The program will showcase “short movies that demonstrate the power of cinema to tell important stories and effect positive change across cultures and around the globe,” said program director and curator Michael Harrington. “By exposing underserved communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema.”
The six films and their directors to be featured will be:
“Out of Erasers” (Erik Rosenlund): A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.
“Trotteur” (Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc): A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.
“House on its Head” Directed by Adam Palenta: A documentary on the family life of Polish architect, set designer and poster artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967)
“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve): During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.
“The Chair” (Grainger David): A boy reacts to an outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.
“Magnetic Reconnection” (Kyle Armstrong): Contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.
The screening will last 81 minutes and be followed by discussions. Refreshments will be available.