Grab Bag Shorts
In the course of programming a film festival lineup, one often discovers a collection of little cinematic gems that just couldn’t seem to find a home and now wander, lonely, in search of their….Oh, bloody hell…we just ended up with seven films that wouldn’t fit, time-wise, into any of the other slots…so we just threw them together all willy nilly into a group and called it a “grab bag.” Cheap, yet effective. Deal.
Genre: Family, Drama
Runtime: 7 min.
Director: Vasily Chuprina
Producer: Vasily Chuprina
A family drama. Marriage is under stress: the wife is worried about her husband’s strange behavior.
A series of events change their life.
Brunch On The Fourth Of July
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 14 min.
Director: Pirooz Kalayeh
Producer: Pirooz Kalayeh
Website : Pirooz Kalayeh
A short, essay film centered around a filmmaker’s obsession to invite famed actor Tom Cruise to a barbecue on America’s Independence Day.
Fighting against time and a series of unsuccessful brunch stops, the filmmaker and an eclectic group of start-up visionaries discuss the possibilities of Tom Cruise visiting their home, the definition of science fiction cinema, and the sanity of the filmmaker.
Runtime: 25 min.
Director: Johnathan Gorman
Producer: Lisa Gorman, Johnathan Gorman, Bryan Patrick McCulley
Website : Dandelion Dreams
Michael Gregory’s life begins to unravel when his agency hires a new executive and forces him to collaborate working on his biggest account.
This shakes Michael’s confidence as the company’s current golden boy. Frustrated by his work situation and confused with his personal relationships, Michael retreats to a place that has always felt safe to him, a park.
Youthful innocence captures Michael’s attention and allows him to realize he has lost his spirit and that he will live a more fulfilled life when he accepts who he is and what he truly wants, rather than living his life just to fit in.
Hellos & Goodbyes
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 12 min.
Director: Michael Leung
Producer: Michael Leung, Samantha Laurie
A troubled writer recounts the story of Rita, a rural girl who has come to the coastal city of Sydney in search of her dreams.
She quickly finds a best friend in her roommate Allison, who acts as her guide through the wonder and excitement of this new world.
As Rita becomes increasingly captivated by the fantasy of her new life, the discovery of an unsettling truth forces her to make a choice between reality and fiction.
Light In Me
Runtime: 1 min.
Director: Ora DeKornfeld
Producer: Ora DeKornfeld
A nineteen-year-old dances on aerial fabrics suspended in the air while an 86-year-old grandmother waits in her bedroom with only dementia to keep her company.
A group of 21 year-old girls explores the underground drainage system while a middle-aged woman makes pottery for her ailing mother.
Mainstream media depict women as little more than beautiful, sexual, fragile creatures.
This experimental documentary challenges that by following four powerful women, ranging in age from 19 to 86, as they embrace personal notions of femininity in their everyday lives.
Away From Heaven
Genre: Biography, Mystery
Runtime: 6 min.
Director: I-hui Lee
Website : I Hui Lee
A girl who just got her bachelor degree, packing up for moving away from the dormitory, found herself trapped in the garbage bag when she was making selection with clothes to abandoned…
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 10 min.
Director: Julia Walter
Producer: Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm
Website : Job Interview
When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well.
Until the boss Marie starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected.
NOTE: Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Sometimes English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar