Film Festival Forty-Seven (FF47) is a tiny film fest. Ok, it’s a curated list of films presented as if it’s a film festival.

PART I

Funnel – 7:05

When a man’s car breaks down, he finds himself on a quest for a funnel. Official selection in 2014 at Sundance, SXSW, AFI, and LAFF. Won best comedy at Heart of Gold Film Fest.

The Foley Artist – 3:35

In film, foley sound is the reproduction of the everyday sounds we hear in a finished film like footsteps, keys jingling, doors opening, etc. This art originated in radio and is named for Jack Foley who produced these sounds for radio shows until 1914 when he went to work for Universal Studios on the 1927 film The Jazz Singer which was the first feature-length film to incorporate synchronous sound. This short film shows a foley artist at work on a fashion film. So, a film inside a film.

Historia del Desierto – 6:06

Written, directed and animated by Celia Galán as her graduation film from the Royal College of Art in London in 2002. Based on a short story by her brother or cousin Ceferino Galán.

Ocean Gravity – 3:38

By Guillaume Nery and Julie Gautier and shot in Tiputa Pass, an underwater straight in French Polynesia. Guillaume says, “suddenly, I have this idea: to use the strong current during the rising tide to create the visual effect of a body in orbit around a star.” Julie adds, “I decided to film without considering the elementary framing rules. I was no longer limited by the idea of top and bottom, like in space. In those conditions, I was able to create the natural illusion of a curved planet. The big challenge was to avoid filming the abundant sea life (sharks, dolphins and numerous fish) to maintain a spatial and non-marine atmosphere.”

Dive – 13:11

Selection at Telluride, Palm Springs, and other film festivals. Written and directed by Matthew Saville. His logline is, “Facing yourself has never been so hard…”


PART II

This is a Generic Love Story – 3:12

By Marissa K who assembled this short from stock video clips. She states, “I started by compiling as much footage featuring the main actors as I could find, then cut random sequences together until a story began to emerge. I didn’t have a clear idea of what it would become, but this was the end result.” The company Dissolve liked the film so much they gave her rights to the clips for festival use.

Ma mémorie sale – 5:09

By Julien Lahmi using what’s called the mashup technique of filmmaking where a filmmaker uses scenes from existing films to create new films. The title roughly translates to “my dirty memory.”

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal – 16:02

(Available for rent on the Fandor website.)

By Matt McCormick and narrated by performance artist and filmmaker Miranda July makes the tongue-in-cheek argument that municipal efforts by Portland, Oregon to mask and erase graffiti is an important new movement in modern art. Ironically, this film is the impetus for this film festival and it’s no longer available online. So it goes.

PART III

A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry – 2:35

The Battle of Poyang, the largest naval battle ever fought, happened in October of 1363 but I don’t think that has anything to do with this film.

(rough cut) – 2:30

Written by Sidney Leeder and Walter Woodman. Directed by Woodman and starring Leeder. The log line: A director pressures an actress into full nudity on the morning of her first sex scene.

She’s All That and the Power of Transformation – 3:55

A film essay by Kentucker Audley on the 1999 high-school drama film “She’s All That.”

111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 – 3:53

A film by Benny Wonka featuring Maximus Thor. Watch more Maximus Thor on YouTube.

The Stutterer – 13:04

Written and directed by Benjamin Cleary. Logline: A man whose lush inner thoughts are rendered mute by a crippling stutter feels isolated from the world despite a flourishing online relationship.