One of the highlights this year during the Tribeca Film Festival are the clusters of short films being presented. The postcards shorts were especially intriguing as they primarily focussed on female driven narratives that navigated between the past and the present day woman. There comes a time in a woman’s life where she realizes her femininity, sexuality and overall presence is powerful. These short films take us on a journey in the most unique way highlighting women who were courageous and bold but still very vulnerable.
The female-centric shorts are:
Fry Day, director Laura Moss takes us on a journey of a girl coming of age during the time of Ted Bundy’s execution. A young woman (Jordyn DiNatale) finds herself identifying with the women he brutally murdered. She looks in the mirror and realizes that she could have been one of his victims as she sees similarities of how she looks and the look of the women he murdered in 1989. (16 minutes)
Little Bird, a film written, cast and produced by Emily Taaffe and directed by Georgia Oakley. We journey to London in 1942 and follow a woman is charged with creating a new life for herself and others. This story set in Great Britain outlines women’s contributions to aiding in war efforts. (11 minutes)
Tokyo Project, is a project by famed director Richard Shepard. He looks into the life of Sebastian (Ebon Moss-Bacharach) and Claire (Elizabeth Moss) two strangers with dark pasts that encounter each other. Two Americans in Tokyo have a wild and erotic night in this foreign land that leads to false realities and hard truths. (11 minutes)
Dive, follows the life of Julia who continues to visit a pool to gain clarity in life about challenges and decision making. Ultimately, she remembers that no matter what she has to keep going. Dive is directed by Marianne Amelinckx Labrador. (13 minutes)
Viola, Franca, Women rights in Sicily were virtually non-existent in 1965. Franca was a woman being forced to marry her rapist during this time period to avoid becoming a pariah in her traditional community. She challenged the status quo and set a precedent that changed Italian history paving the way for women. Viola, Franca, is directed by Marta Savina. (15 minutes)