Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:30 PM
Pregones/PRTT’s 21 Islands International Short Film Festival celebrates its first benchmark 5th Anniversary starting April 14, and this edition of Bronx Film Wednesdays serves as a special tribute and teaser of what’s ahead!
Championing independent filmmakers since 2017, 21 Islands ISFF offers a kaleidoscope of the real and the imagined, bursting with memorable stories and characters, and plenty of visual pizzazz. Multi-genre and multi-style films from islands territories and island nations around the globe lend the festival both its expansive and uniquely focused character.
Orchestrated by filmmaker, producer, and curator Melisa Ramos, 21 Islands ISFF film groupings are the outcome of preview and deliberation by multidisciplinary artists, activists, scholars, audiences, and neighbors of diverse age and cultural heritage. Selected from thousands of multilingual submissions originating in hundreds of qualifying locations worldwide, our finalists compete for Festival Jury Prizes and Audience Choice Awards.
The festival invites viewers to experience and marvel at the world from the islander’s point of view. Underlying and recurring questions include: What are the particular and distinguishing features of island life and creativity? Are there cultural, philosophical, or 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 can island life leave on film genre, style, and tone?
This BxFW program kicks off the festival’s 5th Anniversary with a choice selection of eight jury and audience favorites from prior years!
APRIL 7, 2021 at 9:30PM — Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez and featuring interviews with 21 Islands curator Melisa Ramos and Pregones/PRTT’s Artistic Director, Rosalba Rolón.
- White. Director: David Moya. 2017. United Kingdom. 15 min. After dying of food poisoning in a cruise, a white man arrives at the Transition Centre Plus, where he is informed that he cannot be white in his next life.
- We’re Going to Paris (Nos vamos pa’ París). Director: David Norris. 2019. Puerto Rico. 9 min. – An old married couple plan to rob a bank in order to save their house from foreclosure… and something else.
- Sparrow. Director: Welby Ings. 2019. New Zealand. 15 min. – The lyrical story of a small boy who believes he can fly, his life overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War Two.
- The Bathtub (La bañera). Director: Jonay García. 2019. Tenerife. 4 min. – To dive is not necessary to know how to swim. You sink into the water and that’s it.
- Think Deep. Director: Peter Skovsbo. 2016. Montreal. 7 min. – Plotting his wife’s murder for the umpteenth time, Marc and Jodie learn the hard way that actions speak louder than words.
- Baozha! Director: Jasper Liu. 2016. Singapore. 7 min. – A young guardian angel must overcome her gaming distractions to protect her mortal, a hapless old grandmother, from untimely death.
- Old Habits. Director: Mary Musolino. 2019. Australia. 7 min. – A beach-side change-room becomes a confessional for two sisters who must choose whether to keep or end their respective marriages.
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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!