Shorts Program I: THE MATRIARCH

A collection of contemporary film shorts curated around the power of family.
Tickets can be purchased at the door! - $8 regular admission, $5 for Students with Valid ID and Seniors. 

March 11th, 2018 at 1:00pm | BILLY WEBB ELKS LODGE — 6 N Tillamook St, Portland, OR 97227



Barbara and Zdzislaw are soon to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. It would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman. Now he's back with his wife, although she claims that if it were not for her husband's infirm legs, he would still be chasing skirts around Cracow. In spite of everyday bickering, somewhat inexplicably, their relationship perseveres.


Zofia Kowalewska: Born in 1995 in Cracow, Poland. Currently a Film Directing student at Lodz Film School. Participant of the documentary course at Wajda School. She started to work on her documentary film "Close Ties" in her last year of secondary school. Director of several student short films, including documentary study "My luv" (2015) and short fiction films: "Mikki" (2015) and "Don't call me mom" (2016).


In this raw and graceful testimony of intersectional womanhood, a trans girl has to care for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her—but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

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Luis De Filippis was born in Toronto. They studied filmmaking in Ryerson University's Image Arts program, and have directed a number of shorts, including Pretty Thing (13), Let Me Down Easy(14), and Lady, Be Good (15). For Nonna Anna (17) is their latest film.



Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning.


Christine Turner
is a filmmaker based in New York.  Her critically-acclaimed documentary Homegoings, premiered at Documentary Fortnight at MoMA and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV.  Christine's short fiction work includes Rubber Soles, You Can Go and most recently Hold On. As a director and producer, Christine regularly collaborates on non-fiction series, documentary specials and short form content.  Over the years she's worked with many of New York's leading non-fiction companies including Stanley Nelson's Firelight Films, HBO Documentaries and Bill Moyers' Public Affairs TV, helping to bring untold stories to the screen. 


Mud: Hashtli'shnii" is a story about an alcoholic mother on the Navajo Nation who tries to keep her addiction a secret from everyone.

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Shaandiin Tome is a filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Film and Digital Media Production, she graduated cum laude and through her filmmaking passion hopes to continue her career creating art. She is a 2016 Sundance Full Circle Fellowship alumna, 2016 Sundance Programming Intern, and in May 2017, she was selected for the Sundance Native Filmmaker’s Lab Fellowship. She currently lives in Albuquerque, aiming to bring resonating imagery in convergence with story, illustrating her perspective as a Diné woman.



Three women in one house. A family in three generations tries to accustom itself to the imminent death of one of its members, practicing exercises in search of a balance in this fragile yet immediate future. But what happens when one tries to tame grief?

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Sofia Georgovassili
is an actress
and cinematographer from Athens.
She has directed the short films


Slapper is a ticking-clock thriller counting down to possible pregnancy, set in the poor Australian outskirts of halfway houses, drug dens, delinquents, and dog thieves. At the center of the story is Taylah, the titular “Slapper” (Aussie slang for a promiscuous woman), who is failing to balance her sense of teenage freedom, invincibility, and privilege with the reality and responsibility of being a desperate young mother.


Luci Schroder
is a Writer / Director currently based in Melbourne, Australia. With recent nominations for the Cannes Young Director Award and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards. Schroder’s versatile background in fine arts, textiles design and philosophy, may help explain her multi layered and almost palpable approach to the fabric of film, which has led to exploration in areas such as Fashion Film, Music video, TV Commercials, Video Art, Short Documentary and Short Stories. Many of which have been nominated or won awards across the globe. Add to this her participation in Video Exhibitions from Paris to Mexico, and you get a highly original artistic voice.


Noni & Elisabeth
Noni is 10, and during the week she lives with her mother in Vasastan and at weekends with her father in Skärholmen. One weekend with her stepsister Elizabeth, Noni sees the world for what it is—upside down.

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Nanna Blondell

Nanna Blondell is an actor who was educated at the acting bachelor programme at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since graduation in 2013 she has worked at the royal theatre. She has also been in several TV and film productions. Noni & Elizabeth is her debut film.