Saturday 14th September
USA/Afghanistan 2012 - 9 mins
Call Me Ehsaan is a haunting look at the US war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis. Lt. Col.
Loftis is one of only three officers who speaks Pashto in the US Air Force. He worked in the Peace Corps before joining the Air Force.
This film symbolises the intractable problems faced in Afghanistan, and the extraordinary individual efforts made that often lead nowhere.
As the US plans its withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Call Me Ehsaan is a moment of reflection on where we have been, and where Afghanistan is headed.
UK - 2013 - 12 mins
Jesse D Lawrence
A short documentary portrait of an individual and his relationship to the place he feels most inspires him to be who he truly is.
In 'Sun', 80 year old classical composer, Malcolm Lipkin, reveals his love of Lyme Kiln Forest, England, and how walks there inspired his third orchestral symphony, 'Sun'.
Told engagingly and with feeling in Malcolm's own witty words, the film looks at Nature, inspiration, man's mortality and the mysterious art of musical composition.
USA 2013 - 13 mins
Fifteen years ago, deep in the chilling northern reaches of Michigan farm country lived 15-year-old Andy Phelps: an anomalous prodigy with a charming resume.
Andy juggled knives and fire for mass audiences, hand-carved wood furnishings from scratch, thundered his motorcycle from Michigan to the West Coast (and back), captained his school's hockey team to a State Championship as one of its youngest members, and taught himself to unicycle and fire-breathe...all before turning sixteen.
Then one autumn day in 1998, Andy’s life took a very unexpected turn….
Japan 2012- 15 mins
On March 11, 2011, a Magnitude 8 earthquake struck Tohoku region in north Japan.
Coastal towns were engulfed in the huge tsunami that followed, with 340,000 people evacuated and 20,000 people pronounced dead or missing.
The headquarters and factory of canned seafood manufacturer 'Kinoya' in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, were destroyed by the tsunami - about 800,000 cans of seafood were buried, damaged and lost in the rubble and mud.
Faced with the imminent closure of the business….at the eleventh hour a restaurateur in Tokyo placed an unusual order that was to change the future, and fortunes, of the company and the people who work there.
This documentary captures the anxiety and hopes of the victims of the earthquake, with the grand, emotionally charged, scenery of the aftermath.
UK 2013 - 13 mins
Welcome to the surreal world of Central Station Sofia.
It is a mosaic film that combines fragments from the lives of those who are a part of the biggest railway station in the Balkans.
Central Station Sofia was built during the peak of socialism and it has been the symbol of the opening of Bulgaria to the world.
Today it is a place that people avoid and try not to think about.
Its abandoned air reflects the current state of the country.
USA 2013 - 9 mins
The Forgotten Fruit is a heart-warming documentary short which chronicles events surrounding the annual Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Show.
The film documents a community's love for a simple fruit, an outsider battling to keep it's place in the world.
A tonic for the times we live in - it's a celebration of love and life, lived at a pace which has long been forgotten.
Cuba 2012 - 7 mins
Esther de Rothschild
Crisalida, which means 'cocoon of an incubating butterfly,' is the name of an 86-year-old woman who watches the world through her bedroom window.
Over the course of a Sunday in her small Cuban town, her past and present converge in ironic, unsettling ways.
USA 2012 - 86 mins
In 1968, two music producers went to a downtown Detroit bar to see an unknown recording artist.
They were immediately bewitched by the singer, and thought they had found a musical folk hero in the purest sense – an artist who reminded them of a Chicano Bob Dylan, perhaps even greater. They believed the album they subsequently produced with Rodriguez– Cold Fact – was the masterpiece of their producing careers.
Despite good reviews, it was a commercial disaster and marked the end of Rodriguez’s recording career before it had even started. Rodriguez eventually fell so far off the music industry’s radar that when it was rumoured he had committed suicide, there was no conclusive report of exactly how and why.
Of all the stories that circulated about his death, the most sensational – and the most widely accepted – was that Rodriguez had set himself ablaze on stage having delivered these final lyrics: “But thanks for your time, then you can thank me for mine and after that’s said, forget it.” The album’s sales never revived, the label folded and Rodriguez’s music seemed destined for oblivion.
Then, in the 1970’s, a bootleg copy of Cold Fact made its way into apartheid South Africa, and everything changed.
Searching for Sugarman follows the journey of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero Rodriguez….the greatest 70’s rock icon that never was.
Saturday 14th September:
6:00pm: Lyceum Bar and Cafe open
7:00pm: Call Me Ehsaan
7:30pm: Juggle and Cut
7:50pm: Cans of Hope
8:10pm: Central Station Sofia
8:25pm: Interval, Lyceum Bar open for refreshments
8:45pm: Forgotten Fruit
9:10pm: Searching for Sugar Man