Thursday, November 4, 2010

VFF10 ~ 10 Degrees Hotter Short Films

From musicals (Sudden Death) to music videos (My Southern Can is Mine), to thrillers (Love Me Tender) and thrills (52 Takes of the Same Thing, Then Boobs),  to local gems and foreign finds, The 10th Annual Valley Film Festival has a varied selection of short films competing for the coveted 10 Degrees Hotter award. 

(Please note that these short films precede our feature films and do not screen in a single program.)

Screens with Paid for Pain on 11/12 @ 10pm
Directed by T. Arthur Cottam. The most important aspect of filmmaking is a good story. Another dirty little short from the award-winning director of Pornographic Apathetic and Filthy Food
Screens with Driver's Ed Mutiny on 11/14 @ 5pm
Directed by Peter Pasic, Slovenia. This partially animated short from Slovenia is about a husband and wife in a tiny village who are shocked when their pig gives birth to cyborg piglets.

Screens with Paid for Pain on 11/12 @ 10pm
Directed by Haik Hoisington, The Flower contrasts a utopian society that freely farms and consumes a pleasure giving flower with a society where the same flower is illegal and its consumption is prohibited. 

The Revelation screens with Butterflies on 11/13 @ 7pm
Directed by Vincent Diderot, France. La Revelation takes place in a theater, where viewers are captivated. On the screen, a spaceship captain is telling the world he has met people from outer space.
Screens with The Commune on 11/12 @ 7:30pm 
Directed by Matthew Morgenthaler, Love Me Tender is a dark comedy about seemingly innocent Emma Blake who is hoping to find true love at her university. But whenever a potential boy disappoints her- she kills him.

Bathing Micky screens with Home From the War on 11/14 @ 2:30pm. 
Festival de Cannes Jury Winner - Short Film
Directed by Frida Kempff, Sweden. 100 year old Micky has been a member of the local bathing club for almost half a decade. Every day, every season, she swims with her friends at her beloved bathing club. From her story we gain a perspective on ourselves, and on how our existence is but the fruit of coincidence.

Screens with Pickin' & Grinnin'  on 11/14 @ 8pm
Directed by Jame Gerrity, this music video features Madame Pamita (Pamela Moore) and also includes members of The Black Tongued Bells. A 1930s-style 16mm film utilizing vintage cameras of the era.

Screens with Boiler Maker on 11/13 @ 2:30pm
Directed by Monique Carmona, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back takes a hilarious look at the dark places we go through on the journey of recovery. Laura, the newcomer, decides to share at the neighborhood women's support group. As the semi circle of support gets thinner, we find out she's met someone she thought she could trust, rushed blindly into a no win situation and topped it off with a nice dose of no turning back.
Screens with Pickin' & Grinnin' on 11/14 @ 8pm. With John Larroquette
Directed by Adam Hall. Los Angeles has been overtaken by a virus known as Sudden Death Syndrome, a disease that causes its victim to die suddenly and has only one symptom... spontaneously breaking into well-choreographed song and dance.

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