2020 Festival

Archived: Shorts Block: American Film Institute Women Directors Showcase

Filmmaker in attendance.
Cost: $5
Tickets: at the door only
Location: 1215 Turner St.

*Alcohol offered at this event

Mustang Bar /

Short Film

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Alaska is a Drag

Leo stands out in a crowd. That’s not always a good thing working in a fish cannery in Alaska. His dreams of leaving this small town are hard fought, until a new boy moves to town and sees him for who he really is – an international superstar.

Shaz Bennett / 2012 / 14 minutes / English / USA

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Burn Brightly

Burn Brightly is the story of Andy Shaw, a 15-year-old who is allergic to the sun.  From his second-story room, Andy watches the suburban street outside.  It’s through that window that he falls in love with the 40-year-old woman who jogs by his house each day.  He’s watched her for months.  And today is the day Andy will profess his love, somehow — even if it means putting himself directly in harm’s way.

Lauren Ludwig / 2012 / 12 minutes / English / USA

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Learning to Fly

An imaginative boy develops a friendship with his odd neighbor be believes could be a superhero.

Juliana Penaranda-Loftus / 2012 / 19 minutes / English / USA

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Sequin Raze

When the producer of a hit reality TV show receives inside information about a contestant from the show’s psychologist on its closing night, her moral compass is tested.

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro / 2012 / 20 minutes / English / USA

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She Comes In Spring

A mysterious young woman visits a middle-aged father in a Serbian village, compelling him to uncover a dark secret buried in his wartime past.

Antoneta Kastrati / 2012 / 16 minutes / English / USA

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A middle-aged seamstress, sold into marriage as a child, finds a unique opportunity to reclaim her life.

Catherine Dent / 2012 / 16 minutes / English / USA

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Six Letter Word

An unlikely mom is forced to confront her young son’s autism after they have an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.

Lisanne Sartor / 2012 / 16 minutes / English / USA

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Wild Horses

Courage, love and memory collide as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality of wild horse roundups in the American West.

Stephanie Martin / 2012 / 20 minutes / English / USA