Opening Night

OPENING NIGHT – Shorts Program 1

7pm – Thursday April 20th

UWM Union Cinema – 2200 E Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53211


Discontinuity  dir. Lori Felker

16 minutes, digital, 2016

Discontinuity highlights the unexpected fissures that can form between us, including the things that can fall in and get lost. When Tabitha returns “home” after a separation from her boyfriend, Stephen, what they’ve been missing becomes opaquely clear and who they’re becoming makes it hard for them to see each other. Their disconnections are mirrored in the film’s approach to editing, its confusion of time and space, and a free-wheelin’ clowder of cats.

Return to Forms  dir. Zachary Epcar

10 minutes, digital, 2016

A constellation of objects, each emerging into the soft peach-light void of an indeterminate condominium space.

Koropukkuru  dir. Akiko Maruyama and Philippe Roy

4 minutes, digital, 2015

A moving portrayal of an ineffable force that can be humanlike or embody itself within displayed objects. Inspired by concepts from the Koropokkuru folktale within Japanese Ainu culture, as well as The Invisible Man.

Distant Shores   dir. Christopher Harris

3 minutes, digital, 2016

A sunny afternoon on an architecture tour boat in Chicago is haunted by the specter of the European refugee crises as a disembodied narrator recounts a much more dangerous voyage across altogether different waters. The hazardous journey is the unseen other of the carefree trip down the Chicago River and across Lake Michigan.

Cilaos  dir. Camilo Restrepo

13 minutes, digital, 2016

To keep a promise she made to her dying mother, a young woman goes off in search of her father, a womanizer she has never met. Along the way, she soon learns that he is dead. But that doesn’t change her plans, she still intends to find him.

Carried by the spell-binding rhythm of the maloya, a ritual chant from Reunion Island, Cilaos explores the deep, murky ties that bind the dead and the living.

Indefinite Pitch  dir. James N. Kienitz Wilkins

23 minutes, digital, 2016

A pathetic movie pitch slips into the murkiness of memory, and histories best forgotten or purposely ignored.

Pattern Language  dir. Peter Burr

10 minutes, digital, 2017

‘Pattern language’ is a term coined by architect Christopher Alexander to describe the existence of certain human ambitions through an index of structural patterns. In this film, highly organised and richly layered patterns move in accordance with audio frequencies and rhythms, towards the construction of an endlessly mutating labyrinth.