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Reflection on the closing of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe

With the closing of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe in Providence, R.I., after 42 years, we had planned to write an editorial about it. We have so many memories of going there. In fact, the past couple of years the owners really raised the bar with their programming. We also featured them in Limelight Magazine two years ago when the indie cinema celebrated their 40th anniversary. (Click HERE to read the story). However, we noticed a post on Sara Archambault’s Facebook page that expressed our thoughts exactly.  Instead of rewriting essentially what she posted, we asked for her permission to share this on our page with our readers and she graciously accepted. So long, Cable Car Cinema and Cafe. You were a gem in the Providence community and a cultural institution!

To Whom It May Concern:

As a filmmaker, an arts sector worker, and a life-long RI resident (with about 20 years in Providence), I want to add a line to the recent debates about the closing of the Cable Car Cinema.

I am fortunate to work at a regional arts funding organization called the LEF Foundation. LEF supports documentary filmmakers who reside in New England but make films around the world. Each year, we gather a jury of film professionals from all over the country to make the grant decisions and in the last few years, we have moved these deliberations from where the foundation is centered, in Harvard Square, to Providence.

I helped to orchestrate this move. I have what is possibly an absurd amount of Providence Pride. I revel in showing off this city’s historic and crafty features. I love the people here; our DIY spirit; the fierce call to create and forge our own paths with nothing but some good ideas and a little sweat. You can see this manifested all over the city in myriad ways.

In the mornings, I walk the jury from where they stay at the Dean Hotel over to Small Point Café for breakfast. At the end of the day, I bring them out to see art or shop some craft stores after a hard day’s work.

Significantly, I always send this jury to the Cable Car, one of this city’s most important cultural institutions. This is a place dedicated to showing the best of independent film, and intentionally building community around cinema. After a day of watching emerging films in progress, it’s satisfying to send the jury to the “cinema with couches” to see what one of these films might look like when it reaches the big screen.

But this year was different.

I knew I was sending this group of film industry leaders to the Cable Car for the last time, and I was heartbroken.

But it’s not only the Cable Car closing that pains my heart. Walking down Westminster, the jury encountered closed storefronts on each block. Every new construction boasted signs for hotels or luxury apartments. But what is it that will draw people to our city? Or make them stay? I’m heartened by the cool little shops and restaurants I see sprouting up downtown, but I worry the new construction signals a stripping away of this city’s beating heart.

Why am I so worried? Until recently, the LEF Foundation was located in Harvard Square, where it had been since 1992. I witnessed the Square morph from a funky, eclectic space to a corporate white wash of familiar franchises. The building LEF was in for more than 25 years was sold and the rent doubled. Down the block the Brattle Theatre, an independent cinema, is a remnant of what the Square once was. It’s all the more treasured for this reason but it too has a wealthy landlord–Harvard University–and ongoing challenges remain.

What I saw happen in Harvard Square, I see happening here.

And so I ask: What do we value, Providence? What do we want this place to be?

Providence is well known around the world for its arts scene. The culture of this place is directly tied to its creative character. Anchors like AS220, Trinity Rep, and PPAC, helped spur this growth we see. Places like the Cable Car, Craftland, Thee Red Fez, the Columbus Theater, Haven Brothers, Armageddon Shop, the Dirt Palace, and Frog N Toad, to just mention a handful, are what give Providence its flavor. Our success as a place is, was and will always be tied to the fates of the determined artists, storytellers, and entrepreneurs who bring our city its cultural life.

RI artist Hilary Treadwell (now famous for her “Don’t Mess with RI Either” t-shirts) was quoted in local media when there was speculation that the Crook Point Bascule Bridge was to be taken down. She said, “The soul of a place is diminished when we dismantle its strange things.”

In our city’s pursuit of growth, I fear we may be dismantling our strange things. And it is, indeed, these same strange things that provide the bedrock to why people want to come here in the first place. What is the vision for nurturing and protecting the local while planning for this growth?

In the case of the Cable Car, it is important to note that one of the largest arts institutions in our city took a primary role in the elimination of one of the smallest. RISD receives tax benefits from our city. What is their commitment to being a community partner?

On the state level, instead of giant tax breaks for one or two large corporations, what about incentives for 40 small businesses? What can we do to help grow the Cable Cars – people committed to this city, with roots here – into mid-size or large businesses with more jobs? Where is that vision for advancement? Finally, how can the giant behemoths of the universities create meaningful partnerships with the business and cultural sector that service a more useful set of values than an asset on a spreadsheet?

What do we want to be, Providence?

I am inviting those of us who are so lucky to live in this wonderful little city to think creatively and challenge our leaders to think with us. Think of sitting on those comfy couches discovering a new movie or maybe going on a first date. What does Providence become without the Cable Cars?

I will mourn the loss of this theater for a long time. I wish the owners (my friends – full transparency) well and I hope they find it within them to recreate somewhere else in town.

Finally, I implore our city, state and institutional leaders, please don’t dismantle our strange things in the pursuit of profit and growth. They are the very pillars that hold us up. Including you.

Respectfully submitted, 
Sara Archambault

The logo of the Cable Car Cinema and Cafe in Providence, R.I. 

Limelight Magazine’s Oscar Predictions in 12 Categories

Since we’ve seen all of the films released in 2017 that were nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Director,” as well as all of the films in several of the other categories, Limelight Magazine has decided to offer our predictions in 12 of the 24 categories vying to win gold at this Sunday’s 90th annual Academy Awards. We don’t anticipate getting all of them right. (We may even get all of them wrong). But, we thought this would be fun and something different to do. Here are our predictions of who we think will win along with who could be a potential spoiler. Tune in Sunday at 8 PM on ABC to find out how we did.

(Please note that we only made predictions in those categories where we saw every film in contention).

BEST PICTURE

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

This is the most difficult category to predict because there isn’t a clear front runner. However, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri are our favorites to win. Get Out could surprise with an upset victory. I, Tonya was robbed of a nomination and should have been placed in contention.

Winner: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Spoiler: Get Out

 BEST DIRECTOR

  • Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
  • Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
  • Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)
  • Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Winner: Guillermo del Toro

Spoiler: Greta Gerwig

LEADING ACCTRESS

  • Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
  • Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
  • Meryl Streep (The Post)

Winner: Frances McDomand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Spoiler: Margo Robbie (I, Tonya)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
  • Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
  • Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
  • Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water)

Winner: Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

Spoiler: Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

LEADING ACTOR

  • Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)
  • Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
  • Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)
  • Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.)

Winner: Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Spoiler: Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
  • Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
  • Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water)
  • Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)
  • Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Winner: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Spoiler: Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)
  • Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour)
  • Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk)
  • Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)
  • Rachel Morrison (Mudbound)

Winner: Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

Spoiler: Dan Laustsen (The Shape of Water)

FILM EDITING

  • Baby Driver
  • Dunkirk
  • I, Tonya
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 Winner: Dunkirk

Spoiler: Baby Driver

 ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
  • Phantom Thread (Johnny Greenwood)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)
  • The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

 Winner: The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Spoiler: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

 LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • DeKalb Elementary
  • The Eleven O’Clock
  • My Nephew Emmett
  • The Silent Child
  • Watu Wote / All of Us 

Winner: DeKalb Elementary

Spoiler: Watu Wote / All of Us

 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
  • The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
  • Logan (Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green)
  • Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
  • Mudbound (Virgil Williams, Dee Rees)

 Winner: Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory)

Spoiler: Mudbound (Virgil Williams, Dee Rees)

 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele)
  • Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
  • The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor)
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Winner: Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Spoiler: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Limelight Magazine’s Top 20 Horror Films of 2017

2017 was the biggest year for horror movies in cinematic history. Every publication from The New York Times to Variety has written about the biggest box office year ever for this genre. While movies such as It, Get Out, Split, and Annabelle 2: Creation, dominated the headlines, they were just a handful of quality horror films released this year. In looking back on 2017, these were our top 20 favorite horror movies. (As we always note when creating a list like this, we haven’t seen every horror film this year but these are our favorites as of December 31, 2017).

  1. Raw

2. Mother!

3. The Blackcoat’s Daughter

4. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

5. Get Out

6. Split

7. Happy Death Day

8. Killing Ground

9. The Void

10. Tragedy Girls

11. Jigsaw

12. It Comes At Night

13. A Cure for Wellness

14. A Dark Song

15. It

16. Better Watch Out

17. Belko Experiment

18. Annabelle 2: Creation

19. Amityville: The Awakening

20. The Devil’s Candy

LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE’S TOP 10 MOVIES OF 2017

While Limelight Magazine previewed less films in 2017 than in previous years, almost everything we saw was top notch. In fact, out of the 48 films we saw theatrically this year, there were only two disappointments (Personal Shopper and 47 Meters Down). In reflecting back on the  cinematic highlights of 2017, these were our top 10 favorites. Rather than go into detail about each one, we’re only going to list them so you can discover these movies for yourself. (Disclaimer: This list is based on films I’ve seen as of Dec. 28, 2017. It could be adjusted in the future as I view other films from 2017 in early 2018).

  1. Raw [screened @ Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA]

2. Mother! [screened @ Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA]

3. The Blackcoast’s Daughter [screened @ East Providence 10, East Providence, RI]

4. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer [screened @ Providence Place Cinemas, Providence, RI]5. The Shape of Water [screened @ Avon Cinema, Providence, RI]

6. Wind River [screened @ Brenden Theatres, Modesto, CA]

7. Lady Bird  [screened @ Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline, MA]

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi [screened @ AMC, Dartmouth, MA]

9. A Ghost Story [screened @ The Cable Car, Providence, RI]

10 – TIEThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [Regal Cinemas, Niagara Falls, NY] 

10 – TIEColossal [screened @ Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge, MA]

‘Twin Peaks’ filming locations

With the release of Showtime’s Twin Peaks:  A Limited Event Series on DVD and Blu-ray earlier this week, we thought it would be a good time to post photos of some of the real-life Twin Peaks filming locations that Limelight Magazine visited in the state of Washington on September 2, 2017. If you’re a fan of the series, you should enjoy these photos. (All photos are courtesy and copyright of Limelight Magazine.)

Welcome to Twin Peaks Sign Road (Southeast Reinig Road)

“The Great Northern Hotel” (a.k.a. Salish Lodge) and Snoqualmie Falls 

Inside “Salish Lodge”
Inside the gift shop at Salish Lodge

“The Palmer House”

“The Giant Log” (a.k.a. Snoqualmie Centennial Log) 

“Ronette’s Bridge” (a.k.a. Reinig Bridge) 

“The Double R Diner” (a.k.a. Twedes Cafe) 

Inside Twedes Cafe

The Packard Sawmill (a.k.a. Weyerhaeuser Mill)

The Roadhouse (a.k.a. Fall City Roadhouse & Inn)

Twin Peaks High School (a.k.a. Mt. Si High School)

Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department (a.k.a. DirtFish Rally School)

“The Hilltop” (a.k.a. Snoqualmie Point Park)

Mural on the side of Twedes Cafe

 

Limelight Magazine’s 31 favorite horror films since 2000

BY LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE 

Many people say that the best horror films came out in the 1970s and 1980s, but that simply is not the case. While there are definitely a number of classic flicks there were released during these two decades, the past 17 years have yielded a number of quality horror films that are just as good or even superior to their predecessors.

Since it’s October, we thought it would be festive to list our favorite 31 horror movies since 2000. We haven’t given any details about each film because you should be checking them out for yourselves and making your own judgments. For the fun of it, we included the “Tomatometer” from Rotten Tomatoes to see how the films rate from critics nationwide. Interestingly, only three of the films (i.e. High Tension, Saw and Tusk) fell below 50%.

It should also be noted that we have not seen every horror film of the past 17 years, but have done our best to see as many as possible. This list will be revised if we find more flicks that are worthy of adding. We realize a list like this will trigger differing opinions so we welcome all of your comments.

  1. It Follows (2015)   [Tomatometer = 96% fresh]

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2. The Babadook (2014)   [Tomatometer = 98% fresh]

The Babadook

3. Tusk (2014)   [Tomatometer = 41% fresh]

Tusk

4. Let Me In (2010)   [Tomatometer = 88% fresh]

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5. Orphan (2009) [Tomatometer = 55% fresh]

6. Raw (2017)  [Tomatometer = 90% fresh]

7. [Rec] 2 (2009)   [Tomatometer = 70% fresh]

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8. The Orphanage (2007)   [Tomatometer = 87% fresh]

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9. Martyrs (2008) [Tomatometer = 53% fresh]

10. The Invitation (2015)   [Tomatometer = 88% fresh]

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11.House of the Devil (2009)   [Tomatometer = 86% fresh]

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12. Inside (2007)   [Tomatometer = 83% fresh]

13. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015) [Tomatometer = 73% fresh]

14. Behind the Mask (2006)   [Tomatometer = 74% fresh]

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15. High Tension (2003)  [Tomatometer = 41% fresh]

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16. Saw (2004)   [Tomatometer = 48% fresh]

17. The Conjuring (2013)   [Tomatometer = 86% fresh]

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18. Rec (2007)   [Tomatometer = 88% fresh]

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19. Starry Eyes (2014)   [Tomatometer = 75% fresh]

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20. The Neon Demon (2016)  [Tomatometer = 57% fresh]

21. The Children (2008)   [Tomatometer = 73% fresh]

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22. Cold Prey (2006)   [Tomatometer = No Score]

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23. Session 9 (2001)   [Tomatometer = 63% fresh]

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24. Sleep Tight (2012)   [Tomatometer = 93% fresh]

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25. The Witch  [Tomatometer = 91% fresh]

26. Afflicted (2014)   [Tomatometer = 81% fresh]

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27. The Mind’s Eye (2015)   [Tomatometer = 59% fresh]

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28. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2017) [Tomatometer = 87% fresh]

29. Them (2006)   [Tomatometer = 61% fresh]

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30. Ginger Snaps (2000)   [Tomatometer = 89% fresh]

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31. Midnight Meat Train (2008) [Tomatometer = 72% fresh]

Honorable Mentions: Curse of ChuckyDon’t Breathe, The Final Destination, Frontier(s), Goodnight Mommy, The Hills Have Eyes, Hostel, Lost After Dark, May, Maniac, The Sacrament, Saw IV, Saw VI, Trick ‘r Treat, The Void, We Are Still Here and Wolf Creek.

19th Annual Boston Underground Film Festival Announces Final Wave of Films

Cambridge, MA – Following up on last week’s feverish announcement, the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) is proud to reveal the remainder of its eclectic 19th edition, taking place from March 22nd  through the 26th at the Brattle Theatre and Harvard Film Archive. BUFF’s already dynamic lineup is rounded out with even more intriguing films from around the world, including over 80 short films and music videos that promise to disturb, dazzle, and delight.

BUFF is honored and thrilled to be hosting the East Coast Premiere of hotly-anticipated doc A Life in Waves, an intimate portrait of one of the most influential electronic composers of the last 40 years, Suzanne Ciani. Documentarian duo (and BUFF alum) Brett Whitcomb and Bradford Thomason will be in attendance, along with the diva of the diode herself for a post-screening Q&A at the Harvard Film Archive. Fans of synth would be remiss to miss this! On the other end of the documentary spectrum is our New England Premiere of Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Fraud, an impossible to categorize hybrid-doc and bold experiment in filmmaking that explores the essence of “truth” in a post-truth era. Come and catch one of the most controversial films to take HotDocs by storm last year.

Lovers of all things dark and disturbing are advised to pencil in this quadruplet of narrative nightmares: A grieving mother and a bullying occultist (Steve Oram) face their demons in black magic thriller A Dark Song, from Irish, first-time director Liam Gavin. Valentin Hitz’s gorgeous and unnerving Hidden Reserves gives us a peek at the future-that-could-be (ponder this: death insurance) with his Austrian dystopian sci-fi masterpiece. And speaking of hidden, BUFF presents for the first time ever a Secret Screening; we can’t tell you what it is, but we can tell you that it’s one of the most highly anticipated genre titles coming out this year. Take the leap into the rabbit hole with your pals at BUFF and catch it before all your friends.

Lightening things up substantially is a triple threat of comedic treats: A group of awful idiots fail at throwing a party over and over in Slamdance smash Neighborhood Food Drive, with BUFF alum & director Jerzy Rose and writer Halle Butler in the house. Emerson College alum Michael Reich brings his surreal and sensational She’s Allergic to Cats to the Brattle; you’ll laugh, cry, and ponder duck boobs. Rounding things out is our anniversary screening of oft underappreciated Southland Tales, Richard Kelly’s gonzo anarchic vision of the near future (which may be closer to the near present), which we lift up and celebrate ten years later.

The festive environ would be incomplete without a set of accompanying parties: BUFF delivers in spades this year with our opening night, All Your Heroes Are Dead-themed shindig at Zuzu (hosted by Moon Button and all things vinyl). We’ll have a night of karaoke at Tasty Burger, themed Dystopioke (aren’t you curious), a late-night jaunt out to Boston Bowl for Big Lebowski-themed shenanigans (costumes highly encouraged, dudes), an incredible closing night happening at the Lilypad, hosted by our favorite merchants of awful, The Whore Church, and complete with synth soundscape provided by Dust Witch, Antoni Maiovvi, and Timothy Fife. And, of course, more! Save up your stamina because we work hard and play harder on team BUFF.

Grab Festival Passes, only available through Kickstarter, until March 17th: bit.ly/KickstartBUFF19

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BOSTON UNDERGROUND FINAL WAVE

A DARK SONG – East Coast Premiere

Liam Gavin | Ireland | 2016

A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

A LIFE IN WAVES – East Coast Premiere

Brett Whitcomb | USA | 2017

This incredible documentary explores the even more incredible life and innovations of composer and electronic music pioneer, Suzanne Ciani. Join us for a Q&A with Suzanne & the filmmakers following the screening!

FRAUD – New England Premiere

Dean Fleischer-Camp | USA | 2016

A struggling family commits fraud in this contentious docu-ficto hybrid.

HIDDEN RESERVES – East Coast Premiere

Valentin Hitz | Austria/Germany/Switzerland | 2016

Where death with dignity comes at a premium, an insurance salesman turned narc must reevaluate his ideology when he falls for the rebel he’s assigned to entrap.

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE – East Coast Premiere

Jerzy Rose | USA | 2017

A group of awful idiots fail at throwing a party over and over.

SECRET SCREENING – Secret Premiere

Secret Director | Secret Country | Secret Year

One of the best genre films coming out this year.

SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS – New England Premiere

Michael Reich | USA | 2016

A dog groomer in Hollywood aspires to be more than a dog groomer in Hollywood.

SOUTHLAND TALES – Anniversary Screening

Richard Kelly | USA | 2006

During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

BOSTON UNDERGROUND SHORTS LINEUP

Shorts Block DISORDERED STATES:

A TOWN CALLED THEOCRACY

Jehad Al-Kateeb, Syria/USA, 15 min.

Boy and girl meet cute through the magic of municipal overreach.

GUTS
Carrie Drzik, USA, 4 min.

The delightful tale about a plucky young heroine left to her own devices.

MARGINAL CIRCUS EMBASSY

Oliver Kowalczyk, Spain, 10 min.

We can’t always hide our anxiety and loneliness with costumed pool parties.

ISADORE

Brooke Paxton, Australia, 14 min.

A German Expressionist ode to pantomime and our desperate need to please another at our own expense.

YULETIDE

Marinah Janello, USA, 5 min.

Krampus can spy you. But that doesn’t mean you can spy on Krampus.

WALL

Giannis Vlahopolous, Greece, 14 min.

Those who control the money may also be controlling your outrage.

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE

Goirick Das, USA, 3 min.

Ding dong ditching—or the endless cycle of running from our fears and ourselves.

NO WAVE

Stephane Lapointe, Canada, 12 min.

After he hears a man scream within the calming sea of a relaxation radio station, sleep deprivation is the least of Henry’s problems.  

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION

Tim Woodall, UK, 15 min.

The brief hijacking of a TV signal leads a lonely, grief-wracked video archivist onto an obsessive quest for meaning.

Comedy Shorts Block DON’T LOOK BACK INTO THE SUN:

DEATH METAL

Chris McInroy, USA, 5 min.

A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

CALLING IN DEMONS

Porcelain Dalya, USA, 8 min.

Instead of calling out of work sick, Daphne finds that she has demons in her home.

EULOGILIA

Alex Grossman, USA, 11 min.

After her bizarre addiction to eulogize is discovered, a troubled young woman fights to prove her sanity while attempting to survive group therapy.

EARWORM

Tara Price, USA, 5 min.

A lonely man does battle with a relentless piece of music.

IDIOMS ORIGINS ANOTHER TALE

Jim McDonough, USA, 6 min.

According to the legend, each and every idiom came to be after happening in real life. These stories have never been told. Until now

COMPUTER FIGHTERS

Kevin James & Neil Cicierega & Ryan Murphy, USA, 22 min.

When the local rich kid begins to hog a new groundbreaking video game at the arcade, it’s up to Ryan, Neil, and Kevin to stop him.

PET MONKEY

Eric Maira, USA, 8 min.

A date night turns ugly when a persistent boyfriend offers to buy his girlfriend a monkey.

STAYCATION

Zachary Fleming, USA, 12 min.

Rob just wants some quality alone time. So does the apartment he rented.

4D

Laurence Rosier Stanies, Australia, 7 min.

if the fourth dimension is time, what would a real 4D printer look like? A time machine? A black hole?

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

Mark Kuczewski, UK, 6 min.

One man’s quest to rekindle his love with his zombie bride.

TAMPOON

Jeanne Jo, USA, 7 min.

When Miranda makes bad decisions about her love life, a possessed tampon enters to take care of business.

CHICKEN TUESDAYS

Brandon Daley, USA, 10 min.

Will Gillman sets out to impress his date by bringing her to a chicken photography competition at a local bar. From the director of last year’s Savasana.

Animated Shorts Block GET THE BALANCE RIGHT:

THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT
James Siewert, USA, 12 min.

A couple replays the same encounter day after day.

ADAM

Veselin Efremov, Sweden, 6 min.

A criminal wakes to find he has been stripped of his body and placed into a machine.

MOLAR

Luke Liberty, USA, 2 min.

Strange things are afoot in the dark of the forest.

HOLD ME (CA CAW CA CAW)

Renee Zhan, USA, 11 min.

A bird and her boyfriend are seemingly happy until she wants more.

PANIC ATTACK!

Eileen O’Meara, USA, 3 min.

Maybe you did leave the coffee on; maybe your house plants are gaslighting you.

LILLY HITS THE ROAD

The Bum Family, Canada, 5 min.

An adventure of a 10 foot tall orange monster and her friend Fluffle.

ROGER BALLEN’S THEATRE OF APPARITIONS

Emma Calder & Ged Haney, UK, 5 min.
The theatre of the subconscious; sex and death cavort for the audience’s amusement.

THE GOLDEN CHAIN

Adebukola Bodunrin & Ezra Claytan Daniels, USA, 13 min.

On a distant space station, a scientist becomes obsessed with the pocket universe she is monitoring.

THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: ENSUEÑO

Jose Luis Gonzalez, USA, 5 min.

In a small Texas town, a teenage girl’s imagination transforms her bike ride home.

THE ITCHING

Dianne Bellino, USA, 15 min.

A wolf just wants to party with some bunnies, but there is something under her skin.

OPOLIS

John F. Quirk, USA, 3 min.

Lookout! Space alien Attack!

Midnight Shorts Block TRIGGER WARNING:

HELL FOLLOWS

Brian Harrison, Japan/USA, 11 min.

The soul of a sadistic killer posses the body of his identical twin, and is out for vengeance.

STUDDED NIGHTMARE

Jean Claude Leblanc, Canada, 9 min.

Can a man resist the pull of the suicide chair?

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL

Izzy Lee, USA, 12 min.

Maybe you shouldn’t.

MUTT

Bruce James, USA, 14 min.

Faith will do some crazy thing to you, down in the buckle of the bible belt.

MOUSE

Celine Held & Logan George, USA, 11 min.

Two cokeheads come up with an uniquely opportunistic way to stick it to the man. Held and George are a filmmaking duo to keep an eye on.

THE LOWER RACE

Graham Roberts, USA, 10 min.

In the near future, when our toxic earth is ruled by giant ants, one part-human warrior is all that stands against total Insecta domination.

FANGS & CLAWS 2
Francisco Lacerda, Portugal, 17 min.

Get ready for the trashiest sequel of the year!

PRINCESS

Jonty Williment-Knowles, USA, 5 min.

A troubling love story, told through a broken lens.

FUCKING FREAK

Salamo Manetti-Lax, USA, 15 min.

As an Alien walks the sun drenched landscape of Los Angeles, it encounters a slew of angry inhabitants mirroring various facets of LA society. A nice little message picture.

New England Horror Shorts Block HOMEGROWN HORROR:

LETTING

Hannah Neurotica, Vermont, 3 min.

A little girl’s nightmares manifest in her toy collection.

LOOKER

Diana Porter, Massachusetts, 10 min.

A scorned woman has a special plans for her lecherous harassers.  

FRACTAL

Anna Gravél, Maine, 14 min.

A woman’s return to her childhood home releases terrible memories.

STRANGE HARVEST

Stee McMorris, Massachusetts, 6 min.

A pair of strangers awaken to find themselves imprisoned in a bizarre alien goo.

THE DISSOLVING MAN

Ben Swicker, Massachusetts, 20 min.

An aimless young adult finds his life literally disintegrating before his eyes.

THE PRICE OF BONES

Brandon Taylor, Massachusetts, 10 min.

A pair of women go to disturbing lengths to achieve a socially-desired body type.

THE CALL OF CHARLIE

Nick Spooner, Rhode Island, 14 min.

A Lovecraftian creature makes things awkward for guests at a dinner party.

PEPPERCORN HEARTS

Christine Louise Marshall, Maine, 13 min.

A funeral holds more than sadness for the spurned mourners gathered there.

Shorts Playing with BUFF Features:

WALDEN PINK

Peter Bolte, USA, 11 min.

Walden sits on a park bench as an endless stream of religious proselytizers, process servers, and angry bartenders distract him from from finding peace and clarity to his repetitive and draining existence. From BUFF alum Peter Bolte (Dr. Sketchy’s) and starring David Yow of The Jesus Lizard.

HOME EDUCATION

Andrea Niada, United Kingdom, 25 min

A domineering mother and her inquisitive daughter engage in unusual acts of faith in an attempt to cajole an attic-bound pater familias back from the dead.

THE BRIDGE PARTNER

Gabriel Olson, USA, 14 min

A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity by her new partner at a weekly bridge game when she thinks she hears a whispered threat.

FROM THE DIZZINESS OF FREEDOM: THE PHILOSOPHY VESSEL

Melissa Ferrari, USA, 8 min.

A visualization of the strategies people incorporate to find meaning in their lives inspired by the mythology and functions of mazes and labyrinths across history.

THE QUANTIFIED SELF

Gleb Osatinski, USA, 11 min

Lozinski, Clare and their daughters Daniela1 and Daniela2 prepare for the girls’ first trip to a The Pillar, which gives meaning to their highly ordered lives. But The Pillar takes and gives and when it blesses the family with a new addition, it takes from them in ways they can’t anticipate.

INK

Ashlea Wessel, Canada, 10 min

A traumatized woman seeks penance and personal transformation through tattooing after surviving a devastating pregnancy. One night, drenched in booze and ink, her deepest fears threaten to consume her.

THREE POINT DYNAMICS

Keaton Smith, USA, 15 min.

An alcoholic, theoretical physicist seeks to right the wrongs of his past by applying his unified theory to reality.

BYEFURNOW

Michael Elliott Dennis, USA, 17 min.

A bereaved pet owner, on the suggestion of a stranger in a bar, resorts to a mobile app to help him find closure.

AN ELDRITCH PLACE

Julien Jauniaux, Belgium, 17 min.

Terror grips a man keeping watch over an erratic researcher’s late night experiments.  

RITES OF VENGEANCE

Izzy Lee, USA, 5m

Nuns’ justice comes, their will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

TROLL: A SOUTHERN TALE

Marinah Janello, USA, 12 min.

An eccentric artist navigates self-expression through his experiences living and growing up in the South.

DISCONTINUITY

Lori Felker, USA, 15 min

When Tabitha moves back “home” to the house she shared with her long-distance boyfriend Stephen, their reunion is interrupted by communication problems, neighbors, and a clowder of cats.

BOSTON UNDERGROUND MUSIC VIDEOS

“Turbo Killer”

Carpenter Brut

Seth Ickerman

“Shooter”

Clipping.

Carlos Lopez Estrada

“Being”

Millington

Josh Thomas & Darcy Prendergast

“Father”

Rysy

Martyna Iwańska

“Ten Year Tenure”

Halfsour

Ariana Ratner

“Molly”

Palehound

Lara Jean Gallagher & Brian Kinkley

“No Reason”

Bonobo & Nick Murphy

Oscar Hudson

“Bury the Body”

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox & Dave Brophy & Roger Metcalf

“Happy”

Mitski

Maegan Houang

“Good Earth”

Fawn

Ariana Anderson

“Nothing”

Tesla Boy

Ryan Patrick

“Roller”

Quilt

Adi Putra

“Ya Ya Ya”

You Won’t

Josh Arnoudse

“Big Dead Heart”

Eldridge Rodriguez

Pat Breen & Cameron Keiber

“Overcame the Sun”

Cloudy Busey

Julian Clark & Adam Hersko & Matt Twohig

“Dropped Bench Press”

Skinny Bones

Eli Susser

“Back Around, Devil”

Dessert

Alex Lill

“Black Man In A White World”

Michael Kiwanuka

Hiro Murai

“Lite Spots”

Kaytranada

Martin C. Pariseau

“Blood in Love”

Ruby Cube

Pierre Teulieres & Milo Gony

“Closer”

Lemaitre

Ewan Jones Morris & Casey Raymond

“I Wanna Prove To You”

Lemon Twigs

Nick Roney