Roma (2018)

Roma transports us back to Mexico in the 1970’s in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City, known as Roma. The story is based on actual experiences of director Alfonso Cuarón’s childhood. His personal attachment to the story and the ghost-like filming style creates a haunting experience. Shot in black and white, Roma hearkens back to a time, although distant, that was filled with as much transformation, prejudice, and survival as the modern era.

Funny Story (2018)

“A comedy about good people who do bad things” – Michael Glave

Walter, played by Matthew Glave, is a self-absorbed and promiscuous actor still riding the coat tails of an old fantasy television show.  After finding out his new young girlfriend is pregnant, Walter begins to look for a way to both get away and reconnect with his estranged daughter.  When he gets the chance to see her, he takes it and drops everything to head up to Big Sur.  The ensuing road trip and reunion brings plenty of surprises and laughs at every corner.

Pagg (2018) – Short

A patriotic and hardworking American, struggles to find peace when his religious beliefs and heritage make him a target for hate.  This “day in the life” of Mandeep, played by writer and director Nardeep Khurmi, takes us into the mindset of one of the most stereotyped groups in America.  Pagg focuses on the fear, prejudice, and anger surrounding the toxic culture in our society.

A Drawing (2018) – Short

A child misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying mother.  Although, he may have a second chance to say goodbye and give her one final gift.

A Drawing was without a doubt the best animated short at the Breckenridge Film Festival.  This touching story is less like an emotional roller coaster and more like an emotional drop tower.  The animation style lacks the flair of color and complexity you would find in a Pixar film, but packs a serious punch.