THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2019 was a three day event held October 17 – 19, 2019 in mid-town Manhattan. This fourth annual event showcased 30 short films of multiple genres from independent filmmakers originating from 9 countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Dominican Republic, France, India, Iran, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. The festival requires that films present innovative vision and unique perspectives in 30 minutes or less.Screenings were held October 17 and 18 from 8:30PM to 10:30 PM, and October 19 from 7PM to 11PM at the exclusive Dolby Screening Room — a state-of-the-art, ADA compliant screening facility at 1350 Avenue of the Americas at West 55th Street (Lobby Level) in Mid-town Manhattan. Each year, the festival highlights a wide variety of categories, such as: Narrative, Experimental, Sci-Fi, Dark Themes, and Music Video. This year, the festival’s featured special themed category was SOCIAL JUSTICE.
THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2019 was funded in part by a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation.
2019 Festival Sponsors: New York & Company Foundation, LinkNYC, and Mombucha Kombucha.
2019 Festival Partners: Dolby, Crunch, Paramount Hotel, Stewart Hotel, and MNN.
2019 Festival Jury: Stefanie Alleyne, Greg Chwerchak, Motaz Elbahaey, Martha Gorzycki, Henry Kanegsberg, Djordje Radovanovich, David Ranghelli, Jonathan Ullman, Amos White V, and Vitkor Witkowski.
THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., celebrating its 20th year, is a NY state non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, media, and juried competitions for artists. Its FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is the organization’s flagship program. For more information about the festival, volunteering, partnerships, and sponsorships, visit our SUPPORT PAGES.
2019 FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
DAY 1: OCTOBER 17
4:21 mins (2019)
Writer/Director: Louis Laval (France)
MUSIC VIDEO (Student) In an apocalyptic world, a man represents its last hope. A secret organization tries to take him down.
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30:00 mins (2018)
Writer/Director: Ravi Shankar Kaushik (India)
NARRATIVE – Meena, a young village girl who is married to an abusive man, comes to terms with her miserable life. But, fate adds a twist in the tale when the lecherous landlord arrives one day. East Coast Premiere
DAY 2: OCTOBER 18
14:58 mins (2018)
Director: Román Rubert Bernat (Spain)
EXPERIMENTAL – Tanazaky travels to guitarist Francisco Tarrega’s birthplace to compose the artist’s forgotten masterpiece. For this, he decides to relive Tárrega’s childhood. East Coast Premiere
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19:15 mins (2019)
Director: Sarah Kanouse (US)
DOCUMENTARY -This essay film uses meditative footage, collage animation, and expressive sound to excavate the layers of belief, ecology, practice, and materiality that underlie a working landscape on the Colorado high plains. NY State Premiere
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14:58 mins (2018)
Writer: Meysam Muyini / Orod Barari
Director: Meysam Muyini (Iran)
SCI-FI – A man starts his day with a headache like everyone else, but suffers flashing memories seem reveal an abduction.
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BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS
3:39 mins (2018)
Writer/Director: Christopher Thompson (US)
EXPERIMENTAL – A mother’s account of an artist’s youth is contradicted by his mythologized narrative in an exploration of the dichotomy between memory and myth in a post Y2K world. East Coast Premiere
3:05 mins (2018)
Writer/Director: Shondra Jepperson (US)
MUSIC VIDEO – A social statement on all facets of greed residing in our country’s history – ugly politics, back-biting corporate world, exploitation, personal addictions, and selfish gratification. NYC Premiere
DAY 3: OCTOBER 19
BLACKBETTY – EPISODE 8: WORK WILL SET YOU FREE
16:46 mins (2018)
Writer/Director: Marco North (US).
NARRATIVE – In the gruesome aftermath of a mysterious outbreak in Eastern Europe, a handful of quarantined survivors navigate loss and a sprawling conspiracy. East Coast Premiere.
Editor/Producer Stefanie Alleyne is known for her works on films Beautiful Killer, If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. She received her MSW studying Community Organizing Planning and Development at Silberman School of Social Work, and empowers communities with finding their voice and sharing their message.
Greg is a New Jersey native and graduate of Rice University, and has directed music videos for Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Counting Crows, System of a Down, and Nelly. His commercial spots include work for Gatorade, McDonald’s, and ESPN. His shorts, The Hook-Armed Man, The Quarry, and Sac de Merde, have screened in festivals worldwide.
Motaz is an award-winning Egyptian filmmaker. As a director, Motaz’s work has earned him numerous awards and nominations. He holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from New York Film Academy Los Angeles. Motaz is committed to creating relatable movies that stir emotions and are reflective of the world around us.
Martha is an award winning animator, filmmaker and media artist, experimenting in digital animation and new media. Her work screens globally in festivals, galleries, on LED billboards, as outdoor projections and online. She has produced animation for more than 30 years and teaches digital cinema and animation at San Francisco State University.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Henry received his MBA from NYU and is a former finance and administration executive in the broadcasting, music, and publishing industries. He held senior positions with NBC, RCA Records and Random House. Currently, Henry is the chair of community organizations for the Mount Sinai Hospital System.
George is an independent scholar with a focus on research and writings on art and cultural criticism. Originally from Serbia, George received his US citizenship in 1995 while studying at New York’s School of Visual Arts, earning his BFA in Film and MFA in Computer Arts in 1997.
David studied filmmaking at Brooklyn College (BA), and Comp. Lit./ Cinema Studies at NYU’s GSAS (MA, MPHIL). He taught film analysis and mentored screenwriters at Tisch School of the Arts for 12 years. He has worked at the Media and Communication Arts Dept. at CUNY for 7 years, where he also educates aspiring filmmakers.
Jonathan Ullman is a New York-based independent filmmaker. His debut feature film, Trouble In The Heights, which he wrote, directed and produced, was released by Viva Pictures and garnered two Imagen Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor. He is currently developing a feature film about the famed Paradise Garage and DJ Larry Levan.
Amos White V
Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.
Viktor is a Polish-born German-raised painter/filmmaker. After graduating from HBK Braunschweig with a combined Master’s in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, he immigrated to the US to earn his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers. Currently, he travels abroad creating art and lecturing at Dartmouth’s Studio Art Department.
PROGRAM & AWARDS LISTING
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT: Chuhedaani (Mousetrap) (Ravi Shankar Kaushik, India)
BEST DARK THEMED SHORT: Oxygen (Nathan Ginter, US)
BEST SCI-FI SHORT: Pupil (Meysam Muyini, Iran)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT: Tarrega Tanazaky (Román Rubert Bernat, Spain)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: On Exile (José Carlos Teixeira, Portugal)
BEST FESTIVAL THEME – SOCIAL JUSTICE: Jabari Keating (Stacey Larkins, US)
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Spirit Seam (Ashley Gerst, US)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: In a Landscape, Dreaming (Ross Morin, US)
BEST STUDENT SHORT: Lifeline (L. Marcus Williams, US)
BEST SOUND DESIGN: Moein Iranpour – Repercussion (Negin Homayounpour, Iran)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sarah Kanouse – Grassland (Sarah Kanouse, US)
BEST EDITING: Jess Irish – The Phantasmagoria of Offense: The Male Version (US)
BEST SCREENPLAY: L. Marcus Williams – Lifeline (L. Marcus Williams, US)
BEST DIRECTOR: Cary Patrick Martin – Coffee and a Donut (C. P. Martin, US)
BEST ACTOR: Dan Parilis – Lifeline (L. Marcus Williams, US)
BEST ACTRESS: Katlin Leslie – Lifeline (L. Marcus Williams, US)
2019 AUDIENCE AWARD: Coffee and a Donut (Cary Patrick Martin, US)
2019 JURORS AWARD: José Carlos Teixeira – On Exile (J. C. Teixeira, Portugal)