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Rural Route's 2017-18 'Best of' Shorts Program

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We've been bringing you the voices of the unheard and under-represented since 2003, and this year’s program is definitely one of the best yet!  Rural Route’s specialized curation is all about venturing to the unique cracks and crannies of the world, it’s like taking a special trip – and this year that includes locations such as Harar Jogol, Ethiopia, Pahokee in the Everglades, Tyrol, Austria, good, 'ol Elmwood, Wisconsin and an Matisse-esque animated volcanic island…with mumblings of poetry, mad sightings of UFOs, wild hopping rabbits, and a levitating hillbilly!!

2017-18 ‘BEST OF’ FILM PROGRAM:

PLAID “DO MATTER”. Dir. Christopher Arcella. 2016, 4 min. Music Video. Prescott, AZ.  Arcella wrote, directed and animated this sci-fi accompaniment to the British electronic music duo’s single.

THE POACHER. Dir. Nicholas Jones. 2016, 12 min. Documentary. London, England.  John hunts and forages in the wilderness within the city limits of London for game and produce that has become popular in the city’s trendy restaurants.

VOLCANO ISLAND. Dir. Anna Katalin Lovrity. 2017. 9 min. Animation. Budapest, Hungary.  Mysterious natural laws set explosive forces in motion, as a tigress is pursued on a dazzling island.

UFO DAYS. Dir. Quinn Else. 2016, 9 min. Narrative. Elmwood, WI.  An enigmatic, strangely familiar man attends the annual UFO Days celebration in a small Wisconsin town.

THE TALE OF HILLBELLY. Dir. Daren Rabinovitch, Isaiah Saxon, Sean Hellfritsch. 2016, 9min. Narrative. Los Angeles, CA.
  A man attempts to reach enlightenment through yoga, but his own physical hunger drives him deeper into nature than he could have ever wished for.

KALB. Dir. Franz Maria Quitt. 2017, 7min. Narrative.  Tyrol, Austria.
  A young boy learns the ways of the farm from his grandfather, and on his own.

HAIRAT. Dir. Jessica Beshir. 2017, 6 min. Experimental. Harar Jugol, Ethiopia.  Elias Shagiz Adonay Tesfaye’s poetry accompanies a glimpse into the nightly rituals of the “Hyena Man.”

dragons & seraphim. Dir. Sasha Waters Freyer. 2017, 14 min. Experimental. IA/VA/NY/Sweden.
“Ancient flowers and animal desire. The past rises up – a mirage, but I can’t bury it deep enough.”

THE RABBIT HUNT. Dir. Patrick Bresnan. 2017, 12 min. Documentary. Pahokee, FL.  Chris and his family set out for the fields of the Everglades’ largest industrial sugar farms, where rabbit hunting is a rite of passage.  Best Documentary (Bresnan’s film has been winning major awards worldwide! 

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