Varsity Theatre

123 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514 
United States

Thursday March 30 @7PM

Program 1: Fathomless

A program of films about bodies in space, or the space a body fills. Every time one whispers longingly, explains Dr. Isabel Fleiss, the cobwebs in our throat loosen. But love is not enough. Inner worlds and the deepest depths inhabited by beasts, snowy stargazers, and water spirits. 

Lesser Choices

Courtney Stephens, 2022
RT: 8:00 minutes

The bleached palette and home-movie aesthetics of Super 8 footage provide the image track for this testimonial about an illegal abortion in Mexico City in the 1960s, delivered in voiceover by the filmmaker’s mother. In its account of this intimate and disorienting memory, Lesser Choices summons a time of profound uncertainty—a moment from an era without rights—and offers a warning to the present. 

Could I Stay Here

Stella Rosen, 2022
RT: 2:30 minutes

The beast plunges into the river and emerges, observing what it’s like to perpetuate cycles of destruction and isolation.

In Tandem Part II: Planet Egg

Simone Barros
RT: 6:45 minutes

“The world is an egg, the egg itself is a theatre: a stage theatre in which the roles dominate the actors, the spaces dominate the roles and the Ideas dominate the spaces.” -Gilles Deleuze.

Sine Die

Camila Moreiras, 2021
RT: 14:38 minutes

Amid desert landscapes and chain-link fences, plutonium lay scattered and buried in the town of Palomares, Spain. A voiceover narration describes an undisclosed medical condition, and land and body converge in the uncomfortable difference between recovery and survival. Telling two divergent stories in parallel, Sine die is based on real events that correspond to physical contamination, whether that be the earth or the body – the director’s – that together invoke a condition of the chronically present.

Bigger on the Inside

Angelo Madsen, 2022
RT: 12 minutes

Through snowy stargazing, flirting with guys on dating apps, taking ketamine (or not), and watching YouTube lecture videos, outer and inner space collapse – to draw a warped cartography of desire and distance.

The Voice in Isabel Fleiss’s Office

Jim Haverkamp, 2022
RT: 06:24 minutes

The Voice in Isabel Fleiss’s Office,A woman with an unusual malady–cobweb buildup in the throat–receives an even more unusual treatment in this adaptation of a surreal poem by North Carolina writer Virgil Renfroe.


Meilín Fernández García & Melissa Ferrari, 2021
RT: 7 minutes

Fathom, a unit to measure depth. A medical-science trajectory toward understanding the deep complexity of minds and the perception of people living with mental illness. Fathomless is an experimental animated documentary short that collages the history of psychiatry, including the themes of invisibility, control, demonization, as well as the struggle to find both solid science and the path to compassionate, effective treatment in neuropsychiatry.

Tomorrow is A Water Palace

Juanita Onzaga, 2022
RT: 15:00 minutes

Sybille is the last person alive on a planet with no history or water.
She roams through arid lands, traveling through strange visions.
Entities with more memory than humans communicate with her.
How to persuade the spirit of the waters to come back to earth?