2014 SUMMIT RECAP, Jennifer Gibli
New York No Limits (“NYNL”) finished off another year with its 2014 Summit taking place November 20-November 22, 2014 at The Wild Project in New York City’s East Village. The 2014 Summit’s 3-day event brought together several Best of shorts selected from previous screenings in the season, as well as a variety of new shorts and features. The Thursday, November 20th, opening night featured: Cycle, written and directed by Ed Peduzzi, about a man’s battle with laundry gone rogue; Happy Hour, written and directed by Gretl Claggett, a film which brings forth in cinematic form a woman’s unsettling memories of sexual abuse by a family friend and the complacency of those around her; and finally, Patrol, written and directed by Rich Devaney, a short film which calls into question the “protective” actions of two NYC police officers set on assisting a drunk, vulnerable young woman get home safely. Following the shorts, See You Next Tuesday, written and directed by Drew Tobia, entertained our audience with its quirky and dark portrayal of a young, unstable mother-to-be who loses her job and apartment in the same day, yet must turn to her equally unstable mother and sister for support.
November 21st’s Friday night event featured the Netherlands drama, Silent Ones, written and directed Ricky Rijneke. With breathtaking cinematic imagery, Silent Ones told the story of a sister who suddenly loses her brother and sets out on a surrealistic trip as she tries to survive in a harsh, unsightly world, while caught between life and death. Friday closed with a set of shorts, including two Best of films – Only Blood, written and directed by Alexander Jorgensen, as well as Parietal Guidance, written and directed by Lonnie Edwards. Additional shorts screened on Friday, included After, directed by Sean Branigan and written by Amy De Bhrun, tackling the subject of rape which finds itself in the midst of a new, budding relationship; The Years, written and directed by Keun-Pyo Park, which follows one man’s inability to let go of his daughter who tragically died years earlier; and Myth, written and directed by Sam Guest, a film which darkly teeters between childhood and adolescence. Following the screenings, NYNL’s Tom Escovar conducted a Q&A with present filmmakers Alex Jorgensen, Lonnie Edwards and Sam Guest.
The 2014 Summit was buzzing throughout the day on Saturday, November 22nd, with three blocks of screenings. First, the documentary feature, Fagbug Nation, directed by Erin Davies, was screened. Fagbug Nation follows one woman’s determination to get her rainbow-colored VW across all 50 states advocate for gay rights awareness. The evening then showcased a set of shorts, as well as the feature Grantham & Rose, directed by Kristin Hanggi/written by Ryan Spahn, and starring Jake T. Austin and Marla Gibbs. The blocked included another Best of short, Killing Vivian, written and directed by Mandy Fabian. Shorts also featured that evening included: Norway’s A Short Film on Equality, written and directed by Matt Willis-Jones; the U.K.’s Mustard, directed by Theresa Varga/written and directed by Theresa Varga and Nathan Bryon; Canada’s La Canadienne Francaise (A French Canadian Girl), directed by Charles Grenier and Sarah Pellerin/written by Charles Grenier; and the U.S. film, Truckin’, directed by Diane Newman/written by Ketti Kollin.
The 2014 Summit concluded Saturday night with its final screenings. Best of short, Animals, written and directed by Alexander Yan, returned once again to the NYNL screen. Following Yan’s film, Leah Meyerhoff’s feature, I Believe in Unicorns, mesmerized our audience with its fantastical portrayal of a young and dangerous love. I Believe in Unicorns’ Natalie Dyer was on hand following the film for a Q&A session with NYNL’s Jennifer Gibli.
Following the last film, the 2014 Summit’s winners were announced: Best Feature Film – The Silent Ones; Best Short Film – Patrol; Audience Award – Myth; and Special Jury Prize – See You Next Tuesday. This year’s jury panel included Jeremy Levine, Karen Brown, Frederick Pelletier, Samantha Buck and Andrew Adair. Thank you to all our jurors and our filmmakers for another successful year! See you in 2015!
NYNL 2013 Summit Films
2013 Award Winners: BEST FILM and BEST FEATURE FILM DIEGO STAR | Frederick Pelletier, Director | Belgium SPECIAL JURY PRIZE MY SISTER’S QUINCEANERA | Aaron Douglas Johnston, Director | USA BEST SHORT FILM BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT/MORE THAN TWO HOURS, Ali Asgari, Director | Iran
2013 Award Winners:
BEST FILM and BEST FEATURE FILM
DIEGO STAR | Frederick Pelletier, Director | Belgium
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
MY SISTER’S QUINCEANERA | Aaron Douglas Johnston, Director | USA
BEST SHORT FILM
BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT/MORE THAN TWO HOURS, Ali Asgari, Director | Iran
Short Film Event
Thursday May 22nd, 9:30 PM
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE | 195 East 3rd Street NYC
DIAL UP | Igor Jimenez Galicia director, experimental | Spain / Mexico
GRANDMA | Andrew Mui director, documentary | U.S.
ONLY BLOOD | Alex Jorgensen director, narrative | U.S.
PASSAGES | Neysan Sobhani director, experimental | Bermuda / China
PATROL | Rich Devaney director, narrative | U.S.
THE STORY OF MILO & ANNIE | Harris Doran director, narrative | U.S.
TAKE ME HOME | Kim Tran director, narrative | Canada
Representing a wide range in filmmaking endeavors, the lineup that night included a piece on freedom presented through the art of animation (Flight of the Soul, directed by Caitlin Inzinna, USA); an exploration of relationships and time, perception and reality in narrative form (Breakfast with Pete, directed by Niloo Ravaei, Canada); and a dark comedy about one woman’s unfettering determination and stop-at-nothing will to kill an inconspicuous target (Killing Vivian, directed by Mandy Fabian, USA). Also featured was Incalcitranous Rex, a pop-art, sci-fi film which flies in the face of computer-generated imagery and in the process, wins its own fans (directed by Matt Willis-Jones, Norway). The festival also included the premiere of Hiccup, directed by Alyssa Radmand and Griffin Devine, tackling the unfortunate consequences of one man’s affliction with chronic hiccups. Making his directorial debut, Jack Stannard gave life above-ground to an underground artist with his documentary FlyeLyfe NYC (USA).