Narrative Shorts #2
- Shorts Programs
- 86 mins
Communication, connection, relationships–and perhaps a little sexy time with citrus fruits–is the name of the game with this collection of narrative short films.
In this program
Directed by Christine Lakin
WHO AM I is a musical about when hip hop and mental health meet. Gold and Platinum certified, GRAMMY-nominated rap artist, Petey Pablo, attends his first therapy session. Follow him as he steps into vulnerability, confronts his past, and begins his process of healing as he normalizes therapy and seeks mental help.
Directed by Kim Marcelino
An Asian American woman’s internalized racism stands between her and a steamy one-night stand.
Directed by Jeff Mizushima
Based on a true story, JUST GHOST ME is a metafiction recreation of a humorously failed relationship performed by the original writer of the article.
Directed by Ashley Versher
BRIEF EXCHANGES follows Tanya, a young Black woman living in New York City. After a harsh encounter with a drunken stranger, she lands on the same street corner as Troy, whose kindness stands in sharp contrast to the unfriendly city. Their chance encounter becomes a daylong affair of flirtatious banter punctuated by poignant moments, or “brief exchanges,” that reflect the various microaggressions Tanya must navigate daily. Filtered through the lens of a charming meet-cute, this film represents a Black woman’s reality in living with these intersectional identities.
Directed by Courtney Hope Thérond
On the advice of her therapist, a young woman hires a sex worker to help recreate—and recover from—a traumatic experience.
Directed by Alejandra Parody
Camila, a young aspiring-and-struggling illustrator, meets Madison, a teenage girl, when Camila is hired by Madison’s (very) wealthy family as her tutor. Unlike Camila, Madison is confident, popular, and has never experienced rejection. Though Camila initially dismisses the teenager as vapid and out-of-touch, they connect over their shared struggles as artists at heart. Camila becomes seduced by Madison’s can-do-attitude and naïve drive. The short interaction ultimately sparks a new fire inside of Camila. There’s a low key, slice-of-life feel to the story. It moves us to reflect on the themes of wealth, privilege, and what it takes to be successful.
Directed by Molly Coffee
Recently divorced from her husband, a woman with an unhealthy relationship with perfection explores her newfound queerness by hiring a female sex worker to teach her how to eat fruit. COME CORRECT is a queer comedy about accepting yourself and learning to let go.
Directed by Felicia Pride
A 40-something single mother gets her groove back with a little assistance from her teenage daughter. LOOK BACK AT IT is set in Baltimore and also serves as a proof-of-concept for a feature film of the same name.
Dates & Times
October 1, 2023