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Connections are more important than ever. Discover 10 short films from ASFF and beyond that investigate a variety of relationships, bringing themes of family, nature and home into focus.
Ode to Desolation, dir. Lindsey Hagen
Ode to Desolation shares the story of Jim Henterly as he contemplates the dwindling days of Fire Lookouts in North America. With the influence of technology and AI threatening to make his role obsolete, it asks how, in future, we will keep human interactions with the natural world alive.
We often think of houses as strong, solid permanent things. In fact, they can be weak, fragile and mobile. Home explores the idea of what makes a house a home. This is a film about our relationship to the spaces we inhabit, and what it means to move on. A moving documentary short.
An Oscar-nominated tale of a sudden, unexpected reunion. Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son Malek returns home from Syria to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife. The emotional complexities of a family reunion and past wounds lead to tragic consequences.
Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid. Explore family connections, and the things that put them to the test.
From the underground, a group emerges from the darkness. The bodies mingle and intertwine to form one being. With a regular step, they walk together towards the light in search of greatness. Watch this dance short with Aesthetica Film Festival’s online film library.
Using seven-foot-tall characters performing on life- size sets, The Bigger Picture tells a stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent and the pressures that are faced. An exploration of family relationships through animation.
In Naz Riahi's first film, Erik, a lonely bookseller, navigates New York City's pandemic isolation as best as he can. Sincerely, Erik is a tender love letter to New York, books and the lonely hearts. This narrative short film was shot in late May at the height of Covid-19.
Professional and life partners Kate and Leigh have shared everything for years, from their apartment to the popular bar they co-own. When a slump in their sex life forces them to reconsider their relationship, they must confront how intertwined their lives have become.
On Chinese New Year, finding the coin hidden in a dumpling (Jiaozi) brings good luck. A girl loses a jar on her journey to a new country, which contains the lucky coins she has been collecting growing up. Her new life begins with a search for the coin.
A Concerto is a Conversation, dirs. Ben Proudfoot & Kris Bowers
A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather, from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. A short film about discovering the things that bind us across generations.