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Short Cuts 2

Total running time: 107 minutes

Balcony

David Dell'edera
Hungary, 6 minutes, 2015, animation
In this heat, everyone does what they want. The people in this movie are not sure what they want to do quite yet.

Bayard and Me

Matt Wolf
USA, 2017, 16 minutes, documentary
In the 1980s, when gay marriage was inconceivable, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin adopted his younger boyfriend, Walter Naegle, to obtain legal protections for their relationship and themselves. In this intimate love story, Walter reflects on the phenomenon of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Garden Party

Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro
France, 7 Minutes, 2016, animation
In a lavish deserted house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Ilse

Leah Varjacques & Katherine Nagasawa
USA, 14 minutes, 2016, documentary
The daily realities of her situation come sharply into focus when Ilse, an undocumented teenager in Chicago, tries to apply to college.

Laps

Charlotte Wells
USA, 6 minutes, 2016, narrative
On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded New York City subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight. Winner, Short Film Special Jury Award for Editing, Sundance.

Lucia, Before and After

Anu Valia
USA, 14 minutes, 2016, narrative
After a very long drive, a young woman in Texas uneasily waits out her unanticipated 24 hours mandated by the state before her abortion can proceed. Winner, Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction, Sundance.

Nutag - Homeland

Alisi Telengut
Canada, 6 minutes, 2016, animation
This hand-painted visual poem is a requiem for the Kalmyk people, who suffered mass deportations during World War II.

The Robbery

Jim Cummings
USA, 10 minutes, 2016, narrative
Crystal robs a liquor store–it goes pretty OK.

Ten Meter Tower

Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson
Sweden, 16 minutes, 2016, documentary
People up on a ten-meter diving tower for their first time ponder the prospect of how to get down. An entertaining study of human vulnerability.

Toys

Amanda Quaid
USA, 2 minutes, 2016, animation
A father who wanted a son gives his daughter toys traditionally for boys, only to find her a little too capable for his comfort.

Waiting for Hassana

Ifunanya Maduka
Nigeria, 10 minutes, 2016, documentary
In 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria. One of the few girls able to escape keeps the memory of her lost friend alive.


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