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The Planet Connections Festivity is New York’s premiere socially-conscious arts festival. The Festivity is designed to invoke the power of art in motivating philanthropy, community outreach and social change. Within the Festivity are multiple theater, film and music festivals. Planet Connections’ artists use their work to shed light on the causes that matter, while inspiring audiences to get involved. All of our artists raise awareness for an organization/topic of their own selection. We are also the country’s first eco-friendly arts festivity as all our artists work to create eco-concious art by revising their marketing, design and rehearsal techniques. Planet Connections artists are introduced to a community of like-minded theater makers, film makers and music makers. The relationships formed during the festivity allow our artists to find new audiences and forge new partnerships
The Planet Connections Film Festival awards honors according to audience and staff voting in both of our categories: Short Narrative Film and Short Documentary Film.
Saturday June 18
Documentary Shorts – 5pm
Kazwa – A Million Lanterns – Directed by Samarth Mahajan
Purushwadi is a little-known tribal village in India, which till date remains largely off the electricity, transportation and telecom grids. This remoteness, and the ensuing pristineness, invites millions of fireflies to come out and mate in the forests around Purushwadi at the onset of monsoons. The villagers, who not long ago sang songs of dry famines and hunger, tell us how this surreal natural phenomenon intertwined with their lives. The documentary film, while exploring the untouched spaces of the ethereal village, tells a story of sustainability in changing times
If These Walls Could Talk – Written and Directed by Matthew Spaull
A young man becomes homeless when his mother becomes terminally ill. With the help of a youth agency he is housed in a shelter where he meets other homeless youth. They discover a strong bond in their love for creating music.
Mother’s Cry – Written by Savon Bartley Directed by Lisa Russell
Mother’s Cry is a poetry-based video by Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, featuring renowned youth poet, Savon Bartley.
GRAFSTRACT: The Bronx Street Art Renaissance – Written and directed by Dan Perez
By enlisting the help of some of the world’s top street artists, J. “SinXero” Beltran has made it his mission to legally beautify the Bronx, the birthplace of graffiti, through his TAG Public Arts Project (The Art of Grafstract).
Narrative Shorts – 6:30
One Day – Written and Directed by Yeganeh Balouchi
A sequence of a desperate family’s life spending one day in Tehran. A girl who is trying to have a pleasant time with her father.
Bombard the Headquarters – Written and Directed by Stepan Grusha
“Bombard the Headquarters” is a topical movie; its plotdevelops around the political situation of the 2014 and, more precisely, the influence of this situation on the minds and actions of the intelligent youth. Russia, St. Petersburg. Summer 2014. Young actors, artists and just some hipsters do nothing, but argue and laugh about Maidan, the right sector and the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic). They get drunk and try to solve their love problems – but, all of a sudden, political hysteria starts creeping into the story from the outside world, and, unexpectedly, it changes the main character, who at the beginning was totally indifferent to politics. From now on, it is not clear to him, where the border between drunken nonsense and frightening reality lies.
Meet me here – Written by Kirsten Russell, Directed by Maria Riboli
After yet another huge, embarrassing public lovers’ quarrel Nestor makes the inconvenient offer to his girlfriend, Jeri to meet him on an abandoned building. Jeri shows, believing this to be yet another reconciliation. And Nester shows with his own version of a truce. And as they have different versions of what could be a remedy for their passionate but combative relationship, they also have different versions of the relationship itself. And here in this building covered in graffiti, is where these two finally meet.
Amateur Dicks: The Series – Written and Directed by Richard Tayloe
We’re not porn. We promise. Although you may not want to google us at work. That didn’t end well for mom. Amateur Dicks chronicles the hard-boiled, half-baked adventures of four pseudo-sleuths as they attempt to solve the various cases they stumble upon. What happens when four broke, unmotivated New York roommates get stoned one day and find their life-purpose in a re-run of Magnum P.I.? A whole lot of dicking around, that’s what.
Documentary Feature – 8:30
Sustainable – Written and Directed by Matt Wechsler
America is facing a food crisis driven by profitability and a lack of consumer education. While the window to transforming our heartland continues to shrink, passionate individuals have emerged who provide hope that the health of our nation might still remain within our grasp. Sustainable is a documentary film that weaves together expert analysis of America’s food system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. In a region dominated by commodity crops, Marty Travis has managed to maintain a farming model that is both economically viable and environmentally safe. Through his example and various expert interviews, the film explores options for reversing the issues facing America’s heartland.