About the Event
Take this year’s theme, “The Power of Play,” to 24 frames per second at the Canal Convergence Mini Film Fest! Themes of water and light will also be explored in this block of short films that include live-action, animation, drama, and comedy.
Canal Convergence Mini Film Festival is curated by film programmer Ernie Quiroz, a Phoenix native with more than a decade’s experience in programming films for museums, theaters, and film societies. Quiroz has programmed for prominent film festivals like Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW, in addition to the Phoenix Film Festival.
The Loneliest Stoplight
Runtime: 6 minutes
Starring the voice of Patton Oswalt, The Loneliest Spotlight follows the life and times of a neglected stoplight.
Directed by Bill Plypmton
Runtime: 5 minutes
Snowstorm is a meditative glimpse of seagulls and bufflehead ducks navigating a snowstorm.
Directed by David Busse
Runtime: 5 minutes
Day turns to night, and lights streak across busy interstates in this excerpt from the 1983 documentary.
Directed by Godfrey Reggio
Break Any Spell
Runtime: 13 minutes
When April sets off to battle in the world of live-action-roleplaying, her mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s reaches a breaking point.
Directed by Anton Jøsef
A Trip to the Moon
Runtime: 12 minutes
A Trip to the Moon follows a boy as he escapes the trials and tribulations of poverty by traveling to the moon with the help of his mother (and the power of storytelling).
Directed by Julian Barahona
Runtime: 7 minutes
Pete! Is an animated true story about gender identity, Little League Baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheroes who allow that change to happen.
Directed by Bret Parker
Runtime: 19 minutes
Fetch is a heart-on-its-sleeve animated dramedy about a dog and his human, working together as the only maintenance crew aboard a colossal space station. They fill their days cleaning vents, rewiring fuses, and throwing well-worn tennis balls down dimly lit corridors in games of fetch.
Directed by Sam Gill