I suppose with an early career in law enforcement, having written a World War II narrative nonfiction book and with a screenplay in the works, it’s fitting that I host and moderate the War and Crime Short Films session at the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:25 p.m. at Bow Tie Cinemas.
The films, lectures and workshops of this event are exceptional. Having viewed the five short films in the War and Crime categories, I assure you, this is a session not to be missed. Here is a brief synopsis of each powerful and provocative film.
Through The Night (13:05min):
Through The Night is about the intense connection of love overcoming the devastating disconnect created by violence. Liam is a retired soldier who can’t sleep through the night. Cara, his fiance, tries to use her passion and care to create a connection that could begin a new chapter in their life and relationship.
Director: Drew Leary
A Western (15:01min):
Set in 1886, ‘A Western’ is about two brothers on the run through the Arizona desert, testing the limits of their forgiveness. Director: Xiao Li Tan
The War Game (9:37min):
Two soldiers interrogate a Russian prisoner, in an attempt to turn the tide of the Vietnam War.
Directors: Peter Antonkanos, Mitchell Brhelle, Jared Hutchison
The Cup of Wrath (17:01min):
A widower seeks counsel from a priest before exacting revenge on his wife’s killer. Director: Shaun Vivaris
The Border (23:20min):
After a devastating global war, Britain is divided in two; a war torn wasteland in the south and the surviving north. Thousands of refugees from the south want to migrate north, however, they carry a deadly virus. Captain Thomas and his fellow soldiers are under orders to kill all refugees who approach from the south. Landon, a new recruit, is unable to do it and Thomas is tasked with toughening him up. One extraordinary day, Captain Thomas faces his own dilemma of following orders, or his heart.
Director: Norman Tamkivi
A robust open discussion will follow the films as Xiao Li Tan, the gifted director of, A Western, will be in attendance, along with writer and actor Isaac Haldeman.
We are also blessed to have the insightful and imaginative director of, The War Game, Peter Antonakos in the house, joined by fellow directors and actors Jared Hutchison, Mitchell Brehelle and Ivan Swan.
This session promises to be 90 of the most entertaining minutes of your life.