The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival – Films 13 and 14: “Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories” (2020) and “The Man Who Fears the Rain” (2020)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival concludes with the final pair of films in the 14-part series: “Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories” (2020) and  “The Man Who Fears the Rain” (2020). Both are deeply introspective works that I wrote, produced, directed, scored and narrate. In “The Man Who Fears the Rain”, I even make a brief appearance. Both projects cost absolutely nothing to make. They were also filmed primarily in my backyard and with my phone.

As promised, the festival concludes with:

Film 13: Andrew Buckner’s Big Screen Memories 

Synopsis:

A 14-minute and 45-second documentary which focuses on director Buckner’s personal memories and admiration of the movie theater. The piece draws primarily on midnight movie and family experiences to describe the intimate connection he has to said place. It also describes how the recent cinema shutdowns due to Covid-19 have altered his feelings as a filmgoer.

Told with audio narration and using three bits of symbolic video bits, the endeavor is a truly unique project.

(Re)Search my Trash Review of the Film:

http://www.searchmytrash.com/cgi-bin/creditsb.pl?andrewbucknersbigscreenmemories(2020)

30-Second Trailer for the Film:

Film Still:

Additional Information:

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Shot in June of 2020.

The Film in Full:

Film 14: “The Man Who Fears the Rain”

Synopsis:

A lone man ponders his fear of turbulent weather, namely rain, and wonders what it says about his inner-self.

10-Second Trailer for the Film:

Additional Information:

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Runtime: 2 min. 14 sec.

Filmed in July of 2020.

The Film in Full:

* All films included in this festival were used with the kind permission of the directors themselves.

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival- Films 5 and 6: “A Rock Feels No Pain” (2020) and “Spice” (2018)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival continues with films 5 and 6 of the 14-part series: “A Rock Feels No Pain” (2020), directed by Gabrielle Rosson and Kris Salvi, and “Spice” (2018). The latter was directed by Lawrence Butchbinder. Both shorts are again connected by the genre of Comedy, as was the case with the former pair of brief films. Moreover, they are both hilarious and uniquely heartfelt.

As promised, the online festival continues with:

Film 5: “A Rock Feels No Pain”

Summary:

A Rock Feels No Pain (2020)

Quarantine feels like a life sentence to Jimmy, until he learns to do the time on his own terms.

Not Rated | 8 min |Short, Comedy

About The Directors:

Gabrielle Rosson & Kris Salvi live, work, and make art in Massachusetts, and have collaborated on a number of projects since meeting in 2019.

Salvi is known for his writing, directing, and acting in independent films such as “I Am A Rain Dog,” “Gutterbug,” “Odd Men Out,” “Deja Vu’ers,” “Strawberry Lane,” “The Loner,” “Cleaner,” “You’re On The Air,” and “Salvation,”—among many others. When he isn’t making movies, he’s writing and conducting research for future productions.

Rosson began her filmmaking career as a student at Bridgewater State University where she wrote, directed, and produced her first award-winning short, “Get Up Eight,” as part of a larger effort to raise awareness about addiction and recovery. Since then, she has written, directed, produced, and acted in a number of independent shorts, including “Salvation,” “Kill Me In The Moonlight,” and “Being Kris Salvi.” Her next film, an homage to 1930s Hollywood called “Dessert,” begins principal photography this Fall. 

Directors Statement:

“A Rock Feels No Pain” was conceived during quarantine and was filmed in one day using the principals of social distancing. It was tremendous fun to work with lead actor Justin Thibault, and we are very proud of the final product. We hope it provides a little relief during these trying times! Enjoy 🙂

Film 6: “Spice”

Summary:

“Spice” (2018) is an award-winning comedy from Shoot the Moon Films, about a married couple (Steve Blackwood and Pamela Morgan) who hope to spice things up in the bedroom. This 12-minute short packs in great humor, heart-felt moments, and leaves you wanting more!

Cast and crew information:

Written by David Susman

Produced by Curtis Reid

Directed by Jeffrey Buchbinder

Links to further information on the film:

IMDB page:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5341518/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2&fbclid=IwAR1tRiNegHzUH-2kuXKcQP74so1yVLUrbRKj_vlGlmBTP7TB9t0v9xoEDI8

Shoot the Moon Films Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/shootthemoonfilms

Facebook Page for “Spice”:

https://www.facebook.com/SpiceFilm

*All films included in this festival are shown in full with the kind permission of those involved with the film itself.

Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams’ Summer 2020 Short Film Festival: Films 1 and 2 (“Yesteryear” and “Imposter”)

By Andrew Buckner

The Andrew Buckner/ AWordofDreams Summer 2020 Short Film Festival has commenced!

The idea behind this online festival will be to present two films each day, with a shared filmmaking crew member or narrative link to each other, for five days straight. This online festival will begin anew roughly every three months with fourteen more short films (all under forty-five minutes and in any genre, style and from any year). Each short film will be screened at AWordofDreams and kept on the site for the foreseeable future. 

The first day of this originating festival, August 8th of 2020, will be a Chris Esper double bill! We will be including screeners to his wonderful, thought-provoking short films “Yesteryear” (2020) and “Imposter” (2018).

As promised, here is a poster, general information, director’s statement and a screener link for each of Mr. Esper’s films:

Film 1: “Yesteryear”

Summary: “A visual documentary about the value of home movies through the eyes of those who filmed their valuable memories.” – Chris Esper

Director’s Statement: “With the recent pandemic causing unrest, many are turning to their memories as and nostalgia as a source of comfort. It could be a video or a photo. Whatever the case may be, these precious moments are a reminder of what is beautiful about life in a world of uncertainty.

This was the inspiration behind ‘Yesteryear’. I was initially in pre-production on another short film. However, amid the pandemic, I had to postpone production. This lead to me eventually coming across my home movies and concerting them. I was amazed by the storytelling home movies can possess. From there, I put out a call to folks in my circle who were kind enough to release their memories for this project. Two months and fifteen hours later, ‘Yesteryear’ was completed.

My goal was to show that everyone’s life has a story. With that story, there is a slew of memories that can be unforgettable. The documentation of these is very important in preserving what’s important.”

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Runtime: 13 min. 52 sec.

Film 2: “Imposter”

Summary: “A silent drama that visually represents the inner struggles of suffering from anxiety.” – Chris Esper

Additional Information/ Director’s Statement: “According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the US, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. I am among these 40 million adults.

As a filmmaker, I enjoy telling personal stories about subjects that are close to my heart while putting a spin on that subject. “Imposter” is easily my most personal film to date. I have always felt that anxiety was a silent disorder that many can feel, but others can’t see and nor do we ever understand it. This is why I chose to make it as a silent film. For many, anxiety is different. “Imposter” was my way of showing how anxiety, particularly the idea of Imposter Syndrome, can be very real to some and how many are suffering around us that we don’t realize. We suffer quietly and often feel trapped or feel like prisoners of our thoughts. That is what “Imposter” is ultimately about in its themes.”

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Runtime: 9 min. 53 sec.

*All screeners included in this festival are incorporated with the kind permission of the filmmaker(s).