Rising to the challenges of anxiety, isolation and stagnation, the characters in these short films reach beyond their life circumstances to discover acceptance and hope. “A thought can be life-altering.” –Phatima Rude
PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE: THE TAPE d. Lamathilde/2014/2min/Canada
A narrator discusses the emotional and ephemeral effects of a cassette tape and the loss of her brother.
MUM d. Alex Bohs/2014/10:19min/USA
In the midst of dealing with the repercussion of a recent accident, newly introverted William comes in contact with the very spark that may just allow him to overcome.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND PANIC d. Angie Powers/2014/12:00min/USA
To avoid rejection, a young woman hides her problems with anxiety—only to find that being honest might just be the real route to connection.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: PHATIMA RUDE d. Paul R. King/2014/24:38min/USA
For the last 20 years, Phatima Rude has pioneered the performative alternative queer punk drag scene that has now become internationally famous, yet Phatima remains on the fringe of society, living out of a van. This gritty and intimate documentary follows Phatima’s struggles and triumphs with illness, poverty, addiction, and gender identity.
HAPPY d. Daniel McIntyre/2012/7:53min/Canada
Happy considers the fiction of happiness and what it truly means, how it is proselytized in the church, media, and each other. Can simply smiling bring about an emotional change? Can being told to be happy make you happy? Has anyone told you that god loves you?
LILY IN THE GRINDER d. Michael Morgenstern/2014/13:34min/USA
Kaleidoscopic, operatic, and layered, Lily in the Grinder explores meaning through sex, death, and time. We already are everything we will ever be.