Directed By: Anna McGrath, Lisa M. Perry, Stella di Tocco, Eric Juhola, Bevan Walsh, Alex Jablonski, and Thomas Hefferon
These mature shorts concern growing up, getting off, and getting by. Not recommended for those under 16. Films include Blue Boy, The Confession, Love Does Grow on Trees, Nowhere Kids, Search, Small Change, and Sunspots. | Read More
Henry and Lucy sleepwalk through New York City in the middle of the night and experience sights and sounds that most people slumber through in ZZZZZZZ. Visually impaired Imani has dreams of college acceptance and love despite her over-protective mother’s objections to both in Close Your Eyes. Ronnie is an existential enforcer for a Brooklyn crime boss conflicted by his life and the pointlessness around him, as he sculpts in ICE and searches for life’s meaning. A seventeen-year-old girl in a wheelchair and a young antisocial male prostitute living on the streets have an unexpected encounter in Atlantic Avenue. Paul and Kate excitedly arrive for dinner at the home of a cool couple from their kids’ school, only to discover an interloping third couple already in attendance, as playground politics boil over in Playdate. In Fortune House, a butterfly romance takes flight with a twist of fate and fortune cookies. When his hippie parents suggest he see a shrink, a dreamy fifteen-year-old goes into a tailspin of self-doubt before his confidence is restored thanks to some quick thinking in Space Cadet. | Read More
Characters are confronted by decisions and indecision in this narrative program.
In A Border Story, a Mexican immigrant and a young American boy try to survive the remote desert. A young woman attempts to regain both her mother’s trust and her daughter’s love in Delilah, Before. Hold your breath when three teenage boys break into their school in The Pool. Recent retiree Edgar feels unneeded by society until he hatches a plan to change his life. A timid soundman teams up with a goth girl to get back what is rightfully his in Epic Fail. After a faked suicide attempt Jay accepts visits from her well-meaning friends in Cried Suicide. At The Wake of his best friend’s father, a loser and a little boy form an unlikely friendship. More than champagne is uncorked on New Year’s Eve for Zelda at The Dinner Party. | Read More
Three friends go to a housewarming in a Paris apartment, but when some uninvited guests try to crash, the tension mounts in The Hounds. Set in the late 1950s at California’s iconic Madonna Inn, a despondent father struggles with the decision to end his own life and the life of his young son in What's Left, What's Lost. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug in Life Doesn't Frighten Me. Two video game characters forge an unlikely romance in RPG OKC. Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life in Setup, Punch. A small bird with a Fear of Flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter. A third-grade class pulls an innocent prank on its teacher with disastrous results in Fool's Day. | Read More
A family feud in rural Arkansas erupts in this biblical tale of blood ties and vengeance, sparked when two sets of half-brothers collide at the funeral of their father. This slow-burning drama recalls the character-driven storytelling of the 1970's, with a lyrical feel for the intimate rhythms and heat-baked landscapes of the forgotten South.
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When weekender Paul Mullin (David Strathairn) discovers his neighbor digging a hole in the middle of the night, he writes it off as simply a bizarre encounter, until the neighbor and his cheating wife disappear. Worried that he's stumbled upon more than he bargained for, Paul calls on the local sheriff (Tim Guinee) to help unearth the truth. And finds out that, in a small town, some secrets are better left buried. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller
For seven Hollywood golden-era veterans with a combined age of 662, the show goes on. From a Vaudeville comedian still working at 100 to the stunning siren who dated Ronald Reagan when he was a Democrat, these showfolk, all living at the motion picture and television fund home in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, share wisdom and inspiration garnered over seven lifetimes in the business.
Screening in Shorts Program: Before Long | Read MoreDocumentary