The Journal of Short Film released Volume 16 on September 15, 2009. The JSF is celebrating its fourth year of publication and continues to be one of film’s best repositories of short work. To date, the JSF has published over 160 filmmakers from over a dozen countries.
Volume 16 includes eleven films from a diverse group of American filmmakers. Whether through humor, seriousness, or trickery, these artists tackle linguistics, parenthood, romance, kinetics, street performance, the challenge of capturing the ephemeral, and much more.
The complete list:
1. HOW TO DRAW CLOUDS – Salise Hughes (2006, 2:10) A poetic meditation on the desire to make permanent what is ephemeral. 2. SANS SUPERVISION – Andrew T. Betzer (2006, 11:00) Over three outings with her parents, a little girl suspects she may be the only adult left in the family. 3. COLOR FILM – Meghan O’Hara (2008, 6:50) A short film exploring the gap between language and perception. 4. ARCHIVE: THE CHANGING WORLD OF FILM – Charlie Cline (2004, 6:00) A series of clips in the style of early actualities, demonstrating the consequences of breaking the rules of film language. 5. IT’S HARD TO WRECK A NICE BEACH/IT’S HARD TO RECOGNIZE SPEECH – Adebukola Bodunrin (2007, 15:00) A quirky tale of language, society, adaptation, and what makes us who we are. 6. PEEKS – Jo Dery (2009, 2:20) Momentary glimpses of construction and destruction in our man-made and natural world. Made with collaged images from National Geographic. 7. PLEDGE – Ann Steuernagel (2006, 6:00) Using a mounting crescendo of music and images of masculinity, PLEDGE is a meditation on violence, innocence, and the everyday. 8. CALIFORNIA KING – Eli Akira Kaufman (2008, 21:00) A mattress salesman, who employs faux science to sell beds, falls for an insomniac who knows her science better than her heart. 9. PATRON SAINT OF COLLAPSING ART MARKETS – David Kagan (2009, 2:30) Episode two of the series, My Dead Gay Son. Newly deceased, Bunny Boy must find a vocation in the afterlife. 10. WATCH ME BREAK IT DOWN. – Julie Perini (2006, 00:39) Julie Perini proves that any space can become a temporary disco with this series of improvised dances in public locations. 11. COUP DE FOUDRE – Stacie Sells & Cassandra Troyan (2008, 15:00) Initial intentions aim at using more personally aggressive actions as a way to subjectification, by acknowledging, then conquering, stereotypes of femininity.