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Things aren’t what they seem with the films in Showcase 8. For some entries, hidden meanings unfold in life’s turning points and for others, they evolve out of the most bizarre circumstances. There are hits and misses, but they will all have you re-evaluating your own life — even if it’s just to ask, “Why am I watching this?”
Disco ObuDirected by Anand Kishore
What starts off looking like a severe editing mistake—cameramen becoming visible in a mirror shot—quickly turns into a captivating criticism of the way media exploits human suffering. But the day-long journey of a journalist and his subject, a former child actor living in poverty as an adult in India, raises the question of whether this suffering is exaggerated for the sake of ratings or truly buried deep within us all.
GameDirected by Jeannie Donohoe
AJ Brown is the new kid trying out for the basketball team, with incredible talents that aren’t the only things hidden in first impressions. After AJ outpaces everyone vying for a spot on the boys varsity team, a somewhat predictable plot twist makes the film more of a commentary on the intricacies of gender roles than your average underdog-rises-above sports film.
I Am…Directed by Sansar Sangidorj
I Am… is not actually about a bicycle, it’s more of a metaphor for life and time. It’s 13 minutes of a man riding a bike through life, accompanied by the most overused cliches and shots of riding through the snow in shorts and a T-shirt. Not the strongest film in this bunch, but at least the music is nice.
Kojo: A Short DocumentaryDirected by Michael Fequiere
The film follows Kojo Odu Roney, a charismatic jazz prodigy who shows us that “music is life.” There isn’t much direction during the 13 minutes of interviews with him. Nonetheless, his talent at the drums is enough to keep you hooked.
Mister SunshineDirected by Eldon Booth
I wanted more out of Mister Sunshine than this three-minute documentary gave me. He’s a shoe shiner who changed his ritzy lifestyle when he realized that money wasn’t making him happy. It’s short and sweet, and reminds you not only that everyone has a story to tell, but that there is good in the places you don’t always think to look.
The Road to JerichoDirected by Phillip Carroll
A desperate screenwriter hijacks a cab and in a series of highly unrealistic events befriends an elderly woman with nothing to lose—whose character falls victim to the “wise old black woman” trope—during an adventure to sell a producer his script. With its bad acting and numerous plot holes, this short will be sure to make you laugh.
Showcase 8 screens Saturday, Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema.