Texas High School Shorts Program

Texas High School Shorts Program

“Abby” tells the story of two childhood best friends from the perspective of Abby (Lizzie Shaw)-an eccentric high-spirited girl. Chloe (Brinley MacKerron) is not as social as other kids her age, but a friendship starts when Abby comes up to her one day, and they have been close ever since.



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Gunter has been moping around for months since his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. Infuriated by this, his best friend Harold, devises a plan for Gunter to win back her heart. From stealing candy to a serial killer on the loose, who knows what might happen.

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Amy (Madie Riley), a young housewife with a passion for cooking, attempts to rekindle her relationship with her work-a-holic husband, Jack (Jack Young) after they've become distant.

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A young man is walking home from school as an unexpected situation abruptly interrupts him. The young man gets himself involved and helps out gaining himself a friendship. The friendship goes on until the young man realizes his new friend is a bad influence on his life. The young man tries to change his ways but it is too late.

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As various animated illustrations and colors appear across the frame, the voice of a human trafficking victim tells her story from the very beginning to the very end.

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Two friends are relaxing in a pool at night. As they talk about an awkward event at school, they come to some strange realizations.

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In the fourth quarter of the championship basketball game, our hero is down by one. The home team desperately tries to gain the advantage but their attempts are thwarted by the opposing team and their leader. Our hero tries to face the enemy one on one, but is overwhelmed by the enemy's sheer power, sending our hero into a spiritual experience that grants him immense power. Our hero uses this newfound power to overpower the opposing team and send the adversary into oblivion, winning the championship game.

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Fifteen is a tough age for a girl--especially when you fall in love for the first time with another girl. People stare, friends suddenly turn judgmental, and parents just don't understand. But it's worth it.

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While roaming around an unusual and vaguely sinister landscape, a cat and her witch come upon a strange presence that has dire consequences for bot of them.

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Another mailbox full of college letters throws a teenage girl into a state of anxiety. After she fails to achieve a peaceful state, she looks beyond her mundane life into the bigger world that is full of wonder.

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Dawn constantly messes with her neighbor, Miles, on her nightly dog walk, pretending to live out her fantasies of being a spy. After Miles disappears, a strange turn of events presents Dawn with the chance to achieve her goals of being a secret agent, but her mission's outcome is nothing like she expected.

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This film is about an innocent, naive young woman falling in love with a boy who has been prone to substance abuse. They experience many firsts together only to end apart because of his self-loathing and depression, all of which surround his partying habit.

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An experimental short film in which the themes of societal norms, staying inside the lines, and the fear of the unknown are challenged. Like a bird in a cage, we often let our notions dictate the paths we chose. This short film portrays the beauty in going beyond everything you have ever known.

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Two characters stand in a studio space, a female and a male. They are preparing for a performance of sometype. The live studio audience watches their every movement. The two figures have a conversation about how they want to perform and how “they” will judge them. While conversing the male undresses from formal clothes and the female gets dressed up into formal clothes.



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A boy and a girl sit in awkward silence at a coffee shop. He breaks the tension with "I googled it." Her confusion prompts rambling justification: he googled how to be good at sex because he wants her to get the most out of their first time as possible. Touched by his awkward sincerity, she asks if he is a virgin and he says yes. Upon confirmation, she opens up about a scarring past sexual experience, asserting that she doesn't feel ready to introduce sex to their relationship. The boy realizes how vulnerable she has made herself, and reassures her their relationship means much more than just sex. If she's uncomfortable with it, sex can wait. Both agree that sex is weird, relieved at last.

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"The Making of Chase Humes", is a 5 minute documentary about a female-to-male transgender student, who just wants to be accepted and treated as a normal person. He talks about how the current political climate makes him fear for his future, as well as how people don't take trans-gendered people seriously despite the high suicide rates; most his family isn't very supportive despite all him asking for is acceptance. Due to his coming out he lost friends, but he goes on to say he gained his best friend from coming out. To wrap the film up he sends out a message to everyone who is going through a similar experience by telling them that all the fighting for rights is worth it in the end.

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A teenage high school student is constantly reminded and holds a detrimental amount of anxiety about the chance of a school shooting. As she carries throughout her day, her fear grows and she has a breakdown, feeling helpless and insecure at a place of learning and sanctum.

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Five friends fight over who gets to pay the bill at dinner.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Format: Shorts Program
Runtime: 90:00 mins