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5@5 Boho Dance

“A camera pans the cocktail hour behind a blind of potted palms and finds a lady in a Paris dress with runs in her nylons.” Join us for these tales of fierce and fallible women, told by a fabulous international collection of female storytellers. In Melanie Zoey Weinstein’s soulful Spanko (US 2018, 12 min), a woman finds a new portal of sexual expression. Two young women find their long-time friendship at a crossroads in Emma Weinstein’s poignant Candace (US 2017, 9 min). While on an urban jog, a woman is confronted with a shocking discovery and a dangerous choice in Clare Cooney’s Runner (US 2017, 13 min). In Oskar Resetti’s Tsar Bomba (Switzerland 2018, 14 min), a single mother is forced to confront the latent toxic masculinity that is under her own roof. On the verge of moving to the west, a wife must confront her personal demons in Nasim Kiani and Mostafa Mostafavi’s disturbing and heartbreaking Oculus (Iran 2018, 18 min). And, finally, in Giovana
Thu, Oct 11 9:15 PM
Fri, Oct 12 6:15 PM
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5@5 Circle Game

“And the seasons they go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down. We're captive on the carousel of time.” This year’s animated shorts program contains a diverse set of subjects and whimsical, macabre stories. Tupelo (US 2018, 4 min) and Good Advice (US 2018, 4 min), a pair of shorts from the ever-astounding and prolific Bill Plympton’s latest collection, The Modern Lives, offer the director’s signature animation style set to the music of former Black Crowes member Jackie Greene. Alexandra Lemay’s Freaks of Nurture (Canada 2017, 7 min) dives into the complex, overlooked struggle of mother versus daughter, while Héctor Dávila Cabrera’s Last Stop (Última estación) (Mexico 2017, 6 min) travels by bus to find chili-spiced chicken parts. Ri Crawford’s The Moon’s Milk (US 2018, 14 min) plunders the skies via a motley crew voiced by Tom Waits. Alexandra Castellanos Solís’ Poliangular (Mexico 2017, 8 min) morphs characters a
Fri, Oct 5 6:15 PM
Thu, Oct 11 6:15 PM
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5@5 Come to the Sunshine

“Share in the quiet of knowing. No need for telling you sometimes, when all the answers are so plainly showing.” Indulge in these real-life stories of the human spirit on display in all its marvelous variety. Brett Marty’s The Fiddler (US 2017, 10 min) introduces us to a Silicon Valley engineer whose medical diagnosis forces him to reshape his priorities. Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan's Skip Day (US/UK 2018, 17 min) is an elegiac look at African American high schoolers reveling in their youth in the Florida Everglades. Amy Hill and Chris Riess’s Hula Girl (US 2018, 11 min) offers the inside scoop on one of the 1950s most enduring fads. In Ivan Cash’s Agent of Connection (US 2017, 4 min), one BART employee takes pride in being an ambassador of personal outreach. Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan’s Mothers and Daughters: 8 True Stories (US 2018, 6 min) offers a set of intimate portraits of that special family dynamic through all stages of life. Sara Ne
Fri, Oct 5 9:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 6:15 PM
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5@5 Coyote

“There's no comprehending just how close to the bone and the skin and the eyes and the lips you can get, and still feel so alone.” In these powerful shorts, lone protagonists navigate treacherous emotional terrain as they reconcile their need for connection with the world around them. In Andrew Zox’s touching I Am My Own Mother (US 2018, 23 min), an African American woman seeks out her original birth mother, with some unexpected results. Animator Bill Plympton's The Modern Lives (US 2018, 3 min) uses a Jackie Greene song to depict a man beset by pressures to conform. In Andrés Gallegos Shoe Shiner (El limpia botas) (Chile 2018, 17 min), a young street orphan loses his shoeshine business and must prove his resourcefulness in a world of duplicitous adults. In Teal Greyhavens’s creepy Special Day (US 2018, 7 min), a bizarre family secret is revealed to a woman celebrating her 18th birthday. Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) stars in Richard Raymond’s
Tue, Oct 9 9:15 PM
Wed, Oct 10 6:15 PM
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5@5 Daisy Summer Piper

“Stare into a mirror pool and laugh so princely vain. The skies become kaleidoscopes with no two turns the same.” Don’t miss this set of hilarious comedic shorts, ranging from broad hijinks to a little ham on wry. In Sharon Everitt’s Brentwood (US 2018, 12 min), Brent Spiner (aka Data) lampoons himself and his post-Star Trek legacy. Did we mention it’s a musical co-starring Peri Gilpin, LeVar Burton, and Doug Benson? A hotly-contested local election proves that sometimes every vote really does count in Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas’ Heads or Tails (Pile ou face) (Canada 2018, 15 min). Craig claims he can handle his weed but Craig's Pathetic Freakout (US 2018, 7 min), directed by Graham Parkes, proves he really, really can’t. In Gillian Barnes’ Are You Still Singing? (US 2018, 12 min), a struggling millennial/singing telegram artist is having a very bad day. Two film noir characters navigate a new landscape of socially conscious behavior in Ilys
Fri, Oct 12 9:00 PM
Sat, Oct 13 3:00 PM
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5@5 Eastern Rain

“Shadows by the fire slowly climb and fall. Kisses fade and leave no trace. Whispers vanish into space.” Tales of love highlight these shorts as each one depicts families facing a major turning point. An elderly couple lives a quiet existence, until the husband takes on one major project in Lucas H. Rossi’s The Dress of Myriam (O Vestido de Myriam) (Brazil 2017, 15 min), filmed in stark, stunning black and white. Dorian Tocker’s beautiful The Day That (US 2017, 26 min) is a poetic meditation on grief as the film follows an Islamic family in the US facing a terrible loss. In Machu Latorre's sweet The Loss (La perdida) (Spain 2018, 16 min), a widower confronts the new challenges of domesticity. Dark humor suffuses a tale of a family united—and fragmented—by the passing of the matriarch in Elizabeth Rose’s The Law of Averages (Canada 2017, 14 min). And Jenna Sofia’s Break the Camera (US 2018, 5 min) is a visually dynamic tribute to the film
Mon, Oct 8 9:15 PM
Tue, Oct 9 6:00 PM
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5@5 Festival Faves

Highlights from all the various MVFF41 shorts programs
Sun, Oct 14 7:45 PM
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5@5 The Way It Is

“I will show you what I know. Sometimes we will disagree. If we learn at all to grow. Then I have done my small duty.” In this peer-reviewed collection of youth-made films, today’s teen filmmakers show us just how much they know about cinema, storytelling, and the world as they see it. The Look (Max Retik, US 2018, 6 min), Goodbye Sam (Theo Taplitz, US 2017, 5 min), Backyard Bees (Will Noyce, US 2018, 4 min), Amrika (Nicole Bahar, US 2017, 4 min), Dance with Me (Isaac Karliner-Li, US 2018, 5 min), Perception (Lola Duenyas, US 2018, 2 min), The Last Straw (Julian Jordan, US 2018, 12 min), Experimenting with Animation (Paige Flaming, US 2018, 1 min), Why, God? (Nathan Ginter, US 2018, 8 min), Davy Jones Can’t Fly (Grant Anderson-Smith, US 2018, 7 min), Censored (Maggie Budzyna, US 2018, 3 min), One in Thirty: The Story of Henry Oster (Sarah Antabli, Tiffany Chang, Stephanie Cho, Sara Lowin, Gracie Sandman
Sun, Oct 7 11:00 AM
Fri, Oct 12 12:00 PM
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Any Wednesday/Two for Dinner: An Afternoon with Eleanor Coppola & Allie Light

Co-presented with SFFILM, esteemed Bay Area filmmakers Eleanor Coppola and Allie Light discuss their ventures into narrative cinema after decades as documentarians.
Sat, Oct 13 4:30 PM
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It's a Girls' World

In the spirit of MVFF’s Mind the Gap gender equity initiative, these short stories all feature fun, fascinating, and feisty young female characters—both real and fictional. For young Milly, in Natalie van den Dungen’s Sherbert Rosencrantz, You're Beautiful (Australia 2018, 11 min), having a guinea pig as a best friend seems perfectly normal; her mother, however, begs to differ. In Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s Two Medusas (US 2017, 12 min), the ultimate Halloween horror unfolds when two girls both decide to dress as Medusa for the school costume contest. Some people think girls should not be boxers, but in Emily Sheskin’s documentary
Sat, Oct 6 11:00 AM
Wed, Oct 10 11:00 AM
Sat, Oct 13 3:45 PM
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A Ton o' Toons

This baker’s dozen of short films from all corners of the globe showcases the incredible imagination and inspiration of today’s talented animators. Bats that live in libraries? Lemurs that fly dirigibles? Posters that come to life? A little girl who lives in a zoo? Lions that need more exercise to catch their prey? A princess who hates royal life? Water buffaloes that give you a ride to school? They’re all here—and so much more: Coin Operated (Nicholas Arioli, US 2017, 5 min), Rouff (Benjamin Brand, Johannes Engelhardt, Markus Eschrich, Johannes Lumer, & Julius Rosen, Germany 2017, 7 min), Dark Dark Woods (Emile Gignoux & Mik Løvenbalch Kirchheiner, Denmark 2017, 6 min), Awaker (Probouzec) (Filip Diviak, Czech Republic 2017, 9 min), Undiscovered (Sara Litzenberger, US 2017, 3 min), A Priori (Maïté Schmitt, France 2017, 6 min), I Want to Live in the Zoo (Evgenia Golubeva, UK 2017, 6 min), Painted (Olivia Derie, Belgium 2017,
Sat, Oct 6 11:30 AM
Fri, Oct 12 10:30 AM
Sun, Oct 14 11:45 AM
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