The Art Santuary presents the 2016 Rural Route Film Festival Tour! You'll have three chances to catch a screening of the best submissions to this annual film festival celebrating works that deal with unique people and places found outside of the bustle of the city. Taking in a Rural Route program is like choosing the road less travelled and learning something new about our constantly amazing, diverse world. This 2016 Tour features nine short films highlighting rural stories from the heart of humanity around the world.
The mission of the Rural Route Film Festial is to screen work about rare prople and cultures normally oberlooked by the mainstream media. Content consists of top quality, cutting edge contemporary and archival work from sources both local and far, far away. These films have tacked some of the most important topics of the day - from a rural viewpoint.
Concessions will be offered on site, courtesy of Crazy Horse Bloomington. Admission is $5 per person. Two screenings are offered on Saturday, July 15, at 4 and 7 pm. Sunday, July 16th is Family Day! All kids age 12 and under will recevie free admission with a paid adult. Screening begins at 4 pm on Sunday.
The 2016 Rural Route Film Festival Tour features the following films:
LOVE. Dkr. Reka Bucsi. 2016, 14min.
Animation. Budapest, Hungary
Academy-shortlisted animator Bucsi explores the relationship between affection and physical change on a distant solar system through a series of cartoon vignettes, starring quirky animals and made-up creatures.
SEED SAVER. Dir. Kenneth Price. 2015, 4min.
Expirimental/Archival. Walland, TN
We have lost 93% of seed diversity over the past 100 years; John Coykendall has dedicated is live to preserving and growing heirloom varieites before it's too late. Footage from Prelinger Archives.
DIVER. Dir. Christoph Gelfand & Caroline Losneck. 2015. 9min.
Documentary. Cushing, ME
Derspite an accident that threatened his livelihood, James Sewell remains one of the only fishermen who dive to the ocean floor to harvest scallops by hand.
UPCYCLES. Dir. Ariana Gerstein. 2016, 7min.
Expirimental. Chicago, IL
Images of birds and nature within the Chicago citycape 'cycle' from Super 8 to 16 mm to 35 mm and back down again, optically printed, hand processed and then optically printed again using a digital still camera.
BLACK CANARIES. Dir. Jesse Kreitzer. 2016, 19min.
Kreitzer shows his talent for the period piece with a stark, spot-on 1907 story (based on his own coal mining ancestry) of a family's continuous descent into the accursed Maple Mine.
THE ART OF FLYING. Dir. Jan van IJken. 2015, 7min.
Expirimental/Documentary. Beesd, Netherlands.
In the warm winter of 2015/15, the Common Starlings stayed in Holland instead of migrating south, giving van IJken the opportunity to record their mysterious "murmurations," one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on Earth.
CANARY. Dir. Marie Schlingmann. 2016, 11min.
Narrative. Ulster and Sullivan Counties, NY
Midge has some unusual visitors at her gas station out in coal country, Pennsylvania. After they leave, she finds her pet canary dead in its cage, but that's only the beginning of troublesome revelations...
MOUNTAIN FUNERAL. Dir. Jonathan Johnson. 2014, 6min.
Experimental. Skagastrond, Iceland.
Video footage from the mountains of northern Iceland are combined with an archival sound recording of an Appalachian man recalling a funeral from his childhood. Life, death and spirits that trancend both hang in the fog.
OGASAWARA. Dir. Tato Kotetishvili. 2015, 8min.
Narrative. Gorelowka, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Georgia
Murad and Masha are getting married in their Georgian Dukhabor village. But their romantic date dynamite fishing takes a surprising turn in this whimsical tale of love, death and stop-motion.