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Different American Films The programme

Gordy Hoffman
A Coat of Snow USA 2005 DigiBeta 73 min

When a girl takes her video camera to her cousin’s bachelorette party, the night begins simply as a gathering of friends and family from the odd parts of a woman’s life to celebrate her impending marriage. Clothes are noted. Gifts are presented. Champagne. Yet quietly, before they even begin, small accidents lead to serious injury. With the camera finding its way through several hands and eyes, events tailspin into abandonment and actual chaos, until the bride is missing.

Christopher J. Holmes
Arrowhead USA 2005 16mm 24 min

Two rural eccentrics jostle for ownership of a coveted arrowhead. The result is an allegorical crash course in manifest destiny and American imperialism.

Andrew Bujalski
Mutual Appreciation USA 2005 16mm 110 min

Alan, a musician whose band has just broken up, shows up in New York to pursue his burgeoning rock and roll career. He starts by searching for a drummer for a show he’s already lined up, and otherwise goes about the mechanics of self-promotion. In his down time, Alan drinks and strategizes with his old friend Lawrence, a grad student, and Lawrence’s girlfriend Ellie, a journalist. Alan endeavors to keep his shoulder to the wheel, while Ellie finds herself compelled by him. The attraction is mutual, but both parties are reluctant to take a next step.

Aaron Himelstein
Sugar Mountain USA 2005 16mm 28 min

Ten years after a traumatizing operation, Jude is spending more and more time locked in his room trying to relive his childhood memories. Finally he has to choose. He can stop the turmoil by ending his life, or he can take control of his future and grow up on his 18th birthday. Sugar Mountain is the first work of a twenty-year-old director.

Matthew Gordon
The Honeyfields USA 2005 35mm 22’

In the heat of summer, two young brothers escape the sadness of their homelives in their imaginary battles in the nearby wheat fields. These glorious battles bond the brothers until the older brother meets and falls in love with a local girl from the ice cream shop. .

Zeina Durra
The Seventh Dog USA/UK 2005 35mm 21 min

This is a black comedy which portrays the poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic truths of the post-9/11 lifestyle of Arabs in New York City.


Giorgio Carella e Paolo Cognetti
The Wrong Side of the Bridge Italy 2006

Shelley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Colson Whitehead. Four writers introduce themselves as they cross Brooklyn: two millions inhabitants, over a hundred ethnic minorities, whose diversity can be seen, felt, smelled in the streets. That's Brooklyn: street life, and the four protagonists play with different genres as their city plays with different races and cultures. Far from the centre, from Manhattan, from the dominant culture. At the outskirts of the empire. Portraying these writers and this place means portraying a different side of America: the Other side, in life and in writing. The B-side, the choice to stay on the wrong side of the bridge.