Catalogue New York Shorts 2022

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Tickets

PICKING UP YOUR TICKETS

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Tickets purchase in advance can be picked up 30 minutes prior to the start of the film program at the festival table located inside the theater.

GENERAL INFORMATION

We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to guarantee seating.

Seating is unreserved. No refunds.

Film programs are subject to change at anytime. Films do NOT screen in order listed on website. Be sure to arrive on time and be seated in theater at the start of each program. This will ensure you do not miss the film you came to see.

Proof of vaccine is NOT required to enter the theater. Face coverings are NOT required.

RUSH TICKETS

If a film program is listed as SOLD OUT on our website, you can still try for tickets in person by joining the Rush Line at the theater venue.

RUSH LINE

Rush Line will form 40 minutes before the film program starts at the theater venue. After an empty seat count, just a few minutes before the program, spare tickets will be sold to patrons waiting in the Rush Line on a first-come-first-serve basis.

TICKET PRICE

Film Programs...........$17.00

You can purchase individual tickets for each film program by accessing the film program on our website.

An important reminder for ticket holders: to guarantee your seat, you must be present in line at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time! After that time, we reserve the right to sell any empty seats.

No refunds - only exchanges.

Please turn off all cell phones and electronic devices during the film presentation. For the pleasure of all guests, there is no talking or texting permitted during the film presentation. Those arriving late will be seated between short films.

Theater Venue

22 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

(212) 924-3364

New York’s Greenwich Village theater specializing in provocative foreign and independent films plus documentaries.

Cinema Village THEATER POLICY. Face covering is NOT required. The theater is operating at 100% capacity.

Ben Proudfoot | Advisory Committee

Ben Proudfoot is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios. An awardwinning short-documentary director and entrepreneur. Proudfoot was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for his leadership and innovation in the brand-funded documentary space.

Breakwater’s 2021 Academy Award® Nominated “A Concerto is a Conversation” made in collaboration with The New York Times and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Other recent works include the Emmy-nominated series New York Times Op-Docs “Almost Famous”, a collection of short films featuring people who nearly made history.

Barbara Vásconez | Advisory Committee

Barbara Vásconez is the Program Manager at New York Women in Film & Television.

Before joining NYWIFT, she was the General Manager at the Quad Cinema in New York City. She has worked for a variety of film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Hamptons Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Nantucket Film Festival. Her spare time is spent programming panels and creating unique community engagement opportunities for the New York Latino Film Festival.

Her educational goals include working to develop film programs in New Jersey that improve film education for low-income students. She is committed to the importance of film as a means of community engagement.

Jon Amiel | Advisory Committee

Jon Amiel is an acclaimed English director who has worked in film and television in both the UK and the US.

After receiving a BAFTA Award nomination for the BBC series The Singing Detective (1986), he went on to direct films receiving critical and commercial success, including Sommersby (1993) starring Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, Copycat (1995) starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter, Entrapment (1999) starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and The Core (2003) starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank. His most recent feature was Creation (2009) with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.

Giraldi | Advisory Committee

American film and television director, known for the film “Dinner Rush” and music videos for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. His production company, Giraldi Media, has Produced and Directed close to 3,000 commercials, music videos and short films. He accolades include Cannes Advertising Awards, and Clio Awards

Tianna Lawrence | Festival Coordinator

Tianna Lawrence is an experienced film festival coordinator. She has been with New York Shorts since its inaugural year in 2012 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

She has performed production and operational duties with the Tribeca Film Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival. She oversees filmmaker communication, event sponsor correspondence, volunteer management, film programming, and attendee interactions at New York Shorts International Film Festival.

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Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri | Advisory Committee

Indrani is a United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow, and a Max Mark-Cranbrook 2019 Global Peacemaker. She co-founded and executive directs Shakti Empowerment Foundation (SEEschool.org) for women and children in India, is Co-Host of the Global People’s Summit at the UN

Tribeca Film Festival 2019 award-winning director, photographer, and social justice activist Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is known by a single name for her “Iconic imagery and storytelling” (Huffington Post) “at the crossroads of pop culture and critical acclaim”(Lincoln Center). David Bowie commissioned her first album cover and her directorial debut, exploring the mind of a mass shooter, featured in the HBO Movie The Last 5 Years, and Indrani helped launch Beyonce and Lady Gaga, photographing their solo debut album art. Her work has won 43 awards including two gold lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity

Tom Brown | Advisory Committee

Tom Brown is an Emmy nominated producer and an experienced television and film operations executive. He specializes in live-action and animation in the formats of scripted, non-scripted and factual/ documentary.

Brown served as VP of Production and Operations at Emmy Award winning NYC studio, Little Airplane Productions where his clients included BBC, Disney and Nickelodeon. He presently serves as VP of Business Operations at Retro Report, a documentary news organization and partnerships include PBS, The New York Times, American Experience, Quartz and Frontline. Brown is a member of the NY PGA and has been recognized by the production community to conduct international production workshops in Britain, Canada, Germany, Korea, Qatar and Turkey.

K. Lorrel Manning | Advisory Committee

K. Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer/director, actor and musician who works in both film and theatre.

He recently completed the documentary/performance film Trouble In Mind: Black American Playwrights from the 1800’s to Now. His critically acclaimed play Awake, which he also directed, received its world premiere at the Barrow Group in January 2019. He is currently shooting Lost & Found, a feature-length documentary on young Cameroonian painter Ludovic Nkoth and prepping his second narrative feature film, Sheila & The Punk Rock.

Manning has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BFA in Drama from the University of Georgia. He currently teaches screenwriting and advanced acting at Sarah Lawrence College, and he is a resident director and instructor at the Barrow Group Theatre Company and School.

Nicole Marsal has been overseeing the day-to-day operations for New York Shorts International Film Festival since 2019. She has collaborated with Bogotá Short Film Festival / Festival de Cortos de Bogotá, Planet On, and MIDBO.

In addition, she has participated in numerous international film festivals as a director, cinematographer, and programmer. She believes in the importance of cinema and is working to expand Latin American films to other regions through her personal project Avi Lab.

Nicole also has worked as a Content Creator and Strategist for multiple brands.

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Nicole Márquez Salamanca | Festival Operations A qualifying film festival for the Canadian Screen Awards, presented by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television New York Shorts International Film Festival

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DIGITAL EDITION IN-PERSON

New York Shorts digital experience is presented by The Shorts Network, films are available on-demand at The Shorts Network.

Digital Film Pass includes access to 100 + films during the month of October.

Join to become a Member and get access to digital films for ONLY $24.99/month

New York Shorts is committed to bringing the theatrical experience back to New York City. The festival has established a reputation amplifying underrepresented voices in short-form cinema from around the globe.

All screenings will be held at the Cinema Village located at 22 E 12th St. New York, NY 10003

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Program 1 - 20 Program 2 - 21 Program 3 - 22 Program 4 - 23 Program 5 - 24 Program 6 - 25 Program 7 - 26 Program 8 - 28 Program 9 - 29 Program 10 - 30 Program 11 - 31 Program 12 - 32 Program 13 - 34 Program 14 - 35 Program 15 - 36 Program 16 - 37 Program 17 - 38 Program 18 - 39 Program 19 - 41 Program 20 - 42 Program 21 - 43 Program 22 - 44 Program 23 - 45 Program 24 - 46

IN-PERSON October 21, 2022 - 51

Program 1 - 52 Program 2 - 54 Program 3 - 56 Program 4 - 59 Program 5 - 61

IN-PERSON October 22, 2022 - 66 SPOTLIGHT SCREENING - 67 Program 6 - 68 Program 7 - 70 Program 8 - 73 Program 9 - 75 Program 10 - 77

IN-PERSON October 23, 2022 - 82 HONORED GUEST BOB GIRALDI - 83 Program 11 - 84 Program 12 - 87 Program 13 - 89 Program 14 - 91 Program 15 - 93

IN-PERSON October 24, 2022 - 98 CAREER SPOTLIGHT WITH BEN PROUDFOOT - 97

Program 16 - 100 Program 17 - 102 Program 18 - 104 Program 19 - 106 Program 20 - 109

IN-PERSON October 25, 2022 - 114 FILM RETROSPECTIVE WITH KIM MAGNUSSON - 115 Program 21 - 116 Program 22 - 121 Program 23 - 124 Program 24 - 126 Program 25 - 128

IN-PERSON October 26, 2022 - 131 Program 26 - 132 Program 27 - 134 Program 28 - 136 Program 29 - 138 Program 30 - 140

IN-PERSON October 27, 2022 - 144 HOMAGE TO CINEMATOGRAPHER HALYNA HUTCHINS - 145 Program 31 - 146 Program 32 - 148 Program 33 - 151 Program 34 - 153 Program 35 - 155

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Chris Overton | Jury Committee

Academy Award® winning director/producer, founder of Slick Films, and a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He began his career as an actor working with directors such as Joel Schumacher and Roman Polanski.

Chris made his directorial debut with ‘The Silent Child’, for which he received the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short, as well as over 50 other international awards with ‘The Silent Child’ and his second short, ‘Leader’. His 3rd short film ‘in too deep’ has just been completed and will be released later in 2022.

Chris has also directed commercials. His Huawei Story Sign Christmas campaign, won seven Lions at Cannes, eight One Show awards, three D&ADs, and a Grand Prix at Eurobest.

Through his company Slick Films, Chris advocates first-time filmmakers in bringing their stories to life.

Kia Brooks | Jury Committee

Deputy Director at The Gotham Film & Media Institute (formerly IFP).

She oversees the organization’s programming, membership and marketing. Prior to her role as deputy Director, she was the Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.

She oversaw the Media Center’s general operations, event programming, membership and strategic partnerships. Before joining IFP, she worked in publicity and special events for over five years at revered companies such as Focus Features, Tribeca Film Festival, and Oscilloscope Laboratories working on theatrical releases, awards campaigns and special events titles include “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Anna Karenina,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Time is Illmatic,” among others. Kia Brooks received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Communications from American University. She loves connecting people and building community.

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Sam French | Jury Committee

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker and founding director of the documentary production company Development Pictures, Sam’s work has appeared on HBO, BBC, CNN, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera, National Geographic, and other broadcast outlets.

In addition to multiple award-winning documentaries, Sam wrote and directed the Academy Award® nominated short film “Buzkashi Boys,” which was the first narrative film since 2001 to be filmed entirely on location in Afghanistan.

Sam believes in the power of storytelling to connect people across different cultures, and that if we share our stories, we can change the world.

Anita Svingen | Jury Committee

Festival Director, Kortfilmfestivalen / The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Academy Awards® Qualifying.

Anita joined The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway’s second longest-running film festival for the first time in 2006 and is now Executive and Programming Director. She worked previously for many years in TV production and was Head of Programming for Norwegian SBS Radio.

She is also a member of several boards, including the Oslo Fusion International Film Festival and Norway Festivals.

The Norwegian Short Film Festival was founded in 1978 and presents the latest Norwegian short films and documentaries. The festival is an important arena for debuting young filmmakers in Norway and is considered one of the most important screening venues for independent short films and documentaries among established filmmakers.

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Program 1

1992 / Kuan Cao

United States / Drama / 15 mins

3 Intestine Road, Fish Island / Moe Wakabayashi Japan / Animation / 17 mins

Ahu / Mahsa Razavi Canada / Drama / 14 mins

An Island Drifts / Vivian Ip Singapore / Drama / 19 mins

Program 3

Being Born / Satoshi Tanaka Japan / Drama / 33 mins

Beyond the Lake / Simon Constantine Canada / Drama / 12 mins

Boa / Nicolas Eduardo Parra Colombia / Animation / 13 mins

Borrowed Time / Ginevra Gentili United Kingdom / Drama / 19 mins

Program 5

Bygone / Mickey Tetrov Spain / Sci-fi / 8 mins

Casanoir / John “JT” Schindler United States / Drama / 22 mins

Chinatown: Our Only Home / Tony Wang United States / Drama / 16 mins

City of Ghosts / Christian Elliott, Elle Ginter United Kingdom / Drama / 16 mins

Program 2

Program 4

ArmaGoogle / Julián Juaquín

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

As Stars Out There / Einav Nitzani Israel / Drama / 12 mins

BabyDolls / Calvin Demba

United Kingdom / Dark Comedy / 10 mins

Bangkok Rats / Poj Pitakjamnong

Thailand / Crime / 29 mins

Program 6

Bound / Jaye Pniewski United States / Drama / 14 mins

Boywhood / Enrico Motti, Emanuele Motti Italy / Animation / 6 mins

Bunker: The Last Fleet / Rowan Pullen, Stephen Potter Australia / Sci-fi / 14 mins

Bus Driver / Amar Singh Sethi United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Cleanse / Julien Testa United Kingdom / Horror / 16 mins

Comrades / Bence Berkes Hungary / Drama / 10 mins

Crossroads / Malin Lindholm Sweden / Drama / 9 mins

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Program 7

De Closin Night / Shicong Zhu

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Don’t Come In... Yet! / Isaac Dean Elliott

Australia / Comedy / 10 mins

Escalation / Christian Bachini Italy / Horror / 15 mins

Ethan Art Venture / Nuria Dixon

United States / Animation / 11 mins

Program 9

Heirloom / Miriam Grill

United States / Drama / 22 mins

I Am / Ludovica Musumeci United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

I’ll Be Frank / Carleton Rodgers Ireland / Drama / 16 mins

Program 11

Junior’s Giant / Paula Brancati Canada / Drama / 16 mins

K2 Tog / Ari Veach United States / Comedy / 13 mins

Kicking The Sky / Lara Genovese United Kingdom / Drama / 7 mins

Kill Them With Kindness / George Somner United Kingdom / Drama / 13 mins

Program 8

Program 10

Fable Of A Ditherer / Alan Bradley

Ireland / Drama / 11 mins

Fairy Story / Griff Jones

New Zealand / Drama / 12 mins

Family Fiction / Matt Somogyi

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Footnote / Tommy Petroskey

United States / Drama / 16 mins

If Fishes Were Wishes / Gaia De Paoli Italy / Drama / 13 mins

Jack, the Leader / Tak Hoon Kim Korea / Animation / 6 mins

Jelly / March Mercanti Canada / Drama / 14 mins

Jump Start Man / Jonathan Girgis

United States / Animation / 4 mins

Program 12

Lady In Ermine / Donna DiGiuseppe Italy / Drama / 8 mins

Lake Pluto / Biz Jones United States / Drama / 33 mins

Let’s Bring Them Alive! / Eli Sokhn United States / Comedy / 5 mins

Little Smasher / Gilles Cuvelier France / Animation / 14 mins

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Program 13

Made In America / Charles Victor Nunley IV

United States / Documentary / 6 mins

More / Vaibhav Madhukar India / Animation / 4 mins

Motherland / Denise Khng Singapore / Drama / 17 mins

Nene / Lara Genovese United Kingdom / Drama / 12 mins

Program 15

PG 13 / Tiffani Holland

United States / Horror / 24 mins

Pickup / Christine Delp United States / Drama / 13 mins

Realign / Ruei-Feng Huang Taiwan / Animation / 16 mins

Sana Que Sana / Gabriella E Aguirre United States / Documentary / 14 mins

Program 17

Sucks To Be The Moon / Tyler March, Eric Paperth United States / Animation / 11 mins

Sunday Roast / Lukas Steinmaier United Kingdom / Comedy / 13 mins

Swimmer / Duane Crichton Canada / Drama / 11 mins

Tecata / Mario Theodosio Gallegos United States / Drama / 24 mins

Program 14

Program 16

Never Broken / Mary-Jo Dionne, Jeff Macpherson Canada / Drama / 18 mins

Nic_unextinct / Vera Graziadei

United Kingdom / Drama / 14 mins

No Need to Worry / Hugo Ortiz Clemens

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Open House / Rayisa Kondracki

Canada / Drama / 14 mins

Program 18

She’s Mine Now / Dalton Okolo United States / Drama / 6 mins

Somewhere I’ve Been / Jonny Durgan United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Space Race / Shane Dioneda United States / Animation / 6 mins

Strings / Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez United States / Drama / 13 mins

Ten Months / Amie Song United States / Drama / 14 mins

The Bright Fire / Zoe Zou China / Drama / 15 mins

The Cathar / Liam Hendrix Heath United Kingdom / Drama / 20 mins

The Electricity In Me / Mat Sheldon United Kingdom / Drama / 10 mins

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Program 19

The Funeral Photographer / Ashley Thompson

United States / Drama / 17 mins

The Game / Aldo Vassallo United States / Drama / 21 mins

The Island of the Dolls / Julio César Padilla Mexico / Drama / 19 mins

The Last Bee On Earth / Nick Flugge United Kingdom / Comedy / 8 mins

Program 21

The Show / Jesse Gi

United States / Drama / 16 mins

The Social Chameleon / Alex Ross United States / Animation / 10 mins

These Colours Don’t Run / Difizckal Satriatama Indonesia / Drama / 15 mins

Tulpa / Paris Baillie United States / Animation / 7 mins

Program 23

When You Were With Me / Gili Danon, Efrat Shalom Danon United States / Animation / 11 mins

Why / Natxo Leuza Fernandez Spain / Documentary / 23 mins

Will / Iustina Nevel, Anca Vaida United Kingdom / Drama / 20 mins

Winter’s Passing / Yang Fei China / Drama / 21 mins

Program 20

Program 22

The Last Cloudweaver / Anna-Ester Volozh

United Kingdom / Animation / 4 mins

The Missus Downstairs / Mary Walsh Canada / Comedy / 9 mins

The Mourning Bird / George Somner

United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

The Rewind / Michael Montazeri

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Tutu / Lu Zou China / Drama / 25 mins

Two Wongs / Frank Harts United States / Drama / 4 mins

Waysland / Lyria Garcia

United States / Drama / 16 mins

We Are / Gregory Sankara

France / Drama / 7 mins

Program 24

Woman in Blue / Jack O’Donnell New Zealand / Drama / 13 mins

Your Biggest Fan / Doug McFerrin United States / Drama / 12 mins

Yuri / Baky Dia France / Drama / 12 mins

Cutter / Eden Wright United States / Thriller / 13 mins

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1992

United States / Drama / 15 mins

PROGRAM 1 | DIGITAL EDITION

3 Intestine Road, Fish Island

Japan / Animation / 17 mins

Director/Writer: Kuan Cao

A Korean mom and her son reunite and survive in the LA riots together in 1992.

Producer: Zhiyuan Zou, Jinyang Zhang

Cast: Greena Ell Park, Kennedy Porter, Yun Jeong

Director: Moe Wakabayashi

A story of a family of three consisting of a pig, fish and a tadpole that lives in the stomach of a big fish. Their lives are turned upside down when a fruit floats into their home.

Cast: Megumi Abe, Ken Hirayama, Yuriko Nagano

Ahu

Canada / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Mahsa Razavi

As Ahu attempts to overcome insomnia in her new apartment, her life becomes increasingly entangled with her troubled neighbour.

Producer: Mahsa Razavi

Cast: Nahema Ricci, Maria-Crystal Melo

An Island Drifts

Singapore / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Vivian Ip

Set in Singapore, a young teacher presses for the truth from a maladjusted student, the act leads to devastating results and they suffer the ignominy of losing everything that matters to them. The story holds a mirror up to society, where a mistake can derail a life in an overly pressurized world.

Producer: Jasmine Tay, Kim Mariel

Cast: Timothy Wan, Quintus Lim

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PROGRAM 2 | DIGITAL EDITION

ArmaGoogle

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

Director: Julián Juaquín

When Google unexpectedly goes down, the people of the world are confronted with the reality that its presence in their lives was the only thing holding them together as a functioning society.

Writer: Matt Flanagan

Producer: Iris Disla, Matt Flanagan

Cast: Benjamin Horwitz, Matt Flanagan, Mohamed Diaby

As Stars Out There

Israel / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Einav Nitzani

In the year of 1991, during the Gulf War and when Saddam Hussein decided to throw missiles at Israel, a civil defense siren forces a mother, daughter, pregnant granddaughter and awkward religious neighbor to remain in a safe room together for several hours. Adding to this already stressful situation, now that they’re stuck in a room and have nowhere to run, family tensions and grudges emerge, forcing everyone to confront the fears and anxiety that their daily routines had previously kept under the surface.

Producer: Ori Zifroni

Cast: Rivka Michaeli, Sandra Sade, Amit Farkas

BabyDolls

United Kingdom / Dark Comedy / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Calvin Demba

Unable to accept his ex Jess’s departure, Billy finds a website that allows him to design a sexbot in her image. ‘BabyDolls’ claim that their custom made sexbots have the ability to mirror their buyer’s behaviour, making them an idyllic partner for the purchaser. After falling victim to his own toxicity through Becks’ adaptive algorithm, Billy seeks to reconcile with Jess but his moment of redemption is cut short by Becks’ unusual act of revenge. BabyDolls is a dark comedy short that looks at fragile masculinity masked within alpha male bravado, paced to an original score and told through spoken word.

Producer: Pauline Glomaud-Murmann, Alice Raymond

Cast: Frankie Wilson, Saffron Hocking, Louisa Harland

Bangkok Rats

Thailand / Crime / 29 mins

Director: Poj Pitakjamnong

Through seeking the truth behind a card game robbery, a crime boss learns the painful truth about his closest friends and family.

Writer: Poj Pitakjamnong, Davud Davud Anuwongcharoen

Producer: Araya Suvetwattanakul, Nat Pitakjamnong, Pithai Smithsuth

Cast: Chatchai Plengpanich

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PROGRAM 3 | DIGITAL EDITION

Being Born

Japan / Drama / 33 mins

Director/Writer: Satoshi Tanaka

Yoshiko Yasukawa’s fifth grade daughter

Hiromi is the target of bullying by her classmates because of her curly hair. Yoshiko is aware of the bullying, but too busy with running a barber shop to do anything about it.

Producer: Haruka Shibuya

Cast: Hitomi Ando

Beyond the Lake

Canada / Drama / 12 mins

Boa

Colombia / Animation / 13 mins

Borrowed Time

United Kingdom / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Simon Constantine

Late in his life, a grumpy old timer finds himself lost on a lake accompanied by a young girl, who questions him about a name.

Producer: Henriette Mercedes-Spiering, Fredrik Gustafsson

Cast: Richard Easterbrook, Layla Burns, Cleo Slyvestre

Director: Nicolas Eduardo Parra

In the middle of the jungle, an explosion breaks a pipeline provoking a spilling over a mighty river. A BOA constrictor attempts to mitigate the disaster clinging the pipe, trying to stop this contamination. Everything gets worse when two men fight to death and seriously affecting the jungle environment, which will trigger the force of nature.

Writers: Nicolas Eduardo Parra, Camilo Andrés Parra

Producer: Julian Andrés Sanchez, Raul García

Director/Writer: Ginevra Gentili

Based on a true story. Olivia has a complicated relationship with her mother who suddenly calls her to go back home. A story of loss and growth between three generations of women, this day will define Olivia for years to come.

Producer: Ginevra Gentili, Felicia Holst, Anastasia Maltseva

Cast: Olivia Donati Clarke, Heléna Antonio, Suzanna Hamilton

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Bound

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director: Jaye Pniewski

Jason and Jim Koss are estranged brothers who have come together after the death of their father, a well respected academic but painfully overbearing parent. Surrounded by decades of dad’s writings and memories, old wounds resurface as the brothers are faced with a life or death choice.

Writer: Mike Pniewski

Producer: Mary O’Keefe O’Neill, Michael O’Neill

Cast: Michael O’Neill, Mike Pniewski

PROGRAM 4 | DIGITAL EDITION

Boywhood

Italy / Animation / 6 mins

Director: Enrico Motti, Emanuele Motti

An alcoholic boy seeks peace staying in contact with nature. His dog will lead him to an unnatural encounter and to face his solitude in a drastic way.

Writer: Enrico Motti

Bunker: The Last Fleet

Colombia / Animation / 13 mins

Director: Rowan Pullen, Stephen Potter

The year is 2057. For six years the extraterrestrial invaders have occupied our world. The harvest of humankind has begun. When they arrived, everything was lost. The people, the land the system ... gone. Those who survive, remain in hiding and live by one rule: avoid all contact.

Writers: Rowan Pullen, Stephen Potter, Natasha Wanganeen

Producer: Rowan Pullen, Stephen Potter, Jessica Giacco

Cast: Natasha Wanganeen, Roy Phung, Trevor Jamieson

Bus Driver

United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Amar Singh Sethi

The normal journey of a London bus driver transforms into a living nightmare as he finds himself in the middle of a terrorist stand-off between his panicconsumed passengers. Lives hang in the balance as he desperately tries to negotiate his way out of the quagmire.

Producer: Connor J. Matthews

Cast: Bally Gill, John Ramm, Sarah Vevers

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PROGRAM 5 | DIGITAL EDITION

Bygone

Spain / Sci-fi / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Mickey Tetrov

A young woman wakes up in the middle of an apocalyptic, deserted world. As she meanders through the abandoned remains, she encounters a looming presence.

Producer: Dani Whitehead, Alejandro Salvat, Mickey Tetrov

Cast: Melanie Smith

Casanoir

United States / Drama / 22 mins

Director: John “JT” Schindler

A parody of the 1942 classic movie, “Casablanca”. It features NYC detectives Trillo & Suede - a ventriloquist and his wooden partner.

Writer: Jonathan Geffner

Producer: Isabel Scott Ingram

Cast: Jonathan Geffner, Katharina Schmidt

Chinatown: Our Only Home

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Tony Wang

Our Only Home explores the passing down of Chinese traditions across generations in Manhattan Chinatown by examining the evolution of the Chinatown community told through intimate stories of two multiple decades-old family businesses and the new generation of young people working to rebuild the neighborhood during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Producer: Miranda Manganaro, Johnny Yu Cast: Ken Li, Alice Liu, Zhongming Liu

City of Ghosts

United Kingdom / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Christian Elliott, Elle Ginter

We follow the true heroic stories of Rosen and Uri, who travel from their home countries of Bulgaria and Ukraine in search of a better life.

On the journey to their new lives, they meet and become friends, only later to shoulder each other’s burdens as they realise the new life, initially hoped to be a blessing, was hijacked into a life of modern-day slavery for hard labour in Greece.

Producer: Stephen Montgomery, Nick Caine, Christine Caine

Cast: Martin Hristov, Evan Holovatski, Nikolas Kassapis

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Cleanse

United Kingdom / Horror / 16 mins

PROGRAM 6 | DIGITAL EDITION

Comrades

Hungary / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Julien Testa

Grace, a yoga and well being influencer, is preparing for her weekly yoga practice livestream. But as she begins her routine, something is going very wrong. From a dark, neglected closet in her small London Flat, something is trying to get out. Something terrifying and at the same time eerily familiar.

Producer: Remi Itani

Cast: MIranda Colmans

Crossroads

Sweden / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Bence Berkes

In ‘56 the people had enough of the Communist Party and revolted. Participants were persecuted and sentenced to prison or death. In the 80s rural Hungary, Harangozó’s daughter is kidnapped. He must decide whether to save his daughter or his wife, as the past comes back to haunt him

Producer: Marcell Mándi

Cast: Róbert Koltai, Zsolt Lipics, Evelin Dobos

Director/Writer: Malin Lindholm

We are only just one choice away from changing our entire lives. The question is if we dare. This is what David faces a normal day after work.

Producer: Malin Lindholm

Cast: David Tainton, Monica Wahlgren

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De Closin Night

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director: Shicong Zhu

Siyi, a Chinese student in an American theater school, has been putting in more effort than her American peers to practice for the first role she gets in college. Yet her professor is rescinding the offer because of her accent. To win back the opportunity for the closing night, Siyi determines to rid her accent by speaking English only from now on, even when she video chats with her mom. As she grows obsessed with the accent practices, Siyi’s attempt to better her craft has shifted into the faltering of her identity.

Writer: Ella Rouwen Chen

Producer: Ella Rouwen Chen, Brielle Yuke Li

Cast: Ella Rouwen Chen

PROGRAM 7 | DIGITAL EDITION

Don’t Come In... Yet!

Australia / Comedy / 10 mins

Escalation

Italy / Horror / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Isaac Dean Elliott

As a wheelchair user, Jake is constantly watched over by his dad and lauded for his bravery by everyone.

Producer: Matthew Burns, Tessa Mansfield-Hung

Cast: Oly Pizzey-Stratford, Ella Newton, Toby Truslove

Director/Writer: Christian Bachini

In the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chris, a paranoid and self-centered man, is happily avoiding all human contact, preferring to escape from reality in whatever’s on TV. When a friend reaches out to him to confront him about his past promises, Chris has to decide what kind of person he is inside, or it may just eat him...alive.

Producer: Christian Bachini

Cast: Christian Bachini, Lucy Chun Yan, Giulia Serafini

Ethan Art Venture

United States / Animation / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Nuria Dixon

Ethan’s Art-Venture is an animated, mixed with Live-Action, short film about an autistic, illustrator who on his 9th birthday, is given a gift that allows him access to a powerful, imaginative, inner realm: a completely animated world. Every year, Ethan represents the school at the National Art Conference.

Producer: Nuria Dixon, Jessica Jordan, Vanessa Carmona

Cast: Ethan Dixon, Sharland Hendrix, Hemsley Morris

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PROGRAM 8 | DIGITAL EDITION

Fable Of A Ditherer

Ireland / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Alan Bradley

Ditherers! Shut your eyes tight. Cover your ears. You may think you can escape your past life, your mistakes. But she is coming. She comes for us all, in the end.

Writer: Oliver Doone

Producer: Alan Bradley

Cast: Mary McEvoy, Sam McGovern, Alan Bradley

Fairy Story

New Zealand / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Griff Jones

When a mysterious man only she can see begins causing uncanny disturbances, Meredith must convince her tattoo artist to finish what she started in order to break a spell with life-changing consequences.

Producer: Griff Jones, Bailey Olmstead

Cast: Brit O’Rourke, Pamela Sidhu, Daniel Watterson

Family Fiction

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Matt Somogyi

Max is the best man at his father’s second wedding, a role he reluctantly accepted, and a decision he increasingly regrets. On the day of the event, Max makes an irreversible mistake and a confrontation with his dad becomes inevitable.

Writer: Tom Ptasinski

Producer: Hunter Finley

Cast: Walker Satterwhite, David Kelsey, Kayla Carlson

Footnote

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Tommy Petroskey

When a grieving widower tries to bear loneliness by burying himself in books, he unexpectedly finds company in the pages.

Producer: Luca Alessandrini, Tommy Petroskey

Cast: Robert McKeon, Kaitlyn Lunardi

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PROGRAM 9 | DIGITAL EDITION

Heirloom

United States / Drama / 22 mins

Director: Miriam Grill

Confronted with the sudden but long anticipated news that her estranged, drug addicted mother has passed away, twenty-three year old Norah finds herself at a crossroads. Only a few months sober herself, Norah wonders if this is the moment that will end up overtaking her.

Writer: Josie Burke

Producer: Josie Burke, Carrie Radigan

Cast: Norm Lewis, Mary Bacon, Josie Burke

I Am

United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Ludovica Musumeci

Gabi and her boyfriend are moving in together, an exciting step for their relationship. But she begins to unravel as she struggles to hide her battle living with schizophrenia unbeknownst to Mike.

Writer: Rachel Mariam

Producer: Oriane Pick

Cast: Oriane Pick, Charlie MacGechan, Izuka Hoyle

I’ll Be Frank

Ireland / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Carleton Rodgers

For teenager Danny, with regards to musical taste – he did it his way. He got a kick out of Sinatra not Sheeran. Regrets? Potential social isolation. But will his love for Ol’ Blue Eyes get under his skin – or be his salvation?

Producer: Michael Costello, Rachel Coffey

Cast: Jake Doyle, Helena Bereen, Bernadette Brown

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If Fishes Were Wishes

Italy / Drama / 13 mins

PROGRAM 10 | DIGITAL EDITION

Director/Writer: Gaia De Paoli

Elio, a very meticulous fish market employee, imagines the lives of others by looking at their laundry hanging out to dry. One day he sees clothes with wonderful designs and colours hanging in front of a window. Who is hiding behind those shutters?

Producer: Gaia De Paoli

Cast: Battista Ivaldi, Simona Ferrara

Jack, the Leader

Korea / Animation / 6 mins

Director: Tak Hoon Kim

Jack, the leader and unquestioning followers would come to an end of tragedy. What will the ending look like? Black comedy animation with social satire!

Producer: Ling Sun

Jelly

Canada / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: March Mercanti

A couple’s relationship is tested when an evening with friends erupts with jealousy.

Producer: March Mercanti

Cast: Alex Lee Williams, Angelica Stirpe, John Thomas Gauthier

Jump Start Man

United States / Animation / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Jonathan Girgis

Clark, a disgruntled superhero on the verge of divorce, must go on a rescue mission when his wife is kidnapped by his arch nemesis the Resistor.

Producer: Jonathan Girgis

Cast: Brendan Hunter, Irene Yenko

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Junior’s Giant

Canada / Drama / 16 mins

PROGRAM 11 | DIGITAL EDITION

Director: Paula Brancati

JUNIOR’S GIANT is based on writer Deb McGrath’s real-life father’s experience with Lewy Body dementia and the imaginary giant who became a real comfort to him as his condition worsened.

Writer: Debra McGrath

Producer: Candice Chow-How, Paula Brancati, Debra McGrath

Cast: Eric Peterson, Kinley Mochrie, Debra McGrath

K2 Tog

United States / Comedy / 13 mins

Director: Ari Veach

Two girls sit in two separate chairs deep in the woods. They knit. They make mistakes. One sneezes a few times.

Anxiety grows stronger. Will they make it out unscathed?

Writer: Siena D’Addario, Cooper Gordon

Producer: Siena D’Addario, Cooper Gordon

Cast: Siena D’Addario, Annie Hoeg

Kicking The Sky

United Kingdom / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Lara Genovese

Kicking The Sky pictures the mind of a young boy, Tim, who dwells in fear of not being seen.

His nightmare is expressed with long shadows which come to life and become his only friends. Tim plays with them, acting out what he is unable to do in real life.

Producer: Lara Genovese

Cast: Leo William Montagnani- Hitchen

Kill Them With Kindness

United Kingdom / Drama / 13 mins

Director: George Somner

A disillusioned diner waitress decides to take matters into her own hands with rude customers and deal with them how she’s always been told - kill them with kindness.

Writer: Stephanie Perk

Producer: Oriane Pick

Cast: Stephanie Perk, Rhea Norwood, Doreene Blackstock

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PROGRAM 12 | DIGITAL EDITION

Lady In Ermine

Italy / Drama / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Donna DiGiuseppe

Lady In Ermine dramatizes the day in which Sofonisba Anguissola found her inspiration as a portraitist amidst the occupation of her land by a foreign ruler - the ruler she would one day capture in paint.

Producer: Giuseppe D’Angella, Simone D’Alessandro, Donna DiGiuseppe

Cast: Valeria Di Menno, Mario Massari, Vincenzo Fagotti

Lake Pluto

United States / Drama / 33 mins

Director/Writer: Biz Jones

Out on a solo camping trip at a remote lake, an overwhelmed millennial just wants to find clarity, but may get the answers she was looking for from an unexpected supernatural visitor. Meanwhile, back in the 1960s at the same lake, young sisters Laura and Janie cross paths with an entity, which has horrific consequences.

Cast: Jam Murphy, Raquel Orendáin Shrestha, Hannah Sobon

Let’s Bring Them Alive!

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

Director: Eli Sokhn

A typical Sunday for Parisians on George Seurat’s revolutionary painting “La Grande Jatte Parc.” Hugo, an empathetic soldier, confesses to his conservative best friend, Leon, that he is pretending dead on the battlefield to avoid killing anyone.

Writer: Yasemin Isil, Azize Erim

Producer: Yasemin Isil, Azize Erim

Cast: Mathieu Szymkowiak, Darius Levante, David Madwin

Little Smasher

France / Animation / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Gilles Cuvelier

Poetic testimony of a family crossing time and space to the rhythm of the uncontrollable crises of the youngest.

Producer: Richard Van Den Boom

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Made In America

United States / Documentary / 6 mins

PROGRAM 13 | DIGITAL EDITION

More

India / Animation / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Charles Victor Nunley IV

My only criticism of Black History Month (other than it landing on the shortest month of the year), is I feel its public programming limits the full spectrum of the contributions of Black Americans to the United States. Ever since I was in elementary school, I knew these achievements in excellence exceeded the same stories we would hear every February of civil rights leaders, athletes, and entertainers.

Producer: Charles Victor Nunley IV

Cast: Charles Victor Nunley IV

Director/Writer: Vaibhav Madhukar Piwlatkar

Motherland

Singapore / Drama / 17 mins

Director/Writer: Denise Khng

A True happiness is not a destination but it is a journey.”

As a human being we always want more and more new things in our life . We think they will give us more happiness. So we keep running behind the new things leaving the one which we have in our hand and at last we realise that it is not the things that give us happiness but the moment we cherish.

Producer: Vaibhav Madhukar Piwlatkar

At a parent-teacher meeting in an orderly girls’ school, a teacher empathises with a parent’s account of her stress-filled domestic existence as a long-suffering mother to a troubled teenager. But in a system where the roles of parent and child, teacher and student, have to be upheld, and upon whom generalised projections easily occur, how true to character is a person when they inhabit the role they’re made to play?

Producer: Yash M.

Cast: Karen Tan Bee Lin, Shi-An Lim, Nora Samosir

Nene

United Kingdom / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Lara Genovese

It’s Nene’s wedding day and, for an instant, she feels she cannot breathe. Cleo, her sister tries to comfort her but also whispers in her ear something that Nene could not possibly do.

Producer: Lara Genovese

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Never Broken

Canada / Drama / 18 mins

Director: Mary-Jo Dionne, Jeff Macpherson

It’s 1977. When a young mom finds herself broke and alone and raising her 5-year-old daughter, she creates a world of make-believe in order to shield her from the pain of poverty. Well, that and she genuinely believes that how we shape our perspective is ultimately how we shape our lives.

Writer: Mary-Jo Dionne

Producer: Joely Collins

Cast: Christine Chatelain, Paige Phung, Teryl Rothery

PROGRAM 14 | DIGITAL EDITION

Nic_unextinct

United Kingdom / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Vera Graziadei

A solar punk fashion graduate is on a verge of a career break, when some bad news arrive from home that their childhood pet horse will be put down. Suddenly they’re forced to navigate future opportunities while battling with the dark memories of their past.

Producer: Vera Graziadei, Alisa Tritenko

Cast: Nic Locke

No Need to Worry

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Hugo Ortiz Clemens

Ashamed to ask for help, a middle-aged Hispanic man will face the challenges that arise from labeling himself as the sole family provider.

Producer: Julia Hunt

Cast: Genaro Perez, Daniela Benavides

Open House

Canada / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Rayisa Kondracki

A woman holds an open house with the hope of cashing in on her investment and finding companionship for whatever it is that awaits her next.

Producer: Clara Altimas, Mark Waters

Cast: Luba Goy, Simon Sinn

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PG 13

United States / Horror / 24 mins

PROGRAM 15 | DIGITAL EDITION

Director/Writer: Tiffani Holland

In the 1990’s 4 teens with latent superpowers come together one night to search for an elusive serial killer who abducts kids just like them.

Producer: Christopher Gleaton

Cast: Brittany Mirabile, Tiffani Holland

Pickup

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Christine Delp

When a rideshare to the airport takes an unsettling turn, both passenger and driver struggle to keep control.

Producer: Bridgette Cyr, Christine Delp, Catherine Rierson

Cast: Catherine Rierson, Steven Sherwood

Realign

Taiwan / Animation / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Ruei-Feng Huang

“REALIGN” is an animation film about space and time dimension. It depicts a boy who reverberate confusedly around the room, street and the lake outside the gigantic wall, which he decided to take the step toward the line that behold the gravity of whole after thunderstorms corroded the time.

Producer: Sheep Wu Cast: Yu-Tsung Sung, Hsuan-Ming Mu

Sana Que Sana

United States / Documentary / 14 mins

Director: Gabriella E Aguirre

Sana Que Sana explores the process of healing and emergence from a lifetime of betrayal. It documents a woman discovering her husband’s lifelong secret amid his accelerating dementia, his absolution. This short film navigates death and honor in the context of religion, culture, shame, and devotion in Colombia.

Producer: Brydie O’Connor

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She’s Mine Now

United States / Drama / 6 mins

PROGRAM 16 | DIGITAL EDITION

Somewhere I’ve Been

United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Dalton Okolo

An assassin takes in the dog of a couple she has recently murdered.

Producer: Wa’ad Adam, Andrew Towe, Nich Scolamiero

Cast: Ieda Favo, Kenny Akinnuoye, Beau Thompson

Director/Writer: Jonny Durgan

Mary (Sheila Reid) is the last resident of a council estate that is due to be demolished. When the news of her eviction arrives, it has tragic ramifications for everyone involved.

Producer: Jo Rae Daly

Cast: Sheila Reid, Lindsey Coulson, John Love

Space Race

United States / Animation / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Shane Dioneda

Two competing Astronauts race to claim the moon for themselves.

Strings

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez

Penny has her share of demons, and she’s about to take on one more. Despite her inability to play, Penny has big dreams of becoming the world’s greatest axe player. After stealing one from an antique shop, she decides to break it in at the local punk bar she frequents.

Producer: Rodrigo Moreno Fernandez

Cast: Jamie Hundt

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Sucks To Be The Moon

United States / Animation / 11 mins

Director: Tyler March, Eric Paperth

Jealous of the Sun’s stardom, the Moon journeys into space, searching for a planet that actually cares about him. Will he find his place in the universe, or is he destined to be a lonely loser forever?

Writer: Tyler March, Eric Paperth, Rob Tanchum

Producer: Tyler March, Eric Paperth

Cast: Jack Quaid, Stephanie Hsu, Rob Tanchum

PROGRAM 17 | DIGITAL EDITION

Sunday Roast

United Kingdom / Comedy / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Lukas Steinmaier

The Wheldon family sure loves to celebrate their holy Sunday. As for the family tradition, the parents Frank and Molly are preparing a splendid roast chicken. But their daughter Laura knows all too well that this is just their way of settling their differences. As the food is served and the alcohol flows, the seemingly civilised lunch quickly descends into a downright war.

Producer: Stacey Vlasyuk

Cast: Caitlin Florence-Rose, Antony Knight, Rebecca Alexander

Swimmer

Canada / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Duane Crichton

A teenage girl sinks under the weight of her grief at the loss of her best friend. Coupled with her own self-doubt Kai makes decisions that could derail her one and only shot out of her dead-end town; a swimming scholarship.

Writer: Kimberley Gillis

Producer: Richard Cureton, Luc Frappier, Duane Crichton

Cast: Talia Jodouin, Jamaica Fraser, Tiffany Babiak

Tecata

United States / Drama / 24 mins

Director/Writer: Mario Theodosio Gallegos

Presented with an opportunity to escape her stagnant New Mexico town, a young genizaro girl must decide if she wants to break away from her tight knit family or stay and continue struggling to keep her family afloat as her mother sinks deeper into the grips of heroin addiction.

Producer: Mario Theodosio Gallegos, Vera Amaya, Andrés Vázquez

Cast: Juliet Lopez, Bernardo Saracino, Janelle Gallegos

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Ten Months

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Amie Song

A Chinese mother, who comes to New York for a short visit but gets stuck due to COVID travel restrictions, and her Americanized daughter navigate their ten months living together in a small New York City studio apartment.

Producer: Mariel Iezzoni

Cast: Cynthia Hu, Grace Lin

PROGRAM 18 | DIGITAL EDITION

The Bright Fire

China / Drama / 15 mins

The Cathar

United Kingdom / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Zoe Zou

Two young cousins find a wonderland outside of their unstable families, without knowing the friendship they have will eventually comes to an end.

Producer: Jing Wang

Cast: Yunjia Xing, Yuanqi Han

Director/Writer: Liam Hendrix Heath

A fraying, washed-up musician meets a charismatic psychic and becomes convinced that he’s receiving messages from a past life, guiding him to long-lost treasure.

Producer: India Whitty

Cast: David Heath, Brix Smith, Chelsea Grace

The Electricity In Me

United Kingdom / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Mat Sheldon

Years after giving up her newborn son for adoption, a woman confronts her trauma and memories of the man she calls ‘my monster’.

Producer: Mat Sheldon, Nileema Yesmin

Cast: Ellora Torchia

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The Funeral Photographer

United States / Drama / 17 mins

Director: Ashley Thompson

What are these two men up to? Who are they waiting for? What is the attendant hiding? Most importantly… why was she hired?

Writer: Mark strauss

Producer: Troy Daniel Smith, Jim Benoit, Mark Strauss

Cast: Tara Hazel Walsh, Curtis Edward Jackson, Timothy Weinert

PROGRAM 19 | DIGITAL EDITION

The Game

United States / Drama / 21 mins

Director/Writer: Aldo Vassallo

Set in early 2000’s suburbia, The Game portrays a bewilderingly tense period in eight year old George’s life. One night, as he attempts to drown out his parents’ constant and escalating conflicts by gluing his eyes to his Gameboy, he’s startled by the sound of a deafening scream coming from his mother’s bedroom. Based on a true story.

Producer: Ana Naumovska

Cast: Nicolas Calero, Shah Motia, Adrienne Lauren

The Island of the Dolls

Mexico / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Julio César Padilla

This intensely emotional untold story explores the life of a teenager, Xóchitl. After discovering that her boyfriend is cheating, she makes a drastic decision that will take her to suffer traumatic experiences and to do things that she never imagined.

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The Last Bee On Earth

United Kingdom / Comedy / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Nick Flugge

In early 2024, a documentary crew went to document the story of Sam, an ordinary man entrusted with looking after the last bee on Earth. This is this film of that.

Producer: Sara Newman

Cast: Sunil Patel, Roxy Dunn

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The Last Cloudweaver

United Kingdom / Animation / 4 mins

Director: Anna-Ester Volozh

High above the clouds, a Dragon is teaching his granddaughter the last vestiges of his craft - Cloud Weaving. A magical art form, it takes time and patience to learn, and although Skye’s ambitions are soaring, her skills still need practice. As the sun sets over the horizon and day turns to night, she slowly comes into her own, shouldering the responsibility of creation and accepting the passage of time.

Writer: Judit Boor

Producer: Anna-Ester Volozh

PROGRAM 20 | DIGITAL EDITION

The Missus Downstairs

Canada / Comedy / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Mary Walsh

The Missus Downstairs is a comedy about an oddball friendship hatched between one man and his nosy, yet strangely loveable, downstairs neighbour Mildred. Featuring Mary Walsh (Codco, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching) as the quirky and inquisitive Missus Downstairs, and Dave Sullivan (The Grand Seduction, The Republic of Doyle) as her somewhat naïve and shy upstairs neighbour.

Producer: Mary Walsh Cast: Mary Walsh

The Mourning Bird

United Kingdom / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: George Somner

The Mourning Bird is a coming of age story that takes an intimate look into a 13 year old boys first encounter with grief.

Producer: Dayo Moshood, Abi Corbett

Cast: Kaynan Jacobs, Ony Uhiara, Chris Tummings

The Rewind

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Michael Montazeri

An incident reunites a grandfather and his grandson.

Producer: Michael Montazeri

Cast: Mazin Akar, Bahman Soltani

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The Show

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Jesse Gi

Peter, a high school senior and equipment manager of the school baseball team, lures Henry, a rising star player, to a private batting session that leads to a violent altercation.

Producer: Norrie Palmer, Jesse Gi

Cast: Damon Mckinnis, JT Garcia

PROGRAM 21 | DIGITAL EDITION

The Social Chameleon

United States / Animation / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Alex Ross

Cosmo the chameleon doesn’t fit in with the other animals. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to find his place in the jungle. Then, everything changes when he meets another chameleon who shows him how to live by his own true colors!

Producer: Andrew Austin, Alex Ross, Vrinda Sood

These Colours Don’t Run

Indonesia / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Difizckal Satriatama

After coming home beaten and bruised, Joni is given an ultimatum by his father to retaliate against his bullies. When Joni got back empty-handed, his father taught him how to fight. Will Joni break the cycle of violence passed on from generations before him? Or will he be another cog in the machine?

Producer: Stephanie Cornelia, Difizckal Satriatama, Rafael Ricky Cast: Zaya Fadhillah, Kiki Narendra, Wani Siregar

Tulpa

United States / Animation / 7 mins

Director: Paris Baillie

The Baillie family process the powers of their Tulpas. Paris Baillie materializes them in this stop-motion short.

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Tutu

China / Drama / 25 mins

PROGRAM 22 | DIGITAL EDITION

Director/Writer: Lu Zou

Late summer, Tutu, an 8-year-old girl whose parents were almost never around, spent her entire summer holiday within the residential compound, accompanying by her pet rabbit Blossom alone. One day, Blossom committed suicide by jumping off the balcony, Tutu went on the road alone determined to bury the rabbit.

Producer: Lu Zou

Cast: Tianmi Zhou, Xudong Huang, Tianchen Huang

Two Wongs

United States / Drama / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Frank Harts

Two brothers from Queens, NY drive to Maine to avenge the murder of their mother, who was beaten to death during an Asian hate crime spree.

Producer: Frank Harts

Cast: Johnny M Wu, Celester Rich

Waysland

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Lyria Garcia

Waysland starts with the number one obstacle facing most immigrants; insecurity with speaking English. Meet Teresa, a Brazilian immigrant dreaming of trading her dishwashing job to become the restaurant’s hostess. The position opens up and Teresa gets the job with some help from her American roommate, Stella.

Producer: Evan Schneider, Lyria Garcia, Kristina Horan

Cast: Daniela Escobar, Kristina Horan

We Are

France / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Gregory Sankara

During a cold winter night, two twin sisters confront one another about the place each one takes in the other’s life. Are these sisters twins in their minds or are they actually blood related ? Do they love or hate each other ? Either way, there can be only one left...

Producer: Mike Horn, Jeremy Burghoffer, Bruno Suchet

Cast: Alix Bénézech

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When You Were With Me

Israel / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Gili Danon, Efrat Shalom Danon

Tikva lays wounded on the bathroom floor with her unconscious husband on top of her. She can’t move. No one hears her cries for help. Exhausted, she sets out on a journey to save her life.

Writer: Gili Danon

Producer: Itai Tamir, Ami Livne

Cast: Levana Finkelstein, Shlomo Vishinsky

PROGRAM 23 | DIGITAL EDITION

Why

Spain / Documentary / 23 mins

Will

United Kingdom / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Natxo Leuza Fernandez

Why this war in Ukraine? Why are they shooting at us? Why are they destroying everything? Why am I afraid? Were they not our brothers and sisters? Why do they want to kill us? Why so much hatred? Why are they killing our children? Why are they humiliating us? Why do they take everything from us? Why do I have to flee? Why do we need to be liberated and rescued?

Producer: Lucía Benito De la Fuente, Jokin Pascual Pérez

Director: Iustina Nevel, Anca Vaida

During the Christmas season, a homeless man takes refuge in front of a shop and, each night, he defies his bad luck by spending the change he gets on lottery tickets.

Writer: Iustina Nevel

Producer: Iustina Nevel, Adrian Chibulcutean, Paul V Fishback

Cast: Gearoid Kavanagh, Iustina Nevel

Winter’s Passing

China / Drama / 21 mins

Director/Writer: Yang Fei

Winter’s Passing is a coming-of-age narrative short film. Due to his mother’s untimely death and his father’s remarriage, an 8-year-old boy has to live with his grandfather who runs a small urn shop. While reluctantly staying at the shop and trying to return to his father, he meets a woman who wants to buy two identical urns. Through their secret deal, the boy gradually learns the meanings of loss and grief.

Producer: Lei Xu, Yang Fei

Cast: Wei Li, Zhiyi Yang, Jimei Zeng

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Woman in Blue

New Zealand / Drama / 13 mins

Director: Jack O’Donnell

An ex-policewoman relives her memories from a dementia ward.

Writer: Jack O’Donnell, Ashleigh Flynn

Producer: Ashleigh Flynn

Cast: Acushla - Tara Kupe, Temuera Morrison, Isaac Te Reina

PROGRAM 24 | DIGITAL EDITION

Your Biggest Fan

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Doug McFerrin

An out-of-work, single dad dreams about a successful stand up career. But when he forgets about a promising gig and his life starts to feel like a joke, his daughter steps in to save the night with some jokes of her own.

Producer: Doug McFerrin, John Mark Krum

Cast: Matt Melton, Melia Kane, Patti O’Hara

Yuri

France / Drama / 12 mins

Director: Baky Dia

In a world of water scarcity, a father and son have a mysterious encounter.

Writer: Baky Dia, Rahul Bhalla

Producer: Baky Dia

Cast: Jonas Dinal, Demba Diaw, Adeline Lo Piccolo

Cutter

United States / Thriller / 13 mins

Director: Eden Wright

When her newest client sends them both out to sea, a desperate maritime hairdresser learns an important lesson about internet strangers; the hard way.

Writer: Nick Kunze

Producer: Jack Kauffman, Eve Austin

Cast: Eden Wright, John Michael Hardin, Linda Collins

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QUICO

Carlos A. Hiciano

United States / Drama / 12 mins

UNDERPAINT

Anna Hopkins

Canada / Drama / 12 mins

BIENVENIDOS

A LOS ANGELES

Lisa Cole United States / Drama / 15 mins

HELL IN VINEYARD

Samuel Langshteyn United States / Thriller / 17 mins

PLASTIC KILLER

Jose Pozo Spain / Drama / 20 mins

BURIED & FORGOTTEN

Ali Ahmed

United States / Drama / 15 mins

TELLER NUMBER FOUR

Peter Novosel

United States / Action / 13 mins

VOICES FROM THE VOID Theo Burtis United States / Sci-fi / 10 mins

LEMONS

Gonnie Zur United States / Drama / 28 mins

SHRINKER Sinclair Rankin United States / Drama / 11 mins

BOOKSMART

Côme Ferré France / Drama / 3 mins

RAY

Charles Socarides

United States / Drama / 13 mins

COVID SUPPORT GROUP

Abigail Bogle United States / Drama / 8 mins

LOOK LIKE YOU Snigdha Kapoor United States / Drama / 13 mins

SPIN

Lisa Marie Tedesco United States / Drama / 17 mins

THE GAME James Kinney, Pierre Marais United States / Dance / 5 mins

PG 13 Tiffani Holland United States / Horror Drama / 24 mins

BON/OFF

Alex Craig

United States / Sci-Fi / 17 mins

SOMA

Dylan Zivitz

United States / Drama / 11 mins

ESCAPE

Oren Brimer United States / Comedy / 14 mins

KAGEBOSHI

Ken Ochiaie

United States / Drama / 5 mins

THE DEN SHORT

Jessica Aquila Cymerman

United States / Drama / 15 mins

YOU CAN

STAY HERE IF YOU

WANT Sarah Rosen United States / Comedy / 12 mins

THE RESEMBLANCE

Forrest Karbowski United States / Drama / 11 mins

THE CALL

Ryan Jafri United States / Thriller / 14 mins

TO BE HONEST

John Robert Hammerer United States / Drama / 6 mins

REAL CRIMINALS

Jackson Mirmina United States / Comedy / 15 mins

THE NEST

Phoebe Mattana United States / Comedy / 9 mins

JAC ON THE COME UP

Gene Graham United States / Drama / 10 mins

FATHER HOLLIDAY

Craig Davidowitz United States / Sci-Fi / 13 mins

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Quico

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Carlos A. Hiciano

An emotional portrait of a young Latino boy navigating his youth in white suburban America. He copes with micro-aggressions and family tensions.

Producer: Carlos A. Hiciano, Alfonso M. Rodriguez, Antonio Mendez

Cast: Emperor Kaioyus, Maria Peyramaure, J Pearllinda Vanburen

Underpaint

Canada / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Anna Hopkins

Underpaint follows the filmmaker, Anna Hopkins, as she wanders through an art gallery. Noticing a young girl on a gallery visit with her dad, Anna embarks on a journey through memories and conversations she had with her own father, Tom Hopkins, a painter himself. She explores personal reflections on her father’s death, his worldviews, his art practice, and his impact on her life.

Producer: Mariah Owen, Anna Hopkins

Cast: Maya Misaljevic, Ben Carlson, Anna Hopkins

Bienvenidos A Los Angeles

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writers: Lisa Cole

Inspired by true events, the film tells the timely story of Imani, a Nigerian single-mother living in Los Angeles. When she offers to help a perfect stranger reunite with her son, Imani learns this simple act of kindness threatens to jeopardize her own path to citizenship.

Producer: Ben O’Keefe, Vivian Johnson, Cindy Lu

Cast: Destiny Faith Nelson, Stacey Patino, Yvonne Huff Lee

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Hell In Vineyard

United States / Thriller / 17 mins

Director/Writer: Samuel Langshteyn

A rich, Hearing man named Benwick created a new, modern day Martha Vineyard community where only Deaf people reside. He is struggling to convince one Hearing neighbor, Max, to move out. One day, a Deaf resident, Jacob, turns up dead and Benwick’s Deaf assistant, Grace, discovers a sinister fate regarding the community.

Producer: Kimberly Mac

Cast: Krissy Lemon, Joseph Buck, Gregor Lopes, Diego Navarro

Plastic Killer

Spain / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Jose Pozo

Amparo lives in an old abandoned haberdashery in the center of Madrid with the only company of Carmela, a plastic bag whom she considers her daughter.

Producer: David Ortiz

Cast: José Mota, Laura Gómez-Lacueva, Elisabet Terri

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FRIDAY. October 21

4:00 Program 2 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Buried & Forgotten

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Ali Ahmed

An alcoholic with a martyr complex must stay sober for a weekend while going home (after over a year) to see his dying Uncle and religious Muslim family. But as he loses his grip on reality he struggles to grapple with not just deeper childhood traumas, but also new dark revelations of sexual abuse that will test him in this neo-noir tragedy.

Producer: Ali Ahmed

Cast: Anya Banerjee, Inji Zayba Zaheer, J. Singh

Teller Number Four

United States / Action / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Peter Novosel

Kevin decides to turn around his mundane existence by asking out the girl of his dreams only to be forced to rob the very bank in which she works. All the while our Narrator experiences a mild existential crisis as they come to terms with the outcome of the story.

Producer: Peter Novosel

Cast: Seth Rogen, Ricky Mabe, Stacy Kaney

Voices from the Void

United States / Sci-fi / 10 mins

Director: Theo Burtis

Two shipwrecked astronauts fight over how to get rescued from an alien desert

Cast: Kym Jackson, Kyle Mattocks

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FRIDAY. October 21

4:00 Program 2 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Lemons

United States / Drama / 28 mins

Director/Writer: Gonnie Zur

After their late grandmother’s house is sold, two estranged sisters, tasked with cleaning it out, must withstand a weekend alone together while confronting the grimness of their relationship.

Producer: Gonnie Zur, Mandy Giampaolo

Cast: Maren Lord, Colby Minifie

Shrinker

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Sinclair Rankin

Shrinker is about a therapist who employs unorthodox methods to treat a patient undergoing an existential crisis, only to find himself in crisis as well.

Producer: Sinclair Rankin, 186 Productions

Cast: Jose Alvarez, Alessandro Colla, Rosemary Howard

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FRIDAY. October 21

6:00 Program 3 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Booksmart

France / Drama / 3 mins

Director/Writer: Côme Ferré

Since he wants to know everything about everything, this 8 years old boy spend all of his time reading books. But there are things no book can explain...

Producer: Claude Fayolle

Cast: Liam Biermans

Ray

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Charles Socarides

After years of painful separation, Quinn (Juan Castano) learns that his brother Ray has fatally overdosed. Seeking closure, he attends the funeral and forms an unlikely connection with Daphne (Sarah Steele).

Producer: Adam Bradley, Max Rothman, Charles Socarides

Cast: Juan Castano, Sarah Steele

Covid Support Group

United States / Drama / 8 mins

Director/Writers: Abigail Bogle

A short film inspired by the events of the pandemic. A young woman’s search for solace leads her to attend a community group therapy session but the meeting does not go as expected.

Producer: Soledad Bolden

Cast: Alyssa Alizor, Kevin Richard Best, Zachary Sherry

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6:00 Program 3 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Look Like You

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Snigdha Kapoor

Tara, a South Asian queer woman, goes to see her eight-year-old biological son after many years but is unprepared for the tensions that resurface with his white adoptive parents.

Producer: Pulkit Datta, Lauren Sowa

Cast: Shazi Raja, Ryder Khatiwala, Robert Z Grant, Margaret Champagne

Spin

United States / Drama / 17 mins

Director/Writer: Lisa Marie Tedesco

When the curtain descends on their final performance of Romeo and Juliet in drama club, high school seniors Abigail and Sky bid a fair adieu to the stage they loved while letting their most deepest desires for one another surface at the cast party.

Producer: R.A. Johnson

Cast: Courtney St. Gelais, Sierra Berkeley Fisher, JahDey Oakley Wright

The Game

United States / Dance / 5 mins

Director: James Kinney, Pierre Marais

Paying homage to classic film noir cinema, The Game brings together an unlikely cast of characters in a midnight game of cat and mouse. Set in a mysterious abandoned warehouse and told through a hybrid of jazz dance styles, alliances are forged, suspicions are raised, and from within the shadows, a player will ultimately take the prize.

Producer: Straighten Your Crown Productions

Cast: Yesenia Ayala, Jordan Betscher, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald

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United States / Horror Drama / 24 mins

Director/Writer: Tiffani Holland

In the 1990’s 4 teens with latent superpowers come together one night to search for an elusive serial killer who abducts kids just like them.

Producer: Christopher Gleaton

Cast: Brittany Mirabile, Tiffani Holland

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8:00 Program 4 | CINEMA VILLAGE

On/Off

United States / Sci-Fi / 17 mins

Director/Writer: Alex Craig

When Tom’s late wife comes back as a replica robot, she slowly destroys the cherished memories of his real wife. Tom has to come up with a solution to hold onto what he has left.

Cast: Michael Shiflett, Kathryn Strouse

SOMA

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Dylan Zivitz

A simple man’s journey with grief is briefly placed in limbo when he experiments with psychedelics to see the one he loves.

Writer: Jacob Kyle Loescher

Producer: Susan Marinello, Dylan Zivitz

Cast: Jacob Kyle Loescher, Dianne Garriga, William T. Thess

Escape

United States / Comedy / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Oren Brimer

A couple tries to get out of an escape room before the timer runs out on their relationship.

Producer: Oren Brimer, David Kerns, Sophie Horwitz-Hirsch

Cast: Demi Adejuyigbe, Courtney Pauroso, George Basil

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FRIDAY. October 21

8:00 Program 4 | CINEMA VILLAGE

You Can Stay Here If You Want

United States / Comedy / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Sarah Rosen

A couple breaks up just as New York City locks down. Will the pandemic bring them back together? Shot on 16mm, a dramatic comedy about what we owe our lovers, our neighbors, and ourselves.

Producer: Alex Wiske

Cast: Ian Quinlan, Mike Doyle, Sarah Rosen

To Be Honest

United States / Drama / 6 mins

Director: John Robert Hammerer

Two exes attempt to reconnect, unaware they each have something to hide.

Writer: Liana Sonenclar

Producer: Daniel Kirby, Liana Sonenclar, John Robert Hammerer

Cast: Liana Sonenclar, Daniel Kirby

Real Criminals

United States / Comedy / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Jackson Mirmina

A struggling scam artist plans the robbery of a local bake shoppe.

Producer: Jackson Mirmina

Cast: Jackson Mirmina, Matt Socci, Peter Allen Sweet

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10:00 Program 5 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Kageboshi

United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director: Ken Ochiaie

In the 1930’s, a Japanese-American father & daughter must play a deadly game of shadow tag to escape from a demon child, Kageboshi.

Writer: Ken Ochiai, Adam Valeiras

Producer: Adam Valeiras, Ken Ochiai

Cast: Anju Chiku, Go Jibiki, Jun Machida

The Den Short

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Jessica Aquila Cymerman

Inspired by true events, The Den is a psychological thriller following Myna O’Neill, an ambitious New York stage actress, as she navigates a manipulative and toxic relationship with her idol, Jamie Bock. A twisted story of abuse and revenge behind the scenes of an Off-Bway theatre.

Writer: Kelsey Ann Wacker, Nathan Simpson

Producer: Eden Perry, Jamie Thalman, Nathan Simpson

Cast: Geoff Stults, Kelsey Ann Wacker

The Resemblance

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Forrest Karbowski

Lori is confronted by a stranger who claims to have ties to her past.

Writer: Forrest Karbowski, Rhea Lyons

Producer: Tessa Travis

Cast: Donna Cooper, Malik Childs

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FRIDAY. October 21

10:00 Program 5 | CINEMA VILLAGE

The Call

United States / Thriller / 14 mins

Director: Ryan Jafri

1965. A small man in a big world works hard to close a deal, doing everything he can to please his boss. But the clock is ticking, and someone is out to get him.

Writer: Ryan Jafri, Ben Woodiwiss

Producer: Aliki Paraschis

Cast: Tom Martin, Alex Hebert

The Nest

United States / Comedy / 9 mins

Director: Phoebe Mattana

A goofball comedy when two soon-to-be step sisters meet up in the park for the first time to go birding. After finding a nest of baby birds, we learn how excited Sophie is to have a sister and how doubtful Alexa is that they will ever have a meaningful relationship. Ultimately it is revealed that this is not the first time Alexa has had new step sisters and none of those relationships lasted.

Writer: Phoebe Mattana, Rachel Romney

Producer: Phoebe Mattana, Rachel Romney

Cast: Phoebe Mattana, Rachel Romney, Jake Roseman

Jac on the Come Up

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Gene Graham

Ozzie Stewart’s award-winning turn as Jac propels the story of a recent widow who takes a walk through midtown Manhattan on an autumn day, contemplating life, love and what lies ahead.

Producer: Gene Graham, Paul Rowley

Cast: Ozzie Stewart, Crystin Gilmore, Roland Sands

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Director:

Western Action/Suspense series entitled Father Holliday that follows the troubled path of an NYC present-day western Vigilante Priest that has a special yet hidden relationship with the infamous Doc Holliday.

Writer: Craig Davidowitz, Alex Bandy

Cast: Alex Bandy, Johnny Diaz

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NIGHT OF THE COOTERS

George R.R. Martin’s Vincent D’Onofrio USA / Sci-Fi / 34 minutes

VILLAGE

George R.R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, a screenwriter, and television producer. He is known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO dramatic series Game of Thrones

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THE OLD GUITARIST

Will Nunziata

United States / Drama / 7 mins

RAINWATER

Max Amar United States / Drama / 18 mins

NEXT

MOVE

Ana Verde United States / Drama / 9 mins

SONNY’S BLUES

Daliza M. Sánchez Osorio United States / Drama / 27 mins

DENNY BARRACUDA

Shannon Goldman United States / Drama / 18 mins

WHERE IT’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN IT RAINS

Harley Chamandy United States / Drama / 13 mins

NIKE FEELS

Andy Currie

United States / Commercial / 1 min

SO

DEAD DOGS

DON’T LIE Max Tullio United States / Drama / 12 mins

CANDIED LIPS

Hina Effie Ogino United States / Romance / 7 mins

ANGELS Jasmine Bissete France / Drama / 6 mins

LAST HURRAH

Mia Weinberger United States / Drama / 16 mins

A CLEAN BREAK

Victor Pigasse United States / Drama / 8 mins

MR. OBERBECK

Sebastian DiNatale United States / Drama / 15 mins

GOOD TO SEE YOU

Justin Alexander Gonçalves

United States / Comedy / 11 mins

ROCKET BOY Michael Reilly Mango

United States / Drama / 10 mins

WOMEN AND ELEPHANTS

Barbara Stepansky United States / Drama / 16 mins

SAMMY WAITS FOR A CALL

Gregg Cameron Kearns United States / Comedy / 22 mins

THROUGH THE STARS Ariel Danziger United States / Drama / 17 mins

SOMETHING UNSEEN

Sparkman Clark

United States / Drama / 20 mins

ZERO REFILLS

Eli Lederberg

United States / Drama / 10 mins

HOMESICK

Valeria Contreras

United States / Drama / 15 mins

BB

GUN

Paolina Weber United States / Drama / 12 mins

THE

FOOL

Yoshiya Yamamoto, Darius Rubin United States / Drama / 24 mins

DONNIE DIX

Sascha Taylor Larsen

United States / Music Comedy / 4 mins

WHEN TIME WAS ON OUR SIDE

Matthew Scheffler, Jesse Wekerle

United States / Drama / 15 mins

WHAT A HARVEST

Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro United States / Thriller / 15 mins

ABSOLUTE POWER

Isaac Suero

United States / Drama / 20 mins

BIRTH

OF VENUS

Clemy Clarke United States / Drama / 8 mins

HI,

I’M ELSIE

Lisa Younger United States / Drama / 14 mins

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Night of the Cooters

USA / Sci-Fi / 34 minutes

Director: Vincent D’Onofrio

Follows the time when martians invaded Pachuco, Texas in the 1800’s.

Writer: Joe Landsdale

Producer: George RR Martin

Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Hopper Penn, Cristin McCleary, Martin Sensmeier

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2:00 Program 6 | CINEMA VILLAGE

The Old Guitarist

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Will Nunziata

Award-winning actor Dominic Chianese (“The Sopranos”, “The Godfather: Part II”) stars as an old guitarist who reflects on his past.

Producer: 23 Productions

Cast: Dominic Chianese, Mike Cefalo, Ayden Skye

Rainwater

United States / Drama / 18 mins

Director/Writer: Max Amar

A Hasidic Jewish woman joins her friends on a secret night out away from their strict community, only to meet a mysterious woman that changes the course of her evening throughout Brooklyn.

Producer: Elana Ganz, Max Amar

Cast: Michelle Persoff, Katie Ailion, Phoebe Mattana

Next Move

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director: Ana Verde

After the closure of Hartley Realtors offices Madison and Harper are forced to move in with their madwoman Boss to keep the company afloat, unaware of what’s in store in this Next Move

Writers: Samantha Bowen, Julia Tolchin

Producer: Samantha Bowen, Julia Tolchin

Cast: Samantha Bowen, Julia Tolchin, Iliana Guibert

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SATURDAY. October 22

2:00 Program 6 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Sonny’s Blues

United States / Drama / 27 mins

Director: Daliza M. Sánchez Osorio

A 22 year old black musician, Sonny, living in NYC is struggling to find success in the music industry. He works tirelessly on his craft and to make ends meet for him and his father who is discouraging him from following his dreams.

Writers: Anthony Starvaggi, Wilbert Turner III

Producer: Anthony Starvaggi

Cast: Jymil Littles, Matt Louie, Greg Mays

Denny Barracuda

United States / Drama / 18 mins

Director: Shannon Goldman

Who on earth is Denny Barracuda? William has no idea, but he’s about to let her into his apartment after spending eight months in quarantine.

Writers: Whitney Matheson

Producer: Dean Haspiel, Whitney Matheson, Shannon Goldman

Cast: Madeleine Morrell, Lawrence Trailer

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SATURDAY. October 22

4:00 Program 7 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Where It’s Beautiful When It Rains

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Harley Chamandy

An eight year old boy is looking for a job in New York City.

Producer: Harley Chamandy, Chantal Chamandy

Dead Dogs Don’t Lie

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Max Tullio

On the way home from another night of drinks at another neighborhood dinner party, Claire and Hugh brutally run over the family dog. While trying to get rid of the body before their daughter April wakes up in the morning, cracks start to reveal themselves in their marriage.

Producer: Laura Ganotis, Heather Francis

Cast: Shaun Anthony, Lauren McCann

Candied Lips

United States / Romance / 7 mins

Director: Hina Effie Ogino

For blue-haired Steve, it’s just another day working at his mom’s candy store in Montauk. That is, until the girl of his dreams suddenly walks in. Her name is Strawberry; she has red highlights and an edgy sense of style. She doesn’t seem like one for small talk as she walks up to the counter and bluntly asks Steve for skittles, but Steve is visibly rattled by her uniqueness. Strawberry then pulls out a disposable camera and takes a photo of him.

Writers: Chase Markoff

Producer: Chase Markoff

Cast: Chase Markoff, Oliva Knowles

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SATURDAY. October 22

4:00 Program 7 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Angels

France / Drama / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Jasmine Bissete

1968, Tehran, Iran. When French-Iranian student Niloufar, 10, learns that President Georges Pompidou will visit her school, she devises her own way to make an impression.

Producer: Joshua Chun, Maya Hartleben, Sarah Moustakim

Cast: Emie Obry, Lana Obry, Claudia Marie DiGiambattist

Last Hurrah

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writer: Mia Weinberger

In the final hours of their relationship, long-term couple Emma and Hunter make the most of their time together before she moves away and they separate for good. A bittersweet romcom, “Last Hurrah” is a love letter to the relationships we leave behind.

Producer: Mia Weinberger

Cast: Jake Swain, Mia Weinberge

A Clean Break

United States / Drama / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Victor Pigasse

A lonely introverted thief breaks into people’s houses until he has an unexpected encounter...

Producer: Manya Glassman, Victor Pigasse

Cast: Sophia Blum, Victor Pigasse, Steve Kidd

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4:00 Program 7 | CINEMA VILLAGE

At her father’s will reading, Sam learns a dark secret about his past. Specifically, he briefly spent time as a CIA agent, tortured and killed a man suspected of treason, and kept this chapter of his life completely hidden from his family.

Writer: Laura Oberbeck

Producer: Laurel Kulow

Cast: Desi Lydic, Laura Oberbeck, Thomas Creel

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Mr. Oberbeck United States / Drama / 15 mins

SATURDAY. October 22

6:00 Program 8 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Nike Feels

United States / Commercial / 1 min

Director: Andy Currie

Commercial parody for Nike shoes designed to help you outrun your problems.

Writer: Deanna Director

Producer: Deanna Director

Cast: Max Emerson

So Good to See You

United States / Comedy / 11 mins

Director: Justin Alexander Gonçalves

After a chance encounter with the one that got away, Walter gets a second opportunity to show off a new version of himself.

Writer: Justin Alexander Gonçalves, Walker Rutter-Bowman

Producer: Justin Alexander Gonçalves, Jackie Todd

Cast: Annie Hägg

Rocket Boy

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writers: Michael Reilly Mango

To cheer up his dying grandfather, Mikey sets out on a journey with his homemade rocketship to take his grandfather to space.

Producer: Richard Chenel, Anvitia Brahmbatt, Michael Reilly Mango

Cast: David Dotterer, Matthew Vitkosky

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SATURDAY. October 22

6:00 Program 8 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Women and Elephants

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director: Barbara Stepansky

Gwen and Paul are life-loggers and life partners locked inside during a global shutdown until Gwen discovers a blip in her life and must leave. Trouble ensues when she doesn’t make it out the door but instead ends up right where she started as the days bleed together and reality crosses wires with dreams. Is Gwen simply forgetting? Or is there something more sinister happening?

Writer: Marlowe Holden

Producer: Marlowe Holden, Justin Ambrosino

Cast: Marlowe Holden, Scott Thomas

Sammy Waits For A Call

United States / Comedy / 22 mins

Director/Writer: Gregg Cameron Kearns

Stuck in a small motel in upstate New York with his best friend Frank, Sammy waits for a phone call from a woman he met at the laundromat, the anticipation in which causes him to question the reality around him.

Producer: Vincent Krohn, Nabil Elbehri, Daniel V Masciari

Cast: Gregg Cameron Kearns, Daniel V. Masciari

Through the Stars

United States / Drama / 17 mins

Director: Ariel Danziger

Under the cover of darkness, a teenage girl attempts to escape her tormented reality, determined to find her missing father with the help of her best friend and a mysterious device.

Writer: Ryan Marth

Producer: Lisa Carr, Ryan Marth, Alex Knapp

Cast: Mya Hudson, Jack Welshons

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8:00 Program 9 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Something Unseen

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Sparkman Clark

August has bipolar disorder. While staying at his parent’s house alone, comes to find that ghosts are coming through a portal in the attic.

Producer: Sparkman Clark, Blaine Dunkley Cast: Taylor Petracek, Anjelica Bosboom, Todd Licea

Zero Refills

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Eli Lederberg

Lee tries to pick up a routine prescription, but an unexpected problem leaves him with a difficult and potentially dangerous decision.

Producer: Eli Lederberg, Leoder Sanchez Cast: Josh Keller, Joyia Bradley, Anelle Abad

Homesick

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Valeria Contreras

“Homesick” is a modern-day tale of two star-crossed lovers, separated by a global pandemic and the U.S.Mexico Border. This film focuses on the love and bond that unites people and communities across borders— and the heartbreak that exists when that unity is broken.

Producer: Valeria Contreras, Kevin L. Lee

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8:00 Program 9 | CINEMA VILLAGE

BB Gun

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Paolina Weber

Bobby has a BB gun strapped to his back, on a mission, to shoot out a huge street light. Why? Twelve year old Bobby, whose Dad is going blind, needs to prevail against those who see him as ‘special needs’. But when a cop shows up, Bobby discovers he is more alone than he’s ever been.

Producer: Rachel Wolak-Frank

Cast: Leandro Wiggins, Michael Sottile

The Fool

United States / Drama / 24 mins

Director: Yoshiya Yamamoto, Darius Rubin

The Fool centers around Khalid as he navigates the treacherous grounds of New York City and discovers how to handle his friendships as he begins to realize that people don’t register his natural hospitality. Khalid gives so much but that doesn’t stop his friends from taking him for granted and spreading rumors that he must work hard to disprove.

Writer: Darius Rubin

Producer: Darius Rubin, Finn Field Thompson

Cast: Khalid Mahmood Jr.

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SATURDAY. October 22

10:00 Program 10 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Donnie Dix

United States / Music Comedy / 4 mins

Director: Sascha Taylor Larsen

Donnie Dix questions his morality after a heroic act.

Producer: Oliver Finley

Cast: Eli Cusick

When Time Was On Our Side

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Matthew Scheffler, Jesse Wekerle

Unearthed PSAs from 1970 reveal that long before it was a crisis, the environmental movement was a grassroots campaign, full of hope, naivety… and bees.

Writer: Matthew Scheffler

Producer: Matthew Scheffler, Matt Ruscio, Jesse Wekerle

Cast: Matthew Scheffler, Benjamin Bardach

What a Harvest

United States / Thriller / 15 mins

Director: Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro

A father tries to connect with his video game obsessed daughter, until he learns she hasn’t been eating her meals.

Writers: Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro

Producer: Matt Shapiro, Austin Rivera Davison, Matt Shapiro

Cast: DeMorge Brown, Sydney Lovering

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SATURDAY. October 22

10:00 Program 10 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Absolute Power

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director: Isaac Suero

A Monopoly-like board game with allegorical lessons turns a dinner party on its head.

Writer: James Roche

Producer: James Roche

Cast: Wesley Volcy, JD Martin, Emma Orelove

Birth of Venus

United States / Drama / 8 mins

Director: Clemy Clarke

Brooklyn, 2019. Samira connects and reconnects with Marie and Jake in a hazy swirl of half remembered encounters. Inspired by Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1534) and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus (1486). Part of ongoing short film series Nudes The Anthology.

Writer: C.C. Kellogg, Clemy Clarke

Producer: C.C. Kellogg

Cast: Lamia Lazrak, John Living, Kristin Winters

Hi, I’m Elsie

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Lisa Younger

A woman wakes up in a public park and spends her day searching for connection in a series of encounters with exes, friends, and strangers.

Producer: Lisa Younger

Cast: Eleni Kanalos, Evan Hall, Jerzy Gwiadowski

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T 1:00 PM HONORED GUEST BOB GIRALDI THE ROUTINE (2002) SECOND GUESSING GRANDMA (2008) A PECULIAR CITY (2008)

American film and television director, known for the film “Dinner Rush” and music videos for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. His production company, Giraldi Media, has Produced and Directed close to 3,000 commercials, music videos and short films. He accolades include Cannes Advertising Awards, and Clio Awards

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SHINE

Theodore Daley

United States / Animation / 2 mins

PALE BLUE

Mohamed Kamal Satti United States / Drama / 6 mins

CLOSURE Gui Agustini

United States / Drama / 9 mins

LUCCA AND DIANNE Ekaete O Bailey United States / Drama / 15 mins

BABYSITTING

Patrick Noth United States / Comedy / 8 mins

BIRDSONG Hrishi Bardhan United States / Drama / 12 mins

SUPER DIVA!

Andrew Kortina United States / Drama / 14 mins

NO NEW FRIENDS Neha Gautam United States / Drama / 9 mins

FAMILY BUSINESS

Roya Alidjani

United States / Drama / 13 mins

MIKEY

Matthew Maffei

United States / Drama / 11 mins

TRICYCLE Kwang Min Lee United States / Drama / 9 mins

THE THREE MARYS Daniel Schloss United States / Drama / 12 mins

THE SWEET TASTE OF FREEDOM Matthew Penn United States / Drama / 34 mins

THE YOUNG AND THE LUNCHLESS

Lily-Hayes Kaufman United States / Comedy / 5 mins

FLOPPIES

John Cappello

United States / Drama / 15 mins

I WON THE LOTTERY... Jenn Shaw United States / Comedy / 13 mins

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF QUEENS Jezabel Montero United States / Drama / 20 mins

POCHA Carly Oscar United States / Drama / 13 mins

HAWAWSHI Waleed Bedour Egypt / Drama / 5 mins

THE SOCIETY FOR PARANORMAL

Lori Chandler United States / Drama / 26 mins

HEALING

TWO FROZEN TURKEYS & A PIÑATA

Manivone Nonthaveth United States / Drama / 15 mins

A SMILE TO REMEMBER Saavgel Victoria Javier United States / Drama / 4 mins

DOE Leigh DeLollis, Meghan Mullane United States / Drama / 16 mins

TEDDY BEAR Sara Shelton

United States / Romance / 15 mins

SINKING

Dylan Huang

United States / Drama / 11 mins

A BEST MAN

Dylan Tuccillo

United States / Romance / 13 mins

BABY SHOWER

Jibran Ahmed United States / Drama / 10 mins

MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE (MACHINE)

Matt Cooney United States / Comedy / 9 mins

HOW THEY MET THEMSELVES

Jesus Alarcon United States / Drama / 23 mins

LAST MEAL

Dion Costelloe United States / Experimental / 7 mins

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1:00 Honored Guest Bob Giraldi | TRIBUTE

The Routine

2002 / United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Bob Giraldi

A heart wrenching tribute to those lost on 9-11

Cast: Joanna Going, Diane Kagan, Lexie Sperduto

Second Guessing Grandma

2008 / United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director: Bob Giraldi

A charming story of a twenty-something Jewish gay man who finally comes out to his beloved grandmother against his mother’s desire to protect her from the truth.

Writer: Eddie Sarfaty

Cast: Kathleen Chalfant, Shawn Hollenbach, Lori Wilner

A Peculiar City

2008 / United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director: Bob Giraldi

In Peculiar City, director Bob Giraldi uses E.B. White’s writings to narrate a fictional Olympic Torch’s journey through New York City. The film was the closing film in Singapore for the US bid to host the Summer Games in 2012.

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SUNDAY. October 23

2:00 Program 11 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Shine

United States / Animation / 2 mins

Director: Theodore Daley

A short film about looking for those who have left you behind and the hope to shine bright together again someday. Made in honor of my sister, mother and father who all have passed away.

Pale Blue

United States / Drama / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Mohamed Kamal Satti

Pale Blue follows a former artist and her resultant disillusionment with life as she takes on a corporate role. Questions of individualism and access are placed in the forefront in this dramatic all-too-real inspection of American life.

Producer: Mohamed Kamal Satti, Aalaa Satti, Asim Satti

Cast: Kaitlyn Jackson, Agathe Levi, Ben Carlson

Closure

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director: Gui Agustini

A detective. A mercenary. Of course it didn’t work out but when a relationship ends messy, can you ever really have Closure?

Writer: Kaitlyn Farley, Adam Garden

Producer: Kaitlyn Farley, Jared Kirby

Cast: Kaitlyn Farley, Adam Garden

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SUNDAY. October 23

2:00 Program 11 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Lucca and Dianne

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Ekaete O Bailey

Lucca and Dianne is a film about friendship, loyalty, honor and how traumatic experiences can impact our lives, Ultimately, it s a story about individual dedication that thrives when established in connection and community.

Producer: Ekaete O Bailey, Carl E Bailey

Cast: Josiah Bailey, Isaac Fareed, Mirakle Rodgers

Babysitting

United States / Comedy / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Patrick Noth

Working from home as a creative can be difficult especially when you’re babysitting three kids.

Producer: Patrick Noth, Emilea Wilson

Cast: Patrick Noth, Molly McCluskey

Birdsong

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Hrishi Bardhan

Amidst moving homes, a superstitious Indian American girl struggles to bury her pet bird in fear of it coming to haunt her.

Producer: Olivia De Camps, Hrishi Bardhan, Roya Alidjani

Cast: Anahita Singh, Kannan Menon, Nitin Madan

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SUNDAY. October 23

2:00 Program 11 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Super Diva!

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Andrew Kortina

When the ghost bike is stolen from her mom’s memorial, a ten year old legal enthusiast must save her father from losing faith in the founding principles of The Neighborhood Watch.

Cast: Walter Belenky, Hannah Aniela

No New Friends

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Neha Gautam

A four year old named Tyler struggles to cope with finding out his friend across the street has moved away during the height of covid and unlocks another world.

Producer: Travis Orozco, Neha Gautam, Olivia Ramos Reed

Cast: Angela Fenelus, Timothy Fenelus

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4:00 Program 12 | CINEMA VILLAGE SUNDAY. October 23

Family Business

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Roya Alidjani

After a series of peculiar events, a young girl finds out the true reason why her father hasn’t been coming back home.

Producer: Tiana Cantu

Cast: Ella Sowti, Kevin Sowti, Roschanak Mossabeb-Sowti

Mikey

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Matthew Maffei

Nine-year-old Mikey explores his creativity to cope with the loss of his mother, while his father grieves in another way.

Producer: Matthew Maffei

Cast: Micah Pedley, Jonathan H. Ragins

Tricycle

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Kwang Min Lee

Immigrant youngster from South Korea tries his best to make friends in new environment. While he is spending the day with his friend, unexpected encounter with his father on the street leaves him with a dilemma in different relationships.

Producer: Kwang Min Lee

Cast: Daniel Kwon, Noah Augustin, Byung Kwang Lee

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SUNDAY. October 23

4:00 Program 12 | CINEMA VILLAGE

The Three Marys

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director: Daniel Schloss

Three influencers named Mary sell their personal brands of salvation, only to find themselves paralyzed by their own spiritual emptiness.

Writer: Rosie duPont

Producer: Kevin Alexander

Cast: Rosie duPon

The Sweet Taste of Freedom

United States / Drama / 34 mins

Director: Matthew Penn

A man facing a life-time prison sentence has 48 hours to put his life in order.

Writer: M.A. Malone

Producer: Saskia Rifkin

Cast: John Bedford LLoyd

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SUNDAY. October 23

6:00 Program 13 | CINEMA VILLAGE

The Young and The Lunchless

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

Director: Lily-Hayes Kaufman

Tracey made her signature sandwich. She wrapped, it, cared for it, placed it behind Stephanie’s stinky tunafish sandwich in the office fridge. Now it’s gone and no one in the office, not her boss, nor her best friend Brody, not even Human Resources lady has the time of day to advocate for Tracey’s lunch.

Writer: Daryn Strauss

Producer: Lloyd Kaufman

Cast: Zoe Geltman, Kate McGarrigle, Tiara Francis

Floppies

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: John Cappello

An artist collaborates with his dementia-addled father on a one-page comic. As they bring this comic to life, they recall flashbacks to key moments in each of their lives.

Producer: John Cappello, Christine Stoddard, Donna Morales

Cast: Jake Laurence, James Laurence

I Won The Lottery...

United States / Comedy / 13 mins

Director: Jenn Shaw

I Won the Lottery... is a “behind the scenes” mockumentary about the King family and other Brooklyn parents vying to win the lottery. In what they deem as their kids’ only chance at success, the parents struggle in a cut-throat race to get their kids into the prestigious MLK Only Hope Charter School...by any means necessary.

Writers: Jenn Shaw, Monique Hazeur

Producer: Monique Hazeur, Danielle Mooney, Similejesu Sonubi

Cast: Keisha Zollar, Raymond Cordova

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6:00 Program 13 | CINEMA VILLAGE SUNDAY. October 23

The Duke and Duchess of Queens

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Jezabel Montero

Childhood sweethearts, James and Delilah, find themselves at a cross roads when James ends up in a hospital and Dee is his only emergency contact. After ten years of lost time, they reminisce and connect with their traumatic, yet nostalgic past, realizing their future together may not be so lost after all.

Producer: Margo Singaliese

Cast: Gene Gabriel, Susan Oliveras, Annee Agnello

Pocha

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Carly Oscar

As she nears her fifteenth birthday, Vic struggles to solidify her personal and cultural identity, caught between family tradition and the desire to fit in with her peers.

Producer: Rachel Brown, Carly Oscar, Maite Elias-Nava

Cast: Mia Sempertegui, Kris Paredes, Melisa Cortese

Hawawshi

Egypt / Drama / 5 mins

Director: Waleed Bedour

When Farida witnesses Eva getting sexually assaulted, she tries to stand up to the harasser. The situation doesn’t go as expected.

Writer: Isabella Jackson

Producer: Ahmed Barbary, Annika Johnson

Cast: Mouna Soualem

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SUNDAY. October 23

8:00 Program 14 | CINEMA VILLAGE

The Society for Paranormal Healing

United States / Drama / 26 mins

Director/Writer: Lori Chandler

Two best friends run a small business healing the spirits of haunted houses. But when funding falls through, every attempt to save the business results in the unexpected-- and their status as Best Friends Forever is put to the test.

Producer: Lori Chandler, Alex Cottle, Justin Patricolo

Cast: Camille Theobald, Molly Densmore, Nick Mestad

Two Frozen Turkeys & A Piñata

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Manivone Nonthaveth

A short film about two exes that reunite for the first time at a New York Friendsgiving and become trapped on the rooftop together, forcing them to confront their past.

A Smile to Remember

United States / Drama / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Saavgel Victoria Javier

A young man deals with the loss of his mother.

Producer: Saavgel Victoria Javier, Carlo Miguel, Valeska Montan

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8:00 Program 14 | CINEMA VILLAGE SUNDAY. October 23

Doe

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director/Writers: Leigh DeLollis, Meghan Mullane

Jane takes a job at a diner in an off-season beach town, as an attempt to escape her past. Until one day -- everything she’s been running from, walks through the front door.

Producer: Ani Schroeter

Cast: Leigh DeLollis, Fareeha Khan, Peter Vack

United States / Romance / 15 mins

Director: Sara Shelton

Best friends Pete and Annie pinkie swear to leave a party early. But as the night unfolds they both discover reasons to stay.

Writers: Sara Shelton, Jed Cohen

Producer: Sara Shelton, Doug Smith

Cast: Keilly McQuail, Davram Stiefler, Olivia Lucy Phillip

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Teddy Bear

10:00 Program 15 | CINEMA VILLAGE SUNDAY. October 23

Sinking

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Dylan Huang

Sinking is a story about the inner world of a man that’s experiencing Kodokushi. Yamasaki, a nobody disconnect and forgotten by society, Isolating himself inside out, not willing to accept any helps, Sinks deeper into the void as the reality blur with his imagination and eventually is devoured by the madness he built himself.

Producer: Alan Chan, Mengting Hong

Cast: Hiro Takashima, Moe Bertran

A Best Man

United States / Romance / 13 mins

Director: Dylan Tuccillo

On his best friend’s wedding day, Josh proves a best man can only do so much to make sure everything goes smoothly for the bride and groom.

Writer: Adam Elliott

Producer: Joel Fendelman, Lisa Schiller, Stephen Tucker

Cast: Kelly McCready, Nathaniel Levin, Adam Elliott

Baby Shower

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director: Jibran Ahmed

Alice is a young woman navigating the absurdity of her sister’s baby shower and the unbearable friends and family that attend.

Writers: Jibran Ahmed, Ciara Mikesell

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10:00 Program 15 | CINEMA VILLAGE SUNDAY. October 23

Message From The Future (Machine)

United States / Comedy / 9 mins

Director/Writers: Kyle Jutkiewicz, Keith Schneider

In 1985, the U.S. military began working on a topsecret machine designed to send a message exactly 8 minutes and 8 seconds into the past. After 37 years of research and testing, the machine has still never worked…. Until today.

Producer: Kyle Jutkiewicz, Keith Schneider, Myko Olivier

Cast: Nanrisa Lee, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Ray Reynaga

How They Met Themselves

United States / Drama / 23 mins

Director: Jesus Alarcon

Anton Eager can’t escape himself. He is constantly being haunted by doppelgangers of himself. The old wives’ tale his mother told him echoes in his head… First you see them, then you die. Anton is unsure whether these hauntings are real, or the product of his mind fracturing under pressure.

Writers: Daria Markovskaya, Jesus Alarcon

Producer: Daria Markovskaya, Fernanda Curi, Andres Fernandez

Cast: Mauricio Martinez, Victoria Meade, Chris Barnett

Last Meal

United States / Experimental / 7 mins

Director: Dion Costelloe

Despite achieving a life-long aspiration for exuberant wealth, Tristan is left unfulfilled. He chooses to have the last meal of his life, and is met with an unforeseen outcome.

Writers: Deborah Rose Peña, Brendan Babinski

Producer: Brendan Babinski, Laura Barbato

Cast: Josh Phillip Weinstein, Jeph Cangé, Deborah Rose Peña

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MONDAY

MONDAY. October

24, 2022 | BEYOND THE SCREEN

1:00 PM CAREER-SPOTLIGHT WITH BEN PROUDFOOT

MINK! THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION THAT’S MY JAZZ

2022 Academy Award® winning director for the documentary short film The Queen of Basketball. Ben Proudfoot is the founder and creative force behind Breakwater Studios. In 2021, Proudfoot was nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards for his short documentary A Concerto Is a Conversation. Proudfoot’s short documentary film anthology Almost Famous was released with The New York Times to widespread acclaim.

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MONDAY. October 24, 2022 | CINEMA VILLAGE

WOOD HOOD

Alexander Cullen

United States / Documentary / 16 mins

DOWN THE LINE

Oliver Hamilton United States / Documentary / 4 mins

WONDERLANDING

Ying Qi China / Drama / 13 mins

GENIUS ARTIST

Boyuan Cao China / Drama / 8 mins

BALL AND VASE

David Baram

United States / Drama / 31 mins

A BETTER HALF Marco Calvani United States / Drama / 19 mins

ONE ODD DREAM

Derek Dylo

United States / Drama / 15 mins

BOUND

Sarah Kaidanow

United States / Drama / 9 mins

AVA

Ayoub

El Jamal United States / Experimental Drama / 10 mins

-7 Daryen Ru United States / Experimental / 11 mins

Allison Flom

UPCYCLE:

THE STORY OF ANYBAG

Stephen Michael Marino United States / Documentary / 3 mins

EVERYTHING FOR TAUREAN

Andrew Nisinson United States / Documentary / 13 mins

ROSIE’S THEATER KIDS

Steven Cantor United States / Documentary / 34 mins

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INVITATION

Yeung Tung, Hao Zhao China / Drama / 13 mins

YESTERDAY AND TODAY Dmitry Gubin United States / Drama / 18 mins

BOY, ADDICTED

Anna Chaoqun Wang United States / Drama / 16 mins

LIN Lillian Xuege Li United States / Drama / 12 mins

CHEAP

HUGS

Sarah Baskin Canada / Drama / 15 mins

POP TART

UNWORTHY Adam Ross Perlman United States / Drama / 15 mins

SUGAR DIP

Ashley Chan, Joshua Whalen

United States / Drama / 9 mins

EXIT Oriana Ng France / Drama / 5 mins

RACHEL DE NEVERLAND

Yuanhao Zhang

United States / Drama / 13 mins

WITHIN REACH

Tess Goldwyn United States / Drama / 9 mins

WROADS NOT TAKEN Kat Rohrer Austria / Drama / 19 mins

FEEL IT AGAIN

United States / Music Video / 4 mins

TIMELESS LOVE

Breton Tyner-Bryan

United States / Dance Romance / 9 mins

NEW YORK TANGO Pablo Raul United States / Music Video / 5 mins

VULTURES

Daniel Denegre United States / Dance Experimental / 13 mins

UNHINGED Jean-Luc McMurtry

United States / Music Video / 4 mins

A FEAST THAT NEVER COMES Maria Juranic United States / Dance Experimental / 16 mins

THE EIGHT DISSOLUTIONS

Arkan Zakharov United States / Experimental / 5 mins

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MONDAY. October 24

1:00. Oscar® winning documentary director Ben Proudfoot | BEYOND THE SCREEN

MINK!

United States / Documentary / 21 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Told by her daughter Wendy, MINK! chronicles the remarkable Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, on her harrowing mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the law that transformed athletics for generations in America for girls and women.

The Queen of Basketball

United States / Documentary / 22 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Queen of Basketball is an electrifying portrait of Lucy Harris, who scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was the first and only woman officially drafted into the N.B.A. Harris has remained largely unknown - until now.

A Concerto Is a Conversation

United States / Documentary / 13 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

That’s My Jazz

United States / Documentary / 14 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

A world-renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his deceased father Milton Abel Sr., famed Kansas City jazz musician.

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2:00 Program 16 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Wood Hood

United States / Documentary / 16 mins

Director: Alexander Cullen

DeVaughn is a 15-year-old kid from New York City who loves skateboarding and craves a “quiet place” to escape the chaos of his home, the city, and kids that steal from him. The film follows Devon on a weekend-long group camping trip with Camping To Connect, a BIPOC-led mentorship program that teaches leadership, brotherhood, and inclusion in the outdoors.

Producer: Alexander Cullen, Manny Almonte, Andy Isaacson

Cast: DeVaughn Bullock-Wireback

Down The Line

United States / Documentary / 4 mins

Director: Oliver Hamilton

Wiley Miller, a pro skier of legend, and his captivation by an unattempted ski line help him reach terms with his mother’s daunting search for an experimental treatment for ALS. The journey leads him from the mountains of Montana to the deserts of Mexico and back again, all while he grapples with the mounting evidence these may be the first mountains he can’t conquer.

Producer: Stephanie Roush

Cast: Wiley Miller, Becky Miller

Upcycle: The Story Of Anybag

United States / Documentary / 3 mins

Director/Writer: Stephen Michael Marino

Taking NYC garbage and up-cycling it into an luxury bag.

Producer: Stephen Michael Marino, Alex Dabagh

Cast: Alex Dabagh

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2:00 Program 16 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Everything For Taurean

United States / Documentary / 13 mins

Director: Andrew Nisinson

A community in Brooklyn turns the trauma of losing one of its leaders into a basketball league that is growing into one of the top street ball leagues in New York.

Producer: Melsun Fulton, Jeremy John Kaplan, Andrew Nisinson, Jennifer Zarzuela

Rosie’s Theater Kids

United States / Documentary / 34 mins

Director: Steven Cantor

Ten years ago, inspired by the teacher who inspired her, actor-comedian Rosie O’Donnell established a school, giving public school kids access to dance, music, and drama. This film follows five kids, as they pursue their stage and screen goals, learning to believe in themselves!

Producer: Sheila Nevins, Jamie Schutz

Cast: Rosie O’Donnell

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4:00 Program 17 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Wonderlanding

China / Drama / 13 mins

Director: Ying Qi

Jiaxin, a young Chinese girl who wanders angrily after being rebuked by her mother accidentally encounters and helps a female tourist Meng. Jiaxin refuses Meng’s adventure invitation and voyages to a wonderland with her mother.

Producer: Brisa Tu

Cast: Kiva Gao

Genius Artist

China / Drama / 8 mins

Director/Writer: Boyuan Cao

A mediocre art student called A Liang, who just experienced a car accident, suddenly gets the ability to predict the future with his painting. As he becomes famous online, his own future seems to be changed.

Producer: Mame Astou Toure, Reagan Irene Radwanski

Cast: Peter Xiao

An Invitation

China / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Yeung Tung, Hao Zhao

An 8-year-old boy reluctantly visits his divorced father in Hong Kong, who wants him to become a Hong Kong citizen. They both keep secretive intentions and find it difficult to ask what they want from each other.

Producer: Xuli Cao, Hao Zhao, Yeung TUng

Cast: Jim Ping Hei, Yu Xuan Liu

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4:00 Program 17 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Yesterday and Today

United States / Drama / 18 mins

Director/Writer: Dmitry Gubin

A teenage Jewish refugee from USSR, who lives in a cheap motel with his grandfather, has to come to terms with life on the streets of 1990s New York City.

Producer: Dmitry Gubin, Jianna Kristine

Cast: Simon Val, Victor Steinbach

Boy, Addicted

United States / Drama / 16 mins

Director: Anna Chaoqun Wang

In an urban city of South China, a chauffeur boy, Ah-le (22), moves on to a new addiction when the romance with a call girl Xiaohui (26) turns out to be the price he cannot afford to.

Writer: Chaoqun Wang

Lin

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director: Lillian Xuege Li

How can a woman become herself when she has been shaped and taught to sacrifice for the gaze of others? Lin (Lan Zhong) has many roles -- a mother, a wife, a waitress, an immigrant. She is also a woman with a secret who finally decides to quietly rebel.

Writer: Lillian Xuege Li, Yawen Hu

Producer: Lillian Xuege Li, Zhong Guo, Dong Li

Cast: Lan Zhong

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6:00 Program 18 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Ball and Vase

United States / Drama / 31 mins

Director/Writer: David Baram

When an ailing and widowed 92-year-old magician learns his grandson will not be visiting for his last Christmas, he struggles to reconnect with the world-and himself—one last time by attempting to perform at a local pub that he used to visit with his wife.

Producer: Julie Anne Robinson

Cast: Austin Pendleton, Diane J Findlay

A Better Half

United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Marco Calvani

Incapable of intimacy and chronically depressed, Sean must come face to face with the person he feels is responsible for his troubled life.

Producer: Ben Arredondo, Marco Calvani, Marco Pigossi

Cast: Chris Stack, Darren Pettie, Marisa Tomei

Cheap Hugs

Canada / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Sarah Baskin

Two strangers, reeling from the loss of their friend, find themselves in an unexpected moment of connection.

Writers: Sarah Baskin, Valéry Lessard, Bryan Fitzgerald

Producer: Bryan Fitzgerald, Valéry Lessard, Sarah Baskin

Cast: Miryam Magri, Sarah Baskin, Valéry Lessard

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Unworthy United States / Drama / 15 mins

Thirty years ago, Warren Frye committed a crime that changed his life and millions of others: He shot the President of the United States. Now he’s been released from a mental hospital into the care of his 80-year-old mother. They say he’s better. He hopes he is. But when he’s confronted by the same pressures that once led him to do the unthinkable, we hope for redemption, brace for tragedy, and live in the space between.

6:00 Program 18 | CINEMA VILLAGE

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Cast: Kelly AuCoin, Mary Beth Peil, Antonique Smith

8:00 Program 19 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

One Odd Dream

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Derek Dylo

One Odd Dream is a late 80s inspired fantasy drama following the emotional arc of a young Roger Emmett who experienced the loss of his late girlfriend and best-friend who together, tragically succumbed to a fatal car accident. Taking place mostly in the dreams of Roger, the film takes the viewers on an introspective journey of confusion, grief, sorrow and anger as the lead character is faced with one daunting question: Why were they together in the first place?

Producer: Stephanie Ruiz

Cast: Timi Odunjo

Bound

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director: Sarah Kaidanow

An attempt at an intimate evening becomes a subtle power struggle, forcing a woman to realize the myriad ways she is bound to her partner.

Writer: Rachel Frost

Producer: Sarah Kaidanow, Rachel Frost

Cast: Rachel Frost, Carson Alexander

Pop Tart Sugar Dip

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director: Ashley Chan, Joshua Whalen

Forced awake by a PTSD episode, a young woman must finally open up about her past trauma in order to embark on the next stage of healing.

Writers: Cecelia Bonner

Producer: Cecelia Bonner, Emily Miller

Cast: Jack Cummings

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8:00 Program 19 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Exit

France / Drama / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Oriana Ng

A dangerous elevator ride tests a couple’s bond

Producer: Oriana Ng, Lana Bolycheva

Cast: Federico Rodriguez, Soraya Broukhim, David Gelles

Rachel De Neverland

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Yuanhao Zhang

Rachel was born with the social anxiety disorder, a total introvert. She fell in love with a guy called Nick on social media, despite they never met in reality. Everything’s great until Nick starts to ask Rachel out to meet in person.

Producer: Yuanhao Zhang, Gian Marco

Cast: Lynnsey Lewis, Justy Kosek, Emma Cohen

Within Reach

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Tess Goldwyn

In the wake of a climate disaster, a community is devastated. A poetic take on a young couple finding hope in the unknown.

Producer: Tess Goldwyn, Maryssa Sklaroff

Cast: Tess Goldwyn, Caleb Eberhardt, Shannon Marie Sullivan

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8:00 Program 19 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Roads Not Taken Austria / Drama / 19 mins

The accidental meeting of Liz and Rachel after a long time, opens old wounds and brings repressed feelings back to the surface. During a walk moments of intimacy and tenderness pop up as illusions of the past. It takes both women courage to open up - until the present catches up with them.

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10:00 Program 20 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Ava

United States / Experimental Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Ayoub El Jamal

Shortly after losing her life partner, Ava is diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s.

As she continues to navigate through life alone and comes to realize what her condition implies, she decides to take control over what remains of her life.

Producer: Ayoub El Jamal, Mariel Lezzoni, Michael Joseph Murray

Cast: Barbara Thomas

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United States / Experimental / 11 mins

Director: Daryen Ru

Through the power of interpretive movement, seven dancers embody mental health issues to visually manifest the unseen suffering of the mind.

Producer: Daryen Ru

Cast: Sara Adams, Maxfield Haynes, Olivia Boisson

Feel It Again

United States / Music Video / 4 mins

Director: Allison Flom

Official music video for Brooklyn-based singer/ songwriter Jenny Kern’s new single, out May 6 2022.

Producer: Allison Flom

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10:00 Program 20 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Timeless Love

United States / Dance Romance / 9 mins

Director: Breton Tyner-Bryan

A man surrenders to his love for a woman, as she is his inspiration to step fully into his heart and love freely. Initially, the man’s energy is inward, expressing an internal emotional wound. His vast home represents the isolation and emptiness that he feels.

Writer: Simin Vaswani

Producer: Simin Vaswani

New York Tango

United States / Music Video / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Pablo Raul

Tango/ballad that explores a failed relationship between an Argentinian American man and an African American woman in New York City

Producer: Pablo Raul, Felix Gamez

Cast: Stephanie Rae Williams

Vultures

United States / Dance Experimental / 13 mins

Director: Daniel Denegre

At the end of a dying world, two scavengers are running out of options. When they find a way out, one doesn’t hesitate to take what she can. But when faced with her victim, she has to decide if her survival is what’s most important.

Producer: Hazel Jennings

Cast: Jeff Docimo, Chantelle Good, Matilda Sakamoto

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10:00 Program 20 | CINEMA VILLAGE MONDAY. October 24

Unhinged

United States / Music Video / 4 mins

Director: Jean-Luc McMurtry

Cenza explores release from the routines and product oriented mindset of every day life as she transforms into influential film characters from the 20th century.

Writer: Jean-Luc McMurtry, Emily Keefe

Producer: Jean-Luc McMurtry, Emily Keefe

Cast: Emily Keefe, Fawwaz Allie

A Feast That Never Comes

United States / Dance Experimental / 16 mins

Director: Maria Juranic

Four characters inhabit cycles within cycles of contentment, discontentment, inertia, movement, desire, and betrayal.

Writer: Sven Britt

Producer: Rachel Morgan, Sven Britt, Maria Juranic

Cast: John Raffles Durbin, Kayla Farrish, Nico Li

The Eight Dissolutions

United States / Experimental / 5 mins

Director: Arkan Zakharov

The Eight Dissolutions explores mortality in the recurring cycle of death and rebirth.

Producer: Arkan Zakharov, Erik Bergrin

Cast: Yokko, Clinton Duncan, Maahleek

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TUESDAY. October 25, 2022 | FILM RETROSPECTIVE

FR 1:00 PM FILM RETROSPECTIVE WITH KIM MAGNUSSON

STENOFONEN ELECTION NIGHT (1998) THIS CHARMING MAN (2002) HELIUM (2013)

In 1995 he founded M&M Productions with his father, Tivi Magnusson. He has produced more than 140 films. He has been Oscar® nominated in the category “Live Action Short Film” seven times and won the coveted award 3 times, in1999 for Election Night and This Charming Man in 2002 and again in 2014 for Helium. Kim is a voting member of AMPAS® and both The Danish and The European Film Academy.

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THANKS

AGAIN Peter Davenport

China / Animation / 5 mins

THE THIEF Arturo Brena United States / Animation / 3 mins

DOGWOOD Will Hochman

United States / Animation / 5 mins

THE BOY Jonathan Gibney United States / Animation / 4 mins

99¢ PIZZA

Lucas Ansel United States / Animation / 2 mins

BIRTHDAY WISH Min Lee United States / Animation / 2 mins

BLUE Robert Petrie United States / Animation / 7 mins

THE LAST PLAQUE Balázs Simon United States / Animation / 2 mins

LITTLE HURTS Debra Solomon United States / Animation / 11 mins

MY TINY FRIENDS Jiyoung Park United States / Animation / 2 mins

THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS: DEAR MAX Alex Kahn United States / Animation / 5 mins

WHERE DID YOU GO LITTLE SOULS? Loredana Gasparotto United States / Animation / 6 mins

HARDBOILED Peter Sluszka United States / Animation / 28 mins

PIER 35

Raina Liwen Yang

United States / Drama / 9 mins

ALL THE LINES Xiuzhe Mou China / Drama / 9 mins

POST NO BILLS

Francis Maxwell

United States / Drama / 19 mins

THE DENNIS

LAUNCH AT PARADISE

Carrie Ann Quinn

United States / Thriller / 15 mins

WICKS

Vadim Egoul

United States / Comedy / 10 mins

Stephen Arthur Schaffer United States / Drama / 7 mins

SO LONG/THE

WOMB, MY

HOME Shuyuan Liu United States / Drama / 13 mins

BOYS

CRAZYLAUGH Chloe Chen United States / Documentary / 18 mins

REHEARSAL

Junting Zhou United States / Drama / 7 mins

REMOVABLE Shu-Ying Chung United States / Drama / 15 mins

DÉJÀ VU

Michael P DeMinico United States / Drama / 4 mins

DODGE IS DEAD

Kendall McKinnon

United States / Drama / 13 mins

TWO-STORY HOUSE Devin Lee Canada / Thriller / 20 mins

TOMMY AND THE GURU Brian Russell United States / Drama / 10 mins

CONSIDER THE SPARROW Eliza Foss United States / Drama / 25 mins

VINTAGE DELUXE

Kyle Mara

United States / Dark Comedy / 11 mins

THE

IMAGE

THE FOX

OF

Alec Iselin United States / Animation / 4 mins

BANDULU Ricardo Sean Thompson United States / Drama / 20 mins

JOLIE Haley Geffen United States / Drama / 12 mins

DECEIVE Severine Reisp Germany / Drama / 15 mins

THE

PUNCH OF RESPECT

Taylor Rosen United States / Comedy / 25 mins

FULL DISCLOSURE

Mia Rovegno United States / Comedy / 15 mins

THE COOLEST CLUB Sheng Ting Shen United States / Drama / 13 mins

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Stenofonen

Denmark / Drama / 21 minutes

Director/Writer: Nicolaj Kopernikus

Jørn is trying to get his father’s attention and love. He loves music. This is where he finds joy and happiness, but his father fails to see his talent. As an old man Jørn discovers that the music can set him free from his past.

Producer: Kim Magnusson

Cast: Jesper Christensen, Nicolaj Kopernikus, Lars Ranthe, Patricia Schumann

Election Night

1998 / Denmark / Drama / 11 min

Director:/Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen

On his way to the polls, an idealist yet absent-minded voter must endure continuous waves of racist cab drivers and their offensive remarks.

Producers: Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson

Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Jens Jørn Spottag, John Martinus

This Charming Man

2002 / Denmark / Comedy / 30 mins

Director: Martin Strange-Hansen

Lars Hansen is in a job training program. He finds a potential job at a print shop, but his paperwork gets mixed up with an El Hassan. He is scheduled for a Danish class, since he’s apparently an immigrant, but is unable to get the mixup fixed. When he learns that the new teacher, Ida, will have the class canceled and lose her job.

Writers: Flemming Klem, Martin Strange-Hansen

Producers: Mie Andreasen, Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnusson

Cast: Martin Buch, Camilla Bendix

Helium

2013 / Denmark / Drama / 23 min

Director: Anders Walter

A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital’s eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.

Writers: Christian Garnst Miller-Harris

Anders Walter

Producers: M&M Productions

Cast: Casper Crump, Pelle Falk Krusbæk Marijana Jankovic

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Thanks Again

China / Animation / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Yifan Jiang

Each character symbolises a tone and appears in front of the vending machines common in the Showa era, forming a melody from memory. As the music ends and people leave, the lone owner says “thanks again” once more.

Producer: Hiroshi Onishi, Yuehan Zhao

Cast: Yifan Jiang

The Thief

United States / Animation / 3 mins

Director/Writer: Arturo Brena

After stealing a treasure from a nearby castle, a thief in medieval times finds a talisman that actives a magic mirror that confronts her with her early childhood and makes question her current lifestyle.

Producer: Arturo Brena

Dogwood

United States / Animation / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Will Hochman

A young boy discovers a mysterious stick. With his mother’s help, he plants it in the ground. A short, poetic meditation on time, family, and the healing power of the natural world.

Producer: Will Hochman

Cast: Will Hochman

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The Boy

United States / Animation / 4 mins

Director: Jonathan Gibney

At the dawn of the Viking era, a young boy yearns to protect his bedridden mother, unable to foresee an onslaught of Vikings, he is thrust into chaos when he loses everything.

Producer: Victor Garritano

99¢ Pizza

United States / Animation / 2 mins

Director: Lucas Ansel

On a stormy New York City night, a man finds shelter in a small 99¢ pizza shop. However things begin to quickly unravel when he asks for a slice of pizza, and it’s revealed that all is not as it seems.

Writer: Lucas Ansel, Aidan Burke

Producer: Lucas Ansel

Cast: Lucas Ansel

Birthday Wish

United States / Animation / 2 mins

Director: Min Lee

Birthday Wish is a 3D narrative animated short film about a fairy godmother who works digitally. Today is a five years old girl’s birthday so the fairy godmother needs to grant the girl’s wish using her wish tablet. But on this birthday, she is having one small problem.

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Blue

United States / Animation / 7 mins

Director: Robert Petrie

The film leans into the sci-fi genre in creating a space of wonder and heroism for young people amidst a time where the world can be a scary place with a lot of fear and uncertainty. Our protagonist Jules looks up to the stars and wonders if we will ever get to explore the worlds and galaxies we are yet to see, or even begin to imagine. Love and exploration are the central themes that bind the story together.

Writer: Robert Petrie, Angus Kneale

Producer: Angus Kneale, Melanie Wickham, Verity Grantham

The Last Plaque

United States / Animation / 2 mins

Director: Balázs Simon

Launching on World Psoriasis Day, The Last Plaque is an animated short film that takes viewers into a utopian future where plaque psoriasis no longer exists. With a glimpse into what a world without psoriasis looks like, we can start to fully understand the emotional toll of the disease, empathize with sufferers, and grasp the importance of finding a cure.

Writer: Ron Larson, Diana Krulik-Bentzen, Sara Blank

Producer: British Randle, Donat Aron Ertsey

Little Hurts

United States / Animation / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Debra Solomon

An errand at the dry cleaners unleashes a free-for-all of fat-shaming, body image demons and family dieting obsessions.

Producer: Debra Solomon

Cast: Debra Solomon

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My Tiny Friends

United States / Animation / 2 mins

Director: Jiyoung Park

A 3D animation about an artist who does not like her work. The video shows her inner space during her journey of artistic creation. The main character, Sasha, meets cute imaginary creatures that pop out from her imagination. But she destroys them because she doesn’t like them.

United States / Animation / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Alex Kahn

In “Dear Max,” the filmmaker Alex Kahn interrogates his struggle over whether—and why—he should give his pandemic newborn a bris.

Producer: Alex Kahn, Ben Altarescu

Where Did You Go Little Souls?

United States / Animation / 6 mins

Director: Loredana Gasparotto

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Hardboiled

United States / Animation / 28 mins

Food and felonies are inseparable in Hardboiled, a stop-motion animated satire of the classic urban American crime drama. Gritty, noir-ish, and absurd, the story follows the exploits of tough-talking detectives Harry and Callaham (an egg and a slice of ham) as they frustrate their boss, an irascible knish, shake down a sleazy bacon pimp, and tangle with a megalomaniacal strawberry.

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Pier 35

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Raina Liwen Yang

A senior Asian dancer from Chinatown lives her life with humor and lightness, even as loneliness and old age catch up with her.

Producer: Michael Kim

Cast: Margaret Yuen

All the Lines

China / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Xiuzhe Mou

Guoguo tries to realize his and his mother’s dreams in his own way.

Producer: Zixin Chen, Zixuan Wang

Cast: Lizhe Kan, Yanru Ma, Lingxi Ji

So Long/The Womb, My Home

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Shuyuan Liu

After the death of her mother, Adeline, a 30-year-old Chinese American, frequently visits her mother’s old house to relive the time she had with her mother. She slowly realizes everything is but her imagination and, in fact, she has to face the inevitable farewell with her mother and the house.

Producer: Yongxi Tan, Alexa Yichen Zhang

Cast: Josephine Chiang, Wendy Zhang, Forrest Sassaman

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CrazyLaugh

United States / Documentary / 18 mins

Director/Writer: Chloe Chen

CrazyLaugh is the first Chinese stand-up comedy club in New York. It was established only a few months ago, but they have already gained a lot of audiences. Three core members are interviewed: Baries, Nicholas, and Rachel. They were not professional stand-up comedians; they all had their own job in New York. Nicholas is a real estate agent. Rachel and Berries are marketers.

Producer: Chloe Chen

Cast: Mian La, Yinan Zhaijiang, Siqi Tao

Rehearsal

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Junting Zhou

Rehearsal is an experimental short film exploring performance for the intimate self. It follows a woman stuck in a rut pulled into a new act.

Producer: Junting Zhou

Cast: Nancy Ma

Removable

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Shu-Ying Chung

An immigrant struggles with guilt after calling the police on her abusive husband, which results in his deportation.

Writer: Shu-Ying Chung, James Rosenthal

Producer: James Rosenthal

Cast: Yi Liu, WooJae Chung, Chun Cho

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Déjà vu

United States / Drama / 4 mins

Mr. Stephenson mysteriously awakes in an office that seems awfully familiar to him.

Producer: Michael P DeMinico

Cast: Gardiner Comfort, Liz Wisan

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Post No Bills

United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Francis Maxwell

A late-night encounter in a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn penthouse during a blackout leads to a profound connection between the young handyman and a deaf cleaner.

Producer: Katy Drake Bettner, Brad Robinson

Cast: Raquel McPeek-Rodriguez, Jonathan Rex Hudson, Reid Prebenba

The Dennis Boys

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Stephen Arthur Schaffer

A family drama about two brothers with conflicting ideologies regarding the care of their sick mother.

Producer: Stephen Arthur Schaffer, Jamie Forslund

Cast: Tatiana Bacchus, Nicholas Pontrelli, Darin Earl, II

Two-Story House

Canada / Thriller / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Devin Lee

After witnessing the murder of her father, a college student is kidnapped by three men who must decide whether or not to kill her while she tries to escape.

Producer: Denyvi Rose, Henry Wolf

Cast: James Gracia, Michael Kishon, Kenzie Wilkin

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Tommy and the Guru

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director: Brian Russell

A middle aged man seeks out a new-age master to help him overcome a life filled with loss, and stop falling on his face. An unlikely relationship forms.

Writer: Mike Boland

Producer: Hannia Guillen, Brian Russell, Mike Boland

Cast: Mike Boland, Boyd Gaines

Consider the Sparrow

United States / Drama / 25 mins

Director: Eliza Foss

Differences in faith can be hard enough in a marriage yet Tom and Lisa have made it work for twenty years. But when estranged friend Matt arrives presenting the opportunity of a lifetime and the only condition is a lie about God, well, what’s an American politician to do?

Writer: Suzanne Bradbeer

Producer: Ann Hamilton, Jeremy Folmer, Laurence Lau

Cast: Laurence Lau, Ann Hamilton, Jeremy Folmer

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Launch at Paradise

United States / Thriller / 15 mins

Director: Carrie Ann Quinn

The lines between life and death become blurred for John as he takes the risk to live forever.

Writer: Daniel Mitura

Producer: David M. Night Maire

Cast: Catherine Curtin, Zainab Jah, Lauren Schaffel

Dodge is Dead

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director: Kendall McKinnon

A whimsical comedy about grief, Dodge is Dead follows two women as they attempt to honor a departed friend, only to find their plans disrupted by an unassuming bachelor party.

Writer: Madeleine Mackenzie Joyce, Kendall McKinnon

Producer: José Espinosa, Madeleine Joyce, Tatiana Fenner

Cast: Sohina Sidhu, Madeleine Mackenzie Joyce, José Espinosa

The Image of The Fox

United States / Animation / 4 mins

Director: Alec Iselin

The Image of The Fox is a film that explores the transformations of a mysterious gray matter as it constructs and deconstructs haunting sculptures.

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Bandulu

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Ricardo Sean Thompson

With the aid of her best friend, a high school senior conducts a series of elaborate scams towards paying for college and escaping her troubling home life.

Producer: Hanna Dzaferovic

Cast: Georgie Exinord, Greg Mays, Stephanie SunWoo Ha

Jolie

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director: Haley Geffen

What begins as an ordinary night in the MexicanFrench Cantina proves to be anything but. Benjamin welcomes Kim, a regular who he shares a special relationship and the last to take a seat before the kitchen closes. What happens next is an experience only Ben himself could serve: Unexpected, Full of flavor, and not to be forgotten.

Writer: Adam Reid

Producer: Nikki Horowitz, Joanna Chacon, Benjamin Tretout

Cast: Kim Exum, Ian Poake, Tameishia Peterson

Deceive

Germany / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Severine Reisp

Deceive tells the story of Amira, a Brazilian ballerina who comes to New York to pursue her dreams but gets caught up in a web of lies of a manipulative tycoon. Amira is strong, and tells the story from her point of view.

Producer: Severine Reisp

Cast: Dandara Amorim Veiga, Marty Lawson

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Wicks

United States / Comedy / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Vadim Egoul

In a not-so-distant future where technology uses our data to dictate everyday choices, an app-suggested date sparks an unexpected connection.

Producer: Vadim Egoul

Cast: Claire St. Marie, Matthew James Fagerberg, Bianca Kenna

Vintage Deluxe

United States / Dark Comedy / 11 mins

Director: Kyle Mara

A string of Craigslist deals surrounding a vintage guitar amplifier go south...for everyone.

The Punch of Respect

United States / Comedy / 25 mins

Director: Taylor Rosen

In the late 70’s, the controversial Sensei Toby Masterson amassed a cult like following from a series of VHS martial arts lessons, in which he alludes to a very sought after technique. Twenty years later, two dedicated and self taught students, Duncan and Cody, drag along their friend Mo in search of Lesson 100 aka The Punch of Respect.

Cast: McKaley Miller, Jackson Pace, Joe Ando-Hirsh

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Full Disclosure

United States / Comedy / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Mia Rovegno

What begins as a seemingly benign date between Darleen and Trent catapults forward as two strangers travel the span of a relationship inside one stream-ofconsciousness conversation. Things get real as they disclose their deepest, darkest secrets of American privilege, existential despair and moral depravity.

Producer: Mia Rovegno, Emma Kanter

Cast: Charise Greene, Ryan Pater

The Coolest Club

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Sheng Ting Shen

Simon, an average video game nerd, is struggling to be seen in this world. He joins a support group: The Coolest Club. The other three club members are all weird in their way, which is way “cooler” than normie Simon. But the day comes for Simon to prove that he is indeed “cool” enough.

Producer: Sheng Ting Shen

Cast: Guy Ventoliere, Daniel McHenry, Demingo Graham

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THE GREY IN BETWEEN

Maia Nikiphoroff

United States / Drama / 14 mins

FINAL CURTAIN CALL

Juliana Roth

United States / Drama / 15 mins

THE CLOWN AFFAIR

Wesley Foster

United States / Drama / 38 mins

UP THERE

Scott Kalberer United States / Drama / 6 mins

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Nadia Anderson United States / Drama / 5 mins

DUNG CAKE

Ajai Vishwanath United States / Drama / 8 mins

A FATHER’S SON

Patrick Chen

United States / Drama / 29 mins

CHORUS

Daniel J. Egbert United States / Drama / 20 mins

THE CALL

Michael Markham United States / Drama / 13 mins

TAGINE Spencer Roth-Rose United States / Drama / 7 mins

THE SIT DOWN

Brian Lloyd, Rob Bowe

United States / Comedy / 7 mins

GREYLOCK

Renzo Montoya

United States / Drama / 19 mins

PORTRAYING PERFECT

David Allsep United States / Drama / 5 mins

HUA (FLOWERS)

Xueqing Yin United States / Drama / 10 mins

MUTE Wesley Wang United States / Drama / 8 mins

THE GALLERIST

Adam Holoubek United States / Drama / 22 mins

GREAT LISTENER

Tristan Nash United States / Drama / 5 mins

MAX & TACO (GET THEIR SH!T TOGETHER)

Caitlin Ferrell

United States / Drama / 15 mins

ODE TO PSYCHE

Alex Morf

United States / Drama / 18 mins

THE WHITE STUFF John M. Keller United States / Drama / 22 mins

DRAW UP AND STARE

Jeremiah Kipp United States / Drama / 20 mins

EVERYTHING IS CINEMA

David Lombroso

United States / Drama / 13 mins

HUNTER IS F**KED

Rick Mowat

United States / Comedy / 18 mins

GURU

Thomas Dalais United States / Drama / 11 mins

BASTARDS

Tiancheng Bao United States / Drama / 14 mins

NQR

Yaron Lotan United States / Drama / 6 mins

FIRST DATE

Z. W. Amundson United States / Drama / 11 mins

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The Grey in Between

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director: Maia Nikiphoroff

Three months after their break-up, Lei can’t stop dreaming of Ian, so she invites him to the site of their first date to finally admit to him why, while not so subtly wrapping him up in her latest video project.

Writer: Maia Nikiphoroff

Producer: Austin Iredale, Maia Nikiphoroff

Cast: Austin Iredale, Maia Nikiphoroff

Final Curtain Call

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Juliana Roth

A gifted young organist in the 1920s grows up to play at Radio City Music Hall.

Producer: Juliana Roth

Cast: Natalie Kastner

The Clown Affair

United States / Drama / 38 mins

Director: Wesley Foster

A mute clown encounters a bizarre world of characters after he’s tasked with delivering flowers to a woman in town. His simple task unfolds into a journey of personal transformation as he navigates a traumatic relationship with his mother, a growing flame for the waitress at the local bar, and of course, his inability to speak.

Writer: Joseph Martinsen, Wesley Foster

Producer: Jacob van Winkle

Cast: Holly Anne Frink, Joseph Martinsen, Diana Breton

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Up There

United States / Drama / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Scott Kalberer

Bobby witnesses a high stakes incident in Midtown.

Cast: Eric Svendsen, Lee Tyler

The Birthday Party

United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director: Nadia Anderson

Hoping to make a comeback after months of lockdown, Phil’s plan for a socially distanced birthday party turns into a socially awkward celebration.

Writer: Nadia Anderson, Daniel Peterson

Producer: Chronicle Media Lab

Cast: Egle Petraityte, Shane Allen

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Dung Cake

United States / Drama / 8 mins

Director: Ajai Vishwanath

When an outrageous bathroom mishap plunges her into a panic, a young actress working as a birthday princess performer must find a way to leave her client Raj’s luxury apartment with her reputation intact. The problem - he’s a big time Hollywood producer, and today could be her big break.

A Father’s Son

United States / Drama / 29 mins

Director: Patrick Chen

A story-spinoff based on author Henry Chang’s crime novel series of NYPD Detective Jack Yu. Set in the early ‘90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, our story centers on Jack Yu investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war.

Writer: Patrick Chen

Producer: Patrick Chen, Dave Chan

Cast: Tzi Ma, Ronny Chieng, Perry Yung

Chorus

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Daniel J. Egbert

After missing his wife’s phone call goodbye on the morning of September 11th, a now listless and brokenhearted music teacher must harmonize with his increasingly desperate fourteen-year-old son.

Producer: Ling Guo

Cast: Tate Ellington, Charlie Shotwell

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The Call

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Michael Markham

Eli stands over a dead body, with no memory of the killing. When his best friend Josh does not respond to his desperate phone calls, he takes action alone, fleeing the city. But before he can escape, Jez (his lover?) wants to know about her missing husband. With no word from Josh, Eli arrives at an isolated house in the woods, where he begins dig a shallow grave. Dumping it reveals that the body is his own -- Has Eli murdered himself?

Producer: Tiffany Fisher-Love

Cast: Michael Markham, Emily Swallow, Christopher Burris

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Tagine

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Spencer Roth-Rose

A couple’s date at a trendy restaurant is threatened by a fussy waiter, a powerful chef, and a mysterious menu item. Chef does not recommend missing this one.

Producer: Spencer Roth-Rose, Lydia Roberts

Cast: Duncan Gallagher, Emily Rudder, Ben Silver

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The Sit Down

United States / Comedy / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Brian Lloyd, Rob Bowe

Two British gangsters debate their territory and an impending war over a few strong drinks.

Producer: Brian Lloyd, Rob Bowe

Cast: Brian Lloyd, Rob Bowe, Pat Brown

Greylock

United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Renzo Montoya

Anthony, an army veteran, struggles to adapt to his new civilian life as full-time waiter. Living his tedious daily routine, he must think the right words to convince his long away wife to return with him, along with his old military lifestyle.

Producer: Renzo Montoya

Cast: Prentice Myles, Jessie Barnes Jr.

Portraying Perfect

United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director/Writers: David Allsep

A model’s job relies on her appearance. She will do whatever it takes to make it perfect, especially when she is the face of a brand. The brand may be no more than sugar-free gum, but she still pays the price for the facade. Just as her commercials hide the harshness of how to lose weight healthily, her beautiful smile hides the harsh reality of an eating disorder.

Cast: Ka’enaaloha Watson, Kevin Dooley, Katelyn Calvo

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Hua (Flowers)

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Xueqing Yin

After experiencing a hate crime on the subway, an Asian woman notices she was stalked by a man again, but she doesn’t know he was the previous bystander who came for her forgiveness. Finally, she forgives him and walks into the night without fear of her identity again.

Producer: Giulia Aguiar

Cast: Ivy Liuyu Chen

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Mute

United States / Drama / 8 mins

Director: Wesley Wang

In a world where words cost money, a woman saves up for her first word in the hope of standing up to her abuser.

Writer: Harry Scott, Wesley Wang

Producer: Wesley Wang

Cast: Kat Tramantano, Mark Shock

The Gallerist

United States / Drama / 22 mins

Director: Adam Holoubek

Lara is a painter who is unexpectedly visited in her apartment-studio by her former lover Antoinette. At first, the mood between the two in uncertain, the only thing that is certain is that they share a past. Slowly, we begin to grasp at the outlines of Lara’s internal landscape scattered with fragments of emotional pain and longing. Lara yearns to paint her memories of Antoinette onto a static canvas, replaying them over and over like a record. But the more Lara yearns to hold on to her memories, the more they elude her.

Writer: Jesse Newman

Producer: Lewis Feemster, Adam Holoubek, Jesse Newman

Cast: Katya Collazo, Emmeline Prior

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Great Listener

United States / Drama / 5 mins

Director: Tristan Nash

An East-Asian woman contends with what it means to be a “great listener.”

Writer: Rachel Lin

Producer: Tristan Nash, Rachel Lin

Cast: Rachel Lin, Johnny Gaffney, Min-Wen Huang

Max & Taco (Get Their Sh!t Together)

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Caitlin Ferrell

Max has been sober for six months. In all that time, she hasn’t played music. On the eve of her first concert back, she loses her dog Taco. Will she relapse? Will she make it to play her concert?

Producer: Leila Chediak, Tyler St. Pierre

Cast: Hannah Shealy, Chris Ryan, Oliver Prose

Ode to Psyche

United States / Drama / 18 mins

Director/Writers: Alex Morf

ODE TO PSYCHE captivating story of Adam Koenigsburg, a brilliant but sensitive teenager whose life is turned upside down when he follows a flyer for a scientific trial looking for “people who don’t know how to be.”

Producer: D.D.R. Stewart

Cast: Will Dagger, Alex Morf, Blake DeLong

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The White Stuff

United States / Drama / 22 mins

Director/Writer: John M. Keller

Syd, a college student, goes to an ophthalmologist, who tells him, bizarrely, that he can’t see race. To remedy the problem, he goes to another ophthalmologist, whose ad he sees on the subway, someone who deals with difficult-to-correct vision problems. This ophthalmologist says he can help, but it’s going to require a costly laser surgery. With the help of Fara, a girl who’s fallen in love with him largely because of his innocence, he starts to raise money for the surgery.

Producer: Eléa Clair, Arta Ramadani

Cast: Zach Grenier, Majah Hype, Jonathan Duran

Draw Up and Stare

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director: Jeremiah Kipp

A fireman returns to his quiet upstate cabin after unexpected time away, only to discover that he’s not alone.

Writer: Emily Donahoe

Producer: David McMahon, Emily Donahoe, Amanda Rehbein

Cast: Melissa Leo, Michael O’Keefe, Linda Powell

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Everything is Cinema

United States / Drama / 13 mins

Director/Writer: David Lombroso

When a desperate filmmaker’s attempt to make a movie is interrupted by what sounds like a murder in the apartment upstairs, he decides–-for the sake of cinema–-to keep the camera rolling and investigate.

Producer: Tymon Brown

Cast: Sean Fosse, Georgia Warner, Lorenzo Benitez

Hunter Is F**ked

United States / Comedy / 18 mins

Director/Writer: Rick Mowat

This quirky, black comedy short portrays a day in the life of the iconic gonzo journalist - Hunter S Thompson. His savage humor laced with achingly poignant observations about the human condition make this brilliant writer more relevant than ever... in a world gone awry.

Producer: Marty Grabstein, Paula Landry

Cast: Marty Grabstein, Megan MaGee

Guru

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writers: Thomas Dalais

A beloved self-help guru deals with his crumbling personal life moments before giving a seminar to his adoring followers

Producer: Alam Virk

Cast: Arash Mokhtar, Conner Wilson, Tess Lancaster

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Bastards

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Tiancheng Bao

Bradley receives a new job from Mr. Green to investigate if his wife is cheating on him. Things seem to be going well, but Bradley is unaware of the danger that is approaching. Larry and Jerry are suffering from paying back the money borrowed from Mr. Green. They are unaware that the way they choose to make money will affect the life of other people.

Producer: Tiancheng Bao, Alan Chan, Jack Ho

Cast: Jeremy Lister

NQR

United States / Drama / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Yaron Lotan

On a late night subway ride, a struggling comedian faces her doubts.

Producer: Yaron Lotan, Kennedy Davey, Nadine Lübbeling

Cast: Juliana Canfield, Rachel Leslie, Yaron Lotan

First Date

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Z. W. Amundson

It is love at first sight when Rob meets Lee online, that is, until Lee stands Rob up on their first in-person date. With everything in question, Rob must then decide if he will let it go or confront Lee and fight for the relationship he has longed for.

Producer: Michael Marchand

Cast: Robert Morgan

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THURSDAY. October 27, 2022 | TRIBUTE TR 1:00 PM HOMAGE TO CINEMATOGRAPHER HALYNA HUTCHINS I AM NORMAL Director: Olia Oparina Cinematographer: Halyna Hutchins 2020 / United States / Drama / 19 mins Film homage to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who worked on more than 30 feature-length films, short films, and TV miniseries.

THURSDAY. October 27, 2022 | CINEMA VILLAGE

DEAR CLAIRE

Evan Joseph Cerniglia

United States / Drama / 9 mins

THROUGH OPEN DOORS

Mark Riccadonna

United States / Drama / 21 mins

DOUBLE ZERO

Pat Bradley

United States / Thriller / 20 mins

MAESTRI

Michael Kim United States / Drama / 6 mins

A BELLEVUE LOVE STORY

Michael Wolfe

United States / Romance / 21 mins

ROSE

Aidan Whitman Baker

United States / Drama / 9 mins

THE REVEAL

Zazie Sales

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

CLOCHE

Diana Miao United States / Drama / 10 mins

UNCONDITIONAL

Nelson Downend United States / Drama / 7 mins

ACQUIESCENCE

Manya Branham Glassman United States / Drama / 11 mins

COUSCOUS, HANDROLLED, WITH OLIVES

Yaari Nadav Tal United States / Drama / 15 mins

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Ellen Askey, Kyle Oleksiuk United States / Horror / 20 mins

FREEDOM POINT

Ellen Lindsay

United States / Drama / 7 mins

THE ADVENTURES OF BROOKLYN BARNES

Cooper Shapiro

United States / Adventure / 13 mins

PATRICIA SAYS GOODBYE

Colin Alistair Campbell United States / Drama / 20 mins

NEW YORK I’M BREAKING UP WITH YOU

Pepi Kokab United States / Comedy / 4 mins

KILLING MYSELF

Jillian Junco United States / Drama / 12 mins

THE RED SUITCASE

Cyrus Neshvad United States / Drama / 18 mins

HOME AT NIGHT

Allison Geller

United States / Horror / 11 mins

CHECK THE LOCKS

Eric Larson

United States / Horror / 15 mins

FRACTURE

Anthony Romaguera

United States / Horror / 9 mins

WHITE EYES

Jeffrey Brown United States / Horror / 9 mins

FINGER

Joe Lueben

United States / Horror / 12 mins

SHE’S FINE

Ramuel Galarza

United States / Horror / 20 mins

OPEN HOUSE

Tom Sidi

United States / Drama / 14 mins

MEET NATASHA

Antonio Oliveros-Nikol

United States / Drama / 15 mins

TWO ANXIOUS BISEXUALS

Megan A. Zebrowski

United States / Comedy / 25 mins

POMEGRANATE

Molly Wheat

United States / Drama / 11 mins

IT’S

NOT YOU, IT’S YOUR VAGINA

Molly Densmore

United States / Comedy / 13 mins

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I

Am

Normal 2020 / United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director: Olia Oparina

A sane woman fakes the symptoms of a mentally unstable patient in order to be admitted into a mental institution for a secret psychiatric experiment. Inspired by the Rosenhan Experiment of 1973.

Writer: Anya Bay

Cinematographer: Halyna Hutchins

Cast: Nora-Jane Noone, Saul Rubinek

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THURSDAY. October 27

2:00 Program 31 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Dear Claire

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Evan Joseph Cerniglia

Years after his father’s suicide and approaching graduation, Nick Adams pens a letter to his old high school girlfriend.

Producer: Jessica Luya, Sam Kaminer, Astro Rys

Cast: Anna Andersen, Evan Joseph Cerniglia, Madeline Joey Rose

Through Open Doors

United States / Drama / 21 mins

Director: Mark Riccadonna

Returning home after a year away, a jetlagged Charlie walks into the wrong apartment and has a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Their mutual attraction and undeniable chemistry has a hitch, though: It is her apartment and he’s been living there.

Writer: Raven Petretti-Stamper

Producer: Hannah Beck, Sean Hoagland, Raven Petretti-Stamper

Cast: Hannah Beck, Sean Hoagland

Double Zero

United States / Thriller / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Pat Bradley

After botching a job for the most ruthless crime boss in NYC, two women must play a game of modified Russian Roulette to survive.

Producer: Pat Bradley, Jamie Ragusa, Melissa Morse

Cast: Jamie Ragusa, Casey Sullivan, Caroline Anderson

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2:00 Program 31 | CINEMA VILLAGE THURSDAY. October 27

Maestri

United States / Drama / 6 mins

Director/Writer: Michael Kim

A daughter and father, Celine and Jeff, are both conductors and get into a fight when auditions go poorly.

Producer: Sofia Ortega

Cast: Celia Kenney, Rick J. Koch

A Bellevue Love Story

United States / Romance / 21 mins

Director/Writer: Michael Wolfe

When a manic and a depressive begin a hospital romance, it forces us to question everything we thought we knew about medicine and everything we want to believe about the healing power of love.

Producer: Michael Wolfe

Cast: Chelsea Yakura-Kurtz, Colin Bates, Alfredo Diaz

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THURSDAY. October 27

4:00 Program 32 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Rose

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Aidan Whitman Baker

Two young and naive star-crossed lovers are caught between their forbidden relationship and the expectations of the world around them. While hiding their innocent romance from the devious and calculating Lady Redwood in her antebellum estate, they try to find a way for love to conquer all.

Producer: Matthew Romanski

Cast: Jena Brooks

The Reveal

United States / Comedy / 5 mins

Director/Writer: Zazie Sales

A young mother-to-be hopes that everything will go smoothly at the meticulously planned gender reveal party of her first child. But when her social justice warrior sister arrives, things quickly start to fall apart, leading to a disastrous end.

Producer: Amaya Guevara

Cloche

United States / Drama / 10 mins

Director/Writer: Diana Miao

A college girl attends her popular friend’s potluck party in hopes of being accepted by the social group, but her animated inner self joins to ruin the plan.

Producer: Diana Miao, Guillermo Prieto IV

Cast: Elena Cramer, Jolie Cook

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THURSDAY. October 27

4:00 Program 32 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Unconditional

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Nelson Downend

Following a family funeral, a widower is caught off guard when his precocious 8-year-old daughter makes a wish to become a vampire so that she will never die.

Producer: Nelson Downend, Katinka Locascio

Cast: David L. Townsend, Celestial Aurora Rose

Acquiescence

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Manya Branham Glassman

Lily navigates the blurred lines of consensual sex and self blame while pressured by her boyfriend’s persistent and menacing advances. Her relationship to her own body, human touch, and identity as a dancer get caught in the cross fire

Producer: Manya Branham Glassman, Victor Pigasse

Cast: Maddy Wood, Louis McWilliams

Couscous, Hand-Rolled, With Olives

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/ Writer: Yaari Nadav Tal

“Couscous, Hand-Rolled, With Olives” is the intimate depiction of the tensions between a young Jewish man, Ash, and the two worlds he is stuck between: one with his non-Jewish girlfriend, Rosie, a tattooed musician, and another with his religious Israeli father, whose tenderness for his son is expressed through food and tradition.

Producer: Halley Freger, Julia Maddox, Yaari Nadav Tal

Cast: Tirosh Schneider, Arti Gollapudi, Michel Simon

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4:00 Program 32 | CINEMA VILLAGE THURSDAY. October 27

Strangers In The

Night

United States / Horror / 20 mins

Director: Ellen Askey, Kyle Oleksiuk

When a landlord tries and fails to buy out two of his longtime tenants, he inadvertently invites his newest tenants—vampires—to attack them. Chaos ensues.

Writer: Kyle Oleksiuk

Producer: Ellen Askey, Christopher Giacomini, Kyle Oleksiuk

Cast: Deborah Fischer, Xander Jackson, David Dotterer

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THURSDAY. October 27

6:00 Program 33 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Freedom Point

United States / Drama / 7 mins

Director/Writer: Ellen Lindsay

A doctor is assigned the case of a woman who must confront her difficult past. As she describes a recurring nightmare, the truth is revealed.

Producer: Ellen Lindsay

Cast: June Ballinger

The Adventures of Brooklyn Barnes

United States / Adventure/ 13 mins

Director/Writer: Cooper Shapiro

In search of an ancient treasure containing a supernatural power, hotshot adventurer Brooklyn Barnes journeys across uncharted jungles in a race against her psychotic nemesis.

Producer: Connie O’Connor

Cast: Lilliana Simms

Patricia Says Goodbye

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Colin Alistair Campbell

Patricia Pearson, retired doyenne of the New York stage, finds her routine morning dog walk turn into something far more profound. A series of chance encounters forces her to confront a painful personal loss, and with it the beauty and transience of life itself.

Producer: Amanda Needham, Alexis Confer, Colin Alistair Campbell

Cast: Grace Kiley, Rebecca Street, Smitha Ram

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THURSDAY. October 27

6:00 Program 33 | CINEMA VILLAGE

New York I’m Breaking Up With You

United States / Comedy / 4 mins

Director/Writer: Pepi Kokab

Dumped by his girlfriend, a broken-hearted Stephen blames New York city for his misfortunes. When he decides to dump the city and leave, the city finds a way to pull him back in.

Producer: Pepi Kokab

Cast: Stephen Multari, Roger Casey, Ellen Bryan

Killing Myself

United States / Drama / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Jillian Junco

EVE, a Filipino-American teenage girl, writes a suicide note and leaves the house to get cigarettes for one last smoke. When she meets DAWN who pulls her into a fun ride -- her mother discovers her suicide note, while she rediscovers life.

Producer: Lianne Becker, Collin Meath

Cast: Emmeline Chuy, Abigail Hosford, Summer Dawn

The Red Suitcase

United States / Drama / 18 mins

Director: Cyrus Neshvad

A 16 years old veiled iranian girl is terrified to get out the Luxembourg airport.

Writer: Guillaume Levil

Producer: Cyrus Neshvad

Cast: Nawelle Evad

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THURSDAY. October 27

8:00 Program 34 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Home at Night

United States / Horror / 11 mins

Director/Writer: Allison Geller

After an online date takes a turn, a socially awkward loner finds himself pursuing a young woman down dark city streets.

Producer: Brandon Rothenberg

Cast: Anthony Jackson, Stephanie Bacastow

Check The Locks

United States / Horror / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Eric Larson

Following a nervous breakdown, a woman retreats to a friend’s cabin in the woods -- only to discover that her coping mechanisms are mysteriously turning against her.

Producer: Eric Larson, Jessica Hong, Becky Wells

Cast: Angela Wong Carbone

Fracture

United States / Horror / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Anthony Romaguera

Unable to bring herself to leave her home, a young woman trying to hold it together starts to crack.

Producer: Paul Albear, Nathan Crane Cohen, Paul Grant

Cast: Thomas Duverné, Ben Irving

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THURSDAY. October 27

8:00 Program 34 | CINEMA VILLAGE

White Eyes

United States / Horror / 9 mins

Director/Writer: Jeffrey Brown

A young woman fresh to New York moves in to a new apartment where a vicious Demon awaits to make her pay for her devilish past.

Producer: Erin Judd, Jeffrey Brown

Cast: Baboucarr Camara, Acei Martin

Finger

United States / Horror / 12 mins

Director/Writer: Joe Lueben

A mysterious woman appears at a young father’s home seeking recompense for a long-buried transgression. But she doesn’t want money—she wants one of his fingers.

Producer: Riley Rose Critchlow, Adam Joseph Janeira

Cast: Gates McFadden

She’s Fine

United States / Horror / 20 mins

Director/Writer: Ramuel Galarza

A vet tech tolerates her possessive new roommate, Caroline, until she must fight for her life after discovering the bloody secret behind Caroline’s eccentric art.

Producer: Ramuel Galarza, Hannah Elless, Steve Sielatycki

Cast: Katelyn Farrugia, Hannah Elless

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10:00 Program 35 | CINEMA VILLAGE THURSDAY. October 27

Open House

United States / Drama / 14 mins

Director/Writer: Tom Sidi

An eccentric real estate agent conducts the open house she was hoping she would never need to.

Producer: Ethan Romaine, Tom Sidi

Cast: Julie Reifers, Zihan Zhao

Meet Natasha

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Antonio Oliveros-Nikol

A man hires an actress to play his girlfriend during a family dinner, but his plans go awry when she decides to go off-script

Writer: Antonio Oliveros-Nikol, Ian Oliveros-Nikol

Producer: Antonio Oliveros-Nikol

Cast: Jarred Harper, Ankah Bello, Samuel Lee Roberts

Two Anxious Bisexuals

United States / Comedy / 25 mins

Director: Megan A. Zebrowski

Dianne and Marie, two 30-something aspiring comedians, are tricked into a blind date. Invite anxiety to the table - literally. After a disastrous evening, they’re each happy never to see the other again, until they both need roommates. Will it be love at second sight, a debacle to forget, or will friendship take them “bi” surprise?

Writers: Megan A. Zebrowski, Marie Incontrera, Dianne Gebauer

Producer: Marie Incontrera

Cast: Cat Greenfield, Casie Girvin, Adam B. Shapiro

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THURSDAY. October 27

10:00 Program 35 | CINEMA VILLAGE

Pomegranate

United States / Drama / 11 mins

Director: Molly Wheat

Two exes, Annie and Henry, take a moment to see where each other is now.

Writer: Molly Wheat, Valerie Polston

Producer: Molly Wheat, Valerie Polston

Cast: Valerie Polston, Mark Ashin

It’s Not You, It’s Your Vagina

United States / Comedy / 13 mins

Director/Writer: Molly Densmore

Two besties quarantining during the pandemic decide if they can make a go at more than a friendship.

Producer: Dolly Mensmore Productions

Cast: Molly Densmore, Alex Greif

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