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Always Together
USA / Drama / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Steven Wesley Miller

Producer: Steven Wesley Miller, Kunitaro Ohi, Brandon Ward, Sarah Nix Ward

Cast: Susan Ortiz, Cristian Gonzalez, James Kyson, Jacinte Blankenship

A woman hires a family rental service to help navigate through her troubled past.

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Delay
USA / Drama / 7 minutes

Director: Jordan Lynn

Writer: Joshua Will

Producer: Jordan Lynn, Joshua Will, Lee Adams

Cast: Joshua Will, Jim Robinson, Lee Adams, James "JB" Brown, Jen Maren

Doug is seeking help for a very unusual condition, one that is affecting every aspect of his life.

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Few Good Things
USA / Music Doc / 25 minutes

Director/Writer: C.T. Robert

Producer: C.T. Robert, Saba, Cristela Rodriguez, Rory Webb, Julie Fong

Cast: Saba, Carl Lewis, Shaun Vaughns, Ahmir Peterson

“The concept of ‘Few Good Things’ is the realization of self after a search for exterior fulfillment,” shares Saba. “It is the satisfaction and completeness you gain by simply living a life that is yours. Few is a small number, but few is not lonely. In the face of all adversity, a few good things is recognizing and accepting blessings. Few is to count them, one by one — an empty glass is full of air, an empty bank is full of lessons, and an empty heart is full of memories. Few good things is to grow comfortable with the empty, and despite that, finding your fullness.”

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Grump in the Night
USA / Animation / 5 minutes

Director: Kris Theorin

Writer: Nik Theorin, Kurtis Theorin

Producer: Amy Theorin

One stormy night, a man is awoken by strange noises downstairs and soon finds himself facing off with a TV-loving poltergeist.

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Hail To The Victims
USA / Documentary / 15 minutes

Director: Kendall Bowlin

Producer: Kendall Bowlin

HAIL TO THE VICTIMS is a short documentary film that tells the powerful, poignant story of Jon Vaughn, a former University of Michigan football player who is leading the fight for thousands of survivors of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of Dr. Robert Anderson over the course of nearly forty years.

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Hidden Valley Place
USA / Drama / 16 minutes

Director: Bartley Taylor

Writer: Bartley Taylor, Julia Cooperman

Producer: Bartley Taylor

Cast: Rosa Procaccino, Maxi Witrak, Corey Landis, Sam Spanjian

A Los Angeles couple welcomes new housesitter Cassie into their chic Laurel Canyon home. As she gets used to her new surroundings, Cassie uncovers a secret about the house -- and her much-needed getaway turns into a nightmare...

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Hope En Route
USA / Drama / 16 minutes

Director: Des Matelske

Writer: Des Matelske, Jeremy Marshall

A truck driver's day to day job is turned into a mission after facing the realities of the 2020 pandemic.

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In My Mind
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director: Daniel Carrai

Writer: Daniel Carrai, Nathan Wyatt

Producer: Marybeth Dinges, Jacob Harding

In My Mind is an award winning narrative and experimental short film. In the film, Emma experiences her relationship in retrospect from a moment of betrayal, questioning how she perceives her position in the world. The film follows the emotional journey of Emma as she searches for something solid in the midst of confusion.

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Let Me Fall
USA / Drama / 23 minutes

Director: Jenny Thach

Writer: CJ Israel, Jenny Thach

Producer: Clifford Bonnet

Cast: CJ Israel, Zeiana Andrade, Clifford Bonnet

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Maternal
USA / Drama / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Vandon Gibbs

Producer: L.A. Winters, Vandon Gibbs

Cast: Jayson Warner Smith, Amber Chaney, Louie Love, L.A. Winters

A desperate mother is willing to do anything to free her incarcerated son, including finish a drug deal for him.

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Monster In A Box
USA / Parody Drama / 9 minutes

Director: Noah Weisel

Writer: Joshua M Thomas

Producer: Kari Lee Thomas

Cast: Bethany Mansfield, Joaquin Fitzsimmons, Mateo Fitzsimmons, Naomi Zeltser

When carnival hucksters pull their act in the wrong town they get help from the most unlikely of performers.

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My Disability Roadmap
USA / Documentary / 23 minutes

Director: Dan Habib, Samuel Habib

Producer: Samuel Habib

Cast: Samuel Habib, Lydia X.Z. Brown, Judy Heumann, Keith Jones

Samuel Habib, 21, wants to date, leave home, go to college. But he drives a 350-pound wheelchair, uses a communication device, and can have a seizure at any moment. Determined to find his path forward, he seeks out guidance from America’s most rebellious disability activists. Will they empower him to launch the bold adult life he craves?