Narrative Shorts

BFF Girls

Three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese Superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood. Screened before the narrative feature An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Directed by:  

Brian Lonano

Narrative Short/US/2018/ 14 min

Screening

Narrative Short

Date

September 30, 2018

Time

7:45 pm

Janek/Bastard

An exploration of the intricate relationship between a Christian and a Jewish boy in 1942 Poland. Screened before the documentary feature Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII

Directed by:  

Muriel Naim

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

Screening

Narrative Short

Date

September 30, 2018

Time

2:30 pm

EVERY OTHER WEEKEND

"Every Other Weekend" is a day-in-the-life story about the volatile relationship between a strong willed 10 year old girl and her misguided alcoholic mother.

Directed by:  

Josh Victor Rothstein

Narrative Short/US/2018/18 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

Me (with You)

This short film is an improvisational journey through acquaintance, intimacy, love, commitment and loss. Filmmaker Jim McQuaid and actress Caitlin Wells share creative credit. Stylistically daring to be a love story in which only one partner is seen on camera, and created with a seven- sentence story and just two scripted lines of dialog, the result is an emotional river of moments in a life.

Directed by:  

Jim McQaid

Narrative Short/US/2018/9 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

Meanders

Set in different centuries, Meanders is a tale of crooked lovers who despite their adequate conversational skills refrain from communicating their true feelings. While ego and the fear of getting hurt steers their destinies, letters are unsent, words untold and crucial moments lost forever. Unable to learn from the mistakes of previous generations, it might take artificial intelligence to lead them out of the loop.

Directed by:  

Tereza Srbova

Narrative Short/United Kingdom/2018/20 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

Queer and Southern God

After being raped, Hank, a trans person, finds himself knocked up and alone. In spite of a lifetime of attempts, Hank can't shake his Christian guilt, and is in a constant wrestling match with his choices.

Directed by:  

Melisse Tokic

Narrative Short/US/2018/23 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

STUCK

STUCK is a romantic comedy that follows two strangers (Ebony and Dre) who become physically wedged in the act of a one-night stand. Their only path to separation is to be vulnerable and share a secret with one another.

Directed by:  

Praheme

Narrative Short/US/2018/17 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

Stages

A breakup and a journey through grief.

Directed by:  

Thomas Kim

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

The Dress You Have On

A surprising find challenges a couple to question the foundation of their relationship.

Directed by:  

Courtney Hope Therond

Narrative Short/US/2018/14 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

12:30 pm

An Act of Terror

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

Directed by:  

Ashley Paige Brim

Narrative Short/US/2018/16 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

People You May Know

Eleven years after their break up, a woman tracks down her first love through Facebook. But what begins as a friendly meeting turns into something much more sinister.

Directed by:  

Louisa Fielden

Narrative Short/United Kingdom/2018/18 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Quiet Denial

An African-American woman deals with degrading remarks and insults while auditioning to study classical piano with a world-renowned concert pianist.

Directed by:  

Zuri Alexander

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Riverment

A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps.

Directed by:  

Shayla Racquel

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Sun Shine

When an African American teenager gets a seemingly depressed white guy to open up, she discovers he's on his way to commit a horrible act.

Directed by:  

Walker Hare

Narrative Short/US/2018/8 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Theo's Trade

"Theo's Trade" is a timely drama about a disheartened news reporter who escapes his city's racial-fueled conflicts by performing historical re-enactments at a small-town museum. When an ambitious former colleague tempts him to return to broadcasting, he's compelled to consider the responsibility that binds him and the media to his community.

Directed by:  

Albert Lawrence, Stephen Lentini

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Work

A young mom questions her choices and identity while raising her daughter on a farm.

Directed by:  

Sam Griffith

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

2:40 pm

Entry Point

In an old antique mill, a young woman has a mysterious encounter when she accidentally discovers invaluable objects from someone's dark past.

Directed by:  

Rebecca Bagley Cook

Narrative Short/US/2018/17 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Expectant

Expectant tells the story of Joanna, who desperately wants to fill a void in her life with a child. That second chance comes from an unexpected source - the sky.

Directed by:  

Benjamin Sliker, Matthew Bumby

Narrative Short/US/2018/14 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Frontier

After two days of camping alone in the woods, a ten-year-old girl's reality begins to blend with her favorite comic book.

Directed by:  

Chuck Kleven

Narrative Short/US/2018/16 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Grand Dragon

X-Men obsessed Maria gets her favorite toy stuck on the roof and must confront the sinister, sickly old man who lives upstairs to get it back.

Directed by:  

Chris Gervais

Narrative Short/US/2018/7 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Noise Machines

A Brooklyn drummer begins hearing an irritating sound coming from within his bedroom walls and stops at nothing to eradicate it. In following an increasingly destructive path, he is confronted with the dangerous reality of toxic masculinity.

Directed by:  

Collin Meath, Benjamin Drew Thompson

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Sarah’s Big Day

A misbehaving young girl is sent to bed one night without any dinner, only to awake the next morning and find out she's all alone. Well, almost...

Directed by:  

Chris Baker

Narrative Short/US/2018/20 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

Somnium

A young woman lives in pursuit of a dream world that may eventually consume her.

Directed by:  

Erika Edwards

Narrative Short/US/2018/13 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

September 29, 2018

Time

4:50 pm

I See Something

After realizing they are all alone at home, a brother and sister try to determine if there is something outside the windows watching them. As the night proceeds, they find that fear is enhanced by the imagination.

Directed by:  

James Fite

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

Interitum

A night in the life of Death - personified as a woman -as she helps three strangers cross over into... whatever they believed in. Or didn't.

Directed by:  

Devan Allyce

Narrative Short/US/2018/23 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

Riley Was Here

Humankind narrowly avoided an apocalyptic event but some of those who survived struggle to move on after their horrific losses.

Directed by:  

Jon Rhoads, Mike Marrero

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

The Blind Eye Looks Within

Two survivors make their way across a desolate landscape with a terrible secret in tow that holds the key to their survival and that of the human race.

Directed by:  

J.T.McRoberts

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

The Replacement

On election night, a janitor feels cheated out of a life he might have lived when his own clone becomes the President. He goes on a bender to seek justice, encountering new forms of prejudice, dismissal, and classism. In a society where the morality around cloning is dividing the masses, physically looking like the newly elected President has its own dangers!

Directed by:  

Sean Miller

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

Writer's Block

A writer in the middle of her creative process, receives a series of anonymous packages with morbidly disturbing content. This mysterious intrusion into her life ignites a war between her anxiety and the work she is struggling to create.

Directed by:  

Alex Mendez Giner

Narrative Short/US/2018/9 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

9:25 pm

Craving

At a seedy motel, Beau hides an unhealthy habit from his girlfriend Lena.

Directed by:  

Lance Johnson

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Dr. Mantis

Dr. Mantis is a practicing psychotherapist but a full time praying mantis. Often, she doesn't know where one ends and the other begins. But the truth is, she doesn't really care. Fred is a transitioning caterpillar who bugs her. So much so that, this time, Dr, Mantis made Fred pay in advance.

Directed by:  

Brandon Mikolaski

Narrative Short/US/2018/3 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Earworm

After waking up with a song stuck in his head, a man discovers that it is coming from an unlikely source.

Directed by:  

Anil Dhokai

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Men Don't Whisper

After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of - sleep with some women.

Directed by:  

Jordan Firstman

Special Presentation/US/2018/22 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Sac de Merde

Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

Directed by:  

Greg Chwerchak

Narrative Short/US/2018/13 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Spoiler Alert

Surrounded by a world of social media and gossip, a young woman has one simple request. No Spoilers!

Directed by:  

Asha Chai-Chang

Narrative Short/US/2018/6 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Street Dykes

Cecil Tanner sets out on a journey....a journey to find the infamous street dykes of Louisiana. He's just a guy lookin for some dykes.

Directed by:  

Haven Nutt

Narrative Short/US/2018/8 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

Totally Becky

A Youtuber very pro-Black mother, Rebecca Mason-Happ, gets hooked up on a job by her neighbor, Mr. Cleophus Jenkins. She must follow a set of rules but her Blackness might be a rule changer.

Directed by:  

Dre Robinson

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

6:40 pm

Wa-Wa-Watch Dog

Using the given prompts of a Commedia Dell'Arte character (Tartaglia, who stutters), the plot conflict word "meddlesome" and the line of dialogue, "Send me to space when I die," four friends made this single-take scene in twenty minutes as a short film.

Directed by:  

Luke Norby

Narrative Short/US/2018/3 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

September 28, 2018

Time

7:00 pm

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