Bumbershoot Announces Short Film Lineup

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One of the hidden gems of Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual music and arts celebration, is the short film program. Ask most festival attendees and you’ll likely get the same quizzical look and a response that sounds something like, “they have movies?”

It’s too bad, as some of the programs over the last few years have been a lot of fun, featuring favorites from SIFF, and even an Academy Award nominee or two. If nothing else, an hour or so sitting in a nice, air conditioned theater watching short films is a nice way to break up day, and cool off in the Labor Day weekend heat.

In 2012, Bumbershoot’s 1 Reel Film Festival will screen more than 100 short films over three days from around the world. Covering a diverse array of themes and topics, these are movies, all in one place, that you are unlikely to stumble across in any other venue.

The 1 Reel schedule has just been announced:

Friday, August 31

8:00pm 1 Reel Sneak Preview Opening Night 2012

Hosted at the SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center, this preview is free to the public, but they do require that you register in advance. Keep an eye on www.siff.net for the details.

Saturday, September 1

12:00pm Films4Families

Catch and Release

USA, 2011, 7 minutes, director: Barbara Mones

A fish thrower and a flower vendor discover budding romance at Pike Place Market.

Paper Plane

USA, 2012, 5 minutes, director: Dave Barnis

A child remembers the day he spent with his dad.

Brad & Gary

France, 2012, 4 minutes, director: Pierre Coffin

A goofy tale about friendship, its ups and downs, ins and outs…

Trucks and Meatballs

Sweden, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Johan Hagelbäck

When the meatballs play with trucks, they learn valuable lessons in getting along.

A Martian Picnic

USA, 2012, 5 minutes, director: Patrick Neary

Ollie and his dog go for a picnic on Mars and find some very pesky inhabitants.

Behind

Canada, 2011, 3 minutes, director: Gayoung Back

A young girl discovers that her backpack has her back.

Metro

USA, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Jake Wyatt

A young girl chases a mysterious fox through a secret door into a subterranean wonderland to retrieve her stolen train ticket.

Koyaa – The Extraordinary

Slovenia, 2011, 3 minutes, diretor: Kolja Saksida

Koyaa wants to tie his shoes but the naughty laces won’t listen.

The Big Brother

Switzerland, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Dustin Rees

A girl and boy stick figure find new company in an incomplete third figure who they find fun to push around, but the artist isn’t quite finished with him yet.

1:00 Dance It Out

Beyond Boxes

Canada, 2011, 15 minutes, director: Sonia Suvagau

Henry Daniel shares his choreographic vision, which combines boxes, modern technology and movement.

Moondance

Australia, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Rod March

As an astronaut and a moon maiden are being separated by the vacuum of space, they must make the choice between love and life.

Time Withers

USA, 2011, 8 minutes, director: Garrett Gibbons

In the midst of WWII, two lovers choose to dance through their struggle.

Melt

Canada, 2010, 10 minutes, director: Noemie Lafrance

Suspended dancers move from euphoria to exhaustion until they dissolve into the sunlight.

Young Soul

United Kingdom, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Dean Chalkley

Scully recalls the night before—an epic night on the dance floor in Britain’s contemporary Northern Soul scene.

2:00 Flashes of Funny

The Nebbish

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Barbara Mones

Fun silent-movie-esque slapstick for the whole family!

Las Palmas

Sweden, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Johannes Nyholm

Baby might be hitting the bottle a little too hard.

Mulvar is Correct Candidate!

Canada, 2011, 1 minute, director: Patrick Désilets

Mulvar’s shallow understanding of human politics does not keep him from running for office. This is his campaign ad.

One Minute Puberty

Germany, 2011, 2 minutes, director: Alexander Gellner

If only those awkward teen years could pass by so quickly.

Love Is Blind

Turkey, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Ertug Tufekcioglu

An unhappy woman finds love in the most unexpected of places.

Apocalypse Later

USA, 2012, 4 minutes, director: JT Bijos

These two used a dating website that attracts a very specific type of person.

Light Me Up

USA, 2012, 9 minutes, director: Ryan Walton

The lives of the Wattson family take a dramatic turn when they learn that their son wants to be in the theatre spotlight instead of taking over the family business.

3:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Jury Award Winners

The Extraordinary Life of Rocky

Belgium, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Kevin Meul

Everyone Rocky loves dies in a freak accident turning him into a pariah; then, he meets the suicidal Angie.

Zergüt

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Natasha Subramaniam

It’s moldy food versus fresh food. Warning: eggs lose their lives.

Paradise

USA, 2012, 10 minutes, director: Nadav Kurtz

Window washers in Chicago consider otherworldly ideas from their lofty perspective.

The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect

Canada, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Benjamin Schuetze

Sharply dressed and exquisitely choreographed, five men go about their daily routine in a cramped apartment.

4:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Audience Award Winners

Catcam

USA, 2012, 16 minutes, director: Seth Keal

When his newly adopted cat Mr. Lee disappears for days at a time, Jurgen designs a camera to fit on his cat’s collar, opening a fascinating window into feline existence.

ASAD

South Africa, 2011, 18 minutes, director: Bryan Byckley

A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn homeland.

Fresh Guacamole

USA, 2012, 2 minutes, director: PES

Need some culinary inspiration? Try some vintage ingredients.

Friend Request Pending

United Kingdom, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Chris Foggin

Dame Judi Dench discovers the wonders and aggravations of flirting via Facebook.

5:30 Nerds Unite

Volcano Girl

USA, 2011, 13 minutes, director: Ashley Maria

When a young super-heroine’s identity is revealed, she’s forced to move back in with her parents.

Dr. Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game

New Zealand, 2011, 7 minutes, director: James Cunningham

Lord Broadforce and his loyal manservant, Caruthers, have returned to Venus to gather more exotic wildlife specimens, much to the horror of young reporter, Miss Middlesworth.

Kubrick Project

France, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Olivier Jagut

An animated immersion into Stanley Kubrick’s obsessive fascination for Napoleon Bonaparte and the movie that he might have made about the emperor’s life.

Cardboard Titanics

USA, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Sam Frazier Jr.

A group of friends compete to create usable boats completely out of cardboard.

PostHuman

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Cole Drumb

A genius hacker and his dog help an enigmatic young woman free the remaining test subjects from a sinister laboratory.

Jim & Frank

USA, 2011, 4 minutes, director: Tony Borden

Jim doesn’t want to hire anyone but his wife, Frank doesn’t want to work for anyone but himself, but fate is pulling the strings to bring them together.

7:00 Strange Love

Tracer Gun

USA, 2012, 17 minutes, director: Paul Grellong

The line is blurred between forbidden love and total obsession.

Interview Date

USA, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Mike Lemcke

With one man expecting a date and the other an interview, some things are misinterpreted when the two swap places.

Love is Blind

Turkey, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Ertug Tufekcioglu

An unhappy woman finds love in the most unexpected of places.

The Gathering Squall

USA, 2011, 13 minutes, director: Hannah Fidell

An afternoon at the lake will change Duncan and Lisellen’s lives forever.

8:00 Films4Adults

Arthur and the Bunnies

USA, 2011, 20 minutes, director: Dana Turken

When Arthur begins to throw up bunnies, his life takes a turn for the worst.

Narcocorrido

USA, 2011, 24 minutes, director: Ryan Prows

The ballad of a border cop’s reckless heist of a cartel shipment.

Abiogenesis

New Zealand, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Richard Mans

A strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation.

Chilly

USA, 2012, 6 minutes, director: Dylan Kohler

As the heat rises in a stuffy hotel room, talking ice cube Chilly explains the wonders of refrigeration to a strangely distracted man.

Doomed

Spain, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Guillermo Carsi

The nature of these creatures seems to condemn them to an absurd and comical extinction.

Typecast Dragon

USA, 2012, 8 minutes, director: The Last Quest

One woman wrestles with her past fame in public access television as she transitions into her 40s and a new cycle in her life.

The Provider

Canada, 2011, 8 minutes, director: Brianne Nord-Stewart

The local doctor’s house should be the safest place to seek refuge. Or is it?

Sunday, September 2

12:00pm Films4Families

Paper Touch

Taiwan, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Hui-ching Tseng

An animation that visually stimulates the mind.

Kumquat Kwadruplets

USA, 2011, 13 minutes, director: Mr. Lawrence

When the quadruplets work together they become nature’s perfect machine. When they don’t work together things fall apart.

Luna

Canada, 2011, 7 minutes, director: Donna Brockopp

A dance erupts between a caterpillar and a moth.

Firefly Fishing

USA, 2011, 2 minutes, director: Matthew K

Follow the light…

The Magic Man

USA, 2011, 10 minutes, director: DC Kasundra

When a vaudeville magician turns to the dark arts, the power he unleashes could cost him the one thing he loves.

Sunday

Canada, 2011, 9 minutes, director: Patrick Doyon

A boy must keep himself entertained when he goes to visit his grandparents one Sunday.

Grandfather’s Ship

USA, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Trevor Jones

Brendan goes on a soul-searching adventure after the passing of his grandfather.

1:00 Face the Music

Choros

USA, 2012, 13 minutes, director: Michael Langan

A dreamlike chorus of women spring from the movements of a single dancer.

Smoke Songs

USA, 2011, 20 minutes, director: Briar March

A Native American punk rock band reminds us of the inequality still present within the United States.

Randy Parsons: American Luthier

USA, 2011, 9 minutes, director: David Aldrich

He gave up the guitar, but now Randy Parsons has a plan to get his life back in order.

2:00 Art Atypical

Honor the Treaties

USA, 2012, 12 minutes, director: Eric Becker

A portrait of photographer Aaron Hueyʼs powerful advocacy work for Native American rights on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Nani

USA, 2011, 21 minutes, director: Justin Tipping

A child and elderly woman form a unique bond over graffiti.

Perfect Human

USA, 2012, 4 minutes, director: SJ Chiro

A modern remake of Jørgen Leth’s classic, THE PERFECT HUMAN.

Solipsist

USA, 2011, 11 minutes,director: Andrew Huang

An orgasm of craft and color by way of experimental fantasy.

3:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Jury Award Winner

The Extraordinary Life of Rocky

Belgium, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Kevin Meul

Everyone Rocky loves dies in a freak accident turning him into a pariah; then, he meets the suicidal Angie.

Zergüt

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Natasha Subramaniam

It’s moldy food vs fresh food. Warning: eggs lose their lives.

Paradise

USA, 2012, 10 minutes, director: Nadav Kurtz

Window washers in Chicago consider otherworldly ideas from their lofty perspective.

The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect

Canada, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Benjamin Schuetze

Sharply dressed and exquisitely choreographed, five men go about their daily routine in a cramped apartment.

4:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Audience Award Winners

Catcam

USA, 2012, 16 minutes, director: Seth Keal

When his newly adopted cat Mr. Lee disappears for days at a time, Jurgen designs a camera to fit on his cat’s collar, opening a fascinating window into feline existence.

ASAD

South Africa, 2011, 18 minutes, director: Bryan Byckley

A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn homeland.

Fresh Guacamole

USA, 2012, 2 minutes, director: PES

Need some culinary inspiration? Try some vintage ingredients.

Friend Request Pending
United Kingdom, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Chris Foggin

Dame Judi Dench discovers the wonders and aggravations of flirting via Facebook.

5:30 SIFF Fly Films 2012

C.B.

USA, 2012, 11 minutes, director: Nathan Williams

Mark works at a deli and talks too much. C.B. works at a science museum and doesn’t talk at all. When C.B. invites Mark into her carefully protected world, unexpected consequences follow.

D.C.I.

USA, 2012, 11 minutes, director: Lacey Leavitt

Two astronomers whose love is on the wane engage in a radical experiment in hopes of finding passion for more than just science.

The Return

USA, 2012, 11 minutes, director: Jeremy Mackie

When a techie college grad gets a job with Seattle Center’s maintenance crew, they endeavor to orient him to the job and its slightly spooky history.

Reviens Moi

USA, 2012, 11 minutes, director: Tracy Rector

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” ~Albert Camus. A young man wakes to a profound memory from his past, which ignites a yearning for his childhood sweetheart.

7:00 Strange Love

Pretty My Face and Green My Eyes

USA, 2012, 14 min, director: Sam Graydon

A Pulitzer Prize nominated novelist agrees to a book reading at a small store owned by an old friend, who happens to be the subject of his book, and his first love.

Coffee & Pie

USA, 2011, 16 minutes, director: Douglas Horn

A couple must come to terms with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be.

Well Enough Alone

USA, 2011, 9 minutes, director: Heath Cullens

A man and a woman discover the joys of love without romance.

My Name Is Your First Love

USA, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Rob Richert

My lawn mower churns for you.

8:00 Films4Adults

Monster of Nix

Belgium, 2011, 30 minutes, director: Rosto

Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix… until a ravenous monster appears, devouring everything in its path. Young Willy must fight it. Alone.

Blood Film

USA, 2012, 3 minutes, director: Kevin Walker

A short animation that uses dried blood to please the eye.

Dear Hunters

Czech Republic, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Zack Bornstein

You may never eat venison again.

Peekaboo

Australia, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Damien Power

When a toddler goes missing in a car park, her mother fears she has been abducted.

Hello Caller

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Andrew Putschoegl

A suicidal woman’s call for help is met with anything but.

Muta

Italy, 2011,7 minutes, director: Lucrecia Martel

Entombed aboard a Mediterranean yacht, a crew of 1940s femme fatales emerge to complete a strange metamorphosis.

A Penny Earned

USA, 2011, 15 minutes, director: TJ Mino

Two young honeymooners learn a chilling lesson when they investigate a haunted inn.

Caldera

USA, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Evan Viera

A young girl leaves a bleak metropolis to immerse herself in a vibrant oceanic cove.

Monday, September 3

12:00pm Films4Families

Zero

Iran, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Nazanin Sobhan Sarbandi

In this hand drawn animation, a young boy is haunted by the number zero.

Zebu and the Photo Fish

Uganda, 2011, 13 minutes, director: Zippoarah Nyaruri

To the disbelief of his father, Zebu embarks on an adventure to rid his dad of debt, have his mother’s illness treated, and stabilize his family for good.

Last Marble

India, 2012, 8 minutes, director: Manjari Makijany

Sometimes children teach us what we can never learn from adults. True happiness is when one can create joy in another’s life.

Coast Warning

Russia, 2011, 8 minutes, director: Alexandra Shadrina

All our girl wants to do is talk to the mail boy, but how will she find the confidence?

The Boy in the Bubble

Ireland, 2011, 8 minutes, director: Kealan O’Rourke

After experiencing heartbreak, Rupert uses a book of magic to invoke a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

1:00 Extreme Athleticism

Stacked

USA, 2011, 16 minutes, director: E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, Patrick Cummings

When the Quiksilver Pro surf competition stops in Long Beach, New York, a local surfer competes against esteemed surfer Kelly Slater.

Day at the Pool

USA, 2011, 24 minutes, directors: Ian Douglass and Eric Fulford

Skateboarding legends Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta reveal what happens when skateboarding goes where it’s never been before.

The Hectometer

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Matt Brown

A diver attempts to descend into the water 101m in one breath with no weights. Can it be done?

2:00 Face the Music

Gone Again

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Tristan Seniuk

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band seduces us down a deep dark path in the woods.

the light that died in my arms

USA, 2012, 3 minutes, director: Alan Foreman

New York is a thousand miles of wire away…

Plan of the City

USA, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Joshua Frankel

The city of New York blasts off in this animated musical adventure.

Tulipomania: Rumble Thud

USA, 2011, 4 minutes, director: Tom Murray, Cheryl Gelover

A stop-motion animated music video that plays with scribbles of lights to the beat of the music.

The Shrine/An Argument

USA, 2011, 9 minutes, director: Sean Pecknold

An elk wanders a barren landscape after his rider dies in this animated pastoral set to the songs of the Fleet Foxes.

Headroom- A Punk Rock Love Story

Australia, 2012, 4 minutes, director: Anya Beyersdorf

I like your shirt.

Piranhas Club – Man Man

USA, 2011, 5 minutes, director: Lex Halaby

A little kid is inspired to become a greaser and starts to take over town with his biker gang.

3:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Jury Award Winners

The Extraordinary Life of Rocky

Belgium, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Kevin Meul

Everyone Rocky loves dies in a freak accident turning him into a pariah; then, he meets the suicidal Angie.

Zergüt

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Natasha Subramaniam

It’s moldy food vs fresh food. Warning: eggs lose their lives.

Paradise

USA, 2012, 10 minutes, director: Nadav Kurtz

Window washers in Chicago consider otherworldly ideas from their lofty perspective.

The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect

Canada, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Benjamin Schuetze

Sharply dressed and exquisitely choreographed, five men go about their daily routine in a cramped apartment.

4:30 Best of SIFF 2012 Audience Award Winners

Catcam

USA, 2012, 16 minutes, director: Seth Keal

When his newly adopted cat Mr. Lee disappears for days at a time, Jurgen designs a camera to fit on his cat’s collar, opening a fascinating window into feline existence.

ASAD

South Africa, 2011, 18 minutes, director: Bryan Byckley

A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn homeland.

Fresh Guacamole

USA, 2012, 2 minutes, director: PES

Need some culinary inspiration? Try some vintage ingredients.

Friend Request Pending

United Kingdom, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Chris Foggin

Dame Judi Dench discovers the wonders and aggravations of flirting via Facebook.

5:30 The Unexpected

Julian

Australia, 2011, 14 minutes, director: Matthew Moore

Julian’s need to speak his truth and his strong urge to do what he thinks is right begins to unravel his world, ultimately showing us the man he will become.

Hietsuki Bushi

Japan, 2011, 4 minutes, director: Ryo Hirano

A traditional Japanese folk song meets psychedelic animation and electronic beats in a story of quantum physics across time.

Lucifer’s Crewcut

USA, 2011, 12 minutes, director: Jason Mitchell

Another wild Behind the Music…with a barbershop quartet.

Plush

USA, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Ryan Denmark

When in a woman’s bedroom, always be careful to treat her teddy bear with care and respect.

Bear

Australia, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Nash Edgerton

Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.

7:00 Strange Love

Hello Caller

USA, 2011, 6 minutes, director: Andrew Putschoegl

A suicidal woman’s call for help is met with anything but.

Forced Entry

USA, 2012, 7 minutes, director: Joe Jacobs

Within the confines of a sunny American neighborhood, an unexpected visitor interrupts a couple’s afternoon.

French Quesadillas

Czech Republic, 2012, 7 minutes, director: Michael Lukk Litwak
Garbageman Pavel finds poetry in other people’s trash. But when he finds a used condom in his girlfriend’s garbage, he re-evaluates their relationship, for better or worse.

Aunt Louisa

USA, 2012, 17 minutes, director: Thomas Woodrow

A young man, now living in Manhattan and very much changed from his youth, is visited by his very weird aunt who sets off an odd and confusing trip into his past.

8:00 Films4Adults

The Chase

France, 2012, 5 minutes, director: Philippe Gamer

A wild ride of a car chase…but who’s in control?

Phoenix

Brazil, 2012, 14 minutes, director: Stefano Capuzzi

Three policemen and three ways to deal with corruption.

Santa’s Little Helper

Iceland, 2011, 11 minutes, director: Ragnar Snorrason

Klaus wanders into an apartment complex dressed as Santa Claus, with the intention to jump off the balcony. He wasn’t counting on meeting a young girl who happens to still believe in Santa.

Wash Me

USA, 2011, 15 minutes, director: Winston Tao

The lines begin to blurb between a police officer’s work and home-life.

Crazy Beats Strong Every Time

USA, 2011, 27 minutes, director: Moon Molson

A young man discovers that taking care of his father-in-law may be more than he can handle.

Summer Bummer

USA, 2012, 2 minutes, director: Bill Plympton

A man daydreams about what terror could be lurking in his backyard pool.

Bear

Australia, 2011, 10 minutes, director: Nash Edgerton

Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.

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