2023 Festival

Drama Shorts

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

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Narrative Feature, Drama, Mystery, Narrative Short, Romance, Short Film

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The Valedictorian

Becoming a young adult and just getting started in the world is a hard reality for most kids. Such is the case with graduating seniors Tyrese, Larissa, Josh, and Jeremy. But adding on the hardship of being a young person of color in our current world makes being a teenager more complicated. What starts off being a normal day quickly turns into a life altering situation that forces these characters to reckon with the hardships of being a person of color and a true ally.

Kary Perez / 2021 / 15 minutes / English / United States

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Set in 1950s Bronzeville, Louise Parker is facing eviction from her home. Desperate to keep her independence and status, she is introduced to a lucrative performing opportunity. While attempting to keep this new venture a secret, she simultaneously gains popularity, risking being exposed to and disowned by her mother. After being offered a promotion, she is left with two choices, become the headliner, or allow her family to lose everything.

Charles A. Honeywood / 2021 / 20 minutes / English / United States

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Make Your Soul Grow

The true story of Kurt Vonnegut’s final letter of inspiration.

K.C. Connolly / 2021 / 14 minutes / English / United States

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You're My Bruise

During a weekend bender, an unwillingly emotional drug-dealer and a playful femme fatale try to resume their undefined relationship, but an untold secret threatens to break their connection.

Harald Evjan Furuholmen / 2021 / 13 minutes / English / Germany

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Skin Dinner

David and Melissa, a young couple struggling in their marriage, invite another couple over for drinks, dinner, and well…sex. Unfortunately, this other couple might have been more than they bargained for, as discomfort slowly escalates to a shocking conclusion.

Jeremy Schmidt / 2021 / 14 minutes / English / United States

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All I Have

There’s the protest and the fallout from the protests BUT what about the in-between; which is the life that happened and happens in-between the headlines. An emotionally tattered father tries to raise his civic-minded teenage son in a nation of civil unrest and systemic racism.

Matt Winters / 10 minutes / English / United States

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When It Stops

Lucy accepts a harrowing dance with the past.

Megan Mayes / 2021 / 4 minutes / English / United States

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Something in the Clouds

A fourteen-year old boy witnesses his neighbor get abducted across the street. A moment of bravery to save her will test his courage on the bike ride of his life.

Josh Sikkema, Johnny Ray / 2021 / 13 minutes / English / United States