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Day One

Drama / USA / 25 min.

Inspired by a true story, an Afghan-American woman on the heels of a divorce joins the US Military as an interpreter. On her first day of deployment in Afghanistan, her unit searches out the remote house of a bomb-maker. When the bomb-maker's pregnant wife goes into labor, the interpreter must go beyond the call of duty to deliver her breech child.

Director: Henry Hughes
Producer: Michael Steiner
Writer: Henry Hughes
Cast: Layla Alizada, Bill Zasadil

Drama / USA / 15 min.

Shelter stars Clea Duvall (Argo, Zodiac, Girl Interrupted) and April Grace (Whiplash, Magnolia), and takes place in one day at a local animal shelter, where Petra (DuVall), a women's prison trustee, works to socialize a dog deemed too aggressive for society. As tensions build between herself and her hardened supervisor (Grace), Petra will have to make a choice between what is best for her parole and what she feels is right.

Director: R.J. Daniel Hanna
Producer: Ian Ward, Elizabeth Barnes
Writer: R.J. Daniel Hanna
Cast: Clea DuVall, April Grace

Action/Adventure / USA / 15 min.

Jackie, a small-town beat cop, longs for a life of action and excitement. When an old man, a stolen lotto ticket, and a group of thieves finally provide the opportunity, she questions just what it is she wants!

Director: Shantal Freedman
Producer: Gleb Kiselov
Writer: Andrew Freedman
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Frank Birney
Seduction Theory

Drama / USA / 22 min.

Seduction Theory is a dark comedy about a wry 12-year old contending with his psychoanalyst father, the teachings of Sigmund Freud and the girl he hopes will save him. Written and directed by Oscar nominee Steven Ascher.

Director: Steven Ascher
Producer: Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan
Writer: Steven Ascher
Cast: Michael Cumpsty, Christian Goodwin
Adult Puberty

Comedy / USA / 5 min.

A parody of those 1950s educational videos for teenage boys about the changes their bodies go through. This one focuses on the next change that your teachers never tell you about.

Director: Dago Rodriguez
Producer: Melissa Wylie, George Garritano
Writer: Andy Wasif
Cast: Barry Bostwick, Bennie Arthur
Brothers In Arms

Action/Adventure / USA / 12 min.

c. 1992 Two Bosnian brothers seek new lives after fleeing one war, only to end up in the middle of another.

Director: Andrew Hines
Producer: Katy Cole
Writer: Andrew Hines
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