Shorts Program 01
Saturday, October 7, 5:00pm

Like Animals

Directed by Leland Montgomery

14 mins, USA

After the death of their mother, three sisters try to figure out how to move forward with their lives.

Deadbeat

Directed by Jesse R. Tendler

14 mins, USA

After over 20 years with no contact, Ryan discovers that his absentee father is terminally ill and decides to confront him on his deathbed about his past transgressions.

Franklin

Directed by Cameron Dozier

7 mins, USA

A young boy must tell his imaginary friend that they can’t play together anymore.

Palpitations of Dust

Directed by Ann Huang

7 mins, USA

The five surrealist poems in one presentation represents the continuous and infinite patterns of a life in dreams and the dreams demanding synchronicity from it.

He Said

Directed by Tara Lynn Orr

14 mins, USA

A chance encounter at a bar changes the lives of two unsuspecting young people…forever.

An Ocean Away

Directed by Robert Arvin

15 mins, USA

A young battleship sailor searches for the balance between family and duty during the closing months of WWII.

Albedo Absolute

Directed by Vlad Marsavin

15 mins, USA

A kaleidoscopic curiosity sends two young sisters on a mystical journey of no return.

Shorts Program 02
Sunday, October 8, 3pm

Among Wolves

Directed by Zach Frankart

11 mins, USA

“Among Wolves” is a cross-genre action drama composed of equal parts spaghetti western and pulp film noir. After a brutal attack, everyday man Sam ventures into the criminal underworld determined to find a woman named Amy at any cost.

Crashing

Directed by Richard Lee

16 mins, USA

An estranged husband and wife find themselves spending one final night together to decide whether to stay together or end their marriage.

Game

Directed by Jeannie Donohoe

15 mins, USA

A new kid in town tests the limits at the high school basketball tryouts.

Good Guys With Guns

Directed by Jordan Ancel

5 mins, USA

What happens when too many “good guys with guns” try to stop a robbery but no one knows who the good guys are?

Father Daughter Dance

Directed by Mark Poirier

16 mins, USA

Because of his wife’s newfound religion and his daughter’s recent ascent into teen-dom, Lee feels like an interloper in his own life.

Jonah

Directed by Michael Maschina

13 mins, Austria

Jonah was inspired by the events of August 27, 2015, when the Austrian police found the corpses of seventy one refugees abandoned in a lorry parked on the side of the street in Burgenland State.

Seventy two years earlier Europe faced the horror of more than six million Jewish men and women slaughtered by the madness of the Nazi-Fascist system.

Today, Europe is facing the biggest human tragedy since the time of World War II. The migrants that reached Europe in 2015 count more than one million. These people all share the desire to escape war and find a better life.

Nurse Me

Directed by Kezia Barnett

12 mins, New Zealand

Emerging from the sea’s dark folds, three lone figures are reborn into a post-apocalyptic world. The nurses – bearers of solace, fetish and sexual power – have been drawn back to the center, the vortex, to where it all began.

Shorts Program 03
Saturday, October 14, 5:30pm

Underhanded

Directed by Stephen Gregory Curtis

12 mins, USA

A young boy who was shielded from the criminal underworld by his father, a rising mobster, witnesses the assassination of his dad by gangsters in Atlantic City. These mobsters flourish after seizing his dad’s bootleg operation and expanding it to Chicago. Now a young man, he vows revenge. After receiving a tip, he tracks them down to a local speakeasy. Apprehensive, but determined, he decides to risk his life by confronting the murderers at their nightly poker game.

Perception

Directed by Andy Cruz

19 mins, USA

A young boy, the son of a Mexican immigrant, can draw anything from his memory to perfection. Yet he perceives the world differently and he shows this in his art.

The Masked Murderer

Directed by Devansh Agarwal

13 mins, USA

An unassuming detective comes to interview a grieving woman regarding her boyfriend’s death but little does he realize what he is getting into when he enters her home.

The Adventures of Lucy

Directed by Teddy Valentovich

15 mins, USA

In order to defeat the dark manifestation of her cancer, a young girl must use the power of imagination to overcome her fears.

Five Dollars

Directed by Ty Coughenour

12 mins, USA

A father watching over his estranged son for the summer encounters a couple of criminals on the run on his rural ranch in Washington.

White Room

Directed by Garret Gaston

14 mins, USA

An unhinged scientist goes to extreme measures to find out how love forms.

UFO Diary

Directed by Jason Apuzzo

16 mins, USA

Two Women’s Army Corps officers in the early days of WWII fight an alien invasion of LA, becoming the unlikely heroines of one of the most famous UFO incidents in history.

Shorts Program 04
Sunday, October 15, 4:30pm

Last Night In Town

Directed by Anja Paul

13 mins, USA

 

While setting up to host a party, an elderly man is confronted by his wife about his alleged infidelity and threatens to leave him, but despite his pleas and apologies, it may be one too many things to forgive and forget.

Stonehead

Directed by Kohl Christensen

9 mins, USA

An old surfer, CK, comes across an old photo of a secret wave from his younger years. He tells the story of Stonehead to his grandchild recollecting memories of the session that is forever engraved in his memory. This is a story of adventure and dreams.

The Collection

Directed by Adam Roffman

11 mins, USA

Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

War Torn

Directed by Carl Hansen

8 mins, USA

Families cope when loved ones are called to war.

Gonna Be a Soldier

Directed by Jonny Lewis

6 mins, USA

Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. When Joey protests this dark future, they explain that we only kill people in other countries, and only the ones wearing uniforms. “What if they take the uniforms off?” Joey asks. Confused as to why he should grow up to kill people, Joey keeps asking more questions, as his parents doggedly explain the “logic” of war. When his father admits that it’s very sad that so many innocent civilians also get killed, Joey asks, “So, it’s *not* okay?” But his mother cheerily explains, “Of course it’s okay–as long as we’re *trying* to kill the ones with the uniforms. Will Joey’s innocence prevail? Or will his parents’ indoctrination finally wear him down?

Chasing Titles Vol. 1

Directed by Ryan Egypt

25 mins, USA

Father Joe can’t get it together to provide for his family. Desperate for money, he runs a side hustle while working for an express mail company. His 12-year-old son, Caleb is fed up with the living standards in his dysfunctional family. When Joe loses his job and screws up his side hustle, he falls into deep depression, turns to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol which then calls for desperate measures. Caleb is then put on the forefront of the most important decision in his life

Collar

Directed by Russ Emanuel

15 mins, USA

What happens when a seemingly ordinary priest is confronted by a seemingly ordinary man? While reading the Bible on a particularly windy day, Father Harris is confronted by a tall stranger, who makes him question his beliefs and motivations, in an alarming quest for the truth.

Horror Shorts
Friday, October 13, 7pm

In My Room

Directed by Michael Trainotti

10:30 mins, USA

A young boy has trouble going to sleep after watching scary movies with his dad.

Scratch

Directed by Emma Bell

15 mins, USA

When a repressed 1950s housewife is left alone by her philandering husband, she makes a horrifying discovery about the noises in the house that are coming from the walls.

Jitterman

Directed by Alex Mathieson

12 mins, UK

If he’s in your head… He’s in your house! Discover the Jitterman, a malevolent entity hellbent on terrorizing a vulnerable babysitter, home alone!

Bestia

Directed by Gigi Saul Gerraro

8 mins, Canada

“Bestia” follows the lone survivor (played by Mathias Retamal) of a disaster as he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.

Leshy

Directed by Irina Frederika Tarvida

25 mins, Estonia

A small boy, Fedya, gets trapped by Leshy, the spirit of the forest, while Leshy’s son gets Fedya’s place in his family.

Diablera

Directed by David Mahlmann

10 mins, USA

Escaped prisoner encounters a Shaman in the desert, who cleanses more than just his soul.

325 Sycamore Lane

Directed by Ren-Horng Wang
Written by Roshan Min

4 minutes 57 seconds, USA

A short horror film based on the vanishing hitchhiker urban legend. Starring Jeff DuJardin, Emmy Newman and Juliette James.

Documentary Shorts
Sunday, October 8, 1pm

Hop Dreams

Directed by The Runnels Brothers

7 mins, USA

In order to pay for her student loans, new college grad Melissa Myers takes on a job as an assistant at a Philadelphia public brewery, where customers can create their own beers. Knowing absolutely nothing about making beer, Melissa becomes hooked and finds her true calling.

HAVEN

Directed by Ariana Victor & Nate Hochstetler

15 mins, USA

In a country inundated with orphans, one NGO provides refuge for some of the children left behind.

Kosnin

Directed by Sara Seligman

12 mins, Mexico

10-year old Héctor wants to ‘fly’ like the voladores in his community. His single mother can’t afford the costs, but Héctor is determined to achieve his dream, and through hard work and a little help, sets out to do what others in his community have done for generations.

The Rescue

Directed by Chee Wei Tay

5 mins, USA

A reality style/unscripted documentary about taking a chance and reaching out to a stranger in the name of compassion.

Cycle of Change

Directed by Sarah Frei

9 mins, USA

Moved by the lack of opportunity for women and youth in her community, Reina, a young woman from El Salvador, ventures to Guatemala to study pedal-power technology in hopes of finding her life purpose and changing the lives of the people in her community.

Save Our Snowmen | A Film About Climate Change

Directed by Shawn Z.

3 mins, USA

More than 4,000 species of snowmen are threatened every year by climate change. In 2016 alone, large avalanches of snowmen have been seen migrating thousands of miles away from their yards of origin to colder climates. With safe havens like The Global Snowman Sanctuary few and far between, we need your help to provide a cold shelter from the excruciating warmth. The planet can’t wait and neither can they.

Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland

Directed by Bill Wisneski

14 mins, USA

With its mysterious rock formations and iconic trees, Joshua Tree National Park provides a haven for those seeking inspiration. But with current threats from air pollution, fire, and climate change, scientists predict the majority of Joshua Trees may be gone in less than eighty years. Can anything save this amazing wonderland?

Homecoming

Directed by Roxanne Messina Captor

4 mins, USA

As the role of American women in uniform brings them continually closer to combat operations and the nature of modern war blurs the difference between front and rear operations, many returning women veterans are confronted with challenges during deployment which may change the way they return to life at home.

When women veterans return from tour, they are faced with the challenge of re-adapting to life at home and family life while dealing with issues such as PTSD, physical disabilities, navigating the VA,  homelessness, and disenfranchised families. These women speak for themselves about their trials and tribulations, their hopes and dreams, their frustrations and achievements. Homecoming will tells the stories of these women veterans wives and mothers as they navigate the new battlefield…The Home-Front.

Student Shorts
Sunday, October 15, 12:30pm

Audition

Directed by Michael Kuznar

13 mins, USA

John is a washed up middle-aged actor waiting nervously in a dingy hall for an audition that could salvage his career. When a younger actor with an eerie resemblance suddenly appears, John’s confidence and sanity will be tested. Things are not as normal as they appear.

Marty’s Sunshine Farms

Directed by Sebastien Nuta

11 mins, USA

An old man lives blissfully in a secret cavern beneath a carrot farm but his desire for human interaction eventually puts his life in jeopardy

Sangre

Directed by Marlene Emilia Rios

3 mins, UK

After a mother realizes her daughter’s a killer, she must quickly cope before the cops arrive.

Peace at the Pipeline

Directed by Erin Lattimer

10 mins, USA

Two students travel to the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, North Dakota, and find that the story isn’t the protest, it’s the people.

The Loveliest Flower

Directed by Victor Nhieu

11 mins, USA

A Vietnamese-American teenager struggles to learn the native tongue of her family so she can communicate with her departing grandmother.

Pet Rituals

Directed by J. Casey Modderno

20 mins, USA

The lead singer of a punk band struggles to end her abusive romance with the band’s volatile drummer moments before they take the stage.

Blue

Directed by Hiroki Wakamatsu

23 mins, USA

People have been living in an underground society, “Utopia,” built by their ancestors to protect them from the outside contamination, believing the world is infected with hazardous air, water, and soil. Shou, a young member of Public Relations working under the political leader of Sector 32, serves as a propaganda artist making posters to spread the leader’s message. After appealing the need to encourage and revitalize the society, Shou is rejected by the leader of Sector 32 and is told only to do his duties and nothing else.

Mixed Media
Sunday, October 15, 2:30pm

Pivot Point – Season 3 – Episode 14 – “You ARE going to be a terrorist”

Directed by Brian Nesbit

9 mins, USA

Ola finds Josh and tries to turn him away from his destiny.

DogGone It!

Directed by Dennis Larkin & Jeff Sumner

30 mins, USA

DogGoneIt! is the story of an aspiring actor whose scene-stealing dog runs off with his career.

Life Interrupted

Directed by Steven Wishnoff

22 mins, USA

A former child actor, whose life and career peaked at age 10 wakes on his 50th birthday less than pleased with the many turns his life has taken.

Unsymmetrical (Music Video)

Directed by Markus Thorington

4 mins, USA

Eli is a recent LA transplant and his album is called Green, which references his experience being new to the city and the music industry. The lyrics of ‘Unsymmetrical’ deal with the tug of war between self-doubt and self-assurance and we felt dropping him into a local talent show would play well with those themes.

STARDUST (music video)

Directed by

4 mins, USA

Next Is Best

Cinderella (music video)

Directed by Sophia Banks

3 mins, USA

For GenLux Magazine

The River (music video)

Directed by David S. Marfield

6 mins, USA

From the Auni EP (aunimusic.com)

Knights of Rock

Directed by Leo Rossi

13 mins, USA

Knights of Rock is a multi platform TV/Internet series that gives the audience a backstage pass and real first hand account of the epic concert tours from the 1960’s through the 1990’s. The show chronicles the most groundbreaking music tours in history told by the people that were on them. Tour managers, techs, and security personnel are gathered together sharing exhilarating experiences with behind the scenes stories of these historical tours that created an industry.