Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIFF 2014 Review: Documentary Shorts- Jonesy's Take

I was lucky again this year to check out the documentary shorts. I thoroughly enjoyed the selection last year, and I was not disappointed in the line up for 2014. There were the standard "slice of life" shorts, a couple made me wish they were feature length documentaries, as well as a more experimental-type short which absolutely floored me. 

Below, I have listed my three favorites (including twitter/page links to the directors), but almost all of these shorts were fantastic in their own way. 

The documentary shorts play again tonight, 4/9, and you can purchase tickets here! I highly suggest you check them out.

(Directed by Joey Daoud, USA)
This was a lovely short based on a D Magazine article about a man's journey to bowl a perfect 900. It the bowling league world, you bowl three games in a row. So, the ultimate goal for any bowler would be to bowl a perfect game three times. Bill, if he accomplishes the task, would be the first Texan and Asian American to do it. This short has the tension of a big budget sportsmovie and still has so much heart. It's a perfect little film.
You can check out a preview below.

(Directed by Nora Mandray, France)
Detroit is not doing well as a city. They filed for bankruptcy and many people are falling into poverty. Two men is trying to do what he can and give back. Through organic farming, these men are providing sustainable food while building a community and breaking racial stereotypes. This is the one short in this series that deserves a full-length feature.

(Directed by Deborah Stratman, USA)
This was, hands down, one of the most innovative shorts I've ever seen. It begins as almost a mystery as a steady cam slowly makes it way down a dark and quiet street, and we eventually end up in a sound mixing studio where two men are creating/recording sound effects for a film. I don't want to spoil what makes this short so special, but it astonished me.
You can watch six minutes of the short below. 

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