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415 ppm

415 ppm
2019 | NR. 1hr 26min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection

Documentary and narrative short films.

1. The Harvesters

US/Kenya | 2018 | 6 min | Derek Howard
Filmed deep inside the Mau Forest in south-west Kenya, “The Harvesters” is a short observational documentary about the unique practice of harvesting honey. Three Maasai men walk through a cave and enter the forest searching for beehives. After trekking deeper into the forest, they eventually find the hollowed out log they placed high up in a tree month ago. It is now full of honey combs and dangerous bees. The have designed an ingenious system of driving the bees temporarily out of their hive in order to harvest the combs without getting bitten to death. Climbing with no ropes or safety equipment of any kind, these men go about their task with a strikingly casual and practiced air. Without any dialog and with a pensive camera, “The Harvesters” is a carefully composed portrait of often invisible labor. WA State Premiere

2. The Blessed Assurance

US | 2018 | 21 min | Isabelle Carbonell
Every winter off the Georgia coast, fishermen reel in jellyfish from the same waters where shrimp once flourished. The Blessed Assurance is a sensorial documentary experience, a meditation on livelihood exploring both man and jellyfish in the otherworldly ecosystem found on an American trawl boat. Visceral images and sounds immerse us in a primordial world, decentering the human and even going inside a jellyfish. WA State Premiere. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

3. La Bala de Sandoval (Sandoval’s Bullet)

Ecuador | 2018 | 17 min | Jean-Jacques Martinod
Isidro Vargas and his brother remember his various encounters with death as he wanders through the rainforest. West Coast Premiere

4. Krähen schiessen (Shooting Crows)

Switzerland | 2018 | 20 min | Christine Hürzeler
A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. Now and then a crow is shot: as a deterrent. The crows rally after every shot. A woman disappears. The police gather evidence. Are reality and imagination slowly blurring? West Coast Premiere

5. Swatted

France | 2018 | 21 min | Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Online players describe their struggles with "swatting", a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game. WA State Premiere

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