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Edith+Eddie, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films.
Edith+Eddie, image courtesy of Kartemquin Films.
Balloonfest, image courtesy of the director.
Balloonfest, image courtesy of the director.
Shorts
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 5:15 PM

This crash course in the contemporary documentary features short films from both established and up-and-coming filmmakers working in a dizzying range of forms and tones. Among the highlights are Balloonfest (Nathan Truesdell, 2017), consisting of news footage from a 1986 attempt to set the world record for releasing the most balloons simultaneously (taking place in Cleveland, the whole event becomes a misguided exercise in civic pride) and Edith+Eddie (Laura Checkoway, 2017), which follows the world’s oldest interracial newlyweds and the heart-rending fallout from their marriage. Watch this page for a complete lineup. (Program approx. 80 mins., digital video)

 

The Above 
(Kirsten Johnson, 2015)
In Johnson’s The Above, a US military surveillance balloon floats on a tether high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its capacities are both highly classified and deeply mysterious. (8 mins.)

Balloonfest 
(Nathan Truesdell, 2017)
In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined. (6 mins)

Dislocation Blues 
(Sky Hopinka, 2017)
An incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock Sioux Reservations. (17 mins)

Edith+Eddie 
(Laura Checkoway, 2017)
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. Semifinalist, Cinema Eye Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking award.  (29 mins.)

Fish Story 
(Charlie Lyne, 2017)
A search for the truth behind a fishy tale. Semifinalist, Cinema Eye Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking award. (12 mins.)

More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters
 (Kelly Gallagher, 2016)
An experimental animated documentary exploring the powerful and inspiring life of revolutionary labor organizer, activist, and reformer Lucy Parsons. (6 mins.)

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