The Paramount Theatre Endowment Fund for Excellence
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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE Built in 1930 at the beginning of
the Great Depression, Abilene’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 David Castle and financed by local entrepreneur H.O. Wooten, the theatre has been the entertainment destination for the region for the past 85 years. 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 28th 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 theatre’s diverse programming, or for information about renting the facility for your next event, visit the Paramount Theatre website:
OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM
Friday, November 6, 2015 7:00 pm “If you yourself are not a victim, you cannot see the world as the victim does.” —Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter
Billy the Kid
Temêpte Sur Anorak
15-year old cowboy Billy finds it particularly hard to fit in at a new school.
A storm reached the shores of Brittany, and two young scientists get caught up in the chaos.
Director: Sam Johnson Narrative United Kingdom
Director: Paul Cabon Animation France
A tale of a milkmaid who becomes a medium for the forces of nature.
A 55-year-old “office lady” in Tokyo is given a blond wig and a new identity by her English teacher.
Bendito Machine V: Pull the Trigger
Director: Agnes Baginska Narrative/Experimental Australia/Poland
Director: Jossie Malis Animation Spain An exotic traveler finds himself in the middle of a turbulent conflict.
A bout This Program Listen
Directors: Rungano Nyoni, Hamy Ramezan Narrative Denmark/Finland A woman in a burqa flees to a police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband.
Mend and Make Do Director: Bexie Bush
United Kingdom Documentary/Animation A woman’s memories of her wartime youth come alive through everyday household objects.
A family divided by age and pride comes to terms with a promise made many years ago.
A young boy needs to get to his real family up in space before his human family destroys him.
Directors: Stuart Langfield, Dylan Rekert Narrative Canada
Director: Gregory David King Narrative New Zealand
The 10 films that make up the Opening Night Program are presented under the title “Broken Ground.” They are from 13 different countries, and all explore victimology and the power of human connection and compassion. Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has said that “Innocence can be more powerful than experience.” Sometimes our own innate sense of humanity can be the most powerful of weapons. What separates us is what makes us human. Our individuality, like a fingerprint or a sequence of DNA, is what defines us from the hour of our birth until the moment of our death. Of course, we try to alter this reality. We twist and turn and contort the paths of our lives to try and bend this destiny to our own will. Ultimately, what
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi Narrative Japan/Singapore/USA
Director: Christophe M. Saber Narrative Switzerland A father’s discipline of his disobedient child causes chaos in a neighborhood corner store.
makes us unique is what makes us special. Most of us spend our whole lives struggling to reach this conclusion. The “human” in humanity is derived from the acceptance of this realization. It is extraordinary how much power simple acts of compassion and selflessness can yield. This program begins with Billy the Kid, a film whose central character refuses to yield his sense of self worth and individuality in the face of terrible odds. It concludes with Discipline, a film that explores just how distorted our world has become as we stray farther and farther from this simple path of honor and compassion. The challenge is to learn how to respect beliefs that are not succinctly our own. The power comes from accepting the simple fact that we are all different, yet all of us are human. --Barry Smoot 24fps Festival Director
Saturday, November 7, 2015 2:00 pm “What are our stories, if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?” —Wally Lamb, I Know This Much is True
Director: Esteban Crespo Narrative Spain An encounter between a movie star and a flower delivery boy ends unexpectedly.
Director: John Bryant Narrative USA A salesman faces the most difficult and important negotiation of his life.
On / Off
Director: Thierry Lorenzi Narrative France An astronaut faces a paradoxical condition in order to stay connected to his humanity.
Directors: Daniel Gray, Tom Brown Animation United Kingdom/USA/Hungary
The River. My Brother, Me Director: Timothy Jacob Elledge Narrative USA
The life of a misguided and intensely focused man is chronicled through his oral obsessions.
A young man reveals the crux of his family’s ruin in search of something left behind.
Er Und Sie
An amateur skateboarder is left to take care of his girlfriend’s young daughter.
When Thomas’ girlfriend dumps him, his life takes an unexpected turn.
About This Program
My life, from an early age, was defined by dysfunction--not because of conflict or division, but because of a series of tragedies that were beyond my control. My grandmother, the anchor of that life, always told me that, "when we show the world our faces, what they see cannot be the sum of our fears. It must be the proof that we can triumph over them." This program is filled with work from artists revealing, in ways both touching and difficult, the challenge of this journey. In his film The River. My Brother, Me, filmmaker Timothy Elledge lays bare one of those moments we all will face in our lifetime. He shows us that grief will always give way to grace if we stand in triumph over that fear, and choose to move forward into a light that reveals our faith and the promise of who we are.
Director: Gints Zilbalodis Animation Latvia A trumpet players loses his hearing and struggles to adapt to a new life.
Director: Alejandro Suarez Lozano Narrative Spain/China/USA A fisherman’s luck changes when he catches something that is not of this world.
Director: Vincent Diderot Narrative France Mr. Leduc lives in a strange building where any tenant can move walls to steal space.
Director: Logan Sandler Narrative USA
The 10 films that make up the Matinee Program are presented under the title “Wise Blood,” and represent artists from 8 nations. The program begins with a quote from I Know This Much is True, Wally Lamb’s revelatory novel about facing our fears and finding a path forward. At the heart of this program is Freud’s “return of the repressed”: the more we try to deny who we are the more we become what we fear.” In our modern times, we all face the immediacy of our actions. In the age of instantaneous communication, words, more than ever before, become weapons as often as they lend comfort. So often our fears, not our hearts, dictate the outward expression of who we are.
Director: Marco Gadge Narrative Germany
--Barry Smoot 24fps Festival Director
CLOSING NIGHT PROGRAM
Saturday, November 7, 2015 7:00 pm “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” —David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
The Face of Ukraine: Casting
Director: Samuel Aaron Bennett Narrative USA Naomi has a problem, and the vodka in the hotel mini-bar may not be the answer.
The Last Train Home
When a glamour photographer runs over a kid’s pet, he’s forced to fabricate a story to cover it up.
A savage encounter on a subway train dramatically alters the lives of both bully and victim.
Director: Ivan Barge Narration New Zealand
Director: Ansgar Glatt Narrative Germany
Director: Gerardo Herrero Narrative Spain What starts out to be an ordinary day in an American high school, will be a day like no other.
About This Program Pig
The pig is everything.
A young mortician gives his heart away to find true love.
Director: Steven Subotnick Animation USA
Director: Stephen Martin Narrative Canada
Anthophobia: A morbid dislike or even fear of flowers.
The bond between two brothers is tested by an event that marks a turning point in their lives.
Director: Valentin Petit Narrative/Experimental France
Director: Gudmundur Amar Gudmundsson Narrative Denmark/Iceland
The 11 films that make up the Closing Night Program are presented under the title “Bound,” and represent 9 different nations. Simply put, it is a program about connection. It begins with a quote from David Mitchell’s time-bending novel Cloud Atlas. Mitchell asks us to consider that we are bound to each other, that our lives are never fully our own because with each “crime and every kindness” we determine our future. In a world that seems to be constantly dividing and sub-diving along lines of religion, politics, aggression, human rights, racism, respect for authority, and even basic human equality, what is the end? We can no longer survive by escalating our isolation. We can no longer lead if hatefilled rhetoric is the calling card of those who announce themselves as “our leaders."
Oksana Baiul Director: Kitty Green Documentary Australia Girls in war-torn Ukraine audition to play the role of champion figure skater Oksana Baiul.
Director: Pepe Botias Narrative/Animation Spain The cycle of a relationship as seen from the inside of a refrigerator.
World of Tomorrow Director: Don Hertzfeldt Animation USA
A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
The films on this program all challenge us to recognize that we are, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, bound to each other as a human race. Turning our eyes away from each other will only, in the end, lead to our own spiritual blindness. --Barry Smoot 24fps Festival Director
The 24fps International Short Film Festival extends congratulations to the 35 directors of this years’ Official Selection Films for their exceptional work.
2014 Best Director Moon Molson—The Bravest the Boldest
Vincent Diderot Maxiplace
The Last Train Home
Thierry Lorenzi Marco Gadge Er Und Sie
Bendito Machine V
Christophe M. Saber Discipline
Gregory David King UFO
Ivan Barge Madam Black
ON / OFF
SWITZERLAND Gerardo Herrero
NEW ZEALAND Storm Hits Jacket
Stuart Langfield, Dylan Rekert
Mend and Make
FRANCE Timothy Jacob Elledge World of Tomorrow The River. My Brother, Me
Billy the Kid
The Face of Ukraine
Samuel Aaron Bennett Logan Sandler Baby
Gudmundur Amar Gudmundsson Whale Valley
Agnes Baginska Milkmaid
The festival awards determined by the 2015 24fps Jury will be presented at the end of the Closing Night Program.
Atsuko Hirayanagi Oh Lucy!
DENMARK/POLAND Rungano Nyoni, Hamy Ramezan Listen
THE 2015 JURY
Daniel Gray, Tom Brown Teeth
Alejandro Suarez Lozano El Pescador
The 2015 Submission Field For our 2014 edition, the 24fps International Short Film Festival received over
6,0000 submissions from around the globe. From this field, the thirty-one Official Selection films on these three programs were chosen. This project is supported by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council the City of Abilene and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Festival Poster Image Artist TRAVIS LAWRENCE is an artist influenced by Jungian psychology and mythology. He uses the art of printmaking to present archetypal figures iconically composed of symbol and allegory. The iconic figures play the role of emblems of contemplation, and contain symbolic references to a deeper transcendental meaning. By embracing a sense of mystery, the viewer is allowed to invoke his or her own metaphorical interpretation. Travis uses traditional relief printmaking, but continues the post-printing process by uniquely staining the paper and hand coloring each individual print. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. To learn more about Travis and his work, visit: www.infinity-prints.com.
Juried privately in select cities
Cameron McHarg (Jury Chair, independent actor, writer, and director, Los Angeles) Jordan Jacques Aboutboul (Row and Jack Productions, Palma De Mallorca, Spain) Josh Wroe (Row and Jack Productions, Madrid, Spain) Ran Barker (Retired producer--Warner Bros, Burbank, California) Dustin Reed (Co-founder Buried Films, Producer at Red Hot Organization, NYC) Gadi Elkon (Entertainment critic, writer. and blogger, Dallas, Texas) Robert Leeper (Robert Leeper Media, University of Texas, Dallas, Texas) Dean Nolen (Actor, theatre acting/directing chair, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas) Kyle Smith (Writer, director, KD Conservatory, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas) Robert Vaughan (Writer, producer, award-winning photojournalist, Austin, Texas) Bhavesh Patel (Freelance producer/editor, Austin, Texas) Barry Smoot (24fps Festival Director, Paramount Theatre Artistic Director) LOCAL PANEL
Juried privately in the Paramount Theatre
Nil Santana (Jury Chair, professor of Art and Design, Abilene Christian University) Betty Hukill (Paramount Theatre Executive Director) Debbie Manns (Center for Contemporary Arts) Nancy Capra (Artist, Paramount Theatre Board of Directors) Casey Huff (Arts advocate) Lori Sims (Freelance artist, musician) Richard Transki (Costume designer) Randy Davis (Arts advocate) Sara McKnight (Paramount Theatre) Kyle Dickson (Associate professor of English, Abilene Christian University) Twig Capra (Visual Artist) Grayson Allred (Paramount Theatre) John Mark Lapham (Musician, composer) Daniel Latham (Abilene Behavioral Health, TSTC ) Janet Van Vleet (Entertainment critic, blogger)
This is the digital version of the 24fps International Short Film Festival's public exhibition program for 2015. The exhibitions of the 31...