SATURDAY JULY 14TH
AT CROWLEY THEATER
10AM | CROWLEY THEATER | SHORTS PROGRAM 3
Aaron, a young man, returns home after a failed suicide attempt. There he meets his family and eventually co-workers who show concern and ask questions regarding his absence. Nevertheless, Aaron continues on his original trajectory.
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 12mins.
Marsh is 24 years old, and he struggles with a tormenting secret. Feeling disconnected human relationships others take for granted, Marsh treads water in the often painful doldrums of everyday life. One evening, a spark ignites Marsh's imagination of what could be and he embarks on a very private quest.
David Lykes Keenan
SHORT | USA | West Texas Premiere, 14mins.
Chris Andrews walked 3,200 miles across the United States to research the effects of digital overuse on our wellbeing. His spiritual and social journey challenges Americans to reimagine their relationship with technology and find balance in the digital age. This film meets Chris in Joshua Tree National park after 2,900 miles on the road. His message is simple: what is at stake is a connection to ourselves, to the people around us, and to the world we live in.
SHORT DOC | USA |USA Premiere, 8mins.
Over the course of a single day, two brothers debate an anything but simple question: 'what are we all doing this for?' In the end, the debate may be far more one-sided than it seems. A story about the oldest question we've got, and the fact that stories of life and death are always clichés: they can only end one of two ways.
Jamie Effros and Paul Bomba
SHORT | World Premiere, 12mins.
A spiritual teacher is having a mental breakdown—and it’s showtime. His only hope comes from an unassuming source.
Carl Bird McLaughlin
SHORT | USA | World Premiere, 13mins.
Music video shot in Marfa for Hamilton Leithauser featuring many locals. “This song is about catching yourself off guard when an emotion hits a little harder than you were ready for. It’s a desperate and funny situation. The desperation can be a little bit ridiculous, which can be a little bit funny, but it’s also desperate, so it’s agonizing. I thought “Wild Hunger” should be delivered with huge passion and energy, and I needed a fierce and booming voice as a counterbalance.
MUSIC VIDEO | 3mins.
In the turmoil after the First World War, young Agnes and her mentor Jadwiga reach an isolated, Austrian village. Although they are initially rejected and denounced by the villagers, the two curative women help with their medical knowledge. They heal the blindness of Frieda, the sacristan's daughter. In the process Frieda and Agnes get closer. So close that the village won't accept the sacrilege. In the fight for respect, morals and social norms, everyone loses in the end.
SHORT | AUSTRIA | 29mins.
12PM | CROWLEY THEATER
MFF IN CONVERSATION WITH JESSICA MITRANI
Marfa Film Festival will honor the work of multimedia female artist Jessica Mitrani, a Colombian-born, New York–based artist whose work traverses a range of media, including performance, theater, objects, and film.
Jessica Mitrani’s provocative explorations into female subjectivity are deeply invested in notions of desire as both an agency exercised by women and as a social apparatus that suspends women’s potential by delimiting them as objects. Her amusing acts, often expressed in an affective range that is excessive, absurd, and melodramatic, recontextualizes and reconfigures quotidian gestures, scenes, and objects in a magical realist realm that is nothing short of fantastical.
The program will open with a very special screening of selected short films and followed by a conversation with the artist.
1PM | CROWLEY THEATER
Inspired by true events, Whitesands tells the story of a young runaway who arrives in a remote, coastal town motel, where the eccentric purveyor watches the clientele from a secret attic.
SHORT | AUSTRALIA | 15mins.
In a desolate stretch of the Sahara, a mysterious car accident leaves a young woman lost and alone. Jake, a reclusive architect, finds her unconscious. He drives her to the nearest doctor, to discover that she's suffering from post-traumatic amnesia. Intoxicated by the woman’s beauty, Jake claims to be her husband. He names her Kitty and takes her to his remote desert home to recuperate. As Kitty struggles to come to grips with who she is, Jake invents an elaborate life they can share the life he has always yearned for. Little by little, Kitty begins to fall in love with him. But when shreds of her past begin to surface, Jake increasingly lives in fear of losing the love of his life.
Dimitri de Clercq
FEATURE | FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM | West Texas Premiere, 116mins.
3:30PM | SHORTS PROGRAM 4 | CROWLEY THEATER
Maddie Applegate is harassed online, at home, publicly shamed, and ostracized in her community. In a last ditch attempt to tell her side of the story, she goes on the T.V. show, Straight Talk with Todd Gacc, in an attempt to clear her name. When Todd starts to dig further, the real reason for Maddie’s turmoil becomes apparent. Hashtag Perfect Life is a satirical look at our current American mood.
SHORT | Texas Premiere, 12mins.
BENJI is funny but her stand-up is painful. Like it's literally just speaking her pain out loud in front of audiences who don’t care to listen. Her friend LAUREN, a former-physicist, reminds Benji that success is a matter of statistics; and free will is an illusion. When a visit to a PSYCHIC takes an unexpected turn, Benji decides what kind of gamble she's willing to risk to get rid of what's inside her.
SHORT | USA | World Premiere, 13mins.
"Fill your Heart with French Fries" is a short sad comedy about a woman who gets dumped by her girlfriend at a fast food joint, and, too sad to go home, just stays there for a week.
SHORT | USA |Texas Premiere, 20mins.
One Eye Small follows Eleanore and Irene, two women in the midst of personal crises, who are brought together by fate and decide to keep each other company during a night out in the city. In a way that is characteristic of a night in NYC, they encounter a slew of hilarious psychos, throughout their journey, who poke and prod them. As brave, eccentric Eleanore takes the reigns and lures Irene, the victimized crab, out of her shell, the lines of attraction and friendship blur. Just like the characters themselves, the film walks a fine line between reality and the absurd.
SHORT | USA | 9mins.
5:30PM | CROWLEY THEATER
A found footage work which compares the parallel cinematic language of dessert commercials with that of ‘disaster porn’ found in the news and on the Internet. The sound, pulled from pedestrian-produced videos of demolitions, disasters, and storms, expresses the contradictions of the contemporary crowd; its insatiable appetite for destruction and arousal; its inattention, its inability to look away; its anxiety and its ecstasy.
SHORT | USA | Texas Premiere, 4mins.
An angry, crackling and defiantly disordered underclass of nowheresville punk- rock kids, see their band Surgeon General’s Warning (SGW) as their ticket out of small town Texas, as 1990 comes to a close. The band drops acid, plays gigs and carries out calculated acts of vandalism around town to the television soundtrack of 24-hour newscasts about Operation Desert Storm and devotion to country at any cost. Faced with the reality of a dead end job at the plastic plant, a life in the oil field, or fighting a war that has no meaning to them, the group's chaos and imminent adulthood leaves them completely vulnerable for what ensues.
NARRATIVE FEATURE | USA | 97mins.
7PM PRE-BILLIE JEAN SUNSET POOL PARTY
AT THUNDERBIRD HOTEL
9PM SPECIAL OUTDOOR SCREENING UNDER THE STARS
Before the Kardashians and internet stars a young woman defending herself became a hero among many in 1985. Honoring women, youth and the spirit of "fair is fair " we present this classic 80's film Legend of Billie Jean. Dance underneath the stars to our 80’s themed video dance party immediately to follow the film....we will be invincible!
FEATURE | USA | 92mins.