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.
The Real World (#1304H) Duration: 27:23 STEREO TVG
THE HERD (Ireland) - A farmer has to deal with many unexpected situations, but when he encounters an animal with an identity crisis, he is a bit flummoxed as to how he should respond to the situation. < br>KINDA SUTRA (US) - Where do babies come from? Mixing animation and taped interviews, this humorous documentary poses this question to a variety of adult and youngsters who explore their earliest understanding of sex, conception and how the two, a.... intersect. With affection, laughter and nostalgia for youth's lost naivete, the subjects recall some of their earliest encounters pertaining to sex and how babies get made.
GHOST TRAIN (Australia) - An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife's dementia is drawn into a macabre cabaret theatre where he becomes captivated by the lead actress. The short documentary shows the many forms of love and how one can find happiness in unexpected places.
Boy Meets Girl (#1310H) Duration: 28:48 STEREO TVG
97% (Holland) - Finally, technology has now been able to help us find love. Via an app on his phone, single and ready to mingle, Bert gets a notice that the girl of his dreams is nearby. Now, all he has to do is find her before the subway train reaches the end of the line... easier said than done.
MICKEY AND MARIA (Germany) - Twenty year old Maria goes to a birthday party in hopes of escaping her troubles. She has just broken up with her immature boyfriend and has become disenchanted with men and love. Just when she is ready to give up on love, a precocious nine year old Mickey, who knows a good thing when he sees it, offers her the most romantic proposal ever.
MAN IN SUIT (Holland) - Twenty year old Maria goes to a birthday party in hopes of escaping her troubles. She has just broken up with her immature boyfriend and has become disenchanted with men and love. Just when she is ready to give up on love, a precocious nine year old Mickey, who knows a good thing when he sees it, offers her the most romantic proposal ever.
- KQED 9: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 7:30pm
- KQED 9: Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 1:30am
My Lover's Kimono (#1210H) Duration: 29:18 STEREO TVPG
KIMONO (Germany): Looking for something to eat, a homeless woman sneaks into a man's apartment. She likes it so much she decides to secretly live there. A story about two lonely strangers with an even stranger relationship.
OTHER LIVES (Norway): Two apartments. Same floors. Directly opposite from one another across the alley. In one lives an older couple stuck in a routine. In the other, a young couple at the beginning of their lives together. They both watch each other's relationships unfold from their kitchen windows, longing to switch places. The grass always looks greener on the other side.
Millennial Love (#1208H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
YOUR PLACE? (Germany): How much would you trust a stranger? Freya meets Max on the dance floor. There's an immediate connection and attraction. When the lights switch on in the nightclub and the crowd disperses, she makes him an unusual offer which is a bigger, more exciting adventure than a normal one night stand.
Family Is Everything (#1207H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
GREAT ADVENTURES (Australia): Grandma thinks Billy and his granddad are in the living room. She couldn't be more wrong.
GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN (Sweden): The relationship between a remarkably perceptive young boy and his wise, bedridden grandfather overflows with humor, warmth and love. They share jokes, talk love, sex and politics, and enjoy each other's company as only best friends can. The film offers a moving reflection on being young and old; living and dying; and the legacy we leave behind.
COLD BLOOD (Canada): A stressed and exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital. A poignant tale about the sacrifices we unquestionably make for family.
Omg (#1204H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-L
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (England): Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar a: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman. Is he a faker or a lunatic?
THE BIG LEAP (Poland / Sweden): Three people meet atop a skyscraper. They have the same intention - to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly escalates when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the afterlife. The believer, the agnostic and the atheist know the only way to find out the truth is to take The Big Leap.
New World Disorder (#1311H) Duration: 26:12 STEREO TVPG
iMOM (Australia) - Finally, the answer for busy parents all over the world! In the not too distant future, the iMom is created and becomes a wildly successful product that's guaranteed to raise your kids for you. When a preoccupied mother leaves her eight year old son and baby daughter under the care of the family's iMom, a scary connection is formed. Technology has made many jobs obsolete, but can it replace the role of dear old mom?
FOXES (Ireland) - The real estate bubble has burst leaving people's home mortgages and lives upside down. One lone couple are all that remain in an otherwise abandoned subdivision. Isolation can mess with your mind and make you do strange things. They soon find out they are not alone.
Future Shock (#1202H) Duration: 26:56 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 Dog in the Window (#1305H) Duration: 37:37 STEREO TVG
HELIUM (Denmark) - A terminally ill boy makes a friend with a hospital worker. Through his stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world, the boy regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from his daily hardships. Written and directed by Anders Walter. The film won the 2014 Oscar for Best Short.
Be Still My Heart (#1312H) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVPG
VOICE OVER (Spain) -There are unforgettable moments in one's life that take your breath away. Here are three of them. No, make that four...or is it one? Confused? So is the narrator who jumps from one heart-thumping story to another. He argues with himself until he finally figures out what tale he is really trying to tell.
RHINO FULL THROTTLE ( Germany) - Bruno roams the streets of Berlin trying to find the soul of the city when a beautiful tourist highjacks his thought process in this deceptively simple but visually creative love story. Driven by curiosity, his wild imagination and his unique take on reality, Bruno reveals his love affair with Berlin and his infatuation with a mysterious woman
The Dance of Life (#1306H) Duration: 25:26 STEREO TVG
TANGO UNDERPANTS (Australia/Argentina) - Trying to forget a failed relationship, an Australian woman decides to get as far away as possible. She hopes to start anew in South America. She has changed her scenery, but learns the thing she most needs to change is herself. While in Argentina, she discovers not only the exciting world of the sexy tango, but also the vital importance of the right underwear.
TANGHI ARGENTINA (Belgium) - A lonely middle aged office clerk decides to hook up with a woman on the internet. She loves to tango. There's only one problem. He can't dance. He pleads with a co-worker to teach him to dance. After much cajoling, he accepts the challenge. Little does he know what he has gotten himself into.
That Girl Is Crazy (#1313H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
THE CYCLIST (USA) - Harold's awkward first date with Hannah takes a turn for the worse when they discover her bicycle has been stolen. Together, they hunt for the culprit. Harry soon realizes that the thief is the least of his problems in what is turning out to be the date from hell.
PERSON TO PERSON (USA) - Waking up in the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a female stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day unsuccessfully trying to convince her to leave. Reminiscent of early Spike Lee, Person to Person lovingly captures the quirky characters that make up the New York neighborhood in which he lives.
Not The Same Without You (#1307H) Duration: 28:38 STEREO TVG
WE KEEP ON DANCING (Australia) - A deep human connection is made - in of all places - in an auto repair shop among men who have never met before. A distraught man with a rundown Volkswagen Beetle comes into the Rainbow Mechanics repair shop with an unusual request. The men in the shop come to the realization that breakdowns happen to more than just cars.
THE PHONE CALL (England) - Heather is shy and spends her days working at a helpline call center. When she receives a call from a distraught man, she has no idea the encounter will change her life forever. Featuring an amazing performance by Sally Hawkins (who did this film right after her Oscar nominated performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine), the film will resonate with anyone searching for a true companion.
Love Never Dies (#1315H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (England) - It's not every day 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.
ROMANCE (Belgium) - Meet Desiree, Agnes and Louise. All three have come from different backgrounds and life experiences to share the same room in a nursing home. Only one has the coveted spot near the window. From her vantage point, she is able to give her bedridden roommates a daily play-by-play of the young lovers in the park. The newcomer to the ward finds her stories meddlesome until one day she has an epiphany.