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Short Film

“I Don’t Need Another”

Directors: Justin Lacy, J. Noel Sullivan
Short Film
Plants are illegal. Not enough water. However, on the train to the Isle of Plastic, two young wards of the state sneak in some gardening.  Practical effects, cardboard props, and...

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A Beautiful Nightmare

Director: Kevin Lee Maxwell
Short Film
Daniel, a highly accomplished dancer, comes home from college only to find himself entangled in a battle between himself and his concerned father.  Screening in the Twisted Deceiver Shorts Block.

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A Galaxy Sits in the Cracks

Director: Amber Love
Short Film
Black communities in Chicago, Detroit, and Durham use Afrofuturism as a tool to inspire young people, organize politically and economically, and reimagine the spaces around them in this captivating experimental...

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A Syrian Woman

Directors: Khawla Al Hammouri, Louis Karim Sayad DeCaprio
Short Film
After nearly a decade of conflict, Syrian refugee women are some of the most vulnerable amid the crisis. Thousands have lost their families and husbands, and now must provide for...

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Adullam

Director: Regina Hoyles
Short Film
A young Chicago woman with a well-kept secret enjoys a typical day in the south suburbs. Regina Hoyle's directorial debut is a sharp and stylish social commentary. Hoyle was raised in the...

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Afro

Director: Jenn Shaw
Short Film
After multiple encounters with her bully and a little academic inspiration, an African-American teen girl finally stands up for herself against classmates that question her cultural identity.  Screening in the...

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All of Me

Directors: Josie Hess, Morgana Muses
Short Film
Melinah is a sex worker, camgirl and activist with cerebral palsy, this short intimate documentary explores her work, philosophy, and the intersections of her identity. Screening in the Hairy Nut...

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Aloma & Mila

Director: Tuixén Benet
Short Film
Aloma and Mila are two women who meet under the fantastic lights of fake summer cities on the coast of Valencia, Spain. Mila is in search of a place to...

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Assholes

Director: Jonny Look
Short Film
A Scientist uses a series of torture related experiments on a variety of house plants in order get them to communicate with humans. Screening in the Hairy Nut Disco Shorts...

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Augustus

Director: Jon Alston
Short Film
Augustus, a literate, escaped slave masquerading as a free man in Massachusetts just prior to the Civil War, experiences nightmares of his son's death and a future America that resembles...

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