Texas Shorts

Texas Shorts

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: 91:52 mins

Program Includes:

"Maude" follows a day in the life of Teeny, a thirty-something liberal arts creative who is stuck in a spin cycle of survival jobs. When Teeny arrives to a gorgeous home for what she thinks is just another routine babysitting job, she is stunned when Priscilla, her former classmate and friend, answers the door. Once Priscilla, now a Gwyneth Paltrow-esque lifestyle blogger, leaves Teeny to take care of her baby, Celery, Teeny attempts to soothe the inconsolable Celery with a routine spin in the stroller. But after being mistaken for Celery's Mom through a series of interactions with strangers, Teeny decides to harmlessly embrace the lie and try on Priscilla's identity for the day.

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Feelings get complicated and oddly mutual amongst a trio of friends in Heavy Chemistry, a short comedy about love, friendship, attraction, hunger, lust, and other complex chemical reactions.

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Lizzy Jo, who still lives with mom at age 45, battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break. But after the adrenaline rush wears off, she still has to deal with her deeply unhappy life. Inspired by a true story. Starring Missi Pyle.

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For two expectant mothers in Austin, Texas, increased ICE raids and growing hostility towards immigrants cast a shadow over an otherwise happy occasion in their lives. Their children, due mere few weeks after Donald Trump's inauguration, will be among the first born during his presidency.

Ruth, who is undocumented, worries that she and her husband will be deported and separated from their newborn and three older children. Cristina, a US citizen, fears that her undocumented husband could be whisked away at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, an ongoing battle in the Texas legislature leaves the fate of the children of deported immigrants up in the air.

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Karen Collins is a grandmother and award-winning quilter with deep Texas roots. She never cared much about politics until the 2016 election. Now her retirement has a new sense of purpose.

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Jake found a friend in a place he never thought he’d find one.

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This short documentary film captures the transformation of a young woman to leadership of America’s most irreverent anti-gun violence movement called #CocksNotGlocks. After concealed carry of handguns is legalized on the University of Texas campus, Jessica Jin posts clever humor on social media, and with the help of a tight-knit group of young female students, a movement is born: The Great Texas Dildo Revolt.

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When Samantha, a high school loser who just wants to Get Some, turns her attention to heartthrob Jeff Myers, she makes enemies of the queen bees on campus who see Jeff as their own. But when Samantha and Jeff find themselves alone under the pale full moon light, the true animalistic nature of Samantha’s lust shows itself, carnage and all. And the queen bees who followed them on their date, also get a taste.

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