Opera on Film: SHORTS – LIKE, SHARE, FOLLOW
Part of Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on Film series
A selection of short film submissions, paired for their viewpoints on contemporary life.
AMONG THE FLOWERS
PATRICK EAKIN YOUNG | UNITED KINGDOM | 2021 | 10:14 MIN | NR | ENGLISH
An opera for Instagram. Bereft of social contact, a woman (Lucy Goddard) looks to her phone for traces of past joy.
GEORGE CEDERQUIST | USA | 2020 | 9:52 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Based on a short story from Boccaccio’s “Decameron,” CORSAIR is one man’s journey from greed to humility, from isolation to community, starring baritone and hip-hop MC K.F. Jacques.
SOMEONE LIKE ME
ADAM TAYLOR | USA | 2018 | 16:30 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A Facebook-post-apocalyptic opera traversing the pressure-filled struggle to balance staying happy with staying well “liked.”
THE TWO HOT SHOTS
GEORGE MOISE | USA | 2021 | 5:43 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Adapted from Rossini’s OTELLO, two men (tenor Nathan Granner as Otello and tenor Orson Van Gay as Rodrigo) are seated in a hospital room, waiting to get their vaccine administered.
A JARFUL OF BEES
NATALIE FRANK, ERIN POLLOCK | USA | 2021 | 10:02 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A multimedia, immersive short film on the transformation of memory and the mutability of familial relationships. With music composed by Paola Prestini, text by Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Royce Vavrek, performed by mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti.
ADAM TAYLOR | USA | 2019 | 23:30 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
With the help of a failed Broadway actress (Janet Szepei Todd), a wide-eyed Amish teen (Jon Lee Keenan) sings his way to adulthood on his Rumspringa through New York City.
HEROES OF NEW YORK
BRIAN GONZALEZ, MALENA DAYEN | USA | 2021 | 23:53 MIN | NR | ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A snapshot of the heroic efforts made by five of the countless unique souls who make New York City’s heart beat: The Doctor (Shannon Delijani), The Oyster Lady (David Charles Tay), The Bodega Owner (Brace Negron), The Sex Worker (Patrice P. Eaton), and The Singer (Meryl Dominguez).