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Film Block C: Short films Disability Themes

  • Wealthy Street Theatre 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49506 United States (map)
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Rabbit Blood: Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.









The Joy: A comedic short film about man trying to find his place in an absurd and lonely world.

Director's Biography: Joshua Courtade is a prolific filmmaker, actor, and instructor from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of short films and several features. He currently teaches at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.






Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts in this heartrending film of unexpected friends navigating life's bumpy roads and moving forward with hope. An award-winning drama that "passes the Bechdel test with flying colors", Split Costs boasts an all-female cast that deliver "emotionally honest, disciplined performances.” 


Director's Biography: Jeff Blake's short films, music videos and screenplays have been screened and listed at over 100 film and arts festivals in the U.S. and internationally. A New England native, after living in California for 10 years, he and his wife Rebecca currently reside just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.




I Am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project: I am a psychologist that created a short film for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is probably the most widely misunderstood and stigmatized mental health disorder. Individuals with BPD struggle to regulate their emotions and have interpersonal relationships.






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Gardening At Night: The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. Samantha recreates conversations between Elyse and Anne from the hospital in order to comprehend what Anne is facing and the enormity of her own impending loss. Waiting expands time to the point that it loses meaning. The world shrinks to encompass only her and her phone, which will ring soon with the news. That night she can no longer bear the stillness and despite the darkness, Samantha tries to put neglected garden in order. Caring for living things gives her a temporary sense of control. Afterwards she realizes how she can help Anne let go of her fear, which also gives her the chance to say a personal good-bye to her friend.

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Director's Biography: Shayna Connelly’s work explores hauntings, liminality and the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction filmmaking. Her early work screened at Heaven Gallery, The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. Her most recent work has screened at IC Docs, CIMMfest, Reel Shorts, Big Muddy Film Festival, Columbus International Film Festival, Charlotte International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Athens International Film and Video Festival among others. She is in post-production for a ghost story, ‘Quiver’, shot in December, 2017 and slated for release in fall. Newcity Magazine named her one of Chicago's 50 Screen Gems of 2016.