The Mystic Art Gallery will screen five films on Saturday in its Off the Square Screening Room.
The films to be shown include four short films and a feature length one produced by student filmmakers. Two of the filmmakers Jeremy Weiss (Riff Raf) and Jon Lawitts will be at the event and will have a brief discussion and question and answer period. Films will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17.
The featured pictures are:
Riff Raf: A short narrative fiction about a jazz trumpeter who, after missing the train to the biggest gig of his career, accidentally ends up in a classical orchestra. Produced and directed by Emerson College student Jeremy Weiss.
Jar’d: An animated piece that captures “The frustration of human determination portrayed in a lighthearted approach.” The film was done in 2009 by Helen (Qianyun) Shi, an animator at Harvard College.
Oh No, BoBo!: A bratty young girl scout visits the Zoo and gets taught a lesson in manners by a clever monkey named BoBo. Austin Broder wrote and directed this animated piece, along with Ian Hirschfeld and their classmates in the Animation Studio 2 class at Northeastern University.
Notes from Next Door: “A young artist struggles to concentrate as his ‘colorful’ neighbors continuously create copious amounts of noise and distraction.” This piece combining both live action and animation, it was created by Jon Lawitts, Jaime Klein and Dave Maggio, all animation majors who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011.
Cocksomb Jaguar Proud: The evening’s feature is a 2009 documentary, whose film editor was Tony Hale of Medford; Hale’s mother, Adele Travisano, is the founder of the original “Doc” Kountze Film Festival. Hale’s film is about the world’s first jaguar reserve, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize.
Admission is free, but there is a $5 suggested donation.