Texas High School Shorts

Texas High School 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: 81:34 mins

Program Includes:

'koepcke' is an experimental animation about the experience of a 17 year old girl in 1971. Aiming to spotlight an incredible but forgotten true story, ‘koepcke’s narrative is depicted through abstract stop motion visuals.

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When my madrigal choir went to Washington D.C. during President Trump’s inauguration, I finally understood what people meant when they said, 'We live in a bubble.' I saw countless parents holding the hands of too-young children wearing 'Make America Great Again' caps. When I got back to Austin, I channeled my anger into art and created How You See Us, which expressed my feelings on misogyny. The contrast of Trump's language to the beauty and purity of the flower projections, glitter, dance, and the teenage girls to present rape culture and sexualization of young women in a new way.

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Based on current events, #RefugeesWelcome conveys the story of Aisha, a prosperous woman from Syria that has done nothing but good to society. Her world comes crashing down when a bomb drops meters away from the Aleppo Bazaar while she is in it. Attacks like these continue and she is forced to escape the country- leaving her home, family and religion behind in order to survive as she goes through a very rough journey to find refuge in the United States of America.

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A student moves into her new dorm, but she faces the unexpected.

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While watching Charade, two teenagers toy with the idea of actually expressing their feelings for each other. The two dance back and forth with subtle physical movements, like the picking at a thumbnail or inching one's hand just a millimeter closer.

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TAKE A CHANCE opens on a dancer with glitter painted across her nose to resemble her insecurities and doubts in her life. In this film, the meaning of the phrase "take a chance" is to show the world who you are. Take the chance of people not necessarily agreeing with you or liking what you do, and see what happens. The four dancers in this film break out of their shell's more and more as the film progresses, and this is displayed with the music building and the intensity of the movement expanding.

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Autism spectrum disorder affects many people around the world, including children and teens. Puzzle Pieces: Living Life on The Spectrum explores how it plays apart in their daily lives, and what children and teens with these differences are capable of.

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A couple who meets at a masquerade ball is interrupted by another couple's plan to heist them. What follows tests both of them physically and emotionally as they fight their way to safety.

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In a dystopian future, where life holds monetary value, a family must make a tough decision.

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The Night I Lost My Favorite Jacket is a narrative pegboard animation about a girl's Saturday night. She loses her favorite jacket and a little of herself while meeting new characters and trying to get by.

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When Myles is held at gunpoint in crime-ridden Baltimore, his life is forever changed…

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This gymnastics documentary explains the thought process of a gymnast and how they feel about the sport. People tend to have a stereotype of male gymnasts as being feminine. But that is not the case at all. It takes passion, dedication, and hard work. The 3 males, one 12 years old, one 17 years old, and Jonathan Horton (a US Olympian) tell what it actually takes to get them to where they are, and where they want to end up. Its full of heart, true feelings, and love for the sport they have dedicated endless time and effort to. A real eye-opener for the ones that don't know much about the sport of gymnastics, but specifically male gymnastics.

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At a time when everyone only saw the destruction and devastation from Hurricane Harvey, many strong family members, friends, neighbors and teachers stepped up to help. Seemingly overnight, distribution centers were set up, houses started being dismantled and people began the long journey towards recovery. CCISD Strong covers only a few stories of those who devoted their time to helping others. While the people interviewed are affiliated with Clear Springs High School and CCISD, the destruction and recovery efforts shown are from the entire community. Overall, this documentary serves as a reminder for not only the tough times after Harvey, but also the strengthening of a community.

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A praying Buddhist cannot pray because of the thumping noise next door at the boxing ring. The Buddhist approaches the Boxer, who ridicules his free spirit. The boxer challenges him to a duel in the ring where the Buddhist has to lean on his internal strength and passive ways.

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Nyaa, a 19 year old girl, lives only with her addiction. To help decrease the addiction, Tyler comes home to make sure she doesn't slip. One night he breaks his promise and she falls off the wagon. Mason finds her and cleans her up. He becomes a shoulder to cry on and someone to talk to in her time of need, maybe even more. Is this all too good to be true?

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High School Music Video for, Alan Lawson's, Hunned Effort. Shot and edited by Nicholas Luna.

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Party animal Bryce and sweet Molly meet each other at a party and decide to get to know each other better. They start to find out that neither one of them are who they seem.

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This documentary follows the early life of a Vietnamese immigrant, (the director's grandmother) and her struggle to leave Vietnam during the Japanese occupation. It follows her story from leaving Vietnam and traveling to the US in the 80's, saving her family from hunger and poverty.

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David, an accountant with a love of music faces a tough decision between keeping a part of his childhood or pursuing his future.

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A cybernetically enhanced man gets his wallet stolen while in the town market hub. He chases the thief on a subway that goes across the city to the financial district. After which he engages the thief while riding atop of floating billboards only to find out that the thief is actually a homeless little girl. He choses to spare the thief and takes her under his wing.

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There are only two realms in which rules are broken – art and war.
This film explores the deontological ethics of war through the deep contrast of the utopian life of a painter and the chaotic life of a battle-bruised soldier. And while the audience thinks they understand the identities of these disparate characters, their molds quickly morph as the story progresses.

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