San Francisco Documentary Festival 2022

Shorts 6: Off The Beaten Path (plus Q&A)

Expired June 13, 2022 6:59 AM
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7 films in package
April Sucks
Composed entirely of found YouTube vlogs, April Sucks is a collective portrait of teenage boys fighting the isolation and frustration of life in quarantine.
Monsters gallery, musical parades, abyss of a mystified space and time, a great season circus convulsed, this filmic exploration immerses ourselves into a very distant world, where Basque mythology weave its way into timeless landscapes, where customs and beliefs converge towards a carnivalesque ritual, symbol of the cycle of time.
Signs of Life
SIGNS OF LIFE is a film that reaches out for the stories behind long-abandoned hotels in Serbia, told by their former employees. Through combination of visual and historical narrative elements, we discover that these once crowded premises still show signs of life. As these rotting buildings are bravely struggling for air, their destiny reveals itself to be a metaphor for the present state of our society. Do we euthanize them, deliver the coup de grâce, end their miseries, or do what’s in our power to bring them back to life and give them a new sense of purpose? Would rejuvenating them bring back at least a fragment of what they used to mean to us, that we miss so much today?
Strange Bedfellows
Two older puppeteers cause the filmmaker to investigate his romantic relationship.
Telos or Bust
Ascended masters, new religions, inner earth cities, crystals and lost continents. Immerse yourself in the confluence of strange myths and beliefs of the citizens of Mount Shasta, California.
Total Disaster
Trickster environmental activists pretending to be oil behemoth Total stage a satirical press conference to introduce "RéHabitat," a plan to rescue animals from the East African Oil Pipeline by relocating them to “more sustainable” habitats in France. Using humor and mischief, they shed light on a deadly ecological and humanitarian disaster.
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Off The Beaten Path Q&A

Two older puppeteers cause the filmmaker to investigate his romantic relationship.

  • Runtime
    11 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Maxwell Mueller