2022 Festival

Saturday Shorts @ 7:30

Hotwater Works Warehouse / 2116 E Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 48912 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Short Film

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During the WWII North African campaign, a German sniper of the AfrikaKorps and a U.S. Combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle. They must reluctantly join forces to escape a marauding band of desert nomads and the unforgiving desolation of the Sahara desert. During their odyssey, the German relates the destruction of his country due to following their corrupt politicians. He regrets not stopping them before it was too late. It’s a specter from the past that sadly parallels many aspects of our society today. The German soon realizes his own government is the real enemy of his people and struggles to find the courage (Tapferkeit) to stop them.

Joseph Quinn / 2018 / 19 minutes / English, German / United States

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The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political…

Paul Philipp / 2018 / 29 minutes / German / Germany

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While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

Travis Champagne, Stephen Kinigopolous / 2018 / 15 minutes / United States

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The Fare

Javier, a 19-year-old Ecuadorian works transporting undocumented immigrants from the Mexican border to stash houses in Southern California. Working his way up a gang of human traffickers, everything changes the day he meets Cristina, a 14-year-old girl from his same hometown in Ecuador. As Javier is forced by the gang to use her as an instrument of his initiation to the gang, his memories and long forgotten past is uncovered. On the way to deliver her to a sex trafficking organization, Javier will have to decide between being loyal to the man that gave him everything or save Cristina’s

Santiago Paladines / 2018 / 25 minutes / English, Spanish / United States