This post is the third in a three part Shorts of All Sorts NYC series.
Tonight for the fourth year in a row Jennifer Dean and Eric Rice of The 2nd Sex & the 7th Art contribute to the co-creation of the #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party by curating an exciting program of short films from around the world—all #DirectedbyWomen. This year their program is called Shorts of All Sorts NYC and takes place at Videology Bar & Cinema in Brooklyn, NY, USA. Some of the filmmakers will be present for a post screening Q&A. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll be there to celebrate in person, but—no matter where in the world you are—you can dip in to experience the images and words the filmmakers shared in the Shorts of All Sorts NYC #DirectedbyWomen Conversation.
#DirectedbyWomen invited the filmmakers whose work is screening in the program to contribute to the Conversation series by responding to just one question…
“Could you please tell us about a moment during the making of your film when you could feel your vision coming together or when you overcame a challenge in a satisfying way?”
Many of the directors had a chance to respond.
#DirectedbyWomen wasn’t able to reach them all, so we’re sharing images to help you discover their work that way. In this third installment of this conversation series, please explore the work of Zlila Helman, Jean Balest, Yingzong Xin, Eileen O’Meara, Shanny Chen, Hristina Belousova, ByeoRi Kim, Hae Deun Woo and Ye Bin Ahn…
The Invisibles: Lost in Berlin directed by Zlila Helman
La Beuna Muerte (The Good Death) directed by Jean Balest
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Nini directed by Yingzong Xin
Panic Attack! directed by Eileen O’Meara
I’ve been making hand-drawn animation about subjective states for some time.
I wasn’t sure what my next film would be about, and if I should move on to computer animation.
I was in the car, freaking out and overwhelmed by repetitive anxious thoughts when I wondered—would it be possible to turn the tables on these intrusive thoughts by trying to use them?
If I make a movie about this unbridled anxiety, could I look forward to these thoughts—instead of dreading them? I decided to incorporate the repetitive voices in to a new project—”Panic Attack!”
Instead of using computer animation, I decided to make it completely hand-drawn, with thick jiggly lines reflecting the agitated state of mind.
I wanted it to be all one shot—a single sequence of transforming drawings going back and forth between reality and her imagined fears. With no edits—just one scene melting in to the next, I hoped to show the fluidity between mental states, and how sometimes our obsessive thoughts can seem even more real than the outside world.
Sarah directed by Shanny Chen
My grandmother’s passing away has had a big impact on me, and stirred me and encouraged me to write a story about family, and power of love. This was how my story came out. I want to deliver a lot of messages through the story. Not only trying to bring out people’s awareness of cherishing time with family, but also deliver hope and love. No matter how hard life has turned out, there’s always hope because in our culture we believe that the more positive energy we have the more hope and miracle we will get. And the power of love brings us the most positive energy.
SEA directed by Hristina Belousova
The film “Sea” is this case when everything happens very spontaneously and simply.
I walked with my boyfriend. There was a summer when I had seen this place. Having joked—having told that “this whole sea”. Also there was right there this idea.
We had turned on the camera and at once shot it without any preparation. I want to add a very important point. Such we will tell simple and thoughtless approach – it is obliged to one remarkable film. It is possible to tell that from him my small film “Sea” was born. The day before—we watched minute films among which one film was just magic in my opinion “Te vi” (“I saw you”).
And I at first had the thought—”That was it?” And then something turned over in my consciousness and I arrived at an idea that the movie “has hooked” me. He has surprised me. At first I have entered into a stupor, having “caused wall” but only after—I was surprised. Sometimes there are things, the moments which surround us. In them there is a lot of humour and life. It is necessary only to relax and let in itself something new.
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Swift directed by
ByeoRi Kim, Hae Deun Woo and Ye Bin Ahn
I hope you are following Jennifer Dean and Eric Rice’s work. Find out more about their documentary film project THE 2ND SEX & THE 7TH ART: WOMEN DIRECTORS IN FILM—Female filmmakers: Investigating their works, history and advocacy in the U.S. from 1896-present—on their website.