Something Like Flying (Shorts Program)

Saturday, Aug. 4, 4:30 PM

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On their search for solace from abuses that spring from the inside and the outside, these shorts feature characters who blur the line between the emotional, psychological, and physical selves. This is your invitation to come fly with us!


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SHORT NARRATIVE

A Guide to Breathing Underwater

Dir. Raven Jackson • United States, 2018, 7 min.

A Guide to Breathing Underwater follows a person’s quest to find solace in his body. Using dance and gesture, shadow and light, we see him traverse through New York City, looking for his Utopia. When he finds an open space overflowing with air and water: an exhale. Finally, he can be still.

Philadelphia Premiere

Trailer

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Piu Piu

Dir. Naima Ramos-Chapman • United States, 2018, 10 min.

Piu Piu is a short film about Jordan (Natalie Paul – The Deuce) taking a mundane trip to the city that turns into a surrealist nightmare. When Jordan, a restless young woman, decides to–without reason– ditch her boyfriend (Terence Nance – An Oversimplification of Her Beauty) for a moment of freedom she soon discovers this gamble reaps reward but not without risk as she contends with monstrous abuses across several planes of existence: mindfully, physically and spiritually.

World Premiere

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EXPERIMENTAL

bridge/refrain

Dir. Roni Nicole Henderson • United States, 2018, 10 min.

bridge/refrain is a short film exploring a young woman’s arrival in the land of the ancestors after falling victim to gun violence. Here, she discovers that though there is healing for her wounds and safety in the arms of benevolent beings, her work is far from done. A beautiful antique vanity serves as a vehicle through which she discovers her charge and her crown: black bodies, buckling, but not breaking under the weight of american life. She takes her place amongst those who uphold us. The Crowned Ones.

Philadelphia Premiere

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EXPERIMENTAL

AdiSea DAWNing

Dir. d. Sabela grimes • United States, 2018, 4 min.


AdiSea DAWNing, a movement ritual, reveals moments when the words of Octavia Butler are metaphysically transmitted into a young being.

World Premiere


EXPERIMENTAL

Witness

Dir. Marie Alarcon • United States, 2017, 36 min.

An experimental documentary about Bartram Village and Gardens, this contemplative collage of audio interviews and slow-motion video explores relationships between place and self, and the multifaceted narratives of home, joy, and struggle.

Trailer