Women-Directed Shorts Block
Run Time: 120 min.
Presented at the Film Center as part of Cinema Columbus 2022 | Accompanied by post-show Q&A
Featuring seven remarkable documentary and narrative short films directed by women.
Actor Mark Metcalf made his reputation in Hollywood playing aggrieved authority figures. Now in his 70s, he takes a look back on his career in this meditation on power, privilege, and the perils of being a “type.”
Runtime: 16 min
Mary Elizabeth Boylan
One woman’s lifelong journey told through the prism of her childhood home.
Runtime: 12 min
It’s Getting Bad Again
An unnamed young woman comically navigates her declining mental health in the wake of an oncoming depressive episode.
Runtime: 4 min
What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto
Visitors and residents of New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin, site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb, contribute to the production of public memory as they offer reckonings and advice about making “the journey of the dead.”
Runtime: 14 min
The Ritual to Beauty
Shenny de Los Angeles
A mixed media piece integrating the stylization of documentary and spoken word. Inspired by Shenny’s one-woman show “What Happens to Brown Girls Who Never Learn How to Love Themselves Brown?,” this piece invites you to witness the meaning of beauty through three generations of Dominican women.
Runtime: 15 min
One Last Time
Anna Dominguez, Sydney Lawson
Adapting to a voiceless world, two spouses remember the last words on the anniversary of their final conversation. Filmed in Columbus, OH, the short earned Honorable Mention at AGBO’s No Sleep ‘til Film Fest 2021.
Runtime: 3 min
Elle Moxley makes her directorial debut with the documentary short Black Beauty. The film traces her story as a Black transgender teenager in Ohio exploring her story and vision for a collective future – one that now seems possible in this rapidly changing world.
Runtime: 26 min