2021 Festival

American Film Institute Shorts Showcase [FREE]


The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on film training program that educates and mentors its participants. Increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing is the primary goal of this tuition-free program. All of the dynamic short films in this block are directed by women who are DWW alumnae. This event is free of charge at the 2017 Capital City Film Festival.

Lansing Public Media Center / 2500 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910

Cost: FREE

Short Film

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Carry Me

A wealthy couple looking to have a second child interview possible surrogates to carry their baby, beginning a journey more complicated than they could have possibly imagined.

Amy Barrett / 2016 / English / United States

CARRY ME TRAILER from Amy Barrett on Vimeo.

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*DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* While preparing for her daughter’s return home from college, Valerie — a successful African American lawyer — struggles with deteriorating mental health as she begins to hallucinate her life as a ’90s sitcom.

Chelsea Woods / 2015 / 13 minutes / English / United States

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When an earthquake destroys the West Coast, a cowgirl named Burke roams the lawless Malibu hills looking for a friend and her own redemption — but instead finds bloody vengeance.

Christine Boylan / 2015 / 13 minutes / English / United States

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A doomed love affair told backwards.

Claire Fowler / 2016 / 16 minutes / English / United States

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A mother and daughter face a harsh new reality — Alzheimer’s disease. After being away, Charlie returns home to find the one person she can’t live without has quickly deteriorated into a woman she hardly knows.

Dime Davis / 2016 / English / United States

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The Missing Knife

Terrified of knives, Niara — pregnant and alone — keeps them hidden until one goes missing. A wolf appears at her window, triggering flashbacks that threaten the lives of her husband, her unborn child and her own.

Bella Monticelli / 2016 / 15 minutes / English / United States