A curated 91-minute touring theatrical program featuring seven short films from the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival.
For the past five years this annual festival has championed new voices in independent short filmmaking to audiences in New York with our sold out screenings and filmmaker talks. Though short in length, all films are under 20-minutes, these shorts encompass styles from social documentary to feminist thriller and, as a whole program, represents the diversity, inclusiveness, and power of succinct storytelling.
Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 12 1/2 minutes
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
Saj Pothiawala / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 15 minutes
Festival Jury Award Winner
After Riley, a young awkward Brooklyn bachelor, is stood up by a Tinder date, he encounters an eccentric prostitute named Vegas at the bus stop on his way home.
Marysia Makowska / South Africa / 2015 / Narrative / 13 minutes
Festival Jury Award Runner Up Winner
A story of misbehavior, miscommunication and misinterpretation: on a hot summer day, two bored girls break into a stranger’s empty house, setting in motion unintended consequences for the house’s owner and themselves.
Doron Max Hagay / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 17 minutes
Cinematography Award Winner
A dark romantic comedy about a frustrated realtor who falls for a mechanic who vapes, set in the hazy sprawl of Los Angeles.
Grace Rex / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 11 1/2 minutes
The arrival of a stray dog in a couple’s apartment stirs up dormant romance and exposes the breadth of their fractured relationship.
Catherine Fordham / USA / 2016 / Horror/Thriller / 6 minutes
A young woman’s fiercest self takes over to fight for her life when she is attacked.
Dan Taberski / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 16 minutes
Huffington Post Impact Award Winner
The uncompromising voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release.
This program screened in Portland, Main; Chicago, Illinois; Pelham, New York: and Brooklyn, New York.
Read reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Village Voice and Film Journal.