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In the Still of the Night 
Shorts
13 minutes
Director: Erich Steiner
Year: 2014
Country: Austria
Thu 9:40 PM , Fri 6:40 PM RUSH , Sun 10:10 AM


On a rainy night, three children wait for their father who is late again. When he finally comes home, laden with gifts, they are happy. Father plays the piano, and the youngest daughter dances a ballet. Only the eldest daughter suspects anything is wrong, as she senses her parents’ apprehension. [subtitles, mature]
 
Director’s Statement: Erich Steiner
 
In 2009, I saw a theater piece based on the true story of a family from Oberwart (southeastern Austria, near the Hungarian border). The dramatic decision that the adults of the family had to face haunted me for quite some time. While I was doing research on the case, I discovered quite similar and horrifying events had happened in Hungary and other European countries. These cases strengthened my conviction that this was a relevant story that needs to be told!


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Baghdad Messi 
Shorts
16 minutes
Director: Sahim Omar Kalifa
Year: 2013
Country: Iraq
ateamproductions.be


Ten-year-old Hamoudi has only one leg. Still, he’s totally obsessed with soccer. Just like the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the 2009 Champions League Final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, and the long-awaited showdown between rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down... [subtitles]
 
Director’s Statement: Sahim Omar Kalifa

I have been passionate about soccer since I was a child. No matter how complicated our situation growing up in Iraq, my friends and I could always find solace in a good match, playing ourselves or watching on TV. I wanted to show how a simple passion can make you forget actual danger. How a child’s imagination is a stronghold, no matter where you grow up. That’s what I really wanted to show with this film.

Birthday 
Shorts
12 minutes
Director: Chris King
Year: 2014
Country: USA
watermarkfilms.net


When a young military wife receives news that her husband, whom she loves deeply, has been severely wounded in combat, she must come to terms with her grief and the difficult life in store for them. She soon realizes it will be an amazing journey no matter what.
 
Director’s Statement: Chris King
 
Birthday is not pro-war or anti-war. It is a simple story of love, strength and courage seen through enormous adversity. It is a passion project that took two years to finance and film. I am a veteran myself, and my wife Heather and I appreciate greatly the sacrifices our wounded veterans and their spouses make. This is our ode to two souls forging ahead during enormously difficult times, like so many of our veterans and their families have had to do and are still doing.

Me and My Moulton 
Shorts
14 minutes
Director: Torill Kove
Year: 2014
Country: Canada, Norway
meandmymoulton.com/


A seven-year-old girl asks her hopelessly unconventional parents for a bicycle. But what kind of bike can you expect from a father who sports the only moustache in town and a mother who makes dresses out of curtain fabric? From Academy Award-winning animator Torill Kove (The Danish Poet) comes a wistful, witty, offbeat look at three sisters and their peculiar parents growing up in Norway.
 
Director’s Statement: Torill Kove
 
As the middle sister growing up in 1960s Norway, I desperately wanted to be like other little girls in my neighborhood. My parents, however, brazenly celebrated being different. When my sisters and I begged for a bicycle, my parents surprised us with a made-in-Britain Moulton, which featured an un-conventional frame design and tiny wheels. I had a love/hate relationship with that bike. Our whole family shared it until it got stolen, which I found so weird, because who in their right mind would steal a bike that was so unusual?

SKUNK 
Shorts
16 minutes
Director: Annie Silverstein
Year: 2014
Country: USA
skunkthefilm.com


Living with her single mother in an isolated subdivision in rural Texas, 14-year-old Leila’s deepest connection is with her pack of rescued dogs. When her beloved pit bull is stolen by an aspiring dog fighter, Leila is forced to stand up for herself at the cost of her own innocence. [language, mature]

Director’s Statement: Annie Silverstein
 
SKUNK is part of a series of films I’ve done exploring youth culture and coming of age. Before moving to Austin, I spent a decade working with kids on different Indian reservations in Washington State, using films to tell stories about their lives. The world of SKUNK is based loosely on the experiences of kids I worked with during this time.

Stop 
Shorts
9 minutes
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Year: 2014
Country: USA
facebook.com/stoptheshort


A high school baseball player is profiled by the police and stopped on his way home from practice. Xavier’s entire future hangs in the balance in this timely, realistic, and relevant short.

Director’s Statement: Reinaldo Marcus Green
 
Growing up African American in NYC, I have personally been subjected to the NYPD’s controversial “Stop and Frisk” policies. The issue of humanity comes into question when an individual is stopped merely on the basis of his or her skin tone. I was drawn to make a film that goes beyond the issue of right or wrong. I wanted to explore both sides of “Stop and Frisk” — victim and perpetrator. Although set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, this is a universal story that directly addresses issues of social injustice. In the end, I want the message Stop to help put an end to unconstitutional racial profiling.
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