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Shorts Program: Metamorphosis

November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


This program of seven shorts each deal with a major transition, literal or figurative, and each challenge conventional storytelling in their execution.
Fleisher Art Memorial | 61 mins

Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.

Monster Me
Director: Yeon Jin Lee | 13 mins | USA
An ancient monster emerges from the “Old Faithful” geyser at Yellowstone, attacking an artist in residency there, and wreaking havoc in Jackson Hole.

Director: Sophia You | 3 mins | USA
Strangers pass each other every day on the ferries leaving and entering San Francisco – some find romance, others remain unseen. Sea of Fog explores the distance between the dreams we’re sold about love and its daily reality.

Naan & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Director: Urvashi Pathania | 6 mins | USA
A story about love, loss, and those ephemeral salad days.

Unfair & Lovely
Director: Anita Kalathara | 4 mins | USA
Influenced by years of color shaming, a dark-skinned Indian American woman uses lightening creams and other methods to whiten her skin.

#justB Kenson’s Story
Director: Kenson Alik | 3 mins | USA
A Marshall Islander named Kenson is diagnosed with Hepatitis B and moves to Hawaii in search of treatment. Now, Kenson and his wife educate the Pacific Islander community in Hawaii about the disease, challenging myths about it and doing all they can to promote testing and care.

Water in the Cup
Director: Ikuo Kato | 6 mins | Japan
A human being is like water in a bottle. But if the bottle breaks, where does the water go?

Heaven is My Country
Director: Tristan Hsu | 27 mins | Japan
A high school freshman named Jin moves into a new town, where gets reacquainted with his older cousins. They help him adjust, but as the year progresses, Jin encounters voices, specters, and other happenings. As he tries to find a sense of self amidst the unsettling histories of this Asian American community, something from his past is haunting him as well.


November 15, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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