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.
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.
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 26, 2015 -- 1:30am
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.
Planet Animation (#1206H) Duration: 26:19 STEREO TVG
WIND (Germany): Global warming has taken its toll on a windy town. The inhabitants are resourceful and adapt to the new routine... that is until the gust stops... then things really get "blown" out of whack.
BEAR ME (Germany / Poland): One day, I found a bear... or he found me. I couldn't get rid of him. We became to closest of friends. The film shows how love makes for strange bed partners.
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN (United States): Marcel the Rooster, survives bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Despite being blind in one eye, he remains the proud King of Tervuren. Never underestimate the willpower of a one-eyed rooster.
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES (Holland): A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster and those left behind to pick up the pieces.
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.
The Games People Play (#1301H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
PREY ALONE (Ireland) - NSA Special Agent Cain is on the hunt for an elusive killer. His only leads are a cocky eyewitness and the cryptic words scribbled on a notepad "Prey Alone." At first confounded by the clues, Agent Cain gets the uneasy feeling that he has been here before. This edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a short film is written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. < br>PONY PLACE (Holland) - When young Emma is not allowed to take her laptop on holiday, she asks her grandparents to look after her virtual horse farm. The couple takes on the task with disastrous results. The digital divide between generations has never been more hilariously depicted.
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.
Beyond Infinity (#1302H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVG
ENTITY (France) - Minutes after the technical failure of her spacecraft ( if you can call your ship blowing up just a "technical failure"), an astronaut finds herself ejected from her cockpit and into space. She tries in vain to contact the base to obtain help. Her oxygen level diminishes slowly but surely. She faints... after floating adrift for several hours through the immensity of space, she awakens to find herself facing a strange and mysterious entity, taking the shape of an immense black hole.
ORBIT EVER AFTER (England)- When you're in love, you're willing to risk everything in order to spend one perfect moment together. Nigel has fallen in love, but when you live in outer space aboard a ramshackle spaceship it isn't easy to follow your heart - especially when the girl of your dreams is circling around the earth the opposite direction. A science fiction romance where two star-crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice everything in order to spend one perfect moment together.
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.
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.
Island of Misfit Toys (#1209H) Duration: 29:10 STEREO TVG
FUGU & TAKO (Australia): Two friends have very discerning tastes when it comes to sushi. They want only the freshest sushi. When one friend reprimands the chef for stale sushi, the chef gives him really fresh sushi. Be careful what you wish for.
ELEPHANT (Spain): Manuel is a middle aged man with a dull life. He is trapped in a monotonous job. His family takes him for granted. But one day his doctor tells him he suffers from a rare disease that will turn him into an elephant.
EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada / France): Edmond is not like everybody else. Some may say odd. He is very well aware he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice.
Boy Meets Girl (#1310H) Duration: 26:46 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.
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.