2023, 15 minutes
“I am free”
There’s a well-known adage, “To stem the rot, it is necessary to prune”, but by and large that dictum applies to horticulture.
In Blanc’s latest step into the shorts arena, viewers will quickly discover an exemplary cautionary tale of the consequences of left versus right in the polarizing world of politics.
At the centre of it all is Sami Geffer (soberly portrayed by Madeleine Brewer whether sticking to her liberty; beliefs or—literally—redefining abortion).
Like so many hosts/guests on cable TV, as her unflinching opinions become more widely known, her media value increases exponentially.
Sadly, all too typically, one of her most fervent detractors literally opens fire on innocent bystanders before doing what needs to be done to himself.
If only his was just a work of fiction…
How free are any of us? JWR
Death & Ramen
2023, 15 minutes
“I can’t die with an empty stomach”
Here is, essentially, a two-hander (Bobby Lee as suicidal Timmy; Matt Jones as eager-to-harvest Death) that has comedic moments, but more to say about how all of us try to survives lifetimes’ ups and downs.
Best in show is the concluding “Dance of Death” that symbolically offers some hope for those amongst us who have opted to stick around a little while longer.
Savannah Jo Lack’s original score is worth the price of admission alone. JWR
2023, 11 minutes
Pathetic family values
It’s difficult to know where Argov’s brief tale of bossy mom (Mor Cohen) and intellectually superior daughter (Oriah Elgrabli) want us to discover.
Hopefully, the younger aced the math exam. JWR
Thao Lam and Kjell Boersma
2023, 10 minutes
A cautionary tale of ants and aunts
Through the beauty of first-class, multi-textured animation techniques, a young Vietnamese girl (Lam) shares magical memories and insights of leaving her homeland, and, like ants who have variously uprooted for over 140 million years, still manage to thrive and survive in their new surroundings.