SHORTS 4 - Friday, September 29: 3pm
Science-Fiction / FRANCE / 25 min.
In a space prison, two inmates are startled by the sudden intrusion of armed, terrified guards, warning of an infestation of monstrous creatures. The proposed escape to Earth via their cell is thwarted by a capacity limit of two passengers, prompting a dire survival dilemma. As time dwindles, they must choose who will live.
Director: Jean-Michel TARI
Producer: Jean-Michel TARI
Writer: Jean-Michel TARI
Cast: Alain FIGLARZ, Juliette TRESANINI, Jonathan PINEAU BONETTI, Eric DEBROSSE, Pol WHITE
Sci-fi / Korea, Republic of / 10 min
Flawlessly beautiful sentences created by Athena, an AI writer become a death sentence for tenacious human writers, Bryan, Edward, and Alice.
Director: Seungmin Cho
Producers: Seungmin Cho, Eunae Park
Writer: Seungmin Cho
Cast: Yeongpyo Kim, John D. Michaels, Lenina Karlsson, Amy Aleha
Psychological Drama, Thriller / USA / 8 min.
A troubled nonbinary teen fights for their life when a manipulative self-help guru traps them and other campers in an unsettling mind game.
Director: Faye Viviana
Producers: Faye Viviana, Jeffrey Sun, Olabisi Kovabel
Writer: Olabisi Kovabel
Cast: Olabisi Kovabel, Sean Topps
Dramedy / USA / 23 min.
Liz is at an all-time low; she’s confused about her future with her husband Brendan, and the baby they’re expecting. Letting cold feet get the best of her, she’s falling back into irresponsible habits, starting by moving in with her best friend Aubrey…and away from her normal life.
While packing, Liz and Aubrey discover a box labeled “Owen” (Liz’s deceased older brother). In it, they find an audio-guided bucket list that was made for his friends to complete…but 15 years ago. Liz and Aubrey recruit their friend Isaac to complete the initial challenges, which were clearly created for 20-somethings rather than tired adults in the middle of their own personal crises.
Whisked away on this adventure, they rediscover their love for each other, address their unhealthy coping mechanisms since Owen’s death, and honor the final wishes of their long-lost friend.
Director: Mitch Yapko
Producers: Lauren Leon, Frank A. Leon, Mitch Yapko, Jillian Sandler
Writer: Lauren Leon, Frank A. Leon
Cast: Lauren Leon, Emily Bolcik, Jose Duran, Jon Chaffin, Zackry Colston, Suanne Spoke, Michael Lanning
Where Do They Go?
SHORTS 7 - Friday, September 29: 3:15pm
Tales of the Burning River
Eurydice - "An Oper'aparima"
Danse / FRANCE / 6 min.
A dancer uses the magnificence of her art to charm the gods into granting her the impossible: a passage to the land of the dead.
Director: Camille Mỹ Giang
Producers: Camille Mỹ Giang & Luis Longo
Writer: Camille Mỹ Giang
Cast: Tehani Robinson
Drama / USA / 16 min.
Ava and Carter navigate their failing relationship through dreams and memory to find each other and themselves during a quiet night at home.
Director: Chadwick Hopson
Producers: The Knights Young, Samantha Jean, Ando Johnson, Karan Patel, Rikesh Prema, Alex Raines, Benjamin Dunn
Writer: Chadwick Hopson
Cast: Samantha Jean, Skyler Bible
Drama / USA / 22min
A broken-spirited Tim struggles to navigate love and loss, only to find the extraordinary beauty of life from an ordinary can.
Director: Shadow C. LaValley & Danielle Purdy
Producer: Shadow C. LaValley
Writer: Shadow C. LaValley
Cast: Shadow C. LaValley, Zoë Yeoman, Hannah Schill, Angela Grace Martin, Brayden Gleave, Danielle Purdy
Comedy / USA & Sweden / 14 min.
When four new friends unexpectedly have to share a hotel room in Reno, uptight Annie finds herself in an awkward situation and must find a solution before her new crush notices.
Director: Chelsea Gonzalez
Producers: Cornelia Hanes, Emily Katter
Writer: Cornelia Hanes
Cast: Cornelia Hanes, Chiyumba Ossome, Matthew Morley Daniel, Scott Alda Coffey, George Ketsios
A Smaller Big Bang
When divorce just won't do for a miserable married couple, they each hire contract killers to take the other out, only their plans go horribly awry when the killers show up on the same night.
SHORTS 5 - Friday, September 29: 5pm
The Singing Telegram
An aspiring singer is stuck delivering singing telegrams to make ends meet. Blinded by his desire to succeed, he risks losing the one part of his life he needs most...until a surprise telegram changes his perspective.
Director: Nic Cory
Producers: Edward Grey, Emily Halbing
Writer: Edward Grey
Cast: Edward Grey, Andrew Chappelle
One Night Stand
Dark Comedy / USA / 29 Min.
A romantically confused woman wakes up with a hangover, a dead guy in her bed and no recollection of how she got there. When her clingy ex-boyfriend shows up and desperately wants to get back together, she recruits him and his doofus friend to help her uncover the events of the night before while discovering what she wants, and doesn’t want, in her love life.
Director: Mark Serao
Producers: Mark Serao, Dana Serao, Stacey Van Gorder
Writer: Dana Serao
Cast: Rebi Paganini, Zachary Desmond, Joshua Michael Payne, Logan Taylor Roberts, Zarrette Rogers
So Help Me
Comedy / USA / 21 min.
As Ronnie and Steve attempt to navigate one disaster after another, they never imagined support could be this messy.
Director: Amanda Beardsley
Producers: Steve Jacques and Amanda Beardsley
Writer: Amanda Beardsley
Cast: Steve Jacques, Amanda Beardsley, Gena Kay, Kaye Tran, Allie-Rae Treharne, James Beardsley, Angelica Roqué, Scott Spraags, Niko Montelibano
A Year to Life
A life-altering choice is made for a pre-teen boy on the anniversary of his mother's death.
Director: Nikki Hevesy
Producers: Nikki Hevesy, Jahmal Holland
Co-Executive Producers: Yabetz Perez-Cohen, Lazarus Guidry
Writers: Nikki Hevesy, Jahmal Holland
Cast: Lazarus Guidry, Nobel Whitted, Tony Jordan, Nicholas Peters, Micaal Stevens, Christopher Franciosa, Barbara Roberts,
LaFaye Baker, Thais Menendez, Tony Nevada
Drama / USA / 5 min.
Jorge breaks into his sister’s apartment to calm himself down and leave. But things don’t go as planned.
Director: Gui Agustini
Producer: Gui Agustini
Writers: Chris Levine, Gui Agustini
Cast: Gui Agustini, Paulina Cossio
3 different perspectives lead to hostile interaction between westward companions.
Drama / USA / 4 min.
Marcela & Luis cross In search of a better life, hoping to start a family with their unborn Oscar. Will they make it?
Director: James Valley
Producers: Wendy-Sème Orleans, James Valley
Writer: Oscar Octaviano Jr.
Cast: Claire Frias, Maximiliano Garcia, Miguel Uscanga, James Valley
FEATURE - Friday, September 29: 5:15pm
Comedy / USA / 104 min.
Time travelers kidnap a 1990s NASA scientist and loop him into the future to
steal his anti-aging research. Meanwhile his wife suffers a sexual identity crisis and becomes the prime suspect in his disappearance.
Director: Rod Bingaman
Producer: Maura Shea
Writer: Rod Bingaman
Cast: Ali Bill, Hannah Seusy, Mandy Brown, Doug Harris, Jordan Allan Bell, Mark Koenig
FEATURE - Friday, September 29: 7pm
Drama & Fantasy / USA / 82 min.
A bright young girl struggles to find her way home when she starts inexplicably waking up in a different body every day.
Director: Kellen Gibbs
Producers: Donald Nguyen
Writer: Kellen Gibbs
Cast: Charity Rose, Julia Parker, Richard Neil, Zachary Ray Sherman, Jordan Knapp, Diego Medellin, Kally Khorshid, Arthur Roberts, Tessa Espinola, Anna Telfer, Jane Edwina Seymour, Mason Marcus Burrell, Bianca Lemaire, Brandon Knabe
FEATURE - Friday, September 29: 7:15pm
Drama / USA / 67 min.
An exotic dancer & recovering alcoholic races against time to raise money for her mother's experimental cancer treatment over the course of one night.
Director: Oscar Torre
Producers: Chuti Tiu, Oscar Torre
Writer: Oscar Torre
Cast: Chuti Tiu, Roberto Sanchez, Doug Tompos
SHORTS 6 - Friday September 29: 9:15pm
Psychological Thriller / USA / 8 min.
A young man must confront the pain he's endured when he finds himself trapped, alone, and face-to-face with consequence.
Director: Daniel John Harris
Producers: Kyle Patrick, Joshua Schilling, J. Michael Wright, Harry Belden
Writer: Kyle Patrick
Cast: Kyle Patrick, Jordan Arrasmith, Erica Mendez, Marvin Malone II, Brian Seungheon Kim
Sci-Fi / USA / 17 min
Set in 1984, a former NASA scientist and his young son make a discovery in his make-shift laboratory located in their garage.
Director: Tanner Beard
Producers: Ashley Eberbach, Tomik Mansoori, Alix Van Aernam
Writer: Tanner Beard
Cast: Russell Quinn, Alexandra Chando
Mystery / Thriller / USA / 15 mins
A Ponzi scheme mastermind must solve the mystery of his wife's disappearance on a plane while on the run from authorities.
Director: Michael Greenspan
Producer: Michael Greenspan
Writer: Eliott Behar
Cast: Jeremy Licht, Kimberly Wallis, Jay Jee, Erica Ibsen
Horror / USA / 8 min.
An apathetic police unit brings in a mysterious young woman to help solve a grisly homicide.
Director: Justin Burquist
Producers: Evette Betancourt, Christopher Holloway
Writer: Justin Burquist
Cast: Eva Ceja, Randy Davison, Steve Froehlich, Nick Young
Girl with the Grey Eyes
Thriller / USA / 14 min.
A young woman becomes consumed with keeping tabs on her attacker until she finds herself face to face with her worst nightmare.
Director: Kara Grace Miller
Producers: Bare Bones Filmmakers
Writer: Danica Lee Clauser
Cast: Danica Lee Clauser, Jake Robert Robbins, Lara-Olivia Scott
The Marinn Company
Sci-Fi Thriller / USA / 14 min.
A damaged rental sex robot learns to defy her programming against her sadistic patron.
Director, Producer, Writer: Emma Swider
Cast: Brianna Cohen, Mars Roberts, Cliff LoBrutto, Michael A. Lewis, Monty Renfrow, John Teschner, Fanny Lawren, Kevin Klink
SHORTS 8 - Friday September 29: 9:30pm
Worst Date, Best Date
Comedy / USA / 17 min.
Amy and Charlie are set up on a blind date by their grandmothers. From the beginning, the date seems to be going horribly wrong, with both Amy and Charlie trying to find ways to get out of the situation. However, as they continue to talk, they discover that they share something in common.
Worst Date, Best Date is a raw & heartwarming comedy about unexpected connections.
Director: Cameron Thrower
Producers: Heather Turman & Cameron Thrower
Writers: Cameron Thrower & Heather Turman
Cast: Patrick Hilgart, Kim Perrin, Tony Moore, Elizabeth Alan, Charlie Clark
Director of Photography: Jesse Aragon
Composer: Ian Schaid
Absurd Comedy / USA / 16 min.
Stuck on the side of the road on their way to a social distance party, two contact-starved millennials try not to connect on an intimate level in this Reform Jewish absurd comedy about grief, changing plans, and the lengths we'll go to avoid direct communication with the people we love.
Director: Allison Torem
Producers: Lisa Cisneros, Eva Fabray, Phil Ortiz, Adam Rebora, Danny Rhodes, & Allison Torem
Writer: Allison Torem
Cast: Elan Maier, Allison Torem, & Danny Rhodes with Zako Ryan & Adam Rebora
Clean Up Crew
Comedy Thriller / USA / 18 min.
Three wannabe vigilantes team up to take down a notorious online predator in a heist gone awry.
Director: Frankie MacLaughlin
Producers: Elizabeth Conway, Frankie MacLaughlin
Writers: Elizabeth Conway, Frankie MacLaughlin
Cast: Elizabeth Conway, Dorina Amina, Del Alan Murphy, David Schwartzbaum,
Action / USA / 3 min.
Two young thieves scramble to survive when what looked like an easy score turns out to be a set up.
Director: Domenic Porcari
Producers: Domenic Porcari, Ethan Leisie, Nathanael Kaczor
Writer: Domenic Porcari
Cast: Domenic Porcari, Jordan Beltz, Thaddeus Opalinski, Nathanael Kaczor, Joseph Canon, Trenton Morris, Albert Ho
Drama / USA / 13 min.
After a one-night stand, Carolyn, numb and unhappily engaged, will do almost anything to break the monotony of her life and connect with her new companion, John—including pushing him to his breaking point. Shrike explores female personhood through the lens of desire, rage, and the strangeness lurking beneath the surface in all of us.
Director: Rebecca Lynne Loftin
Producers: Russell Sheaffer, Hannah McSwiggen, Madi Bready, Jennifer Levinson
Writer: Rebecca Lynne Loftin
Cast: Pedro Correa, Martha Ruby Clark
Horror Comedy/ USA/ 12 min
When four longtime besties plan a weekend away, a fun girls night quickly turns into a girl fight… for their lives.
Director: Bobby Godas
Producers: Samantha Cardona, Kelsey Flynn, AnnaLesa Rizzolo, Vika Stubblebine
Writers: Samantha Cardona, Kelsey Flynn, AnnaLesa Rizzolo, Vika Stubblebine
Cast: Samantha Cardona, Kelsey Flynn, AnnaLesa Rizzolo, Vika Stubblebine
Comedy / USA / 15 min.
A man's dinner party is ruined by a plastic spoon. Now he wants revenge on its inventor.
Directors: Matt Raetzel & Josh Taube
Producer: Sami George
Writer: Matt Raetzel & Josh Taube
Cast: Chris Newman, Holland MacFallister, Christy Edwards