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Documentary, Short | 2019 | NR. 1hr 12min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various
2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection


Short non-fiction films.

1. Operation Jane Walk

Austria | 2018 | 16 min | Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner
A city tour through the architecture of an Online-Shooter. Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour. The urban strollers avoid the combats whenever possible and become peaceful tourists of a digital world, which is a detailed replica of Midtown Manhattan. While walking through the post-apocalyptic city, issues such as architecture history, urbanism and the game developer’s interventions into the urban fabric are being discussed. WA State Premiere

2. Dramatic and Mild

Russia | 2019 | 7 min | Nastia Korkia
A short essay on the importance of art which covers how visitors and even security guards act and think while enclosed in a small room with the painting 'Dramatic and Mild' by Vasiliy Kandinsky. It is part of the festival 'Geometry of Now' which took place in the former Power Station GES-2 in the center of Moscow that is soon to be transformed into a new cultural space in the capital. West Coast Premiere

3. La Flaca (The Bony Lady)

US/Mexico/Brazil | 2018 | 20 min | Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato
La Flaca is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Cult in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady ("La Flaca" as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago. WA State Premiere. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

4. Gutk’odau (Yellow)

US | 2018 | 8 min | Adam Piron
A young man learns to build his first tipi. An elder projects language rather than instructing it. A home inhabits a person, and that person within a soul. These vignettes offer a cultural context and triangulation of meaning within the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

5. Traveling Shoes

US | 2019 | 7 min | Kevin Jerome Everson
Traveling Shoes is based on the hit record by the Mansfeld, Ohio based gospel group, The Brown Singers. WA State Premiere


France | 2018 | 13 min | Mathilde Lavenne
In the 19th century, a community of French crossed the Atlantic to settle in Jicaltepec, along the Nautla River in the Veracruz region of Mexico. These French families, simple farmers for the most part, succeed in forming large farms over generations despite a nature and a hostile tropical climate. Since the Spanish conquest, Mexico embodies a western mythological reverie. That of the Amazons who guided the conquerors in their quest for the new earth, but also that of the idealization of the new world through its lush vegetation, the opening of medicine by new plants and the evangelical will of a better world. If part of the European fantasy made sense from the first contact with the new world, it also destroyed much of a "first" knowledge by merging with pre-Columbian peoples. Taking the form of an archaeological expedition in 3D, TROPICS draws an orbit around these territories, from which we receive scattered voices expressing their secret histories and their relations with the ghosts of a past time. This conception of the world confronted with advanced technology paradoxically brings out a visual material that takes the form of constellations of information recalling a link to the cosmos, but also to a form of mathematical essence common to all things. At the rhythm of a resonant pulsating sound in a space without end or gravity, the film tries to freeze the time, the men and reveals the specter of a lost paradise. West Coast Premiere

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