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Philip Cowan's Picks

Philip Cowan's Picks
2019 | NR. 1hr 23min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection

Selections from the Executive Director of The Grand Cinema, Philip Cowan.

1. Muteum

Hong Kong/Estonia | 2017 | 4 min | Aggie Leepakyee 
A visit to the art museum provides several lessons for some young, impressionable minds.

2. The Snuffler

United Kingdom | 2019 | 6 min | Oliver David
"Well you know the sounds you hear in nature documentaries? They're not actually recorded live..." Delve into the world of Snuffling and learn what it takes to create the iconic animal sounds you hear in your favourite Nature Documentaries. World Premiere

3. When You Know You Know: A Brief and Thorough Investigation Into Mysterious Sources of Glitter

US | 2019 | 7 min | Gregory Kasunich, Jerry Spears
When Dan, Anna's boyfriend of 5 years, comes home late with glitter on his face, an explosive argument erupts between the couple calling into question their entire relationship as they travel to their friends engagement party. The film explores themes of honest communication and commitment in a relationship. Shot in 4 long takes, highlighting performance over editing in order to reduce the distance between the audience and the character's experience, the film let's the audience ride shotgun inn this uncomfortable and relatable comedy. West Coast Premiere. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

4. Start With Half

US | 2018 | 6 min | Nathaniel Katzman
Start With Half takes place over the course of an afternoon, during which an ailing conservative widower and his queer grandchild are brought together through the unlikely source of a marijuana muffin. The film is a collaborative effort between Nathaniel Katzman, Daniel Johnsen and One Two Twenty Entertainment. START WITH HALF stars George Wyner (A Serious Man, Spaceballs) and Petey Gibson (Transparent, Broad City).In researching the film, we found that more than ten million people in America currently live with Essential Tremors (ET), a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking of one or more body parts. That makes ET the most common movement disorder in the United States, and yet the general public has very little awareness of it. This film is inspired by producer Daniel Johnsen's grandmother's struggle with the disorder and their attempt to find treatment that was actually effective. After five years of false starts and two ineffective and invasive brain surgeries, medical marijuana was introduced.As politics in America grow more and more divisive and our generations seem further and further apart, it can be easy to dismiss what we do not understand. We tend to hide behind our chosen media and rarely try to communicate in person about our differences. This short film shows us a glimmer of hope in the polarizing climate that we live in. WA State Premiere

5. Green

US | 2018 | 12 min | Suzanne Andrews Correa
Green, an undocumented Turkish pedicab driver unwittingly draws police attention, endangering his brother, his community, and himself.

6. How I Got to the Moon by Subway

US | 2018 | 12 min | Tyler Rabinowitz
After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) a curmudgeonly older man goes to the hospital with his partner to create his personal voice bank: recording his own voice before he loses the ability to speak.

7. Short Calf Muscle

Netherlands | 2019 | 13 min | Victoria Warmerdam
Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders - a rather tall 30-year-old - who finds out that the rest of the world is under the impression that he is a gnome. What starts with a seemingly insignificant visit to the physio, gets completely out of control within twenty-four hours. WA State Premiere

8. The Neighbors’ Window

US | 2019 | 20 min | Marshall Curry
The Neighbors’ Window tells the story of a middle aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street. It is the first foray into fiction by three-time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry. "Easily the best narrative short shown at Tribeca in 2019." -Independent Magazine "Packs a powerful emotional punch.... A model of economical storytelling." -The Daily Beast "A delicate tale in which envy bleeds into empathy... Unexpected and moving." -Filmmaker Magazine

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