Shorts Block 1 and 2

All the extraordinary short films from this year's festival, together in one place. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the screening.

Two Ships
On a lonesome bridge at night, a compassionate question from a down-in-the-mouth street mime for a drag queen in need turns into an authentic and vulnerable exploration of each other's baggage.

Pieces
Set in the 1950s in rural Colorado, a young girl June witnesses her father disappear for days without explanation, and the pain that it gives her mother.

Gordan
A mesh of processing, seeking to understand the death of Carsten’s grandfather. An act of remembrance. A reinforcement of reality and feeling. Footage collected during week of mourning in Texas.

Tampoon
When Miranda makes bad decisions about her love life, a killer tampon slips in to take care of business.

The Night Breaks
Willis, an Oscar-winning movie star on a press tour, takes a moment to decompress in the small town where part of his last film took place. But things aren't as they seem as the evening comes to a close.

Empty Basket
Tied in and spun out, the laundromat serves no greater function than to slow down time for these two gentlemen. Catching a game has never quite been as simple (or as complex) as one would think.

Willow Creek Road
Willow Creek Road explores the internal world of a lonely, Montana ranch hand, Ruth. When Ruth is unexpectedly drawn into the lives of two children, she slowly assumes the role of a Mother; awakening a sense of play, femininity, protection and connection. Ruth must face reality, and ultimately herself, when the kids' mother returns home.

The Good Mother

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary tells the story of the complex bond between two ex-lovers in the face of an abusive relationship and sacrifices made in order to protect one's child.

Safe Word

A man struggles to control his flashbacks during his visit to a dominatrix, until losing control of his mind...and his human form.

White Elephant

A young man's feelings of first love force him to act out of character and lead to a disastrous end.

Skybird

A woman on a journey, walking on fresh grass of the mind through clouds as the heart echoes guidance.  Beams of light pour in and create visions of magic and the hope of dreams. She skips down the trail with her heart open ready to receive, knowing the beginning of the rest of her life begins again and again, with each moment.

Intersection

A couple goes on a road trip in southern Louisiana to support a friend.

The Lift

The Lift is a short film about a man battling his toughest opponent: His own failures. This battle occurs in the form of a rigorous back workout. He pushes himself to his physical and mental limits as he attempts to set a personal record in the Deadlift exercise.

The News Today

The familiar and mundane moments between two guys in love become precious in an instant.


Q&A with the filmmakers to follow the 10/07 screening.






Shorts Block 1 and 2



Screening Times

Film Info

Matthew Thomas Ross, US, 145 minutes, NR