • English • North American Premiere
Animation as an art form embraces the original and the widest sense of “techne” as a mode of revealing and bringing forth whatever does not appear in front of us.
Alisi Telengut, born in 1989, is a director and animation artist currently based in Montreal. She has won many awards and has screened at festivals around the world.
Sugar Brown: The Shade of Blues
Justin Lee • Canada • 2016 • 11:58 • English • World Premiere
Exploring racial issues within music, this short documentary focuses on Dr. Ken Kawashima, aka Sugar Brown, an Asian American blues musician.
Justin Lee is a Toronto-based writer and filmmaker who enjoys exploring the thematic elements of music, art, and social issues in his work and beyond.
Semiotics of Sab
Tina Takemoto • USA • 2016 • 5:35 • English • World Premiere
A portrait of gay Japanese American actor Sab Shimono, whose work on stage and screen spans more than five decades.
Tina Takemoto is a scholar and artist whose work examines race, queer identity, memory, and grief.
Matthew Nothelfer, Alicia Wszelaki • USA • 2015 • 37:02 • English and Japanese with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
A housewife living in the heart of Japan creates an international English language publication. After three decades struggling against cultural, creative, and familial challenges, she and the staff must reckon with what it means to be successful.
Alicia Wszelaki and Matt Nothelfer live in San Diego, where they own a media company, Path 88 Productions, producing travel-related documentaries and films.