Flora

Flora

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



Flora

Directed by Chaerin Im
Narrative Short
USA | 4 min | 2018


Experimental animation about gender and sexuality, the awkwardness of division. Uncanny sculptures of vagina and penis are the main element.



From the moment I could hold a camera, I knew I would grow up to make this film. Making “Fraser Syndrome & Me” gave me the opportunity to give to others what I needed growing up. I needed to know that I wasn’t as alone as I felt. My family needed to know that there were others out there going through the same journey. That yes, it is going to be a long and sometimes difficult road, but there is hope. After all of my traveling, I can honestly say that the individuals I met who have Fraser Syndrome are some of the best people. Everyone would enjoy hearing their stories and have the pleasure of knowing them. It is clear that these individuals have experienced a lot of hardships but they choose to be loving and kind. Parents that have endured these hardships continue to fight and believe in their child when the world does not. I started this journey feeling utterly alone. But now, I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of this beautiful family.

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Chaerin Im
Director

Chaerin Im is a female filmmaker who focuses on sexuality and
gender issues through animation. She graduated Seoul National University’s Visual Communication Design BFA program( at 2017) and recently studying at CalArts Experimental Animation MFA program.
FILMOGRAPHY
2018 꽃 FLORA (04:17 min, non-fiction, short, MFA film school project)
2017 THE GENESIS (03:32 min, fiction, short, BFA thesis
school project)

Film Information


Director: Chaerin Im
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Chaerin Im
Producer: Chaerin Im
Director of Photography: Chaerin Im
Editor: Chaerin Im
Music: Roger Kim

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Honey and Jerome Forever!

Honey and Jerome Forever!

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



Honey and Jerome Forever!

Directed by A.C. Lamberty
Narrative Short
USA | 10 min | 2018


A young drag queen moonlighting as a contract killer receives her latest hit: her boyfriend.



Inspired by exploitation films of the 1960s and 70s, “Honey and Jerome Forever!” aims to put a uniquely queer twist on the grindhouse genre. With this film, I wanted to explore LGBT characters that are flawed, evil, greedy – all things that, in mainstream media, gay characters are not allowed to be. Suspend your disbelief and spend a night at Sticky Lips with a drag queen-turned-hitman, her drug dealing boyfriend, and an assignment that will change her life.

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Honey and Jerome Forever! - AC LambertyA.C. Lamberty
Director

A.C. Lamberty is a native Minnesotan, a former Bostonian, and currently a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. Taking great pride in her lesbian identity, Lamberty’s works focus on LGBTQ+ issues and characters in colorful, fun ways, from the drag-queen-turned-hitman character in her breakout short “Honey and Jerome Forever!” to the delightfully queer ensemble in “A Beginner’s Guide to Hanky Code,” an official selection for 2019’s NewFest. Lamberty is an accomplished screenwriter, with scripts taking top honors at the Omaha, Nashville, and Annapolis Film Festivals. Now in Los Angeles, Lamberty hopes to connect with other LGBTQ+ creators to bring queer stories to life. Currently, she is directing the webseries “The Beautiful Women of Los Angeles, California” alongside producing partner Jen Masi.

Film Information


Director: A.C. Lamberty
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Producer: Grace Condon
Writer: A.C. Lamberty
Director of Photography: Bobby Li
Editor: Deijah Lee-Carroll
Composer: Trevor Kowalski

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I Wait For The Night

I Wait For The Night

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



I Wait For The Night

Directed by Arthur Chaumay
Narrative Short
France | 6 min | 2018


A discussion between two boys on the shores of an abandoned lake will force one of them to face his inner demons.



It was early last year when I got a call from a friend late at night. It was Raja. I wasn’t expecting his call as I know he always goes to bed early. A little concerned, I picked up the phone and before I could say anything, all I could hear was his sob which turned to howls seconds later. Shocked, I kept asking him repeatedly what the matter was. But in vain. The call got disconnected and I was unable to reach Raja after that.

The very next day, I rushed to his place. But he wasn’t there. Oddly enough, his parents refused to welcome me in. This was bizarre as they treated me like their own son when I had visited them before. All that they told me was, “Raja is fine. Leave him alone now.” I went away but made several failed attempts to reach out to him.

A few weeks would pass by after which I heard that Raja is getting married. Surprised by the news as it was completely out of the blue, I again went to his place to congratulate him. But he refused to talk. I later heard that the marriage was a quite “hush hush family affair”. It was strange as Raja was someone who always loved his friends and didn’t waste an opportunity to celebrate with them. I felt a bit annoyed with him. But then moved on with life as a few words from my mother rang in my ears, “People change!”.

Months would pass by after which I came to know that Raja is in prison. When I inquired, I found out that it was under the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes sexual activities “against the order of nature” illegal. I was shocked! I knew his in-laws and reached out to them, but in vain. His wife had called off the marriage. When you are booked under 377 in India, it is extremely difficult to get a bail. I decided to visit him in prison finally. I had my inhibitions whether he would talk to me. But once he saw me, he broke down. I shivered to see him in such a state as I never had before. It was for the first time that day he told me that he is a gay man and the moment his parents came to know about his “secret relationship” with a colleague of his, they got him married to the daughter of a family friend. When Raja realised that the marriage was not working out at all, he decided to share his “secret” with his wife, who he thought would understand him. But it backfired! I was too dumbfounded to say anything as it opened up a complete different horizon in front of my eyes. “Why didn’t you tell us about this before? We could have done something!” He took a beat and looked into my eyes, “Would you be able to talk to me in the same way? Would you be the same friend if I told you about my sexuality? I would have been banished by the entire society!” I shivered again! I felt that it was not only a question to me, but to everyone around us! Strangely, even the ones who would accept him the way he is, they would also be looked down upon by the “society”! “You are friend with a gay man?” You can almost hear the chuckles and insults! I can never forget the look in Raja’s eyes that day. It pierced my body. I felt helpless myself.

A couple of months later, section 377 was ruled out by the Supreme Court of India. Many like Raja finally found courage in coming out of their closets. But even after that, the LGBT rights in India are looked at as some kind of “taboo subject” to talk about by many. I still see many who ignore to face it and also inflict mental torture to the ones who decide to come out. I still feel a helpless rage within me when I see friends of mine in pain because of who they are. Many even give in and take their own lives. Don’t they have the right to live the way they are? And can’t we accept them the way they are? I knew I had to pick up my camera and tell their story! This is the film I have been wanting to make for long! This is the film which liberated me as a person first and then as a filmmaker. This is not only my most personal film, but also a catharsis for me! I HAD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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I Wait For The Night - Artur ChaumayArthur Chaumay
Director

Arthur Chaumay is a young director and designer graduated from Gobelins currently living in Paris.

Film Information


Director: Arthur Chaumay
Country: France
Language: French
Runtime: 6 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: GOBELINS, l’école de l’image
Writer: Arthur Chaumay
Key Cast: David Chausse, Jordan Rezgui

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Indimenticabile

Indimenticabile

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



Indimenticabile

Directed by Gianluca Santoni
Narrative Short
Italy| 20 min | 2019


The story of Luna and Angel is an unusual story of love, which goes beyond the cages and the judgment of others



“The Nephew” is a film about the complexity and the cruelty of the adult world. As we grow up we are irremediably pulled out of our innocence through different rites of passage. I wanted to tell the story of a one night encounter that is grounded in its time, but still resonates with the reality of present days: the need to constantly re-assert the domination of manhood, the full-fledged reign of phallocracy in a profoundly hierarchical society. As we discover the character of Céline – the prostitute who has been “booked” for him – the film opens a new perspective to underline the fate of those at the bottom, whose hopes and dreams have long been crushed by structural injustices, that we too often take for granted.

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Indimenticabile- Gianluca SantoniGianluca Santoni
Director

Gianluca Santoni was born in 1991 in Fermo. He moved to Rome in 2010, where he attended courses in directing, served as an assistant for web series, commercials, short films and worked as a filmmaker. From 2013 to 2015 he attended the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome. In this period the publicity short with a social background “With food is not joking” for Expo, the web series “Genitori vs Figli” for Rai Fiction, some music videos and four short films, including his short diploma: “Gionatan with the G “. In 2017 he won the Solinas Prize for the best subject for: “Me and the Secco.”

Film Information


Director: Gianluca Santoni
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Producer: Luca Cabriolu, Laura Alessia, Maria Epasto, Andrea Di Blasio, Premiere Film
Writer: Gianluca Santoni, Michela Straniero
Cinematography: Giulia Fosca, Violetta Borelli

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Miss Man

Miss Man

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



Miss Man

Directed by Tathagata Ghosh
Narrative Short
India | 25 min | 2019


Manob is in love with another man. And he has a price to pay for that. Not only is he fighting the society around him, but his own homophobic father, who does not even refrain from physical violence to “cure his son from the disease of loving another man”. A younger Manob once danced in his school function, dressed up as a woman. And it is from that time he possibly realized that he might be a woman trapped inside a man’s body. The stakes get higher when he is also looked down upon by his lover, who refuses to accept him unless he transforms to a woman completely.

Dejected, Manob decides to travel to the city to look into the possibilities of a sex change operation. Meanwhile, Manob’s father also arranges his marriage with the daughter of a relative. Cornered, Manob now has to make a choice between giving up his struggle or standing up for who he truly is.



It was early last year when I got a call from a friend late at night. It was Raja. I wasn’t expecting his call as I know he always goes to bed early. A little concerned, I picked up the phone and before I could say anything, all I could hear was his sob which turned to howls seconds later. Shocked, I kept asking him repeatedly what the matter was. But in vain. The call got disconnected and I was unable to reach Raja after that.

The very next day, I rushed to his place. But he wasn’t there. Oddly enough, his parents refused to welcome me in. This was bizarre as they treated me like their own son when I had visited them before. All that they told me was, “Raja is fine. Leave him alone now.” I went away but made several failed attempts to reach out to him.

A few weeks would pass by after which I heard that Raja is getting married. Surprised by the news as it was completely out of the blue, I again went to his place to congratulate him. But he refused to talk. I later heard that the marriage was a quite “hush hush family affair”. It was strange as Raja was someone who always loved his friends and didn’t waste an opportunity to celebrate with them. I felt a bit annoyed with him. But then moved on with life as a few words from my mother rang in my ears, “People change!”.

Months would pass by after which I came to know that Raja is in prison. When I inquired, I found out that it was under the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which makes sexual activities “against the order of nature” illegal. I was shocked! I knew his in-laws and reached out to them, but in vain. His wife had called off the marriage. When you are booked under 377 in India, it is extremely difficult to get a bail. I decided to visit him in prison finally. I had my inhibitions whether he would talk to me. But once he saw me, he broke down. I shivered to see him in such a state as I never had before. It was for the first time that day he told me that he is a gay man and the moment his parents came to know about his “secret relationship” with a colleague of his, they got him married to the daughter of a family friend. When Raja realised that the marriage was not working out at all, he decided to share his “secret” with his wife, who he thought would understand him. But it backfired! I was too dumbfounded to say anything as it opened up a complete different horizon in front of my eyes. “Why didn’t you tell us about this before? We could have done something!” He took a beat and looked into my eyes, “Would you be able to talk to me in the same way? Would you be the same friend if I told you about my sexuality? I would have been banished by the entire society!” I shivered again! I felt that it was not only a question to me, but to everyone around us! Strangely, even the ones who would accept him the way he is, they would also be looked down upon by the “society”! “You are friend with a gay man?” You can almost hear the chuckles and insults! I can never forget the look in Raja’s eyes that day. It pierced my body. I felt helpless myself.

A couple of months later, section 377 was ruled out by the Supreme Court of India. Many like Raja finally found courage in coming out of their closets. But even after that, the LGBT rights in India are looked at as some kind of “taboo subject” to talk about by many. I still see many who ignore to face it and also inflict mental torture to the ones who decide to come out. I still feel a helpless rage within me when I see friends of mine in pain because of who they are. Many even give in and take their own lives. Don’t they have the right to live the way they are? And can’t we accept them the way they are? I knew I had to pick up my camera and tell their story! This is the film I have been wanting to make for long! This is the film which liberated me as a person first and then as a filmmaker. This is not only my most personal film, but also a catharsis for me! I HAD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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Miss Man - Tathagata GhoshTathagata Ghosh
Director

Hailing from a small Indian town, Tathagata has always believed in telling stories of people from different social backgrounds. People who do not have a voice of their own. Having completed his Mass Communication and Videography B.Sc from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and then his post-graduation from Vancouver Film School in Writing for Film and Television, he has been constantly at his craft of film-making for the past 8 years.

Tathagata writes for various leading web film magazines as well about cinema and film making. His articles have been published in some of the leading web film magazines of India too like Jamuura. His detective novel “Senilar Sonket” got published in the Kolkata International Book Fair 2016 in February. He has also directed numerous commercials, music videos and written screenplays for several projects.

His last short “The Demon”(Doitto) has traveled to more than 25 major international film festivals, competing for Best Short and has won 4 awards.

Film Information


Director: Tathagata Ghosh
Country: India
Language: Bengali
Runtime: 25 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Tathagata Ghosh
Writer: Tathagata Ghosh
Cinematography: Tuhin Saha
Editor: Md. Amir
Sound Design & Film Mix: Anindit Roy, Adeep Singh Manki
Music: Aviraj Sen

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The Nephew

Nephew, The

Modern Love Short Slot


Sun Feb 23, 2020 – 5:00 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center



The Nephew

Directed by Wilhelm Kuhn
Narrative Short
United Kingdom| 20 min | 2018


Burgundy, France, end of 1945. Uncle Jules has prepared a very traditional gift for his nephew Louis on the day of his 15th birthday. Eager on turning this little bugger into a real man, he takes him to his favorite brothel. Through the evening’s bittersweet encounters, Louis discovers the adult world in all its cruelty.



“The Nephew” is a film about the complexity and the cruelty of the adult world. As we grow up we are irremediably pulled out of our innocence through different rites of passage. I wanted to tell the story of a one night encounter that is grounded in its time, but still resonates with the reality of present days: the need to constantly re-assert the domination of manhood, the full-fledged reign of phallocracy in a profoundly hierarchical society. As we discover the character of Céline – the prostitute who has been “booked” for him – the film opens a new perspective to underline the fate of those at the bottom, whose hopes and dreams have long been crushed by structural injustices, that we too often take for granted.

The Nephew - Poster

The Nephew - Wilhelm KuhnWilhelm Kuhn
Director

Wilhelm is a French filmmaker who was born and raised in Paris. He graduated in politics and economics from the prestigious Lille Institute of Political Studies before studying filmmaking for 3 years at the London Film School. While still a student, Wilhelm worked in the post-production team of the feature film “Taken 2” (dir: Olivier Megaton, 2012) as well as for French public service broadcaster France Televisions. His second short film, “Le Neveu”, tells the story of a young boy taken to a brothel to lose his virginity, at a time when prostitution was still legal in France. The film is thereby set in the aftermath of WWII to address the topics of misogyny and patriarchy, and how they are enforced through traditional rites of passage.

Film Information


Director: Wilhelm Kuhn
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Producer: Wilhelm Kuhn, Ahmed El Lozy
Executive Producer: Cécile Invernizzi
Writer: Wilhelm Kuhn
Cinematography: Ahmed El Lozy
Editor: Wilhelm Kuhn

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