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2018 Programs

Brief Summary

After an infectious wild west musical that captures a friendly cactus’ tragic and thorny day-to-day reality, this year’s melanage of fantastic short-form cinema wades through the murky waters of human intimacy, be they healthy, toxic, romantic, or just plain bizarre. Learn how a potato chip empire can be frustrated by forbidden robot love, cringe through uncomfortable break-ups and absurdist apologies and be hypnotized by eerie Scandinavian puppetry. It’s a cavalcade of wildly original visions capped off with a cautionary comedy that suggests that too original an idea may actually be detrimental to the fortitude of one's cranium.

Films in this program:

  • HI-FIVE THE CACTUS
    A cowboy cactus learns to hug without harming in this whimsical stop-motion wild west musical.
  • PUPPET MASTER
    A woman seeks the tender caress of a man in this balletic exploration of the intersections of transformation, interdependence, and desire.
  • PIZZAMONSTER
    After a broken heart is fed with a lot of pizza, the leftovers quite literally manifest a new companion.
  • SQUIRREL
    A meager apology tests a woman’s fortitude to forgive in this expertly deadpan comedy that wittily articulates the oft selfish objectives that belie performative remorse.
  • PETITE AVARIE
    In this pitch-black comedy, a cancer diagnosis ignites a shockingly cruel yet uncompromisingly honest lover’s quarrel.
  • SPACE FLOWER
    The forbidden love between the heir to an interstellar potato chip empire and her robotic beau illustrates the age-old adage that parents just don’t understand.
  • O.I.
    A man discovers the hard way that not everyone can handle a truly original idea.