May 16, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

2001 Skyy Vodka Short Film Award Winners & Finalists Marathon Screening!

Special Thanks to all the Skyy Short Film Award Programmers!

Skyy Short Film Awards: (Our fantastic Programming Team!) John Bernstein; Cecil Castellucci; Steve Cattani; Andrew P. Crane; Bernadette De Joya; Heather Drummond; Margot Gerber; Tom Miller; Elina Shatkin; Susan Stahman; Hebe Tabachnik; Heidi Van Lier; and Vincent Vo with assistance from Gwen Deglise; Cathy Rivera & Craig Wells.

Sue Hearn, Jeanne Berney & Melissa Hufjay.

All screening are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.

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This two hour program will include the four winners and eight finalists in the first annual Skyy Vodka Short Film Award competition, programmed by the American Cinematheque and juried by: Interview magazine film critic Graham Fuller; Sundance Short Film Programmer Trevor Groth; Skyy Vodka Founder Maurice Kanbar; director Doug Liman (SWINGERS, GO); director Luis Mandoki (ANGEL EYES); American Cinematheque Director Barbara Smith and Premiere magazine Editor Anne Thompson. Films competed in four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Animation and "Cocktail Moment."

Awards were announced at an invitation only ceremony on April 17th at the Egyptian Theatre. The 12 winners and finalists will play in back-to-back programs by category with discussions in between categories with available filmmakers. The screening of each category will begin at the time listed below, but the order of films within each category may change slightly from the order listed here. One $8 general admission ticket will buy all four category blocks. Individual categories are not sold separately. Consider it a quadruple feature! All films were completed after January 1999 in the USA. Guests are subject to their availability.

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

The Wednesday, May 16th program begins at 7:30 PM with the FICTION category. Films included are as follows.

Nicole Bettauer’s "Cloud Nine" (16 min.) In this inventive comedy, a pivotal, romantic evening with his girlfriend goes completely awry when Daniel manages to argue with everyone he encounters… including a man in the restaurant bathroom who shakes urine in his eye…

Eric Rolnick’s "The Truce" (9 min.) In this emotional drama, based on a true story, enemy troops play a game of soccer during a WW I Christmas Day cease fire. On the sidelines, two enemy soldiers manage to briefly connect as human beings Sparse dialog and an incredibly realistic period look make for a mature debut from a 22-year-old filmmaker.

Anne Hess’ "The Speed of Light" (12 min.) In this visually evocative film, a mature sense of reality begins to fuse with a young boy’s childish perception, as he tests his mother’s love along the road one afternoon.

**WINNER: Mahesh Pailoor’s "Little India" (13 min.) When 24-year-old Naveen listens in on his mother’s phone conversation, questioning she and her husband’s choice to come to the United States to make their lives, he suddenly finds himself choosing between the culture he was brought up in (in the suburban US) and his Indian cultural heritage.

Discussion following with the filmmakers from "Cloud Nine" and Mahesh Pailoor!

Following at 8:30 PM is the NON-FICTION category:

Johanna Lee’s "Bitter and Sweet" (10 min.) A portrait of a Chinese couple who run an acupuncture and herbal remedy business in New York City.

**WINNER: Aaron Lubarsky’ "Uncle Eugene" (14 min.) A powerful portrait of the filmmaker’s uncle, a once brilliant chess master who is plagued by mental illness that makes him almost incapable of functioning in society… not to mention self-mutilating. His mother blames his mental problems on experimentation with drugs during his college days.

 

Following at 9:00 PM is the COCKTAIL MOMENT category:

Patrick Smith’s "Drink" (5 min.) An animated character takes a drink of something that takes him on a truly transforming adventure!

Amie Steir’s "Zoe Loses It" (15 min.) Amanda Peet and Gretchen Moll star in this comedy about a woman who is obsessed with a guy who isn’t calling her. Her Saturday night continues to take stranger and stranger twists when she goes to call him from a pay phone to avoid being embarrassed by the tell-all powers of caller ID...

**WINNER: Paul Marashlian’s "Merry Christmas" (15 min.) Based on John Cheever’s short story "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor." Charlie the elevator operator uses this circumstance to his best advantage as he carries the wealthy residents of the apartment building where he works, up-and-down on Christmas Day. Discussion following with filmmakers Amie Steir and Paul Marashlian.

 

Following at 9:30 PM is the ANIMATION category:

Eric Anderson’s "Horses on Mars" (7.5 min.) The delightfully quirky four billion year journey home, of a microbe through the inner solar system.

Tom Schroeder’s "Bike Ride" (6.5 min.) Fluid black and white graphics cleverly morph to the combined rhythm of a jazz drummer and a narrator lamenting a five hour bike ride to see a girl who didn’t want to see him!

**WINNER: Javier Martinez’ "Luz" (8 min.) The winner of just about every award it has been eligible to receive, including the Student Academy Award, introduces us to a little girl wandering through a nearly post-apocalyptic world. She is drawn by a flickering light into a world that merges fantasy and reality… and finally returns home in a most unexpected way.

Discussion following with filmmakers Eric Anderson and Javier Martinez.