Friday Night Films
 

SPANGLED
by Jason Blalock (22 min)

In the United States, it is a tradition that every professional sports event is preceded by the recital of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. But who sings it? How are they chosen? The digital video follows two competitors through the entertaining audition process, which concludes with a surprise act of patriotic spontaneity.

 

SUBWAYS
by Daniel Conrad (5 min)

A film by Daniel Conrad.

 

DUPLICITY
by Jeff Palmer (3 min)

A neurotic filmmaker struggles with his inability to focus and his lack of discipline. Shot entirely in Davis.

 

NOTHING IS FUNDAMENTAL
by Victor Bellomo & David Pace (3 min)

Michel Foucault sings his philosophy through a surreal collage landscape. The film is from a series of mini-musicals based on the works of the great philosophers.

 

THE EMPTY BUILDING
by Giovanni Sanseviero (40 min)

Random people within a snowy forest wait to enter a building, though they’re not sure why. Inside, a man arrives on a floor all too eerily familiar. Slowly, he realizes this unassuming building has a plan for him all its own.

 
INTERMISSION
 

THE LATIN AMERICAN
by Louis and Irene De Barraicua: (17 min)

A talented artist is about to give up his musical career because of his crumbling personal life and inability to make even the most basic ends meet. The combination of a day spent with his family, a run-in with an enigmatic woman and a performance at his last show, however, inspire him to realize that destiny is bigger than a paycheck.

 

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND YOU
by David Baeumler (6 min)

Don’t fear life’s misunderstandings -- let a philosophical tape recorder be your guide to a world of fireworks, flowers and thrill rides.

 

GREENDALE
by Neil Young (88 min)

A film by Neil Young.

Saturday Short Films
 

TO LIFE
by Mark Simon (3 min)

Created as a digital story, To Life is the first film by writer and storyteller, Mark Simon. Offering concise reflections on family history, work and children, it explores deep questions, asked by the filmmaker of himself: What choices do we make in those moments when we recognize our lives as a gift? To Life is a reminder, a call to action and an invitation to step fully into life.

 

A LIFE OF DEATH
by Dawn Westlake (8 min)

What was the price of lasting peace?
The (seventh power of ten) times three
In maimed and wounded, missing, dead,
And grief that grips without surcease—
The dead the only ones set free
From nightmares stored within their heads.

 

DOWN ON THE FARM
by Alfonso Alvarez (7 min)

 

LOVEY
by Paul O’Bryan (7 min)

A lonely lady, an empty kitchen and a can of beans. One woman's magic song and culinary skills conjure up a special treat…until a dark cloud suddenly appears. This funny and surreal film was lifted straight from a dream.

 

CONTROL THE FIRE
by Michael Pace and Cathy Speck (10 min)

A short safety video by the friendly staff at the Davis Food Co-op.

 

DUPLICITY
by Jeff Palmer (3 min)

A neurotic filmmaker struggles with his inability to focus and his lack of discipline. Shot entirely in Davis.

 

THE KEEP
by Amy Harrison (4 min)

The Keep imagines a time when the only pockets of pristine nature left are those so badly contaminated that no human dares set foot inside. These overgrown sites are called “keeps,” and the precise details of what environmental calamity took place at each one have long slipped from the public record. Rumor and legend keep local residents out – usually. The character in the Keep (voiced by Annie Sprinkle) decides to explore these wilds, and she goes for a swim in what looks like a perfectly good little pond. What she finds there includes ecstasy, epiphany, and some words of wisdom from the ghost of someone who’s gone before her. At his advice she succumbs to the deadly water and goes back in because, as he explains, “it won’t hurt so much.”

 

COMMON HOURS
by Elaine King (14 min)

“Common Hours” is a short documentary that tells the story of Sharon Gamble and her business partner, Sherri Cowden, who fulfilled a longtime dream to own a hair salon in Davis, CA. Shortly after opening the Hair Saloon, Sharon is diagnosed with cancer and must struggle to keep her dream alive.

 
INTERMISSION
 

ALWAYS FALLING
by Brian Lilla (18 min)

Always Falling is an autobiographical documentary which explores the relationship of self-destructive behaviors and the high-risk activity of climbing. From drug induced glacier exploration as a teenager to remote solo rock climbing at age 32, Always Falling follows one mans quest to keep his head together through the process of climbing. Shot at locations throughout the Western United States, Always Falling transcends the vertical world of climbing.

 

SELF-PORTRAIT POST MORTEM
by Louise Bourque (5 min)

An unearthed time capsule consisting of footage of the maker's youthful self – an “exquisite corpse” with nature as collaborator. Bourque buried random out-takes from her first three films (all staged productions dealing with her family) in the backyard of her ancestral home (adjoining the grounds of a former cemetery) with the ambivalent intentions of both safe-keeping and unloading them (she was relocating). Upon examining the footage five years later she found that the material contained images of herself captured during the making of her first film.

 

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND YOU
by David Baeumler (6 min)

Don’t fear life’s misunderstandings -- let a philosophical tape recorder be your guide to a world of fireworks, flowers and thrill rides.

 

SPANGLED
by Jason Blalock (22 min)

In the United States, it is a tradition that every professional sports event is preceded by the recital of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. But who sings it? How are they chosen? The digital video follows two competitors through the entertaining audition process, which concludes with a surprise act of patriotic spontaneity.

 

MAKING WAVES
by Michael Lahey (60 min)

What do a public access TV personality, an electronics engineer, a Vietnam vet, a libertarian congressional candidate, and a retired millionaire have in common? They're all operating unlicensed, low-power, 'pirate' radio stations in Tucson, Arizona. Making Waves follows their uphill struggle to be heard on our publicly-owned but corporate-controlled airwaves.

 
Saturday Night Films
 
 

FOCUS ON HAITI (7 p.m.)

A short film by Partners in Health, followed by Leslie Fleming, a renowned Bay Area Haiti advocate who will speak on the political and humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Slide show.

 
INTERMISSION (8:15 p.m.)
 

“SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL” (8:30 p.m. )
by Peter Raymont (90 min)

The emotional journey back to Rwanda of Canadian Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, who commanded the U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1994 during the genocide, which he was unable to stop.