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RIIFF 2002 Film Schedule

 

Short Films A-C



Friday August 9th Columbus Cinemateque 9:45PM

Abendmahl (Last Supper)
US Premiere
Company: acmpictures
Director: Angela C. Popp
Runtime: 17 min
Country: Germany.
Format: BETA SP
During a dinner, a gay man takes revenge on his unfaithful lover in a perfidious and clever way. Yearning for company, comfort, freedom: Relationships are more difficult than they ever were. And too often, lovers are just not compatible. During this 18-minute short movie, typically male behavior leads to drastic measures. German with English subtitles.

 

Sunday August 11th URI 2:10PM
World Premiere

The A Capellas
Company: Still Moving Pictures
Director: Brad Kettlety
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
Inspired by an episode of The Sopranos, two slackers decide mob life is more exciting than holding down day jobs. Oliver and Deniz's only exposure to the mob is from television, and they have high expectations for a new life.

Friday August 9th URI 4:30PM
World Premiere

Alchemy
Company: Greengrass Pictures
Director: Anna Condo
Runtime: 18min
Country: USA / France
Format: BETA SP
What goes around, comes around: Secretly enamored with a young doctor, Saskia brings him a gift: a bronze candlestick comprised of three lascivious nymphs wrapped around a column. Embarrassed, confused and strangely affected by the beautiful figurines, the doctor decides to give it to his friend, a garish young lawyer. The lawyer teases him but gladly accepts the exciting object. Upon returning to his office, the doctor begins to regret his hasty decision. Meanwhile, as he holds the candlestick, the lawyer is informed that his domineering mother is on her way.

 

Thursday August 8th Columbus Cinemateque 7:40PM
New England Premiere

Battleship Contempkin
Company: CB Films
Director: Chris Brown
Running Time: 4 min.
Country of Prod: USA
Format: Beta SP
Parisian lovers, trapped in their Left Bank apartment on a rainy afternoon, play a humorously perverse version of the popular American board game. As the consequences of losing escalate, Battleship becomes not just a game of strategy and fun, but an instrument of love and death. French with English subtitles

Thursday August 9th Columbus Cinemateque 5:30PM
Bayou Shower
World Premiere
Director: Scott Popjes
Producers: Francine Russell, Amanda Nugent
Runtime: 21 min
Country: USA
Format: Beta SP
Amelia and her planning committee have hosted many a Southern soiree. Today's bridal shower should be a piece-of-Red-Velvet-cake. Except for the fact that the guest of honor, Gail, is a Yankee. And that she is engaged to Amelia's brother, thereby entitling her to a treasured family heirloom. Then there's Amelia's mom, Miz Lucy, who's easily bored at such shindigs and tends to seek out her own entertainment. Will Amelia do her duty, and follow family tradition? Or will the planning committee keep the heirloom out of enemy hands, finally achieving a Southern victory against this latest Northern invader?

 

Saturday August 10th IMAX 9:30AM
Bientot Novembre
Company: Spirafilm
Director: Francis Leclerc
Runtime: 29min
Country: Canada
Format: 16MM
On an autumn night, six characters seem to be the only people in the world not sleeping: a young concert violinist, an old man, a taxi driver, a janitor, a blind man and a late night talk show host. Some of them meet, others talk to each other without even realizing it. How the night will end is left up to chance.

Thursday August 8th Castle Cinema 7:00PM
Blue Haven
Director: Julian Cautherley
Runtime: 17min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
Two friends journey to find the perfect swimming pool to skate. But $40, 000 and a sex change later, they find true love instead.

Sunday August 11th Columbus Theatre 12:30PM
The Book and the Rose
Company: Chartercrest Films
Director: Jeff Bemiss
Runtime: 29min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
Set in 1942. When John Barnes acquires an old book filled with intriguing handwritten notes, he begins a correspondence with its previous owner---and it promises to be more than just an exchange of letters. Based on the popular short story by Max Lucado.

 

Thursday August 8th Columbus Cinemateque 1:00PM
Boris
Director: Francesca Galesi
Runtime: 28 min
County: USA
Format: 16mm
A falling star, a final farewell; a devastating, poetic tale of loneliness and lose in the Los Angeles night. As the Russian space station MIR makes its final fiery journey from space to earth, Boris says goodbye to his past, his wife and his Russia.

 

Thursday August 8th Castle Cinema 9:30PM
La Casa del Nono
Company: Spirafilm
Director: Lisa Sfriso
Runtime: 15min
Country: Canada
Format: 16MM
Story of a dying house that goes up in smoke. A film about death, memory and life that carries on.

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Cinemateque 5:30PM
Chromatic Fantasy
Director: Patrick Smith
Runtime: 13min
Country: USA
Format: BETA SP
World-class violist Rozanna, enters an empty stage and plays the 'Chromatic Fantasy.' She grows more and more intimate with the music, her environment slowly leaves her, as she slips deep into her mind: In her fantasy, Rozanna, clutching her silent white viola, pursues her musical Red self from a courtyard and to a garden. Finally, in the forest, Rozanna in White finds her Red self and approaches to the final, passionate measures. White creeps closer and closer to her Red self, and, summoning up the courage, plays the final, conclusive note.

 

Monday August 12th Columbus Cinemateque 7:00PM
Cinema / Verite
Director: Scott E. Anderson
Runtime: 27min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
Cinema / Verite is a love story in a twilight zone of cinematic memories. Kane's loss and desire inspire an emotional visit by an unknown force. A force, which recreates memories of a love lost, leading Kane into another reality, one he crosses blurring the lines of voyeur/participant and reality itself.

 

Friday August 9th Columbus Theatre 7:15PM
Cliché
Director: Karl Horstmann
Company: Triple Horse Entertainment
Runtime: 4 min
Country: USA
Format: 35mm
Two armed robbers erupt into a small convenience store. After assaulting the owners and cleaning out the cash register, the two masked assailants decide not to leave any witnesses behind. What happens next is anything but cliché!

 

Saturday August 10th Columbus Theatre 2:45PM
Closer
Director: Tina Gharavi
Runtime: 24min
Country: UK
Format: 35MM
An experimental documentary which has at its heart a poignant character study of a 17 year-old lesbian living in Newcastle, England, Closer innovatively explores the process of documentary filmmaking and boldly challenges traditional forms of storytelling.

 

Thursday August 8th Columbus Theatre 7:15PM
Saturday August 10th Columbus Theatre 2:45PM

New England Premiere
The Cricket Player
Company: Organic Pictures
Director: Adam Rubin
Runtime: 18min
Country: USA
Format: 35MM
Cricket and baseball take on new significance as Mick, a young boy from Apartheid-era South Africa, struggles to fit into his new home in the Midwest, USA.

 

Friday August 9th URI 6:45PM
Cyberslut
Director / Screenplay / Editor: Jonathan Gann
Runtime: 8min
Country: USA
Format: Beta SP
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila." Cyberslut is the infinitely detailed and completely riveting confession of one gay man's obsession and fascination with finding sex on the internet.