(PG-13: Language) An up-and-coming stage actress starts dating one of her idols, an off-Broadway star. But her insecurity and desire for approval threaten to ruin their relationship. Jeremy Hersh’s critically-acclaimed short is sharp and efficient.
A documentary about James Cochran, whose job is to shut down a drive-thru holiday light show each night. He loves it. Like many adults, he doesn’t exactly hate Christmas, but there’s this resigned acknowledgment that there’s not much to be happy about.
A schizophrenic comes up with a clever way to contain and eventually shut out her hallucination. But the painfully mundane cycle of adult life loosens her screws. But that’s not all. Nah, we’re just trying to laugh our tears off *closes fridge*.
(PG-13: Language) “I’m a let you in on some trade secret. Parenting? It’s 90% bullsh*t.” A jerk of a father and his daughter go out to have a serious talk on their own, but the old man lets too many cats out of the bag. Or perhaps not enough. A hilariously dark short by Joe Otting.
(PG-13: Language) Part The Matrix, part Shadowrun, this short film is set in a war-torn future. Each side uses shamans – powerful beings that are both priests and hackers. A shaman can destroy or convert both humans and machines at the expense of his sanity.
“Gameplay is… it’s just simpler. There’s no people. Just targets.” Federico Heller’s impressive dystopian short film is about a future where virtual reality video games have become extremely addictive. One junkie stumbles onto the chilling conspiracy behind it.
Korean animator Kang SuHyun’s short science fiction film requires no dialogue to tell its story, a haunting tale of a man who looks back on the events leading to the loss of his partner after a long and mentally grueling mission in space.
In his final days, an old man teaches his grandson how to gather and cook a rare mushroom. Åsa Blanck and Johan Palmgren’s simple but powerful documentary reminds us to maintain and strengthen our bonds with the people we love.
In writer/director Åsa Lucander’s charming animated short, an elderly woman goes to the lost and found office on a quest for her missing items, but can only seem to find others’ possessions and not hers. Along the way, she finds something much more special.
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