Fourth season premieres September 9 at a brand-new new time — 8:30pm on Fridays — on KQED 9.
August 4, 2016, San Francisco, CA — KQED announces the fourth season of Film School Shorts, a half-hour weekly series showcasing the best student-made shorts from around the country. Beginning on September 9, Film School Shorts will air at a new time — 8:30pm on Fridays. The 10-episode season features 27 films from directors hailing from some of the most prestigious film schools in the country, including USC, UCLA, NYU, Columbia, and the American Film Institute. Boasting an eclectic mix of styles and genres, the latest season of Film School Shorts features top-shelf performances by Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl), Kaori Momoi (Memoirs of a Geisha), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), to name a few.
The first episode of the new season, titled “Future,” features two original works from up-and-coming directors that explore very different aspects of the female domestic experience. In Thoranna Siqurdardottir’s Zelos, a competitive mother orders a clone from North Korea to both help her around the house and help her outshine a seemingly flawless friend. But she eventually finds her new purchase to be an even more formidable rival. In Lamia Alami’s Salaam Ghourba (Farewell Exile), a desperate young mother living in an impoverished Moroccan neighborhood nervously awaits immigration papers that would allow her and her son to join her husband in France.
The season continues with a selection of equally compelling films. In Jessica dela Merced’s Hypebeasts, racial tensions erupt between sneakerheads waiting in line for a chance to purchase the hottest new shoe on the market. Kaori Momoi delivers a bravura performance in Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy, about a lonely Tokyo office worker whose outlook on life is transformed after she is given a blonde wig. In Sequin Raze, the inspiration for the Lifetime series UnREAL, Sarah Gertrude Shapiro explores the nasty relationship between a producer and a spurned beauty queen on the set of a Bachelor-style reality show. It features a star-studded cast that includes Anna Camp, Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother). And Reuben Guberek’s riotous Foodfellas is a high-calorie-but-good-for-you fast food spoof of a Martin Scorsese classic.