Aesthetica Short Film Festival Programme 2023

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LISTENING PITCH: FILM PREMIERES The Listening Pitch is an innovative collaboration between Audible and Aesthetica. We are looking for original stories that demonstrate how listening helps us to understand different points of view. This year’s awards were given to the following filmmakers: Matthew Herbert and Meghan McDonough. We will also screen two of 2022’s winning films: Birdsong and Speed of Sound. After each screening, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Saturday 11 November. Venue: NCEM, YO1 9TL. Free drink upon arrival. Doors open 19:00 Screenings start at 19:30 Live DJ performance starts at 21:30 Free with Festival Pass, but pre-booking is advised.

YOU, BANANA Matthew Herbert UK, 2023 More than 250 million bananas are consumed daily. In this voyage from tree to breakfast bowl, You, Banana tracks the fruit’s journey, starting in the Dominican Republic, before telling the normally inaudible stories of pickers, ripening gas processes and workers that bring us our food everyday.

OLD LESBIANS (SUBTITLED) Meghan McDonough USA, 2023

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For the past 25 years, Houston native Arden Eversmeyer has travelled across the USA to record oral accounts of a fading community – old lesbians. This stop-motion animation documents the legacy of outstanding women who have carved out lives for themselves in a historically heteronormative society.


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