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Shorts Program

Negative Space - Academy Award Nominee

An animated short about a young man who speaks of his father and the lesson of proper packing he was taught.

Filmmakers: Max Porter & Ru Kuwatha, Paris, France | Runtime: 5:30

Swimming in The Desert

In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

Filmmaker: Alvaro Ron, Los Angeles, CA | Runtime: 15:00

Lonely Kingdom 

87-year-old Kaei Uechi recalls his experiences as a conscript in the Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

Director: Thomas Southerland, Lexington, Kentucky | Runtime: 15:20

I Promised Her Life 

On the day of her daughter's funeral, a grieving Armenian-American mother defies a centuries-old ritual and tests the limits of tradition as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

Filmmaker: Robert Nazar Arjoyan, Los Angeles, CA | Runtime: 15:15


In 1875 Indian Territory, Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it's the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family's head.

Filmmaker: Matthew Gentile, Los Angeles, CA | Runtime: 13:11 | | Facebook page

17 Locust Street

Two detectives find themselves trapped in a killers' dark agenda, and become victims of a twisted mind from which there seems no escape.

Filmmaker: Daniel Wyland | Runtime: 16:50 | Facebook page

Six Letter Word

An unlikely mom is forced to confront her young son's autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.

Filmmaker: Lisanne Sartor, Los Angeles, CA | Runtime: 16:30 | | Facebook page

Filmmaker(s) Q & A to follow.

The Ribbon on the Kite

Rebecca finds a homeless man living on the river bank by her house but soon realizes that it is her lost brother Daerik who suffers from PTSD after his time in Afghanistan.

Director: Gianlorenzo Albertini, Los Angeles, CA | Runtime: 18:30 | Website | Facebook


Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. 

Filmmaker: Jake Graf, London, England | Runtime: 15:00 | Website | Facebook

The App

A man uses an app to dictate his life with unexpected results.

Filmmaker: Julián Merino Díaz, Madrid, Spain | Runtime: 15:35

Earlier Event: March 18
The Ribbon on the Kite
Later Event: March 18