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Cucalorus Film Festival, Nov 10-14, 2021

 

2021 Film Selections:

A Chair is a Chair

Director: Roxana Barba
Short Film :: Shorties
An invitation turned confession captures the secret and spiritual side of meaningful objects.  Using excerpts from letters in the book Amado Señor by Argentinian author Pablo Katchadjian, this short is...

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A Hand to Hold

Directors: Stacey Davis, Ali Clark
Producers: Stacey Davis, Ali Clark
Short Film :: Shorties
Told from alternating points of view, this animated short explores the connective thread of hand holding between parent and child.  When mother and child release hands – and enjoy the...

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A Puff Before Dying

Directors: Michael Reich, Mike Pinkney
Producers: Anthony Baldino, Ava Benjamin Shorr
Short Film :: Shorties
When marionettes mix with marijuana, a joy ride becomes their last ride. Screening in the Lucky Shorts Block.

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A Sexplanation

Director: Alexander Liu
Producer: Steven Flynn
Documentary Features
To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, 36-year-old Alex Liu goes on a sex-positive quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts—no matter how awkward it may get....

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ACTORS

Director: Betsey Brown
Producer: Emily McEvoy
Narrative Features :: Vanguard
WARNING: Appropriation of trans identity, which may offend some viewers.  In this satirical docu-fiction hybrid, actor-filmmaker Peter Vack (Assholes) decides to re-identify as female to maintain relevance in the art...

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Águilas/Eagles

Directors: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Maite Zubiaurre
Producers: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Zora Flanagan
Short Film :: Shorties
Along the southern border in Arizona, it is estimated that one out of every five missing migrants are ever found. This is the story of one group of volunteer searchers,...

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ALL THESE MEN THAT I’VE DONE

Directors: Lorraine Nolan, Mark Daly
Producers: Natasha Moses
Short Film :: Shorties
Four women explore the constructs that have helped shape their sexual confidence. Screening in the Lucky Shorts Block.

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Any Given Day

Director: Margaret Byrne
Producerr: Margaret Byrne
Documentary Features
While investigating the treatment of detainees, filmmaker Margaret Byrne befriends Angela, Dimitar and Daniel, participants in a mental health court probation program. Their friendship gives each of them the courage...

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Aquarian Devils

Director: Kamara Thomas
Short Film :: Shorties
Music video for the Durham, NC band of the same name. Pandemic-inspired Tik Tokking featuring anxiety, sparks, and masks of several kinds. Screening with We're All in This Together.

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At Dawn

Director: Fany de la Chica
Producer: Miriam Arrebola
Short Film :: Shorties
Triana is an Andalusian woman who needs to fight against tradition. She arrives in a village full of mysticism and women where she has the mission to liberate them. A...

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Authentic Artistry

Directer: Emily Peele
Producer: Miriam Carr
Short Film :: Shorties
People listen to new music for profound lyrics, strong sounds, and catchy beats. A look into the life and creative process of artist MoeSOS D.C. reveals where those elements come...

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Director: Radu Jude
Producer: Ada Soloman
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
In Bucharest, a schoolteacher finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked online. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, she refuses to...

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Bea At Rehab

Director: Kerry O'Neill
Producer: Joey Izzo
Short Film :: Shorties
After being abandoned at a rehab by her mother, young Bea is forced to evade authority figures and fend for herself. Based on the director’s real life. Screening in the...

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Bear Your Bias

Director: Manasi Prasad
Producer: Kristi Ray
Short Film :: Shorties
An explorative, earnest look at combating the implicit bias within yourself.  A Honey Head Mentorship Film Screening in the Clarabell Shorts Block.

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BEAUTIFUL ARTIST

Director: Joseph Rucker Jr.
Producer: Joseph Rucker Jr.
Short Film :: Shorties
A man who dreams of becoming a successful musician. But sadly he loses everything and becomes homeless. When he finally has a moment of hope, reality hits him. Before he...

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Beside The Still Waters

Director: Regina McCleod
Short Film :: Shorties
A woman has a strange encounter while trying to have a solemn moment at a local lake. Screening in the Twisty Shorts Block.  

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Binky Shorts: Animation

Shorts Blocks
A Hand To Hold Stacey Davis, Ali Clark Told from alternating points of view, this animated short explores the connective thread of hand holding between parent and child.  When mother...

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Birthday Cake

Director: Erika Edwards
Producer: Honey Head Films
Short Film :: Shorties
Two sisters unexpectedly reconnect in the moments before a surprise birthday party.   Screening in the Jangles Shorts Block.

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Blewish

Director: Ezra Edmond
Producer: Ezra Edmond
Short Film :: Shorties
Growing up Black & Jewish (aka "Blewish") isn’t easy. Ezra frequently feels out of place because of assumptions based on the way he looks, and ultimately decides to conceal his...

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Brontosaurus

Director: Jack Dunphy
Producer: Jack Dunphy
Short Film :: Shorties
A tale of lust, eating disorders, crossing boundaries and tiny toy dinosaurs. Screening in the Binky Shorts Block.

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Bus to Lumberton: Racertrash does Blue Velvet

Special Events
Our annual interactive homage to David Lynch’s mid-career masterpiece Blue Velvet, which was shot in and around downtown Wilmington in the ‘80s. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the...

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Buttercup Shorts: Youth finding their way

Shorts Blocks
Cloud Song (For Evelyn) Justin Lacy, Sarah Royal There are many types of clouds. A stop-motion animation music video for kids. Tiger Blanket Caro Knight An abuela prepares for her...

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Carrousel

Director: Jasmine Elsen
Producers: Animal Tank, BFilm
Short Film :: Shorties
Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park. One day she is attacked by intruders. Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization. Screening...

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Charlotte

Director: Zach Dorn
Short Film :: Shorties
A pop star’s use of a song by a long-forgotten folk singer leads to profound changes for the singer’s family.   Screening in the Binky Shorts Block.

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Charly Lowry at Hi-Wire Brewing

Special Events
Join us after Thursday's 4:15pm screening of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World at Hi-Wire Brewing for a performance from NC Native Charly Lowry who appears in the film....

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Cloud Song (For Evelyn)

Directors: Justin Lacy, Sarah Royal
Short Film :: Shorties
There are many types of clouds. A stop-motion animation music video for kids. Screening in the Buttercup Shorts Block.

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Comida Pa’ Los Pobres (Food For the Poor)

Director: Arleen Cruz-Alicea
Short Film :: Shorties
Giovanni is a young Puerto Rican activist, who is confronting the island’s persistent crisis of food insecurity. Motivated by his childhood struggle with hunger, he seeks to inspire a movement...

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Coming Full Circle

Director: Aine Phillips
Producers: Burren College of Art County Clare, Galway 2020, Clare Arts Office, Creative Ireland
Short Film :: Shorties
In 1975, world-renowned sculptor Richard Long created “A Circle in Ireland” at The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland one of the most dramatic and iconic environmental sites in the world. Visual...

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Convulsions Secret Screening

Director: ?
Producer: ?
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
Adults Only. This unique, sexy, wild new film is from another planet. What could it be? We ain't sayin!

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Dance-a-lorus

Special Events
A cherished festival tradition, Dance-a-lorus pushes boundaries by pairing filmmakers and choreographers for a mutual exploration of cinema and dance. This live stage event encourages collaboration as a fundamental form...

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Death is Our Business

Director: Jacqueline Olive
Producer: Jacqueline Olive
Short Film :: Shorties
In New Orleans, a city where funerals are jazz-filled community events, the per capita COVID-19 death rate at one point in 2020 topped the nation. This documentary takes viewers inside...

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Deflated

Director: Steve Collins
Producer: Steve Collin
Short Film :: Shorties
A pool plumber has a mystical experience with a reincarnated client. Screening in the Happy Slappy Shorts Block

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Diamond in the Rough

Director: Kim Henry
Producers: Marquand Ragland, Ragland Media
Short Film :: Shorties
Theatre for All (TFA)  is Wilmington, NC's only theatre company for adults with disabilities. TFA has turned to making short films during Covid. It's 1922 and the prohibition on Candy...

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Disaster Panties

Director: Alisha Bhowmik
Producers: Amanda Centeno, Alisha Bhowmik
Short Film :: Shorties
Quarantined alone, anxious millennial Lacey discovers something awry with her vagina and must take her gynecologist appointment over video call.  Screening in the Happy Slappy Shorts Block ... and again...

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DỌLÁPỌ̀ IS FINE

Director: Ethosheia Hylton
Producer: Millie Marsh
Short Film :: Shorties
A story about a young black girl's relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is. Screening in the Buttercup Shorts Block.

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Downstage

Director: Stephanie Owens
Producer: Stephanie Owens
Short Film :: Shorties
Ballet isn’t easy, and 11-year old Aedan knows it. As he prepares for his first solo ballet competition, full of blossoming drive, seasoned ballet professionals reflect on their own transformative...

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Eighteen Forward

Directors: Brad Walker, Zai
Producer: Andrea Walker
Short Film
In the wake of national protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, a community of artists and activists in Wilmington, NC submitted a proposal to...

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Emcees

Special Events
Aaron Hillis Aaron Hillis turned on, tuned in, dropped out, but still made it to work on time at the gluten-free jazz factory next to the sweetest smelling cemetery, hoo...

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Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra

Director: Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin
Producer: Ivan O'Mahoney
Documentary Features
Marking Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary, this explosive documentary tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — took a newly born dance...

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Get A Grip – The Chunky Huse Story

Directors: Clancy Thompson, Patrick Ogelvie
Producers: Clancy Thompson, Paula Haller
Short Film :: Shorties
This short documentary explores the life of Chunky Huse, from his childhood in post-WWII London to his emergence as one of the most sought-after key grips in the movie business....

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Giving Birth to a Butterfly

Director: Theodore Schaefer
Producer: Daryl Freimark
Narrative Features
After having her identity stolen online, Diana leaves her family and goes on a road trip with her son's pregnant girlfriend to track down the perpetrators. The mismatched travel companions...

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Glitterbug Shorts: Dance on Camera

Shorts Blocks
SUNDAY  Ani Taj A danced, musical ode to gathering spaces and the social fuel that they provide. Set to an electronic score by Tony Award-nominated composer Daniel Kluger, with cinematography...

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Hand

Director: Tsz Wing Ho
Short Film :: Shorties
A 2D abstract animation which is accompanied by the song, “Sekktortjek” composed by Mads Lindgren. The idea of the work is to present the weird beauty of hand creatures composed...

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Happy Slappy Shorts: Comedy

Shorts Blocks
My First Native American Boyfriend Joey Clift Johnny is Emily’s first Native American boyfriend, and now that they’ve been dating for a few months, she’s going to take this golden...

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Harana (Serenade)

Director: Marie Jamora
Producers: Jason McLagan, Matthew Keene Smith
Short Film :: Shorties
Maya is a cover band singer in a Las Vegas casino-hotel lounge trying to connect with her daughter who is growing up in the Philippines without her. Wrestling between her...

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Have a Nice Life

Director: Prashanth Kamalakanthan
Producer: Artemis Shaw
Narrative Features
Both hitting dead ends in life, Indian American housewife Jyothi (Jagathi Kamalakanthan) and young stoner musician Sophie (Lucy Kaminsky) meet at a Durham, North Carolina pawn shop and soon after...

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Hellbender

Directors: Toby Poser, Zelda Adams & John Adams
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
16-year-old Izzy has a rare illness that has kept her confined her whole life on a remote mountaintop with her mother. Questioning her own malaise, Izzy secretly befriends another teen...

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Her Daisy

Director: L.M. Dawson
Producers: Robby Poisella, JT Fritsch, L.M. Dawson, Blair Houtz,Lauren Martin
Short Film :: Shorties
After a clumsy first time, a girl’s childhood daisy is broken and she must come to terms with the fact that things will never be the same. Screening in the...

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Hotele Lerallaneng (Hotel on the Koppies)

Director: Charlie Vundla
Producers: Charlie Vundla, Razaana Arnold
Narrative Features
Jabu is a young novelist tormented by his personal demons of alcohol and drug addiction. After a stint in rehab, and maintaining three months sobriety, he returns to Johannesburg, South...

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How I Say My Name

Directors: Sarah Royal, Kyle Sullivan
Short Film :: Shorties
Like a vulnerable conversation with an online friend, this song explores paradoxes of identity to arrive at self-acceptance, or how you say your name. Screening with Masking Threshold.

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Hunting

Director: Hauazkena Taldea - Begoña Vicario (Coordinator)
Producer: Patxi Azpillaga
Short Film :: Shorties
In 1969, artist Rafael Ruiz Balerdi made the short animated film “Homenaje a Tarzán” (“Homage to Tarzan”), which ended with an enigmatic ‘to be continued’. “Ehiza” (“Hunting”) is our continuation....

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HUSTLE

Director: Xavier Cousens
Short Film :: Shorties
A verité documentary inside the world of Anthony Johnson, a work release recipient, who spends his days as a courier in New York City and his nights incarcerated.   Screening...

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HYSTERIA

Director: Carla Forte
Producers: Alexey Taran, Malena Gonzalez, Agustin Segnini, Carla Forte
Narrative Features
This one-take and real-time feature film tells the story of Marina, a woman who is not able to recognize her emotions. Her partner Martin will try to help by submitting...

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In The Future

Director: Kelly Gallagher
Producers: Mailchimp, Oscilloscope Laboratories
Short Film :: Shorties
In the future... Screening with Giving Birth to a Butterfly.

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Incomplete

Director: Dalena Tran
Short Film :: Shorties
This may be a reverie of our increasingly virtualized world that is submerged into a directional flow of information and disparate impressions that takes shape as a slow-burning anxiety; a...

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Jangles Shorts: Dramatic finishes

Shorts Blocks
Polished Colleen Dodge A vulnerable glimpse into the decisions – from simple to complex – a young woman must make while navigating through a busy work day in New York...

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JAZMIN

Director: Jo Hatcher
Producers: Julia Lofton Walpole, Kathryn Chatman
Short Film :: Shorties
After the disappearance of her younger sister, Jamila finds herself in an unknown world. While searching for her sister, she not only stumbles upon magic within the world but ultimately...

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JoJo Shorts: Experiments and Testaments

Shorts Blocks
Incomplete  Dalena Tran This may be a reverie of our increasingly virtualized world that is submerged into a directional flow of information and disparate impressions that takes shape as a...

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Joy’s Garden

Director: Ngwatilo Mawiyoo
Producers: Mungai Kiroga, Hawa Essuman, Firul Maithya
Short Film :: Shorties
Edwin is no one's ideal Dad. Can he step up when his estranged daughter Joy needs a home? Screening in the Buttercup Shorts Block

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Kalamiti

Director: Glenn Pack
Producers: Glenn Pack, Dave Monahan
Short Film :: Shorties
Missy goes to school all day, bartends nights, and raises Kalamiti in between. She is having an awful day. Chuck chose the wrong day to skip work and toy with...

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Kamara Thomas at Hi-Wire Brewing

Special Events
Join us for a very special performance by Kamara Thomas - a singer, songspeller, mythology fanatic, and multidisciplinary storyteller based in Durham, NC. Her storytelling for film and stage is...

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Karmalink

Director: Jake Wachtel
Producer: Valerie Steinberg; Co-Producer: Sok Visal
Narrative Features
Mixing nanotech with spiritual concepts like karma and rebirth, Cambodia's first sci-fi film is also a visually stunning and freshly entertaining mystery-adventure set in near-future Phnom Penh, where a teenage...

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Krusty Shorts: Documentary Portraits

Shorts Blocks
This collection of seven documentaries pays tribute to the resiliency, creativity, and complexity of human identity. You’ll meet a grip, a clown, two aspiring basketball players, and eventually two funeral...

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LAUNCH

Director: Leah Shore
Producers: Mailchimp, Oscilloscope Laboratories, We All Die, LLC
Short Film :: Shorties
"Thirty-five years after Moon-walking astronauts placed special reflectors on the lunar surface, scientists have used these devices to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to unprecedented accuracy. The findings,...

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Le Bruit Des Moteurs (The Noise of Engines)

Director: Philippe Grégoire
Producers: Andrew Przybytkowski, Philippe Grégoire
Narrative Features :: Vanguard
Alexandre, a firearms instructor at the Canadian customs-officer college, returns to his small-town home after his employer places him on compulsory leave due to a sexual misunderstanding. As he forms...

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Little Sparks

Director: Denali Schmidt
Producer: Rebecca Stern
Short Film :: Shorties
Three young students in The Bronx navigate the daily challenges of remote learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Screening in the Clarabell Shorts Blocks.

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LIZARD

Director: Kayana Waller
Producers: Brandon Rieff, Taylor Davis
Short Film :: Shorties
Trafficked and labeled 'high mileage', Bee bargains her freedom for a younger replacement with cyclical consequences. Screening in the Twisty Shorts Block

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Los Mundos: “Frutos Rojos”

Director: Dave Merson Hess
Producers: Janine Waranowicz, Los Mundos
Short Film :: Shorties
An interdimensional strawberry-dog picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, in this hand-drawn music video for Monterrey, Mexico-based psych rockers Los Mundos. Screening with Le Bruit Des Moteurs (The Noise of Engines).

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Los Perros del Barrio Colosal

Director: Omar Román De Jesús
Short Film :: Shorties
Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of this tale take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision making. Diving dramatically into the...

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Loss Of Innocence

Director: William Becker
Short Film :: Shorties
In this short experimental film, William Becker highlights the fluid nature of life and the sudden nature of growing up. Compiled from home videos from the 1950s, suicide tapes, and...

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Lucky Shorts: Who? Knows!

Shorts Blocks
MeTube: August sings 'Una furtiva lagrima' Daniel Moshel The third part of the internationally award-winning MeTube short film series. This time the intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage...

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Luv U Cuz

Director: Eric Pumphrey
Producers: Tommy Savas, Jarrett Pumphrey, Eric Pumphrey
Short Film :: Shorties
Set in a not-too-distant future, two cousins bond over the course of a night on the town, until their relationship is tested in more ways than one. Screening in the...

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Masking Threshold

Director: Johannes Grenzfurthner
Producers: Günther Friesinger, Julianne Gabert, Jasmin Hagendorfer, Johannes Grenzfurthner
Narrative Features
Conducting a series of experiments in his makeshift home-lab, a skeptic IT worker tries to cure his harrowing hearing impairment. But where will his research lead him? Masking Threshold combines...

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Memoirs of a Black Girl

Director: Thato Rantao Mwosa
Producers: Thato Mwosa, Jessica Estelle Huggins, Cindy Severino
Narrative Features
In this coming-of-age film, an astute and ambitious student named Aisha Johnson is one of the finalists for the coveted Conrad Scholarship. Aisha’s goal is to earn the top prize....

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MeTube: August sings ‘Una furtiva lagrima’

Director: Daniel Moshel
Producers: Daniel Moshel, Eugen Klim
Short Film :: Shorties
The third part of the internationally award-winning MeTube short film series. This time the intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final adventure in...

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Mi Casa

Director: Kristina Arjona
Producers: Caitlin Hargraves, Erika Miranda
Short Film :: Shorties
Two sisters have been trapped in their home for 100 years. Though they both want to “see the light,” they disagree on the best course of action. But when the...

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Mine

Directors: Randall Dottin, Luisa Dantas
Producers: Angela Tucker, Paige Wood, Luisa Dantas, Randall Dottin, Rise-Home Stories Project, Anna Lee, Russell Hornsby
Short Film :: Shorties
Set in the near-future, Beau Voda, a utopian world where every aspect of life is powered by water. Teenager, Blaze, reluctantly steps into the esteemed role of Water Bearer with...

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Missing Magic

Director: Anissa Simone Latham-Brown
Short Film :: Shorties
As uprisings spread across the country, a young poet in Birmingham, Alabama becomes involved in local protests against decades of police brutality. As he tries to reconcile the city’s modern...

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Mixed Head

Director: Isaiah Forte-Rose
Short Film :: Shorties
A difficult decision must be made by a group the same person, each of whom have a different personality. Screening in the Twisty Shorts Block

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Money Chase

Directors: Christian Haynes, Jeffrey Jordan
Producer: Christian Haynes
Short Film :: Shorties
With the threat of eviction looming over their heads, two unemployed roommates come up with a scheme to rob someone's house. But when one of them ends up dropping one...

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Moon Manor

Directors: Erin Granat, Machete Bang Bang
Producers: Erin Granat, Machete Bang Bang, Bay Dariz, John Humber
Narrative Features
Today is Jimmy's last day alive. He is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, so he's decided to die like he has lived - with intention, humor, and zest. In...

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My First Native American Boyfriend

Director: Joey Clift
Producer: Matt Mazany
Short Film :: Shorties
Johnny is Emily’s first Native American boyfriend, and now that they’ve been dating for a few months, she’s going to take this golden opportunity to apologize for every micro-aggression she...

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NASIR

Directors: Jackson Kroopf, Nasir Bailey
Producer: Jackson Kroopf
Short Film :: Shorties
A transgender musician comes out to several family members, as he recounts the steps towards his decision to transition, and composes a song to himself. What begins as a day-in-the-life...

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Negra

Director: Medhin Tewolde Serrano
Producers: Daniela Contreras, Terra Nostra Films, Ambulante
Documentary Features
Through the personal journey of it’s director, this documentary explores what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern...

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Now Let Us Sing

Director: Dilsey Davis
Producers: Dilsey Davis, Colby Gottert
Short Film :: Shorties
An interfaith, interracial choir in Durham, North Carolina is forced to take a new direction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the choir, which is dedicated to racial unity, must...

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Nuevo Rico

Director: Kristian Mercado
Producers: Debora Perez, Kate Chamurris, Angel Manuel Soto
Short Film :: Shorties
A brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever and propels them into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at...

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Objects of Heartbreak

Director: Grace Kim
Producer: Grace Kim
Short Film :: Shorties
An experimental documentary interweaving the insights and reflections from various heartbreak stories told by Brooklyn residents. Screening in the JoJo Shorts Block.

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ONE (NINE)

Directors: Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn, Dorothee Wenner, Shengze Zhu, Jennifer Podemski, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Carmen Sangion, Lydia Zimmermann
Producers: Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn, Dorothee Wenner, Shengze Zhu, Jennifer Podemski, Slater Jewell-Kemker, Carmen Sangion, Lydia Zimmermann
Narrative Features
During the COVID-19 pandemic, nine filmmakers isolating in different parts of the world join to make a film.  A 9-chapter anthology, this collection was created by women filmmakers from South...

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Our Mine

Director: Shayna Strype
Producers: Heather Henson, Sam Koji Hale, Alex Griffin, Jessica Simon
Short Film :: Shorties
This piece tells the story of a mine from the mountain’s perspective through animation and live puppetry. In this ecofeminist tragicomedy, the female body transforms into the landscape and characters...

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Pine and Genesee

Director: Kelly Gallagher
Producer: Kelly Gallagher
Short Film :: Shorties
A short experimental documentary about the site of a former stop on the Underground Railroad, the erasure of history, and what we owe those who came and struggled before us....

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Polished

Director: Colleen Dodge
Producers: Michelle Moretta, Andrew Wonder
Short Film :: Shorties
A vulnerable glimpse into the decisions - from simple to complex - a young woman must make while navigating through a busy work day in New York City.  Screening in...

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Porcupine

Director: M. Cahill
Producers: Joanna Colbert, Lawrence Inglee
Narrative Features
Donnie Darko's Jena Malone stars as a woman struggling to stay afloat in this offbeat, sweet-natured dramedy inspired by a true story. Recently fired from her seventh job, potentially losing...

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Proscenium

Directors: Allyson Packer, Jesse Fisher
Producers: Allyson Packer, Jesse Fisher
Short Film :: Shorties
Unfolding simultaneously across the architectural landscape of Dallas, Texas and the filmmaker's personal computer, Proscenium explores the collapse of real and virtual space during the COVID-19 pandemic. Screening in the...

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Pulso:/Impulse

Director: Niurca Marquez
Short Film :: Shorties
An exploration of the moment, the pulse and impulse of the space and the body. A collaboration of five female voices collapsed into one intention: to respond to what they...

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Pure

Director: Natalie Jasmine Harris
Producers: Alexyss Robinson, Natalie Jasmine Harris
Short Film :: Shorties
On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity. Screening in the Jangles Shorts Block.

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PUSS

Director: Leah Shore
Producers: Brian Agamie, William George-Louis, Leah Shore
Short Film :: Shorties
Samantha desperately wants to get laid, but is finding it to be difficult for some reason. Screening in the Lucky Shorts Block.

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Quaranteened

Director: Rodrigo Dorfman
Documentary Features
Little Women meets the COVID generation. Filmmaker, Rodrigo Dorfman, turns his lens inward in this intimate family coming of age story set against the backdrop of the first five months...

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REBYRTH

Director: Cydney Tucker
Producer: Lara Aqel
Short Film :: Shorties
Rebyrth is a film about an Atlanta-based Doula working to save the lives of Black mothers as they journey from their pregnancies into motherhood. The role of a doula is...

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Reel South: HINDSIGHT

Shorts Blocks
Chronicling the lived experiences of BIPOC communities in the American South and US Territories on the unprecedented experience of 2020, HINDSIGHT is a new non-fiction short film series that explores...

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RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Director: Catherine Bainbridge
Producer: Christina Fon
Documentary Features
Presented by the Lumbee Film Festival, this Emmy-nominated doc memorializes the Indigenous influence on popular music history. Rumble reveals how Native American musicians like Link Wray (who wrote the pioneering...

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Skin to Skin

Director: Mel Arranz
Producer: Ricardo del Conde
Short Film :: Shorties
Between lines and shapes, hands touch, they explore and experience each other, wanting to break down the boundaries between their skin. Screening in the Binky Shorts Block.

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Smile Little Ladybug

Director: Laura Asherman
Producer: Michele Lombardi
Short Film :: Shorties
This short documentary centers a Holocaust survivor who unintentionally inspires his daughter and granddaughter to become clowns. The film follows three generations of this wacky and inspiring family from Nazi...

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Snowy

Directors: Kaitlyn Schwalje, Alexander Lewis
Producers: Rebecca Stern, Justin Levy
Short Film :: Shorties
Every November, co-Directors Alex and Kaitlyn, eat Thanksgiving dinner at Alex's Aunt and Uncle’s. And every November, they marvel at the fact that the family’s 4-inch-long pet turtle, Snowy, is...

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Somewhere Between

Director: Lucas Boger
Producers: Lucas Boger, Jonathan Applebaum
Short Film :: Shorties
A woman suffering from Alzheimer's existing somewhere between here and the beyond. Screening in the JoJo Shorts Block.

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Sound for the Future

Director: Matt Hulse
Producers: Ashley Horner, Aimara Reques
Documentary Features
THE HIPPIES were a bizarre English punk band formed in '79 by the Hulse children, Toby (12), Matt (11) and Polly (8). Their cassette album 'A Sound for the Future'...

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Stay Prayed Up

Directors: D.L. Anderson, Matt Durning
Producers: Mikel Barton, Lena Mae Williams, Phil Cook
Documentary Features
The only thing mightier than Lena Mae Perry’s electrifying voice is her faith. She’s spent the last 50 years sharing and sharpening both as the steadfast bandleader of The Branchettes,...

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STUFFED: A Puppet Porno

Directors: Rae Red, Thea Cohen
Producers: Rae Red, Thea Cohen
Short Film :: Shorties
A re-contextualization through a queer lens by playing with heteronormative assumptions of pleasure, its derivation, and how it is depicted for consumption. Through set, costume, and puppet design, this short...

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Succor

Director: Hannah Cheesman
Producers: Coral Aiken, Hannah Cheesman
Short Film :: Shorties
Heartbroken after a bad breakup, Angie finds comfort in her best friend Abigail, who helps her sign up for a dating app. Angie’s new online suitor, however, is not what...

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SUNDAY

Director: Ani Taj
Short Film :: Shorties
A danced, musical ode to gathering spaces and the social fuel that they provide. Set to an electronic score by Tony Award-nominated composer Daniel Kluger, with cinematography by Maddy Talias,...

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Ten Leaves Dilated

Director: Kate Hinshaw
Producer: Kate E. Hinshaw
Short Film :: Shorties
Through the usage of Cabbage Patch Kids to craft a make-believe world this film examines the discourse surrounding childbirth and motherhood in the American South. Audio interviews of mothers, doulas,...

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The Beauty of Being Deaf

Director: Chella Man
Producers: Chella Man, Siying Qu
Short Film :: Shorties
A film shot underwater, featuring an all BIPOC, Deaf cast performing a poem in American Sign Language on the beauty of being deaf. Because what is more beautiful than the...

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The Beckoning

Director: DeMar Walker
Producer: Leaders Igniting Transformation
Short Film :: Shorties
A dance short addressing the historical & political violence of displacement/dispossession inflicted on the Black body in hopes of signifying the inherent virtue of Black life within American society.  The...

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The Boys Outside

Director: A.J. Riggins
Producer: A.J. Riggins
Short Film :: Shorties
At their own device, three friends adventure outside in the rural south while discussing their finals days of 8th grade. Screening in the Twisty Shorts Block

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The Criminals

Director: Serhat Karaaslan
Producer: Laure Dahout
Short Film :: Shorties
A social realist drama combined with the elements of the thriller film and within its heart the desire and the question of intimacy. Screening in the Jangles Shorts Block.

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The Death Of My Father

Director: Lex Kimbrough
Producer: Lex Kimbrough
Short Film :: Shorties
An eerie, yet touching, tale of a son's unyielding love for his immobile father. Screening in the Twisty Shorts Block.

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The Little Beach (La Playita)

Director: Sonia
Producers: Alejandro, Micaela
Short Film :: Shorties
The City of Corrientes in summer. On the shores of Paraná, in the shadow under General Belgrano Bridge, Priscila, a 7 year old girl no one pays any attention to,...

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The Neutral Ground

Director: CJ Hunt
Producer: Darcy McKinnon
Documentary Features
New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s centuries-long relationship with the Lost Cause is encapsulated in this feature-length documentary. This film follows writer and comedian CJ Hunt as he documents...

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The Oxy Kingpins

Directors: Brendan FitzGerald, Nick August-Perna
Producers: Drea Bernardi, Brendan FitzGerald, NIck August-Perna
Documentary Features
The capule is pried open in this untold look on how a network of pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worked together to orchestrate and perpetuate the opioid crisis that has...

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The Rest of Us

Director: Florencia Krochik
Producers: Andrea Savo, Maria Brasero, Tara Strauss
Documentary Features
Shot over a seven year period during the rise and fall of DACA, this documentary explores the broken American immigration system and follows the lives of five undocumented students as...

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The Road to Justice

Directors: Kaliya Warren, Brendan Hall
Producer: Graham Raubvogel
Short Film :: Shorties
Two groups, black middle school Chicagoans, and other older Americans who lived through the 1960's, embark on a civil rights tour through the American South reckoning with the painful history...

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The Scary of Sixty-First

Director: Dasha Nekrasova
Produced by: Adam Mitchell, Mark Rapaport
Narrative Features :: Convulsions
In this sardonic, button-pushing directorial debut from actress and “Red Scare” podcast host Dasha Nekrasova, two mismatched roommates discover and relive the murky secrets of their new Upper East Side...

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The Seeds We Keep

Directors: Gabrielle E.W. Carter, D.L. Anderson
Producers: D.L. Anderson, Shirlette Ammons
Short Film :: Shorties
Part narrative essay, part documentary, this piece is a love song for the land, for generational wisdom and for the vital questions that come with making your place in it....

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The Wind and The Kite

Directors: Robert Machoian, Keely Song
Producer: Laura Heberton
Short Film :: Shorties
Deepening this tale of strife, the conventional dance short is subverted, choosing at moments to focus on the faces of the dancers and at other times remove them from the...

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Theirs is the Kingdom

Director: Christopher Zaluski
Producer: Christopher Zaluski
Documentary Features
Examining the intersection of poverty and portraiture, this film follows the rare creation of a contemporary fresco mural inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, NC. This is...

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These Sight-Altering Spells Sometimes Speak

Director: Georg Koszulinski
Short Film :: Shorties
Chapter 1: The Deluding of Gylphi  Written by Icelandic scholar, Snorri Sturluson, in the 13th century, Gylfaginning tells the story of King Gylfi's journey to Asgard to encounter the All-father,...

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This Body

Director: Zac Manuel
Short Film :: Shorties
This exploratory piece assesses the fraught relationship between African Americans and the medical industry. As Sydney Hall participates in an experimental coronavirus vaccine trial in hopes of protecting her beloved...

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Tiger Blanket

Director: Caro Knight
Producers: Julia Lofton Walpole, Robert Mageau
Documentary Features :: Shorties
An abuela prepares for her night with her grandchildren, Luisito and Maria, with loads of Hispanic fun. Unfortunately, the grandkids have no cultural connection, nor do they want to be...

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Time and Fury

Director: Russell Sheaffer
Producer: Hannah McSwiggen
Short Film :: Shorties
A combination of found 16mm and original Super 8mm film, this music video was created by burying footage in the earth to encourage decomposition. "Time and Fury" is from the...

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Trouble

Director: Naledi Jackson
Producer: Priscilla Galvez, Jeff Pavlopoulos
Short Film :: Shorties
Trouble follows Dante, a pianist, who unwittingly agrees to a last-minute gig at a plantation wedding. Upon tuning the piano, he encounters the unexpected, and fragments of the past are...

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Twisty Shorts: Tough

Shorts Blocks
Mixed Head Isaiah Forte-Rose A difficult decision must be made by a group the same person, each of whom have a different personality. Disaster Panties Alisha Bhowmik Quarantined alone, anxious...

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Two Ways to the League

Director: Taylor Sharp
Producer: Taylor Sharp, Holland Randolph Gallagher
Short Film :: Shorties
Two young, North Carolina, basketball prospects walk different paths, but their ultimate goal is the same: make it to the NBA. This verité documentary offers an intimate look at the...

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Udaan (Soar)

Director: Amman Abassi
Short Film :: Shorties
This documentary follows a young Pakistani woman as she immigrated from Karachi, Pakistan to a small town in Arkansas for her first year of college in isolation due to COVID-19...

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Unity Mosque

Director: Nicole Teeny
Producer: Jordan Elrich
Short Film :: Shorties
After having to hide their relationship while making the Hajj, El-Farouk—a gay Imam—and his husband Troy co-founded Unity Mosque in Toronto, one of the world's first Queer-affirming and gender-equal mosques....

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We Stay in the House

Director: Kiyoko McCrae
Short Film :: Shorties
An intimate portrait of four mothers in New Orleans as they struggle to care for their families and themselves throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Between taking care of their children, finding...

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We’re All In This Together

Director: Katie Boland
Producer: Katie Boland
Narrative Features
Written, directed by and starring Katie Boland as twins, We’re All In This Together​ focuses on the Parker family, who have had their fair share of complications. When matriarch Kate...

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Welcome to the Dollhouse

Director: Elizabeth Miller-Derstine
Short Film :: Shorties
A dive into the societal rules and expectations of the celebration of  women’s bodies and their use to show love and power. The Disdress Dolls shimmy, shake, and strip across...

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What Remains

Director: Paavo Hanninen
Short Film :: Shorties
A look at the people that live and work on the disappearing coast of Louisiana via travelling with oysters from the coast to New Orleans and back again. Featuring a...

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Wicked Games

Director: Teddy Grennan
Producers: Heath Franklin, Bennett Krishock
Narrative Features
When Harley joins her new boyfriend for a long Halloween weekend at his country estate, they’re invaded by a band of masked freaks and forced to play a Wicked Game....

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Wuhan Wuhan

Director: Yung Chang
Producers: Donna Gigliotto, Peter Luo, Diane Quon
Documentary Features
With unprecedented access at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, this observational documentary unfolds during February and March 2020 at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan city, where the...

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You Know His Name

Director: Clarke Phillips
Producer: Robert Mageau
Short Film :: Shorties
A day-in-the-life story of a black teenager as he prepares for a photo shoot with his close friend Zoe. Dodging his mother’s requests and staying out later than he should,...

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