An elderly, obsessive-compulsive hoarder sits contemplatively on a stretch of sand underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Along comes a young boy from the projects, whose face bears the telltale signs of physical abuse. The mere sight of the boy immerses the old man in memories of his own childhood, when he too suffered horrible abuse. Nevertheless, by the end of the film these two strangers will have changed each other's lives. | Read MoreDrama
Joe, a successful but naïve black man, quits his job and becomes a teacher. But when his "enforced education" methods get him fired, his rage towards the black community almost drives him insane. Eventually, he encounters a group of people who help him heal his broken heart and teach him to love and accept the very individuals who frustrate and hurt him the most. | Read More
Examine the illegal arms trade and how it functions across the globe through the stories of four experts on arms trafficking. They recount their firsthand experiences with the black market and how the illegal flow of weapons facilitates loss of life and devastation. | Read MoreDocumentary
This tasty assortment of animated shorts will leave you hungry for more. A polar bear in Hollywood has trouble going with the "floe" in The Beaufort Diaries. Love isn't what it's cracked up to be in Not Over Easy. In Year Zero a sole survivor battles the zombie apocalypse in New York City. A lonely and bitter Easter Bunny hatches a plan to steal the spotlight from Santa in Preferably Blue. Follow the lives of seemingly random characters in Just That Sort of a Day. A man's journey through grief is revealed in A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation. It's a ravishing ride through an imaginary animated landscape in Harmonium Mountain. Recommended for ages 14 and up. | Read MoreAnimation
Things aren’t always as they appear in these short narrative films.
In Roots in Water three estranged siblings reunite following the death of the mother to settle unfinished emotional business. Khani is faced with an overwhelming task by the wealthy family he serves in The Pool Party. Two slackers seek a solution to their financial problems with the help of a guru in The Third Rule. Father and daughter connect and converse in Brucie. A young girl’s low self-esteem is redeemed in Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here. A couple in crisis find their way to a desert motel in Bastard. Discover why the chicken did cross the road in Athena.
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In Yamamoto, Japan, eighteen months after the Tohoku disaster, survivors left with nothing hold onto their existence through pictures found and restored from tsunami rubble in Recollections. Grave Goods explores the fetishism of the “beautiful things” collected by a grandmother during her lifetime and what happens to these prized possessions after she is gone. When the Song Dies weaves a captive spell of stories, songs and memories from across Scotland, in counterpoint to the country’s richly evocative landscape. Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop reveals a chapter in the life of one of basketball’s greatest players when a different era of the sport met the borscht belt at the peak of its Dirty Dancing-style fame. A slot machine junkie records his psychotherapy sessions and confronts the consequences of his twelve-year addiction in Lapse: Lapse: Confessions of a Slot Machine Junkie. We Will Live Again looks at the unusual operations and caretakers of the Cryonics Institute, a mom-and-pop style warehouse that maintains ninety-nine deceased human bodies stored at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. Timmy Brennan, a Freedom Tower ironworker and surfer who lost everything in the Breezy Point fires during Hurricane Sandy, is given a new board by strangers and finds hope riding the same ocean that shattered his community in The Rider and the Storm. | Read More
In The Girl With the Mechanical Maiden, an inventor takes an unorthodox approach to childrearing after the death of his wife. A young girl who lives in a remote wrecking yard confronts the town bullies when they torment her father in Yardbird. It is 2021, and imprisoned journalist Joseph Michaels faces government execution and contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his young family in The Exit Room. Following a gruesome accident, a man finds himself stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter waiting for first responders in AB-. As a young runaway heads to Harlem, where her father is a low-level drug dealer, she is assaulted by a mysterious creature and left for dead in Peanut Butter & Jelly. A special American guest is coming to a hotel in Beijing to stay in the Honeymoon Suite, but the new guest services manager soon learns that the visitor is not quite what he appears to be. A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal in Delicacy. Set in the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, The Root Of the Problem
follows a reluctant young housewife who suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret. | Read More
Sticky situations and surprises create the perfect escape in this program of narrative shorts. When altar boy Damian receives a priestly pep talk he has a decision to make in Pentecost. Roger hit a cat but it's not quite dead, so he and his friends have to finish the job in Dead Cat. Gravity is about friendship, love, space aliens, cocaine, and handicaps, not necessarily in that order. In Each Moment Is the Universe a boy is reborn with memories of his previous lives and tries to fix the mistakes of the past. A father and son face off in The Terms. It's the story of a woman, a man, and a mysterious box in Love, Lots of It. An aspiring actress has trouble after the shooting stops in Eva - Working Title. A restful day turns tense for the family in Picnic. | Read More