About This Program
This program presents a mixed group of short films that tell pandemic stories from around the world.
Director(s): José Bautista
Documentary Short, Spain, 2020, 19 min, Color
On March 13th Fernando Domínguez, an architect, went to the Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona with COVID-19. Twenty days later he was discharged and became the first patient to leave the Intensive Care Unit of that medical center. Fernando never saw the faces of those who cared for him. On April 1st he began to write a letter.
Director(s): Sarah Root
Narrative Short, USA, 2020, 10 min, Color
In the midst of a pandemic, a young woman rediscovers her family's past of love, loss, and adventure during the Jacobite uprising of 1745.
Great Lakes Connection: The film was shot in Oak Park, Michigan. All of the cast and crew currently reside in Michigan and are Michigan natives.
Director(s): Gordon Pepper
Documentary Short, Canada, 2021, 1 min, Color
A comic look at the yearlong pandemic.
October Twenty Twenty
Director(s): Lorenzo Tricase
Documentary Short, Italy, 2020, 13 min, Color
A personal short story during the main global pandemic event in the last century.
Deadly - C
Director(s): Ashish Bisht
Narrative Short, India, 2020, 5 min, Color
Deadly - C is a 5-minute short film that tells the story of human negligence, where the irresponsible behavior of one person can generate life-threatening circumstances not only for individual but for the entire human race.
Hell in a Handbasket
Director(s): Lee Chambers
Narrative Short, Canada, 2021, 5 min, Color
Dale, a lonely research scientist in the Arctic, struggles to maintain his solitary existence. With the world failing from a global pandemic, all hopes fall on Dale's shoulders as he represents the last stand for humanity.
Great Lakes Connection: The director was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario... and has been selected by the Soo Film Festival before.
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Director(s): Michael McCallum
Narrative Short, USA, 2020, 6 min, Black & White
Mitch and Charlie are facing a new world after a mysterious sickness has taken everyone they love.
Great Lakes Connection: The film was created entirely in Michigan.
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Now & Then
Director(s): Peter M Angelinas
Narrative Short, USA, 2021, 15 min, Color
On the roof of their apartment building two men have an increasingly awkward conversation about money, quarantine, and life.
The Formula of Happiness
Director(s): Jimmy Castro
Narrative Short, Argentina, 2020, 2 min, Black & White
A man tries to explain the formula of happiness during the quarantine in eight simple steps.
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Director(s): Alberto Blanco
Narrative Short, Spain, 2021, 3 min, Color
For ten days Alejandro Martínez has been locked in his room, losing all sense of time, all because of a pandemic alert against which he starts to doubt and conspire.
Earth Is Home
Director(s): Noomen Noomen
Documentary Short, Tunisia, 2020, 8 min, Black & White and Color, Student Project - ESAC Gammarth (High School of Audiovisual and Cinema), Gammarth, Tunisia
How does the current COVID-19 pandemic compare to the forgotten Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918? While we are in quarantine, the Earth is resting from our pollution. When we emerge from quarantine, we must remember to protect the Earth because Earth is our home.
Director(s): Paco León
Narrative Short, Spain, 2020, 10 min, Color
Living by himself, Luis is handling the quarantine quite badly. One day while he is in the bathroom, he hears a voice calling for him from the air vent. It’s Rosa, an enthusiastic neighbor who starts invading his privacy every time he goes into the bathroom. Luis puts up with every conversation with the politeness of a selfless neighbor but, for him, the situation is a nightmare. It gets worse when she asks him for a favor.