Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

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Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

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Florida might be flat, but its landscape is hardly uniform. From the Caribbean color of the Keys, to the quaint fishing communities of the Panhandle, it’s as eclectic a land as ever there was one.  This collection of films celebrates many diverse visions of life in the Sunshine State. Featuring animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental short films, this program represents some of the most unique homegrown voices of the year.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

uTransfer

Directed by: Giorgio Miraflor

USA, 2020, 10m

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uTransfer is a new device that allows U.S. citizens to transfer their consciousness into a utopia called the New World, but Dean Flores is running into more than a few glitches.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Short Shorts

Directed by: Karina Dandashi

USA, 2020, 11m

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Shot in Central Florida, this winner of the 2020 Central Florida Film Slam follows an American Muslim teenage girl’s shifting identities between family and friends as she goes about her day-to-day life.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Hapi Berdey Yusimi in Yur Dey

Directed by: Ana A. Alpizar

USA, 2020, 13m

In Spanish with English subtitles

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In this experimental Miami-set dramedy, Cuban immigrant Yusimi is dealing with her best friend, her sugar daddy, and far too much drama for one woman to handle as she kisses her 20s goodbye.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

The Wild Divide

Directed by: Eric Bendick and Danny Schmidt

USA, 2021, 18m

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By horseback, foot, and paddleboard, three friends trek across Florida’s imperiled backbone. The Lake Wales Ridge is an ancient ribbon of sand dunes that is a hotspot for biodiversity found nowhere else in the world. It is also a place steeped in a long tradition of agricultural heritage. Both are threatened by the rapid pace of change in Florida’s wild interior. Co-directed by Eric Bendick (“Chasing Ghosts,” FFF 2020)

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Wound Riders

Directed by: Angel Barroeta

USA, 2020, 13m

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After stunning 2020 FFF audiences with “Diva & Astro,” Angel Barroeta brings his incredible visual style back to the festival in this story of a young woman (Tef Baker, “Fairchild,” FFF 2020) who ventures into an unknown night full of unexpected obstacles and tantalizing distractions which transform her mission into a journey of self-discovery.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Melted

Directed by: Nikki Chapman

USA, 2020, 2m

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A macabre girl laments about the inevitability of death after being given a melting cartoon-character popsicle.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Searching for Ana Veldford

Directed by: Ronald Baez

USA, 2021, 6m

In Spanish with English subtitles

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A middle-aged mother of two reflects on her emotional decision to immigrate to the United States some 30 years earlier, in this reflective documentary short that borrows its title from a uniquely powerful poem by the legendary exiled Cuban writer Lourdes Casal.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Through the Cymbals I Will Watch

Directed by: Karlo Corona and Lorène Yavo

USA/Belgium, 2021, 7m

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On a barren shore, an individual awakens and begins an arduous journey toward an illusory fate. In dream states, one’s journey has many beginnings and endings. Sometimes, though, our journey shows more than just beginnings and endings, as shown in this exquisite collaborative animation piece from UCF graduate Karlo Corona and Belgian filmmaker Lorène Yavo.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Sitting Still

Directed by: Frank Volk

USA, 2021, 4m

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UCF grad Frank Volk (“Things Happen Because,” FFF 2020) returns with this impressionistic piece of experimental cinema which uses digital noise and a cacophonic audio mix to capture the anxiety of a digital existence during lockdown

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