Cinequest 2017: Short Films Lineup

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1. 8 1/2 (2016)

18 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Life is hard for an 8½-year-old director.

Director: Bryce Edmonds | Stars: Lev Cameron, Gracie Miller, Shae Smolik, Kassia Bonesteel

2. A Couple (2016)

3 min | Short, Drama | Completed

Three minutes in the life of a couple.

Director: David Steiner | Stars: Morwenna Spagnol, Alice Barnole

3. A Dad (2016)

11 min | Animation, Short

Add a Plot

Director: Robert Cambrinus

Votes: 12

4. Alice (IV) (2016)

7 min | Short, Comedy

A quirky dancer lives in her vivid imagination and longs to make her dreams a reality, but her traditional Korean parents have other plans in mind.

Director: Kari Lee Cartwright | Stars: Sarah Chang, Crystal Lee, Jerry Marr, Esther Moon

5. Art of Courage (2018)

22 min | Documentary, Short

Two internationally renowned artists prepare their canvas for an aerial art exhibition during the International Climate Summit in the City of Light, but fate has another plan. With an ... See full summary »

Directors: Veronica Duport Deliz, Kellee Marlow | Stars: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Magalie Bonneau, John Quigley

Votes: 5

6. Assignment (2016)

6 min | Short, Crime, Horror | Completed

On a busy night in Shinjuku, Tokyo, a hooker in high school uniform picks up a drunken john. Their tryst is about to commence, but little do they know that in the very room in a shabby love... See full summary »

Director: Dmitry Torgovitsky | Stars: Akiko Hiroshima, Jun Matsuo

7. Avo (2015)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Ava wants to find a way to keep in touch with his grandfather on the other side..

Director: Golnaz Jamsheed | Stars: Vartan Aghababian, Marita Andriasiyan, Armen Baghomian, Shohreh Dilmaghani

Votes: 7

8. Bae (2015)

5 min | Short, Fantasy | Completed

We dive into a chaotic digital landscape where any fantasy can be realised.

Director: Thorsten Hertog

9. Bayard & Me (2017)

16 min | Documentary, Short

Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the... See full summary »

Director: Matt Wolf | Star: Walter Naegle

Votes: 24

10. Benny Got Shot (2017)

20 min | Short, Drama

When Naomi, a young autopsy assistant at the LA County Coroner's office, realizes her brother has gone missing on the night of a police shooting, she is forced to confront her worst fear, that his body may be in the morgue.

Director: Malcolm Washington | Stars: Iantha Richardson, Tammi Mac, Jay Reeves, Donisha Brumfield

Votes: 5

11. Boomerang (I) (2016)

6 min | Animation, Short, Music

It's no coincidence when it happens this way.

Director: Steven Vander Meer

12. Boulevard of Unspoken Dreams (2016)

10 min | Short, Comedy

On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, dreams still can come true.

Director: Stoney Westmoreland | Stars: Whitney Anderson, Mark Elias, Sean O'Bryan, Jeremy Parise

13. Harlemites (2016– )
Episode: Brian Mickler (2016)

Short, Drama

A twenty-three year old schizophrenic man endeavors to heal his sick mother but first must cope with his own illness.

Director: Michael Taylor Jackson | Stars: Wesli Spencer, Rosa Curry, Olivia Baptista, Jacques Mitchell

14. Bright Spots (2016)

8 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.

Director: Jilli Rose | Star: Nick Holmes

Votes: 6

15. Coffee Virgin (2016)

1 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Coffee Virgin is a psychedelic short film about a boy who tries coffee for the first time.

Directors: Devon Perez, Hart Perez | Stars: Talon Marsden, Bryan Moriarty

Votes: 6

16. Count Us In (2015)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

David Pareja is an actor, writer and director. A low-key filmmaker... He has no new ideas. Tino is going to make him an offer he won't be able to refuse.

Director: Pablo Vara | Stars: David Pareja, Daniel Pérez Prada, Ignacio Grifol, Juan Aragón

17. Dear Dad (II) (2016)

6 min | Animation, Short, Drama | Completed

The story of a person trying to survive cancer and realizing the most important thing is...

Director: Carlos Hurtado

18. Death in a Day (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, Family

Death in a Day tells the story of Evan, a young Chinese boy who, after visiting his comatose father in the hospital, witnesses his mother's struggle and must come to grips with the impending death falling upon their family.

Director: Lin Wang | Stars: Evan Liu, Wei Ren, Allen Theosky Rowe, Junnian Cheng

Votes: 12

19. Deer Flower (2016)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Full stop motion short film / 3D printed film. A boy and his family visit deer farm. And the boy has some peculiar experiences.

Director: Kangmin Kim

Votes: 46

20. Disaffected Youth (2016)

18 min | Short, Drama | Completed

A punk rock coming of age story about a teenage boy, Elvis, who idolizes his older brother, Tyler, in the absence of his parents. Tyler seems like the perfect role model until he falls off the deep end into drug addiction.

Director: Patrick Mattes | Stars: Julian LaPlaca, Carlos Alfredo Jr., Danny Spiteri, Jessie Rankin

21. Distinction (2016)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Drama

A Tongan/American teenager, Nesta, finds himself in a series of odd relationships while grasping onto his love of basketball however breaking away from the urban trap is more challenging than the game itself.

Director: Cameron Thuman | Stars: Eli Alford, Derek Boone, Nesta Heaps, Josh Jennings

22. Do Not Disturb (I) (2017)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Do Not Disturb is a thriller with a streak of black comedy. A sleep-deprived man in a fleabag motel tries to end a couple's feud next door, but instead triggers a violent chain of events.

Director: Chris Bogle | Stars: Johnny Austin, Carter Ferguson, Lance C. Fuller, Fletcher Mathers

23. Driver's Ed (2015)

14 min | Short, Drama

A shy, overweight young woman leaves the safety of her home for an unwelcoming high school classroom.

Director: Chase Norman | Stars: Angel Guadalupe, Bryan Michael Nunez, Caedyn Curto, Marla Martinez

Votes: 5

24. Echo Torch (2016)

21 min | Short, Sci-Fi

A late middle aged inventor creates a device to see into the otherworld, and fulfills his lifelong dream.

Director: Christopher Preksta | Stars: James FitzGerald, Amy Staggs, Tony Bingham, Jonathan Visser

Votes: 46

25. Elena and the Shadows (2018)

8 min | Animation, Short, Family

In an old mexican neighborhood, Elena is alone in her world. Felix leads a miracle when he comes into her life and shows she how to access other universes; share with him those secret ... See full summary »

Director: César Cepeda

Votes: 6

26. Exo (2016)

7 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

A father and son reunite over dinner to discover things aren't always what they seem.

Director: Ashley Eakin | Stars: Sam Abe Jacobs, Richard Neil

27. Fanny Pack (2016)

11 min | Short, Adventure, Comedy

A young Indian-American woman who wants to follow her dreams, and a fanny pack clad Indian father who chases his daughter through an airport hoping that she will follow his.

Director: Uttera Singh | Stars: Dorothy Blue, Jerilyn Clayton, Brian George, Matt Gorrek

Votes: 31

28. Glowworm (2017)

25 min | Short, Drama

Inheriting a large farm in rural New England after her Grandfather's sudden death, Emma travels North to say goodbye to the man she barely knew, and sell the land. Farmhand Pedro hopes to change her mind.

Director: Laina Barakat | Stars: Emma Barakat, Pedro Aijon, Peter Eisenstadter

29. Hope (X) (2017)

7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

After an unsuccessful escape a mother and her son are deported to a prison camp. The mother sees her child hunger and secretly gives him some left-over seeds, the last food she has. Shortly... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scherrer

30. Hypatia (2017)

Animation, Short

Hypatia is a magnificent, surreal journey through the world's 1st city being built for virtual reality. Hypatia will be a global community with limitless possibilities where creativity is ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Treglia | Stars: Joe Spiro, Stephanie Griffith, Redd Horrocks

31. Instapocalypse (2016)

Short, Comedy

Two friends find a working iPhone during the zombie apocalypse, but their longing to post pictures on Instagram soon turns them against each other.

Director: Martin Sofiedal | Stars: Patrick Finzi, Asbjørn Røen Halsten, Cecilie Svendsen

Votes: 10

32. Irregulars (2015)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Each year 40.000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board ... See full summary »

Director: Fabio Palmieri | Star: Cyrille Kabore

Votes: 32

33. Kieza (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama

Father and son are in a long journey to the city. The road they are on is not on any map. It doesn't end.

Directors: João Gomes, Manuel Pureza | Stars: Carla Aragão, Adelino Caracol, Enoque Caracol, Marisa Júlio

34. La Petite Mort (I) (2017)

9 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

When a virginal girl follows her lover into a mysterious forest, a twist of fate wrenches them apart forever. The girl struggles to be ever closer to him in this fairytale about sex, death, and pie.

Director: Elizabeth Jaeleigh Davis | Stars: Alex MacNicoll, Madeleine Waters

Votes: 37

35. Labor (2016)

23 min | Short, Drama

How far will a man go to provide for his family? Sahsha and Rita are new immigrants from Dagestan, trying to deal with a foreclosure order and Sasha's job loss.

Director: Moshe Yohananov | Stars: Irina Abramov, Tommy Baremboem, Gilad Bulatov, Mazal Matayev

36. Limbo (III) (2017)

14 min | Short, War

A former Iraqi sniper started to get tattooed his body, with the name of the all soldiers he had killed during wars in Iraq. A young tattoo artist does the last tattoo, but the sniper ask him something more to do...

Director: Ghasideh Golmakani | Star: Levon Haftvan

37. Jane Bordeaux: Ma'agalim (2016 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Music

Official music video for Jane Bordeaux's 'Ma'agalim'. In a forgotten old penny arcade, a wooden doll is stuck in place and time.

Directors: Uri Lotan, Yoav Shtibelman

Votes: 7

38. May 15th in Paris (2017)

9 min | Short, History

Shots of Paris on May 15, 2016 with a Parisian narrator telling us the story of May 15, 1848, when protesters finally pushed the establishment to let them have a popular vote to elect their ruler.

Director: Janek Ambros | Star: Nathalie Simille

Votes: 10

39. Molasses & Lemon (2017)

5 min | Documentary

Love or heartbreak--what's the difference?

Director: Robert Sickels | Stars: Sharon Alker, Natasha Blake, Tiffany Cain, Tarik Elseewi

40. Monster (II) (2016)

13 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Convicted of murdering her husband, a death row inmate must fight the monster she is accused of being.

Director: Nicole Fairbrother | Stars: Jack Christofferson, Marie V. Cruz, Michael De Wilde, Nicole Fairbrother

41. Muscle (2016)

Short, Drama

LogLine: A woman married to a terminally ill man must make the agonizing decision to live for him or live for herself.

Director: Heidi Miami Marshall | Stars: Fiona Graham, Marc Menchaca, Reiko Aylesworth

Votes: 23

42. Must Be This Tall to Ride (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, Romance

An introverted teenage girl must grapple with the toils of adolescent vulnerability as she allows herself to become intimate with a charming new boy, all the while wrestling with her own emotional fluidity.

Director: Gabriel Kahane | Stars: Evan Dominguez, Annabel Hoffman, Petra Jevremov, Maeve Mollaghan

43. My Mom and the Girl (2016)

22 min | Short, Drama

After dinner with family and friends takes a dark turn, a woman with Alzheimer's is led to a proverbial crossroads where three very disparate - desperate women are unpredictably pulled back into the light.

Director: Susie Singer Carter | Stars: Emily Kasp, Josh McClenney, Rick Singer, Harmony Santana

Votes: 24

44. Notes from Buena Vista (2016)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A working-class mobile home park in Silicon Valley faces imminent closure. Notes From Buena Vista glimpses into the lives of low-income families in one of the wealthiest places in the world.

Director: Elizabeth Lo

45. Notes from Buena Vista (2016)

9 min | Documentary, Short

A working-class mobile home park in Silicon Valley faces imminent closure. Notes From Buena Vista glimpses into the lives of low-income families in one of the wealthiest places in the world.

Director: Elizabeth Lo

46. One (III) (2016)

4 min | Short, Thriller | Completed

When a man wakes up in a mind bending puzzle of a room, he must confront the knocking on the door, find the key, and escape the ever spinning paradox before it is too late.

Director: Aaron Gove

47. One Per Person (2016)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An awkward fast food worker gains a new perspective on life while competing for customers against an excessively happy-go-lucky rival.

Directors: Jacquelyn 'Jac' Piette, Nasheet Zaman

Votes: 8

48. Orange Lipstick (2017)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

An exhausted working mom takes one night off from her daily routine to reclaim her youth.

Director: Gavin Michael Booth | Stars: Sarah Booth, Kristina Denton, Kira Powell, Charley Boon

49. Panic Attack! (2016)

4 min | Animation, Short

You know the nagging thoughts that start with 'did I leave the coffee on?' and turn in to 'what if I give birth to Satan's baby?' This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman's slippery hold on reality.

Director: Eileen O'Meara

Votes: 23

50. Pearl (II) (2016)

6 min | Animation, Short, Music

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It's a story about the gifts we hand down and their power ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Osborne | Stars: Nicki Bluhm, Kelley Stoltz, Emma Grace Eisenmann, Emerson Rose Orr

Votes: 1,719

51. Perfectly Normal (2016)

13 min | Documentary, Short