Praxis Film Festival

About Praxis

Praxis refers to practical application, and it is a term often paired in opposition to theory.  Theory is an idea and praxis is about bringing the idea into reality.  Praxis Film Festival celebrates filmmakers who bring ideas into reality on the big screen.  This year, 2016, Praxis will celebrate films from across the United States and around the world.

2016 List of Films:

Chekhov's EverymanChekhov’s Everyman – (Israel) Chekhov’s Everyman presents the story of Albert Cohen, a lively 83 year old Bulgarian-Israeli actor struggling to stage the last play of his life.  His own drama unfolds when Albert’s home and professional life collide as the play comes to life.  Director: Amir Cohn. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

Photo 3 MirrorCrackedCracked (Los Angeles) Nine-year-old Rosalie and ten-year-old Sam are close in age, but Rosalie is actually Sam’s niece. Rosalie’s sprightly mischief exacerbates Sam’s uneasiness.  Will she ever win Sam’s trust and friendship?  Director: Adria Tennor. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

David MillsDavid Mills – (SVA/NY) David Mills is a story about a man who is at a turning-point: will he face his fear or continue to run from it? Directors: Jeric Pimentel and Nico del Giudice. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

Emotional DimensionEmotional Dimensions of the James River, The – (VA) This experimental film was musically and visually designed based on a research project that correlates a mathematical parameter of sounds and images. Director: Michelle Marquez. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am.

 

Iris-poster-nikolai-richard-6 (2)Iris (UK) The latest, greatest smartphone is introduced to consumers. It’s a phone that will help them keep track of where they are and what they’ve done. Director: Richard Karpala. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

ixcanul1IXCANUL (Guatemala/France) Ixcanul is winner of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. María, a young 17 year old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation on the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. Although Maria dreams of going to the “big city”, her condition as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny.  Screening Saturday, February 6th, 8pm

 

Kahlil Gibron's The Prophet-1Kahlil Gibron’s The Prophet — (USA) This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. Screening Friday, February 5th, 4pm

 

Photo 1 Keepsake_FrontRoomKeepsake (North Carolina) Estranged sisters return home to sort through their late, hoarder-mother’s estate, and discover a family secret. Director: Meredith Sause. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

 

 

land-and-shade-cannesLand and Shade (Colombia) Winner 2015 Camera d’or at Cannes Film Festival.  After an absence of 17 years, Alfonso returns home to tend to his son who is gravely ill. The landscape he encounters is a wasteland of burning sugar cane and the family he abandoned react to his arrival with an apathy that matches the plight of his homestead. Director: Cesar Acevedo. Screening Friday, February 5th, 1pm

 

Te_te 1La tête de l’emploi (The Right Person for the Job) (France)   Jean meets Remi, a less-than-helpful counselor at an unemployment center. Director: Wilfried Meance. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

Let's GoLet’s Go – (SVA/NY) A couple from a quiet countryside are sad to leave their home, but come around to see life is full of excitement wherever they go, if they’re willing to take risks. Director: Kevin Li. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

Lunchbox, The (India). Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.  (Photo by Michael Simmonds, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)  Director: Ritesh Batra. Screening Friday, February 5th, 8pm at The Paramount Theatre.

 

Photo 2 BL6I0544Most Beautiful Thing, The (Netherlands) [Het Mooiste Wat Er is]. Sam and Do are struggling with love in this story. They have been together for five years, enjoying their lives and being more than happy. Although they are opposites, they complement each other perfectly and bring out the best in each other. But when Do gives birth to their son Max, their world is turned upside down. Doubt, different views on parenting, and unfinished things from the past cause a growing rift in their relationship. Will love survive after the arrival of their baby? Director: Danyael Sugawara. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 10am

 

mousse_2_highresMousse (Sweden)  Mousse believes nothing could be easier than robbing a small bookie place, Washington’s Tobacco, on the outskirts of town. He plans the heist for the day of the biggest horse race for the ultimate payoff. His crime is fueled by his belief that his caper will bring him a life he deserves, one better than he’s had. But what happens when his beliefs don’t match reality? Director: John Hellberg. Screening Friday, February 5th, 3:15pm

 

Never SickerNever Been Sicker – (Montclair State University/NJ) A withdrawn girl with a phobia of vomiting, struggles to get her college roommate kicked out after discovering she is bulimic. Director: Claire Fishman. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

OliloOlilo – (Beijing/New York) An introverted girl held captive by her own personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform. Director: Ao Li. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

PallbearerPallbearers – (NCSA) 1927, a young sharecropper agrees to help a stranger carry his recently deceased sister to a burial site in the wilderness, but the longer the two are together, the more surreal and dangerous the journey becomes. Director: Chaz Fulk. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

Pressure ManPressure Man – (Taiwan/Los Angeles) John is a slaving accountant who struggles to balance family and work while he is under the control of a clownish “Pressure-Man.” Director: Kai Hsu. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

Rest Stop 1Rest Stop (UK) Everything changes for Meredith, a young backpacker desperate to find meaning in her life, when she meets her Guardian Angel in a dingy British service station. Director: Kate Herron. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

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Split Frames (New York) Internationally acclaimed soprano, Shira Zachs, receives an unsettling email from an unknown source, which leads to an online chat with the man she once desperately loved. Seeing him for the first time in more than a decade, she tries to bring closure to a past that still haunts them to this day. Director: Yuval Sussler. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 4pm

 

 

Taking Plunge scuba imageTaking the Plunge – (SVA/NY) A young man is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans for a proposal gone awry. Directors: Elizabeth Ku, Nick Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades, Marie Raoult. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

Viva LuchaViva Lucha – (SVA/NY) Viva Lucha tells the story of El Rey, a retired luchador who
attempts to live a life as a normal white collar worker. Directors: Anne Fong & JD Gardner. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

 

wellwishes_webWell Wishes (USA) Having lost his job on a coin toss, a man pursues his fortune by harvesting coins from wishing fountains. Aided by two companions, his journey leads to an indebted traveler who challenges his notions of wealth and true happiness. Director: Anderson Boyd. Screening Saturday, February 6th, 1:30pm

 

ZoeZoe – (SVA/NY) “Zoe” means a life in Greek. This film is the story of a man’s life from the cradle to the grave. He grows from baby to child, to adult, to old man. Director: ChiHyun Lee. Screening Friday, February 5th, 10am

 

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