SHORT FILMS

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Shorts Block 1

Cabin Stories Episode 1

Kiko's Saints

A Woman

Follow Me

Tryphon & Pharaïlde

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time: 12 pm

$8

Shorts Block 3

Melancholy Hunters 2

Urges

David Henry Nobody Jr.

Asalto Chido

The Rain Poncho

Cool for Five Seconds

Last Day

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time: 5 pm

$8

Shorts Block 6

Take It and End It

Kikokids of Paris

And I Need A Haircut

Rio

Wild Game

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time: 12 pm

$8

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Mojave to Mammoth

A special selection of shorts filmed in the Eastern Sierra or representing the mountain culture

Passing Through

Ravage

Accidental Climber

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time: 2:30 pm

$8

Shorts Block 4

Nero

Le Coup des Larmes

The Fourfold

Sinful Pleasures

Touch

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time: 12:00 pm

$8

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Shorts Block 2

Cabin Stories Episode 7

They Won't Last

Cage Match

Roseline Like in the Movies

On Task

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time: 2:00 pm

$8

Shorts Block 5

Marriage Counseling for Friends Episodes 1&2

A Living Sculpture

The Star Sisters

In the Still Night

Now 2

Between

Love at 48 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time: 2:30 pm

$8

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A Living Sculpture (United Kingdom)

Director Diane Chire

Narrative Short

Francesca, a horn player and music composition student is contemplating the pros and cons of continuing a relationship with Nick, an artist. A Living Sculpture explores and dissects the problematic idea of the female muse in the 21st century.

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

A Woman (Azerbaijan)

Director Tahmina Rafaella

Narrative Short

A woman navigates the trappings of both conventional and modern female roles over the course of one day in Baku, Azerbaijan

Shorts Block 1

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  12:00 pm PST

All That You Love Can Be Carried Away (USA)

Director Thad Lee

Narrative Short

 

A salesman's love of bathroom graffiti may save his life on a cold, Nebraska night. Based upon a short story by Stephen King.

Shorts Block 2

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  2:00 pm PST

And I Need A Haircut (USA)

Directors Staci Roberts-Steele

Narrative Short

The true feelings and secret thoughts of a messy, stressed out woman.

Shorts Block 6

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Asalto Chido (Mexico)

Director Ricardo Garcia-Nateras

US Premiere

Narrative Short

The day has finally come André and Jose, two best friends will try to get the budget to achieve their film. The way they will choose to made it is not clearly the best one. Taking the easy way without previous knowledge it will make them doubt on more than one occasion.

Shorts Block 3

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  5:00 pm PST

Ava's Dating A Senior! (USA)

Director Frederic Da

West Coast Premiere

Narrative Short

Silas is a Freshman in High School, and loves Ava, a girl in his grade- but she is dating a senior...

Screening with Feature Revolution Launderette

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  7:30 pm PST

Between (USA)

Director April Simmons

World Premiere

​Documentary Short

Between focuses on several middle schoolers that tell their stories enclosed within a suburban landscape.

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

Buck (USA)

Directors Elegance Bratton and Jovan James

Narrative Short

Caught in the throes of a depressive fugue, young Lynn resorts to debauchery to find joy — only to discover that happiness is a much more complicated proposition.

Screening with Feature Pier Kids

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  6:00 pm PST

Cabin Stories (USA)

Director Craig Tovey

US Premiere

Episodic

Sketches shot in one location, Private Street Presents: Cabin Stories.

Shorts Block 1

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Shorts Block 2

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  2:00 pm PST

Cage Match (USA)

Director Bryan Lee

Animation Short

A businessman enters the elevator for another day at work...

Shorts Block 2

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  2:00 pm PST

Cool For Five Seconds (USA)

Director Dani Wieder

Narrative Short

When Colleen reunites with her estranged sister, things don’t go exactly as she planned.

Shorts Block 3

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  5:00 pm PST

David Henry Nobody Jr. (USA)

Director Keith Aronowitz

Documentary Short

An incredibly talented, off the wall artist let's us into his bizarro world which reflects his thoughts on the current and insane state of affairs.

Shorts Block 3

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  5:00 pm PST

Ding Dong (USA)

Director Suki-Rose

West Coast Premiere

Narrative Short

A hollow chat between friends is suddenly interrupted in this uncanny mobius short.

Screening with Feature Tapeworm

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  3:00 pm PST

Follow Me (Israel)

Director Elinor Nechemya

​International Premiere

Narrative Short

It’s party night, and volunteering at a youth hotline is Omer’s typical excuse not to show up. When he finds out tonight may be his last chance with the girl he fancies, he decides to carry the call center into the night.

Shorts Block 1

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Hors-Champ (France)

Director Julie Marboeuf

Documentary Short 

Summertime somewhere in Normandy. A popular searesort with beaches, a port, a fairground and a ferry. Young men with dark skin, who have come so far, dream of the English
coast.

Screening with Feature The Wind. A Documentary Thriller

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  10:30 am PST

Huntsville Station (USA)

Directors Chris Fillippone, Jamie Meltzer

Documentary Short

Every weekday, inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.

Screening with Feature Democracy on the Road of Saveh

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  10:00 am PST

In The Still Night (France)

Director Jean-Baptiste Braud

Narrative Short

Heartbroken, Matthew, an American art curator, wanders daydreaming through a maze of artworks in his hotel in Tokyo. That is, until he has a surreal encounter.

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

Kiko's Saints (France)

Director Maniel Marmier

Narrative Short

Kiko, a Japanese illustrator on assignment in France, gets suddenly overwhelmed by a strange inspiration, while she realizes she's been spying on a gay couple on the beach next to the chapel where she's working. Obsessed by such a vision, she will spy on those men and draw them secretly. This will slowly push her towards an encounter that will change her life and breaks her social rules.

Shorts Block 1

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Kokokids of Paris (France)

Director Alexia Colette

Narrative Short

Two young girls get away in a dreamy adventure until they face the harsh reality surrounding their lives and that of more and more kids in Paris.

Shorts Block 6

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Lastday (USA)

Director Szu-Wei Chen

Narrative Short

As work continues on the border wall, a Chinese sex worker in New York gets surprising news from her visiting lover.

Shorts Block 3

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  5:00 pm PST

Le Coup des Larmes (France)

Director Clément Bancel

Narrative Short

Florence is an actress. Preparations for her new role will challenge her in a way she could never have seen coming...

Shorts Block 4

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Love at 48 (USA)

Director Thomas Southerland

World Premiere

Narrative Short

A second date turns personal for a middle-aged couple during a hike in the woods.

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

Lover (Iran)

Director Mohammad Soraya

Narrative Short

Can a forest warden kill a wolf? Yes, if he is a lover.

Screening with Feature Residue

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16

Time:  7:00 pm PST

Marriage Counseling for Friends: Episode 1&2 (USA)

Director Tamera L Fields

Episodic

Kimia and Nick go to marriage counseling to deepen their platonic friendship.

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

Mason (USA)

Director Oliver Shahery

West Coast Premiere

Documentary Short

This cinéma vérité film explores the life of Mason Watson, a five-year-old boy from Fort White, Florida. As the short observes not only the playful but also the harsh ways his grandparents treat him, it illustrates how love can be expressed in complicated ways.

Screening with Feature Feather and Pine

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  8:00 pm PST

Melancholy Hunters 2 (USA)

Director Ethan Mermelstein

World Premiere

Narrative Short

Fed up with feeling melancholy, a struggling documentary filmmaker returns to his childhood home to find the root of his emotions. Using himself as bait and his 10-year-old cousin as an emotions tracker, the man attempts to hunt and kill his melancholy.

Shorts Block 3

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  5:00 pm PST

Nero (Switzerland)

Director Jan-David Bolt

North American Premiere

Narrative Short

Sometimes saving the world can be a sweatful job. Nero knows that each one of us has to find a way to contribute or we will certainly all be doomed.

Shorts Block 4

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  12:00 pm PST

Now 2 (USA)

Director Kevin Eskew

Animated Short

The well-springs were deeper and less detectable, deeper and shallower both, look at billboards and matchbooks, trademarks on products, birthmarks on bodies, look at the behavior of your pets." Don Delillo, Underworld

Shorts Block 5

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time:  2:30 pm PST

On Task (USA)

Director Alex H. Rafi

Documentary Short

What would happen if the food and drink in your refrigerator could come alive, move and speak? What would the dynamics be? This stop motion animated short film will tell you with humor and creativity!

Shorts Block 2

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time:  2:00 pm PST

Passing Through (USA)

Directors Jonathan Hwang, Erik Harty

Documentary Short

Tim Musso shares his ideas on living an intentional life through the lens of a printmaking artist and as an advocate of natural beauty.

Mojave to Mammoth

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  2:30 pm PST

Ravage (USA)

Director Marcus Nobreus

Narrative Short

A broken man with a dark past enters a church in search of vengeance and redemption, wanting to confess to a murder. His confessor unknowingly walks right into a trap and a past which he cannot escape.

Mojave to Mammoth

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  2:30 pm PST