February 7-10, 2019
By: Various Artists
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents the 3rd edition of its growing 21 Islands International Short Film Fest to take place on February 7-10, 2019, in the South Bronx. The film festival is curated by filmmaker and media producer Melisa Ramos, in partnership with Louis E. Perego Moreno (Tío Louie) of Prime Latino Media, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers on the East Coast. Distinguished past partners include Cinefiesta de Puerto Rico and the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils.
A diverse cross-section of the community served by Pregones/PRTT participates in the festival selection process. Artists, activists, scholars, audience members, and neighbors of diverse age and cultural heritage evaluate over 1,500 multilingual film submissions from more than 200 islands worldwide. Each finalist competes for both Festival Jury and Audience Choice awards.
The festival shines a spotlight on island life in all its richness and diversity. What are the particular and distinguishing features of island life and creative expression? Are there cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic preoccupations shared by island artists and audiences? How do the histories of different islands from around the world resemble and contrast each other? What imprint, if any, does island life leave on film genre, style, and tone?
21 Islands 3rd Edition will feature animation, experimental, and live action films from: Australia, Canary Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Ischia, Islas Malvinas, Japan, Kalamata, Montreal, Philippines, Princes’ Islands, Puerto Rico, Sardinia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tenerife, and United Kingdom. Each festival screening is a kaleidoscope of the real and the imagined, bursting with memorable stories and characters, and plenty of audiovisual brio. 5 fun-packed screenings over 4 days including a special selection of past festival winners!
TICKETS are $7 Each Screening or $25 Festival Pass – online, by phone, or at the door.
THANK YOU: This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones/PRTT.
Thursday February 7, 2019 @ 7:30PM. TICKETS >>
with Post Screening Opening Night Reception
- TWO WONGS MAKE A WHITE. Hawaii – 3 Min. Director: Jolene Kim.
An Asian American couple adopts a white American foster child.
- ONE TOO MANY. UK – 2 Min. Director: Sinead Stoddart.
When a drunken night out gets the better of him, Joe’s inner self steps in to set him on the road to recovery where a killer hangover awaits.
- ACCENTANOS. Sardinia, Italy – 19 Min. Director: Antonio Maciocco.
A 100-year-old man has had enough of living. The unexpected arrival of a granddaughter will give him back his will of living and loving.
- WE ARE GOING TO PARIS. Puerto Rico – 8:89 Min. Director: David Norris.
An elderly married couple try to rob a bank with the purpose of saving their house.
- SHIPWRECKED. UK – 4 Min. Director: Sabrina Marengo
A castaway’s lonely life takes an unexpected turn when an unfamiliar object gets washed up on the beach.
- CHINO DOMINICANO. Dominican Republic – 5 Min. Director: Susibell Espaillat.
A short documentary that features the Chinese-Dominican community in the Dominican Republic and their idiosyncrasy.
- FAKE NEWS. Greece – 15 Min. Director: Dimitris Katsimiris.
Trying to get more subscribers for their channel, a couple of YouTubers are planning to direct the raping of a girl by two black guys.
- ROBOTS NEED NOT APPLY. Ireland – 3.33 Min. Director: Tyler Lynch
Robots have taken over the labor force. Humans are growing bored with nothing to do and have started taking jobs back from the robots.
- OSLO. Cuba – 13 Min. Director. Luis Ernesto Doñas.
In a bizarre way, an elderly man fulfills his wife’s dream of seeing Oslo.
Friday, February 8, 2019 @ 7PM. TICKETS >>
- ARTIFICIAL BID. UK – 12 Min. Director: Shira Haimovici
In the nearer future, Eve, a chatterbox yet lonely elderly lady, gets a humanoid robot as a replacement to her bridge partner who just passed away.
- AND THEN. Taiwan – 1.43 Min. Director: Tzu Hsin Yang
What if the everyday routine of the world suddenly breaks?
- BALANCE. Singapore – 3.30 Min. Director: Raymond Limantara Sutisna
Animated short film about a boy and a girl fighting for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create goes out of control.
- FISSO. Taiwan – 9 Min. Director: Raito Low Jing Yi
“…break up to make up.”
- CLEANING IN PROGRESS. UK – 6:30 Min. Director: Grant Holden
The bristly relationship between a cleaner and his talking brush.
- THE FORTRESS. Ischia – 19 Min. Director: Stefano RussoThe story of Vito, the estranged father of ten year old Sebastiano. With the help of Vito’s partner, Lucia, father and son try to rebuild the broken bond between them.
- THE UNCANNY CASE OF ARNOLD. UK – 6.30 Min.
As a global recession strikes the world and fast food chains take over, Arnold is faced with a rather unexpected surprise
- EL BOLERO. Puerto Rico – 10 Min. Director: Lynee Feliciano
A night life encounter that connects two lives.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 @5:00PM. TICKETS >>
HENRY. UK – 8min. Director: Matthew Jeffrey
Set in the beautiful landscape of Pendle and the dingy rustic back streets on Burnley Henry has trouble with local bullies and is pushed to do something he will forever regret.
- FAREWELL. Taiwan – 10 Min. Director: Hsu, Chung-Yen
In the chilling winter, an old homeless man comforts and worships his dead friend’s spirit, foreshadowing his own destiny.
- MUMPSINS & HALYON DISCARD. UK – 3min. Director: Rolf Klein
Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view mental health issues and homelessness in an objective way.
- THE STAIN. Puerto Rico – 8 Min. Director: Ian Neifa
Miranda, a vain young woman, finds a red stain on her right cheek that expands every time she touches it. Will she get rid of that greasy imperfection?
- THE WRESTLER. Montreal – 12 Min. Director: Michael ChenAs a masked wrestler, Terry just wants to be seen as a good guy.
- THE GREATEST BRITAIN. UK – 5min. Director: Steve Roberts
A critical biography of Winston Churchill; a hero or an egomaniac, a drunk, a backstabber, a war monger, an incompetent, a white supremacist and a mass murderer?
SCREWJACK. Sri Lanka – 6 Min. Director Hasun Sameera
A salt plant in Sri Lanka, where charcoal-shade-dried-salty-tasting humans explore their birth-right senses.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 @8:00PM. TICKETS >>
- SPECIALLY BREWED. Hawaii – 5 Min. Director: Jasyika Goh
Kim, a new barista intern with mild autism and a passion for brewing coffee finally lands her dream job at a cafe.
- THEM. UK – 8:30 Min. Director: Jamie KendallA bad dream sends Chris on a journey of mental self discovery as he struggles to separate reality, and magpies.
- THE BEDS OF OTHERS. Tenerife – 15 Min. Director: Jonay García
Laura, a sexual assistant for people with functional diversity, and Marco, her boyfriend, wonder if the only thing we all need is a little affection to feel alive.
- THE BIRD AND THE WHALE. Ireland – 7.33. Director: Carol Freeman
After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, a young whale discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.
- THE MAN WHO MADE THE NIGHT LIGHT. UK – 11min. Director: Ryan PotterA short live action/animation hybrid about the life of a street lamplighter, and the struggling animator who is telling the story.
- LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD. Japan – 3.23. Director: Man Wei
If you practice being fictional for a while,you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.
- YERO. Philippines – 13 Min. Director: John Lanbert Rafols
A day in the life of two workers inside a corrugated Iron Factory.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM. TICKETS >>
- A FERRY TALE. Prince’s Islands (Prinkipo) In Istanbul- 10 Min. Director: Mehmet Tığlı
A father and his two autistic children get on ferry in a wintry day. They meet with some disappointing incidents in their short trip, challenging the father’s sense of hope.
- TEETH & PILLS. UK – 15 Min. Director: Andrea Vinciguerra
Randy, 8 years old, starts on a mission to lose as many teeth as possible after he finds a Barbie instead of a dollar under his pillow. Meanwhile, his mom is planning the party of a lifetime. As the party unfolds in a series of absurd events, Randy gets more and more lost in his obsession
- BROKEN. UK – 5 Min. Director: Jennifer Kidd
A young couple’s struggle to remain connected through mental illness.
- KELANGAN. Indonesia – 13.30 Min. Director: M. Satria Yudha
High School graduate Siti dislikes her parents for marrying her off at a young age. Struggling to survive, she decides to move to the city with her own child.
- COMODORO. Islas Malvinas – 10 Min
- A CADA PUERCO LE LLEGA. Puerto Rico – 11min. Director: Omar Camilo Ramos
The most common day can be the unexpected day in a con artists life.
- DARE NOT FLY. Taiwan. 18:45 Min. Director: CHUYI CHEN
Even when words have stepped out of society, a mother still does not allow her zealously sheltered daughter to make her own choices.
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