Directed by: Carrie King Written by: Carrie King Cinematographer: Lucas Lopez, Brandon DiPaulo, Marco Fido Starring: Noelle Christiano, Charles Prendergast, Farron Garling, Thain Limb, Lucas Lopez
A sole surviving alien is completely lonely after her whole species died of a plague. The only thing keeping her alive is a magical healing orb she found after it was too late to save anyone else. Three astronauts land on her planet, searching for a cure to their own planet’s pandemic. After restraining them and investigating them, the alien goes into the captain’s memories and discovers their species also suffers and needs a cure. She lets them be healed by her magical orb and lets them take it, even helping them put the heavy orb on their ship, knowing that without it she will die. They cannot see her as one of them and just think she’s a dumb animal, when in reality she sacrificed herself to save their species, which do not look like the humans what we thought they did. We see at the end each species true form, in how they had been seeing each other the whole film - instead of seeing each other as we had been, as the equals that they were.
The Corner Chair
Directed by: Deborah Maloney Written by: Deborah Maloney Cinematographer: Christina Reilly Starring: Cronin Cullen, Andi Morrow
Anne is a goal-oriented, successful woman in her late 20's who begins to feel the pressure to start a family with her husband, Brian, a successful yet lost individual who has the ability to hide a completely separate life. After discovering certain programs on his iPad, she learns that the life she thought they both wanted and worked for was built on deception, misguided expectation, and shame.
Directed by: Ericka Mitton Written by: Ericka Mitton Cinematographer: Dominic DeJoseph Starring: Angelica Reyes, Jon Martin, Christie Pierce
"Whitemen Lotion" is a short film that exploring the epidemic of white men not wearing lotion.
Directed by: Marco Zambrano Written by: Marco Zambrano Cinematographer: Lucas Lopez, Brandon DiPaoplo Starring: Ed Newman, Anna Maiche, Nick Moss, Jay Figuerado, Johnny Abballe, Thain Limb, Tim Cordell, Foster Reisz, & Chris Chiarella
The story of Ed Daily, a retired cop living away from the action. Away from it makes him wonder if he still has what it takes to be a cop and when he gets the visit from strangers, he decides it's time to do something about it...or not...
Dance Punk Dance
Directed by: Michelle Sarkany Written by: Michelle Sarkany Cinematographer: Gomez Santana Starring: Matt Nasser, Brendan Reardon, & Gio Brown
Winding down another day at his telegraph office in the 1940's, a man with a peg leg is surprised by what he hears the cops talking about through his two way radio. The criminal he has turned in to the cops has been set free. His anger barely shows itself before he is confronted by that very criminal leading to a battle of wits, and dance, all at the front of a loaded gun.
The Burn Pile
Directed by: Christina Reilly Written by: Annelise Bianchini Cinematographer: Christina Reilly Starring: Sam Leeds, Annelise Bianchini
Jerry, an aspiring artist, and Margaret, a successful businesswoman, are under the same roof again as sisters when they are tasked with cleaning out the home of their recently deceased alcoholic father. Painful memories from their neglectful childhood surface as they sort through their father’s junk.
Shell of a Woman
Directed by: Carrie King & Reema Sampat Written by: Carrie King Cinematographer: Christina Reilly Starring: Katharine Pettijohn, Reema Sampat, Yasmeen Jawhar, Adam Bailey, Jonny Rios, Aly Mang, Lindsay McDougall, Allie Monreale, Suzanne King, & Jacqueline McGinn
Set in the early 1900s, a small town's beauty queen is left deformed after a horrific yet common surgery - which only makes her more vulnerable to an even deadlier enemy.
Directed by: Martin Murray & Ethan Alexis Scarduzio Written by: Martin Murray Cinematographer: Oliver Lau Starring: Elizabeth Mozer, Ethan Alexis Scarduzio
A man packing his house to move uncovers things long forgotten.
Directed by: Ericka Mitton Written by: Ericka Mitton Cinematographer: Jarrett Robertson Starring: Mike Brown, Tim Cordell, Foster Reisz, Marco De Ornella, Rich Rosario, Freddi B, Ezabeth Cheviot, Alex Landi
"Gen Swipe" is a dark comedy short about Steph a millennial woman swiping her way thru the NYC dating scene, until she finds an app that swipes her back. When Steph matches with Leo he seems to be the perfect match.
Modern dating is supposed to give options, simplify how we meet and algorithms that produce the best possible matches. Technology can open doors and simplify serendipity, but does it always produce the best results?
Directed by: Michael Newton Written by: Michael Newton Cinematographer: Lucas Lopez, Brandon DiPaolo Starring: Conor Johns, JR Carter, JC Hopkins, & Morten Friis
Kid runs inside of a coffee shop minutes before closing to elude danger closely following. He befriends the waiter who offers some advice and treats him to several cups of coffee which turns out to be his saving grace.
Directed by: Megan Clement Written by: Megan Clement Cinematographer: Marco Castro, Michael Turney Starring: Brian Agamie, Megan Clement
A young ghost returns to earth to realize that he can still communicate with the living.
Directed by: Tom Dworetzky Written by: Tom Dworetzky Cinematographer: Alex Stein Starring: John Mertens, Hannah Baker, Kyle Kelly, Emily Owen, Elizabeth Cheviot, & Edmerald Gan
A man hears on the phone about his father's death from his sister and then goes to a closing night party at a crowded bar for a play produced by a young man with a fiancee. The producer is having a dalliance with his leading lady and behaves so poorly that his fiancee breaks up with him, tossing her engagement ring in a drink and having the bartender take it to him. The older man, seeking escape, sees this unfolding and sends a drink to her with the bartender. The fiancee thinks it is from the much younger good-looking man next to him and when she storms out of the bar has the bartender send her phone number to the stranger who bought her the drink, thinking it is the younger man. A text exchange ensues between her and the older man, in a case of mistaken identity. She has a stormy fight with her fiance and decides to meet the mysterious man the next day at the bar. When they meet she realizes her mistake and he recognizes how foolish his effort has been. They connect on some level, however, to the surprise of the bartender, who has seen it all before. The movie ends with them laughing and seeing the humor in the situation, recognizing that they are both at a point of transition in their lives.
Directed by: Christina Reilly Written by: Christina Reilly Cinematographer: Christina Reilly Starring: Annelise Bianchini
One woman spends the afternoon looking everywhere in her New York City apartment for her creative muse, until she finally catches its shadow.
Directed by: Carrie King Written by: Carrie King Cinematographer: Christina Reilly Starring: Xavier Penagos, Michelle Scarr
Nigel, a shy highschooler, skips class to work on his vintage motorcycle in the school mechanic shop. He’s done this many times before but this time his popular highschool secret crush follows him in. She confronts him, urges him to confess the feelings he’s had for her for years. When he finally does open up he tells her more than she wants to know and hits a nerve. She compares him to the rest of the school boys which is really opposite of who he is, the only one who likes her beyond the physical. Missing their opportunity for a real relationship things go back to how they were, both just a little bit wiser.
Directed by: Raymond T. Williams & William Hochman Written by: William Hochman Cinematographer: Keith Hopkin Starring: Tara Rose Schreiber, Kara Criscione, William Hochman, Justin James Lang, Foster Reisz, & Millie Kim
Underage Rose comes to New York City for adventure and a night out on the town. The prospect of fake IDs and an older boy promise an unforgettable night. But things turn quickly when Rose is faced with the harsh consequences of rash decisions.