Last Tuesday was the March edition of IndieWorks! We had over 50 people in house for our 5 films of the night. The first set of films were moving mixed-medium pieces that explored overcoming grief. The second set were lighter pieces that explored trying to find one’s place and make a connection in different ways. The audience had great questions, and lovely conversations were had.
We'd like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We do hope you enjoyed the films, as well as the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We know some connections were made!
AND we hope you'll join us again for our Best of Fest screening, featuring all Silver Whiskers Award winners of Year 6 on April 23rd! (More on that soon!) Save the date!
See photos from the evening:
The Films of the night:
Bloom (Written & Directed Lauren Cheung)
Captures a young woman’s attempt to contend with loss through her art. Facing a blank canvas, a grief-stricken painter named Mae flits through memories— both remembered and conjured— of her lost friend, until she finally confronts the most painful of them all: her friend's belongings scattered among a crime scene. Her memories are entwined with visions of her friend playing the violin in a dark auditorium; as the film progresses, the violinist’s music and Mae’s art combine together to become the language of Mae’s grief.
A Thousand Words (Directed by Mara Bush, Written by Carrie Ferrante)
Christine, forced to live in a new and unwelcome reality, hopes a special set of polaroids will provide her with a tangible keepsake. As she looks back on the little moments captured in the photos, she doesn't quite find what she's looking for but instead finds just what she needs.
Man’s Best Friend (Written & Directed by Alex Mallonee & Natasha Blass, Written by Natasha Blass.)
A dark comedy that examines our relationship to smartphones and how they both connect and isolate us from one another.
The Break (Directed by Michael Goldburg, Written by Michael Goldburg, Janelle Tedesco, and Dave Chan)
An unhappy accountant works out her midlife crisis to be an artist during a "break" with coworkers at her office. An office comedy -- and grown-up version of "The Breakfast Club."
Coffee and a Donut (Written & Directed by Cary Patrick Martin)
Pablo is a young immigrant, new to the United States, and speaks no English. When he first comes into a diner, not knowing how to order, he mimics another customer. Thus, a “coffee and a donut” becomes his regular order. Meanwhile, more appetizing meals pass in front of him, which he has to figure out how to order while in a busy environment that leaves him isolated.
Watch our Q&A Recap. *Please know there are some film spoilers - feel free to look for an opportunity to catch the films at a festival or computer screen near you & then come back to watch!
The awards go to...
At the end of the evening, we announced our winning film for the Audience Choice Award. We had to skip our usual Silver Whisker Award this month, so the March Audience winner receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform and 50% off 4MileCircus' post-production audio cleaning service for a future project!
Audience Choice Award: "Coffee and a Donut"