Closing Night (Block One)
Bowery Film Festival is proud to screen the following selections:
LairsDirected by Emma Penaz Eisner
Lairs, layers, liars: In this poetry film, hatred insidiously supplants a couple's love.
VizədəntDirected by Alexis Karl & Adam Torkel
The Vizədənt navigates between the past and the present in a dystopian landscape, seeking meaning and hope in the solitude of a broken world. The film questions what it means to be human if one is all alone.
NarcissusDirected by Grace Gao
Under the familial pressure and countless rejections in her career, an Asian American actress blames everything on her appearance and blindly takes action to better herself.
Ornamentation Is A GiftDirected by Ray Smiling
When a girl is bullied she turns to her mom for advice, but years after the incident a tarot reading leads her to wonder if she’s learned the right lessons.
Cherry Cola in the AutumnDirected by Haley Wetherington
Two boundary-pushing young women with selfishly misguided, but debatably good intentions, murder their best friend’s abusive boyfriend.
MANIFESTDirected by Alison Barton & Bonnie Dennison
When fame-obsessed Beth believes she’s manifested her one shot at shedding her Panda Express uniform and leaving Shamokin, PA, she’ll stop at nothing to seize what she believes is her true destiny.
GesturaDirected by Drake Woodall
A performing artist faces her fears on stage.
Bait & TackleDirected by Lily Newton
While on a beach vacation that becomes overwhelmed by her male-dominated family, bright-eyed Kimmy seeks out Melanie, the mysterious woman dressed as a mermaid in the hotel parking lot. Drawn to and accepted by this mermaid mother-figure, Kimmy is sucked into Melanie’s fantastical facade. But when Kimmy begins to see that the world isn't all cute fish and mermaids, she must decide whether to continue turning a blind eye to the harsher realities of the world, or embrace her inner shark.
Laura Wants (A Husband) HealthcareDirected by Amy DePaola
In a parallel time period where the government monitors genetic matching, a chronically ill but not visibly ill woman downloads a dating app to her monitoring device in an attempt to find a partner and secure health insurance. But when the app turns out to be a micro managing tool of the system's plan, she revolts, resulting in a lack of access to her own health status.
InfluxDirected by Daniel Uribe
Influx is a poetic short film that sinks into the themes of domestic violence, alcoholism, and love. Inspired by Leslie Morgan Steiner's TED talk: ‘Why domestic violence victims don’t leave’. And by the countless stories of mothers trapped in abusive relationships and the power of love for their children.
GiftedDirected by Kaisan Rei
GIFTED is the story of, Nia, a hyper-empath, who wants nothing more than to be free from the pain that fills her days, but when her brother’s life is in danger, she must face the pain to save him.
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