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Directed by Jesca Prudencio "American Quartet" is a short film set in the near future, in which the newest device is a telepathic diary. The diary, owned by everyone, records only each individual's emotions and memories for the purpose of retrieving and re-experiencing them.
Directed by Alex Wroten The world of easy-going teenager Roger Burns flips upside-down after he’s seduced into a late night swim with his girlfriend and contracts a rare, endangered parasite. All Roger wants to do is get back to adolescent frivolities and basketball, but everyone from his parents, to his doctors, to animal rights groups, have their own opinions about what he needs to do with his life.
Oh Crappy Day
Directed by Jon Lance Bacon An aspiring young filmmaker hopes to find love through online dating -- if he can just keep his OCD on the down low.
Directed by Thomas Parrish V, Zachary Parrish Civilization has fallen after a prolonged pandemic. Two brothers wander through a post-pandemic world, trying to survive as they travel across the US countryside. They journey toward 75° West, surviving as best they can on what they can find as they try to avoid human dangers along the way.
Directed by Philip Page Genesis is an animated short film about being creative and loving what you create! Inspired by the book of Genesis.
Directed by William D. Ashton Isolation and punk music are the coping measure a sullen teenager uses to drown out the hurt she feels from her mother's death. But a friendship with an elderly woman in a retirement home slowly helps her express and overcome her grief.
Voices 2 Reel
Directed by Aniya Bourne The Voices 2 Reel initiative granted individuals, ages 12-20, the chance to have an original poetic piece filmed by Bourne to Film productions and be featured at this year's festival!
GON, THE LITTLE FOX
Directed by Takeshi Yashiro When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyojudoesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.
Submitted by James Kirby Award Winning 2D animated short film -- A man is stuck in his routine and struggles to find meaningful connection in his life.
Directed by Ayana Ahuja This music video/experimental short shows a young girl who feels forced and pushed into one direction by a ghost but also feels lonely and alone without that pressure.
Dulce et Decorum Est
Directed by Walter Haussner A performance of Wilfred Owen's poem
Directed by Codey Pyper, Jesse Henning Based on writings by Raymone Maye Raymone Maye was living large. Parties, girls and a good time are what he thought life was all about. After attending a high profile party, Raymone mysteriously wakes up in a hospital room without any recollection of what took place. He would later learn how close he came to death and the miracle that gave him ones last chance to live.
Directed by Irving Truitt A troubled teen trying to cope with life after witnessing his father accidentally kill his mother.
Directed by David Butler A Poetry Visual Performance of the poem "Still", a story of an artists yet to "make it", but still pushing ahead even after a long period of time has passed.
9 Brief Films from Suburban Zen
Directed by Justin Meckes This film presents only a small portion of what can be found in the poetry collection titled Suburban Zen: Tiny Stories, Poems, Humorous Reflections & Deep Thoughts.
Fall of The Matador
Directed by Griffin Hart Davis A young matador struggles with his craft as bullfighting threatens not only his life but his emotional and spiritual existence.
Directed by Jessica B. Smith Carter gets a text at work that throws off his "boss" game, and Shecre finds an engagement ring that throws her whole world into question. Meanwhile, the assassin Ben gladly mixes business with pleasure even as the detectives close in on him.
Directed by Megan St. John When two girls and two boys coincidentally rob the town bank on the same day in small-town, rural America, the result is a a love story, some dark twists, and a whole lot of sweet potatoes.
Mamma With a Vengeance
Directed by Rob Underhill Bojana arrives to check up on her daughter, Andrea, at a remote motel where Andrea is holed up with an abusive S.O.B. named Max. Mamma's come for a little smackdown of her own. As things escalate we learn that something much deeper has been plotted by mother and daughter now set in motion...