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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.

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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
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 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]
 
Feature
62 minutes
2014
Director(s): Malcolm King-Fontana
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
Synopsis
A Western Neo-Noir tale of the timeless conflict between a charismatic crime boss, an idealistic young gun, and a damsel in distress.

 
This stylish, taut psychological thriller brings young wannabe outlaw Luc Kennedy, who idealizes 1950’s Western pop culture, into the circle of Cash, the eloquent embodiment of the archetypal gun-slinging outlaw he’s long idolized. To prove himself, Luc is tasked with the removal of Cash’s jaded mistress — the damsel Lila — and his romantic ideals face harsh realities as he’s forced to choose sides between the angels and the outlaws. A character-driven drama by Ashland’s own Malcolm King-Fontana, self-taught teen filmmaker whose singular voice crafts a world of its own. Featuring a rich soundtrack of Waylon Jennings, accompanied by an original acoustic noir score. [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
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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