Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Shorts Round-up
Happy Tribeca Film Festival everyone!
As we kick off the year’s festivities, I’ve compiled a list of some of the shorts that I found very entertaining. If you’re planning on catching any of the Tribeca Film Festival this year, make sure to catch some (or all, go nuts) of these shorts:
By Dmitry Milkin
Maybe pigeons love the old people who go to the park to feed them every day. Watch an elderly group of men have their daily bird feeding. Each has a pigeon, and they are all connected. All but one pigeon, who has lost his companion. It’s a touching glimpse into the life of a lonesome older man who kills time at the park, and the pigeons that we often ignore that may need them just as much.
Odd is an Egg
By Kristin Ulseth
The animation reminds me of a children’s book where the pages were brought to life. We watch Odd, an “egghead” kid, struggle with being different. Always being careful, and afraid to play with others because his head could crack at any moment. But, as most children learn, no matter how alone you are there’s a friend for you somewhere.
By Gregory Casares
In this peculiar love story set in the woods, a girl is taken by a bird hunter. Being tracked by a beloved crow from the forest, the girl arrives at a masquerade ball. Since everyone is in disguise, no one suspects the crow while he and the girl dance the night away. But, their secret cannot stay hidden forever.
The Talk: True Stories About the Birds & the Bees
By Alain Delannoy
An interesting dialogue about why we refer to talking about human reproduction as “the birds and the bees.” There’s not an easy answer there, and the narrators ask why. They also reflect on each of their introductions to human propagation. As you can imagine, both have humorous yet honest recollections of that time in their lives.
Love the Sinner
By Jessica Devaney & Geeta Gandbhir
Beginning with a life firmly rooted in Evangelical Christianity, filmmaker Jessica Devaney left Florida where she grew up, and would go on to realize she was a homosexual. Where she had once been on the frontlines of Christian movements, she dedicated her new life to peace and equality. The tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub presented her with the opportunity to ask church leadership the hard questions. This short is not to be missed. The entire point is to have discussions on homophobia and bias. Engage, then tell others, so the conversation continues. Ultimately, the message is about love, not hate. You’ll see.
The Godfather of Fitness
By Rade Popović
Jack Lalanne is a name as synonymous with fitness, as the Wright Brothers are to aviation. Celebrities, and those close to him, give accounts of how they remember Jack. His dedication to fitness is depicted almost religiously. We watch his preparation for stunts like swimming from Alcatraz handcuffed. It’s quite easy to see how Lalanne captured national fame with his commitment and dedication.
By Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger
Based on a play by Ann Talman, Ann reads her letters and stories as well as her father’s. Ann’s brother Woody has Cerebral Palsy. We see as the siblings separate for schooling, where Woody receives the help he’ll need to live a world full of challenges. Interactions with other children, and watching the toll his differences have on the family. Ann goes on to become a Broadway and film star, and takes her father during his twilight years, as well as Woody.
By Delaney Buffett
Mermaids may not be mentioned every day, but fascination with this mythical creature never dies. Meet the residents of Weeki Wachee Water Ballet. The mermaids who train for this ballet stay underwater for the entire 30 minute show, breathing underwater through tubes. We see decades of women describe what brought them there, and the love they have for their performances.
By Kobe Bryant
With simple, yet clever animation, Kobe Bryant makes this love letter to basketball deeply touching. It is a call back to childhood hopes, and the realization of an adult that it’s time to let go of what we love. This letter written during his final playing moments (so it would seem) is emotional for anyone that has ever dreamed. I hate how much I struggled to fight back tears during this short.
Stay tuned for more coverage from the Tribeca Film Festival 2017.
The Tribeca Film Festival will from Apr 19, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017 in NYC.