Nitehawk Shorts Festival 2018: MUSIC DRIVEN

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Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Run Time: 90 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR

Release Year: 2018

The 2018 Nitehawk Shorts Festival MUSIC DRIVEN program offers a series of short form documentaries that highlights music as vehicle for change, and follows individuals who use this power to overcome emotional, social and economic obstacles. Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS.

Organized by John Woods, Liz Zimiles, and Kris King.

BIG ELVIS
PAUL STONE / U.S.A. / 2018 / DOCUMENTARY / 12 MINS
A 960-pound Elvis impersonator becomes convinced he is Elvis Presley’s secret love child.

BIRTH OF AFROBEAT
OPIYO OKEYO / U.S.A. / 2018 / DOCUMENTARY / 7 MINS / DCP / NEW YORK PREMIERE
This hybrid short follows drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa’s most exported music genre–Afrobeat.

CRIME CUTZ
BEN FRIES AND ALDEN NUSSER / U.S.A. / 2017 / DOCUMENTARY / 17 MINS
A documentary that profiles four New Yorkers to the soundtrack of Holy Ghost!’s Crime Cutz EP.

BIG PARADISE
JP OLSEN AND KRISTEN NUTILE / U.S.A. / 2017 / DOCUMENTARY / 10 MINS / NEW YORK PREMIERE
Introducing audiences to the musical force, Robert Kidney, for the first time.

BOSS BITCH
WINONA REGAN / U.S.A. / 2016 / COMEDY / 2 MINS
A mom, a judge, and a firefighter each battle sexism in this animated music video created by Winona Regan.

MARIE’S CRISIS
MICHAEL VECCHIO / U.S.A. / 2018 / LGBTQ / 10 MINS / BROOKLYN PREMIERE
A documentary that explores how a West Village piano bar from 1967 continues to be a home for misfits, musical theatre lovers and tourists alike.

PA’LANTE
KRISTIAN MERCADO FIGUEROA / PUERTO RICO, U.S.A. / 2017 / DRAMA / 8 1/2 MINS
The story of an estranged working class Puerto Rican family trying to reconnect in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAYED AT MY HIGH SCHOOL
ANTHONY JANNELLI AND ROBERT PIETRI / U.S.A. / 2017 / ANIMATION, DOCUMENTARY / 7 1/2 mins
An animated short about the Velvet Underground’s first gig in 1965 in front of a crowd of shocked kids at a suburban New Jersey High School.

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