2004 SHORTS
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

80 minutes
*Parental Advisory - Mature Content

12 Tons of Trash, The Cowbell in the Tree: A Portrait of Jim Morton, The Critical Path, LSD A Go Go,
The Old Man And Hemingway, Scattered Smothered Covered, The Tank Man, Twins

Locations and times:

Fri. Oct. 15, 5pm at Woodstock Community Center
Sun. Oct. 17, 5:15pm at Woodstock Community Center

 


12 TONS OF TRASH

Directed by Jennifer Harmon
USA / 2004 / 10 minutes

Trash seen through the eyes of Gloria and Hopi, NYC Sanitation workers.

Bio:
Jen is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. Before returning to graduate
school she created and performed theatre, dance and multi-media projects in NYC.
She was a resident artist with Mabou Mines Theatre and she has worked with En
Garde Arts, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dance Space Project, Judson Church,
and Dixon Place among others. In addition, She has taught movement, acting and creative process to adults and children in professional studios and the public school system.
She is in her second year of the filmmaking program at New York University.

Main Credits:
Director: Jennifer Harmon
Cinematographer: Frank Green
Editor: Lizzie Donahue

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THE COWBELL IN THE TREE: A PORTRAIT OF JIM MORTON
Directed by Joel Katz
USA / 2004 / 11:30 minutes

 

The Cowbell in the Tree is a portrait of Jim Morton, the eighty-nine-year-old
caretaker of the Platte Clove Preserve, a nature conservancy just a few miles
from Woodstock. An unusual American in that he has lived his entire life
in the same valley in which he was born, Morton is a charming, witty, and
philosophical man. On a beautiful autumn day, Morton relates stories
of family history, tells local lore of Platte Clove, and chats with Susan Mayr,
a painter participating in the Artists Residency Program run by the Catskill
Center for Conservation and Development. Morton talks of his great-
grandmother, who was a Native American plant healer from Tannersville;
about the origins of the name of Codfish Point; and about the strangest
incident that ever occurred in his long life.

Bio:
Joel Katz is a an independent film and video maker based in Woodstock, N.Y.
His works include Corporation with a Movie Camera (1992, PBS broadcast),
Dear Carry (1997, premiere at Museum of Modern Art), and Strange Fruit
(2002, national PBS broadcast; theatrical release; Woodstock Film Festival, 2002). Among the agencies that have funded his films are the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Independent Television Service, the Jerome Foundation, and the
New York State Council on the Arts. Katz is an assistant professor in the
Media Arts Department of New Jersey City University, and serves on the
board of directors of Third World Newsreel.

Leah Katz is the founder and owner of The Movement Center, a Pilates studio in Kingston, N.Y. The Cowbell in the Tree is her first venture as a film producer.
 

Main Credits:
Producer: Leah Katz
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Joel Katz
Featuring: Jim Morton

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THE CRITICAL PATH: R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER
Directed by Benita Raphan
USA / 2004 / 13:30 minutes

The Critical Path: R. Buckminster Fuller, is the third in a series of short documentary/diary films entitled They Were the Future. The first two films in the
series were Absence Stronger than Presence: Edwin Land and 2+2: John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Life for a genius or innovator carries with it a huge responsibility. Faced with
personal tragedy early in his life, R. Buckminster Fuller came within moments of
committing suicide in the Michigan River. Instead he decided to come back and devoted
the rest of his life to peaceful coexistence while creating low-cost and accessible
shelter and considering new ways to feed mankind.

Bio:
Benita Raphan has worked internationally as an art director, visual merchandiser,
photo-illustrator, and broadcast designer for clients including Yves Saint Laurent,
Issey Miyake, and McCann Erickson/Paris. She was a MacDowell Fellow in
Film and Video and has won a series of gold medals for short films showing on HBO,
Channel 4 Television/UK, and the Sundance Channel/Showtime. Her work is
in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC.

Main Credits:
Director: Producer, Screenwriter: Benita Raphan
Cinematographer: David Morabito, Joe Collins, Scott Kincaid
Editor: Kane Platt / Chinagraph INV
Music: Pierre Foldes

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LSD A GO GO
Directed by Scott Calonico
USA / 2003 /10 minutes

Things got a little out of hand in the 1950s after the CIA embarked upon the
MK-ULTRA major drug and mind control program, and studied the effects
of LSD on themselves and others.

Bio:
Scott Calonico designs tax forms for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Seriously. He completed LSD A Go Go on a budget of $15.

Calonico is also an Austin, Texas based standup comic. Along with his "comedy hottie",
Stacey Mead, he has appeared in comedy clubs across the country.
Although most of his acting work is classified for “national security” issues,
rumors persist that Scott was seen on the shortly short-lived MTV sitcom,
Austin Stories as  “The Angry Movie Guy”.

 Also he is a founder of Austin’s Zombie Dance film festival, dedicated to “Beer,
Blood, Babes and Bots” for six years running and was even the target of a lawsuit
by SXSW! Calonico’s other short films include The Collegians Are Go!! (1999),
Mondo Ford (2001), The King and Dick (2002), and The Creepees vs.
Robot Monster Number Two
(2003).

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THE OLD MAN AND HEMINGWAY
Directed by Hugo Perez
USA / 2004 / 7:41 minutes

At the age of 102, Hemingway’s boat captain, Gregorio Fuentes, looks back at his friendship with Hemingway.

Bio:
The son of Cuban immigrants, raised in Miami, and educated at Yale University,
Hugo Perez is a filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban
heritage. Currently Perez is directing the documentary Summer Sun, Winter Moon which follows composer Rob Kapilow and poet Darrell Kipp through the process
of creating a symphony that looks at the Lewis and Clark expedition from the point
of view of American Indians. Recently, Perez served as the contributing producer
and writer on Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight, a feature documentary shot on
location in Cuba that reflects on life in contemporary Cuba through the experiences
of dancers and others in the Cuban dance world.

Perez has worked with many of
the leading writers in America, including William Kennedy and Russell Banks;
studied writing with Gabriel García Márquez; and has collaborated with
acclaimed theater director and artist Robert Wilson. In 2004, Perez was
selected to participate in the prestigious CPB/WGBH Producer's Academy.
 

Main Credits:
Director, Producer: Hugo Perez
Cinematographer: Chuck Moss
Editors: Hugo Perez, Chuck Moss
Music: Onei Mulet
 

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SCATTERED SMOTHERED COVERED
Directed by Matthew Serrins
USA / 2004 / 8 minutes

Shot in Charleston, South Carolina, Scattered Smothered Covered explores
Waffle House
, a Southern institution.  Combining fly-on-the-wall observation
with interviews of employees, regulars, and passersby, this short

documentary shows the kitschy decor, greasy food, and unique mix of people that
make Waffle House both an example of and a challenge to the stereotyped notions
of the South, where race is always but never an issue and people’s candor starts
to seep through the polite veneer.

Bio:
Born in New York City, Matt moved to Charleston, S.C., at thirteen.
He recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in modern
culture and media, and hopes to travel before pursuing a career in film.
 

Main Credits:
Director, Producer: Matthew Serrins
Cinematographer: Paul Myers-Davis and Matthew Serrins

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THE TANK MAN
Directed by Arto Halonen
Finland / 2004 / 12 minutes

Jesus Gonzales has turned the rolling of a petrol barrel into an acrobatic art and
a livelihood for himself and his family. The film follows Jesus’ trek through Havana
from morning until evening. The journey begins to resemble a pilgrimage, as the compassionate and sensitive Jesus stops to meet many outcasts of his society.


Bio:
Born in 1964, Arto Halonen has directed and written films since 1983. His
breakthrough was the fictionalized documentary Ringside (1992), which
won the main prize at the Slovenian International Golden Shot and
the Finnish state's Quality Production Award in 1993.

He directed the feature comedy The Happy Wedding Day (1993) and
the critically acclaimed Home (1995), for the Finnish broadcasting
company YLE.
 

Main Credits:
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Editor: Arto Halonen
Cinematographer: Arto Halonen, Jari Pollari
Music: Tuomas Kantelinen

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TWINS
Directed by Martin Bell
USA / 2003 / 17 minutes

This film was made in the summer of 2002 when my wife, Mary Ellen Mark,
was completing the photography for her new book on twins. Mary Ellen’s studio was
a tent, pitched on a volleyball court, at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.

 When Mary Ellen had finished photographing a set of twins we’d take them
behind the backdrop to a small studio, where we had positioned two cameras and
a sound recorder, and there we asked each set of twins twenty questions.
This film is constructed from their answers.

Bio:
Martin Bell is a director based in the Northwest. His first film, Streetwise,
 a documentary about kids adrift on the streets of Seattle won the Special Jury Prize
at the 1985 United States Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award®.
American Heart, starring Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong, premiered at the
1993 Sundance Film Festival. He has also directed Hidden in America  and
Brotherhood of Murder for television.

Main Credits:
Director, Editor: Martin Bell
Producers: Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Bell
Music: C. Orff & E. Lecuona (festival print only) Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Bell

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