Film School Shorts
This KQED-produced series showcases the best shorts from film schools across the country. From quirky comedies to slice-of-life dramas to hard-hitting thrillers, emerging filmmakers offer new perspectives from a new generation. Film School Shorts is your access to the film festival experience.
Daddy Dearest (#208H) Duration: 28:28 STEREO TVPG
FIRST MATCH (Columbia University) 14-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boys wrestling team. Despite her practice and training, her first high school wrestling match introduces a new challenge. Written and directed by Olivia Newman
EFRAIN (USC) 10-year-old Efrain's father teaches him never to steal, but the lesson comes at a price on the charged Mexican border. Directed by Matthew Breault.
Playing with Power (#307) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG-MA (Secondary audio: none)
Above the Sea (Columbia University) - In the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai, Fei, a young lady of the evening, must decide how far she is willing to go to exact vengeance. Directed by Keola Racela. Un Mundo para Raul (Columbia University) - When thirteen-year-old Raul is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a treacherous game of power and pride unfolds between the boys. Directed by Mauro Mueller.
- KQED World: Fri, Sep 4, 2015 -- 2:30am Remind me
On The Prowl (#303H) Duration: 28:54 STEREO TVPG-SL
App (American Film Institute) - Desperate to get funding for his groundbreaking new dating app, shy software developer Paul agrees to use the app to seduce a beautiful stranger, but his calculations backfire when he starts to feel a genuine connection. Directed by Alex Berman.
Banana Trip (Florida State University) - Three South Korean college boys head to Florida for spring break, hoping to hook up with white girls. Directed by Hyungjik Lee.
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Responsible Parties (#308) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG-S (Secondary audio: none)
Disaster Preparedness (University of California Los Angeles) - A hurricane pulls a couple out of their comfort zone and drops them at the crossroads of commitment, disaster and the art of being prepared. Directed by Melissa Finell. Humpty (New York University) - In time to a classic Harry Nilsson soundtrack, slacker Dean decides to revisit an old high school experiment in his quest to prove his parenting abilities to his pregnant girlfriend. Directed by Clare Sackler.
- KQED World: Fri, Sep 11, 2015 -- 2:30am Remind me
Choices (#305H) Duration: 28:59 STEREO TVPG
Late Spring (New York University) - During the Libyan Revolution of 2011, a petty clerk at a police station must choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help. Directed by Zachary Kerschberg.
Pagpag (The Refuse) (New York University) - A hard-drinking, rough-edged woman from an impoverished community in the Philippines tries to sell her orphaned granddaughter to an American couple. Directed by John Paul Su.
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It's in the Blood (#309) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Lambing Season (Columbia University) - Determined to meet the father who left her before she was born, a woman travels to Ireland, hoping it will help her understand his decision. Directed by Jeannie Donohoe. A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story (University of Michigan) - Beautifully rendered cardboard sets and characters and a seemingly weightless camera capture an astonishing voyage of immigration, love, and World War II in a single take. Directed by Shannon Kohlitz.
Lives In Limbo (#306H) Duration: 23:06 STEREO TVPG-S
Burn to Send (New York University) - Amidst Saigon's underground motorcycle racing scene, a young man and woman struggle to define their ambiguous romance. Directed by Andinh Ha.
Where Do We Go from Here? (#304H) Duration: 23:54 STEREO TVPG-L
11-Minute Mile (University of Southern California) - When an arrogant young day-trader is delayed at an airport during the Boston Marathon bombing, the threat of tragedy brings a moment of clarity. Directed by Andrew Wood.
Keep the Change (Columbia University) - David has autism, but he prides himself on not being rigid, "like that movie, Rain Man." He enjoys chasing women, offensive humor and "exclusive clubs," but he comes to reevaluate "normal" when he meets a new love interest at a support group. Directed by Rachel Israel.
Express Yourself (#310H) Duration: 23:23 STEREO TVPG-L
Nani (American Film Institute) - While doing community service, a young graffiti artist befriends an elderly woman and introduces her to the exhilarating rush of tagging. Directed by Justin Tipping.
Little Favour (University of Southern California) - Like poetry in motion, a single leaf morphs from clay to pencil to paper as it blows through a series of imaginative worlds. Directed by Yawen Zheng.
This Perfect World (#202H) Duration: 26:01 STEREO TVPG-L
SHORT TERM 12 (San Diego State University) One eventful day at a group home for at risk adolescents turns into a personal journey for the head counselor, who must balance violent quarrels with a birthday celebration. Directed by Destin Cretton.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (Ringling College of Art and Design) A little girl visits the land of the dead and experiences the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos with the help of someone very special to her. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Directed and produced by Lindsey St. Pierre, Kate Reynolds, and Ashley Graham.
Together Alone (#201H) Duration: 28:39 STEREO TVPG
WILL (CalArts) On 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Directed by Eusong Lee.
UNDER (Columbia University) A recovering drug addict and her fiance journey to a remote country cabin so she can get clean. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Written and directed by Mark Raso.
Holy Hipster (#203H) Duration: 27:55 STEREO TV14
DUVID (University of Michigan) Pressured by his Satmar Hasidic community to settle down and start a family, Duvid Stern decides to experiment with the world of underground electronic music and psychedelic drugs. Directed by Chelsea Rebecca.
The Cake Is A Lie (#204H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG
SPRINGTIME (NYU) In search of her "springtime", an 86-year-old pork sung maker quits her shop in rural Taiwan to head to the big city. Written and directed by Erica Liu.
DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER (NYU) Despite their strained relationship, a young Trinidadian street-vendor must decide if he will help save his estranged father's life. Written, directed, and produced by Ian Harnarine. Executive produced by Spike Lee.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 7:30pm Remind me