Shorts Program 3

Shorts Program 3

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Short Film Program
Screening Category: Short Film Program
Runtime: 89:01 mins

Program Includes:

Set in the height of summer in Sydney, Australia, ‘Tangles and Knots’ follows a unique, intimate relationship between a mother and teenage daughter. They act more like girlfriends together than parent and child. This relationship becomes threatened when the mother helps her daughter throw a house party to impress new, more popular friends. As their relationship unravels throughout the night, a much more sinister threat emerges that will jeopardize their bond forever.

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The first beauty salon a young girl is introduced to is between her mother’s legs. It’s a place where innocence is treasured, bonds are strengthened and confidence is boosted. For Jada, as her mother, Janice is routinely doing her hair. Jada finds solace in-between her mother’s legs to confess earth shattering news.

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An undocumented Brazilian immigrant living in the Boston area decides to buy a car in an effort to better his life before returning home.

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As his family argues about his end-of-life care, an elderly Korean man reflects on his life with a stranger.

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A dysfunctional family reunites after the son, Matt, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Matt and his sister Kate make a pact. He agrees to give her his sperm for future use with a partner if she agrees to come out to the family that night.

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“Brian and Charles” tells the story of an unlikely friendship forged in isolation. After a particularly harsh winter Brian goes into a deep depression; completely isolated and with no one to talk to Brian does what any sane person would do when faced with such a melancholic situation, he builds a robot. Charles is that robot.
While life is pretty rosy for a while, tensions begin to rise between pair. Partly due to the fact that Charles has the cognitive ability of a 4 year old child and completely due to the fact that he keeps eating Brians cabbages. Things soon come to a head and Brian is forced to make a decision he may soon come to regret.

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When Lauren and Bill's 14-year-old daughter says she's going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they welcome the news with excitement...and hesitation. Lauren and Bill always assumed their daughter was gay, in the same way that most parents assume their child is straight (until given notice). Suddenly, they worry they have not provided an open environment that allows their daughter to be herself. Lauren and Bill do some introspection on their own parenting and ask, "Are we good parents?"

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