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Short Film Program [clear filter]
Friday, October 31
 

6:30pm

Hometowner Shorts
  • Quicken (dir. Adam Remsen / 4 min.)
    A pregenant woman finds that the universe is on her side.
  • Open House (dir. Libby Brawley & Beth Halldorson / 7 min.)
    If you need to sell your home, Tom and Gillian Jones might be the last realtors that you'll ever meet. 
  • El Caballo (dir. Jonathan Castillo / 5 min.)
    A dark romantic comedy about love lost, found, and then tragically lost again; forever.
  • Friendly Faces (dir. Robert Rowan / 8 min.)
    The two best friends in the whole world spend a day together.
  • Snack Time (dir. Will Bryson / 15 min.)
    A broke college student is held at gun point by an elderly mugger who has a lot of opinions about the student's life.
  • The Bureau of Short-Term Affairs (dir. Bryan Artiles / 15 min.)
    Handsome newcomer Mark seeks a short-term affair at an eccentric bureau committed to matching clients to the wrong people. 
  • Tattered Vows (dir. Christopher Raines / 12 min.)
    Tattered Vows is a film about an abused woman who is advised by her new friend to hire a hit man to take out her husband.
  • Closed (dir. Garrett Atkinson / 13 min.)
    Three bar owners close down shop for a few moments to conduct a second, seedier business. Things take a turn when one of the owners receives an unexpected visitor.
  • Turning & Looking (dir. Dave Godbout / 14 min.)
    Veronia returns home to an empty house.  Her roommte Suzanne is nowhere to be found.  Over the nest few days, peculiar things being to happen. 
  • Fade To Black (dir. Donald Meyers / 8 min.)
    An elderly man realizes that his Parkinson's disease is advancing and he has to face the reality that his creative interests are diminishing. 
  • Hirsch (dir. Chad Allen Barton & Patrick Churvis / 15 min.)
    A fledgling copy-cat artist is at an old age, Hirsch finds himself in another time, where all of his worst fears are confirmed. 

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Friday October 31, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
*Playhouse on the Square 66 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

11:30pm

Animation / Experimental Shorts #1 (Adult Content)

This journey begins with rhythmic allusions, tugging at the narrative, overlapping poems, then skip into some adult themes with humor, drama and intrigue.  Your brain will get a quick colorful process scrub before the last piece of this experiment, a 30-minute portrait of American counterculture, a hybrid non-narrative documentary/experimental art film that questions parameters of all kinds: decency, fiction, culture, family, exploitation.  You will talk about it.

  • Disco Temple (dir. Partrick T. Lo / 7 min)
    A quiet woman meets her muses as reality becomes hazy and distored.
  • Double Feature (dir. Laura Jean Hocking & Ben Siler / 4 min / Hometowner)
    Two filmmakers take the same footage and make two shorts from it.
  • The Return (dir. Ada Athorp & Adrian Frost / 10 min)
    Two poems combined by two voices, distorted imagery and haunting music, become more than the sum, transformed by interaction into a complete story of love, loss and the remains. 
  • Twit Plippies (dir. Sam McDavid / 8 min)
    A worm's plans for a busy day of staring face-down are interupted by an unwelcome guest.
  • Camchat (dir. Blake Pruitt / 11 min)
    An experimental look at online sexual encounters and relationships through one young man's interactions.
  • Acetate Diary (dir. Russell Sheaffer / 4 min)
    After receiving a difficult medical diagnosis, experimental filmmaker Russell Sheaffer decided to use a roll of 16mm film as a written diary.
  • Buffalo Juggalos (dir. Scott Cummings / 30 min)
    An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York.
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Friday October 31, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday November 1, 2014 12:45am
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
 
Saturday, November 1
 

10:30am

Views of Memphis
  • Once there was a Cigar Box (dir. Alexander Conrads / 10 min.)
    Matt Isbell, a Blues-musician fomr Memphis, Tennessee, does something most people can only dream of: He makes a living from doing something he loves. To be more precise, he takes old cigar boxes and breathes new life into them by turning then into beautiful guitars. 
  • Untold Stories (dir. Shane Watson / 9 min.)
    Every time a black person is murdred because someone feared him/her, the media reports two different stories. One story will soeak on how much of an angel the deceased was and the other will talk about how much of a thug/criminal the person was. However, we never get the true story of the deceased because s/he cannot tell his/her own story. 
  • No One Sees You (dir. Emily Heine / 20 min.)
    What is the difference between art and vadalism? This short documentary film explores the complex tension between graffiti and public art in Memphis - and the artists that no one sees.
  • Sketches of Crosstown (dir. MJ Adams / 25 min.)
    In 2011, Sean Murphy (Memphis-based multi-instrumentalist and instrument maker) began recording an improvisational album in the abandoned Sears Crosstown building, which is noted for having seven full seconds of delay. The building's decaying otherworldly environment has fired Memphians' imagination for years. Dripping water, car horns, and synchronistic traffic sounds are mixed with tuba, flutes, didgeridoo, and other instruments. 
  • Geekland: Fan Culture In Memphis (dir. Lara Johnson / 30 min.)
    Geekland is a short documentary film exploring the struggles of being a geek/nerd/fan in the South. It showcases several differnt groups in Memphis, TN that encourage geeks to pursue their interests and gives them a place to feel at home. 

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Saturday November 1, 2014 10:30am - 12:10pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

11:00am

Kid Flix Mix

This is the New York International Children's Film Festival’s program "NYICFF Kid Flix Mix
A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 4 to 8. Program includes films Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.In English or no dialogue. Recommended for ages 3 – 8.


Monstersymfonie by Kiana Nagshineh (Germany, 2012, 4 min.). Meet the band: four monsters, one girl, and some very silly instruments. And they're definitely playing past their bedtime.

Hello World by Eric Serre (France, 2012, 5 min.). In a collage forest crafted out of newspaper, plants, and paper maché, a newborn owl wakes up and explores the complicated world around him.

Snowflake by Natalia Chernysheva (Russia, 2012, 5 min.) A boy receives a paper snowflake in the mail and sticks it under his pillow. In the morning, he finds that his world has been transformed.

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds (2012, 7 min.). When Marisol sets out to create a sky for the class mural, she discovers the blue is missing from her paints. This story celebrates the creative process and what it means to look at the world through the eyes of an artist.

What is Music? By Christian Robinson (2013, 4 min.). Given a brief quiz on music, these kids provide some of the best – if not the most accurate – answers possible.

The Lovely Letter L by Evan Spiridellis (2012, 2 min.). An infectious song about lemons, light bulbs, laundry and lots more.

Hopfrog by Leonid Shmelkov (Russia, 2012, 4 min.). A series of non-scientific observations of the jumping fellows' life.

Big Block Sing-Song: Hair by Warren Brown (Canada, 2012, 2 min.). From the people who brought usJohn the Leprechaun, a Kraftwerk-style electronic pop tune about the stuff that grows out of your head.

The New Species by Katerina Karhánková (Czech Republic, 2013, 6 min.). Three friends discover a mysterious bone. With their imaginations running wild, they set out to discover the creature it belonged to.

The Mole at Sea by Anna Kadykova (Russia, 2012, 5 min.). Everyone's off to the seaside – by car, truck and train. Not wanting to miss out, the mole starts digging.

On The Wing by Vera Myakisheva (Russia, 2012, 6 min.). A young chicken wonders how she can learn to fly, just like all the other birds.

My Mom is an Airplane (Russia/USA, 2013, 6.5 min). There are all different kinds of mothers in this world. But can your mom fly? Part of the award winning Animation Show of Shows collection.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

1:00pm

Documentary Shorts

  • Crooked Candy (dir. Andrew Rodgers / 6 min.)
    Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are hugely popular all around the world but (oddly) illegal in the United States thanks to a quirk in FDA regulations. The film profiles someone who smuggles the eggs across the Canadian border and has even been caught by border patrol. 
  • Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World's Longest Yard Sale (dir. Riley Hooper / 18 min.)
    Travel down US Highway 127 from Michigan to Alabama and meet the people at the world's longest yard sale -- an annual four-day, 690-mile exchange of not only goods, but also narratives. 
  • A Park for the City (dir. Nicole Macdonald / 34 min.) coming soon...
  • McDaniel (dir. Scott Lancaster / 5 min.)
    Harmonica player McDaniel reveals the inspiration for his music and life. 
  • Month One (dir. Joanna Arnow, Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley / 10 min.)
    An immersive film about the first month of the Occupy Movement.
  • Methel Island (dir. Meg Smaker / 12 min.)
    There is and island on the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco that is infested with Crystal Meth. In this documentary we explore the island and its inhabitants' relationship to the drug.
  • Alfred Jarry & Pataphysics (dir. Skizz Cyzyk / 2 min.)
    In this 2 minute animated documentary, an oral report on French writer, Alfred Jarry, is given stop-motion treatment with the help of talking t-shirts, flip book pages, and time-lapse lino-cut printing. 
  • The Chaperone 3D (dir. Fraser Munden / 12 min.)
    The Chaperone tells the true, previously untold story of a lone school teacher who fought off an entire motorcycle gang while chaperoning a middle school dance in a church basement in 1970s Montreal, Canada 
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Saturday November 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:40pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

3:30pm

Narrative Shorts #1
Ms. Dottie's Ghosts (dir. Ruckus Skye / 6 min.)
A young girl finds her piano teacher dead in a small southern town. 

The Light and the Little Girl (dir. Guy Pooles / 7 min.)
A young girl finds herself entranced by a beam of light moving through her home and tries to capture it in a jar.

13 Pieces of the Universe (dir. Tara Sheffer / 19 min.)
Within the quiet universe of the Arkansas delta, a sixteen-year-old girl is forced to confront grief and grace while navigating the complex nature of adulthood.

Electric Indigo (dir. Jean-Julien Collette / 25 min.)
Indigo grew up in a family with two heterosexual fathers.

Out There (dir. Jennifer Suhr / 15 min.)
Abandoned by his mother in a small, strange town, 8-year-old Ollie discovers mysterious lights in his backyard. 

Easy (dir. Daniel Laabs / 12 min.)
A character study about the relationship between two brothers; one on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager. 

These Woods (dir. Tatiana Bears / 14 min.)
When Reese, a shy girl who lives on an alternative living community, befriends Geo, he changes her perspective of the world and her image of herself. 

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Saturday November 1, 2014 3:30pm - 5:10pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

6:30pm

Narrative Shorts #2

Stuck (dir. John Hockaday / 19 min.)
A door-to-door glue salesman must find a way to keep his family together.

A Fight to Propose (dir. PJ Gaynard / 5 min.)
Kevin and Jen love each other very much. Now it might be time to take the next step.

In (dir. Drew Paslay / 10 min.)
A short film about chasing your dreams, no matter how uncomfortable they make you feel.

Nights in Suburbia (dir. Alex Lee Williams / 9 min.)
An insomniac befriends a sleepwalking neighbor while he sleeps.

Small Little Things (dir. Jared Hogan / 12 min.)
A dreamy and mesmerizing portrait of young love which shifts between fantasy and memory.

One Night Only (dir. Che Grant / 16 min.)
A first date catastrophe or the beginning of true romance between an uptight 40-year-old American and a roguish 29-year-old Englishman.

Toutes des connes (Life's A Bitch) (dir. Francois Jaros / 6 min.)
Love grief. Shock. Denial. 95 scenes. 5 minutes. Life's a bitch.

The Story of Milo & Annie (dir. Harris Doran / 17 min.)
A love story about a restless secretary, who tries to discover the mystery of a guy who hasn't spoken since he was six years old. 


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Saturday November 1, 2014 6:30pm - 8:05pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
 
Sunday, November 2
 

12:30pm

Animation / Experimental Shorts #2
Loaded with local talent, this epic block is a mash up of endearing animation, cerebral suggestion, understated philosophy & overt paranoia, raw humor, technorobics, angst, and poetry.  It finishes with an altered-lens-umentary and a what-the-what.  Enjoy the ride!
  • Une Balade a la Mer (dir. Damien Stein / 4 min.)
    A ride towards the sea is the odyssey of a small animated character who decides to go out to face the city and the nature to free his goldfish. But the cadence of his own will reserve for him numerous surprises: every person, every element of the city which he will cross could be violent to him. 
  • Onward (dir. Eric Huber / 3 min. / Hometowner) 
    Onward is a cluster of videos in space emulating the gleaned information we keep queued in our consciousness to draw from as we go through our day to day activities. The videos loop as our point of view travels around and amongst them in three-dimensional space. 
  • Fight the Robots (dir. Russell Sadeghpour / 9 min.)
    An emphatic L.A. expat deliberates with his skeptical friend about life in Los Angeles, NSA surveillance of digital communication, satanic influences in the entertainment industry, and shamanism in the computer age. 
  • Don't Be Afraid of Bears (dir. Jill Johnston / 4 min.)
    Theriophobia is a fear of the beast. Naturalist Barry Lopez defines it as fear of the beast as an irrational, violent, insatiable creature. Reflection on childhood memories and fears induce impressions of the beast within and reciprocity of species. 
  • Prom Shorts: A Girls Story (dir. Sheri Bancroft & Kate Crowder / 4 min. / Hometowner)
    Imagine being 17. Imagine being a girl. Imagine it's prom. Imagine you're in a white Cinderella dress....and an uninvited guest suddenly appears: your period. To make matters worse, you've never used a tampon. Imagine this whole scenario played out badly...with puppets. That's Prom Shorts: A Girl's Story. 
  • Binary (dir. Andre Silva / 2 min.)
    A digital brain attempts to understand the two primal opposites from a survey of human opinions. 
  • Marianne (dir. Richard O'Connor / 3 min.)
    A visitor brings a poet to reflect on love and work. Based on diary entries of the young Bertolt Brecht. 
  • M'Aidez (dir. Jesse Turnball / 9 min.)
    A stop motion animated short that follows an astronaut stranded in space. 
  • Humanexus (dir. Katy Borner & Ying-Fang Shen / 11 min.)
    The human race has long searched for meaningful interpersonal connections. Tools and technologies have made it easier to reach out and share ideas, but each presents a new, unforeseen challenge. We must always ask: 'Is this what we want? What do we want?' 
  • Asura - So Succulent (dir. Ben Siler / 2 min. / Hometowner) 
    Dance video. Made with microscopes and drones starring Jessica Morgan, Chase Morgan, Woody Woodward, Frankie LaFemme, Brannan Denney, Music "So Succulent" by Asura  
  • Two Whole Days of Nothing But Uppercase "F*CK!" (dir. Laura Jean Hocking / 6 min. / Hometowner) 
    See title. 
  • Unity (dir. Tobias Stretch / 5 min.) The pursuit of oneness and absolute being.
  • Thousand (dir. Danijel Zezelj / 6 min.) 
    The sun has not been rising for years. There is a legend going around the city: Paint the sun a 1000 times and it will rise again. 
  • John Doe (dir. Yizhou Li & Dustin Reno / 4 min.)
    When a frustrated detective literally begins putting the evidence together on a seemingly unsolvable case, his pursuit for the truth takes an unexpected turn.
  • Meteor (dir. Charles Girffon Gibson / 15 min.)
    The meteor that hit the United States in 2014 caused unbelievable damage to the nation. This film is an exploration of the strange aftermath. 
  • Rendezvous (dir. Emily Kuehn / 5 min.)
    A surprising inquiry turns a typical rendezvous into a musical inter-species encounter. 
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Sunday November 2, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

3:30pm

Narrative Shorts #3

The Vision Quest (dir. Pete Ohs & Andrea Sisson / 9 min.)
An original fable about two extremely nearsighted men wandering across a mystical land in search of inspiration and food. 

Evergreen (dir. Jackson Segars / 19 min.)
On a Mississippi farm, two brothers clash over their responsibilities to the farm, their father, and each other.  

A Good Fish (dir. Nicolas Santos / 9 min.)
Left with nothing by their recently deceased father, two aimless brothers head home to face his funeral. 

A Game on the Line (dir. Jake Hull / 13 min.)
A young father and former high-school football star struggles to provide for his wife and child. 

Journeyman (dir. Leo Gilbert / 19 min.)
An aging ex-NBA ball player must choose between extending a damaged career or giving up everything for his young son.  

Fortissimo (dir. Noah Wagner / 14 min.)
An elderly mime struggles for attention until he meets a young girl with a magical ability to produce sound with her every touch.  

The Bravest, The Boldest (dir. Moon Molson / 17 min.)
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at a Harlem housing project to deliver some news to a woman about her son serving in the war in the Middle East.


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Sunday November 2, 2014 3:30pm - 5:10pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

5:45pm

Narrative Shorts #4

Danny & the Wild Bunch (dir. Robert Rugan / 5 min.)
A children's book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be 'darker', but her revisions piss off the characters in the book.  

Strangers (dir. Justin Nickels / 14 min.)
A man gets out of jail to find his brother dating his ex just as strange things begin happening around him.  

When You Were Mine (dir. Michelle Witten / 16 min.)
Ian and Anita escape unseen pursuers and arrive at a cabin in the desert. They seek a few days of solace together, but it becomes clear their relationship is ending. 

Jonathan's Chest (dir. Christopher Radcliff / 15 min.)
A troubled teenager is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother, who disappeared years earlier.  

Start of Something (dir. Derrick Hausen / 4 min.)
First love blooms for a young couple on a road trip.  

Cupcake (dir. E.J. Carter / 3 min.)
There's nothing sweet about it.  

One Please (dir. Jesse Burks / 6 min.)
Mommy and daddy love you... very, very much 

American Frenzy (dir. Brandon Langley / 6 min.)
A hyperbolic anti-parable of the exploitation of our fears, the piggish plundering of the media news outlets, the birth of the ghost collective.

Witness Monitor (dir. Edward Worthy / 8 min.)
Following the witness of a murder from a surveillance room, a man is locked in with the murderer on his way in.

Static (dir. Sam Siske / 7 min.)
With nuclear destruction imminent, Static portrays these last moments of life through a series of parallel stories. 

Of A Promise Broken (dir. Christian Walker / 21 min.)
A woman is tormented from beyond the grave by the ghost of her lover's ex wife. 


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Sunday November 2, 2014 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

8:00pm

Documentary Shorts

  • Crooked Candy (dir. Andrew Rodgers / 6 min.)
    Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are hugely popular all around the world but (oddly) illegal in the United States thanks to a quirk in FDA regulations. The film profiles someone who smuggles the eggs across the Canadian border and has even been caught by border patrol. 
  • Elvis Loses His Excess & Other Tales From The World's Longest Yard Sale (dir. Riley Hooper / 18 min.)
    Travel down US Highway 127 from Michigan to Alabama and meet the people at the world's longest yard sale -- an annual four-day, 690-mile exchange of not only goods, but also narratives. 
  • A Park for the City (dir. Nicole Macdonald / 34 min.) coming soon...
  • McDaniel (dir. Scott Lancaster / 5 min.)
    Harmonica player McDaniel reveals the inspiration for his music and life. 
  • Month One (dir. Joanna Arnow, Michael Galinsky & Suki Hawley / 10 min.)
    An immersive film about the first month of the Occupy Movement.
  • Methel Island (dir. Meg Smaker / 12 min.)
    There is and island on the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco that is infested with Crystal Meth. In this documentary we explore the island and its inhabitants' relationship to the drug.
  • Alfred Jarry & Pataphysics (dir. Skizz Cyzyk / 2 min.)
    In this 2 minute animated documentary, an oral report on French writer, Alfred Jarry, is given stop-motion treatment with the help of talking t-shirts, flip book pages, and time-lapse lino-cut printing. 
  • The Chaperone 3D (dir. Fraser Munden / 12 min.)
    The Chaperone tells the true, previously untold story of a lone school teacher who fought off an entire motorcycle gang while chaperoning a middle school dance in a church basement in 1970s Montreal, Canada 
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Sunday November 2, 2014 8:00pm - 9:40pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104