Natural Selection – Shorts 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 3:00 PM

In Search of Mount Analogue Director: Leonardo Pirondi, Experimental, USA , 4 min
A journey through ocean and land, bringing life to the imagined, metaphorical, and mysterious island from the 1952 novel, “Mount Analogue,” by René Daumal.

Something in the Garden Director: Marcos Sánchez, Animation, Chile, 6 min
It’s nighttime in the suburbs and the stillness is interrupted by a strange presence, a creeping being that lurks in the dark

A Landscape to Be Invented Director: Josh Weissbach, Experimental, Greece, Ireland, USA, 12 min
Other than the ocean, the rest of the planet was bathed in purple, which was due to the color of the vegetation. The change in the sun’s radiation had probably caused the plants to evolve as they adapted to the new light.

Churn Billy Palumbo Director: Experimental, USA, 3 min
A kinetic frenzy in nature; movement becomes pulsation and streaks of light

Aerosol Parasol Jump Director: Carolyn F. Lambert, Experimental, USA, 14 min
Thumbs, fore-fingers, Q-tips reach into the screen, caress, poke and brush the delicate pistils and stamen of fruit and vegetable blossoms—filling the vacancy left by the birds and bees.

Ad Meliora Directors: Katherine Balsley, Irina Escalante-Chernova, Experimental, USA, 4 min
The familiar landscape appears molten, luminous and renewed suggesting adaptation, resilience and transformation.

Devour Director: Kate Raney, Animation, USA, 3 min
Consumption considered, the din of dining, a consideration of life cycles and habitats.

Memento Mori as 3,684 Cyanotype Sunprints Director: Chris Peters, Animation, USA, 3 min
A sequence of 3,684 separate Cyanotype Sunprints, developed using a photographic process invented in 1847.

Summer Light for Tula Director: Silvia Alison Turchin , Experimental, USA, 9 min
A garden symphony, a tribute to light and beauty, and an effort to reconcile with death.

To Live and Die in the Shadows: Meditations on Ferns, Survival, and Horizontal Gene Transfer Director: Shannon Silva, Experimental, USA, 6 min
180 million years ago, through a chance horizontal gene transfer, ferns acquired a much needed light sensor (neochrome) that allowed them to modify and survive in low light environments. We should all be so lucky.

The Sovereignty of an American Houseplant Director: Sam Brandes, Narrative, USA, 6 min
Earl is a young houseplant who had accepted his lot in life. Enter Margaret, an educated plant, who is hellbent on showing Earl his true potential.

Dirtbag Director: Karsten Runquist, Narrative, USA, 11 min
Harold has been given a bag of dirt, and he needs to get rid of it immediately.