2023 FESTIVALApr 5-15, 2023Lansing, MI

‘Just a Vibe’ Shorts

What’s “the vibe?” It’s the aesthetic, flavorful qualities that make a film stand out beyond its story. These short films are all about spending time with the characters and living in their worlds.

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  • Self Care
  • Us
  • The Unreliables
  • Romeo and Juliet?
  • Time Traveling Through Time
  • Marry
  • Nothing Happened

Self Care

Self Care is a daytime horror. An otherworldly self-care guru seeks to heal a broken woman, but the woman’s cling to the material world risks resistance to her transformation.

  • DIRECTOR
    Fiori Carmen
  • YEAR
    2022
  • RUNTIME
    9 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    English
  • COUNTRY
    United States

Us

A devoted father experiences the highs and lows of teaching his son with down syndrome the sweet science of baseball. However, his patience is stretched as his child struggles to grasp the basic fundamentals of the sport they love.

  • DIRECTOR
    David F. Fortune
  • YEAR
    2022
  • RUNTIME
    14 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    English
  • COUNTRY
    United States

The Unreliables

A troubled young babysitter and an absent father must decide how to deal with his wife’s death, his children, and their own responsibilities.

  • DIRECTOR
    Adam Linkenhelt
  • YEAR
    2022
  • RUNTIME
    18 Minutes
  • COUNTRY
    United States

Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet?, a tragicomic melodrama, presents the personal stories of its actors on the background of the inception of a modern retro-noir adaptation of a classical work. Individual images composed of separate footage, which precedes the shooting of the film itself, use the detailed view of the actors’ performance to shatter the illusion of a film as one of the beaux-arts. The visual conception resembles the classical film period and the emphasis put on shadow work and contrasting light illustrates the colourfulness of human character, which, unnoticed, crosses the line between one’s own characters and the prescribed ones.

  • DIRECTOR
    Jan Daniel
  • YEAR
    2022
  • RUNTIME
    23 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    Czech
  • COUNTRY
    Czech Republic

Time Traveling Through Time

A wannabe film director becomes embroiled in a battle against the laws of time and space when his attempts to recreate the iconic black and white, photograph-only, time travel film, La Jetée, spiral out of control. Narrated by Julian Richings (The Witch; X-Men; The Umbrella Academy) and starring Skyler Caleb (The Office, Two and a Half Men). Meow!

  • DIRECTOR
    Ryan Ward
  • YEAR
    2022
  • RUNTIME
    14 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    English
  • COUNTRY
    Canada

Marry

After a few drinks in the park, two friends wander the streets and stumble upon life’s toughest questions.

  • DIRECTOR
    Fiona Cully
  • YEAR
    2021
  • RUNTIME
    8 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    French
  • COUNTRY
    Canada

Nothing Happened

When Sasha, a troubled 17-year-old college student, pays a surprise visit to her alcoholic musician grandfather, Desmond, the two spend the night out in the city drinking, under the pretense of reconnecting, while the real reason for Sasha’s visit remains hidden. Uncomfortable with Sasha’s teenage awkwardness and pulled by his alcohol addiction, Desmond hits on a waitress only a few years older than Sasha. As the trio goes clubbing and metaphorically dances around one another, sexual and behavioral norms bend, and the relationships develop in unexpected ways. This nocturnal short film highlights the momentary connections that people make, and explores the ambiguous role that sexuality plays in family dynamics.

  • DIRECTOR
    Katya Yakubov
  • YEAR
  • RUNTIME
    16 Minutes
  • LANGUAGE
    English
  • COUNTRY
    United States
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