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Access Contemporary Music (ACM) presents their 15th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival. The festival features sixteen short modern silent films set to new musical scores performed live. The films include a variety of genres: thriller, comedy, drama, romance, animated, and more. The event is free, but registration is required in order to receive the streaming link.
Friday, June 26
- Demons Before Breakfast – Drama, Comedy. Film by Lauren McCune. Music by Jonathan Russell. Lou feels isolated with only her personal demons to keep her company. As her feelings of solitude grow, so do the number of demons living in her house.
- What If – Dance. Film by Winnie Cheung. Music by Lynn Bechtold. In a post-gender world, men wouldn’t be punished for being vulnerable and women wouldn’t have to stay submissive in order to succeed. Unfortunately, we’ve all been subjected to the same gender narrative dating back to Adam and Eve. But what if there was another creation myth? One where gender was erased altogether?
- Devil’s Food Cake - Dark comedy. Film by JohnBen Lacy and Mike Elsherif. Music by Seth Boustead. A simpleton makes a deal with the devil in an attempt to win over a judge’s heart at a cake contest.
- Displacements – Docudrama. Film by Manuel Alvarez Diestro. Music by David Keller. Hong-Kong is one of the densest cities in the world. As there is not much space available, new towns are adjacent to the cemeteries. These days in Hong-Kong the world of the living coexists with the one of the dead. Meanwhile, Hong Kong inhabitants move from place to place. They are waiting for a final displacement.
- Constructive Interference – Animated. Film by John Akre. Music by Ursula Kwong-Brown and Danny Erdberg. Two sound waves discover the power of cooperation despite the challenges of interference.
- Dysrhythmia - Comedy. Film by Alexander Bickford. Music by Sarah Wald. In Saturday detention, a hungry student struggles to make it to lunchtime.
- Listen to Me - Drama. Film by Toacha Her. Music by Conor Daly, Fiona Ffrench, Liam Lupescu, and Lila Mora. A deaf girl, bullied and broken, takes drastic action. A nearby student worker does the same.
- Get the F K Outta Paris - Drama, thriller. Film by Greg Emetaz. Music by Rob Steel. A text message turns a depressing laundry night into a mad dash for survival.
Saturday, June 27
- Frames - Drama, thriller. Film by Farhad Pakdel. Music by Trevor Patrick Watkin. A smart city tracks and analyzes a woman walking through the city. Things she does are interpreted and logged by the city system, but are they drawing an accurate picture of the woman?
- Marquee - Dark comedy. Film by Brian Zahm. Music by Oren Boneh. An allegorical tale of a person whose soul is possessed by artistic pursuit and the quest for perfection.
- The Gift - Animated, Romance. Film by Julio Pot. Music by Gabriel Malancioui. The story of an ordinary couple. When he gives her a small sphere pulled out of his chest, she can’t separate herself from her new gift… even after they break up.
- Mantorou – Action. Film by Kyle Flaherty and Josh Stone. Music by Dominic Johnson and Jacob Greenberg. An experimental short about passing the torch to one's successor. In a post-apocalyptic world, one young warrior explores new territory to survive, and must be brave when he finds what's in store for him there.
- Early Retirement – Comedy. Film by David Mair. Music by Gene Pritsker. A grizzled cop seeks vengeance for his fallen partner.
- Death by Omelette – Comedy. Film by Greg Emetaz. Music by Victoria Malawey. When a woman’s suspicions of infidelity are confirmed, she makes her husband a killer omelette…
- Beyond the Barrier - Animated, Drama. Film by Martha Mapes. Music by Paul Ayres. A young boy and girl find a way to remain friends in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- N – Dramedy. Film by Iacopo DiGirolamo. Music by Lyudmila German. An expressionist nightmare in which an inventor and his colleague test the ‘Automaton’, a machine able to create things from nothing. The machine works perfectly as long as the items it’s asked to create start with the letter N…in German. The results of the test will be predictably catastrophic.