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.
Daily Grind (#404H) Duration: 28:30 STEREO TVPG
Stephen Singer plays a sock merchant in Socks & Bonds; he hopes his girlfriend's Hamptons-dwelling ex will invest, only to discover there's a more pressing negotiation at hand. Directed by Daniel Zimbler. Then, catch a snapshot of life in the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney, LLP, an animation that captures the hidden cubicle moments that comprise all our working lives. Directed by Sean Buckelew. In Butterfingers, every marriage has its moments, and this wife can't listen to another word from her husband about work. Directed by Milan Roganovic.
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.
Aspirations (#405H) Duration: 28:30 STEREO TVPG
At a beach, in the snow, and underwater, stop-motion short Bottle details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle. Directed by Kirsten Lepore. In Glory Days, Jack, a recovering alcoholic and divorced father of two, has to look after his kids on New Year's weekend. Directed by Benjamin Rutkowski. Then Lea chronicles the life of a delusional actress with an affinity for burning bridges as she struggles to connect with the role that could make her career. Directed by Connor Simpson.
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.
Crossed Stars (#406H) Duration: 28:30 STEREO TVPG-S
It's love at first sight in the midst of a dinosaur invasion in The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger. Together, they flee for a life of adventure and romance - only to discover that even the brightest flames don't burn forever. Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak. In Googly Eyes, Cooper Barnes stars as Gary, whose chronic earache stirs up memories of his childhood and unresolved baggage with his ex-girlfriend. Directed by Simon Savelyev. Dance across an old Victorian mansion filled with whimsical animated characters in Fool of People. Directed by Jose Rodriguez.
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.
Somebody to Love (#407H) Duration: 28:30 STEREO TVPG-L
Kaori Momoi stars as a 55-year-old single office worker in Tokyo with nothing to look forward to but forced retirement and a lonely death in Oh Lucy! However, when her American English teacher gives her a blonde wig and a new identity, her perspective on life begins to change. Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Then Tin takes us to the alleyways of Harlem, where a man mourns life and lost love in this jazz-age inspired stop-motion animation. Directed by Brandon Lake.
Reality Bites (#408H) Duration: 28:30 STEREO TVPG
Anna Camp, Frances Conroy, and Ashley Williams star in Sequin Raze, a behind-the-scenes look at life on a Bachelor-style reality television program. Adapted into Lifetime's award-winning television series UnREAL. Directed by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. Then get back in front of the TV with Kendall Got a Rose as a couple discusses the latest episode of The Bachelor as one gets ready for work. Directed by Luke Haskard.