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The LineUP

opening night | 7:00PM | Aug 16
anxiety's wilma

Comedy  |  USA 

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A short romantic comedy about a young woman and her anxiety.

DIRECTOR

Alexandra Kyle

FRASER
SYNDROME & ME

Documentary  |  USA 

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Filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys, is only the 75th person to be born with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome. Having always felt alone in the world, she sets out on a journey to find her community and finally meet others just like her.

DIRECTOR

Kyle Anne Grendys

Epoch

Experimental  |  USA 

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Epoch is a visual representation of our connection to earth and it's vulnerable glory. Our time here is esoteric, limited and intangible.The fragility which exists in all aspects of life is one thing that is certain. 
We are brittle, and so is Mother Earth.

DIRECTOR

Kevin McGloughlin

selfies

Animation  |  Switzerland 

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In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

DIRECTOR

Claudius Gentinetta

Women's Christmas night

Experimental  |  Ireland 

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A highly visual and feminist response to Séan Ó'Riordáin's famous Irish language poem.

DIRECTOR

Oonagh Kearney

Stag

Comedy  |  USA 

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After getting dumped by his fiancé, a middle aged man proceeds to take the couples swing dancing class he signed them both up for.

DIRECTOR

Jonnie Stapleton

girl friend

Comedy  |  USA 

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A girl wants to be "modern" enough to handle it when her dude proposes a non-traditional relationship. But that doesn't fit into the love story she wants.

DIRECTOR

Laura Holliday

sweater

Comedy  |  USA 

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Corey's day couldn't be worse. Then he gets a free coffee.

DIRECTOR

Nick Borenstein

but first...

Experimental  |  USA 

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When just one thing, first, makes all the difference!

CHOREOGRAPHER

Mike Esperanza

block 1 | 12:30PM | Aug 17
An Act of terror

Drama  |  USA 

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The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.

DIRECTOR

Ashley Brim

​échAppé

Drama  |  USA 

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In 1970, a preeminent Soviet ballet

company tours the West to showcase

their elite dancers. During a performance

of “Sleeping Beauty,” a rising ballerina

begins to suspect that her brother is

planning to defect.

DIRECTOR

Allison Mattox

Are You Volleyball

Drama  |  Iran 

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A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

DIRECTOR

Mohammad Bakhshi

the trick

Animation  |  USA 

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"Full of wit and humour, The Trick guides the viewer on a journey through modern manners. 

DIRECTOR

Andrea Nakhla

wild love

Animation  |  France 

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While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won't remain unpunished...

DIRECTORS

Paul Autric

Quentin Camus

Léa Georges

Maryka Laudet

Zoé Sottiaux

Corentin Yvergniaux

Ferryman at the wall

Documentary  |  USA 

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Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life - but now a great big border wall might divide the park.

DIRECTOR

David Freid

stuff

Comedy  |  USA 

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A young woman must conquer her fears and invite her date over for dinner. 

DIRECTOR

Jon Walkup

block 2 | 2:05PM | Aug 17
An EMPTY WOOD

Experimental  |  USA 

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This is a poetic animation film on the jealousy of seeing someone succeed in a path you once considered.

DIRECTOR

Chia-Hsin Lee

Bodega

Comedy  |  USA 

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’Bodega’ follows one night in Brooklyn from the dual perspectives of a Syrian deli owner and a high school girl with a fake ID.

DIRECTOR

Rebecca Halfon

Mothers

Drama  |  USA 

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Two women explore themes of Empty Nest Syndrome and transition, over the course of one night's misadventures in a hotel hot tub.

DIRECTOR

Leslie Murphy

softball

Drama  |  USA 

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It's the 'beer' league softball championship game, and for these boys, tonight is the most important night of their lives. 

DIRECTOR

Joseph Aliberti

spin

Comedy  |  USA 

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When a naïve and optimistic color guard captain can’t get a job after college, she must take a gig as a sign spinner to make ends meet. But when she ends up in a turf war with an entitled drug dealer, she’s forced to discover her inner badass to take him down.

DIRECTOR

Marielle Woods

see me

Documentary  |  USA 

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A filmmaker's journey to discover how people end up homeless and on the streets of Austin Texas.

DIRECTOR

Michael Cadwallader

block 3 | 3:40PM | Aug 17
Made public

Comedy  |  USA 

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The night before he says 'I do,' Dave commits a cardinal sin: His doubts about tying the knot go viral. Alone at the altar, Dave must confront his own cold feet, a Greek chorus of bridesmaids, and the bride herself - all to save his marriage before it's even begun.

DIRECTOR

Foster Wilson

THE new homesmiths:
I live in a tiny house

Pilot  |  USA 

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Jewel Pearson, an African-American Tiny House trailblazer, sets out to redefine the American Dream and address the complexity of poverty appropriation within a typically white, hipster community.

DIRECTOR

Rebecca Blumhagen

Lockdown

Drama  |  USA 

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Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14 year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.

DIRECTOR

Logan George

Celine Held

No NO on'Nanoko

Experimental  |  USA 

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No No On'nanoko is an experimental short film that delves into the subjective mind of a young woman named "Mia", who thinks she may have brain cancer.

DIRECTOR

Kevin Douglas Harris

Guaxuma

Animation  |  Brazil 

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Tayra and I grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. We were inseparable. The sea breeze brings me back happy memories.

DIRECTOR

Nara Normande

block 4 | 5:15PM | Aug 17
Simelibärg

Drama  |  Switzerland

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A couple stands before the difficult task of leading their mentally challenged son Jonas into adulthood. Due to the marital conflicts between the parents, Jonas looses track of what is right or wrong.

DIRECTOR

Seraina Scherini

Sylvia

Drama  |  United Kingdom 

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A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. As Mandy drives, they sing along to a favourite song, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it gradually becomes clear that this isn’t a family outing after all, and that their destination isn’t a happy one. In fact, their destination is the house of a man, due to buy their car, and only once the car has stopped does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.

 

DIRECTOR

Richard Prendergast

Quitting

Comedy  |  USA 

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After six years in LA, Alex abandons his pursuit of acting in lieu of a simpler life in small-town Oregon.

DIRECTOR

Brett Epstein

What do you know about the water and the moon

Genre  |  USA 

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During an attempted abortion, a girl gives birth to a live jellyfish.

DIRECTOR

Jian Luo

sorry, not sorry

Comedy  |  USA 

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A couple's oneupmanship reaches unbelievable heights after a man eats his wife's plums.

DIRECTOR

Monique Sorgen

block 5 | 6:50PM | Aug 17
Women's Christmas night

Experimental  |  Ireland 

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A highly visual and feminist response to Séan Ó'Riordáin's famous Irish language poem.

DIRECTOR

Oonagh Kearney

Little Grey Bubbles

Drama  |  Canada 

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Kim and Marlon were best friends, despite the fact they communicated exclusively online. Before Marlon died, he sent Kim a message saying he had something important to tell her. To find out what it was, and get a deeper sense of her friend, she travels to his funeral.

DIRECTOR

Charles Wahl

Mind my mind

Animation  |  Netherlands 

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When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

DIRECTOR

Floor Adams

peggy

Comedy  |  USA 

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Everything seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she is surrounded by admiring and covetous parents at a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Chaos ensues.

DIRECTOR

Justin O'Neal Miller

pozole

Comedy  |  USA

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La gringa killed her Nana.

DIRECTOR

Jessica Mendez Siqueira

after hours block | 8:25PM | Aug 17
Girl in the hallway

Animation  |  Canada 

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A man who bore witness to the circumstances surrounding a child's disappearance struggles

with the weight of his silence and inaction.

DIRECTOR

Valerie Barnhart

The bumbry encounter

Genre  |  USA 

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Jackie and Terry Bumbry are a mixed race couple who have a paranormal encounter with a bright light in the sky while driving near Mount Shasta. They report their experience to local law enforcement, who bring in a psychologist to assess the situation. But as Jackie tells her story to the doctor she comes to realize that there may be ulterior motives at play.

DIRECTOR

Jay K Raja

o.I.

Genre  |  Canada

Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And sharing it has consequences...

the plunge

Comedy  |  United Kingdom 

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After a night of passion Emily tells Jay that she’d like to use a strap-on on him. After trying hard to get out of it, Jay succumbs, fearing losing a girl that he has a connection with. However, things go wrong when the strap-on breaks and they end up in casualty.

DIRECTOR

Simon Ryninks

DIRECTOR

N'cee van Heerden

Paranormal RV

Genre  |  USA 

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After buying the used motorhome of their dreams, a couple’s first camping trip turns frightful when they discover it’s haunted.

DIRECTOR

Aaron Antaloczy

Family block 7 | 11:45am | Aug 18
HORS PISTE

Animation  |  France

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The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism

and their determination, it will not go as planned...

DIRECTORS

Loris Cavalier, Oscar Malet, 

Léo Brunel, Camille Jalabert

FRASER
SYNDROME & ME

Documentary  |  USA 

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Filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys, is only the 75th person to be born with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome. Having always felt alone in the world, she sets out on a journey to find her community and finally meet others just like her.

DIRECTOR

Kyle Anne Grendys

Chemistry 101

Comedy  |  USA 

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When a shy student musters up the courage to ask out his chemistry classmate, his plan goes awry after his love letter lands on the wrong student's desk.

DIRECTOR

Mike Reft

Funky Butt

Drama  |  USA 

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A shy young girl spends time with her eccentric grandpa while her mother is away for work. Together, they embark on an adventure with a magical cornet that makes people dance.

DIRECTOR

Jonnie Stapleton

Lost & Found

Animation  |  Australia

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A bumbling knitted dinosaur must unravel himself to save the love of his life.

DIRECTORS

Andrew Goldsmith (AKA Goldy) & Bradley Slabe

the blue cape

Drama  |  Puerto Rico

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A young boy faces the challenge of saving his sickly grandfather during the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

DIRECTOR

Alejandra López

winter formal

Comedy  |  USA

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The captain of a high school debate team prepares to invite his crush to the winter formal.

DIRECTOR

Mike Ostroski

block 8 | 1:10pm | Aug 18
bnb

Comedy  |  USA 

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A couple spends the night at a mysterious airbnb and tries to survive the night... and also get a good review.

DIRECTOR

Hunter Stiebel

discoveries: awakening

Super Short  |  USA 

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Discoveries: Awakening is a film that encapsulates beauty, motion, and life that constantly surrounds one's life but it is that you must become expose/awakened to this reality in order to live a more fulfilling life!

DIRECTOR

Noah Semeria

something real

Drama  |  Mexico 

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A lonely middle-aged optometrist writes a letter to his hypothetical future child, attempting to portray his true self.

DIRECTOR

Renato Moncayo Dávalos

strong independent women

Comedy  |  USA 

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A frazzled mother puts all her energy into helping her daughter overcome an eating disorder.

DIRECTOR

Jennette McCurdy

ten hours

Drama  |  USA 

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Two strangers - a ride-share driver and his teenage passenger - form an unlikely friendship during the course of a ten-hour trip.

DIRECTOR

Trevor Morgan

unicorns

 

Drama  |  USA 

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When Elise hits rock bottom, her mentor Marlon suggests she connect with Jonah, a teenaged boy battling severe depression of his own. What begins as a forced conversation turns into a genuine, even life-saving connection, as Jonah and Elise each turn out to be the sign the other was looking for.

DIRECTOR

Candice Carella

sweater

Comedy  |  USA 

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Corey's day couldn't be worse. Then he gets a free coffee.

DIRECTOR

Nick Borenstein

block 9 | 2:45pm | Aug 18
anxiety's wilma

Comedy  |  USA 

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A short romantic comedy about a young woman and her anxiety.

DIRECTOR

Alexandra Kyle

brotherhood

Drama  |  Canada 

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Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tension between father and son rises over three days until reaching a breaking point.

DIRECTOR

Meryam Joobeur

consent

Comedy  |  USA 

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A singer ignores her fan's consent in this romantic comedy gone wrong. An allegory about sexual assault with absolutely no sex.

DIRECTOR

Kimmy Gatewood

guns found here

Documentary  |  USA 

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An American paper trail.

DIRECTOR

David Freid

rehearsal

Drama  |  USA 

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A film crew for an upcoming feature film pushes the boundaries of consent during a courtesy rehearsal for its female lead.

DIRECTOR

Courtney Hope Therond

the opposites game

Animation  |  USA 

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A classroom erupts into a war of words as students grapple with a seemingly simple prompt: what is the opposite of a gun? 

DIRECTORS

Anna Samo, Lisa LaBracio

block 10 | 4:20pm | Aug 18
framework

Drama  |  Switzerland 

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It’s summertime in rural France. A charismatic stranger happens upon three teenage boys. He has a gun in his car. Are they ready to go for a ride?

DIRECTOR

Jasmin Gordon

how does it start

Drama  |  USA 

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It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood, and learns to do it her own way.

DIRECTOR

 Amber Sealey 

rainbow ruthie

Pilot  |  USA 

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An ex teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.

DIRECTOR

Ruth Marantz

relationship deli

Comedy  |  USA 

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A deli worker and a desperate woman attempt to build the perfect relationship, sandwich style!

DIRECTOR

Ian Van der Werff

swatted

Documentary  |  France

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Online players describe their struggles with "swatting", a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game.

DIRECTOR

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

DIRECTOR

Kate Trefry

how to be alone

Genre  |  USA 

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How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasing bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

Nefta Football Club

Comedy  |  France 

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In the south of Tunisia, two football fan brothers bump into a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border of Algeria. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears.

DIRECTOR

Yves Piat

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