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Lilly Shows Its Shorts!

9 great films in 90 minutes

Lilly Shows Its Shorts!  Spring Edition
On Tuesday, 1/16/2007, at 8pm in the Richard White Auditorium on Duke's East Campus the Screen Society and the Duke University Libraries present a ninety-minute program of short films from the film and video collection housed at Lilly Library.  Each title is part of the Library's subscription series, Film Movement, a DVD-of-the-Month Club for award winning independent and foreign films.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Atama Yama/Mt. Head (2002, Japan) - dir. Koji Yamamura / 10 min. (Lilly DVD 4491)
A stingy man eats some cherry seeds, only to find that a cherry tree has grown from his head.  Mt. Head was nominated for an Academy Award® for best animated short.

Recycle (2004, U.S.) - dir. Vasco Lucas Nunes and Ondi Timoner / 6 min (Lilly DVD 6067)
Recycle is a portrait of a day in the life of Miguel Dias in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park.  The homeless poet is recovering from substance abuse through the philosophy of recycling life.  Diaz uses all the thrown away items he collects to make a community garden in the median of his street, while offering his insights on survival and nature.  It has played at Sundance and Cannes and won the Sustainability Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival.

The Box Man (2002, U.S.)  dir. Nirvan Mullick / 5 min. (Lilly DVD 5338)
In a cold empty city, a man encounters a cardboard box.  The box has a small rectangular slit that compels him to take a closer look inside.  A tale of urban paranoia and the desire to remain hidden.  The Box Man was Winner of the AFI Fest Audience Award and a Student Academy Award® Finalist.

Schwarzfahrer /Black Rider (1993, Germany) - dir. Pepe Danquart / 12 min. (Lilly DVD 6962)
Pepe Danquart's Academy Award® winning short film captures the dignity of a man confronted with a problem many of us may have faced in a foreign culture. And when dealing with ignorance and intolerance, nothing makes more of a statement than the power of humor.

Time Out (2003, U.S.) - dir. Robbie Chafitz / 8 min. (Lilly DVD 2803)
In this dark comedy, which was originally performed live onstage, two hard-bitten kindergartners--played by adult actors--share a "time out" in a remote corner of the school playground. Together they enter a world of anxiety, despair, revenge and cooties.  This film premiered at Sundance and was named Best Comedy Short at the New York International Film & Video Festival.

Birthday Boy  (2004, Australia) - dir. Sejong Park / 10 min. (Lilly DVD 6714)
The Korean War, 1951.  It's little Manuk's birthday and he is playing on the streets of his village dreaming of life on the front lines where his father is a soldier.  When Manuk returns home he opens a birthday present that will change his life.  Birthday Boy  was nominated for an Academy Award® for best animated short film.

Lick the Star (1998, U.S.) - dir. Sofia Coppola / 14 min. (Lilly DVD 2784)
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut revisits adolescence and explores the politics of teenage girls during a pivotal time in their lives.  Four middle school girls obsessed with the V.C. Andrews novel, "Flowers in the Attic," plot to poison the school's boys. Their campaign: poison the boys in their school in a secret plan codename: "Lick the Star. "

Two Cars, One Night  (2005, New Zealand) - dir. Taika Waititi / 11 min. (Lilly DVD 7248)
Three children in two cars, wait for their parents one night outside a rural pub. A little love story.

The Mantis Parable (2005, U.S.) - dir. Josh Staub / 9 min. (Lilly DVD 6435)
Created in its entirety by first-time filmmaker, Josh Staub, The Mantis Parable is the tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand.  This film has won awards at over 10 film festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival.

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Posted 11 January 2007

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