August 27, 1 pm – Orinda Theatre #2
Writer, Director and Producer: Miko Mincic
Producer: Donna Nincic
Documentary, Santa Fe, NM
Digital communications (email, texting, Facebook messaging, and the like) are now a dominant form of interpersonal communication. These technologies have enlarged the scope of human networks and have increased the speed with which messages are sent and received.
August 27, 3 pm – Orinda Theatre #2
Shorts Program A
Watch five (5) short films that will make you think.
Director: Sunwoo Park
Producer: Lin Siyu
Drama, Republic of Korea
Xiaohua, a bridal makeup artist at a Chinese wedding hall in Flushing, NY, helps countless brides shine on their big days. Raising two young boys on her own after her husband left her, she’s long closed off from her own emotions and desires. But is there more to life than this? Like a delicate flower surviving the winter waiting to bloom, will Xiaohua’s haunting past and current life hold back her deepest longing to find love again?
Writer, Director and Producer: Yigit Evgar
Writer: Melisa Kesmez
After the sudden break-up of their parents, a brother and sister, ages 8 and 14, are forced to leave the place they called home. They revisit as “guests” with their mother to bid farewell to their father before they move out of the city. However, the children soon realize that neither their home nor their father is as it used to be.
Take My Hand
Director: Alan J. Levi
Producers: Sondra Currie, Eileen Grubba, Judy Goldsworthy and Nannette D’Aquila
Drama, Los Angeles
A heartbroken woman is grieving after suffering the loss of her only child when her closest friends come to her aid. The woman’s unrelenting pain clouds her ability to see how her friends can relate to her grief and begin the process of healing. But fate intervenes and her loving friends help her to understand that she is not alone.
John Mendez—The Bridge
Director: Michael Kuba
Documentary, Washington, D.C.
Homelessness is everywhere. John Mendez is on the frontlines of the fight against homelessness in Montgomery County, MD, just outside Washington, D.C. Often battling extreme cold in the middle of the night, John works tirelessly to find affordable housing for each individual living on the streets. This short documentary is an intimate portrait of John, highlighting what drives him to fight for society’s most forgotten population.
Writer, Director Producer: Russ van Aardt
Producer: Barbara van Aardt
Documentary, South Africa
This film tells the story of a group of people, living and working in a coastal environment, who have chosen to spend their time and effort attempting to reverse the Coral Reef devastation caused by generations of dynamite, cyanide, and compressor fishing methods in their area.
August 27, 6 pm – Orinda Theatre #2
This print of Shiraz has been digitally re-mastered from one of the greatest silent films ever produced (1928).
Director: Franz Osten
Producer: Himanshu Rai
Romance Drama, India
This is an historical romance set in the Mughal Empire. Selima is a princess-foundling raised by a potter and loved by her brother, Shiraz. She is abducted and sold as a slave to Prince Khurram, later Emperor Shah Jehan, who falls for her to the chagrin of the wily Dalia. When Selima is caught by Shiraz, the young man is condemned to be trampled to death by an elephant. A pendant reveals Selima's royal status and she saves her brother, marries the prince and becomes Empress Mumtaz Mahal while Dalia is banned for her machinations against Selima.
August 27, 8 pm – Orinda Theatre #2
Bozkir Look at the Birds
Writer, Director and Producer: Mehmet Tanrisever
Drama, Western, Turkey
Abdullah and Cripple Ziya are gun dealers in the Bozkir district of Konya. They put honesty, honor, and dignity before anything else. Even though Abdullah and Cripple Ziya have opposite personalities, their friendship and partnership go back many years. Abdullah has worked hard and finally bought the horse he has been dreaming of. Now, all he wants to do is to marry his beloved Emine and build a happy life. Cripple Ziya lives one day at a time. He has no intention of settling down, he only cares about spending his money for his own happiness. In Turkish with English subtitles.