U.S. Shorts:

A MEDITATION

Directed By: Joe Petricca

A MEDITATION

A man (Harold Perrineau from CLAWS, THE MATRIX & LOST) who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman (Samantha Collechio) who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist

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Runtime: 0:16:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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ALBEDO ABSOLUTE

Directed By: Vlad Marsavin

ALBEDO ABSOLUTE

The fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parents’ warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.

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Runtime: 0:15:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Between Shifts

Directed By: Lysandra Petersson

Between Shifts

Between Shifts is about a lonely diner waitress who has a Cinderella-like transformation between her lunch and dinner shifts. This modern-day fairytale explores the magic that surrounds us in our everyday lives—the extraordinary in the ordinary—if we’re just willing to see it!

Runtime: 0:11:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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BROTHERS

Directed By: Jared Kahn

BROTHERS

Two brothers become desperate after their father experiences a sudden heart failure. They must sacrifice their own morals in order to come up with the money needed to save their father’s life.

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Runtime: 0:28:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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CAGED

Directed By: Massimo Bordonaro

CAGED

Karrisa (Karimah Westbrook) and Chris (Trey McCurley) have been happily married for six years, at least that is what Karrisa thought. During a dinner party to celebrate her husband’s new promotion, Karrisa’s life begins to fall apart when a secret starts to circulate among the party guests. Before the night is through, Karen (Karen Malina White) spills the beans and Karrisa is left with a truth she never thought would have guessed.

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Runtime: 0:18:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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Candice & Peter's Smokin' Hot Date

Directed By: Leanne Melissa Bishop & Michael P. Mason

Candice & Peter's Smokin' Hot Date

While trying to cook a romantic dinner at home, Candice and Peter get into a dispute over which wine pairs best with their pork chops. As the debate intensifies, their romantic evening looks like it’s going to go up in smoke!

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Runtime: 0:08:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Chocolate

Directed By: Thiago Dadalt

Chocolate

NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST. A suburban housewife and mother suddenly finds herself homeless and lost in downtown Los Angeles. A beautiful story of family and hope.

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Runtime: 0:22:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Cold Feet

Directed By: Jordan Rennick

Cold Feet

When a neurotic groom gets cold feet before his backyard wedding, his best friend has five minutes to calm him down and convince him to walk back outside and get married.

Runtime: 0:05:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Game

Directed By: Jeannie Donohoe

Game

A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by the new blood. Will talent and drive be enough for him to make the team?

Runtime: 0:15:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Good Hair

Directed By: Fray Forde & Catherine Dee Holly

Good Hair

A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be the argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.

Runtime: 0:26:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Good Morning

Directed By: Bryan McKinley

Good Morning

A woman wakes up in a younger man’s apartment, and their intimate conversation over coffee and cigarettes exposes the imperfections in each of their lives.

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Runtime: 0:18:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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He Said

Directed By: Tara Lynn Orr

He Said

A wealthy young woman is brought to court after a man she spent one night with contracts HIV.

Runtime: 0:14:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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INCENDIO

Directed By: Slater Dixon

INCENDIO

Anything can happen in the world of online dating, and everything does when a mismatched couple meets on an ill-fated blind date. Sparks fly and passion erupts; but will they kill each other, or fall in love trying?

Runtime: 0:06:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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JIMBO

Directed By: Rodrigo Mariuzzo Zanforlin

JIMBO

Jimbo—sixteen, quiet, and shy—has spent his life cowering in the shadow of his controlling anarchist father El Tigron, and his devoted yet delusional lover Lolli. After their latest heist, Jimbo decides to take charge of his destiny and break free from his father’s prison. It is time to hear Jimbo’s inner rebel yell.

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Runtime: 0:15:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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Kill Jar

Directed By: Brian K. Landis & Curtis Brown

Kill Jar

On a sweltering Summer afternoon while searching for a prize insect, an amateur entomologist named Henry comes face to face with his neighbor Wayland, a pathetic and violent man. Their showdown pits cruelty and justice in a dog-eat-dog world.

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Runtime: 0:10:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Little Elizabeth

Directed By: Elizabeth Ayiku

Little Elizabeth

A young woman with childhood trauma takes a compassionate journey in order to heal herself.

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Runtime: 0:05:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Marc Chung Protects His Address

Directed By: Michael Chan

Marc Chung Protects His Address

Marc Chung buys a pellet gun to protect his address.

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Runtime: 0:10:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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My Loyal Audience

Directed By: Megan Seely

My Loyal Audience

In this dark comedy, a socially insecure teenage girl begins to suspect the unimaginable—that her most personal, embarrassing thoughts may not be as private as she had hoped.

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Runtime: 0:12:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 10:30AM

Theatre: The Overlook

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PUSH

Directed By: Courtney Hawkins & Carsten Kurpanek

PUSH

Tanya just lost fifty thousand dollars of a bookie’s money. At a casino bar in Vegas, a kind stranger sits and listens to her story. But can she trust him, or is he one more gamble she shouldn’t take?

Runtime: 0:09:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Remnants

Directed By: A. Plancher

Remnants

An elderly successful writer struggles to reveal his dark and troubled past while suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Runtime: 0:19:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Rufus

Directed By: Stéphane Dumonceau

Rufus

When lonely homebody Jane dog-sits for her high-strung boss, things go awry and Jane’s orderly life is upended in ways she could never have imagined.

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Runtime: 0:17:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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SHATTERED

Directed By: Yeeshai Gross & Matt Scott

SHATTERED

Shattered is a short film that was made to open people’s eyes to issues that every single community is facing but most wish to ignore. Our children deserve to grow up in a safe and secure environment free from sexual abuse and that should not be compromised by the fact that people want to keep things quiet.

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Runtime: 0:05:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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SHIFT

Directed By: Kristen Hester

SHIFT

In a small town, eight-year-old Eva spends the day with her newly sober father, Jonathan. Temptation and reality collide, derailing the afternoon and forcing Eva’s eyes wide open, leaving her to pick up the pieces.

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Runtime: 0:09:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Steps

Directed By: Mark Serao

Steps

A look at Julie’s relationship with her daughter over time, and the helplessness she feels when tragedy strikes.

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Runtime: 0:14:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Swimming in the Desert

Directed By: Alvaro Ron

Swimming in the Desert

In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a ten-year-old deaf girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

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Runtime: 0:15:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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THE BLACK GHIANDOLA

Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, and Sam Raimi

THE BLACK GHIANDOLA

THE BLACK GHIANDOLA is a story about a young man risking his life to save a girl he has grown to love, after his family has been ‘killed’ in the apocalyptic world of zombies. Starring JK Simmons, Laura Dern, Johhny Depp, David Lynch, and Richard Chamberlain.

Runtime: 0:17:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 7:00PM

Theatre: Avalon Casino Theatre

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The Call of Charlie

Directed By: Nick Spooner

The Call of Charlie

A trendy Los Angeles couple sets up a blind date for two of their friends, one of whom is an ancient evil deity from beneath the sea. Unfortunately, on the evening of the rendezvous, two interlopers unexpectedly arrive at dinner to make the situation all the more awkward.

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Runtime: 0:14:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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The Language of Ball

Directed By: Ramón Rodríguez

The Language of Ball

Ahmed is a young teenager who recently arrived to New York City from Yemen whose only sense of security and comfort is basketball. One day he’s approached by a Latino teenager, Justin, who takes Ahmed on an adventure through various neighborhoods and cultures playing pick up basketball games throughout the city.

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Runtime: 0:09:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 7:00PM

Theatre: Avalon Casino Theatre

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The Road Between

Directed By: Brett Sorem

The Road Between

In a barren desert, Eli finds an unconscious girl, a malevolent stranger, and the will to survive.

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Runtime: 0:20:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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The Staying Kind

Directed By: Isaac Dietz

The Staying Kind

A woman left behind during the American Civil War must break the ties to her husband before they become the demise of her son.

Runtime: 0:20:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Visit

Directed By: Romina Schwedler

The Visit

Ben joins his aging mother, Mrs. Perkins, at the hospital visiting area where she often claims to communicate with his departed wife and son. While struggling to handle her stubborn nature, Ben thinks back on his last days with his family, blaming himself for their loss and ultimately facing a most disturbing truth.

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Runtime: 0:13:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Water Phoenix

Directed By: Bola Ogun

The Water Phoenix

When an imprisoned mermaid is betrayed by her caretaker, she must find a way to escape the aquarium alone.

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Runtime: 0:10:00

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 27th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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This Path

Directed By: Meko Winbush

This Path

When John is arrested by Detective Jessica Davis one night, it becomes apparent that they have met before under less than ideal circumstances. As the night continues they will discover that the effects of their first encounter have set them on a path that will alter both of their lives.

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Runtime: 0:17:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 28th

Time: 5:30PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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TIM

Directed By: Alexander Black

TIM

Tim is a Freudian short film about an insecure and self-sabotaging codependent who is unable to get over his ex-girlfriend. See a deconstruction of Tim’s mind as explored through discussions between Tim and personified versions of his Id, Ego and Superego.

Runtime: 0:15:00

Screening: Saturday, Sept. 30th

Time: 11:30AM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Waiting to Die in Bayside, Queens

Directed By: Garrett Tripp

Waiting to Die in Bayside, Queens

A 15-year-old girl caught up in the complexities of high school social structure thinks she’s dying. Maybe she’s overreacting…

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Runtime: 0:17:00

Screening: Friday, Sept. 29th

Time: 12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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