Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | The Future of Film is Female Shorts
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The Future of Film is Female Shorts

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About This Project

The Future of Film is Female Shorts

DECEMBER 20, 2019 – JANUARY 23, 2020


Each street side program will play on the screen just outside our front door on a loop during our regular business hours for approximately two weeks. Come by, hang out, and enjoy our free micro theater!

THE FUTURE OF FILM IS FEMALE supports the production, exhibition, and promotion of women-directed films. Our grant initiative provides financial support to women filmmakers who are in pre/post-production of a short film. The premise is simple – when you purchase one of our shirts (available at the concession counter), all the proceeds go towards the fund. @futureoffilmisfemale

It’s an honor to have filmmakers, like the amazing women in this outdoor program with a/perture cinema, be a part of the journey towards gender-equality behind the camera.

See You Next Time, 2019 – 6 min
See You Next Time is a short documentary that captures the intimate moments between a Chinese nail tech and her Black client in a Brooklyn nail salon. It reaches across the nail salon table for a nuanced look into how two women of color see each other in a space unlike anything else in their worlds.
Director’s Bio: Crystal Kayiza was raised in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” her work focuses on pursuing more nuanced and diverse storytelling about Black communities. @c_kayiza (Twitter), @ckayiza7 (Instagram)

Feathers, 2018 – 20 min.
Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.
Director’s Bio: A.V. ROCKWELL is an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York. Hailed as a “rising indie filmmaker” by Entertainment Weekly, her distinctive voice has been celebrated for slyly addressing issues of race, family, identity, and systematic oppression. Rockwell studied filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she was awarded full-scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow. @AVRockwell (Twitter), @avrockwell (Instagram)

Spell of the West, 2018 – 7 min.
When a trio of birds find their home destroyed by an unknown force, they recruit the help of a local cowgirl to help track down the culprit. With the help of a sassy horse and talking trees, the group embarks on a journey to save the forest.
Director’s Bio: Sam Lane is a fourth-year student at the California Institute of the Arts, studying Experimental Animation. Sam has worked in stop motion, hand-drawn, and VR formats. Her senior thesis will be a stop motion film, based on the Katy Perry vs. Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent conflict. Sam lives in Los Angeles. @sam_lane_art (Instagram)

Starring Kristine, 2018-2019 – 3 min
Starring Kristine is micro-series of 1-minute short films exploring a range of genres, characters, and relatable stories. Starring, written, produced, directed, and/or edited by Kristine Gerolaga.

Screening: 24 Years, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Cautious.

Director’s Bio: Kristine Gerolaga is an actor/filmmaker who co-wrote/starred in the short film Disconnection, which has made its national television debut as a part of NUVOtv’s inaugural Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmaker’s showcase in March of 2014. Her directorial debut, A Period Drama (which she also wrote and stars in) won Best Short at both the 2015 Broad Humor Film Festival and Artisyn Studio’s 2015 Funniest Film Festival! @starringkristine, @kristinegerolaga (Instagram)

The mission of street side cinema is to further engage and entertain the community in the magic of cinema through our free outdoor micro-cinema featuring a curated festival of short films from across the state, over the country, and around the world.