2023 Festival

Archived: Sunday Afternoon Shorts

Knapp’s Centre / 300 S Washington Sq, Lansing, MI 48933 /    Alcohol offered

Short Film

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A two minute short dance film, exploring themes of identity. Ideas of how one view oneself, the perception by others and the sometimes disconnect of the two. A person’s complex soul and self-image is seen as a multitude of layers in a physical state.

Set against the backdrop of a lonely stretch of road in the desert, the story is told through the style of a dance battle where the protagonist end up facing themselves.

Emnet Mulugeta / 2014 / 2 minutes / English / Sweden

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Johnny's Speakeasy

Johnny’s Speakeasy is a short documentary about a music lover, his venue, and the importance of house concerts in an increasingly difficult time for musicians to make a living.

Charlie Steen, Cruce Grammatico / 2014 / 11 minutes / English / USA

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The Listing Agent

Noel Brown is a residential real estate agent and family man, who has one last chance to sell a home before losing his own to foreclosure.  But when his listing finally gets an offer, he must carry out his client’s unorthodox demands before closing the sale.

Matthew Helfgott & Jared Hillman / 2014 / 13 minutes / English / USA

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The catcher desperately tries on the edge of a steep cliff to preserve the playing children from falling into the abyss. At the end he has no other option to go his own way.

Fabian Koppenhöfer / 2014 / 5 minutes / German / Germany

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Love Positive

Two longtime friends’ relationship is challenged when a tragedy from the past resurfaces.

Kenneth Nelson, Jr. & Sean Vaughn / 2014 / 31 minutes / English / USA

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Simorgh is a personal interpretation of The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. A choreographic piece that incorporates Persian music, calligraphic art and ornament designs to tell the traditional Persian story of life that deals with the fragility of self worth. It centers around a few birds of different breeds, each representative of a particular human characteristic; ego, greed, avarice, etc. The birds are seemingly satisfied with their perceptions of self, but on a chance journey they each embark upon, they find they are stronger as a community and are strengthened by allowing others to complete their true ‘self’.

Meghdad Asadi Lari / 2014 / 5 minutes / English/Farsi

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Requiem for a Robot

Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns the sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: what did he do wrong? He needs to remember…

Christoph Rainer / 2013 / 6 minutes / English / Austria

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Forced to be alone: Whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. To protect the
world he locks himself into a subterranean home, isolated from the outer world. One
day, an accident happens. Despite of all the care taken, he breaks his beloved toaster,
an early gift from his mother. The broken toaster compels him to leave his residence.
Shortly after taking the risk, Lothar runs the world into great danger.

Luca Zuberbühler / 2013 / 13 minutes / German / Germany