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 (#207) Duration: 28:58 STEREO TVPG-V (Secondary audio: none)
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.
Daddy Dearest (#208) Duration: 28:27 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
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.
Together Alone (#201) Duration: 28:39 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
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.
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.
Final Ascent (#301H) Duration: 27:06 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.
Separation Anxiety (#302H) Duration: 28:21 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.
Big City Blues (#205H) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG
PRICELESS THINGS (NYU) When a piece of jewelry goes missing in a salon in Brooklyn, a recently engaged couple suspect the immigrant employees know more than they admit. Written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss.
I AM JOHN WAYNE (Columbia University) In New York City, an urban cowboy avoids going to his friend's funeral. Written and directed by Christina Choe.
On The Prowl (#303H) Duration: 28:53 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.
Where Do We Go from Here? (#304H) Duration: 23:53 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.