2022

The 2022 Blackbird Film Festival presents 130+ films from around the world in 13 thematic screening blocks. Full event schedule and screening times can be found below.

WHEN ► May 15th & May 19th - 22nd

WHERE ► 22 Graham Ave, Cortland, NY 13045

PRICE ► Free Admission

FEATURING:

71 Films by Women Writers/Directors

32 Films by BIPOC Writers/Directors

30 Films by LGBTQ+ Writers/Directors

BLACKBIRD FILM FEST

 FILM SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH

FEATURE ► THIS IS NOT A WAR STORY

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Feature Synopsis:

This is Not a War Story (dir. Talia Lugacy) tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and papermaking keep them together, despite the spectre of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.

THURSDAY, MAY 19TH

 FEATURE ► RE-OPENING: A Lockdown Mockumentary

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Feature Synopsis:

RE-OPENING (dir. Chris Guerra & Matthew John Koppin) is a fully-improvised lockdown mockumentary following the cast and crew of a struggling theater (All Voice IS Theater) in Pigeon Valley, Tennessee. They attempt to prepare the theater to reopen to the public after months of lockdown, encountering setbacks along the way.

SHORTS ► MICRO MADNESS

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Screening Overview:

This diverse block of micro-shorts includes 20+ films, all under 3 minutes in length! Micro-Award Ceremony & Reception to follow the screening!

SHORTS ► TWISTED DARKNESS

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Screening Overview:

This collection of psychologically thrilling films will leave you feeling a bit uneasy on your return home in the dark.

FRIDAY, MAY 20TH

SHORTS ► MATERIAL WORLD

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Screening Overview:

This wonderful collection of short films includes poetic documentaries, fascinating animations, and science fiction thrillers all focused around the THINGS that make up our world.

SHORTS ► RELATION . . . SHIT

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Screening Overview:

Not all relationships conclude in with a happy ending... This collection of short films feature a variety of characters that find themselves on the far-side of perfect.

SHORTS ► FRIDAY NIGHT FEELS

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Screening Overview:

Who doesn't like a good cry on a Friday night? This collection of dramatic short films is sure to give you the feels - the good and the sad!

MUSIC VIDEOS ► RHYTHM & VIBE

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Screening Overview:

For the first time ever, Blackbird is hosting a Music Video Screening Party at BRU64 on Main St in Cortland! This Party / Screening combo will featuring over 30 films with original music!

SATURDAY,  MAY 21ST

SHORTS ► BROTHER'S KEEPER

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Screening Overview:

A collection of heartbreaking short films featuring characters who must account for their sibling in one way or another.

SHORTS ► STUCK IN LIFE

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Screening Overview:

This collection of short films focuses around the struggle of mental health and copping with feelings of despair and depression.

SHORTS ► LOVE THYSELF

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Screening Overview:

A beautiful mix of films featuring characters who struggle with self-doubt and their identity.

SHORTS ► LYRICAL, SATIRICAL, POLITICAL

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Screening Overview:

A fantastical mash-up of musicals, poems, and satires that comment the status of the world's many problems! A definite must see!

SUNDAY,  MAY 22ND

SHORTS ► FRIENEMIES

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Screening Overview:

Roommates, Friends, Lovers... Let's face it, people aren't always the easiest to deal with - especially if they are similar to any of the characters in this funky collection of shorts!

SHORTS ► IN LOVING MEMORY

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Screening Overview:

This incredibly moving block of films centers around the grieving process and how we all find ways to remember the ones we loved.

SHORTS ► DEAD & GONE (SORTA)

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Screening Overview:

A wonderfully fun collection of short films in which not all the protagonists are alive... And yet, they remain behind to "haunt" those still on earth in one way or another!