Narrative Shorts

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ANGEL'S MIRROR

ANGEL'S MIRROR

In China, in the early 1990’s, a little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he comes across other boys his age playing ping-pong — and discovers that they are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment. Wanting to know more about the girl, he comes up with his own unique way of starting a friendship with her.

A Rodeo Film

A Rodeo Film

Averill Hunter, a black bull rider living in rural California, is at the top of his game. Averill however, has a few secrets; he’s fallen out of love with the sport and is carrying on a love affair with his brother’s wife, Frankie. He’s living a lie in more way than one. His brother, once a great bullrider himself expects Averill to compete and win as the family has always done. When Averill loses his cross, a family heirloom he takes it as a sign, maybe now is the time for a change.

Be A Fish

Be A Fish

Determined, 9 year-old Taylor buys a fish in order to practice how to swim for her “Big Day.” Her mother, Janel, has different plans and forces her to go underwater earlier then what Taylor expected. Unprepared, Taylor attempts to stop her mother but is ultimately forced to dive deep into water, resulting in Taylor learning how to cope and survive.

Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park

Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale that explores alienation, grief, and transcendence.

Dunya's Day

Dunya's Day

A dark comedy set in an affluent suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the film follows Dunya on the day of her graduation party. Hours before her esteemed guests arrive, all the domestic help take off– fed up with “Madame” Dunya’s antics. Aided only by her two sidekicks, can Dunya throw a flawless fete and protect her hard-earned social status?

Final Gift

Final Gift

Jason is a young entrepreneur from the streets who managed to go legit and distance himself from his shady past. His business collapses. He and his partner Eloise are expecting their first child. News of the pregnancy puts extra strain on Eloise’s relationship with her right-wing father. Their unborn child is diagnosed with a critical illness. Jason’s old crew reach out with a solution. He is forced to make a choice. The consequences are devastating.

Finding Phoebe

Finding Phoebe

Phoebe Jackson is a 17-year-old poet, trapped in the streets of West Baltimore in 1997. With her potential oppressed by an unstructured family, Phoebe clings to the only age appropriate thing in her life: her childhood friend, Joseph. Their moments alone help her battle her reality. As tensions rise at home, Phoebe straddles the line between becoming a victim of her circumstances and building a future with Joseph.

Illegal Rose

Illegal Rose

Rose, a nurse on her way home from a long shift, stops by a convenience store to get her sleeping pills and accidentally kidnaps, Sylvie, a spunky 9-year-old runway from an Immigration Detention Center. The two women change each others lives and perspectives in one afternoon on the Fourth of July. The film challenges us to see kindness, decency and immigration from a different lens and consider no human being is ever illegal.

Jazz in Wakanda

Jazz in Wakanda

Julie, French & African immigrant, and her daughter Jazz, 7, are on their way to see the Greek tragedy "Antigone." As they stop by to get a milkshake, the cashier points out Julie' slight accent. The comment not only causes discomfort to both mother and daughter but triggers a much deeper conversation around Jazz's recent uncovering: slavery.

MARÍA

MARÍA

Weeks after a devastating hurricane, a young woman, María, returns home to care for her suicidal father. While she waits for him to be discharged from the hospital, she becomes obsessed with cleaning up his home. Without water, light, or food, she struggles against an uncertainty that consumes her until she finally hears her father’s comforting voice. But when María runs to him, everything changes. Following the aftermath of Hurricane María, this short film seeks to shine a light on Puerto Rico’s mental health crisis, specifically the rise of suicide rates.