The Paramount Theatre Endowment Fund for Excellence
This project is supported by a grants from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, the City of Abilene, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Paramount Theatre Endowment Fund for Excellence at the Community Foundation of Abilene.
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PARAMOUNT THEATRE Built in 1930 at the beginning of the Great Depression, Abileneâ€™s landmark Paramount Theatre has a rich history both in the world of cinema, and the lives of the citizens of West Texas. Originally an atmospheric movie palace, designed by architect David Castle and financed by local entrepreneur H.O. Wooten, the theatre has been the entertainment destination for the region for the past 82 years.
2012 FESTIVAL PROGRAM The Landmark Paramount Theatre Abilene, Texas
Fully restored and renovated in 1987, the theatre was given a new life as a live entertainment venue as well, and is now host to thousands of patrons each year for live concerts, ballet, opera, musical theatre, private events, and much more. The Paramount Film Series, now in its 26th year, screens the best of classic and modern cinema in the opulent atmosphere of this prized facility. The Paramount is a member of the League of Historic American Theatres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the theatreâ€™s diverse programming, or for information about renting the facility for your next event, visit the Paramount Theatre website:
Type to enter text Program A--”Origins” Friday, November 2, 2012 7:00 pm “All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” ---Leonardo da Vinci
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Director: Kat Candler Narrative USA 2012 All hell breaks loose when little Petey is left with his two hell-raising brothers. But things go from bad to really, really bad when Dad gets home.
Director: Martin Rosete
Narrative Spain 2012 A French narrator jumps from one dramatic scene to another, confused about the story he is trying to tell, and fighting with himself until he finds it.
Director: Shawn Christensen Narrative USA 2012 At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
Director: Christoph Kuschnig Narrative Austria 2012 A newborn’s destiny hangs in the balance, as grown-ups come to terms with what they cannot have.
Director: Martin Rath Documentary Poland 2011 This documentary about hope tells the story of a man trying to contact his sister after 14 years of silence.
Director: Johannes Nyholm Narrative Sweden 2011 A middle-aged lady on a holiday tries to have a good time. The role is played by a one year old girl, the rest of the cast are marionette puppets.
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Directors: Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari Documentary USA 2012 A film about life, death, and synchronized swimming.
Director: Dustin Guy Defa Documentary/Experimental USA 2011 Actual found footage from the filmmaker’s childhood creates a shattered kaleidoscope of the artist’s dysfunctional family.
Foxes Directors: Lorcan Finnegan Narrative Ireland 2012 A young couple trapped in an abandoned development of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation.
Les Conquerants (The Conquerors) Directors: Sarolta Szabo, Tibor Banoczki Animation Canada/France 2011 At the dawn of time, a young man and woman set out to conquer an inhospitable land and transform it into paradise.
The eleven films that make up Program A are presented under the title “Origins.” They are from eight countries, and explore ideas of perception, acceptance, and resolution as part of our life’s journey. How we are perceived by others is not just a result of the choices we make and the face we reveal. We are all born equal--but fate, circumstances, mistakes, triumphs, and adversity shape us in ways only those close to us can begin to understand. When we pass a stranger, we are privy only to what we can see and deduce from such a brief encounter. When we connect with someone who does not share our beliefs and our priorities, it is only human nature to pass judgement based on what we think, not what we know. The filmmakers on this program boldly explore this disconnect. They share both the pain and triumph of being human, and in the
Hope Director: Pedro Pires Narrative Canada 2011 The fragmented violence of war is seen through the eyes of a general on his deathbed. process, reveal truths about their characters and themselves that speak to the misconceptions that move us apart. In Shawn Christensen’s Curfew, the origin of a man’s grief and isolation from his family is revealed in a moment of simple grace and forgiveness. It is the sharing of those difficult moments that makes us human. --Barry Smoot, 24fps Festival Director
Program B--”Paths” Type to enter text Saturday, November 3, 2012 2:00 pm “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.” ---Chinese Proverb
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Si Tu Veux Revoir Ta Mere
Director: Chris Hanratty Narrative Canada 2011 After a cathedral bell ringer passes away, his spot in the bell choir is up for grabs. Nancy believes she is the chosen one, but Leanne has other plans.
Director: Xavier Douin Narrative France 2011 In a village in Southern France, a boy holds the Virgin Mary hostage to get the bike of his dreams.
El Somriure Amagat (The Hidden Smile)
Director: Douglas Hart Narrative UK 2011 Father always told us, “Never talk to strangers,”...But surely we have to phone home sometimes?
Director: Ventura Durall Documentary Spain 2011 The filmmakers follow a 10-year-old Ethiopian child to construct a realistic tale of the values that flourish in a society formed by children.
First Lesson in Love
Director: Tomer Werechson Narrative Israel 2012 A street musician and a passing girl spend a quiet moment together trying to make a connection.
Director: Keir Burrows Narrative UK 2011 A chance encounter with someone he bullied when they were both younger causes a man to reassess his values.
(If You Want Your Mother Back)
About This Program Dr. Breakfast Director: Stephen P. Neary Animation USA 2011 During breakfast, a man’s soul bursts out of his eyeball. As his hungry soul wanders the earth, two wild deer bathe and clothe his catatonic body.
Kthimi (The Return) Director: Blerta Zeqiri Narrative Kosovo 2011 Returning home from war, a man discovers that the life he left has completely changed.
The Perfect Fit
Kachho Gadulo (Little Gypsy)
Director: Tali Yankelevich Documentary Scotland 2011 Ballet shoes are worn by delicate girls, but the difficult footwear is made by burly men whose hands tell a different story.
Directors: Saptesh Chaubal, Pranay Patwardhan, Shivangi Ranawat Animation India 2012 A story of the vibrant and diverse culture of India as seen through a child’s imagination.
The eleven films that make up Program B are presented under the title “Paths.” They are from nine different countries, and explore both the choices we make in our lives, and the chance encounters we have on those journeys that help define who we are. These films explore issues of faith and prejudice. They explore both the acceptance and rejection of love. They ask us to examine our treatment of each other and assess our intent. They offer moments of pure elation and imminent heartache. We all believe different things when we consider our place and purpose on this earth. Our diverse faiths can often cause separation and conflict on that journey. The beautiful thing about artistic expression is that it knows no boundaries. In times of both conflict and compassion, we all speak the same language. In Keir Burrow’s Donkey, the narrator suddenly finds himself confronted with his past. In one perfect moment where two lives
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Directors: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg Animation USA 2011 After a hurricane sweeps him away, Morris Lessmore discovers a magical library where he devotes his life to books. collide, he has to come to terms with the fallibility of his life and recognize that he is the architect of his own happiness. The truth is, for every path you choose, there is another one you must abandon. --Barry Smoot, Festival Director
Type to enter text Program C--”Revelations” Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:00 pm “The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Director: Russell Harbaugh Narrative USA 2011 Two grown sons return home for their widowed mother’s birthday, only to find themselves competing with a strange man for her attention.
Fishing Without Nets Director: Cutter Hodierne Narrative USA 2011 A story of pirates in Somalia told from the perspective of the pirates.
Moxie Director: Stephen Irwin Animation UK 2011 A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Life Vest Under Your Seat
Director: Esteban Crespo Narrative Spain 2012 “Being a soldier is not difficult: either you get used to it or they kill you. The hardest thing is living with the memories of what you have done.”
Directors: Mária Giráaldez, Miguel Provencio Narrative Spain 2012 The calmness of a Madrid-Miami flight is altered when an arrogant passenger skips the rules of safety to deal with an obnoxious child.
Director: Zoé Salicrup Junco Narrative Puerto Rico 2011 Gabi lives a sensual life of independence. But after her mother’s unexpected death, she is forced to return to her rural hometown.
Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella Animation Argentina 2011 In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.
A Morning Stroll Director: Grant Orchard Animation UK 2011 When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.
Dreamcatcher Director: Léo Médard Narrative Belgium 2011 A woman who has been through an accident wakes up after a coma to face recovery and her difficult relationship with her son.
Inquire Within Director: Jay Rosenblatt Experimental USA 2012 A hypnotic, apocalyptic examination of false choices, double blinds, vulnerability, and faith.
About This Program The eleven films that make up Program C are presented under the title “Revelations.” They are from seven different countries and explore those moments in our lives when we confront truth. As emotional beings, we sometimes see only what we want to see. In our evolution, change is so often the enemy. The progression from one phase of our life to the next makes us anxious and clouds our vision. The films on this program reveal those moments, both intimate and profound, when the path divides, and we have to make a choice. We have to move on. Sometimes that choice is joyous, sometimes it is overwhelming in its sadness. In Esteban Crespo’s revelatory film That Wasn’t Me, that moment is revealed as both. In it, we see the harrowing truth that leads to a moment of unimaginable forgiveness. The power of film is its ability to find and
Trotteur Directors: Arnaud Brisebois, Francis Leclerc Narrative Canada 2011 A settling of accounts between a young man and his aggressors turns into a diabolical race against a merciless locomotive. capture both the light and dark of our existence. It is the reflection of who we are as we continually move forward with our lives. Robert Altman has said, “Filmmaking is the chance to live many lifetimes.” That journey should be celebrated. --Barry Smoot, Festival Director
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For more information about our Official Selection Films and the artists who created them, visit the 24fps official site: www.24fpsfest.com or the 24fps Facebook page: www.facebook.com/24fpsfest. The competition films were selected from a submission field of over 900 projects.
Pedro Pires Hope
Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc Trotteur
Miguel Provencio and Mária Giráldez Life Vest Under Your Seat
Dustin Guy Defa Family Nightmare
Kat Candler Hellion
Shawn Christensen Curfew
Russell Harbaugh Rolling on the Floor Laughing
Cutter Hodierne Fishing Without Nets
Chris Hanratty Rung
Sarolta Szabo and Tibor Banoczki Les Conquerants (The Conquerors)
Douglas Hart Long Distance Information
Keir Burrows Donkey
Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari Aquadettes
Jay Rosenblatt Inquire Within
Martin Rosete Voice Over
Ventura Durall El Somriure Amagat (The Hidden Smile)
Esteban Crespo Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Christoph Kuschnig Hatch
Saptesh Chaubal, Pranay Patwardhan, and Shivangi Ranawat Kachho Gadulo (Little Gypsy)
Lorcan Finnegan Foxes
Xavier Douin If You Want Your Mother Back
Stephen Irwin Moxie
Grant Orchard A Morning Stroll
William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Stephen P. Neary Dr. Breakfast
Martin Rath Written in Ink
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Executive Panel Tali Yankelevich The Perfect Fit
Léo Médard Dreamcatcher
Zoé Salicrup Junco Gabi
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Tomer Werechson First Lesson in Love
Blerta Zeqiri Kthimi (The Return)
Johannes Nyholm Las Palmas
Juan Pablo Zaramella Luminaris
Since its inception in 1999, the 24fps International Short Film Festival has presented programs of short films by aspiring and established artists from around the world. The juried competition provides cash awards to the festival’s top films in six major categories Festival Director Barry Smoot says “24fps was created to encourage the development of new projects by established artists, and to serve as a forum for the work of aspiring artists. The festival is more of a curated exhibition than a traditional festival. Each Official Selection is screened one time only on one of three unique programs. As a nationally recognized historic theatre, we are dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cinematic art form. It seems only fitting we have a hand in encouraging its future as well.” Past 24fps medalists include: Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff (USA--The Strange Ones) Jamie Travis (Canada--The Armoire) Denis Villeneuve (Canada--Next Floor) Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (New Zealand--The Six Dollar Fifty Man) Francois Alaus, Herve de Crecy and Ludovic Houplain (France--Logorama) Magnus Von Horn (Poland--Echo) Brent Green (USA--Carlin) Nash Edgerton (Australia--Spider) Destin Daniel Cretton (USA--Short Term 12) Valentin Potier (France--Tony Zoreil)
RYAN LONG is the Director and founder of the Texas Independent Film Network, a statewide coalition of film societies, universities, and independent theaters united for the purpose of screening Texas independent films. Each month, TIFN takes a different film on a theatrical tour of the state, including the Paramount Theatre, the 24fps public exhibition venue. SOHINI SENGUPTA is an award-winning producer of movie trailers that include Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, True Grit, and Black Swan. She currently works at Mark Woollen and Associates in Los Angeles, producing trailers for a range of films including documentaries, independent films, specialty films, and Hollywood blockbusters. Sohini has also helped pioneer the iTrailer department at MWA, which takes trailers to a new level of exploration and inventiveness by allowing them to be interactive. RAN BARKER is a native of Hawley, Texas, where he grew up on his family’s ranch. After graduation from Tarleton State University/Texas A&M, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue and acting career and to study film at UCLA and AFI. He has appeared in over 100 national commercials. His work in television includes Warner Bros. (ER, Friends, Living Single, Suddenly Susan), and John Wells Productions (ER, West Wing, and Third Watch). In 1999 he formed his own production company, Stage 15, which produced numerous award-winning feature and short films. In 2003, Ran returned to Warner Bros. to work in Technical Operations for feature films and TV until a motorcycle accident and injury at work forced him to go on disability in 2008. DEAN NOLEN has starred on Broadway and Off in the original casts of the smash hit Mama Mia!, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Omnium Gatherum and Table Top (Drama Desk Award). He has had guest-starring roles on numerous television shows (Mercy, Law and Order, Law and Order:SVU, Criminal Intent) and has appeared in numerous films (Break, Paparazzi, Kiss the Bride, Seraglio). He is honored, since 1995, to serve as the Reviser/ Editor of The Film Encyclopedia (Harper Collins) the life’s work of the late Ephram Katz. Nolen holds a B.A. in Theatre and Music from Hardin Simmons University, and an MFA in Acting from Yale University. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Artistic Director of the University Theatre at HSU. ROBERT LEEPER is an award-winning media and graphic designer, filmmaker, and web designer in Plano, Texas. He recently began work for the University of Texas at Dallas with the Provost’s Technology Group. Before working for UT Dallas, Robert worked for Hardin Simmons University for six years as the web designer/developer and video producer. LAUREN WOLKSTEIN received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University. She was named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Lauren's Emerging Visions program. Lauren’s Academy-Award qualifying short films (Cigarette Candy, The Strange Ones) have traveled around the world garnering multiple awards. AUSTIN CULP is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for the Austin Film Society. He is a University of Texas graduate, with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. BRAD CURRY has over 35 years of experience in Art Direction and Set Decoration in Hollywood, and has worked on over 40 feature films and television shows, most recently Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Django Unchained. BARRY SMOOT is the Artistic Director of the landmark Paramount Theatre and the Festival Director of the 24fps International Short Film Festival, which he founded in 1999. He is a writer, director, and designer of work for theatre, digital media, and film. A human rights advocate, he avidly supports the use of film and digital media to call attention to global humanitarian issues.
Regional Panel JENNIFER PARKS Center for Contemporary Arts BRONWYN BOWEN AISD DERICH HARTFEIL In-Focus Digital NANCY CAPRA Paramount Theatre Board of Directors KYLE DICKSON Abilene Christian University KYLE SMITH 24fps Intern BETTY HUKILL Paramount Theatre
JANET VAN VLEET Abilene Reporter News SARA MCKNIGHT Paramount Theatre NIL SANTANA Abilene Christian University VICTORIA SPANGLER Abilene Cultural Affairs RICHARD TRANSKI Industry professional LELO SCHAFER HOLT Center for Contemporary Arts
The complete exhibition program for the 2012 edition of the 24fps International Short Film Festival, presented by the landmark Paramount The...