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Narrative Shorts #4

From adult retreats for happier childhoods to Live- Action-Role-Playing (LARPing), the subjects in this collection of narrative short films pine for any semblance of connection in a difficult, and often unkind, world.

In this program

Me Against The World

Directed by Kali Bailey

Mala and Doug live parallel lives in high school. He is the next Michael Jordan and she could cure cancer. In college, however, they collide. Mala tutors Doug to stay on the team. He ignites her social life. An unlikely duo, their friendship raises eyebrows. Will they ever realize that they are perfect for each other?

Tommy and the Guru

Directed by Brian Russell

A middle aged man seeks out a new-age master to help him overcome a life filled with loss, and to stop falling on his face. An unlikely relationship forms.

Navel Gazers

Directed by Kimmy Gatewood

In the inevitable future where everyone has a permanent curve in their spine from looking at their screens, one woman longs to break free of her screen and experience the world with her own eyes. After discovering an old chiropractic book from the past, her wish becomes a reality at a horrible cost.


Directed by Averi Israel

While waiting for the bus, a spirited young girl–to the disapproval of her grandma– befriends a familiar-seeming stranger after bonding over a small gift.


Directed by Yaser Yari

It’s a female physician’s first day of work as a forensics examiner. She must approve a prisoner’s health and mental status.


Directed by Lovell Holder

Based on their play “Lavender Men,” playwright-performer Roger Q. Mason explores questions of identity and vicious cycles of addiction in their short film TAFFETA. As a toxic phone sex relationship spirals out of control, the titular Taffeta must confront whether they will be able to break out of the destructive habits and crippling loneliness that have haunted their life.


Directed by Will Seefried

HOMESICK is an absurdist thriller about an unhappy man who attends a retreat offering adults a second chance at a happy childhood.

Break Any Spell

Directed by Anton Jøsef

In this collision of reality and fantasy, a teenage girl uses Live-Action-Role-Playing (LARPing) to cope and escape from her mother, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

The Hive

Directed by Greg Karvellas

Flora is used to being wanted. Needed actually. But once her inattentive husband Andrew gets busy with his bees after their kids leave home, she finds herself rather needy and wanting. When her flirtatious attention seeking gains a larger audience than intended, Andrew finally notices and looks to reconnect.

Dates & Times


The Independent Picture House

Sat, Oct 1
3:35 pm