Narrative shorts


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The Hope Dealer

Run time: 14:08
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Andrew Broadhurst
USA
2018


A heroin addict must choose between his family and his addiction in this raw and powerful film that encourages those struggling with opioid abuse to seek help, choose hope, and continue with recovery efforts.

Andrew Broadhurst is a writer and filmmaker based in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Andrew works full-time as an instructional designer for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Andrew studied graphic design and video production at Frostburg State University. After graduating, he developed a passion for creative writing and authored several short stories. In 2014, Andrew attended his first film festival and decided to concentrate on film production and the learn the craft of screenwriting. He has since successfully written, directed, and produced four short films including the award-winning project, "Unfinished", and his latest project, “The Hope Dealer”.


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Soul Bones

Runtime: 11:08
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Andrew Huggins
United States
2019

A man living in the Deep South must confront his prejudices when a young boy moves in to the neighborhood and tries to befriend him.


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The usual route

Run time: 11:55

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Cory C. Warner
United States
2019

While doing small dope deals with his cousin and starting a new job as a garbage collector, Steve, a 16-year-old, finds himself pulled in a number of directions that has him questioning his ambitions and the man he wants to be. The film explores themes of responsibility, choices, and consequences through the eyes of a young man entering adulthood in a small town. The Usual Route is based off selections from Steven Dunn’s novel, Potted Meat, a collection of short stories that deliver a poignant reflection on universal ideas of masculinity, loss of innocence, and the daily ups and downs of life in rural West Virginia.


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The Neurotic In "Afraid of Change"

Run Time: 6:33

David Smith
United States
2019

Struck by lightning while stressing over dinner plans, Ned Nichols becomes THE NEUROTIC! When a supervillain begins brainwashing the cats of Huntington, only the Neurotic can stop her... if he can just find a place to change into his costume.


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HER NAME WAS

Run time: 18:03

Helena Dalemansr
Belgium
2018


“Her name was” is an ode to my grandmother. The films tells the story of Ida, an old lady who wastes away in a retirement home.
Her weakened muscles have forced her into a wheelchair, her blather fails to warn her in time, her free will slips through her trembling hands as the caretakers make the decisions for her.
Then one day she meets a new resident, Jef. He becomes her legs, her hands, her body. Together they revolt against the retirement home and break the routine that Ida’s been stuck in.


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ROXY LOVE CHILD

Run time: 10:48
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Jennifer Sabel, Benjamin Kramme
Germany
2019

Twelve-year-old Roxy grew up with her eco-aware father, believing that her mother died right after her birth. One evening she wants to know more and her father tells her the romantic story of how Roxy´s parents met. But is it true?


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THE MAGIC TRICK

Run time: 7:45

Joe Carabeo
United States
2013

A wanna be magician notices a sad girl sitting across from him at a diner and attempts to make her smile.


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Family Medicine

Run time: 15:00
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Joe Kraemer
United States
2018

It is Dr. Susan Hardy's first day on the job at her father's rustic small town family practice after taking over when a heart attack forces him into early retirement. Susan is determined to make the best of what she sees as a bad situation until her loquacious assistant, Betsy, and an unruly first patient cause everything to spiral out of control. Things only get worse when her father arrives to meddle in her affairs.

Kraemer is a Baltimore-based filmmaker and educator. He currently teaches film production as an Assistant Professor for the Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University. He received his MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and his BFA in Film from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work has exhibited in festivals, conferences and galleries across the U.S., including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia.


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SNOWFLAKES

Run time: 1:26

John Meza
United States
2017

Trail Cam footage of an extemporaneous on site drawing process.

 


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SHOKA

Run time: 16:55

Junting Zhou
China
2018

A queer Chinese guy look into his life and loneliness in New York City.


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WELL BORN

Run time: 16:24

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Lucas Ostrowski
United States
2017

Ann, a pregnant Reproductive Specialist, discovers that the structured, safe, and secure United World may not be a utopian society.

 


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PROBLEMS ON THE LINE

Run time: 5:54

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Philip Rabalais
United States
2018

A MAN MAKES SOME PHONE CALLS:
WHY IS NO ONE PICKING UP?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN SOMEONE DOES?

An unnamed protagonist makes a series of unsettling and unsuccessful phone calls. He is met with silence, noise, and nonsense. Finally, in desperation he dials the authorities, only to find himself confronted with the worst possible outcome: he reaches............!
Slipping between comedy, mystery and surrealism, “Problems on the Line” is a short but substantial dive into solipsistic anxiety.


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Ghost and Paranormal Evidence Detectives (G.A.P.E.D.)

Run time: 14:43

 

Sean Laishley
United States
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Join your host, Xavier von Seven, on a haunted investigation in the pilot episode of Bearqueft's new show, Ghost and Paranormal Evidence Detectives. This episode provides evidence to finally verify to the world ghosts are real! Watch as hardcore ghost detectives delve deep into the metaphysical realms and retrieve irrefutable proof. Science and reality will never be the same. (Profanity)


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Quiver

Run time: 13:41
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Shayna Connelly
United States
2018

Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being. She courts this ghost, using intellect and desire to forge a union between them. Quiver melds horror and passion with Virginia Woolf’s idea of a woman requiring a ‘room of her own’ in which to uncover her true identity. Can Suzanne force a rift into the supernatural realm to build a space where she can coexist with what haunts her?

Shayna Connelly is a filmmaker based in Chicago whose work explores hauntings, liminality and the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction filmmaking. Inspired by a book on haunted houses shelved in the non-fiction section of her childhood library, Connelly’s lifelong obsession with ghosts led her to explore trauma, place, identity and the link between fear and desire. Her hybrid approach to cinema questions the strict categorization of film modes and genres. She enjoys breaking cinematic rules regarding character, action and structure while exploring subjectivity, surrealism and abstraction