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Experimental / USA / 5 min.

"Adrift" is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. The filmmaker chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.

Director: Simon Christen
Producer: Simon Christen
Writer: Simon Christen
The Gold Sparrow

Animation / USA / 13 min.

In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious sidekick steal the color from anyone daring enough to create art. Our three heroes perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls. Animator: Michael Garza

Director: Daniel Stessen
Producer: Chad Nicholson, Noah Lit
Writer: Daniel Stessen
Cast: Nikia Phoenix, Josh Lit, Noah Lit
Small Paranoid Machines

Drama / USA / 15 min.

A boy begins his life as a wordsmith. A father battles his own demons as he fosters his son's talent.

Director: Alvaro Torres
Producer: Andrea Macias, Alvaro Torres
Writer: Alvaro Torres
Cast: Daniel Hershberger, Arthur Dale
Close Your Eyes

Drama / USA / 15 min.

Thirteen-year-old Imani Cortes is a gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss. But she faces an enormous challenge: she is losing her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease. Will Imani let her disease stop her or be the path to independence?

Director: Sonia Malfa
Producer: Sophia Leang, Brian Cange
Writer: Sonia Malfa
Cast: Kimberly Lora, Sara Contreras
The Goldfish

Drama / USA / 9 min.

In this adaptation of Etgar Keret's famed short story "What Of This Goldfish Would You Wish?" a young man sets out to make a documentary about the longings of everyday Americans. Yoni is not prepared when he meets an elderly immigrant desperate not to lose his friend, a talking goldfish.

Director: Mathieu Young
Producer: Wendy Cohen
Writer: Mathieu Young
Cast: Jason Ritter, Lucy Punch
Portrait As A Random Act Of Violence

Experimental / Canada / 5 min.

"Portrait as a Random Act of Violence" is a piece that incorporates performance and sculpture to examine themes of harm, protest, and destructive and restorative transformations.

Director: Randall Okita
Producer: Jason Lapeyre, Heidi Tao Yang
Writer: Randall Okita
The Big Meet

Suspense/Thriller / USA / 15 min.

A writer takes a meeting with a Hollywood executive and makes a "killer pitch"... But is he actually a killer?

Director: Christian Elder
Producer: Jessica Mathews, Lane Carlson
Writer: Christian Elder, Lance Dean
Cast: Lane Carlson, Mike Genovese
The Painter

Drama / USA / 14 min.

In a dangerous world where innocence is destroyed, will the painter survive?

Director: Kevin Cooper
Producer: DeAnna Cooper, Taejung Lee
Writer: Kevin Cooper
Cast: Ron Caldwell

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