2022 Festival

Thursday Night Shorts

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

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Action, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Short Film, Thriller

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Ash is based on the true story of how the unsafe and unregulated disposal of coal ash led to the deaths of members of a small community. A young, widowed homeowner battles her own ghosts, and a charismatic energy executive who may be her last chance, when she is driven to leave her town after environmental devastation. Starring Jason Butler Harner (Ray Donovan, Scandal), Dale Soules (Orange is the New Black), Frank De Julio (The Night Of), Daniella De Jesus (Orange is the New Black) and Lauren Hines (Where You Go).

Kaz PS / 2018 / 8 minutes / English / United States

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Family From Tang

At the year 730 during Chinese Tang Dynasty, a family of tomb raiders open a noodle shop to cover their identities and plan to steal priceless artifact from the Chinese First Emperor’s tomb. But they mistakenly open the wrong tomb and release a talkative and outgoing Alien, who they have to hide.

Junhao Ma, Jingwei Zhou / 2018 / 6 minutes / English / United States

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Do Not Go Gentle

“Do Not Go Gentle” is a short film written and directed by Nicole Avenia, starring Jonathan Salisbury and Smaranda Luna. In it, a bereaved man meets a young woman at a desolate hotel room, for reasons that are not initially what they seem. Inspired by the Dylan Thomas poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night,” this is a story about personal loss and the yearning for human connection within the genre of grounded horror.

Nicole Avenia / 2018 / 10 minutes / English / United States

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The Cage

ML, a rough-hewn and shaggy haired single father, is looking for a semblance of stability in his personal life. When he is forced to pick up his angst ridden Asian son, Ping, from school after a bullying incident, ML rushes to a date at the local batting cage and forcibly brings his son along. As tension between father and son escalates, ML must choose between his love interest and his son.

Alan Wu / 2018 / 10 minutes / English / United States

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Taste of Love

“What is the taste of love?” Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.

Paul Scheufler / 2018 / 5 minutes / German / Austria

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Based on true events that shook California’s system of foster care. An atypical story of a defeatist suicidal teen who finds a friend in an oversexed 9 year old. Together, they go AWOL from the restrains of a group home facility. What emerges is a study of the sensibility of at-risk kids confined in a broken system, ostracized by the society.

Varun Chopra / 2018 / 20 minutes / English / United States

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Night Call

When on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

Amanda Renee Knox / 2018 / 18 minutes / English / United States

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Do No Harm

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic’s job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

Marielle Woods / 2018 / 7 minutes / English / United States