Positive thinking prevails in this group of inspiring short documentaries. In Summer Snapshot a group of friends reflect on a special sun-kissed day. It's mind over matter, literally, for spiritual leader and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy in Challenging Impossibility. In the Spirit of Laxmi a hotel manager commits to raising and re-wilding an injured leopard cub. A community in Haiti rallies to build a movie theater in Sun City Picture House. | Read MoreDocumentary
From the city that never sleeps, these New York shorts show there's no place like home. Twelve-year-old Rodney tries to regain the love of his wayward dad in Down This Road. Two Manhattan teenagers make an unexpected connection in Nightlife. Brothers Caleb and Aaron are at odds over their religious beliefs in Storm Up The Sky. It's all about the gravity of the situation in Brink. Luck finally comes his way for the man in The Ignorant Bliss of Sun and Moon. A 1924 high school autograph book bridges the generation gap in Grandpa Looked Like William Powell. It's a Brooklyn tale about Jimmy, his senile landlord, and the ice cream that brings them together in Loose Change. Three friends are on a mission to pull off the perfect score in Cheat. | Read More
A young girl battles with body image and enters the world of eating disorders, where worth rises as weight falls, in Likeness. Fifteen-year-old Klara is Eating Lunch with four others at the Eating Disorder Clinic under the supervision of nurses, but they have only thirty minutes to finish their meal. In Wings, Christopher prepares for one of the most important concerts of his career knowing that he cannot make any mistake. On a sweltering hot day, pregnant Maria’s loving-kindness practice is tested by work schedules, mechanical failures and complex human relationships conspiring against a desperately needed cooling dip in The River. The Cup Reader follows a woman renowned for her mystical seeing and matchmaking as she reads the fortunes of clients who must choose between love or marriage. Tonight, Sophie will play the violin in the school concert and wants desperately for her mother to be there to see her shine in Ina Litovski. A vow to climb a summit in the Italian Alps becomes the challenge of a lifetime for a man and a woman recovering from open-heart surgery in The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars. | Read More
You'll receive just the right dose of drama and comedy in this short narrative program. A nine-year-old boy enlists the help of his best friend to get his Bunny back. A successful man abandons his worldly possessions for a purpose in The Philosopher. Marissa and Jeremy finally share their feelings as Christian summer camp comes to an end in All In All. When Cesar finds himself without options he carjacks Marcia as a Last Resort. An exhausted mother brings her terrified child to the hospital in Cold Blood. In Man and Boy a father takes justice into his own hands when he thinks his son has been sexually assaulted. Ting misses her mom, Jie misses his wife, and a kitten becomes a catalyst in Braid. Two years after a traumatic car accident that leaves a girl in a vegetative state, the man responsible attempts to atone in Switch. | Read More
Every forty seconds a person commits suicide, and The Acrobat is the story of one of them. Two friends who work as luggage rack attendants on a bus take a road trip filled with reality and mysticism in Murk Light. Snow in Paradise is a snapshot of life on a remote island in the South Pacific through the eyes of a young girl unaware of the power beyond the ocean reef. Grace follows a dozen interconnected lives as they experience loss and understanding in the pivotal hours before a global event occurs. On a stormy night in Long Island, three siblings fight over their grandmother’s fortune, but no one realized that Grandma was ready to fight back in Grandma's Not a Toaster. Skillman has vanquished his nemesis, recovered the artifact and saved his latest lover from certain doom, but wait until you see what happens when his greatest adventure is over in Epilogue. | Read More
Directed By: Benjamin Kegan, Jason DaSilva, Matt Faust, Liz Chae, Will Parrinello, and Rhys Graham
This group of documentary shorts will leave a lasting impression on the heart and mind. Films include First Steps, home, The Last Mermaids, Mustang - Journey of Transformation, Skin, and Team Taliban.
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Directed By: Anna McGrath, Lisa M. Perry, Stella di Tocco, Eric Juhola, Bevan Walsh, Alex Jablonski, and Thomas Hefferon
These mature shorts concern growing up, getting off, and getting by. Not recommended for those under 16. Films include Blue Boy, The Confession, Love Does Grow on Trees, Nowhere Kids, Search, Small Change, and Sunspots. | Read More
Henry and Lucy sleepwalk through New York City in the middle of the night and experience sights and sounds that most people slumber through in ZZZZZZZ. Visually impaired Imani has dreams of college acceptance and love despite her over-protective mother’s objections to both in Close Your Eyes. Ronnie is an existential enforcer for a Brooklyn crime boss conflicted by his life and the pointlessness around him, as he sculpts in ICE and searches for life’s meaning. A seventeen-year-old girl in a wheelchair and a young antisocial male prostitute living on the streets have an unexpected encounter in Atlantic Avenue. Paul and Kate excitedly arrive for dinner at the home of a cool couple from their kids’ school, only to discover an interloping third couple already in attendance, as playground politics boil over in Playdate. In Fortune House, a butterfly romance takes flight with a twist of fate and fortune cookies. When his hippie parents suggest he see a shrink, a dreamy fifteen-year-old goes into a tailspin of self-doubt before his confidence is restored thanks to some quick thinking in Space Cadet. | Read More
Characters are confronted by decisions and indecision in this narrative program.
In A Border Story, a Mexican immigrant and a young American boy try to survive the remote desert. A young woman attempts to regain both her mother’s trust and her daughter’s love in Delilah, Before. Hold your breath when three teenage boys break into their school in The Pool. Recent retiree Edgar feels unneeded by society until he hatches a plan to change his life. A timid soundman teams up with a goth girl to get back what is rightfully his in Epic Fail. After a faked suicide attempt Jay accepts visits from her well-meaning friends in Cried Suicide. At The Wake of his best friend’s father, a loser and a little boy form an unlikely friendship. More than champagne is uncorked on New Year’s Eve for Zelda at The Dinner Party. | Read More
Three friends go to a housewarming in a Paris apartment, but when some uninvited guests try to crash, the tension mounts in The Hounds. Set in the late 1950s at California’s iconic Madonna Inn, a despondent father struggles with the decision to end his own life and the life of his young son in What's Left, What's Lost. On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug in Life Doesn't Frighten Me. Two video game characters forge an unlikely romance in RPG OKC. Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life in Setup, Punch. A small bird with a Fear of Flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter. A third-grade class pulls an innocent prank on its teacher with disastrous results in Fool's Day. | Read More
A family feud in rural Arkansas erupts in this biblical tale of blood ties and vengeance, sparked when two sets of half-brothers collide at the funeral of their father. This slow-burning drama recalls the character-driven storytelling of the 1970's, with a lyrical feel for the intimate rhythms and heat-baked landscapes of the forgotten South.
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When weekender Paul Mullin (David Strathairn) discovers his neighbor digging a hole in the middle of the night, he writes it off as simply a bizarre encounter, until the neighbor and his cheating wife disappear. Worried that he's stumbled upon more than he bargained for, Paul calls on the local sheriff (Tim Guinee) to help unearth the truth. And finds out that, in a small town, some secrets are better left buried. | Read MoreDrama and Thriller