Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

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Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

This program is also available to watch online! Click here to learn more about how you can stream Florida Film Festival movies at home.

Due to graphic content, no one under 18 will be admitted.

Sunspots is back with our most deliciously alienating program of shorts yet! Experience the latest in genre-bending, expectation-defying cinema with a program of experimental documentaries, personal essays, animation, and pilfered pop culture. Adventure-seeking film lovers won’t want to miss this!

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Lucid Dreams

Directed by: Halina Kliem

Germany/USA, 2020, 7m

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Halina Kliem (“The Purple Video,” FFF 2020) returns with a Greek tragedy as text-on-screen, in this short that explores our digital relationships in the age of a pandemic.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Morning Sickness in the USA

Directed by: Cristine Brache

USA, 2021, 3m

In Spanish with English subtitles

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The director shares the story of her grandmother, who was quarantined in an asylum after seeing a doctor for an unknown illness.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Car Ride (Baker Act Version)

Directed by: Dro Watson

USA, 2021, 2m

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The recounting of a dissociative car ride, with all audio overdubbed to avoid Florida’s Baker Act, which allows for anyone expressing suicidal thoughts to be hospitalized against their will.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

William Jefferson Wilderness

Directed by: Ben Young

UK/USA, 2020, 7m

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Bill Clinton’s strange legacy as a U.S. president and ringmaster of the 1990s is a confounding mess of public amnesia, nostalgia, and scorn.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

In the Air Tonight

Directed by: Andrew Norman Wilson

USA, 2020, 11m

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Inspired by an urban legend about the origins of Phil Collins’s 1980 hit song and a mysterious sighting on a beach.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Wild Grass

Directed by: Shan Wu

US/Taiwan, 2021, 19m

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A Taiwanese woman’s journey to America reveals her fantasy of love and an identity entangled with beauty, sexuality, nationality, and two languages.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Something to Treasure

Directed by: Annapurna Kumar

Canada, 2019, 2m

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“Warm showers make me see stars.” From the filmmaker who brought us “Mountain Castle Flower Plastic” (FFF 2018).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Exquisite Shorts, Volume 1

Directed by: Ariel Fish, Ben Kutsko, Winnie Cheung, Travis Stevens, Courtney Andujar, Andrew and Elsbeth Mumm, Matt Boman and Tosca Rivola, Hunter Adams, Sarah Lind, Doug Klinger and Machete Bang Bang, Theresa Desautels, Jessica Calleiro, Ben Fee, Emily Andujar and Manuel Taylor-Alcocer, Bossi Dean Baker, June Zandona, Hillary Andujar, Niles Howard and Kayli Stollak, Kevin Kearney, and Mary Florence Brown

USA, 2021, 13m

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Adapted from the drawing game “Exquisite Corpse,” filmmakers were given two words to be spoken, shown, or both—one for the beginning of their own film and one for the end.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Ventana

Directed by: Edgar Jorge Baralt

USA, 2021, 11m

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

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A retrieved picture of a window elicits memories and the impulse to recreate a lost site. An exploration of the relationship between memory and filmmaking.

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

The Flaw in the Crystal

Directed by: Ryan Betschart

USA, 2021, 3m

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An exploration of astral projection via a diagnosis of exploding head syndrome from the director of “A Peculiar Week in My Dream Journal” (FFF 2020).

Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde

Mountain Lodge

Directed by: Jordan Wong

USA, 2020, 8m

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The candle, the myth, the legend, the Tumblr tale of Mountain Lodge.