Vanessa Query: short films screening + discussion with the filmmaker
The LAVA Center (324 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301)
Vanessa Query is a director, writer, performer, and organizer based in Greenfield. She started making short films in Yellow Springs, Ohio over 10 years ago and has more recently made a few in this area.
Vanessa will screen her shorts, talk about how (and why) she made them, and open it up for a Q&A.
The shorts will include:
ALIENATION (2019, Greenfield MA)
Part “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” part E.T., part David Lynch, “Alienation” is a science-fiction drama-comedy about an alien who is lost and looking for their way home. Trying to get help from the dominant sentient population (i.e. humans), they manage only to scare everyone. Will the alien ever find their way home?
THE MYTHICAL MONSTER (2018, Turners Falls MA)
— “Did you know that there’s a monster in the woods? It’s as big as four jaguars and it has four ears.”
— “I heard it has a leg that can bend back so it can leap up on you better.”
— “It has 152 brains and 153 hearts.”
— “It’s afraid of stamps.”
— “Instead of a mouth, it has four butts.”
LOCAL WOMAN STILL MISSING (2010, Yellow Springs OH)
A young man is mysteriously drawn to a library book, tucked into which is a 30-year-old newspaper clipping about a missing woman. An every-day visit to the library becomes a life-changing experience as the man sees visions of the woman struggling to escape an unseen villain, and the library is not all it seems to be.
AWKWARD HUGS: AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (2010, Yellow Springs OH)
National Hug Day is January 21. While we applaud the efforts of the holiday organizers to encourage this positive action between two people, we feel the need to warn you about the perils of certain hugs: awkward hugs. Stay with us as we explore different types of awkward hugs.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL (2009, Yellow Springs OH)
Speedie Ryan is a slacker.
One day, everything changes.
This is the story of what a young man will do for the love of his life.
Learn more about Vanessa and her work at https://vanessaquery.com.