Selections Official 2016 Selections

All America City
A young man has to turn himself in to the authorities, but not before testing his best friend’s loyalty.
Duration: 22:00
Directed by Carlos Renaso

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Another Love
A pregnant married woman struggles to tell a much older man that their affair is over.
Duration: 19:27
Directed by Victor Perez

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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#Bars4Justice

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Duration:  8:59
Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Bison Nation
Featuring our last wild bison in North America and Europe and what it means to have them return to their former habitat. For the Native People whose fate and spirituality has historically been tied to the bison, for the land and the other animals. One Native Woman’s vision to bring back the bison to her father’s land who had been a caretaker of this very land all his life and wanted to leave it for the animals to return and claim.
Duration: 11:38
Directed by Elke Duerr

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Brix and the Bitch
Trapped in a seedy and illegal fight club, one woman’s only chance for escape is through a gruesome brawl against the one person she refuses to harm.
Duration: 9:58
Directed by Nico Raineau

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Carly & James
“Carly & James”, takes place a day in the life of a couple in love, who fall out of love, only to realize at the end of the day that they want to be with each other. The see-saw of love, The back and forth of insecurity and recognition that goes into these two people, who happen to want to be together. A relationship, on the brink, one false word, or move can destabilize this couple. Once apart, they go to their safety zone, to vent, contemplate, strategize and then realize the relationship that they are in, is the one in which they belong.
Duration: 19:30
Directed by Mikal Din

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Circles
The story interprets life’s vicious cycle of the streets through
the eyes of multiple parties from high up drug dealers down to the hustlers who influence youth to do the same.
Duration: 7:00
Directed by Mills Miller

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Curdled
40 is the new 30… unless you’re pregnant. A hilarious glimpse of what a prenatal support group of women over 40′ might look like.
Duration: 20 min
Directed by Yolande Geralds

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Daddy Duty
‘DADDY DUTY’ is an action drama set to music in which a father who finds out his daughter’s doll has been stolen and he decides to get it back.
Duration: 10:30
Directed by Nikki Bates

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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Damon at 86th St.
Damon C. Scott is a well known subway and street performer, but he’s also the voice of the #1 hit song “Look Right Through” (by Storm Queen, remixed by DJ Mark “MK” Kinchen).
Duration: 8:22
Directed by Emily Sheskin

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Dear Tom
Sometimes, fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing direction, even two parallel lines could possibly meet one day… You only stopped for a moment, and when you turn around, it’s forever…
Duration: 3:15
Directed by David Tembleque

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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El Camino
When 16-year-old Jorge’s father Diego dies while serving time in a California prison, he and his mother Gabriela must race across the state to claim Diego’s body before prison authorities cremate his remains against their wishes. For Jorge, this is his last chance to say goodbye to his long-absent father. For Gabriela, this is her husband’s last chance to find redemption in the afterlife.
Duration: 19:58
Directed by Alexander L. Lee

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Film School Musical
Directing his own film is a dream come true for the soon to be film school graduate Tommy, until equipment failure, difficult actors and set drama threaten to make it a nightmare.
Duration: 18:57
Directed by Maan B., Talha B.

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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Fish
An old couple are living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The lady wants to change the fish tank’s water but it slips out of her hand and falls on the ground. They’ve ran out of water and there’s no water for the fish. But with the help of the man they find water for it.
Duration: 3:50
Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Graduation
No matter what side of the law you’re on, everyone in the drug game has to grow up quickly, especially if they want to graduate into the big leagues. When a young drug dealer’s ultimate test of allegiance to a crime boss goes horribly wrong, two detectives’ lives collide with two drug dealers’ and the line between loyalties suddenly becomes a deadly blur.
Duration: 22:42
Directed by Graham Powell

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Hanna
On her 18th birthday, Hanna found a old music box that has a photo of her and her father who abandoned his own family when she was a child. She then goes on a journey and tries to reconnect with him.
Duration: 14:58
Directed by Hai-Tao Wu

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Heroes of Color
An educational whiteboard web series celebrating the outstanding achievements of people of color from different ethnic backgrounds.
Duration: 3:17
Directed by David Heredia

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Honeymoon
Exotic and erotic, playful and provocative, this duet inspired by the Kama Sutra exposes plenty but never takes itself too seriously.
Duration: 6:08
Directed by Marta Renzi

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Hudson Sunset in the After-While
Marcus Naylor`s slow waltz with mourning sudden death , is an homage to parents who face the surreal shift in life after the death of a child`s mother. And to the children who learn about a mother`s love gone too soon. “Hudson Sunset In the After-While,” is a somber journey between father and son, and the dead woman they both love.
Duration: 14:00
Directed by Marcus Naylor

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Inspire
Inspire is a short story which explores prejudice and social exclusion.
In a world becoming increasingly fearful towards cultures and ideas different to our own, we feel it’s important to celebrate the positive impact of diversity and immigration.
Duration: 4:59
Directed by Shehroze Khan, Awais Raja

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Lia
A day in the life of a 15 year old girl with sickle cell
Duration: 19:51
Directed by Ethosheia Hylton

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Longhand
A hard of hearing woman struggles to realize her dream of being accepted into the military, while her partner questions her capacity to love.
Duration: 5:29
Directed by John Marcucci

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Instance
A police officer going through proper PTSD protocol after a school shooting gets thrust back into a similar situation and has her answers her own questions.
Duration: 14:28
Directed by Michael Ian Farrell

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Lil’ Benny
Lil’ Benny is a wild-ass desperado who’s been shot by this one and that one. Terrified, and bleeding, he bangs on the door of the one person in the world who still cares- his ex, Sonia. But Sonia has a child to protect- their child. Loyalty, desire, seduction and passion crash up on each other in a run down East Harlem shit hole.
Duration: 10:43
Che Walker, Nathan Lee Bush

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Once
One day like any other, Chila Huerta woke up her three children and abandoned the house in which she used to live with her husband. No one in city could understand why she had left him, a man that has the goodness in his eyes.
Duration: 13:22
Directed by Sonia Madrid y María Guerra

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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One Last Drag
Just another day for Ralph. A day in which the frustration and monotony of daily life has made him decide that TODAY IS THE DAY to end things differently…and perhaps forever.
Duration: 5:47
Directed by Gus Scharr

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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One Man’s Trash
In an East Harlem garage sits the unusual museum: Treasures in the Trash. The museum is the life’s work of Nelson Molina, a 34-year veteran of the New York City Department of Sanitation and a collector of discarded ephemera of interest. The film follows Molina on his route as, with a keen eye and an open mind, he plucks gems from what others have thrown away and assigns new value to them.
Duration: 17:00
Directed by Kelly Adams

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Q’s One Night Stands
No drunk chicks, no ho’s, and they can’t be from Staten Island (it’s a long story). These are a few of the rules Quinton has for one night stands Unfortunately, even relationships that end before sunrise have complications. There’s child abandonment, drunk fathers having Vietnam flashbacks and there’s just no easy way to explain to the why you’re with an unconscious, half-naked woman in handcuffs.
Duration: 5:00
Directed by Terrence L. Moore

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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Shutting Down The Rainbow Nation: #Feesmustfall
University students shook the South African nation to its very core in 2015 as protests swept across higher education institutions with powerful female leaders at the helm”Shutting Down the Rainbow Nation is a ten minute documentary that captures the energy and heart of the student-led movement, which shut down universities around the country and speaks to the policing of the black body, state violence, and the fall of the ‘Rainbow Nation’, as promised to South Africans at the birth of our democracy in 1994. Sewn together with videos posted by the public on Twitter and Facebook throughout the shutdown; this documentary acknowledges that even though the revolution may not have been (adequately) televised, it was certainly tweeted.
Duration: 11:00
Directed by Leila Dougan

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Signs of Silence

Born into a world of silence, Eli finds himself not able to communicate well with people. Mainly because not everyone understands sign language. This has impacted his self-esteem and confidence. This is Eli’s story of how difficult life can be when you aren’t being heard.
Duration: 19:24
Directed by R.M. Moses

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Since I Laid Eyes
Charlie Espinoza, a thirty-four-year old English teacher from the Bronx, sets up a meeting between him and a former flame, Ilene Bermudez. Two years from graduating college, Ilene isn’t exactly thrilled by the thought of reconnecting with an old boyfriend. But, she goes through with their meeting in hopes of getting an apology and some closure to their failed romance. As their evening together at the bar continues, their memories seem to be pulling them back together, leading us to question whether they will reignite their love or let it die?
Duration: 10:14
Directed by Adel L. Morales

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Standing8
A journeyman boxer raised to fight and win kills an opponent in the ring; now he must confront his greatest enemy – himself.
Duration: 15:15
Directed by Michael Molina Minard

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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Story of a Girl
Born with HIV, it is young Sophia’s last day with her father before she moves to the city with her aunt for better treatment. When her father’s last-ditch efforts to find farm work lead them stranded at an abandoned horse farm, they choose to make the most of their last moments together. This film is a true story.
Duration: 20:00
Directed by Jonathan Smith

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
 2 – 4, May 13
 7 – 9, May 14
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Taking Chance
TAKING CHANCE is the story of 16 year old Chance Taylor, a young aspiring artist from Brooklyn, who wants nothing more but to achieve his dreams of making it big. He looks forward to creating music that speaks to a loving and peaceful world. However, in today’s’ society, such ambitions can prove difficult especially in his Brooklyn community where the mantra “do or die” still has a strong hold on the mindset of those around him. With the state of social media creating a culture that follows your every move, Chance faces overwhelming pressure from his alpha brother and peers alike, to deal with a bully in school. This film gives one reason why Black lives appear to have no value to young black men and shows the roles that pressure and fear play when coming of age in urban America. It only takes a minute to make the mistake of a lifetime.
Duration: 13:01
Directed by Jerry LaMothe

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Good Boy
A morality tale, “the good boy” is a film about a young boxer who accepts a challenge to fight a brute of a man only to discover his opponent has the mental capacity of a five year old. This is an unflinching look at what happens when you feel honor bound to doing something you know is morally wrong. “the good boy” is about the decisions we make and living with their consequences.
Duration: 14:38
Directed by A. L. Lee

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Land of Exodus
Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.
Duration: 10:52
Directed by Skinner Myers

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS III
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Morning After

John and Jane share a moment of telepathy the morning after they spend a night together for the first time.
Duration: 3:55
Directed by Sekou Sangare

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Passage
Ambioris, a young, introverted, Dominican-born writer, lives in his quiet and organized world surrounded by disruption and family antics: his father’s disappointment (Masimino) and his mother’s love of fun (Mercedes). He and his family receive a visit from a completely unexpected visitor, Ramona, driving the quaint family system to fall apart. After a short, intricate moment with Ramona, all is revealed to Ambioris regarding his identity, which had been kept away from him his whole life. The family doesn’t piece back as a whole, but the relationship between Ambioris and his mother strengthens. The storyline concludes the personal value of immigration, the ambition of finding a greater place, and actions taken despite disestablishing circumstances.
Duration: 14:16
Directed by Noel Nunez

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Sunset Cosmetics
An old woman named Soonie decides to get plastic surgery so her husband in heaven can recognize her.
Duration: 10:00
Directed by So Young Shelly Yo

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS II
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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The Way Home
After escaping war in their home country, Sabah and a part of her family ends up at a hospital in Sweden. With her mother sick and her little brother confused, Sabah is informed that their application for asylum in Sweden has been rejected. The police will soon escort Sabah and her family to the airport for deportation. She has to make a choice. Stay with her family and return to the war or escape on her own and live as an undocumented migrant in a foreign country.
Duration: 13:00
Directed by Begonia Randhav

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14

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The Way of Tea
A small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters in a grocery store.
Duration: 20:40
Directed by Marc Fouchard

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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Think of Calvin
Calvin Davis, still wearing scrubs from his job at Children’s National Medical Center asked police, “Why? What did he do?”, when police followed his fifteen year-old son home. How these questions escalated into a night in jail for a father with no prior record will make you “Think of Calvin” next time you question racial profiling or how America has become the world’s most prolific jailer.
Duration: 20:00
Directed by Kelly Amis

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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Touched
Description:
Anita Kopacz leads us on a journey through her experience of healing her body and soul from sexual molestation as a child. This provocative film explores alternative methods of physical therapy and spiritual liberation. We also witness the importance of community in the overall healing of trauma through some of Anita’s closest relationships. 
Duration: 19:33 
Directed by Anita Kopacz

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
2 – 4, May 13
7 – 9, May 14
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When it Burns

Passionate, addictive and co-dependent, Kate and Luke ride an intense relationship rollercoaster while battling their own demons. But there is no cure for the greatest addiction they both have: each other. How far would you go for love?
Duration: 12:41
Directed by Maria Sten

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14
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YanYuan – Strange Connection
ZHAO has been visiting Chinese brothels on the Lower East Side for many years, but one girl stands out to him in particular. We follow Zhao in his struggle to accept his love for her and ultimately help her escape prostitution, or return to the comfort of his old life.
Duration: 16:21
Directed by Nueraili Maimaitimusha

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS IV
  2 – 4, May 13
  7 – 9, May 14
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Yumna

Yumna is a Middle EasternŲŒ Saudi Arabian young lady who studies aboard. She finds the love of her life far away from her culture. Yet not knowing what the future hides for them both.
Duration: 14:37
Directed by Noor Al Yaseen

AMERICAN INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE SHORTS I
12 – 2, May 13
  5 – 7, May 14