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.
Fire and Fury (#104) Duration: 27:44 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
FIREWORKS (Columbia) - Against a Fourth of July backdrop in South L.A. , Fireworks is a coming-of-age story of two adolescent boys on a quest to impress a group of girls and investigate their growing bond.
PEARL WAS HERE (Cal Arts) - A scraggly girl slips away from her overburdened mother and troubled home life to hide among a mound of stuffed animals in the safe and sealed environment of claw machine. < br>SPARK (Texas) - While a boy waits out his father's tryst, he is unexpectedly forced to deal with the lady-friend's daughter. 10-year old Ricky is left outside in the truck while his dad visits a lady-friend in rural Texas. While waiting for his father to return so that they can set off fireworks together, Ricky is suddenly confronted with the lady-friend's 11-year old daughter, Callie, who has been pushed out of the house by her mom.Callie steals Ricky's fireworks and sets one off. When the commotion fails to attract his father's attention, Ricky and Callie decide to set off all of the fireworks. Subsequently, they start a small brush fire. As the two kids try to contain the fire before their parents find out, Ricky finds the connection he's been looking for.
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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.
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.
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Blood Is Thicker Than Mud (#105) Duration: 28:47 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
THE FIGHTING KIND (Chapman University) - Davin has been estranged from his family for five years. He returns home in desperate need of financial help from his sister, his only living relative. During what is supposed to be a quick visit, he learns that his sister may need more help from him than he needs from her.
NORTHEAST FRONT (Frente Noreste) (Texas) - A mother's love for her children knows no bounds but is put in grave danger when she is forced to save her son from his unintended collaboration with Mexico's dangerous cartels. (Based on a true story.)
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Man Up (#106) Duration: 25:02 STEREO TVPG-SL (Secondary audio: none)
GENIUS FROM QUINTINO (O Genio De Quintino) (Columbia) - Ricardo, a 30 year old mechanic nicknamed 'the genius', lives alone with his mother in the tiny suburb of Quintino north of Rio de Janeiro Brazil. When a mysterious young boy shows up one morning at his garage with a strange broken fish toy, Ricardo is suddenly thrown head on faced with his forgotten past. He must now embark on the journey for the answers within that will give him the strength to face a man's ultimate responsibility.
KISS ME (UCLA) - Kid Vargas is forced to face up to a devastating truth after he kills his opponent, Johnny Vasquez, in the ring. Not only consumed by the guilt or killing another man, Kid's shame is intensified by his repressed homosexuality Kid Vargas is forced to face up to a devastating truth after he kills his opponent Jonny Vasquez in the ring. Kiss Me is a gritty, contemporary, neo-noir drama set in the often clandestine world of Latino boxing in East Los Angeles. After killing Jonny during a bout, Kid begins to remember the moments before the fatal blow that killed Jonny. Not only consumed by the guilt of killing another man, Kid's feelings of shame are intensified by his repressed homosexuality. As Kid avoids his wife Sylvia, and turns his back on the profession that he loves, Kid's thoughts are filled with memories of the fight.
Okay, Cupid (#101H) Duration: 27:57 STEREO TVPG-S
THE HUNTER AND THE SWAN DISCUSS THEIR MEETING. (NYU) - A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman whose captured robe led to their courtship. The evening goes downhill when the hunter's swan bride finally asks him how he originally knew the robe belonged to her. It doesn't go well, leading the Brooklyn couple to evaluate their own romantic inception.
GOD OF LOVE (NYU) - Meet Raymond Goodfellow, a multi-talented artist who combines lounge singing with his champion dart throwing ability. He has fallen head over heels for his bass player, but she's in love with the guitarist. His prayers are answered, or so he thinks, when he receives a package of passion-inducing darts. Writer/Director Luke Matheny's film won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.
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Letting Go (#103H) Duration: 24:58 STEREO TVPG-VL
THE CHAIR (NYU) - A mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold has invaded a small town. One boy attempts to understand his mother's death, his grandmother's obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange and inexplicable plague.
BUNNY (Columbia) - Inspired by an event from director Robert Snow's childhood, Bunny tells the story of a young boy in a rough Philadelphia neighborhood who marches into the ghetto to retrieve his pet rabbit from the boy who stole him.
Sum of Its Parts (#107) Duration: 27:34 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
CRAZY GLUE (NYU) - A story about love and glue, and its extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife whose relationship has lost its magic.
BICYCLE (JITENSHA) (Biola University) - Mamoru Amagaya, a young man struggling to find meaning in life, is humiliated by a co-worker and leaves his job. Now alone and without work, parts of Mamoru's bicycle begin to disappear, one by one. At last, when the only remaining piece of the bicycle is a lonely bell, Mamoru receives an envelope, containing addresses at which each piece of the bicycle might be retrieved.
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Risky Business (#108) Duration: 27:37 STEREO TVPG-L (Secondary audio: none)
A DOCTOR'S JOB (UNA CARRERITA, DOCTOR) (UCLA) - Dr. Ramon Moran is a brilliant ER physician and a hardworking cab driver. His ailing mother and her financial woes drive him to make ends meet. Set in Lima, Peru, one day Ramon picks up a fare that will radically change his day.
TELEGLOBAL DREAMIN' (Tisch Asia) - Rosa, a call center agent in the Philippines, has a crush on a hunky corporate-trainer named Dale who has come from the head office in California to teach motivational classes on customer service. After learning about Dale's career as bit role actor in LA, Rosa pursues an opportunity to be his guide around town for the day. She takes Dale to a cockfight and invites her friends along who also want to be seen with the handsome actor from America. Word about Dale spreads through town quickly, attracting more and more attention, until an unexpected turn of events brings Rosa and Dale's day out on the town to a disturbing end.
Growing Pains (#102H) Duration: 28:58 STEREO TVPG-SL
I FEEL STUPID (UCLA) - Lein is an awkward, pre-pubescent 15 year old who is obsessed with pigeons. When her overly confident and more experienced childhood friend, Amber, comes to visit for the summer, Lein's world opens far beyond the pigeon coup, leading her to question her lifestyle and values
MY NAME IS YOUR FIRST LOVE (Columbia) - Christian, a broke teen in 1980's suburbia, is employed as a gardener by his new neighbor, Geena. He allows his growing love for her to show through his care for her garden. When Geena recognizes the level of his devotion, a moment of reckoning will transform them in ways neither could have anticipated.
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.