2023 Festival

Drive-In Shorts Block

This is a wonderful collection of the stories of our times, whether its a thrill or laugh or pure visual splendor, these will bring tears and profundity as well as cheers and jeers, please enjoy the creative output of so many talented storytellers from across the globe.

Drive-in Lot / 231 S Capitol Ave, Lansing MI 48933

Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Music Video, Narrative Short, Noir, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Let's Not Go There

On the cusp of a momentous journey, an interracial relationship reaches a daunting threshold.

Jonathan Kiefer / 2020 / 5 minutes / English / USA

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Land of Pyrite // Land of Gold

A young private detective is handed his first case by a family friend. Despite his best intentions, he quickly finds himself in over his head and involved in unexpected ways. Land of Pyrite // Land of Gold is a short film about land-use, Los Angeles, and a young man forced to confront his privilege.

Stephen Nigro / 2020 / 18 minutes / English / USA

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After a brutal interaction with the police, a young black father’s search for freedom takes him beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

Orlando Pinder / 2019 / 10 minutes / English / USA

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She Had It Coming

Vivian Dean is dead. She was killed at a baby shower… Went down a flight of stairs. And now she is hellbent on finding out who did it.

Gedde Watanabe / 20 / 9 minutes / English / United States

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The Book of Ruth

Margo, Dan, Jordan, and Lizzy visit grandmother Ruth for Passover. Later that night, Lizzy finds Ruth watching a midnight news story about Anne Frank’s death. Lizzy then confesses to have known a related secret for years and Ruth is left with some explaining to do.

Becca Roth / 2020 / 14 minutes / English / United States

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Black Water

Jenn appears to be a normal teenage girl. Unknown to her friends, she has a disorder that causes her to pull out most of her hair. She hides it from the world through a daily ritual of putting on black hair powder each morning. One day at a high school graduation pool party, she is pushed into the pool and her hair powder comes off. Now that her true self is out, she must choose between continuing to hide who she is in order to appear “normal”, or embracing her true self.

Jenn Xu / 2020 / 6 minutes / English / USA

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Lockdown Lust

Enduring perils of the COVID-19 pandemic, two teens grow acquainted within their university library, an encounter which leads them towards a less than academic afternoon.

Trent Welstead / 2021 / 7 minutes / English / USA

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Training Wheels

A black father and his 6 year old son simple bike-riding stroll in their suburban neighborhood turns into a life-changing lesson for the boy.

Lavado Stubbs / 2021 / 9 minutes / English / Canada

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Twin sisters Sybil and Sasha try to come to terms with their differences only to discover a haunting supernatural tragedy.

Karl Richter / 2021 / 11 minutes / English / USA

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The Body of a Rational Creature

This experimental narrative shows how slut shaming and rape myths are harmful to women in contemporary society.

*This movie contains depictions of sexual violence.*

Jordan Skutar / 2021 / 6 minutes / English / USA

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Rhythm & Pace

A young filmmaker tries to understand the value of perception through his friends to win back the love of his life.

Karl Richter / 2021 / 13 minutes / English / USA

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The Saverini Widow

Bonifacio 1883, extreme south of Corsica. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house near the cliffs, with her only son Antoine, and her dog. During the day, she assists women giving birth in town. One night her son is killed in a clash. The murderer flees to Sardinia. Her world falls to pieces…

Loïc Gaillard / 2020 / 19 minutes / France

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After a self-destructive bender, Rebecca receives a threatening phone call from her “beloved.” She begins to fear that before the night is through, she’ll have to face the consequences of her actions.

Charles Mesa / 2020 / 9 minutes / English / USA