One for the Road (2017)

Short Attention Span Cinema 5: Documentary

Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 pm
Instructor: Gary M. Kramer, Author and Film Critic
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Although they are primarily screened at film festivals or streamed at home (via YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) short films deserve anything but short shrift. These easily digestible mini-movies are often “calling cards” for burgeoning directors who want to showcase their talents in a modest—and modestly budgeted—form. Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) are among those who won Oscars for the shorts they made early in their careers.

Short films may not require the same investment in character development that features do, but viewers' emotions—from joy to sadness to discomfort—can be effectively evoked nevertheless. Indeed, short films can be more satisfying than feature films; they are brief, intense snippets of a larger world, offering a dramatic slice of life, artfully depicted. A good short film works with quiet efficiency to hook viewers, carry them through the story, and deliver a satisfying payoff; the best shorts prompt us to reassess our conceptions of cinema.

This seminar will showcase a selection of documentary short films that play with perspective and identity, and highlight the strengths of the form. Exploring shorts like “Man Under” (2015), “One for the Road” (2016), “Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt” (2017), and “Scaffold” (2017) will leave students with a greater appreciation of this underestimated format.
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  • Tuesday, May 29
    6:30pm 2018-05-29 18:30:00 2018-05-29 20:30:00 America/New_York Short Attention Span Cinema 5: Documentary Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA