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.
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 Dog in the Window (#1305H) Duration: 23:37 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.
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The Animation of Imagination (#1303H) Duration: 28:59 STEREO TVPG-14
THE LOST THING (Australia) - A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle caps one day at the beach. Realizing it is lost, he tries to find out where it belongs, but everyone else is too busy or wrapped up in their own lives to care. The boy decides it is up to him to find its home. The surreal animation comes from the mind of children's book writer Shaun Tan. A beautiful allegory exploring how we take for granted the world around us and how we ourselves at times feel like we don't belong.
FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MORRIS LESSMORE (US) - Inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina (the filmmakers are based in Louisiana), Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, "Morris Lessmore" is a story of people who devote their lives to books. The film is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of reading. The film uses a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.
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.
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.
The Gravity of Life (#1203H) Duration: 26:32 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.
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 Family Dynamic (#1314H) Duration: 26:30 STEREO TVG
BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (Ireland) - In 1970s Belfast, two young boys discover the facts of life with the aid of their pet chickens. Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted Dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for, but the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
HEAD OVER HEELS (England) - After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart. To make matters worse, he lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down. The couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their relationship back together.
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.
Love Never Dies (#1315H) Duration: 27:09 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.
Can You Fly? (#1308H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
5 METERS 80 (France) - Ever wonder what giraffes do for fun? Wonder no more.
9 METER (Denmark) - A young track star's mother is in a coma. Every time he breaks his own personal records, his mother responds by moving her finger. He is convinced that if he can push himself to the limit, he can continuing breaking records in the long jump and this will wake his mom up. He sets out to make the most dangerous jump of his life.
DUST (England) - A creepy man follows a young girl and her mother home from school one day and waits until dark to sneak into their house. The mysterious man won't leave until he gets what he wants... and doesn't leave until he gets it.
Love Lost and Found (#1316H) Duration: 28:08 STEREO TVG
MR. HUBLOT (France / Luxembourg): Mr. Hublot lives in a world where everything is mechanical - including pets. The film won the 2014 Academy Award for best animation. Written, produced and directed by Laurent Witz.
LUCY (USA): A little girl wants a puppy... real bad. Will her persistence break through her parents' stone cold hearts? Animated by Zoe Lubeck.
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. 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.
Never Take No for An Answer (#1309H) Duration: 29:21 STEREO TVPG
GROUNDED (France) - Evelyne needs to travel to London for her mother's funeral. But at the airport, she can't produce her newborn baby's ID. She is not allowed to board her plane. But with the help of Stephanie, a young air hostess, they will fight the inflexible airport rules and bureaucratic red tape. It is a race against time. Will she make it before the gate closes?
SELMA (Tunisia) - After the accidental death of her taxi-driver husband, Selma decides to become master of her own life by taking over his taxi business. She comes up against the Kafkaesque procedures of Tunisian bureaucracy and the heavily entrenched patriarchal society. With quiet determination, she also faces her conservative Muslim in-laws who continue to dictate the way she should behave. Facing difficult odds, she fights to break free.
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.
Humor Me (#1201H) Duration: 26:18 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.
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) - A busy woman is at her wit's end with her family. Her children don't appreciate all the things she does for them. When her husband forgets to tell her that he has to work on the family's planned day to visit the amusement park, she reaches the end of her rope. She decides to seize the day. Now it's Mommy time. Directed by Anna van der Heide. Principal cast: Maria Kraakman, Nick Livramento Silva, Rover Van Gennep, Roosmarijn Van der Hoek, Ali Ben Horsting.
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.
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.
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