Shorts Program 1

Shorts Program 1

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Narrative Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Shorts Program
Runtime: 102:40 mins

Program Includes:

Kim and Marlon were best friends, despite the fact they’d never actually met. The unlikely pair, her a young woman thriving in New York City and him an older married man in a small town in Canada, communicated exclusively online. Just before he died, he sent her a message that said he had something really important to tell her. He never got the chance. In an effort to find out what it was, and to get a deeper sense of the friend she lost, she travels to his small-town home to attend his funeral.



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When Randolph is approached in the park by a middle-aged white woman who introduces herself as Genevieve, he realizes she’s the person he’s been waiting for. After some small talk, Randolph instructs Genevieve to act like they know each other before leading her across the park and into a parking garage elevator to sell her some weed. Struck by the interaction and Randolph’s confident demeanor, Genevieve invites him to smoke with her. On Genevieve's back patio, they share a blunt and slowly begin to open up to each other, realizing they are now connected in more ways than one.



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Two strangers – both hearing persons – form an instant connection at an American Sign Language (ASL) event, talking exclusively in ASL. They spend the night together, strolling through NYC, enjoying a newfound attraction without a spoken word uttered between them. But, part way through, they both realize that they’re each hearing persons. Out of convenience, they shift to verbal communication, and, as they do, they quickly lose their romantic spark.



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It’s the last night of Astrid's (14) and Issi's (14) holiday by the beach. The mission is clear, especially for Issi: to find a guy and hopefully lose her virginity before the holidays are over. This is their last chance. During the evening they meet Samuel and Rashid, who take the girls to a bar. But the friendship between the girls are put to the test when Astrid and Samuel hits it off, and Astrid seems to get what Issi was chasing so desperately. 



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Best friends Milagros (Loggy) and Alex have been neighbors their entire lives in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square. Loggy detaches when she learns that Alex is being displaced and relocated to another community. The two are chosen to dance together at the community’s groundbreaking ceremony but their plans are derailed when the memorial of Milagros’ slain mother is confiscated. The integrity of their friendship is tested as they search for its whereabouts.



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What started off as a casual hookup has quickly escalated into something far more intimate, leaving Andy to navigate Arthur and Lucas' dreamy lifestyle and marriage. Lavender is a tender, poignant look at an unconventional relationship as it blossoms and ultimately unravels.

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Upstairs-downstairs neighbors Dan and Mia have never met, but the thin floor between their apartments offers its own kind of intimacy. In an alternative reality where sounds – and the sensory memories that accompany them – can be captured in food storage containers, Dan approaches Mia with a proposal. He offers some of the sounds of his life in exchange for some of the sounds of hers. As their surreal exchange unfolds, they visit the sounds that have defined their romantic relationships for good and ill, and wonder if the most difficult memories are meant to be shared.



Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.


Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.