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Apr
9
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #1
April 9, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

Wednesday, April 9: Children of God, Lipstick, Children of War, Happy Birthday, War Canister, Saleh Cafe, The Famous Jafar Asan Aboud, Sabbat el Aid (In my Shoes), Jasmenco

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Apr
16
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #2
April 16, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

Wednesday, April 16: Abu Rami, Café Regular Cairo, Bobby, The 40th Day, Sofia, Maqloubeh, Lettre à Mohamed (Letter to Mohamed), Eastern Winds

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Apr
23
Wed
ARAB SHORTS #3
April 23, 2014

A New International Short Film Series presented by the Arab Film Festival, Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary and animated short films. In its focus are current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world bringing the best short films to our Northern Californian audiences.

When they Slept, Noor, Nesma’s Birds, Al Maktoub, Charlie and Janet, Camp, Hornacheros, Al Muqana 3

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May
7
Wed
ERIN MALLEY’S QUAKE
May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm & 9pm

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Emerging dance filmmaker Erin Malley offers a preview look at her newest work, Quake. The evening will include a selection of dance film shorts from around the country.

“It will be an experimental film, a rite of passage. It will be alabaster & midnight blue. It will feel like vibration & pressure. It will smell like friction.” – Malley

Directed by Erin Malley. With Katharine Hawthorne, Daria Kaufman, Stacey Swan. 2014. US. Digital. MPAA Rating: NR

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Jul
16
Wed
NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE
July 16, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #1 – SHORT PEACE

Wednesday, July 16th

The 1st program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is omnibus  animations including Oscar nominated short film “POSSESSION” and “COMBUSTIBLE” by Katshuhiro Otomo, the creator of “AKIRA”.  Four amazing directors created four astounding animated films.

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In 1995, Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic anthology MEMORIES showcased the work of upcoming superstars of the anime world. Now, Otomo’s spotlight shifts to a fresh generation of master creators with an all-new anthology of visionary films: A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award® nominated POSSESSIONS (TSUKUMO), directed by Shuhei Morita (COICENT, KAKURENBO). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal GAMBO, directed by Hiroaki Ando (FIVE NUMBERS!) from REDLINE’s Katsuhito Ishii’s original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION). The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action packed A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS (BUKI YO SARABA),as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo’s tour-de-forcesaga of men battlingrobotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomohimself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning COMBUSTIBLE (HI-NO-YOUJIN). Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE!

 

“ COMBUSTIBLE”

combustibleDirector: KATSUHIRO OTOMO    

FILMOGRAPHY
- Akira (1988) – Steamboy (2004) – Memories (1995) – Mushishi (2006)

Character Design: Hidekazu Ohara

Voice Cast: Saori Hayami, Masakazu Morita

 

 

 

 

 

“POSSESSIONS”

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Director: SHUHEI MORITA

FILMOGRAPHY :

- Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek (2005) – FREEDOM (2006 – 2008) - Coicent (2010)

Original Story/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi

Character Design: Daisuke Sajiki

 

 

 

 

“ GAMBO     

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Director: HIROAKI ANDO

 FILMOGRAPHY: – FIVE NUMBERS! (2011)                            

Original Story/screenplay – KATSUHITO ISHII

FILMOGRAPHY :

- The Taste Of Tea (2004) – REDLINE (2010) - Smuggler (2011)

Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Voice Cast: Mutsumi Tamura, Daisuke Namikawa

 

 

“ A FAREWELL TO WEAPONS     

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Director: HAJIME KATOKI

 Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo

Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka

Voice Cast: Issei Futamata, Tomoyuki Dan
                     Shigeru Ushiyama, Akio Ohtsuk

 

 

© SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE
©KATSUHIRO OTOMO/MASH•ROOM/SHORT PEACE COMMITTEE

RUNNING TIME: 68 mins.  / 2013 /English Subtitled.

To learn more go to http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/shortpeace/

Other NIPPON NIGHTS lineup 

Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco /
Co-Presented by CAAM / Promotional Partner: btrax

Jul
18
Fri
FROZEN 2014: BEST ANIMATION
July 18, 2014

Best Animation of 2014.

20CosmicFlowerUnfolding

65 mins.

El Rudio Del Mundo
Coke Rioboo, 13 minutes.
A composer is afflicted by a strange illness: he can hear every noise in the world. Through his music he will find a way to keep the noise under control.

Project K-9
Francisco J. Cabrera, Alicia Esteban, Elsa Esteban, Juan E. Forero, Victoria Gonzalez, Adrian Parra, Iria Salgado, Huijun Shen, 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
Animation of special dog – PROJECT K-9.

Baxter
Ty Coyle, 2 minutes, 56 seconds.
Baxter the raccoon makes his way into Granny’s Sweet Shop, but upon entering he gets so obsessed with the candy it it leads to his downfall.

Blue
Asia Lancaster, 8 minutes, 27 seconds.
A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

Flight of the Polar Bear
Norm Fassbender, 2 minutes.
Six hundred miles from solid ground, a polar bear swims for his life as a camera crew looks on.

Cosmic Flower Unfolding
Benjamin Ridgway, 2 minutes.
Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.

21JimmyLovesJuice

Jimmy Loves Juice
Dave Yee, 5 minutes, 21 seconds.
A normal day in the park for young Jimmy takes an unexpected turn when he tries a new kind of refreshment:
juice!

Breed
Stan Cameron, 3 minutes, 36 seconds.
Parents always have hopes and dreams for their child. But what happens if the child does not share those same dreams? Breed is a touching depiction of a child’s struggle for self-identity.

Woah
Kelvin Rodrigues, 5 minutes, 12 seconds.
An animated autobiographical short relating the coming of age of 17-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez.

Soylent Greenpeace
John Martin, 2 minutes, 16 seconds.
An anthropomorphic ‘fish out of water’ tale of a whale that struggles to adapt to the Norwegian life… and diet.

Wise Choice or Lucky Guess
Ellen Raines, 4 minutes.
A recently deceased man has to make his own choice between heaven and hell, while sitting on an escalator.

Handi & V
Fenway Fan, 5 minutes, 37 seconds.
Grandpa V takes time capsules and starts to find his lost happiness…

Virtuous Virtuell
Thomas Stellmach, 7 minutes, 22 seconds.
Synchronizing to the music, abstract ink drawings ‘grow’ in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation, stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures.

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FROZEN 2014: BEST DRAMATIC SHORTS
July 18, 2014

Best Dramatic Shorts 2014

13Cliff

74 mins.

Cough
Jason Kempnich, 10 minutes, 30 seconds.
Liberty was yesterday.

T’adhib
Raquel Bedia, 13 minutes.
Andres, a young war correspondent, is investigating the application of torture during conflicts. His encounter with an Argentinian ex-military man will stir in him a need to go further with his inquiries, dragged along by the burden of memory.

Mindtrap
Michela Marini, 10 minutes, 46 seconds.
What if you open your eyes and find yourself somewhere you’ve never been? A beautiful girl wakes up paralyzed at the bottom of a cliff with no memory of how she got there.

12LosDemonios

Los Demonios
Miguel Azurmendi, 13 minutes.
Javi, Fer and Miguel are three friends who roam the city looking for fun. Tonight they have prepared something special.

Cliff
Drew Angle, 7 minutes, 21 seconds.
As each day passes, Cliff waits for his greater purpose to find him. He spends his mornings shooting, and wastes the day away drinking. He yearns for the freedom and isolation of a wild animal, but cannot escape the vices that connect him to the rest of humanity.

Blue
Justin Malone, 19 minutes.
Locked in a lonely routine, a homeless man is softened by a newfound friendship.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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FROZEN 2014: BEST ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARIES
July 18, 2014

Best Environmental Documentaries of 2014

5WeAretheLand

84 mins.

I am Red
Peter McBride, 3 minutes, 45 seconds.
The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries, supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River’s Most Endangered River for 2013.

The Invisible Peak
Gary Yost, 22 minutes.
Through the use of historical footage, interviews, and beautiful cinematography, this film explores the history of the West Peak of the history of the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.

Young Ice
Derek Hallquist, 14 minutes, 21 seconds.
Derek Hallquist follows Dr. Shepson’s climate research in Barrow, Alaska and the local community opens up to him about the price they have paid for making money from drilling oil.

We Are the Land
Lauren Lindberg, 13 minutes, 55 seconds.
Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ environmental activist Pauline Matt stands alone to protect her native homeland – the Blackfeet Reservation

6Trees

Trees
Gal Ziv, 2 minutes.
A young girl runs through a forest, scared. Can she escape the man with the chainsaw? A short fiction film that describes human treatment of rain forests and trees all over the world.

The Water Tower
Peter McBride, 27 minutes, 29 seconds.
From the slums of Nairobi to the arid landscapes of Samburu National Reserve and the vast rose farms on Mt. Kenya’s foot hills, The Water Tower is equal parts travel, advocacy and adventure film.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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Jul
19
Sat
FROZEN 2014: BEST COMEDIC SHORTS
July 19, 2014

The Best Comedic Shorts of 2014.

66TheCouncil

59 mins.

Freebird
Dustin LeBoeuf, 5 minutes, 30 seconds.
This pathetically hilarious tongue-in-cheek comedy follows Dennis, a backyard-boxing dropout, as his meat store robbery becomes complicated by the beauty of the spunky cashier, Darlene.

Welcome Home
Daniel Tomlinson, 4 minutes, 51 seconds.
Ryan has been deployed to Iraq for the last nine months. Upon his return home, he is welcomed back with a surprise get together with friends and family. At the surprise party, things begin to unravel in a way he never would’ve imagined.

Grant & Allison
James Thomas, 12 minutes, 30 seconds.
Crushed and cuckolded by his high school sweetheart, Grant Thomson struggles to adjust to college life alone. When he’s paired with the thoughtful, analytical valedictorian candidate Allison for the class final, the unlikely partnership buds into a quirky romance.

65DeathHasASon

Death Has a Son
Zack Ogle, 8 minutes, 36 seconds.
Death gets more than he bargained for when a woman trades sex for her life. Now he’s spending the day with the bastard son he never wanted. Things are looking grim.

The Council
Beau McCombs, 17 minutes.
While talking to the girl of his dreams, Theo gets an Idea for a joke. At this moment we go INSIDE Theo’s brain and follow this Bright Idea as he fights past Insecurities to get to The Council Chamber so he may be approved to be said out loud.

Best Buds 2D
Sean Tien, 11 minutes, 59 seconds.
Stakes get high when a meteor crashes into their marijuana stash and stoners Jay and Duke (oh, and Bob) gain superpowers toking mutated space bud.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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FROZEN 2014: BEST DRAMATIC SHORTS (Part Two)
July 19, 2014

The Best Dramatic Shorts of 2014 (Part Two)

58SWALK

105 mins.

Spaghetti for Two
Matthias Rosenberger, Betina Dubler, 18 minutes.
In a simple yet humorous fashion, “Spaghetti for Two” illustrates how prejudices and racism can lead to catastrophe.

Way Too Many Problems
Anthony Lucido, 9 minutes, 29 seconds.
Marcus has just taken his life. Wyatt and Ian discuss his motives. They’ll talk about his problems but they’ll never mention their own.

Diana
Wen-Cheng Yu, 18 minutes.
Everyone makes bad decisions. Diana makes bad decisions as well, but this time she makes it with determination.

All Ages
Laramie Dennis, 11 minutes, 52 seconds.
Seventeen-year-old Dylan and her best friend Jodi follow their favorite band to a house party and quickly realize they’re in over their heads.

57RadioGamers

Radio Gamers
Gretchen Olivero, 13 minutes, 11 seconds.
Two Gen Xer’s are inspired by a coworker’s musical trivia archive after learning of his disconcerting death.

S.W.A.L.K
Dawn Cobalt, 4 minutes, 53 seconds.
A man must say goodbye – but it’s a love story.

The Bartenders’ Barber
Dustin Waldman, 13 minutes, 12 seconds.
A barber gives a shave, a cabbie picks up a fare and a bartender serves people drinks: ordinary events on a not-so ordinary night.

Inertial Love
Cesar Estaban Alenda & Jose Estaban Alenda, 6 minutes.
The relationship between Javier and Anna runs out of gas. She hits the breaks and Javier is dragged by inertia until he learns to get over it.

// Pick up a FESTIVAL PASS for just $20 to access all Frozen Film Festival 2014 screenings! //

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The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2006 that is dedicated to creating avenues for independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities to come together and exhibit their work to the widest possible audience.