The Short Films

Kelley Baker – – The Short Films

Kelley’s short films have aired on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian television. They have been shown at Film Festivals like London, Sundance, Sydney, Annecy, Aspen, Mill Valley, Chicago, and Edinburgh.

You’ll Change, a look at fatherhood; Enough With The Salmon, a look at family vacations growing up in the 1960’s; Stolen Toyota, which chronicles the loss of his 1977 Toyota Pick up; Tales From I-5, Kelley’s commute from Portland to LA in his 1979 Toyota Corolla with special commentary by the Tappet Brothers of NPR’s Last Chance Garage; Friday Night, about his near death from complications from an allergy shot; That Really Obscure Object Of Desire, a five minute personal documentary about a man’s obsession with his 1928 Model A Ford; and Love The One You’re With, a look at high school dating in the early 1970’s, and their disasterous consequences. This tape also includes some special bonus’.

These films are unrated. Actually they’re all pretty tame, but funny. Well most of them anyway…

Running time: about an hour…

“Laced with irony, wit, and a startling intimacy, his personal film-lets appeal universally, offering a refreshingly skewed look at middle class culture.”
— Holly Johnson, The Oregonian

“I recommend that anyone who can get their hands on anything by Kelley Baker do so. You won’t be disappointed.”
— Matt Osgood, Film 411

“Poignant personal slices of family and everyday life filtered through the skewed and brutally honest Baker lens, Baker’s films are crafted from simple and mundane events . . . but his storytelling makes each compelling.”
— Don Campbell, The Independent

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What’s in Kelley Baker Short Films

THAT REALLY OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE

SYNOPSIS: A seven-minute personal film about a man’s obsession with his 1928 Model A Ford.

SCREENINGS/AWARDS:
Premiered nationally on PBS’ “American Pie” (April, 1991)
RUNNING TIME: 8 minutes
YEAR COMPLETED: 1989

YOU’LL CHANGE

You’ll Change – Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

SYNOPSIS: A look at impending doom (or is it bliss?): fatherhood.

SELECTED SCREENINGS:
Broadcast on PBS affiliates KCET, KTCA, KCTS, WETA, and WHA
Broadcast on Canadian and Australian television
Chicago International Film Festival
Bucks County Film Festival
Dysfunctional Family Film Festival
City Lore Film Festival of New York
Mill Valley Film Festival
Cinequest/San Jose Film Festival
RUNNING TIME: 3 minutes
YEAR COMPLETED: 1992

STOLEN TOYOTA

SYNOPSIS: Chronicles the loss of a beloved Toyota pickup.

SELECTED SCREENINGS:
The Learning Channel
Canadian and Australian television
Aspen Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Virginia Festival of American Film
Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
RUNNING TIME: 7 minutes
YEAR COMPLETED: 1993

FRIDAY NIGHT

SYNOPSIS: Kelley’s account of his near death due to an allergic reaction.

SCREENINGS:
Broadcast on Canadian and Australian television
NW Film and Video Festival (won the HOME award, judged by Gus van Sant)
RUNNING TIME: 7 minutes
YEAR COMPLETED: 1994

TALES FROM I-5

SYNOPSIS: Chronicles Kelley’s non-stop trips from Portland, Oregon, to Los Angeles, in his faithful Toyota Corolla (with special commentary by the Tappet Brothers, from NPR’s Car Talk with Click and Clack).

SCREENINGS:
Broadcast on Canadian and Australian television
Broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting

RUNNING TIME: 8 minutes

YEAR COMPLETED: 1995

ENOUGH WITH THE SALMON

SYNOPSIS: The story of one family’s Northwest vacations, funded by Canadian Television and the Oregon Arts Commission.

SCREENINGS:
Broadcast on Canadian and Australian television
Broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting

RUNNING TIME: 7 minutes

YEAR COMPLETED: 1995

LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH

SYNOPSIS: A filmmaker travels time to observe his own dating woes with women during senior year of high school.

SCREENINGS:
Siena (Italy) Film Festival
Broadcast on Oregon Public Broadcasting
Broadcast on Canadian and Australian television

RUNNING TIME: 7 minutes

YEAR COMPLETED: 1995

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