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THURSDAY JULY 25, 1:00 PM 
PROGRAM 42

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Legacy
USA / Sci-fi / 24 minutes

Director/Writer: Ethan (Shihao) Tian

Producer: Nan Yi, Ni Tian, Claire Cheung

Cast: Ethan (Shihao Tian) Tian, Haidi Wang

The experiment of seed radiation mutagenesis was conducted by an agricultural science Ph.D. during space operations. However, due to ground warfare, attacks from anti-satellite weapons resulted in satellite debris destroying the space station.

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A Better Life
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Shuqi Yan

Producer: Shuqi Yan, Wenyu Huang

Cast: Jiselle Wong, Jerry Marr, Jiaan Shen

"A Better Life" follows single mother Kathy and her son Martin as they navigate unexpected guests and buried secrets, pushing their lives to the edge. As tensions rise and violence erupts, they grapple with sacrifice, resilience, and the true meaning of family in a night filled with turmoil and desperation.

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In Your Brain
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Tong Luo

Producer: Tong Luo, Chris Zidek

Cast: Marie Paquim, Matthew Rhodes

"In Your Brain" is an enthralling short film that delves into the life of Melanie, a single mother whose world was shattered when her son was abducted a year ago. As she faces an intense interrogation, the weight of her inner secret becomes almost unbearable.

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Black Sheep
USA / Drama / 13 minutes

Director: James A. Heim

Writer: Natalie Howard

Producer: Siri Osborne

Cast: Chelsea Howard, Krystyn Spratt, Cardonna Akins

A deep family secret is unraveled when an estranged woman returns home to visit, and bonds with her young niece about their mutual outcast status within the family.

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I Am Who I Am
USA / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Caleb Townsend

Producer: Zak Adams, Naiyah Ambros

Cast: Maya Butler, Jim Cash, Ian Elrick

Dementia is a Beast. In this tender, eerie tale we follow a hardscrabble, tightly-wound woman to the fringes of reality as she travels to the Mojave High Desert to convince her ailing father to move into assisted living.

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Gorgons
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Nury Utegaliev

Cast: Kyra Wisely, Rob Shuster, David John Craig

When a traumatized woman shares her story, she finds a world conspiring to respond far differently than she expected.

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