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MONDAY JULY 22, 7:45 PM 
PROGRAM 30

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Every Other Animal
USA / Thriller / 11 minutes

Director: Olia Oparina

Writer: Alexander Hernandez-Maxwell

Producer: Richard Avis

Cast: Shane West, Christopher May

A small-time drug trafficker attempts to rescue a young girl who has been kidnapped by a zealous preacher while battling a manipulative Cicada-like entity that preys on the desperation of his impoverished Appalachian town.

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Confetti
USA / Sci-fi / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Spencer Grammer

Producer: Spencer Grammer, Jake Huebner, Tony Yang

Cast: Meiling Melançon, Sendhil Ramamurthy

Arai is the architect of her perfect building, the Agnes. As she begins to experience a sexual desire for the building, an ex-lover shows up at the unveiling in an attempt to woo her back.

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Embryo
USA / Sci-Fi / 11 minutes

Director/Writer: Alex Russek

Producer: Daniel Marino, Lee Sacks

Cast: Lyndie Greenwood, Brooks Darnell

An allegory for female bodily autonomy, the story of “Embryo” concerns Dr. Miranda Barrett, a brilliant geneticist working for a secretive corporation, who has created the first viable human/alien hybrid embryos.

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ID EST
USA / Sci-Fi / 12 minutes

Director: Shayda Frost

Producer: Sof Puchley, Andy Chen

Cast: Sof Puchley, David W Rice

Trapped in an ambush, a metagalactic captain fends off mysterious beings seeking to leech the human experience from her.

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The Cardinal & The Computer
USA / Sci-Fi / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Scott Fitzloff

Producer: Jake Bradbury

Cast: Emma Reinagel, Daniel Fitzgerald, Will Mueller

Cardinal Thomas grapples with his moral stance against
lifelike AI when he encounters a captivating AI personality,
leading to a difficult choice between his avowed beliefs and helping her gain freedom.

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Batman Beyond: Year One
USA / Sci-Fi / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Michael Yu

Producer: Philip McElroy, Erin-Elizabeth Miller

Cast: Ryan Potter, Isabelle Hahn, Justin Vancho

Witness the rise of a new Batman. Under the supervision of a now-retired Bruce Wayne, high schooler Terry McGinnis balances crime fighting and budding relationships in a futuristic Neo Gotham.

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How Soon Is Now 2024
USA / Sci-Fi / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Mia Holly Kim

Producer: Mia Holly Kim, Luke Geissbuhler, Keon Alexander

Cast: Keon Alexander, Paloma Garcia Lee, Chanell Bell

A grieving neural engineer spends his days perfecting a deep learning artificial intelligence, intended to become the first AI CEO of a major corporation. Though Nick trains the AI to process language and to communicate in ways that seem very human, he values the AI's lack of human emotions and weaknesses.

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