Thematic Shorts Program #5: ANIMAL CROSSING – 77 mins
Sun, July 26 | 7:00 PM CDT | On GFF Live Stream, w/ Filmmaker Q&A
July 22-26 | Streaming on GFF On Demand

Featuring animals! Animals are the best company during a pandemic.


 

And then the Bear
dir. Agnes Patron
2019 | France | 14 mins

That very night, houses will burn. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one shout to wake them all from their slumber!

 

 

Caribou in the Archive
dir. Jennifer Dysart
2019 | Canada | 8 mins

In Caribou in the Archive, a rustic VHS home video of a Cree woman hunting caribou in the 1990s is combined with NFB archival film footage of northern Manitoba from the 1950s. In this experimental film, the difference between homemade video and official historical record is considered. Northern Indigenous women hunting is at the heart of this personal found footage film in which the filmmaker describes the enigmatic events that led to saving an important piece of family history from being lost forever.

 

Bittersweet
dir. Sohrab Hura
2019 | India | 14 mins

Sohrab Hura focuses on intimate family life, particularly the relationship between his mother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her dog, Elsa. What began as a way to escape his family situation turned into a method of confronting realities at home. Photographed and filmed over ten years, it is a search for meaning and closure with Hura questioning and discovering the banalities of everyday life at home

 

Clebs
dir. Halima Quardiri
2019 | Canada | 18 mins

In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 animals waiting to be adopted, their lives following a precise, monotonous routine.

 

Susana
dir. Laura Gamse
2020 | United States | 4 mins

Widespread injury and abuse of migrant workers led Human Rights Watch to dub slaughterhouse work “the most dangerous factory job in America.” In the last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest raids in modern history at slaughterhouses, arresting and deporting undocumented workers. Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor.

 

Human Nature
dir. Sverre Fredriksen
2019 | Netherlands | 2 mins

Enter a world where things are different than how we know it. We see naked ladies laying in the field, an old man taking a nap on a radiator while a fat man is stranded on the beach and starts barfing plastic. In this world humans and animals have swapped places. Human Nature is a short animation film about the love people have for animals, and the harm we consciously or unconsciously bring to them.

 

Hardest Working Cat in the Showbiz, The
dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz
2020 | United States / United Kingdom | 17 mins

Explore the legend of Hollywood’s most celebrated cat, Orangey, in this adaptation of Dan Sallitt’s essay of the same name. The prolific feline actor’s 16-year career includes roles in “Rhubarb” (1951), “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959), and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)—or did it? The protege of star animal trainer Frank Inn, Orangey’s storied career leads Sallitt – who shares the screen here with another curious co-star – on the trail of a mystery. This educational video essay celebrates and unravels the tale of “The Hardest Working Cat in Showbiz”.