This year’s selection of films for Filmfort 2020 really hits the mark.
Check out a variety of films at Filmfort including Matthew Barney‘s feature film Redoubt, Danny Madden‘s feature film Beast Beast, Keisha Rae Witherspoon’s short film T and Adam Piron & Adam Khalil‘s short film Allapatah.
Rest your feet between shows at a film or two starting Thursday, March 26th until Saturday, March 28th! All films listed are making their Idaho premiere at Filmfort.
Get a close-up shot of this year’s feature films and short films:
Directed by Matthew Barney
Redoubt unfolds as a series of hunts in the wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. The characters communicate a mythological narrative through dance, letting movement replace language as they pursue each other and their prey.
Directed by Danny Madden
Three interwoven stories of youth navigating identity, first love, petty crime, and gun violence in a Southern, American town.
Directed by Kate McLean & Mario Furloni
An aging pot farmer suddenly finds her world shattered as she races to bring in what could be her final harvest, fighting against the threat of eviction as the impact of the legalization of the cannabis industry rapidly destroys her idyllic way of life.
I AM HUMAN
Directed by Taryn Southern & Elena Gaby
Winner of four “Best Feature” awards following its premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, I AM HUMAN follows the emotional journeys of three subjects – a paraplegic, blind retiree, and an artist struggling with Parkinson’s – for whom the miraculous potential of brain interfaces is no sci-fi daydream. From solving disease to inciting a cognitive revolution, I AM HUMAN unpacks the complexities, real world possibilities of this emerging field.
Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher
A heartbroken woman becomes entangled with a younger girl after breaking into her ex’s lake house in the Pacific Northwest. Equal parts psychological drama and sexual coming-of-age story, Clementine is a tense rumination on who to love and how to let go.
DONS OF DISCO
Directed by Jonathan Sutak
In the true-life Faustian drama, Dons of Disco, a 30-year-old secret, between two middle-aged men, will ignite the most conceptual music rivalry of all time. Who is the “true” artist behind Den Harrow: the face or the voice?
A DIM VALLEY
Directed by Brandon Colvin
Brandon Colvin made A DIM VALLEY as a way to renew the transcendental spirit of my home, Eastern Kentucky. It’s a new myth, an alternative cosmology. Brandon wants A DIM VALLEY to connect with viewers intuitively, naturally flowing through different moods and genres with slapstick comedy situated alongside erotic yearning and fantastical happenings giving way to deep melancholy.
Directed by Keisha Rae Witherspoon
In T, a film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual “T Ball,” where folks assemble to model RIP T-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead.
Directed by Masami Kawai
TIDES is a film about a family’s attempts to repair their estrangement with an outing to the beach. Nine-year-old Kai tries to make sense of her new family configuration with her dad’s return. While her mother sleeps on the beach, father and daughter venture into the dangerous ocean and the estrangement of a family seems more challenging to mend than the promise of a summer afternoon.
Directed by River Gallo & Sadé Clacken Joseph
Ponyboi is an intersex runaway. He works at a laundromat and hustles as sex-worker. But after a mysterious encounter with a man from his dreams, he learns that perhaps he is worthy of leaving his seedy life in New Jersey behind. Ponyboi is a queer film about discovering self-redemption and love.
I’LL BE HERE FOR AWHILE
Directed by Dylan & Dakota Pailes-Friedman
After a long day in New York City, Lenny kisses his estranged mother gently on the forehead. “Could you stay for a while?”
Directed by India Donaldson
The line between intimacy and claustrophobia is blurred in HANNAHS is a short film about a woman who cons her way into another woman’s apartment with a tale of a missing friend and a string of half-truths.
Directed by Ryan McGlade
Jed’s family isn’t how he remembered it. After years in a bunker, Jed returns home to find that everything has changed – primarily due to the presence of a mysterious figure who calls himself BENNIFER.
Directed by Siqi Song
In Chinese New Year holidays, finding the coin inside the dumplings means having a blessed year ahead. In THE COIN, a young woman loses a jar on her journey to a new country, which contains the lucky coins she has been collecting growing up. Her new life begins with a search to find the coin.
Directed by Louis Morton
On a remote island in the future, people are preparing for an important mission.
THE DEEPEST HOLE
Directed by Matt McCormick
While the Space Race, the Arms Race, and a myriad of other Cold War competitions are common knowledge, few know that the United States and Soviet Union also faced off to see which country could dig the deepest hole. Only one found Hell in the process.
Directed by Ian Clark
MUSICAL ECOLOGY features electronic virtuoso Dan Deacon as he discusses the interrelationship between music, consciousness, and plant intelligence.
Directed by Dominic Mercurio
CYAN is a short film told in four chapters, each featuring a song taken from the album of the same name by Bay Area-based electro-soul band (and Treefort favorite) The Seshen. This unique project blurs the line between music video and narrative short film. CYAN follows singer Lalin St. Juste on an introspective journey through eerie industrial labyrinths and a lonesome serene beach as she searches for answers and closure while memories of four women saturate her mind.
Directed by Nathan Corbin & Tony Lowe
Time Bomb follows that search, and the subsequent visit to Ghana to discover a man more full of character and energy than even his music captured. It is a celebration of great tunes and how, when it hits the right audience at the right time, music can touch people in a way that you never imagined.
Directed by Sarah Salovaara
Melissa, a vegan restauranteur, is convinced her dog is dying. In a bid to save his life, she agrees to let her new boyfriend, Rick, perform an unconscionable act that will purportedly lead to the dog’s immortality.
THE OTHER BORDER
Directed by Justin Zimmerman
High school student Gerardo was arrested by ICE in Ohio, spent almost 2 months in prison and is scheduled to be deported. THE OTHER BORDER is his American story, told through intimate interviews and shot exclusively on 8mm and 16mm film.
MY FRIENDS WERE MOUNTAINEERS
Directed by Eric Becker
MY FRIENDS WERE MOUNTAINEERS follows an alpine legend and prolific artist as they revisit his favorite mountain on his 100th birthday.
THE LONG RIVER HOME
Directed by Eric Becker
The Long River Home is a short documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Over a 14 day river trip they battle more than 80 powerful rapids, screaming directions to Lonnie the whole way. Always looming downstream roars Lava Falls, the largest rapid of them all.
Directed by Zach Voss
Aerial Based Observations of Volcanic Emissions follows an international team of volcanologists who visit Papua New Guinea with experimental drone technology to collect gas emissions at two active volcanoes. While volcanic hazards always present risk, the 7.5 magnitude earthquake, tsunami warnings and tribal warfare were only a few of the unexpected challenges of the three week research campaign.
Directed by Kevin Castanheira
Every year, thousands of funeral directors meet at a convention to see the latest and greatest products related to the death industry. SELLING DEATH offers a glimpse at the people they meet with and the grim reality of the industry they make a living in…selling death.
I SEE IN THE DARK
Directed by Lana Bregar
I SEE IN THE DARK is a short documentary about three individuals who have lost their sight. Intimate narratives take the viewer on a journey through a world without sight and feelings about the loss of vision.
Directed by Gurleen Rai
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Directed by Daniel Zvereff
A powerful dream inspires creation after it extinguishes the distracting facade of a monotonous reality.
Directed by Benjamin Rinehardt
An experimental short that journeys through dark and hallucinatory worlds.
THE LITTLE SOUL
Directed by Barbara Rupik
A dead body became stuck by a river bank. Hiding within its decaying insides is a human soul – a miniature of the deceased. Rotting organs part and a tiny creature gets out. Standing on the river bank, it says goodbye to the corpse and sets off on a journey through the post-mortem land.
HOLD ONTO THE MOVING SKY
Directed by Ben Morgan
Emily is alone, stressing over a text. There’s no avoiding it; she must make a decision that will dramatically change the course of her life.
Directed by Weihao Wang
One night in San Francisco, an American art student bums a cigarette from a Chinese girl, beginning one of the most significant relationships of their lives.
ALMOST BLOWN AWAY
Directed by Taylor McElroy and Alejandra Widner
Strike Mamaface is an air guitarist rising quickly to fame. Celebrated for his passion, artistry and sweet persona, he becomes a favorite amongst young fans, while demanding the respect of his superiors. Unprepared for fame, his introverted, gentle nature proves to be an obstacle in meeting the demands of stardom. ALMOST BLOWN AWAY was produced by the youth filmmakers of Rock Band Land.