This Saturday, Synchronicity Theatre will host a showcase of short films, that explore what it means for lives to take flight. The Soar Film Series is a partnership with the Bronzelens Film Festival. “City Lights” producer Summer Evans spoke with the festival’s artistic director, Deirdre McDonald, along with Synchronicity’s founder and artistic director Rachel May about this month’s events.
The official synopsis of each of the films shown at the “Soar Film Festival:”
■ “BlacKorea,” Directed by Christine Swanson, based on the true story by Patti Kim Gill. The story is set in the late 1980s in Chicago. Two children, born to a Korean mother and African-American father, are forced to live with the tangled consequences of their parent’s decisions while struggling to traverse a new life in the Windy City.
■ “GLITCH: Escaping Plato’s Cave,” Presented by DanceCanvas on Film Created and Choreographed by Thulani Vereen, in partnership with GA Tech professor Dr. Francesco Fedele for Georgia Tech’s Science.Art.Wonder program, and inspired by the Allegory of Plato’s Cave. This short film uses movement to show the journey to the true nature of being.
■ “The Ball Method,” Directed by Dagmawi Abebe, Written by Dagmawi Abebe and Javier Carmona. Alice Ball, a 23-year-old African American Chemist living in 1915 Hawaii fights against racial and gender barriers to find an effective treatment for leprosy before Kalani, a 10-year-old patient is exiled into the leper colony of Molokai.
■ “Flight,” Written by Kia Moses, directed by Kia Moses & Adrian McDonald. A Jamaican boy sets out on a dream, ten times his size, to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and opposition from his father.
The Soar Film Series is Saturday, June 19 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the theatre. Synchronicity’s “Playmaking for Girls” public performance will be Friday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. All of June’s events are related to and in conversation with, “The Bluest Eye,” which is re-scheduled to run at Synchronicity Theatre from Sept. 24 to Oct. 17