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Shelved
Jane and Peter have known each other since the 4th grade. Over the past 10 years, they have shared lunches and swapped spit but never exchanged feelings. When the pair decides to secretly spend the night in an antique shop, they determine the future of their relationship by being forced to face their past.
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Shorts Block: Dark Minds
“Dark Minds” features a series of films that deal with the horror potential with relationships, whether it be a young woman trying to help an FBI agent rescue her from her longtime abductor, another facing off against some “mean girl” cupcake bakers, a young man who struggles with his desire for women that look like they are adolescents, and a robot that has learned the wrong lessons from “her” owner about how people should treat each other.
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Shorts Block: Dark Worlds
“Dark Worlds” offers up stories about a world set after the end of civilization where a woman must rescue her lover, one in which two young brothers question the isolation they have been placed into by their parents following the end of a war, another where a young boy must investigate a series of “video nasties” that may have consumed his father, a woman facing the fear that baby from an unwanted pregnancy may literally devour her life, and three girlfriends that have to transport a celebrity's body from scandalous tryst hotel room to her home without anyone knowing she's dead.
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Shorts Block: Video Mixed Tape
The “Video Mix Tape” shorts program takes audience members on a visual ride that ranges from the high comedy of a brother and sister who can’t stop bickering as they attempt to choose a casket for a loved one, and two couples that must do some fast thinking to outsmart a magical board game that has transported them to the Old West, to the emotional lows and heart-wrenching drama of a little boy determining the fate of a piggy bank he has come to love, and a prostitute that must make a hard choice in order to provide for her autistic son.
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Shorts Block: Youth
The “Youth” shorts program, many of which were directed by local up-and-coming female filmmakers, features films that deal with the conflicts and hurdles ever-present in the lives of young women, be it dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, escaping poverty, getting out of a day at work in order to head out to the beach, navigating the dating world, or being a transvestite in the unforgiving religious culture in Pakistan.
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The Sibling Code
Sheryl and Austin, a pair of dysfunctional, but loving, siblings meet up at a funeral home to plan a funeral. Sheryl finds comfort in order and wants a beautiful mahogany casket, with satin as soft as butter and a monogram that would make Martha Stewart proud. Austin, is a free-spirited hipster who spends his time creating You Tube videos of neighborhood animals and believes the ashes should be released into the wind. But when the Funeral Director dares to call into question the siblings' choices, things get ugly. It is one thing for Austin and Sheryl to take each other down, but neither take kindly to the Funeral Director butting into their affairs. That's the sibling code.
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Six Letter Word
An unlikely mom is forced to confront her young son's autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.
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Someone Good Will Find You
Inspired by a short story from award-willing Israeli author Etgar Keret, Someone Good Will Find You tells the story of a well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father raising his inquisitive son in New York City, trying to school him on a lesson of saving and restraint and how to make it in this country. He shares the biblical story of Moses down the Nile. When David finds a superman costume he wants, his father decides to teach him a lesson about saving instead: he buys him a piggy bank which David must fill up with coins from chores in order to buy the costume. As David does his chores he finds himself becoming more and more attached to the pig. One evening, the father decides the pig is full enough to break. David stalls his father and comes up with some creative methods of saving the pig.
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Starry Night
STARRY NIGHT is the story of Dawn, a teenage girl who dreams of going to college and becoming an astronomer. While no one believes in her, she struggles against poverty, gender expectations, and her possessive mother to escape her small town.
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