Shortest Day is Long on Talent and Diversity

(Via CNW) We have some titles for The Shortest Day 2015, the free nationwide film festival that brightens the shortest days of the year with short films for everyone. Here’s a little of what’s to come:

Bacon & God’s Wrath, by Toronto director Sol Friedman, is the story of a 90-year-old Jewish woman on the brink of trying bacon for the first time, and reflecting on the experiences of her long life. Friedman says, “Because short filmmakers don’t know the rules yet… there seems to be a tendency with good short films to break the rules in the best and most exciting ways—in ways that feature films generally can’t (or won’t).” (But he’s going by one of Darren Wiesner’s rules, or at least preferences: writer-director is the best way to go.)

Blue Thunder [Bleu Tonnerre], directed by Jean-Marc E. Roy and Philippe David Gagné,
follows a Quebec sawmill worker at loose ends and determined to start over. The film screened at Cannes. Roy has this to say about this midwinter film festival: “It may be the shortest day, but the day still has 24 hours in it.”

Song for Cuba by director Tamara Segura is a Newfoundland offering, the story of a young Cuban couple adjusting to immigrant life. Ms. Segura says about short films: ” “They not only experiment with varied forms of storytelling, but they’re also made by a highly diverse group of people.” Hers features the original music of Newfoundland trumpeter Patrick Boyle as well as songs by Benny Moré and Ignacio Piñeiro.



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