The Charlotte Film Festival is coordinated by CHARLOTTE CINEMA ARTS, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Charlotte, NC

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

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 pm

September 30, 2018

Narrative Short

Brian Lonano

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/ 14 min

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

Screening

Date

Time

2:30 pm

September 30, 2018

Narrative Short

Muriel Naim

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Josh Victor Rothstein

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/18 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Jim McQaid

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/9 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Tereza Srbova

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/United Kingdom/2018/20 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Melisse Tokic

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/23 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Praheme

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/17 min

Stages

A breakup and a journey through grief.

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Thomas Kim

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

The Dress You Have On

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

Screening

Date

Time

12:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Courtney Hope Therond

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/14 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Ashley Paige Brim

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/16 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Louisa Fielden

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/United Kingdom/2018/18 min

Quiet Denial

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

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Zuri Alexander

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

Riverment

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

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Shayla Racquel

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Walker Hare

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/8 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Albert Lawrence, Stephen Lentini

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

Work

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

Screening

Date

Time

2:40 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Sam Griffith

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Rebecca Bagley Cook

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/17 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Benjamin Sliker, Matthew Bumby

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/14 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Chuck Kleven

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/16 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Chris Gervais

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/7 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Collin Meath, Benjamin Drew Thompson

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

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...

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Chris Baker

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/20 min

Somnium

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

Screening

Date

Time

4:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Erika Edwards

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/13 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

James Fite

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Devan Allyce

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/23 min

Riley Was Here

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

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Jon Rhoads, Mike Marrero

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

J.T.McRoberts

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/19 min

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!

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Sean Miller

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/15 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

9:25 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Alex Mendez Giner

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/9 min

Craving

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

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Lance Johnson

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Brandon Mikolaski

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/3 min

Earworm

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

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Anil Dhokai

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/10 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Jordan Firstman

Directed by:  

Special Presentation/US/2018/22 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Greg Chwerchak

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/13 min

Spoiler Alert

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

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Asha Chai-Chang

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/6 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Haven Nutt

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/8 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

6:40 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Dre Robinson

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/11 min

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.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Luke Norby

Directed by:  

Narrative Short/US/2018/3 min