Friday, October 11th
Friday Evening Session Doors 5:00 show 5:30pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:27:39
Clara Riedlinger & Piper Jane Austin
Rochester, NY, USA
Love and friendship are on display as we follow two bosom buddies around on a day off together. An intimate Millennial relationship study, Coffee Mug celebrates the lazy days. Also, remember the last time you had to buy weed from a guy in a bookstore? Weird times.
We were hardly more than children
Shorewood, WI, USA
Back when abortions were illegal in the U.S., “there was a third floor in Mexico and a basement in Brooklyn.” Let perspective be your guide as We Were Hardly More Than Children talks us through the struggle of two friends in 1969 when illegal abortion meant danger, despair and discrimination for many young women. Now, in 2019, bills are being signed in many states across the country banning abortions and/or making them more difficult to get. Her body, her choice!
Plouegat Guerrand, France
A delightfully sexual exploration of the female body, Deep Waters unabashedly combines alluring 8mm footage with stop motion animation to educate women about their own bodies. Freeing accounts from other women narrate this piece to bring the female orgasm into the norm of conversation and open the flood gates of womanly pleasure.
Friday Night Session doors 7pm show 7:30pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:32:23
EMBRACES & the touch of skin
Hand drawn love. Sara Koppel proves again that her work is unrivaled with an ode to the tender caress and aggressive embrace.
Couleur du Moment
Filmmaker Jeremy Sandor predicts an unenthusiastic future of corporatized color. Filmed in black and white, Couleur du Moment harkens that feeling you get when you see the color red while lamenting the loss of a hard day’s work.
Auckland, New Zealand
A bold documentary about Samoan wrestler Candy Lee. Wrestler by trade and trans woman by life. Candy’s Crush is an unforgettable glimpse into Lee’s unique headspace.
AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION
Portland, OR, USA
Putting an unsettling twist on the format of collecting found footage; Spectopia allows us to gander at the hellish landscape we are creating for ourselves whilst witnessing the privacy we have lost. Come bask in your own emptiness.
AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION
Mikail Ekiz. Madeleine Arana, Brooke Eilers, Heather Morrison, Preston Vihlen, Jessica Morris, Vanecia Pickett, and Manuela Aguilar Vasquez
Savannah, GA, USA
Without a doubt, award for Best Art Direction was a clear choice this year. From the grizzled flowing hair of gas station customers to the tiny cigarette packs, Pit Stop is an all out achievement in stop motion animation and direction. Mikail Ekiz and Madeleine Arana take us to the ends of the universe as they fiddle with metaphysics and help an 8-ball transcend our hyperplane. All signs point to yes.
This Is What We're Left With
Englewood, CO, USA
An introspective, journalistic work made from personal found footage about how one becomes who one is. From the shadows emerge issues of family, sexuality, abuse, and growth, as Alexis Stratton unfolds the web of their adolescence in search of truth and understanding.
Made to Order
AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT
Brooklyn NY, USA
Winner of this year’s award for best student piece walks the line of sympathy and disgust toward the heinous actions of our hero. Horrors of the World Wide Web drive this plot forward in order to examine what it means to resent others and make decisions you can never erase. Made to Order is a thoughtfully complex character study that unravels right before your eyes.
Last Known Whereabouts
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Last Known Whereabouts is an ambient audio/video performance piece comprised of sounds and visuals collected from human abduction sites around Los Angeles.
2018 Music Videos Friday Night 9:15pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:33:15
Immediately following the Friday night block of films The Unknown's music video party will ignite the night! Attendees will have a chance to boogie and mingle while selected music videos from incredible musicians and filmmakers from around the world are projected on all four walls.
Saturday, October 20th
Saturday matinee FEATURE DOORS 2:30PM SHOW 3:00pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:02:10
AWARD WINNER PINKY AWARD
Austin, TX, USA
A heart warming yet darkly humorous animation made by a lovely 6th grade human tells the true tale of a vagrant cat. Cannibal Cat’s struggle to fit in and survive is retold with vibrant pictures and well timed narration. This year’s outstanding achievement in 5 minutes of less is awarded to Andrew Martin and his biopic about a cat finding his home.
Memphis, TN, USA
Get to know the members of the hardcore punk band Negro Terror as they address topics like togetherness, hidden racism in America, and what it means to be in a band with members of all different beliefs and lifestyles. “An amalgamation of everything [they’ve] been around plus everything [they] wanted to be around”; Omar, Ra’id, and Rico are a trio who have used music to alter perspectives.
FINGERTIPS Saturday Evening Doors 4:30PM Show 5pm
PROGRAM TOTAL: 1:36:03
Unknown Fingertips is a collection of films under 5 minutes. You will see films of intersecting genres from comedy to horror, social action to experimental, dance to drama. These films are an extraordinary selection, surveying the capacity of the unknown.
Saturday Night Session Doors 6:30PM Show 7:15pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:42:53
Fun to Cook "World's Best Food"
Burbank, CA, USA
Dongjun Kim explores the Youtube cooking video as a style. Fun to Cook is the essence of contemporary filmmaking. This animation takes what we all know, turns it upside down and sprinkles a little on our soup.
Taylor and Vanessa
Christina Santa Cruz
Los Angeles, CA, USA
With her second straight year in our gallery of film, Christina Santa Cruz has painted herself as one of the most sophisticated filmmakers in The Unknown universe. Her works are wise and patient, horrifyingly human, and enter the audience’s psyche like welcomed water into lungs. In Taylor and Vanessa, Cruz tells a haunting voyeuristic tale that seems simple at first, but then blooms into thoughtful complexity.
Someone, Somewhere is Silently Screaming
Hannah Bel Davis
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hanna Bel Davis delivers an innovative student comedy from Vancouver, BC. From start to finish this film’s editing, cinematography, set design, and acting, push the boundaries and establish the tone for a future of delightfully absurdist filmmaking.
Blacksburg, VA, USA
Online dating is new uncharted territory. Kat Vivaldi shows us that not only is online dating a new incarnation of traditional relational dynamics, but that all of our expectations are learned.
AWARD WINNER UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE
The Unknown has seen a lot of mind bending films since its induction, but in our history no film compares to the complexity of Kris Williams’ piece about unknown lifestyles. Little is a work that has engulfed our brains and changed our perspective on what it means to mature and cope with trauma. Williams creates a dreamlike fantasy that shines a rainbow nightlight on reality. You will most likely have a conversation about this one on your bike ride home.
AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our 2019 Folk Award goes to a soothing picture of sound and mind. Patient and true, this film about a duo of elders who make healing sounds in their backyard goes from documentary to meditation. Relax and let the v(i(b(r(a)t)i)o)n take you away.
AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING
With a special performance from Dolphin Midwives
Kitchener, ON, Canada
DIGITAL & PERFORMANCE
The Unknown is pleased to announce a live score of Offerings by local musician Dolphin Midwives!
A chthonic piece designed as a seance in three acts. Offerings is an innovative experimental film using the method of Triptych filmmaking as a tool rather than a style. The meticulousness of Langen’s imagery is hard to miss as this expansive piece of horror and cult imagery effortlessly overtakes the audience and swallows them into the depths of the underworld.
SUNDAY EVENING Session doors 4:00pm show 4:30pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:31:03
Filmmaking is magic! Come devour these charming, underutilized techniques of the filmmaking arsenal as Magic Explained inspires and sparks creativity.
Shot on VHS and, as far as this committee can tell, shot in 1997; Cult Film is one man’s exit tape that documents everything leading up to the recycling of the world. Filmmaker Alastair Cummings explores themes of blind confidence, child-like innocence, friendship, and fear of the unknown.
Knock, Knock, Knock
Republic of Korea & United States
Examining issues of fear exaggerated by isolation; Choi vividly demonstrates our nature to create reality and live inside it. Knock, Knock, Knock beautifully and frightfully depicts loneliness as one girl discovers her reason to finally go outside.
Aline Flores, Anna Armengol, Daniela Trinidad
Barcelona, Spain & Mexico City, Mexico
This documentary by Aline Flores follows the raw and honest perspective of Christian and his alter ego Putahontas. A mystic by day and drag queen by night, Christian speaks about life and the “blending of situations” that have created their personalities.
High Point Summer
Seattle, WA, USA
High Point Summer presents us with rare images documented during the turn of the millennium in the gang-stricken area of High Point, Seattle. Joseph Mills, the coordinator of Southeast Asian Young Men's Group compiled segments from the video diary of Cambodian refugee Sopheak. Surrounded with friends and family, Sopheak explores the meaning of thug life.
Sunday Night Session Doors 6PM Show 6:45pm
PROGRAM TOTAL 1:27:29
Ashland, OR, USA
We would never have predicted a parallel between PTSD and The Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, but filmmaker Paul Kirby takes us down an unforgettable path of what many take for granted. It’s an honor to have Kirby paddle us through our modern mental care system and teach us what works for him.
We share ourselves with you
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Peruse forgotten objects alongside mind-altering whispers and an onslaught of clinks, creaks, and chimes while contemplating the meaning of possessions, and the relationship an old couple has with their collection as it is dismantled before their eyes.
L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP
Water is Life follows Cherri Foytlin, an indigenous woman, as she soldiers against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. A voracious protector and a righteous fighter, Cherri takes us on a tour of the truth behind the oil industry's shameful and unrelenting unaccountability. For more information visit http://lelvcamp.org/
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Maybe Carol Needs to Cry
Chicago, IL, USA
An experimental film by way of editing and cinematography, and a narrative by way of story - Maybe Carol Needs to Cry is a uniquely colorful, rare joy. Mark Levine creates an empathic work that has the audience walking in the shoes of every character the camera touches, all while stylistically keeping us hypnotized. Follow Carol as her world crumbles in the face of honesty and she opens up to a world of secrets.
Throughout the Festival
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