- 85 mins
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. Organized by John Woods, Liz Zimiles, and Kris King.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 AT 7PM. Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS.
Image: BOSS BITCH (directed by Winona Regan).
In this program
Directed by Paul Stone
A 960-pound Elvis impersonator becomes convinced he is Elvis Presley’s secret love child.
BIRTH OF AFROBEAT
Directed by Opiyo Okeyo
This hybrid live-action/animated short, filmmaker Opiyo Okeyo follows drum legend Tony Allen as he recounts his contribution to the birth of Africa’s most exported music genre–Afrobeat.
Directed by Alden Nusser, Ben Fries
A documentary that profiles four New Yorkers to the soundtrack of Holy Ghost!’s Crime Cutz EP.
Ici, là et partout
Directed by Sawako Kabuki
Love(or being in love) is a wonderful thing that colors our life, but love is not always visible and sometimes is vague and ephemeral.
Directed by JP Olsen, Kristen Nutile
Robert Kidney has been a musical force since the 1970s. BIG PARADISE introduces film audiences to Kidney for the first time, revealing a powerful and complex person who lives and works in the shadow of the Midwestern decay.
Directed by Winona Regan
A mom, a judge, and a firefighter each battle sexism in this animated music video created by Winona Regan.
Directed by Michael Vecchio
In 1967 a sing-along piano bar in the basement of a building in with a storied history opened in New York’s West Village. This short documentary explores why it has and continues to be a home for misfits, musical theatre lovers and tourists alike.
BAD BAD NEWS
Directed by Natalie Rae Robison
Music video for Leon Bridge’s song, BAD BAD NEWS.
Directed by Kristian Mercado Figueroa
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
Directed by Anthony Jannelli, Robert Pietri
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.