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FREE Film Screening for Active Volunteers

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 02.21.17

As a token of our appreciation for all their hard work on behalf of the JBFC, we are pleased to invite all our active volunteers to a free screening of the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 pm, preceded by a reception with light refreshments for all. Descriptions for each of the short films in the program are as follows:

  1. Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes. A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
  2. Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes. Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
  3. Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes. Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, Piper, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
  4. Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes. Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.
  5. The Head Vanishes – dir. Franck Dion, France, 10 minutes. Jacqueline has lost her mind a bit, but for her trip to the seaside, she has decided to take the train by herself, like a big girl!
  6. Asteria – dir. Various, France, 5 minutes. Two astronauts go on the conquest of an unknown planet but an unusual situation will put their professionalism to the test.
  7. Happy End – dir. Jan Saska, Czech Republic, 6 minutes. A black comedy about death with a happy ending. A splendid chain of unlikely encounters. Hunters, a tractor driver, a disco boy, and a corpse.
  8. Pear Brandy and Cigarettes* – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes. Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really liked to do. And fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident. Yeah, he was broken alright…what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

The reception will begin at 12:15 pm in the Jane Peck Gallery at the JBFC Theater, and the screening will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. If you plan to attend the screening and reception, please RSVP by completing the requisite GOOGLE FORM by 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 21. In the event of overwhelming response, tickets will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that if you plan to bring a +1 to the screening, the final animation is not suitable for children.

*Pear Brandy And Cigarettes will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. 

We hope to see you there! 

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