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.
Life During Wartime (#207H) Duration: 28:58 STEREO TVPG-V
THEY ALSO SERVE (CalArts) A mother's nerves start to fray as she waits for her soldier son to arrive home for his welcoming party. Directed by Michael Meehan.
ROAD TO PESHAWAR (University of Texas) During the Soviet-Afghan War, a father leads his injured daughter through the treacherous Peshawar Pass. In a literal minefield, her fate becomes linked to that of a Soviet sniper. Directed by Hammad Rizvi.
When We Were Young (#209H) Duration: 28:59 STEREO TV14
BLUE BOY (UCLA) Credited with saving a kid's life, a teenage lifeguard decides to act on his romantic obsession with a gorgeous country club wife. Directed by Alex Jablonski
BOMBSHELL (NYU) All Daisy wants to do is be one of the boys, but when she tags along with her brother and his troublesome friends, she realizes where her heart really lies. Written and directed by Erin Sanger.
Final Ascent (#301H) Duration: 26:57 STEREO TVPG
The Karman Line (New York University) - Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz) stars as a mother who is hit by an unusual condition that causes her to lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate. Directed by Oscar Sharp.
Sugar and Spice (#210H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG-V
PENNY DREADFUL (Columbia University) A novice crook kidnaps the wrong girl - and learns the hard way that you don't mess with Penny. Written and directed by Shane Atkinson.
DELICACY (Columbia University) A culinary connoisseur and an expert chef go on a hunt for a rare animal. Directed by Jason Mann.
Separation Anxiety (#302H) Duration: 28:22 STEREO TVPG
Owl and Mouse (New York University) - In this wry tale that celebrates the art of stop-motion animation, a curmudgeonly owl must fight his nature when he has to watch over a young mouse for a night. Directed by Emma J. Noble.
So You've Grown Attached (New York University) - An imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement when his creator - and best friend - starts to grow up. Directed by Kate Tsang.
Steadfast Stanley (California Institute of the Arts) - A faithful dog must journey through the zombie apocalypse to save his best friend. Directed by John Kim.
Fluffy the Flying Fish (School of Visual Arts) - When they move from Los Angeles to Denver, a family has to decide how to transport their pet goldfish, Fluffy. Directed by Ryan Charmatz.
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.
It's in the Blood (#309H) Duration: 25:26 STEREO TVPG
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.