Shorts Program 1
A matriarchal family. An oligarchic society...what would happen if we replace bees with humans? Anna, one worker bee among the perfectly identical worker bee girls, all dressed in military uniforms, all working day and night, struggles to understand the rules of the hive.
Every night, The Censor and his team are moderating Yoko's dreams. They do their best to mask the painful thoughts arising from her subconscious. Tonight though, nothing happens as planned.
Jibril has a crush on Marlana, but she doesn't notice him because she's in awe of his sworn enemy, Rashad. After class, Jibril makes a declaration, "I'ma get me a chain." His best friend, Tawanda, reluctantly supports this notion, and their journey begins. Jibril hustles up enough cash to get the chain plus something for Tawanda too. He asks his crazy Uncle Duke for a ride to the flea market. Jibril and Tawanda are in awe of everything at the flea market -- the clothes, the jewelry, the small shops, etc. Jibril gets the chain. He arrives at school on Monday ready to impress Marlana, but she doesn't even notice. Rashad has a new pair of kicks.
"Homesick" is an absurdist thriller about an unhappy man who attends a retreat offering adults a second chance at a happy childhood.
When Jude ends up unexpectedly living at home in their 30s, they must deal with a lovingly opinionated Jewish mother who doesn't quite get the whole trans thing. As the lines blur between scripted, improvised, and completely off the rails, Jude and Mom talk past and over each other, but rarely to each other. Over an intimate haircut, Jude realizes they don't have to be fully understood to be fully loved. Shot in the dog days of quarantine during a picturesque Vermont summer and featuring an original instrumental score, "Monsieur Le Butch" is a tender and authentic meta-comedy about the line between the stories we tell ourselves and the stories that get told about us.
Warsha follows Mohammad, a Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.