Aimee Victoria is a short film conceived and created entirely remotely during the lockdown of 2020 and inspired by true stories of relationships from disabled and LGBTQIA people which never make it to the screen. A film about two profoundly deaf women of color whose relationship is tested during a period of unprecedented turmoil. Separated on their anniversary, Aimee is shaken out of her self-imposed apathy as she demonstrates her love to Victoria.
An Apology follows a man who has lost touch with what matters most - real human connection. As he goes through the motions of furniture shopping, we get a glimpse into his imagination, filled with movement and dance. Danielle Agami's narration tackles emotions that stem from our collective isolation, what it means to be an immigrant artist in America, and highlights the spiritual sacrifices we make when we cling to damaging ideals dictated by modern society.
A funeral home employee questions the meaning of life when she encounters a man who claims he's still alive. Adapted from an excerpt of "This Random World" by Steven Dietz.
Freshly divorced, overweight, and nearing forty, Amanda must navigate an encounter with an ex she still desires
When these five Black lawyers set out on their journeys to receive a professional legal education, they did not realize that they would have to struggle against additional battles even more challenging than the rigors of learning the law in a hypercompetitive environment. They discover the contradictions of studying in an institution that idealistically represents "justice" for all.
When Olivia lands the job of her dreams, as a casting associate, she is given the difficult task to cast Hollywood's next big Latin Star. Can she overcome her own prejudice and look pass the industry's stereotypes and set expectations of what it is to be Latin, especially Afro-Latino.
A young girl is lured from her troubled home by a mysterious stranger that seems to have all the answers.
A global shortage of the world's favorite bean has sent vanilla prices sky-high, however, there's a new frontier for the flavor breaking ground in South Florida. Routinely represented by a counterfeit chemical, natural native vanilla is on the path to extinction, and its history is anything but plain.
With a goal to follow in his father's footsteps, Curt has failed a final exam & just wants to be alone, but the personalities that surround him seem to make that impossible. While traveling from the library to his dorm he is challenged to see himself for who he truly is. Will he continue to suppress and repress his true self or live as the person his father wants him to be?
These two friends are always up to catch a good flick together, but this one takes the cake.
Allison Moore Adams reflects on how painting women who've walked through hardship helped her heal.
It's April 2020, and the value of crude oil in the United States dips into the negatives for the first time in history. What will Oil do now if she is no longer needed? A timely look at our dependence on and abuse of the natural resource a-la a high-end sex worker.
In 1968 Berkeley, CA, a hot bed of political activism, a young man finds his future at the mercy
of the Vietnam draft. When his ex-girlfriend needs his help accessing an illegal abortion, he
learns he is not the only person fighting for control over their life and future.
A woman experiences the ups and downs of life as a military spouse and does her best to cope with all that is thrown her way during her husband's first deployment.
Nick thinks he can breeze through these therapy sessions with the court appointed psychologist, Dr. Dana Reynolds. After all he's Nicholas P. Berenger - he's charmed or bought himself out of worse situations than this. But soon he realizes that Dr. Reynolds may have something on him, and it's not pretty.
Do Not Disturb is a darkly comic voyeuristic peek into the intimate relationship between the insulated super wealthy and the anonymous staff that take care of their every need. Ariana is agoraphobic, suicidal, and supremely wealthy, but she can't buy friendship. Or can she?
Struck by the supreme loneliness of her circumstances, a young woman wishes for her dog to become her boyfriend and then endures the myriad consequences when her wish comes true. The Dogfiend is a careful-what-you-wish for dark comedy about the monster that is straight, cis, white male privilege and equally a story about the various cycles and iterations of loss. Ultimately, it’s about a woman who chooses herself, despite the unspeakable fear of isolation. It weaves together undeniable themes of this past year; solitude, loneliness, whimsy and absurdity, while also integrating the mountainous and ongoing, collective conversations we’ve shared around gender, race and systems of privilege. Last but not least, it is an ode to the great city of New York, which has proven, now more than ever, to be a unique and strange haven of magic and possibility.
Two oddball female police officers flip the script on the male buddy-cop genre as they find themselves in a high-speed powdered jelly donut chase.
An intimate look inside a musician and producer's collaborative process. Nationally renowned cellist and composer Joshua Roman records his 2020 Music Journal piece "Drive" with Ryan Hadlock, producer at Bear Creek Studio (Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden). Written and inspired by Roman's personal journey across the country during the height of the Covid 19 pandemic and racial unrest of this last summer, "Drive" is both an experiment of sound and space as well as an offering of hope and unity through our universal response to music. Full performance of the cello sextet written and performed by Roman and recorded by Hadlock in a turn-of-the-century barn nestled on 10 acres just north of Seattle, Washington. www.joshuaroman.com www.bearcreekstudio.com
Egg Party begins in a sun-soaked Brooklyn apartment in late spring. Six women in their late-thirties gather, with lots of wine and laughter, to dye Easter eggs. Through a series of whimsical portraits we discover each woman’s view on her respective egg, lost dreams, and new beginnings. As the afternoon light shifts around them, it is revealed they have gathered to support their friend Molly, who is desperate for motherhood and struggling through loss and infertility. After her world is cracked open, coming together becomes the greatest balm to heal a grieving spirit.
About the victorious strike of 10,000 pecan shellers and strike leader Emma Tenayuca, singer Keli Rosa takes three girls to Emma Tenayuca’s grave and a mural painted on a laundromat. Together they uncover memories and the power of labor and shared liberation.
A successful Latina in Los Angeles encounters assumptive bosses, racist neighbors, and a white savior roommate just before a first date -- then discovers her potential partner hates Mexicans.
The headlines told them to be afraid, to fear their neighbors and to stay in their homes but these women found a way to define their own essentials and still take care of themselves and each other. For a year, rain or shine, they met outside, wore masks, distanced, respected the county guidelines AND held onto two things that fed their bodies and souls: creating & connection.
Frustrated with current events, a teenage boy creates a compelling device that can change the world if only he could get his community to buy it. PG
Two young professionals having an awful morning suddenly meet at a cafe in London. A day that starts out terrible does not have to end that way. The Internationally award-winning film plays like a mini feature, with action, music, romance, moments of humor, and a touch of Bollywood. Falafel is a story about dreams coming true.
Surf the glittering channels of Xenia's mind in this highly saturated, musical spectacular where she and an old friend, Pearl, begin making sense of the issues between Xenia and her boyfriend, Keke. This film is a true labor of love. Created in the isolation of the pandemic, Matthews uses fragmented form and innovative visuals to assess issues of antiblackness through the intimate lens of young love.
In the semi-arid village of Malolo in Singida, Tanzania, Adija and her surrounding community rely on one water source, a single hole in the ground no larger than the size of an average puddle. From the Ground Up takes a look into Adija’s daily routine and provides a powerful understanding of the localized impact of the increasingly dire global water crisis.
In the future where warring city states have established areas of barren wasteland of border zones, an AI programmed to guard such a region with deadly force begins to gain sentience when she meets a woman attempting to cross.
Ryan, a gas station attendant and chronic smoker, decides to break up with his girlfriend and sentient lighter, El. Unluckily for him, she does not take the news well. Crying and emotionally distraught, El goes on a fiery rampage around the rather flammable gas station. The gravity of his mistake dawning on him, Ryan tries to deescalate things before it all ends in flames.
Jay Jay Patton was only 13 when she designed and built Photo Patch, a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to parents who are incarcerated. The app was inspired by Jay Jay’s own experience; her dad was in prison for five years and it was difficult to communicate with him as much as she wanted. This is a true story of drive, hope and ingenuity.
“Headspace” is a short visual effects film that is a representation panic attacks and hypnagogic hallucinations. Hypnagogia is a common symptom for individuals with sleep disorders as they transition between consciousness and REM sleep. These hallucinations can be frightening and hyper-realistic, and often are tied medically to anxiety.
“Heartland” follows a woman and her grandfather who disagree about the best way to spend his final days. Jackie wants to document their experiences for Heartland Life Site, a virtual reality platform that houses memories. Lance wants to stay present and make memories the traditional way. The more Jackie pushes, the more frayed their relationship becomes.
Death on its own is never easy, but there seems to be a more acute trauma and emotional whiplash surrounding someone making the final decision to take their own life. Audio collected from a sit down interview follows a daughter's story to find closure after the parting of her father; her resolve through connections to her family, the women left in the wake of distressing loss.
My debut film as a writer and director. "Hey" conveys an intense love blossoming between two people. This film was created to explore the profound simplicity of intimacy without words.
Set on a utopian ranch in the Texas Hill Country, His Eyes Are Blue traces the growth of a snarky teenage boy as he struggles to write his college admissions essay.
While sobbing in a McDonald's parking lot listening to a voicemail from her recent ex-girlfriend, Jess accepts an invitation for casual sex (re: booty call) and embarks on a desperate period-bloody quest for closure at Hot-Jock-Dave's place.
Life should be just like drinking tea. "이 차가 내 인생이라면" is a short poetic animation that parallels the act of drinking tea to the feelings experienced in life.
Under lockdown, an emerging graphic artist searches for inspiration online but gets absorbed by the universe of home-made influencers.
Jen, 28 is based on the writer and star's personal survivor story. This film shines a light on the more common forms of date rape in an effort to open the conversation of consent.
In 1870, Margaret Knight launched a patent dispute that would be the first of its kind. She is forced to prove in court that she the designer, is the rightful owner of the patent of the machine that puts bottoms on paper bags; not Charles Annan, the man who has already built it.
"Let the People Come Inside" is a short film documentary detailing the TCU play "For Bo", written by Ayvaunn Penn, which is based on the real-life story of Botham Jean. It was created as a class project in the TCU Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media in collaboration with Theatre TCU.
Alyssa is a workaholic. Bailey is an unemployed actor. An unlikely roommate pairing, and they do NOT get along. The Covid-19 lockdown in New York City has made it all that much worse, but when a winter storm knocks out the power, they’ll be forced to actually interact, maybe even reconcile.
A 10-minute comedy of errors, following a young woman through a day that goes from bad to worse. A series of misadventures leads her to the conclusion that perhaps being a 'loser' isn't so bad.
“Maintenance” (based in 1990): Nia and Franklin are a bickering couple weathering a rough patch in their marriage. While deciding whether to leave Philadelphia to be closer to nature, they take a trail maintenance class from a park ranger and learn the importance of maintaining something you love.
Musical Parody of Maybe This Time from Cabaret.
In February 2021, two women are at their wits end after a year of lockdowns. But in this musical comedy, they are holding out hope that Maybe This Year Won't Suck.
“Migration” (based in 2020): In the time of COVID, Pepper has barely left her home in New Orleans. She must decide if she is willing and able to venture outdoors during a pandemic. As she comes to see the meditative aspects of birding, she learns that nature can bring together strangers when we are at our most disconnected.
Widowed after her husband’s overdose, Micah must confront her estranged and recently rehabilitated brother, Jojo, when he moves in the assist with the final stage of her pregnancy.
“Movement” (based in 1960): Carmella takes her daughter, Jojo, a disinterested teenager, on a fishing trip. Wanting to make sure that her daughter is grounded in her roots, Carmella passes on the need for strength and resilience during a burgeoning civil rights movement. Based on real life events.
Liz, the party girl who refuses to retire, pays a visit to her old partner in crime, Sara, hoping to make a score. Sara will do whatever it takes to make her new job at the clinic work and leave her past behind... until it comes walking through the door. Will Liz back down when the Doctor begins a well woman exam? Not on your life.
Natalie, a young dancer finds herself stuck in New York after the cancellation of her first participation in a ballroom dance competition during the lock down. Her female dancing idol and hero, Ana, offers to accommodate her for as long as time Natalie needs. Natalie grabs the opportunity and proposes something rather unexpected. . .
A woman finds herself torn between the bustle of her New York life and the quaint dance floors of her home in Texas. Should she stay or should she go now?
Alexis Hex, a drag artist in Chicago, experienced drastic life changes as the performing industry was heavily affected during the lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Inside the studio apartment, they moved their drag shows onto virtual streaming platforms, and started a knitting tutorials YouTube channel, following their life-long passions.
Beth, an aspiring young artist, and her charming commitment phobic coworker, Brian, definitely have a “thing”. When he invites her along to a Halloween party, she thinks their relationship might actually move out of the “friend zone” spurring her to take a romantic leap of faith.
Emily Jackson is a 35 year old Black woman who is still OBSESSED with her favorite white boy band from middle school, "Co3". What will she do in the wake of the BLM movement, when she discovers the men she has idolized for over two decades aren't the clean cut "pop princes" she's always seen them as?
"Two Minutes on High” challenges the deeply ingrained concepts of normative sexuality and traditional gender roles via a metaphoric exploration of the four phases of the sexual response cycle: desire, arousal, climax and resolution.
A young adoptee has an unplanned pregnancy and must decide whether to abandon her education and future career to raise her unborn child, or to opt for an abortion or adoption and say goodbye to her only known kin before giving them a chance.
Inspired by coming of age cult classics, #Whitina is a film about exploring the crossroads of the inner and outer struggles of being Mexican-American against the backdrop of a social media obsessed society. High School cheerleader and whitina (white acting Latina) Genesis Valdez is forced to go on the run with her two former best friends (Bella and Chris) after a confrontation with undercover I.C.E. Agents. The altercation is filmed by two middle schoolers and the group goes #viral. While on the run Chris reveals he is a dreamer and could get deported. Genesis makes a decision to help Chris escape and learns what it really means to be "down for La Raza."
Kashmiere Culberson is a young African American woman who embodies strength and confidence. Kash was born without arms, but she does not allow her disability to limit her pursuit of happiness and self-love. This observational piece gives us a glimpse of her world.
Shelley Bruce narrates a visual poem that explores womanhood and its connection to nature.