Way Out There

(Various, Various Countries, 106 mins)
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A state of tortured inebriation, a state of consciousness, a state of history, a state that transcends time, a state of mysticism, a state of enlightenment, a state of revolution. This eclectic shorts program will entertain, educate and shock you as it explores these many states that coexist both within and outside our conventional realities.

America's Hometown: Terra Cotta

DIR Brian Moratti / USA, 2013, 14 min.

A documentary about the use of terracotta in American architecture (especially from 1890 to 1940) as both functional cladding and beautiful, elaborate decorative elements. A chronicle of a time when buildings were meant to be more than just functional, this is a look at everyday art history—the kind rarely appreciated and deserving of preservation.

Blind Puppet

DIR Jaime Fidalgo / Mexico/Spain, 2013, 19 min.

In this twisted tale, a depressed and often manic puppeteer leaves home to do another day of penance, trying to absolve the tortured memories of a drunken night—when the monster that dwells within him was unleashed.

The Green Serpent

DIR Benny Jaberg / Russia/Switzerland, 2013, 20 min.

This cinematic anti-postcard takes us on a journey into the depths of intoxication: vodka as transcendence… Bitten by the green snake, people enter a twilight zone. In the frozen Russian winter, life becomes indistinguishable from a devastating void, where inspiration and destruction manifest equally.

Little Block of Cement With Disheveled Hair Containing the Sea

DIR Jorge López Navarrete / Spain, 2013, 16 min.

On an Ecuadorian mountainside, a dog and a horse embark upon a journey together, and their adventures in this land of mists reveals a genuine mutual relationship that develops between them.

Mother Corn

DIR Guillermo Lecuona / Mexico/USA, 2013, 15 min.

A Triqui Indian teen, who was abandoned by her mother, begins to experience momentary spiritual visions that help awaken her sense of self and her appreciation of her grandmother—as well as Mexican native culture in general.

My Life in the Canyon of Heroes

DIR Mark Nickolas / USA, 2013, 7 min.

An irreverent look at the 7,000-pound bronze Wall Street bull, as he recounts how corporate moguls adopted him as the symbol of financial might… and how the public sees him as a symbol of greed.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

DIR Matthew VanDyke / USA, 2013, 15 min.

The story of the ongoing Syrian revolution, as told through the experiences of a male rebel fighter and a female journalist. It’s a powerful and sometimes extremely violent piece about bravery in the face of death, and true commitment to change.