Shorts Block #1

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Friday, May 31st at 9:30 PM

Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Shorts Block #1

The Other Border (Justin Zimmerman, 2019) – 8min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

High school student Gerardo Hernandez – raised in the United States since six months of age – was one of over 100 undocumented workers arrested by ICE in Ohio on June 5th, 2018. Gerardo spent almost 2 months in prison before being released… and is now scheduled to be deported in early 2020. THE OTHER BORDER is his American story, told through intimate interviews with Gerardo and his sister, Karime, and shot exclusively on 8mm and 16mm film.


Saving Mothers and Babies (Richard Wormser, 2019) – 20min – New Haven premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Family Health and Birth Center.Group Sierra Casillas midwife Joan Brickhouse Lactation,

From director Wormser and producer Annie Heminway comes a documentary about free standing birth centers for low income women created to cut down on the high rate of infant and maternal mortality in Washington DC.


Colors of Resistance (Areeb Zuaiter, 2019) – 30min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Colors of Resistance is a personal journey that questions the concept of belonging to a place that is struggling to survive, inside and outside its own borders. A painter, a comedian, a poet, a hip-hop artist and a soul singer have figured out ways to solidify their belonging to Palestine – the very place that is being deprived of its own right to exist. Regardless of their generation, gender or profession, these artists have used their various voices to challenge the annihilation of their identity.


Crime, The Animated Series: Joe Bascetta (Alix Lambert & Sam Chou, 2014) – 3.5min – New Haven premiere

Joe Bascetta has a front row view of crime in Hartford, from his tattoo store on Park Street.


The Guy: The Brian Donahue Story (E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, 2019) – 19min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Stuntman. Actor. UPS employee. Former WWF wrestler, Disney World performer, and NFL nose tackle. Brian Donahue has seemingly done it all. Yet he’s still searching for that elusive Hollywood spotlight.

Q&A with a number of the films’ directors and/or subjects follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Lindsay Thompson