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Shorts Program #1
4:30PM Pre-screening Reception | 5:00PM Shorts Program #1 Screenings

A Fine Mystery

Dir. Nicola Martini | Italy

During a party in his house Claudio Terranegra starts a journey that will reveal a mystery of his past.



Dir. Julien Sauvalle | USA

A very short biopic of the late German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder.



Dir. Christian Mushenko | USA

A disconnected, wealthy businessman has everything in life, except the one thing that matters most. Finding a letter from his dead father, he reads of his fathers regrets, and hopes for his son’s life.


Seahorse Man

Dir. Diana Carter | USA

A campy, 2D film about a guy trying to be a hero. His only power is that most notable about a male seahorse, the ability to projectile birth.


The Talk

Dir. Kyle Bornheimer | USA

A frustrated writer is seduced by an offer of relief from the ongoing stresses of his artistic pursuits. ‘The Talk’ takes us through the day in the life of a frustrated writer as he encounters gatekeeper after gatekeeper pointing him towards the same conclusion – it may be time to admit failure and move on with his life. Does quitting offer him relief from the burden of his dreams or will he continue the pursuit?



Dir. Alex Szabo | USA

When a man finds himself in bed with his dream girl, his perversions force him to make the ultimate decision and confront a messy past.


The Holy Pole

Dir. Elie Chahine | Lebanon

3 twelve years old students escape from a boarding school to experience the nightlife of Beirut and many accidents will face them.

Feature Program
6:29PM Pre-screening Reception | 7:00PM Feature Program Screenings

Good After Bad

Dir. Anne-Marie Hess | USA

When a troubled young girl crosses paths with an eccentric bachelor, her life is changed forever.

Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Black Cinema Shorts
8:54PM Pre-screening Reception | 9:25PM Short Program Screenings

Thiaroye By The Sea

Dir. Devin Thomas | USA

Amidst the chaos of Dakar, Senegal’s urban capital, one young woman struggles to find her voice through rap as she contends with the pressures of poverty, tradition and religion.


To Be Free

Dir. Adepero Oduye | USA

In a tiny after-hours club, Nina Simone finds a way, for one moment, to be free.



Dir. Sarah Scarlett Downing | USA

An uncomfortable first date between two people evolves in an unexpected direction after an honest confession about
the past leaves them wondering whether a true and meaningful connection is even possible.


Places, Thank You Places

Dir. JJ Adler | USA

Miles, an understudy, gets the opportunity that will change his life. So he tells everyone off before finding out he won’t be getting that big break after all. Seething with anger and shame, Miles takes an ill-advised stand to reclaim the spotlight.


Have No Fear

Dir. Beata Calinska & Sarah Jacobs w/ Adia Whitaker | USA/Poland

To teach her children how to avoid becoming another police brutality victim, activist and choreographer Adia
Whitaker leads her ensemble in the creation of a new stirring performance.




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Rosie, Oh

Rosie, Oh by NFMLA Alumnus Andy Koeger

Rosie, Oh was a stand-out short film in NFMLA’s 2017 screening series. After 25 official selections (4 Oscar qualifying) and 9 awards in 14 cities in 4 countries, and PBS television airings across 40 states, the film is now available online through PBS’s Film School Shorts Vimeo page. Taking place in a single take, the film follows a young girl as she searches her gritty Southern neighborhood looking for her lost dog Rosie, only to find something else unexpectedly lost.

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