Bésame Mucho & the East Side Gallery Berlin – dir. Gilbert Brüning

Original Film Title: Bésame Mucho & the East Side Gallery Berlin

Director’s Name: Gilbert Brüning

Writer’s Name: Gilbert Brüning

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Filming: Germany

Language: German

Runtime: 4 minutes

Film Description:

After a call for help from the East German Association of Fine Artists of the GDR to the West German Association of Fine Artists (BBK) in Frankfurt am Main in November 1989 to help the GDR artists who had become unemployed, led to negotiations to merge the two associations. Since October 1989 the GDR artists had received no more income from previous state contracts. After months of talks and discussions, including about how the artists can earn money with their art in West Germany, the plans for a joint project “East Side Gallery” were forged. In February 1990, after obtaining permission from the still east German Ministry of National Defense, it was officially established the project “East Side Gallery”. On September 28, 1990 the East Side Gallery was officially opened.
With their unique works of art on the wall, the artists created evidence that the desire for freedom can overcome all boundaries, all violence and coercive measures. 118 artists from 21 countries created over one hundred paintings over a length of 1316 meters. They expressed their joy that the Wall had fallen and the Cold War was over. The “East Side Gallery” is therefore a historical place with a unique dual character. On the one hand it is a place of artistic freedom and a symbol of joy and happiness over the peaceful overcoming of the German division and it is also a strong testimony to the GDR border regime on the other hand. The film shows above all the enthusiasm of the people at the “East Side Gallery” in front of the picture “Brotherly Kiss” by Dimitri Wladimirowitsch. It shows the welcoming kiss between Leonid Breshnew and Erich Honecker in 1979. Breshnew had come to the state celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the GDR.

“Two Brothers: Talking To A Trump-er” – dir. Thomas Connelly

Original Film Title: “Two Brothers: Talking To A Trump-er”

Director’s Name: Thomas Connelly

Writer’s Name: Thomas Connelly

Producer’s Name: Thomas Connelly

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 4 minutes 8 seconds

Film Description:

Two brothers, one a die-hard Liberal and one a raging Republican, have a political conversation. Watch the sparks ignite!

Turtle Bird – dir. Daniel Houghton

Original Film Title: Turtle Bird

Director’s Name: Daniel Houghton

Writer’s Name: Daniel Houghton, Sol Garza

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 3 minutes 27 seconds

Film Description:

Two people live out their entire life at the seaside exploring the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

Between Eros and Thanatos – dir. Irene Pantelis

Original Film Title: Entre Eros y Thánatos

Director’s Name: Irene Pantelis

Writer’s Name: Irene Pantelis

Producer’s Name: Irene Pantelis

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 5 minutes 38 seconds

Film Description:

This video is a collaboration with Patricia Bedregal Velasco de Avila, an amazing musician and childhood friend who lives and works in La Paz, Bolivia. During this pandemic year, she composed the music there and I did the animation in Washington D.C. My ink drawings submerged in water and alcohol respond to the music, together unfolding a renewed tale about love—Eros—and peaceful demise—Thanatos, gods that gave us imaginary solace during these difficult times.

Bye Dummy – dir. Aniruddh K

Original Film Title: Bye Dummy

Director’s Name: Aniruddh K

Writer’s Name: Aniruddh K

Producer’s Name: Ildiko Kissimon

Country of Origin: Singapore

Country of Filming: Singapore

Language: English

Runtime: 3 minutes

Film Description:

A serial killer is on the run and trying to escape the country. Before he makes his attempt, he makes one quick stop at a small store to buy food only to bump into a police detective. It’s after this encounter when they realise that life comes full circle at the times that you least expect it.