On the last day of MTFF, enjoy a dozen fantastic shorts, ranging radically in genre, form, and content, but united by extraordinary artistry.
Bull Rider - The Martha Graham technique of modern dance emphasizes contraction and release as well as turns, falls, and surges of the body. These are the exact same movements utilized by a successful bull rider. Directed and produced by Alexia Oldini and Steven Gray. Utah, 2 min.
My Father's Damn Camera - A reckless boy persistently seeks the attention of his father--a photographer--in a story that intertwines hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. Directed by Miloš Tomic. Produced by Mojca Pernat. Slovenia, 7 min.
F^¢k 'Em R!ght [email protected] - A queer Black aspiring Baltimore rapper must outwit his vengeful day-job boss in order to avoid getting fired after accidentally eating an edible. Directed by Harris Doran. Maryland, 10 min.
Kiddo - A young boy, insecure in his appearance, spends the morning with his parents on an empty beach. His enjoyment is soon interrupted by the arrival of other kids, when he must face his greatest fear. Directed by René Gallo. Produced by Danijel Pek, Nika Obucina, and Tea Matanovic. Croatia, 8 min.
Dogwood (Sipinikimm) - When her aunt comes home bruised and hurt, Rose Home Gun is sent to gather traditional medicines in the woods. When the true nature of the medicine comes to light, Rose must choose between protecting her sister's innocence or endangering her family. Directed by Maya Rose Dittloff. Produced by Maya Rose Dittloff, Aubrey Walsh Campbell, and Annjeanette Belcourt. Montana, 15 min.
Day Trip - Maya and Julian have set aside a morning to drop acid together in the desert, but Maya is nervous and Julian isn’t hearing her. Still, they follow the plan, splitting a gummy and setting off on a hike... Directed by Brian Robau. Produced by Amber Laird. California, 13 min.
The Headhunter's Daughter - Lynn leaves her family behind and saddles up her horse, traversing the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands in the Philippines, hoping to try her luck as a country singer. Directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan / Produced by Hannah Schierbeek. Philippines, 15 min.
Apple Box - Back from studying abroad, Zoe, an assistant director on a Chinese film set, must stand up for herself when she violates a cultural taboo. Directed by Eva Wu. Produced by Jiarui Guo. US/China, 6 min.
are dandelions really that bad? - A brief and experimental ode to the humble dandelion, shot on 16mm developed using an eco-processor made of dandelions! Directed by Zach Robinson. Montana, 2 min.
Neck Deep - A man abandoned in the desert has only a spoon, a hat, and a will to survive. Directed and produced by Jennings Barmore. Montana, 4 min.
Clean Sheets - A woman tries to wash the blood out of her sheets while coming to terms with what stained them in the first place. Directed and produced by CeCe Freese. Montana, 3 min.
Shark - Inveterate prankster Jack has found a perfect match in Sofie, a woman who loves elaborate gags just as much as he does. Alas, the couple’s quest to outdo each other may lead to the most outrageous calamity of all. Directed by Nash Edgerton. Produced by Michele Bennett. Australia, 14 min.
Followed by a discussion and Q&A with director Zach Robinson (are dandelions really so bad), director Steven Grey and DP James Lamberg (Bull Rider), director CeCe Freese and musician Rosie Cerquonte (Clean Sheets), director Jennings Barmore (Neck Deep).