Denver Film Society Announces Inaugural Shorts Festival

April 6, 2016 | News

April 6, 2016 (Denver, CO) – The Denver Film Society announced today dates and lineup for the inaugural RSC Shorts Fest presented by LivWell. The Festival will take place May 6 & 7 at the Sie FilmCenter and is produced by the Reel Social Club (RSC), the Denver Film Society’s young professionals group. The group provides programming, events, and cultural experiences throughout the year, such as Summer Scream at Lakeside Amusement Park.

The RSC Shorts Festival presented by LivWell is meant to celebrate the flexibility of the short format, which allows for greater freedom for fresh voices to share their creativity, aligning perfectly with the RSC mission. The Festival will feature music videos, narratives, documentaries, animation, genre films, webisodes and more with five shorts packages over the course of two days. Opening night of the festival will begin with a happy hour in Henderson’s Lounge, where badge holders will receive free cocktails between 4:30 – 7:00pm. The Opening Night package features a bit of strain and duress presented in an eclectic package featuring animation, drama, comedy, documentary and a touch of the avant-garde. Immediately following the Opening Night Package will be the ever popular Music Video Mixtape at 9:15pm. Conceived three years ago at the Denver Film Festival (DFF), Music Video Mixtapes is one of the DFF’s most popular programs and this program promises to deliver the best and freshest indie music videos.

The bulk of the programming occurs on Saturday, May 7 beginning at noon with an RSC Liquid Brunch, open only to all-access badge holders featuring a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar along with brunch classics guaranteed to fuel an exciting day of programming.  Three packages, which were curated by the Denver Film Society programming team, follow brunch with themes of story-telling and fables, technology, and the dark side; the day promises to offer variety. The fourth collection of shorts to screen at 4:15pm, Collective: Unconscious premiered at this year’s SXSW. The piece examines what happens when five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join together to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen and features new works by Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein.

“We are thrilled to launch this new Festival for our audiences,” says Denver Film Society Programmer, Matthew Campbell. “The short format allows for audiences to discover new and exciting work from the next wave of creative content makers. The RSC Shorts Fest presented by LivWell will provide a fun, social, and thought provoking weekend for those seeking cutting edge filmmaking in a variety of forms.”

All-access passes are just $25 for RSC Members, $30 for DFS Members and $40 for Non-Members. The pass includes all shorts packages, Opening Night Happy Hour and brunch on Saturday morning. Individual tickets to all packages are $10 RSC Members, $12 DFS Members, and $15 for Non-Members. Visit for more information and to purchase your passes and tickets.

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Individual tickets and all-access passes can be purchased at or in-person at the box office at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 East Colfax Avenue, Denver). All RSC Shorts Fest presented by LivWell screenings and events will take place at the Sie FilmCenter.


Opening Night

Twelve Tales Told, Austria, directed by Johann Lurf: A Hollywood introduction goes awry. Actor Seeks Role, USA, directed by Michael Tyburski: A struggling method actor (Alex Karpovsky) in New York City resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors. Although his talents are overlooked for traditional roles on stage and screen, they catch the attention of a medical instructor (Dylan Baker) with a flair for the theatric. Bendito Machine V – Pull the Trigger, Spain, directed by Jossie Malis: Trapped against his will in a turbulent conflict, an exotic traveler must wait patiently until the storm has passed. YúYú, China, directed by Marc Johnson: YúYú is based on a true story of a Chinese beekeeper, who performs a rite of spring to recover the environmental balance of the Yangtze Valley in Chóngqìng, China. Throughout this journey, Shé Zuo Bin, enters a trance with nature.Killer, USA, directed by Matt Kazman: When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens… Mobilize, Canada, directed by Caroline Monnet: Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Caroline Monnet’s Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Gary Has an AIDS Scare, USA, directed by Joe Callander: When you’re getting your doctorate in Love, field research sure can be grueling.

Music Video Mixtape

3OH!3 – Mad at You, USA, directed by Isaac Ravishankara: Colorado’s own plays in a room of mirrors. N. Lannon – Another Love, USA, directed by Michael Langan, Najeeb Tarazi: Sixteen dancers summon their fertility goddess in a virtual ocean paradise.Elliot Moss – Pattern Repeating, USA, directed by Daniel Howlid: Green men invade an eerie and sparse suburban landscape. Andy Shauf – The Magician, USA, directed by Winston Hacking: Directed by Winston Hacking, the short film finds Shauf’s mug surrounded by morphing cut-and-paste visuals, which make him the singing centre of a fungal exhibit, a faceless mountain wanderer and part of a food-styled tableaux with a woman wearing a pair of ice cream sundaes. In a statement, Hacking said of his intentions: “My mom gave me a bunch of old postcards from my grandparents’ collection – they were the starting point for the idea and became the backdrop to the video.” Braids – Taste, USA, directed by Kevan Funk: A beautifully intimate piece. King – Carry On, USA, directed by Veronica Solomon: An animated journey of walking on clouds, flying kites, and outer space travel. Deep Sea Diver – See These Eyes, USA, directed by LAMAR+NIK: Jessica Dobson leads a succession of mostly in-camera FX sequences, from its datamoshing opening to T-shirt colour changes to rotating camera moves, to an mysterious cameo by rocker Dave Matthews – wearing a ‘Cameo’ T-shirt.General Elektriks – Angle Boogie, USA, directed by Drew Tyndell: A vibrant animation of chalk coloring. Anthony & Cleopatra – Love Is A Lonely Dancer, USA, directed by Alan Masferrer: A dancer who tries to escape from herself. Tesla Boy – Nothing, USA, directed by Ryan Patrick: In this music video for the Russian band Tesla Boy, a girl under house arrest, Anna, is confronted by state psychiatrists who want to find out what what happened to her boyfriend, Sergei. When she won’t speak to them, they ask her to show them what happened to Sergei on a life-sized doll they’ve brought along with them. EL Guincho – Comix, Spain, directed by CANADA: Five years after the Bombay worldwide phenomenon, El Guincho and CANADA team up once again for Comix, the new single from his upcoming album HiperAsia. Wintergatan – Marble Machine, Sweden, directed by Hannes Knutsson: An amazing kinetic music machine powered by marbles. Nao – Bad Blood, USA, directed by Ian Pons Jewell: Beautiful back and white piece featuring a mysterious woman with an internal arbor affliction.Son Lux – Change Is Everything, USA, directed by Nathan Johnson: A painstaking stop motion video featuring 200 push pins and 500 feet of rubberized thread. Little Screams – Love As A Weapon, USA, directed by Dan Huiting: A glimpse into director Dan Huiting’s stream-of-consciousness brain.  Takeshi Nakatsuka – Japanese Boy,Japan, directed by Hironori Sugie: A frantic dance of color and shapes. Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low, USA/Japan, directed by Ian Pons Jewell: The most-played track of 2015 gets reloaded with a music video shot in Tokyo. Bonus points if you can spot a wild Skrillex. The Knocks Ft. Cam’ron – New York City, USA, directed by Elliott Sellers:Slow-motion dancing and acrobatics on the NYC trains. Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – Head And Shoulders, UK, directed by Ewan Jones Morris, Casey Raymond: The story of a little monster who gorges himself on bin bags, cigarettes, chocolate bars, pigeons etc… growing bigger and bigger with overconsumption until he is able to swallow sky scrapers and entire planets. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better,Australia/Spain, directed by CANADA: CANADA constructs a colourful and hairy love triangle for psychedelic rockers Tame Impala.


Shaman, USA, directed by Michael Langan: A guy hires a shaman to fix his broken life.Greener Grass, USA, directed by Paul Briganti: In this dark comedy of manners set in a surreal world, meticulously-coiffed soccer moms Jill and Lisa vie for perfect children, perfect husbands, and most importantly, perfect teeth. Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, New Zealand, directed by James Cunningham: A father possum reads his kids a story that’s an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all – HUMANS! Autumn (Herbst), Austria, directed by Meinhard Rauchensteiner: Human beings are able to learn. Animals also. Plush toys, too? Wind Through A Tree, Canada, directed by Seth Smith: Seth Smith’s first dramatic short, Wind through a Tree, plays like a collection of home movies-four clips depicting eccentrics from Smith’s family going about their daily lives. Peace in the Absence of War, USA, directed by Theo Anthony: A poetic rumination on the murder of Freddie Gray. Under the Sun, Australia/China, directed by Qiu Yang: One incident occurs, two families tangle. There’s nothing new under the sun.House of Unconsciousness, Estonia, directed by Priit Tender: A psychedelic drama about a chimney sweeper and a burning woman. Her Friend Adam, Canada, directed by Ben Petrie: A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

Collective: Unconscious, USA, directed by Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein: What happens when five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join together to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen?

Closing Night

More Than Four Hours, USA, directed by Bryan Poyser: On his first day on the job, a high school algebra teacher mixes up his medications to disastrous results. MY BBY 8L3W, Germany, directed by NEOZOON: MY BBY 8L3W is a video collage about women who present their pet on YouTube. The women speak simultaneously the same phrases, which swells to a joint song. The Dog, USA/Japan, directed by Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper: When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families. Deer Flower, South Korea/USA, directed by Kangmin Kim: In the summer of 1992, Dujung, an elementary student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. While his parents believe the expensive and rare specialty from the farm will strengthen their son’s body, Dujung suffers side effects. Thank Ewe, USA, directed by Keith Wilson: A modern thank you card. Voyagers, Canada, directed by Santiago Menghini: Travel along with the Voyager spacecrafts as they traverse the solar system on their planetary expedition spanning over three decades. Barry, USA, directed by Jay Rondot: Barry is the story of Barry Berkins, a homespun cocaine dealer who joins Facebook in an attempt to take his business to the next level. However, he soon finds that sharing doesn’t always lead to caring. Light Motif, France, directed by Frederic Bonpapa: Based on Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians-Section II, Light Motif explores the possibilities of synergy between image and music through a semi-abstract visual form made of colored lights and geometric shapes, in the cinematic tradition of Oskar Fischinger and visual music animation. Take What You Can Carry, Germany/USA, directed by Matt Porterfield: A character study as well as a meditation on communication, creativity, and physical space, Take What You Can Carry is a picture of a young woman seen through the interiors she occupies and the company she keeps. A North American living abroad, Lilly aspires to shape an intimate and private place of her own while connecting to the world around her. When she receives a letter from home, it provides the conduit she needs to fuse her transient self with the person she’s always known herself to be.

Late Night

El Gigante, Canada, directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero: The Texas Chainsaw Massacreenters the luchador ring in this bloody US/Mexico border tale. Toonocalypse, UK, directed by Owen Rixon: At first, an alien invasion of cute cartoon creatures provides some fun flatmates for two students in Edinburgh. But on the one-year anniversary of the toons’ arrival, the true nature of their migration comes to light. Portal to Hell, USA, directed by Vivieno Caldinelli: A crusty and reclusive superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to the ancient and mystical city of R’lyeh, awakening a slumbering god. The Puppet Man, USA, directed by Jacqueline Castel: A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar. Featuring Master of Horror John Carpenter. Fuckkkyouuu,USA, directed by Eddie Alcazar: With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain. Manoman, UK, directed by Simon Cartwright: When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits. Dinner With Family With Brett Gelman And Brett Gelman’s Family, USA, directed by Jason Woliner: Brett has a surprise in store for his parent’s 40th anniversary.


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The Reel Social Club (RSC) was established to introduce young professionals to the Denver Film Society and its diverse array of programming, events, and cultural experiences. RSC cultivates the next generation of film enthusiasts and supporters as RSC members receive invitations to exclusive events, private screenings and all facets of Denver Film Society programming while engaging with other young professionals, emerging artists and industry professionals throughout the year.


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Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences. The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary-over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS’ one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training. For more information visit: