A spontaneous escape, an evil queen, finding inspiration and discovering super strength is just the tip of the iceberg for New York City’s Indie Theatre Film Festival’s Coming of Age Shorts Screening. These shorts explore overcoming troubles, fears, and heartache in remarkable ways including a sense of humor as demonstrated in Dianne Diep’s Cloud Gazing. Peals of laughter can remedy almost any situation.
The New York City Indie Theatre Film Festival continues streaming through Sunday, February 20. Click here for more information and how to stream a variety of dynamic films including animation and documentary works.
In the face of chaos, there is strength. Overcoming is such a prevalent theme in these coming of age shorts and none quite faces it like Jonah Beres as Sam Wheeler in Balloon, a boy who is relentlessly bullied at school. Who can Sam really turn to? Beres’s sympathetic eyes and careful demeanor resemble a young Dane DeHaan. DeHaan has a knack for portraying characters with pent up emotion just on the brink of letting go. Directors Jeremy Merrifield and Dave Testa capture a captivating burst of emotions and the awkwardness of childhood through nature, at home, and symbolically in a popping balloon.
Directed and produced by Dianne Diep, Cloud Gazing is a lighthearted take upon a common rite of passage in New York City. It is the epitome of looking at the bright side as Dianne Diep as Mia makes the best of her latest apartment in the Big City. The silly and imaginative dialogue, cinematography, and the peals of laughter from Shannon Whelan as Dylan and Dianne Diep as Mia could leave the most serious heart uplifted. Click here for more on Cloud Gazing and Dianne Diep can also be seen in upcoming Mia: Unraveling Series.
Profound life advice is hard to come by. For example, ‘Life is better than a movie…buy cookies and cream’ is a notable and memorable quote from Tom’s Bench. Directed by Richard H. Pluim, it’s a heartwarming short film taking place on a special Astoria Park bench in New York. Most notable is the soothing and fitting Simon and Garfunkel-style closing song Come and Go by the Timber Choir.
Starting a new day holds new meaning for an unhappy wife in Expectations directed by Vic Dominguez. It is also directed, written, and starring Kaitlin Gould. This short would benefit with a longer screen time because Gould’s actions only bring up more questions.
Overcoming has several meanings for a discouraged artist longing for inspiration and she may find it in a most unconventional way in You and I written directed and produced by Yiqing Zhao. It is a quirky, colorful, and sweet film about overcoming doubt for the dream in your heart.
To the sounds of Gymnopedie No 1, Fair is a stinging, deeply relatable, and inventive short film infusing fairy tale with stark reality as a woman, portrayed by Marissa Molnar, must overcome her current circumstances. It is a clever and fascinating piece that has moments of charm and humor in its brief time frame.
School life isn’t easy for Angella Cao as Jessa in Pippi, a nod to the famous children’s book character, Pippi Longstocking. Most notable is the moving and poignant interactions between the adorable Cao and Karoline Xu as her mom.
A woman is on a mysterious voyage in Goat. This short film has beautiful cinematography and its share of odd humor. Ben Lewis as Simon is an especially intriguing character.
The New York City Indie Theatre Film Festival continues streaming through Sunday, February 20. Click here for more information and how to stream a variety of films.