13 business, art and in the world at large. We have a duty and a responsibility to ensure that our young people are fluent in these modern forms of communication. Join Will Underwood for a conversation about making indie films and the power of mentoring and collaborating with high school students. EAST ROTUNDA 3PM YOU TRY LIVING HERE
SHORTS 4 DIR: KAREN DEE CARPENTER / LOS ANGELES, CA / 14MIN
What do you do when your dreams don’t come true? An aspiring actress intent on making her mark in Hollywood has botched an audition, can’t find the means to bury her cat and is about to be evicted. She finally decides to solve her dilemmas, and make her mark, with one brash stroke. VOICE FOR THE LONELY DIR: JAMIE K. KENNEDY / AUSTIN, TX / 28MIN A terminally ill radio DJ accepts an odd job at a local funeral home in exchange for his own funeral. THE USUAL SILENCE DIR: SAMUEL Z. P. THOMAS / CEDAR HILL, TEXAS / 5MIN An everyday Joe with his everyday problems happens upon a man experiencing true grief. Whether he can help or not, he won’t walk away unchanged. EL PANA GRINGO DIR: PEDRO VIVAS HERNÁNDEZ / PITTSBURGH, PA / 11MIN A Venezuelan American musician attempts to fix a broken ‘cuatro,’ the instrument that defines his Latino identity. INTERVIEW WITH A RACIST DIR: CHRIS GUINN / HOUSTON, TX / 11MIN A mother and daughter find themselves at odds after having to deal with the tragic loss of their son/brother. Instead of looking for justice through the court of law, the two decide to take matters into their own hands and resolve the loss by adding another one. The short film touches on how a family would possibly feel if they were to lose a member of theirs for an unjust reason. People tend to seek justice differently when they are the witness and victim of the same crime repeatedly. TESTING DIR: CHRISTOPHER LEPS / LOS ANGELES, CA / 8MIN Eddie and Shea seem like a perfect middle class couple. They have great jobs, they clearly love each other, but something is awry. Society says that they should have a baby by now, and it seems to be all they can talk about. But it just isn’t happening. How much are they willing to risk to save their marriage, and their sanity? SNAKE BITE DIR: TIMOTHY HYTEN / LOS ANGELES, CA / 10MIN Out for backwoods adventure, four boys find their friendship tested when one is bitten by a snake. But which is more dangerous - the notoriously fast-working venom of the Black Widowmaker, or the extreme measures they hope will save him? EAST ROTUNDA
BUSINESS UNUSUAL DIR: DANIEL MALAKAI CABRERA / LOS ANGELES, CA / 19MIN David, a kind and creative “sad sack” finds himself in the (very) windy city for the most important business proposal of his life, only to be confronted by his nemesis and former boss, the brash, rude and bullying Chip. Thrown off his already weak game, David’s first attempt at a pitch starts off dreadfully but as luck would have it, he is interrupted and asked to return the following day. With an extra day to prepare, David retreats to his hotel where an odd but magical set of bartenders and a chance meeting give him the courage and creative spark to carry the day. HANK AND HONEY DIR: ROB NEILSON / HOUSTON, TX / 6MIN Do you like heartwarming holiday films? Well, unfortunately this ain’t one of them. Hank just wants to spend his holiday watching TV, but it appears that he’s on Santa’s naughty list. ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE DIR: BEARS FONTE / AUSTIN, TX / 8MIN A mysterious woman stranded by the side of the road hitches a ride with a passing stranger – neither of them is who they seem. POSITIVE DIR: PAUL MERRYMAN / LOS ANGELES, CA / 22MIN When an unfaithful husband learns that he’s HIV positive, he backtracks through his affairs to discover the origin of his infection. THREE DAYS DIR: JOHN SWANSIGER / SHERMAN OAKS, CA / 12MIN A man attempts to reconnect with a woman from his past; telling the story of how the two were whimsical teen lovers, married for the three days in 1989. FORGET YOU NOT DIR: ELISABETH LOESCH / LE GRAND-SACONNEX, SWITZERLAND / 22MIN When widower Hans Schneider, 65, begins to lose his memory, he tries every trick he can to hang on to his most precious moment—a trip to Italy with his beloved wife many years ago.
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July 25 - 31, 2016