TAFFNY HONORS THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF CITY COLLEGE’S MFA IN FILM
JUNE 18, 2019. 7:00 PM.
*Reception to follow
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
1ST LITTLE LADIES
April Gatling-Joffee | Documentary | 2018 | 8min
The focus of “1st Little Ladies” is to let young voices be heard, and particularly show how Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign shaped the aspirations/hopes/fears/doubts of young girls pre and post the 2016 election. This film marks a milestone in history, and opens the first chapter of discussion from a perspective not often considered, in the big wide world of politics.
¿MAMÁ, ERES FELIZ?
Elias Acevedo | Fiction | 2019 | 15min
"¿Mamá, Eres Feliz?" is a Spanish narrative short film based off a true story about the immense impact of generational violence. It examines the dynamic of matriarchy between a bitter grandmother, an uptight mother and a misconstrued daughter who’s stuck in the middle of it all. The family remains looped in their own drama without any regard to how high the stakes can go. This film exploits the stereotypical culture of a Latino family, from physical punishment to religious guilt- two contradicting tools that really set the tone. The grandmother’s wit and chaotic behavior towards her daughter suggest there is always a lesson to be learned.
Allison Mabe | Fiction | 2019 | 14min
"A Placement" revolves around the first day in which foster mother Andi takes in a troubled teenage girl, Kate, on a trial weekend. Andi is warned by Kate's case worker that she has had some issues going to sleep at night due to past trauma. After Kate arrives, tension arises when Kate acts up at bedtime and tests Andi’s resolve in their becoming an unconventional family.
AN AMERICAN BOY
TJ Ali Bowden | Fiction | 2019 | 15min
“An American Boy” is a realistic drama set in early 2000s Chicago. The story follows a cheerful musically inclined boy who is sent to live with his convert Muslim father after his mom discovers him dressing up as her in the mirror. Inciting religious practices on the young boy, he is forbidden to sing in an upcoming school recital, which forms new trauma in his life.
Razid Season | Fiction | 2019 | 15min
In 1943, a young Ashkenazim namely Akiva risks a journey through Miechów in Poland in order to fulfill his obligation of honouring his deceased mother on the anniversary of her death. He gets arrested by the Nazis, and finds one of his known elderly Rabbi in Nazis custody. The rabbi, who has lost his entire family in the Holocaust, is hoping to escape Poland for the Promised Land. They become able to escape from the Nazis. His journey is accompanied by Rabbi, so that Akiva can visit his mother’s grave and perform a Jewish ritual.