Sat 28 April
4pm ’til late
Join us for a block party. A cross between temple fair and Brooklyn street corner; music, food, beer. Wear shorts; beach in the city. And to thank the neighbors for putting up with us.
- Joe Sloane sausages
- Thai snacks
- Local Artisnal Beer by Siam Brewery
- Art Therapy by Dr Kathy MaCleod 8-10pm
- 5 Short Film Screening at 6pm at Opposite (synopsis below)
- Satirical Exhibition by Facebook Activists
- Morlam street music by Maft Sai & Masa Niwayama 4-9pm
- Late night soul funk, hip hop music at Opposite by Tul Apartment Khun Pa, Mike The Butcher, Boogie G Tribute
What The Festival: SHORT FILM SCREENING
"We’re living in a period where cinema is a product; movies are becoming more and more commercialized. Short films are one of the last real places for artistic freedom – they’re important to celebrate just for that." —Juan Solanas
To celebrate WTF’s 2nd anniversary, we have put together a selection of five short films by international and Thai filmmakers to be screened at Opposite on Saturday April 28 at 6PM
NO BIKINI, 2007, 9 mins
Directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla
No Bikini introduces us to a young girl who defies sexual convention during her summer swim class, all beginning with an ill-fitted bathing suit. Filled with humor, this film is about defining one’s gender as well as discovering personal strength. The film went on to win many awards including Best Short at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD (L’HOMME SANS TÊTE), 2003, 18 mins
Directed by Juan Solanas
With a nostalgic air, the man without a head dances with lively steps as he looks forward to a romantic rendezvous with a girl of his dream. Tonight, he will declare his love. And for such an occasion, he shall buy a head. The film won many awards around the world including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and France’s leading award, the César.
THE SICKIE, 2006, 13 mins
Directed by Rupert Jones
When events at work prove too stressful for Douglas Knott, a diligent and extremely busy office manager, he decides to throw a sickie. Unfortunately, his attempts to enjoy a day off are soon sabotaged by the insidious voice of his conscience. Literally. It’s a sarcastic take on modern day’s workaholism.
DOODLEBUG, 1997, 3 mins
Directed by Christopher Nolan
This early short film from the director of MEMENTO and INCEPTION was made when he was a student in London. Nolan was studying English Literature at University College London when he started to make 16mm films at the college film society, of which the surreal short DOODLEBUG was one. This early film shows the preoccupation with narrative boundaries Nolan would later explore in his feature films.
I’M FINE, 2008, 3 mins
Directed by Tanwarin Sukkapisit
This thought-provoking short film by the director of INSECT IN THE BACKARD and IT GETS BETTER won a top prize at 12th Thai Short Film and Video Festival. The film, set in front of the Democracy Monument, is a sarcastic look at Thai society, making us question the virtue of tolerance. It was one of the best films that capture Thailand’s post-coup sentiment.