5@5 Wishful Thinkin'

  • Down South Down South
  • Isla Traena Isla Traena
  • Killing the Coat Killing the Coat
  • Lamentation Lamentation
  • The Child and the Dead The Child and the Dead
  • The Trader The Trader


Rafael 3 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 9:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Thu, Oct 13, 2016 4:30 PM
Film Info
Section:5@5 / Shorts
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


“Wishful thinking, playing with the moon. Won’t you realize we’ll get there soon.” These landscapes prove indelible characters all their own in short films where the tension with their inhabitants plays out in dramatic ways. In Manuel Alvarez Diestro and Sergio Belinchon’s gorgeous The Trader (Spain 2016, 12 min), a busy executive has a very unlikely commute to work. In Aaron Stoller’s very funny Killing the Coat (US 2015, 4 min), a man takes retribution on a particular item of clothing. Marc and Karina Ripper’s The Child and the Dead (US 2015, 18 min) is a rich gothic tale of a family stranded in a brutal and mysterious wilderness. A Romanian folk song is the jumping-off point for a stunning musical voyage in Kirk Kelley’s Lamentation (US 2015, 5 min). In Freddy Syborn’s quirky story, a fiancé in mourning, seeking to come to terms with his loss, takes an unexpected trip to Isla Traena (UK 2015, 15 min) for some stark revelations. And history comes vibrantly to life as Bob Yothers’ Down South (US/Netherlands 2016, 6 min) takes a fierce, poetic view of the horrific legacy of slavery. This is sublime, concise filmmaking, epic in sensibility, writ large on the big screen.

Guests in attendance 10/12 & 10/13: Marc Ripper & McKenzie Stubbert (The Child & The Dead); Bob Yothers (Down South); Manuel Alvarez Diestro (The Trader)

Included Shorts

The Child and the Dead (18min) More
Down South (5min) More
Isla Traena (14min) More
Killing the Coat (4min) More
Lamentation (5min) More
The Trader (12min) More