U.S. Shorts:

20 Matches

Directed By: Mark Tapio Kines

20 Matches

A young woman, her face illuminated only by match light, tells the story of an Austrian serial killer who murdered 20 immigrant women—one per year.

Runtime: 0:09:38

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Adherence

Directed By: Mav Block

Adherence

Over the course of one day in an inpatient psychiatric ward, we witness the intertwined stories of a man on the verge of discharge, an Orthodox Jewish woman whose newborns have strained her marriage, and a man whose treatment at the hands of the mental health system has devastating consequences.

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Runtime: 0:20:14

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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AMERICAN GIRL

Directed By: Rebecca Murga

AMERICAN GIRL

AMERICAN GIRL is a film about a young, spunky Guatemalan girl who is driven by her late father’s dream to become an American. Accompanied by a retired smuggler, they set out on a dangerous 2,000 mile journey through Mexico to reach the American border. Together they must overcome ruthless drug smugglers, human traffickers, and the harsh desert. But her journey doesn’t end there. Years later she volunteers for the United States Army and risks her life again—this time in service of her country as a newly minted officer fighting in Afghanistan.

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Runtime: 0:14:30

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Bernie and Rebecca

Directed By: Melissa Kent

Bernie and Rebecca

After a blind date, Bernie and Rebecca imagine a future life together, but it’s not the perfect marriage with angelic kids, a big house and white picket fence…

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Runtime: 0:14:55

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Beyond Doubt

Directed By: Matthew Hermosillo

Beyond Doubt

A courtroom drama that puts the audience in place of the jury. Presented with the troubled history of AJ Stocker, and his violent qualm with Officer Donald Hampton over the death of AJ’s father, audience members will ultimately judge whether AJ murdered Donald in cold blood or rightfully defended himself from Donald’s attack.

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Runtime: 0:14:06

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Breathe

Directed By: Paul Kowalski

Breathe

A Polish neurosurgeon is derailed by the haunting memories of his wife’s death.

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Runtime: 0:22:13

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM

Theatre: City Hall

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Brix and the Bitch

Directed By: Nico Raineau

Brix and the Bitch

Trapped in a seedy and illegal fight club, one woman’s only chance for escape is to win a gruesome brawl against the one person she refuses to harm.

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Runtime: 0:09:58

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM

Theatre: City Hall

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Cougar

Directed By: Will von Tagen

Cougar

A young man meets an older woman in the bar with interesting results.

Runtime: 0:04:38

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Doris

Directed By: Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

Doris

Doris is an undocumented Mexican housemaid working for a spoiled family, where she works hard to satisfy their every whim in exchange for their support with her green card application. When the family leaves for the holidays, Doris is left in charge of the embittered and bigoted grandfather.

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Runtime: 0:16:58

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Elisa

Directed By: Nicolas Wendl

Elisa

When Elisa confronts Sean about finally building towards the life they both dreamed of, it occurs to Sean that there’s no time like the present to make a change, until the unexpected happens.

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Runtime: 0:09:58

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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First Timers

Directed By: Patrick Cavanaugh & Carsten Kurpanek

First Timers

Everyone’s journey with getting pregnant is different. We follow a couple as they discover what that journey means for them.

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Runtime: 0:10:05

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Flock of Four

Directed By: Gregory Caruso

Flock of Four

Four best high school friends discuss their plans for one summer night in 1961 while they listen to Dave Brubeck and other jazz legends.

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Runtime: 0:11:24

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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For Annabelle

Directed By: Peter Mackie

For Annabelle

A lovelorn writer pens his suicide letter and hangs himself. What happens next is a cruel twist of fate.

Runtime: 0:04:45

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Fragile Storm

Directed By: Dawn Fields

Fragile Storm

A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about who she is and why she’s really there.

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Runtime: 0:10:00

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 1:00PM-3:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Future Boyfriend

Directed By: Ben Rock

Future Boyfriend

Stuart and Kaylie are enjoying their third date when Stuart reveals a secret that threatens to derail their budding romance. Is he telling the truth? Or is it Science-Fiction?

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Runtime: 0:11:35

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 8:00PM-10:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Goblin Queen

Directed By: Reed Shusterman

Goblin Queen

Winona, an overbearing mother, struggles to parent her daughter, Amber Lynn, who keeps disappearing to rule a magical land. But when a dangerous creature follows Amber Lynn home, Winona must confront the reality of who her daughter has become.

Runtime: 0:11:39

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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HOLDOUT

Directed By: Brian L. Tan (BLT)

HOLDOUT

HOLDOUT is based off the true story of a Japanese WWII Lieutenant who got left behind on an island in South East Asia after the war. He never got the memo that the war ended so he kept on fighting and only surrendered in the 1970s, nearly 30 years after the war ended. Our film is a gritty, dark dramatization of a soldier who didn’t surrender and the chaos that ensues when he encounters an American tourist from the modern world.

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Runtime: 0:23:03

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Knife of the Party

Directed By: Brian Henderson & Joe Von Appen

Knife of the Party

A fast-paced dark comedy that follows two hapless DJ’s, hired to play a one-man-dance-party. Things go from awkward to awkwardly terrifying when their host reveals some KILLER dance moves.

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Runtime: 0:08:32

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:30PM

Theatre: Avalon City Hall

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Nearsighted

Directed By: Anderson Cowan

Nearsighted

A severely unaware driver offends his fellow motorists. This leads to some of Los Angeles’ usual suspects to reign down on him and his oblivious bumper.

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Runtime: 0:05:16

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Panofsky's Complaint

Directed By: Peter Mackie

Panofsky's Complaint

A doorman for a luxury apartment building faces police interrogation after he snaps on the subway during a confrontation with a wealthy couple.

Runtime: 0:10:10

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Piece of Cake

Directed By: Ella Lentini

Piece of Cake

Sarcastic and complicated Jessie and her free-spirited girlfriend Alex couldn’t be any more different from each other; but cupid’s arrow is blind, and it was love at first sight. After a year of dating paradise, things go awry when Jessie’s parents, who are unaware that Alex is a girl, arrive in town for their anniversary. At a crossroads, Jessie must decide between revealing her sexuality to her parents, or losing the love of her life.

Runtime: 0:16:31

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Reservations for Three?

Directed By: Steven Bennett

Reservations for Three?

A romantic dinner for two is upended when a high-strung woman serves up a meal time discussion of personal reservations and doubts. Two people, one menu, lots of reservations!

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Runtime: 0:13:30

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Situational

Directed By: Scott Simonsen

Situational

After being prescribed his third antidepressant, Charlie returns home only to have his Craigslist roommate Miles toilet flush his pills and kidnap him to see a sunrise over the ocean. Tension mounts as the fast talking road trip drives us to the bottom of Charlie’s pain and to the impending sunrise on the coast, where life could begin or end, literally…And then there are chinchillas.

Runtime: 0:22:17

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Space for Rent

Directed By: Henrik Sundgren

Space for Rent

A comedy about a woman who moves into a new apartment and finds a man living in her closet.

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Runtime: 0:11:45

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Star Trek Wars

Directed By: Joshua Hoh

Star Trek Wars

Star Wars creator, George Lucas, battles Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams, over the fate of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Who will win in this epic showdown between Star Wars and Star Trek? Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek!

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Runtime: 0:24:52

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Step 9

Directed By: Leonora Pitts

Step 9

With a loyal sidekick along for the ride, Marian discovers the most heartfelt search for redemption can double as a romp.

Runtime: 0:13:18

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Suicide Sam

Directed By: Maurice Chauvet

Suicide Sam

An advertising executive marketing a suicide machine for consumer use meets with the man set to be the first member of the general public to use the device.

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Runtime: 0:17:45

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:30PM

Theatre: Avalon City Hall

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TEST DRIVE

Directed By: Jim Ford

TEST DRIVE

A stuntman shocks a salesman with his unusual way of test driving a car.

Runtime: 0:01:48

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:30PM

Theatre: Avalon City Hall

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The Firefly Girls

Directed By: Katie Micay

The Firefly Girls

A man, who is struggling to recover after his young daughter’s unexpected death, is forced to confront his reality when an unlikely visitor breaks into his house.

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Runtime: 0:11:18

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Land of Exodus

Directed By: Skinner Myers

The Land of Exodus

A Mexican street kid confronts the harsh realities of the border between the United States and Mexico as he attempts to assist an abducted American teenager.

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Runtime: 0:10:58

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Morning After

Directed By: Nicholas Massa

The Morning After

After finding Kendal asleep in his bed the morning after, Adam’s life feels out of place while Kendal is all up in his space

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Runtime: 0:05:00

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Mother

Directed By: Paolo Monico

The Mother

When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband’s death.

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Runtime: 0:11:05

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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The Operator

Directed By: Matt McClelland

The Operator

The Operator is a short drama chronicling a day in the life of Fay, an idealistic young woman who works in a 911 call center. A quiet, lonely overnight shift quickly takes a turn for the worse when Fay answers a call from a suicidal man. What follows is an existential battle of words between the two as Fay tries desperately to keep the man alive.

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Runtime: 0:11:55

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Theatre: City Hall

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The Scarecrow

Directed By: Phillip Rhys

The Scarecrow

A recently divorced man confronts the rocky shores of loneliness after a day spent with his adolescent son and an encounter with his ex-wife (Sandra Oh).

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Runtime: 0:12:24

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM

Theatre: Avalon Casino Theatre

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The Unforgiven

Directed By: Jason Piccioni

The Unforgiven

Trapped in Purgatory, a cynical angel is given an undercover assignment. But when the devil intervenes, he is forced to confront his own skepticism to save the soul of a criminal.

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Runtime: 0:08:20

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:30PM

Theatre: Avalon City Hall

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THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT

Directed By: Alex Merkin

THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT

In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan pawns his guitar and reconciles with his wife. Director Alex Merkin directs this suspenseful tale of self-delusion. Emmy Award winner, Jordi Vilasuso, plays the lead role.

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Runtime: 0:17:12

Screening: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Trigger

Directed By: Christopher Folkens

Trigger

Kevin is a shy young man who, after being disowned by his family, battles the warring thoughts in his head while coming dangerously close to ending his own life. But when an unsuspecting friend shows up at his doorstep, he must face his past in order to change his life forever.

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Runtime: 0:10:11

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Trigger Man

Directed By: Jason F. Konopisos-Alvarez

Trigger Man

A troubled writer fights to hold onto his reality as characters begin to come to life from his pages.

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Runtime: 0:17:38

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 7:00PM-10:00PM

Theatre: Avalon Casino Theatre

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Vici

Directed By: Johnny Kirk

Vici

A young woman looks to overcome and finalize her haunting past through the means of a boxing match.

Runtime: 0:16:31

Screening: Saturday, Oct. 1

Time: 12:30PM

Theatre: Avalon City Hall

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VICIOUS

Directed By: Andrew Jeric

VICIOUS

Through the eyes of those affected, VICIOUS takes an unflinching look at the tragic cycle of gang violence perpetuated over the course of one brutal and heartbreaking night.

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Runtime: 0:19:52

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Theatre: Lancer Auditorium

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Wally's Will

Directed By: Matteo J. Mosterts

Wally's Will

Wally’s Will is a dark comedy set in a fictional world where our protagonist is an old and very eccentric aristocratic woman. Together with her loyal servant, Doofus, she will have to fight to uphold her crumbling old-money empire against friends, enemies, and some unexpected conspiracies.

Runtime: 0:11:09

Screening: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Theatre: ACC Theatre

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Youth

Directed By: Brett Marty

Youth

Wasted on the young? A sci-fi film about growing old in a world of perpetual youth.

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Runtime: 0:17:57

Screening: Friday, Sept. 30

Time: 10:30AM-12:30PM

Theatre: City Hall

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