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.