Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Love Is Complicated (#1002H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG
AFTER THE CREDITS - Australia
Love means never having to say you're sorry ... yeah, right! We've seen it a hundred times before - boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. What all those Hollywood romantic comedies don't show you is what happens after the movie credits end. We all know it's a completely different story. Real love means having to say you're sorry over and over and over. Written and directed by Josh Lawson. Josh makes a cameo in the film as the rude passenger. Principal cast: Toby Schmitz and Robin McLeavy.
ANYTHING FOR YOU - USA
What starts out as a simple lunch date, ends with two women revealing their deepest secrets. Lynette can't help fantasizing about cheating on her husband and believes she has found the perfect solution to her dilemma. Shocked and dismayed, her best friend Gail is forced to drop a bombshell of her own, one that will change their friendship forever. Produced and directed by Laura Belsey. Principal cast: Kathleen McElfresh and Corena Chase.
My First Crush (#903H) Duration: 29:28 STEREO TVG
THE CRUSH - Ireland
Ardal Travis is in love. There's just one small problem - him. He's only eight years old and the object of his affection is his beautiful teacher Miss Purdy. He also has a bigger problem - Pierce. He is Miss Purdy's fiancee. As the saying goes, all is fair in love and war. There's only one thing Ardal can do - challenge the interloper to a duel! Written and directed by Michael Creagh. The film was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award. Principal cast: Oran Creagh (the filmmaker's son), Olga Wehrly and Rory Keenan.
BIG GIRL - Canada
A battle of wills develops between nine-year-old Josephine and her mother's new boyfriend - a "lowly" bartender. No longer the sole object of her affection, she challenges this new interloper to a winner take all competition. He may be man enough for her mother, but is he man enough to take care of them both? A bittersweet tale of modern family politics written and directed by Renuka Jeyapalan. Principal cast: Samantha Weinstein, Kris Holden-Ried and Patricia Fagan.
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That's Just Love Sneakin' Up On You (#1006H) Duration: 26:30 STEREO TVG
TABLE 7 - USA
A couple with relationship issues has an intimate conversation in an Asian restaurant, unaware that their every word is secretly being monitored. Directed by Marko Slavnic and Andrew McDonald. Principal cast: Ray Rosales, Stephanie Lozos and Isaac Kim.
CATAPLEXY - USA
Sidney suffers from cataplexy, an unusual medical condition where he becomes literally paralyzed when he is overcome with emotion. Rather than take that chance, he relies on impersonal sexual encounters to meet his physical needs. One night he is embarrassed to discover the call girl at his front door is an old friend from high school. The film was done as part of a competition where the film went from concept to screen in just 72 hours. Directed by John Salcido. Principal cast: Dave Tenenbaum and Michelle Noh.
CROSSWORD - Ireland
Heather is single with very few friends except for the barmaid in the pub she frequents after work everyday. Her favorite pastime is doing crossword puzzles. On the eve of her 40th birthday, she has a strange experience when all the answers to the day's crossword seem to be around her. Is it magic, coincidence or something else? In a crossword -- just like in life -- when lines meet and paths converge it is not a matter of luck, but rather part of a greater plan. The film was directed by Vincent Gallagher. Principle cast: Louise Lewis, Mark O'Shaughnessy, Maire Hastings, Andrew Bennett, and Kevin McDonough.
The Company of Men (#1005H) Duration: 28:25 STEREO TVPG-VL
BREAK A LEG - Canada
Are you a folder or a crumpler? While eating breakfast in a cafe, a hit man asks his next victim this unusual question. The tightly wound assassin simultaneously threatens and regales his companion about his startling beliefs about human behavior. Only when he gives his ultimatum do we learn the shocking identity of his next casualty. Written and directed by Jesse Shamata. Principal cast: Chuck Shamata, Gage Munroe and Conrad Bereschneider.
THE CANDIDATE - USA
A man's worth can be judged by the caliber of his enemies. In the cutthroat world of big business, no truer words have been spoken. Burton Grunzer, a hyper-aggressive and confident dealmaker, lives in the pressure cooker of a Fortune 500 company. A bumbling co-worker is protected by someone high up and his blunders in the board room are damaging Burton's reputation. As luck would have it, Burton is contacted by a secret organization called the Society for United Action. Intrigued, he agrees to meet with a representative from the society with an interesting proposition. If you could kill off your most aggravating co-worker and get away with it, would you? Directed by David Karlak. Principal cast: Tom Gulager, Thomas F. Duffy, Robert Picardo, Meghan Markle, and Vyto Ruginis.
Love Comes Crashing Down (#1009H) Duration: 28:06 STEREO TVPGL
SORRY, DESTINY - Bulgaria
You have a feeling in your bones. After countless failed connections and dashed hopes, your heart is telling you this could be the day you meet your soul mate. There's just one little problem ... what if your soul mate doesn't speak the same language as you? Directed by Neda Morfova. The infectious song is "Sitting on the Fence" by Bulgarian pop star Milenita. Principal cast: Radina Kardjilova and Dimitar Nedelchev.
SEPARATIONS AGENCY - Ireland
Breaking up is hard to do. A guy wakes up one morning to find out his girlfriend has dumped him, with the news being delivered in the strangest possible way. A singing barbershop quartet's smooth and professional delivery does nothing to soften the blow. Directed and written by Shane Morton. Principal cast: Oddie Braddell, Vincent Fegan, and The Jolly Sunbeams.
THE SCREAMERS - Spain
There are times in all our lives when you just want to scream. There are other times that are filled with awkward silences. Some situations contain both. This is one of them. Written, produced, edited, and directed by Roberto Perez Toledo. Principal cast: Fran Rodriguez Castillo and Ruth Armas.
CRAZY GLUE - USA
A simple story about love and glue, but not just any glue. This special glue has extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife whose relationship has lost its magic. Produced, edited, and directed by Elizabeth Orne. Principal cast: Will Brill and Katya Campbell. < br />CONNECTION - Australia
After Dan and Natalie meet on a dating website they decide to go a step further and have a video date. Romance seems destined, but fate has other plans. The modern day fable exposes the disadvantages of matchmaking using the latest technology. Written and directed by Jennifer Leacey. Principal cast: James Mackay, Kate Mulvany, and Dan Krige.
Last Flight (#1011H) Duration: 28:51 STEREO TVG
NORTH ATLANTIC - Portugal/England
Golf-Tango-Tango ... is anybody out there? A surprised air traffic controller on a remote island receives a transatlantic call for help from a lost plane. As the night and events unfold, it is clear that their new-found friendship will not last through the night. Their conversation is one the air traffic controller won't ever forget. Written, directed and produced by Bernardo Nascimento. Principal cast: Francesco Tavares and Clive Russell.
YURI LENNON'S LANDING ON ALPHA 46 - Germany/Switzerland
Undocked from the mother ship, cosmonaut Yuri Lennon begins his harrowing journey through space. His journey takes him out to the far reaches of space to investigate mysterious transmissions emanating from Alpha 46. He is confronted with an extraordinary paradox, which may lead to the end of the world as we know it. An amazing movie done in one shot capturing the claustrophobic feeling, the extreme isolation and danger of spaceflight. Written and directed by Anthony Vouardoux. Principal cast: Marc Hosemann.
Mind Benders (#1004H) Duration: 26:09 STEREO TVG
COLOUR BLEED - England/Poland
A young creative and idealistic girl dreams of brighter days in a dim Eastern European city. Her fate is inextricably sealed when she crosses paths with a scheming and enigmatic old woman, who harbors a dark secret. A cold act of cruelty will fracture the very foundations of a city. Directed, written, produced, and edited by Peter Szewczyk. Peter has contributed his talents to the feature films Harry Potter, Shrek, Star Wars, Ice Age and Avatar. This is his directorial debut. Principal cast: Anna Barry and Milla Karkkainen.
WEST OF THE MOON - USA
The memory of a long lost love triggers an old man to recall the odd set of circumstances that led to his having a grenade as a heart and a monkey inside his head. A wildly inventive and visually amazing film inviting comparisons to the work of Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. The film is directed by Brent Bonacorso and based on the book of children's essays entitled The Colored Monster Has No Mouth by Roger Omar. Principal cast: Jacob Whitkin, Michael Garbe, Amber Noelle, and Christopher Tomafelli. West of the Moon won the top prize at five film festivals in 2011.
EGG BREAKERS - Germany
A game of one-upmanship gets out of hand. In a surreal landscape two creatures learn that if eyelids were lips at the same time, they would also be able to lay eggs ... say what?! Animated by Emanuel Strixner.
Psycho Killer (#1007H) Duration: 29:52 STEREO TVPGV
INTERVIEW - Germany
An ambitious reporter might have the scoop of his life in an interview with a possible serial killer named Tillmann. What motivates the killer to do what he does? Just as important of a question - what motivates the reporter to ask the question? An even more important question - what's inside the box Tillmann brought to the interview? An intense face-to-face thriller unravels more than one dark secret on both sides. Edited and directed by Sebastian Marka. Principal cast: Antje Widdra, Stephan Grossman, and Florian Panzer.
THE PIANO TUNER - France
A piano prodigy shuns his career after a horrible audition and becomes a piano tuner, pretending to be blind to get better business. He becomes exposed to the intimate details of his clients' lives unbeknownst to them. One day he finds himself welcomed into a crime scene, and his charade becomes an edge-of-your-seat game of life and death. Written and directed by Olivier Treiner. The film won the French equivalent of the Academy Award for best short French film in 2012. Principal cast: Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gregory Gadebois, and Daniele Lebrun.
The Golden Years (#1001H) Duration: 25:06 STEREO TVG
THE BIRTHDAY CIRCLE - England
Two young children defiantly claim independence in their own home, but are implored by their frustrated elders to consider external care. This unique film places mature dialogue literally in the mouths of babes making for an uncomfortable, but illuminating look at the cruel irony of aging. What results is a role reversal dark comedy of brutal honesty. Directed and produced by Philip Lepherd. Principal cast: Matthew Marsh, Orson Lepherd, Rafe Lepherd, and Rosemary Smith.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT - England
It's not everyday you fall in love, but in 70-year-old Arthur's case he can and does. When he spots Ruth in the retirement home, he knows in his heart he has finally found his soul mate. Directed by Michael Davies, the short film shows that you are never too old to fall in love. Principal cast: John Hurt, Phyllida Law, and Barry McCarthy. Love at First Sight won the top prize at six film festivals and was shortlisted for a 2012 Academy Award.
DANNY & ANNIE - USA
In a simple analogy, the old Brooklynite Danny Perasa says that marriage is like color TV. Once you have it, you never want to go back to black and white. He has been married to Annie for 25 years. The couple recounts their life together from their first date (on which Danny proposed) to Danny's final days with terminal cancer. This remarkable couple personifies the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people. Directed and animated by brothers Mike and Tim Rauch.
Innocence Lost (#1010H) Duration: 27:39 STEREO TVPGV
CROSSING SALWEEN - Ireland
Along the Thailand border in Eastern Burma, nine-year-old Ko Reh finds herself orphaned after the massacre of her village and family by the military junta. She must now make the arduous journey with the help of a mysterious stranger to the Salween River that separates the horrors of Burma from the safety of Thailand. Will her late father's enduring love and promise of assistance from a forest spirit be enough to shepherd her across the river where so many others have fallen? Written and directed by Brian O'Malley and based on a short story by Gary Moore. Principal cast: Ronnachai Wijitto, Thanawut Kedsaro, and Danai Thiengtham. The little girl (Ronnachai) is a refugee. What is also amazing is the she had never acted before and beat out many trained actors for the role.
FENCES - Australia
Eight-year-old Lucas' father is a forensic crime scene detective. He argues with his ex-wife to look after Lucas while called to a crime scene, but she's too busy. Forced to take the boy, will Lucas stay put in the car or will he discover what his daddy does for a living? Directed by Tim Dean. Principal cast: Trent Heath, Brett Swain, Nicole Nabout, and Victoria Eagger.
Dead Last Option (#1105H) Duration: 29:05 STEREO TVPGV
TRUE LOVE - Australia
A woman has suffered years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. When he starts focusing his rage on her daughter, she snaps and kills him. She never thought she had it in her to kill somebody. Now does she have it in her to bury the evidence? The original and unpredictable thriller that will have you guessing up to its shocking climax. Directed by Robert Braiden. Principal cast: Niki J Price and Jamie Dunn.
CURFEW - USA
At the lowest point in his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his 9-year-old niece. Years may exaggerate the distance separating brothers and sisters, but blood ties run too deep and cannot be ignored. Written, directed and edited by Shawn Christensen. Principal cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek and Kim Allen.
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Humor Me (#1201H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING (Finland): All hell breaks loose when a family oversleeps on the day they are supposed to be attending a wedding. A comedy featuring disinterested kids, a clueless husband and a wife who has to take care of everything herself - sound familiar? NO COMMENT (France):When an English speaking tourist asks a beautiful young woman for directions in Paris, she reads him the riot act, assuming he's simply trying to pick her up. THE DATE (Finland): Tino, a geeky and shy teenager, has to host a date for Diablo, his family's pedigree stud tomcat. An embarrassing frank mother and her good looking daughter arrive with their prized possession. THE OP SHOP (Australia): It came in a box. No name. No description. Just a strange donation that three elderly women at a thrift shop were determined to sell for $3.50. But then...and then again...and once more...they slowly unlock its secret.
Love Fool (#1109H) Duration: 39:07 STEREO TVG
0507 - England
Who says technology makes your life easier? There's an app for everything except when it comes to your boyfriend's stupidity. Directed and edited by Chris and Ben Blaine. Principal cast: Fraser Millward and Cariad Lloyd.
LUNCH DATE - England
Getting dumped always hurts...even more so when your boyfriend sends his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news to you. Annabelle believes everyone is a half - a half that is looking for its other half to make a whole. What if you never find your other half? Written and directed by Sasha Collington. Principal cast: Sasha Collington and Alexis de Vivenot.
GEMOLOGY - Spain
Erick is a young gemologist who works for a company that specializes in classifying diamonds. He and his colleagues spend long hours analyzing the imperfections of these precious stones, until one day he believes he has found the perfect diamond despite evidence to the contrary. He loses his job, but comes to the realization that imperfections are what give character and make something special and unique. This goes for diamonds... and for people. Written and directed by Rick Limintani. Principal cast: Alex Barahona and Rebecca Cobos.
Future Shock (#1202H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVPG-V
THE GATE (England): A new virulent strain of rabies is thought to be responsible for a number of horrible deaths in the city of London. It soon becomes clear that the cause of the condition has a much more sinister origin. PEACEFORCE (Denmark): Copenhagen, Denmark. 2045. A global economic collapse has left humanity on the brink of total anarchy. A young, inexperienced and idealistic peacekeeper volunteers for an unusual mission. Elephants had become extinct years ago, but the locals tell of an elephant that is currently on the loose leaving dead and injured in its wake. He decides to appease the locals and visits them, but before long he is in over his head.
The Gravity of Life (#1203H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
43,000 FEET (New Zealand): You think you've got problems? When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43,000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes 48 seconds before he hits the ground. EXPLOSIONS (Australia): As gravity appears to fail all around them, the inhabitants of a neighborhood begin to mysteriously float into the sky. After failing to save her boyfriend from this phenomenon, will she succumb to the same fate? BRIDGE (New Zealand): A woman finds herself along after dark waiting for a train on an empty platform...or so she thinks. She starts to run as she is pursued by a faceless stranger...or so she thinks. She slips and is knocked out. When she wakes up, her world is truly upside down and she must decide if it's time to let go of the past.