BIFF Shorts: Earth + Water Works
October 6-20, 2022
BIFF Shorts: Earth + Water Works
Life in the Anthropocene. 89 minutes.
Mahmut Taş (Dir), 5 minutes, Turkey, Western New York Premiere
A little girl lives in a village with her mother where water sources are dwindling by day. Drought effects her imagination, even her doodles and drawings.
Tobias Ohlsson (Dir), 7 minutes, Sweden, World Premiere
In a polluted post-apocalyptic world, a strung-out father struggles to instill responsibility into his defiant son.
Farnoosh Abeo (Dir), 9 minutes, Iran, New York State Premiere
In the land occupied with the sprayers army, no one has the right to grow any kind of plants either in public or private.
When They're Gone
Kristen Hwang (Dir), 19 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
An examinination of humanity’s fragile dependence on nature, "When They're Gone" casts a spotlight on industrial agriculture’s reliance on honey bees for hire in order to produce crops. Despite our best efforts to control and shape our surroundings, we learn through the film's characters that disrupting nature's carefully designed ecosystems carries weighty consequences.
Keil Orion Troisi + Molly Gore (Dir), 12 minutes, USA, Western New York Premiere
Trickster environmental activists pretending to be oil behemoth Total stage a satirical press conference to introduce "RéHabitat," a plan to rescue animals from the East African Oil Pipeline by relocating them to “more sustainable” habitats in France. Using humor and mischief, they expose a deadly ecological and humanitarian disaster in a zany effort to help #StopEACOP.
Marsh Clouds: The Oysters of Harris Neck
Kevin Mannens (Dir), 14 minutes, USA, US Premiere
The Timmons family has been picking oysters in Harris Neck, GA for more than 100 years. The land they call home has a tragic history. Marsh Clouds tells a story of trauma and racism - and the perseverance to overcome against all odds.
Saging the World
Rose Ramirez + Deborah Small + David Bryant (Dir), 20 minutes, New York State Premiere
“Saging” has gone mainstream. This viral trend is now common in movies, TV shows, social media, and cleansing rituals — people burning sage bundles in the hope of purifying space and clearing bad energy. Instead of healing, the appropriated use of saging in popular culture is having a devastating impact.
White sage (Salvia apiana) is the key ingredient in the now ubiquitous sage bundles. This ecologically vital and culturally sacred plant only occurs in southern California and northern Baja California, Mexico. Indigenous communities have tended a relationship with white sage for thousands of generations. Today, poachers are stealing metric tons of this plant from the wild to supply international demand.
Metamorphosis of the Five-Spotted Hawkmoth
Tiffany Deater + Jarrod Hagadorn (Dir), 3 minutes, USA, New York State Premiere
A musical, moth's-eye-macro-view of the lifecycle and metamorphosis of the Five-Spotted Hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata).
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