DRAMA

12pm EST
USA / Drama / 24 minutes

Director/Writer: Sam Goodwin

Producer: Colton Clements, Samantha Osburn

Cast: Gabriela Bueno, Samuel Goergen

A young woman struggles with the frustration and rage of being ignored.

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A Beautiful Nightmare
USA / Drama / 9 minutes

Director/Writer: Kevin Lee Maxwell

Producer: Madison Holbrook, Bishal Dutta

Cast: Antwone Barnes, Kelechi Okoro

Daniel, a highly accomplished dancer, comes home from college only to find himself entangled in a battle between himself and his concerned father. 

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Apart, Together
USA / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Olivia Hang Zhou

Producer: Blanca Balleste

Cast:​ Shavvon Lin, Leann Lei

A Chinese teenage girl travels with her mom to States as a translator, in order to find her abandoned sister under the One-child-policy. She’s faced with the decision when she secretly finds her sister——to tell her mom and risk their relationship or to forever keep it to herself.

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Async
USA / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Matthew Wilder

Producer: Sylvia Wang

Cast: Marilyn Rodriguez, Martin Dorsla

A woman with a troubled past becomes a devoted member of a church that is not all that it seems.

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Baby
USA / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Cole Swanson

Producer: Justin Aaron Sirkin, Mary Christine Antonovich

Cast: Vanessa Bell Calloway, Elijah Rashad Reed

A young Black father must learn to navigate parenthood after his girlfriend mysteriously abandons him and their five-year-old daughter.

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Beauty Queen
USA / Drama / 5 minutes 

Director: Megan Chumbley

Writer: Natasha Ivkovic

Producer: Natasha Ivkovic, Megan Chumbley

Cast: Natasha Ivkovic, Isabel Hainer

Miss California flawlessly answers the world peace question on stage and wins Miss USA, but she holds a dark secret.

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Bella And Bernie
USA / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Rebecca McNamee

Producer: Rebecca McNamee, Amy Powell

Cast: Teagan Croft, Mary Tilden

Two 16 year old carefree confidants, Bella and Bernie, tentatively explore independence and sexuality while trying to dodge the ever watchful eye of Mrs. Judge, Bella’s mother. The evangelical Mrs. Judge has concerns over Bella’s friendship with the vibrant Bernie, wary of Bernie’s secret family history repeating itself in Bella.

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Bernard Checks In
USA / Comedy / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Michael Basta

Producer: Michael Basta, Carson Lund

Cast: Timothy Hornor, Conner Marx

Bernard checks himself into a motel for yet another one of his business trips. When he accidentally stumbles into the wrong motel room, he meets a couple with a mischievous proposition. What at first seems enticing soon becomes fraught with tension as simmering conflicts between the lovers flare up, leaving Bernard to play unwitting mediator to their messy drama.

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Birds Fly Home
USA / Drama / 16 minutes

Director: Mithra B. Alavi

Writer: Mithra B. Alavi, Kathleen Peiris

Producer: Kathleen Peiris

Cast: Zein Khleif, Kate Butler

When a young Arab-American woman returns to the United States after a year of attending college in Amman, Jordan, her American mother is shocked to learn that she has converted to Islam. As they navigate their evolving relationship, they rediscover the unbreakable love between mother and daughter.

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Bombs Bursting In Air
USA / Drama / 24 minutes

Director: Lidiya Korotko

Writer: Sydney Sainte

Producer: Lidiya Korotko, Brian P Clark

Cast: Sydney Sainte, Andrew Ramaglia

Amidst the Coney Island backdrop of fireworks on July 4th, 1949, Della, a battered, young black woman leaves her husband in pursuit of a brighter future. Her courageous journey leads her to find an unlikely ally named Mishka, on the white side of town. Though their paths cross in the darkest of times, through truth, they find a way to unearth the light in each other.

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Boys
USA / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: Luke Benward

Writer: David Mandell

Producer: Aaron Benward, Ariel Winter

Cast: Cameron Crovetti, August Maturo

Two boys let their imagination run wild in a barren desert, but the fun and games come to a shocking halt.

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Buck
USA / Drama / 14 minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Chung-Wei Huang

Cast: Nik Polyakov, Adrianne Knapp

When Noah’s irresponsible father, Dave, cancels on him at the last minute on his birthday, he and his mother head to his house for a surprise visit. Noah discovers that his half-sister, Megan, has acquired his dream gift – a puppy named Buck for her birthday. He requests a puppy for himself, but only to provoke a fight among the adults.

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Cracked
USA / Drama / 16 minutes

Director/Writer: Lin Que Ayoung

Producer: Lin Que Ayoung, The Spike Lee Production Fund

Cast: Tatum Marilyn Hall, Meliki Hurd

It's the end of the summer of 1985 in Queens, New York City. Toya, a feisty young girl, falls in love for the first time. After a series of disturbing events, Toya's affection for Poochy compels her to face her traumatic past.

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Dad's Weekend
USA / Drama / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Alex R Gillaspy

Producer: Emily Hason, Ida Tietgen Hoeyrup

Cast: Nik Polyakov, Adrianne Knapp

When Ray goes on a journey to find his daughter Addie, after he leaves her on the side of the road in a moment of anger, he learns an important lesson.

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