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    The Game of Love

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    From the moment a poor shopkeeper discovers an abandoned baby on his front doorstep, he knows this is no ordinary child. Baby Eric's heart is magically encased in a glass dome. One gentle shake of the dome fills Eric with a feeling of indescribable joy. His new stand-in father tries to protect Eric's heart from the pitfalls of childhood, but the father soon discovers there is one influence beyond his control - women. This simple and poignant tale will appeal to anyone whose heart has been broken.
    Length: 10 minutes

    An unsuccessful actor has resorted to playing a clown at children's parties to make ends meet. His surreal life takes a turn for the better when he meets a beautiful woman. On his way to his first date with her, he inadvertently finds himself at the scene of a robbery of a corner store. His actions in this tense situation could lead to tragedy or could be his chance to shed his skin as a clown.
    Length: 28 minutes

    The Velvet Club
    Divas, drama, divine decadence - welcome to a night at the Velvet Club. Inspired by Bob Fosse's Cabaret, The Velvet Club takes place in a swanky cocktail cabaret. The lush musical drama tells the bittersweet tale of a fading starlet who must face a harsh reality. Her Prince Charming is engaged to another dancer but propositions her to become his mistress. The gorgeous production design and beautiful cinematography resulted in the film's winning a Student Academy Award for writer, director and producer Hana C. Ogawa.
    Length: 14 minutes

    Take a brief, sensual ride through the raptures and realities of love. Using imagery, motion and color - and no words - filmmaker Elyse Couvillion tells the passionate tale of two soul mates. The idea came to her when listening to Tchaikovsky's "Coffee," from the Nutcracker ballet, which is played throughout the film. Sweet may be the most beautifully shot film on mini-DV, thanks to a new technology created by San Francisco's The Orphanage that allows video to look amazingly like 35mm film. It also helps to have a five-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer (Allen Daviau, E.T. and The Color Purple) shoot your film.
    Length: 4 minutes

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