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The Last Straw

Drama / USA / 10 min.

A young, timid corner store employee must find the courage to

confront a bully who is trying to steal his girl from their budding

relationship, but get stuck when all his normal methods have failed.

Director: Jourdain Smith
Producer: Mariietta Volynska, Jourdain Smith
Writer: Jourdain Smith

Drama / USA / 12 min.

Kyeong is a singer who moonlights as a doumi (Korean

host/escort) at karaoke bars in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

When a mysterious woman hires Kyeong for the night, he

finds himself crossing a line that takes him beyond singing

to his regulars, and into something that alters his

understanding of sexuality.

Director: Grant Hyun
Producer: Ashleigh Kim, Oliver Dunne
Writer: Grant Hyun
Cast: Sunho Yoo, Crystal Lee, Donna
Whoever You Are

Drama / USA / 8 min.

In 1972, a young man returns from the Vietnam War suffering severe

PTSD. One morning he experiences a chance encounter with a

stranger right before his planned suicide. 41 years later, he searches

for her through a Missed Connections post, thanking her for changing

the course of his life.

Director: Gillian Zinser, Lili Peper
Producer: Gillian Zinser, Lili Peper
Writer: adapted from a real Craigslist Missed Connections -
Take Rabbit

Animation / United Kingdom / 16 min.

In an age-old conundrum a man attempts to transport some unlikely

passengers across a river in his tiny boat but soon realizes he's taken

on more than he bargained for.

Director: Peter Peake
Producer: Gareth Owen
Writer: Peter Peake
The Boarding House

Drama / USA / 16 min.

Utica, New York, 1973. Debbie returns to the city she grew up in, only to find she's a stranger. When a man in her boarding house harasses her, the new friends she's made there come to her defense.

Director: Mary Liz Thomson
Producer: Jess Grant, Lorraine Montez
Writer: Jess Grant
Cast: Meranda Long, D'Angelo Midili, Sonya
The Mission

Drama / USA / 14 min.

A teenage girl prepares for a school concert but is thwarted by her family's precarious housing situation, and the more she plays, the more trouble she gets herself and her family into.

Director: Tom Haines
Producer: Antonio Flores
Writer: Tom Haines, Vanessa Veselka
Cast: Madison Holden, Justin Wade, Armant

Drama / USA / 13 min.

Sam is forced to confront her insecurities when she invites an old flame and his new girlfriend over for dinner.

Director: Melissa Balan
Producer: Melissa Balan
Writer: Melissa Balan
The Day I Got My Dad Back

Animation / Australia / 5 min.

This is the story of Hisham who at 13, after his father's disappearance, realized what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Director: Michi Marosszeky
Producer: Paul Sullivan, Michi Marosszeky
LA Shorts
New Wave Chinese Filmmakers
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