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Narrative Shorts #4

From immigrating for a better future to a mother weighing the decision to allow school corporal punishment for her child, the subjects in this collection of narrative short films push to understand and be understood in an ever-changing world.

In this program

Origin Story

Directed by Robert Cummins

In a military controlled, post-apocalyptic future, a lonely woman finds something strange on the beach and decides to…

Common as Red Hair

Directed by Robbie Robertson

The aftermath of an emotional funeral causes a grieving father and mother to reexamine their early life decision to have gender normalization surgery performed on their intersex infant.

Is God the Same Here

Directed by Jerod Wood

We hear Mateo’s thoughts as he travels through this strange new world, having recently immigrated to the United States from Latin America. His sister, Lupita, tries to shield him from the harsh realities of their situation when she runs out of money for food. As things get worse, Mateo’s innocent outlook on life is threatened.

Fireflies Save The Night

Directed by A.J. Riggins

Hiding in a bedroom closet, an embattled teenager comforts his younger sister and discusses the purpose of fireflies before finding a solution to his family’s misery.


Directed by Edward Worthy

When a teacher leaves bruises on a child, an objecting mother unintentionally starts a debate on the use of school corporal punishment in her southern Black community.

Picture Day

Directed by Kelly Pike

Casey, an Asian-American tomboy coming of age on Army bases, prepares for picture day at her new school, deciding what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to fit in.

Dates & Times


The Independent Picture House

Sat, Sep 30
3:40 pm