Short Film: WHALES, 20min, USA, Drama

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Margot and her estranged sister Louise spend a week at their recently deceased mother’s house on an Italian Island. There are mysterious circumstances surrounding Louise being sent away at a very young age, which make it difficult for Margot to remember…Separated by the passing of time and different upbringings the two women unexpectedly find their lives linked back together by the forces and remembrance and forgiveness.

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Director BIO: Nora Jaenicke (WHALES)

Director Biography – Nora Jaenicke

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Nora Jaenicke is an award winning film maker currently residing between Cambridge and New York City.

She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to get a full scholarship to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing at Harvard University. She is an avid traveler, continuing to explore the world and telling stories about it, whenever she gets a chance.

She has worked in Cologne, Germany for the Documentary Film Production Company Taglichtmedia and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. Among other films she has worked as a Set Designer on Chronenbergs Film “A Dangerous Method”. Her feature length screenplay Whales was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency August 2017. Her most recent film Between Seconds has won 33 Awards all over the world.

 

Director Statement

 

Whales is a film about a family’s secluded, twisted world. A homage to sisterhood and the impact that lies can have on our lives.

A film with an ending that sheds light onto a dark secret that has been haunting the family members for most of their lives.  It is a challenge to describe each character in their complexity, and reveal the effects that the interweaving of past events has left upon each one of them, and most importantly, upon their relationships to one another.

The story is about an attempt to reconnect. Family members confronting their biggest fears, by trying to communicate clumsily, and perhaps for the first time. Getting together in the house that saw them united in the first place.

I wanted to tell a story that is both painful and yet, strangely beautiful and touching in its resolve, as it leaves us with Margot and Louise confronting the truth, after years of living a lie.  At the end, however, the message isn’t of peace and calm after the storm. As a matter of fact, there is no message at all. My intention is to share their lives and struggles and allow the audience to make their own conclusions.

Separated by the passing of time and different upbringings, the two sisters unexpectedly find their lives linked back together by the forces of remembrance and forgiveness. How do we forgive and forget, are the main themes that the audience is left with at the end. Is it actually possible to forgive?

PIN-UP, 20min., USA, Drama

Uninspired and in her forties, celebrated photographer, Lana Freeman, searches for the elusive visual “perfect moment.” When a young waitress saves her life, Lana experiences an awakening; colors are more saturated and crisp, traffic noise becomes music, taste has more depth, and her work is suddenly transformed. As Lana becomes more and more obsessed with the young woman as her “muse,” she pulls away from her husband, her work, and the people who love her, not realizing that the muse could destroy her life.

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  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 10, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Get to know the short film: BETWEEN SECONDS, 20min, USA, Romance/Music

Short Film playing at the November 2017 FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival

Bs laurels 4“Between Seconds” is the story of two musicians who have grown out of sync with their music and ultimately themselves. Adrian, a classically trained pianist, loses the ability to play in sync with his music when thoughts of his ex-girlfriend flood his mind. Alicia, a struggling opera singer, loses her ability to sing in sync when she realizes she can’t really grasp her dreams. Both the musicians discover mysterious red envelopes which lead them inside of their clocks and into a surreal clock world. Here they must figure out how to synchronize themselves or they risk never being able to play their music again.

  • Nora Jaenicke
    Director
  • Nora Jaenicke
    Writer
  • Nora Jaenicke
    Producer
  • Douglas Emerson
    Producer
  • Jenny Joslin
    Key Cast
  • Aurora Heimbach
    Key Cast
  • Nora Jaenicke
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    7 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color

Audience FEEDBACK Video: KAJAL, 20min, India, Drama

KOHL, 20min, India, Drama
Directed by Paakhi A Tyrewala

Like all elements, humans have a saturation point. What happens when a woman — constantly bullied by a boss, harassed by strangers and abused by husband — finds an abandoned package one night?

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Get to know the short film: KOHL, 20min, India, Drama

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Kajal posterLike all elements, humans have a saturation point. What happens when a woman — constantly bullied by a boss, harassed by strangers and abused by husband — finds an abandoned package one night?

A package that holds an answer to all her demons.

Kajal captures a turning point in the life of a woman, in a world claimed by men.

Paakhi A Tyrewala – Director
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