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Short Film
6 minutes
2013
Director(s): Bernardo Britto
USA
 
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Thu 3:10 pm Varsity 4
Fri 9:10 pm Varsity 4
Sat 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 3:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 09:40 am Varsity 4
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
A man struggles to condense the history of the world onto a device with limited memory before the Earth is destroyed by aliens. The product of 2,000 handmade pencil drawings, the film is comic but also touching and surreal, and leaves us pondering some big questions: What is important in life? What should be remembered?
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Short Documentary
27 minutes
2013
Director(s): Michael Tyburski
USA
Thu 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
Explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who run the world’s largest commercially viable rooftop farms in one of the world’s biggest cities: New York. The film follows head farmer Ben Flanner and his team as they expand their operation from Long Island City, Queens, to a second 2.5-acre rooftop in Brooklyn. They work tirelessly to plant and harvest a viable crop in time for summer.
 
Short Film
13 minutes
2012
Director(s): Daniel Sousa
USA
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization. Evocative brush and ink monochrome animation hauntingly portrays how alienated the boy is by his strange new environment. He tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
 
Feature
89 minutes
2013
Director(s): Molly Green & James Leffler
USA
Thu 3:10 pm Varsity 4
Fri 9:10 pm Varsity 4
Sat 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 3:10 pm Varsity 4
Mon 09:40 am Varsity 4
Synopsis
Sophie and Pete are neighbors — and kind of friends — who live in a generic apartment complex in Los Angeles. Sophie decides to take a road trip with Pete to pick up his sister from college in Phoenix. A not-so-humorous encounter with some roadkill leads to a joke about marriage, and somehow they get engaged. On the way home, their car breaks down and they get stranded in a peculiar little desert town, where Pete’s sister goes missing with a guy she meets in a bar. Suddenly lost and dependent on each other, Sophie and Pete learn that falling in love after you get engaged can be a lot scarier than getting married. Starring Matt Mider and Noël Wells (Saturday Night Live). [mature]
 
Short Film
8 minutes
2012
Director(s): Joel Simon
Ireland, United Kingdom
Fri 10:10 am Ashland Street Cinema
Fri 12:40 pm Ashland Street Cinema
Sat 12:40 pm Ashland Street Cinema
Sun 12:40 pm Ashland Street Cinema
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
Two unlikely characters — toy factory rejects — find themselves left to their own devices on the busy and dizzying streets of Belfast, Ireland. It’s new, strange, and a little daunting. As a world of oversized humans move speedily around them, they cleverly find a way to fit in. A unique mix of stop-motion animation and time-lapse photography, this film is a sweet and amusing modern-day fable.
 
Short Film
12 minutes
2013
Director(s): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
France, Luxembourg
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
A fascinating and humorous depiction of the mechanically dominated world of Mr Hublot, an obsessive-compulsive recluse who is scared of change and the outside world. With characters and objects fashioned from intricately detailed, salvaged materials, Mr Hublot’s meticulously maintained world is turned upside down with the arrival of Robot Pet, a very invasive companion.
 
Short Film
8 minutes
2012
Director(s): Jonathan Ng
Canada
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
A modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they anguish over the details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something entirely different: the animated reimagining of themselves as martial arts warriors in feudal China, where family influence, cultural pressures, and their desire for adventure make a different kind of sense. In this dream-like short film, love goes to war over art.
 
Short Documentary
11 minutes
2013
Director(s): Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
USA
Thu 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 6:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
In the middle of a muddy field, blanketed by fog, an annual Mardi Gras celebration in rural Louisiana takes place. “Rougarouing” is the Cajun term for “dangerous carousing.” Striking black and white cinematography enhanced with bold splashes of color captures folks as they don strange masks and dress like medieval carnival jesters, readying themselves to partake in the music, madness, whiskey, whips, and gumbo. [mature]
 
Short Film
11 minutes
2013
Director(s): Chris Landreth
Canada
 
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
Academy Award®–winning director/animator Chris Landreth (Ryan, AIFF06) plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. From the moment he’s greeted by...what’s his name...in a crowded bar, we are transported into his subconscious, for a mind-bending animated romp. Borrowing from the classic TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of celebrity guests offering ridiculous clues, only adding to his ever-increasing panic.
 
Short Film
10 minutes
2014
Director(s): Réka Bucsi
Hungary
 
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
This animated film presents a subjective and surreal view of the world as we observe interactions between animals, humans, and nature, as well as anthropomorphized beasts — a fox explores particle theory and polar bears relax in deck chairs. Follow the complicated thematic thread of this fascinating visual puzzle through its unconventional narrative, with a brilliant and rousing Mozart soundtrack.
 
Short Film
7 minutes
2012
Director(s): Michaela Pavlátová
France
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
Be ready to blush, and smile, as this suggestive animated short takes us on an amazing ride with a tram conductress whose humdrum day transporting herds of disinterested male commuters begins like any other. Then, thanks to the rhythm and vibrations of the road, she embarks on a comic, surrealistic journey through her fantasies. [mature]
 
Short Film
7 minutes
2013
Director(s): Brett Weiner
USA
Thu 9:30 pm Varsity 5
Fri 3:30 pm Varsity 5
Sat 12:30 pm Varsity 5
Sun 6:30 pm Varsity 5
Mon 12:30 pm Varsity 5
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dimwitted government employee has ever used a photocopier. 100% of the dialogue in this short film comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.
 
Short Film
12 minutes
2013
Director(s): Augusto Zanovello
France
Thu 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Sun 9:40 pm Varsity 3
Mon 12:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis
On the battlefields of the First World War, the nurse, Simon, patches up the shattered bodies of the infantrymen with love letters. The words from beloved women at home have the power to heal the wounds of these animated paper soldiers. [subtitles]
 
Short Film
30 minutes
2013
Director(s): Kevin Lacy
USA
Thu 9:10 pm Varsity 4
Fri 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Sat 6:10 pm Varsity 4
Sun 09:40 am Varsity 4
Mon 12:10 pm Varsity 4
Mon 3:10 pm Varsity 4
Mon 9:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
On the verge of aging out of foster care, seventeen-year-old Mercedes Harper needs money and she needs it now. She manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate with a massive crush on her, to help her plan and execute a bank robbery.

Read an interview with Director Kevin Lacy on our blog!
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