Up Close & Personal - Shorts Program


82m
SECTION: Short | Shorts Programs

These eight short documentaries give us insight into the lives of some truly remarkable people, told in many different ways. Take a seat and get to know the all, Up Close & Personal.

A filmmaker sends a message to his future self in Note to Self. Meet Malaysian-born Sereena, a captivating transfeminine performer who poetically discusses trans (in)visibility in What Do You See. The doc 98 Years* and Counting is a call for and celebration of women’s leadership and a stark look at the under-representation of women in positions of power. My Own Wings is a beautifully executed transmedia project that explores intersex identity. The Things That Make Us is about two people and their journey in learning to love their bodies. Many Loves, One Heart tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica. In Angela Wilson: A Butcher’s Story, meet Angela, the owner of Avedano’s, an independent butcher shop here in San Francisco. In Picture This, we follow Andrew, a self-described “queer cripple,” as he plans the second edition of a sex-positive play party. The film shows the uneasy dichotomy that disabled people face, of feeling invisible or like outcasts. With its insistent and unflinching gaze, Picture This invites us to see them for who they are.

— KEVIN SCHAUB

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Note to Self

DIRECTOR Alex Bohs | 2017 | USA | 2m
Filmmaker Alex Bohs sends a message to “future Alex” when he uses a bundle of beautiful footage sitting on a hard drive.

What Do You See

DIRECTOR Michael Bonner | 2017 | Australia | 6m
Born in Malaysia and now living in Australia, Sereena, a transfeminine dancer, performer, and photographer, poetically discusses her upbringing and trans (in)visibility—questioning the viewer, “What do you see?”

98 Years* and Counting: More Women Leaders Needed Everywhere

DIRECTOR Kirthi Nath | 2018 | USA | 3m
A call for and celebration of women’s leadership and a stark look at the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence fuel this short, filmed at the Oakland Women’s March.

My Own Wings

DIRECTOR Katia Repina | 2016 | Spain, USA | 9m | In English and Spanish with English subtitles
This beautifully executed transmedia project explores intersex identity and intersex people who are born with a variation from the standard of what is socially accepted as a “male” or “female” body.

The Things That Make Us

DIRECTOR Fox Fisher | 2017 | UK | 3m
Two trans people embark on a journey to learn to love their bodies.

Many Loves, One Heart

DIRECTOR Sarah Feinbloom | 2017 | USA, Jamaica | 19m
This short doc tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica by highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies who have committed their lives to the Jamaican struggle for LGBTQ rights.

Angela Wilson: A Butcher’s Story

DIRECTOR Gaby Scott | 2018 | USA | 7m
Meet Angela Wilson, a female butcher and the owner of Avedano’s, an independent butcher shop right here in the rapidly shifting landscape that is San Francisco.

Picture This

DIRECTOR Jari Osborne | 2017 | Canada | 33m
In Picture This, we follow Andrew Gurza, a self-described “queer cripple,” as he plans the second edition of Justify My Love, a sex-positive play party, which the international media was quick to call a “handicapped orgy” when it launched in Toronto the prior year. At the heart of the film is the uneasy dichotomy that disabled people face, of feeling either invisible or like outcasts, especially with regards to their sexuality. With its insistent and unflinching gaze, Picture This> invites us to see them for who they are.

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