Films / Programs


What features elucidate, they encapsulate. What features spell out, they abbreviate. What features diffuse, they concentrate. Frame for frame, shorts present a whole new way of looking at the world—and at film itself. Catch them in any of our themed packages or before a feature.

  • Luminaris


    Argentina , 2011 , 6 min. A clever examination of light in all its forms by one of Latin America’s leading animators.... more
  • Sunday


    Canada , 2011 , 9 min. On a gray afternoon, a young boy creates his own form of entertainment when the family makes its weekly trek to visit to the grandparents.... more
  • Benny


    USA , 2011 , 14 min. An overweight teenager revisits an old friend—who is now a personal fitness trainer.... more
  • Deeper Than Yesterday

    Deeper Than Yesterday

    Australia , 2010 , 20 min. After three months underwater, the sailors have become savages. In the turbulence of the sea, Oleg fears his loss of humanity.... more
  • 13th and Pearl

    13th and Pearl

    USA , 2011 , 22 min. A group of small-business owners are forced to band together when their new landlord unveils some eccentric ideas for redeveloping the entire block.... more
  • 15 Summers Later

    15 Summers Later

    Norway , 2011 , 5 min. Laila is surprised to run into an old beau who has a very different recollection of their long-ago romance.... more
  • 1989 (When I Was 5 Years Old)

    1989 (When I Was 5 Years Old)

    Denmark , 2010 , 10 min. The haunting recollection of an accident from the point-of-view of a five-year-old boy riding in the backseat of the family car.... more
  • 3 Hours

    3 Hours

    United Kingdom , 2010 , 14 min. Inspired by true events in Baghdad, this award-winning short follows a young boy on what turns out to be an tragically eventful day.... more
  • 55 Socks

    55 Socks

    Canada , 2011 , 8 min. Beautifully rendered animation is used to tell the true story of a group of ingenious Dutch women who, during the WWII Nazi occupation, unraveled a bedspread for the material to knit badly needed socks.... more
  • 8 Second Dance

    8 Second Dance

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. An animated “documentary” chronicling the rise of Bart Taylor—professional bull rider.... more
  • Abuelas


    United Kingdom , 2011 , 9 min. In Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild. However, a horrific turn of events mean that she must wait for decades to learn of the child’s fate.... more
  • Adam Purple and <i>The Garden of Eden</i>

    Adam Purple and The Garden of Eden

    USA , 2011 , 6 min. The rise and fall of a beloved community garden in downtown Manhattan as seen through the eyes of its its creator, Adam Purple.... more
  • All in All

    All in All

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. Tonight’s the last night of Christian summer camp; what will it mean for the newly forged bond between Marissa and Jeremy?... more
  • American Homes

    American Homes

    USA , 2011 , 12 min. The complete animated history of 1,800 years of American architecture ... in 12 minutes!... more
  • Andaluz


    USA , 2004 , 6 min. A traveler's love letter to Andalucía, this film is homage to the culture, landscape, and architecture of southern Spain. ... more
  • Bayou Black

    Bayou Black

    USA , 2010 , 12 min. In this award-winning film, single dad Willy Jones struggles to make a living by trapping swamp rats. When his neighbor accuses him of poaching, things take a desperate turn.... more
  • Be Still

    Be Still

    USA , 2011 , 17 min. Seeking redemption for past misdeeds, a loner and petty criminal reaches out to his estranged young son during a trek to the local carnival.... more
  • Bench Seat

    Bench Seat

    USA , 2011 , 19 min. It’s Glee as written by caustic maestro Neil LaBute when a couple discusses the “next step” in their romance.... more
  • Big Muddy

    Big Muddy

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. This short follows Andy, a teenage outlaw, forced into a life of crime by his nefarious mother Martha and her ne'er-do-well boyfriend Tommy—until a mysterious drifter, Donovan, shows up to settle a score.... more
  • The Bird Spider

    The Bird Spider

    Spain , 2011 , 14 min. Nursing a broken heart, a man faces his bleak future by buying a poisonous spider and setting it free in his apartment.... more
  • Bukowski


    Netherlands , 2010 , 10 min. A precocious 12-year-old boy on vacation entertains the hotel staff with his creative tales of writing and apple juice.... more
  • But I Love You

    But I Love You

    USA , 2011 , 12 min. Dasha, a young Russian-American girl, faces a difficult decision when she learns about an unexpected pregnancy.... more
  • Clay


    USA , 2011 , 5 min. A woman accuses a man she meets in the elevator of being the louse with whom she had a one-night stand. ... more
  • Clear Blue

    Clear Blue

    Canada , 2010 , 21 min. On the clock as a lifeguard at the local pool, a 16-year-old boy meets a mysterious older woman who demands solitude for her morning swims—and who has more secrets than he can even begin to fathom.... more
  • CMYK


    Canada , 2011 , 7 min. Veteran director Marv Newland teamed with animator Kunal Sen to create a kaleidoscope of shapes and sizes inspired by standardized printing symbols. The music of Lisa Miller, performed by the Quatuor Bozzini Quartet, sonically captures the riot of colorful images.... more
  • Come On Down and Pick Me Up

    Come On Down and Pick Me Up

    USA , 2011 , 9 min. This doc paints the portrait of Fred Kress—a man within weeks of dying from terminal liver disease. After receiving the diagnosis, Fred turned his room into a neon hallucination, covering it with fluorescent alien masks... more
  • Commerce


    USA , 2011 , 17 min. A spiraling compulsion threatens to alienate a businessman completely from his family—and leads to a chance meeting that could save or destroy him.... more
  • Common Ground

    Common Ground

    Australia , 2011 , 14 min. Uncle Bob is a desert man and Hollie grew up in the concrete walls of Melbourne. They couldn't be more different. However while reconnecting with the Australian landscape they find common ground.... more
  • The Cycle of Life

    The Cycle of Life

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. Striking digital animation unfolds in a metaphorical exploration of the parallels between botanical and human development.... more
  • The D Train

    The D Train

    USA , 2011 , 5 min. Acclaimed found-footage filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt’s latest is the study of a man reflecting on how quickly his life is passing.... more
  • The Dancer

    The Dancer

    USA , 2010 , 12 min. In a remote village in India, an 11-year-old orphan boy finds a family and discovers that life is indeed a dance.... more
  • The Death of an Insect

    The Death of an Insect

    Finland , 2010 , 7 min. A hypnotic, visual poem on the path of a dying butterfly.... more
  • Demon's Dilemma

    Demon's Dilemma

    South Korea , 2011 , 13 min. Living on earth while working for the devil, one demon steps into a moral quagmire.... more
  • The Director

    The Director

    USA , 2011 , 1 min. A film director insists on making a movie “her way.”... more
  • The Dungeon Master

    The Dungeon Master

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. On a lark, Shane and Cooper decide to revisit their youthful geekdom by scheduling a night of Dungeons and Dragons. It is all fun and games until they meet a master who has never left the kingdom.... more
  • The Dust Machine

    The Dust Machine

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. A highly imaginative visual journey into a dark, microscopic world—and a meditation on the absurdities of the technological era.... more
  • Easter Eggs

    Easter Eggs

    Croatia , 2010 , 14 min. In 1970s Yugoslavia, a young mother challenges the authority and state-sanctioned beliefs of her husband in order to celebrate Easter with the children.... more
  • Elevator


    Czech Republic , 2010 , 5 min. An eerie animated tale that explores the temptations of modern life as a man rides an elevator to the top.... more
  • Eva Is Leaving

    Eva Is Leaving

    Israel , 2011 , 16 min. Eldad, the owner of Eldad's Coffee Shop, suddenly finds religion. When he decides to make his coffee shop kosher to accentuate his newfound awakening, his wife and employee warn that old habits had better not die hard... more
  • Family Dance

    Family Dance

    USA , 1996 , 1 min. During the 1990s Aqua produced and animated over two dozen short segments for Sesame Street. Here are three of those segments, selected by her husband and soundtrack collaborator Ken Field.... more
  • Fish Out Of Water: Joyride

    Fish Out Of Water: Joyride

    USA , 2011 , 4 min. It ain’t easy teaching a sock puppet how to drive.... more
  • Floating


    Israel , 2010 , 30 min. Ruet is fat; Lilach is anorexic. Both have been sent by their parents to a children’s ward for treatment. Will the friendship they forge lead them to accept treeatment? Or will two rebellious girls with serious diseases... more
  • Four Cubic Feet of Space

    Four Cubic Feet of Space

    USA , 2011 , 8 min.
  • Fragomeni, the Last Round

    Fragomeni, the Last Round

    Italy , 2011 , 13 min. A TV reporter goes to a hospital to interview an old man who has been mugged and injured. But once there, he finds that deadlines may take a backseat to the truth.... more
  • The Future Is Behind You

    The Future Is Behind You

    USA , 2004 , 21 min.
  • Grandpa Looked Like William Powell

    Grandpa Looked Like William Powell

    USA , 2010 , 4 min. A little piece of family history leads to a charming discovery.... more
  • Ground Zero/Sacred Ground

    Ground Zero/Sacred Ground

    USA , 1997 , 9 min. In New Mexico, an ancient Native American petroglyph site lies 35 miles from the site of the world's first atomic bomb test. The juxtaposition of these sites points to the striking contrast between the two worlds that created them.... more
  • Heavenly Bodies

    Heavenly Bodies

    USA , 1980 , 3 min. An astronomical love story that integrates style and content in a fluid tale of the relationship between the individual and the universe (Michael Blowen, Boston Globe).... more
  • The High Level Bridge

    The High Level Bridge

    Canada , 2010 , 4 min. Trevor drops his camera from Edmonton's High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.... more
  • Hollow


    United Kingdom , 2010 , 20 min. With a great deal of insight and sensitivity, award-winning director Rob Sorrenti explores the dynamics between a couple who’s deeply in love but struggling with a shared addiction.... more
  • HRK (Home Run King)

    HRK (Home Run King)

    USA , 2010 , 19 min. The story of a little league player victimized by rape—who grows into a quasi-superhero that kills pedophiles with his infamous baseball bat.... more
  • I Am a Girl!

    I Am a Girl!

    Netherlands , 2010 , 15 min. Joppe is a happy girl whose life is only slightly complicated by the fact she was born a male.... more
  • Imagination


    USA , 1990 , 1 min. During the 1990s Aqua produced and animated over two dozen short segments for Sesame Street. Here are three of those segments, selected by her husband and soundtrack collaborator Ken Field.... more
  • Incubator


    USA , 2011 , 7 min. A young man wakes up in a motel bathtub full of ice. His problems are just beginning.... more
  • Jean Lewis

    Jean Lewis

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. An offbeat yet surprisingly sensitive look at a trail-blazing entertainment reporter whose life ends in a very L.A. kind of way.... more
  • Kakania


    USA , 1989 , 4 min. Urban chaos meets tribal ritual in this “jubilant animated short filled with primitive tribal motifs (Janet Maslin, New York Times).... more
  • Library of Dust

    Library of Dust

    USA , 2011 , 16 min. The discovery of thousands of abandoned, corroded urns at a state mental hospital inspires an unusual photo exhibit that reveals secrets, influences political decisions, and reunites families.... more
  • Life Is a Bitch

    Life Is a Bitch

    Czech Republic , 7 min. Being as free as a bird is not necessarily an enviable condition.... more
  • Lifelike


    USA , 2011 , 10 min. A taxidermist coolly goes about his business.... more
  • Ligatures


    USA , 2009 , 5 min.
  • Little Boat

    Little Boat

    USA , 2011 , 4 min. One little boat, one big journey.... more
  • Living Tiny

    Living Tiny

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. A new vision of home is explored by three Californians who seek an alternative to traditional construction.... more
  • Making Molehills Out of Mountains

    Making Molehills Out of Mountains

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. After the worst flood in 100 years, a Vermont town takes one small step toward recovery. Making Molehills Out of Mountains offers an inspiring look at their efforts.... more
  • Marlene's Berlin

    Marlene's Berlin

    USA , 2011 , 3 min. Bay Area artist Jerry Ross Barrish re-creates the mystique of the legendary Marlene Dietrich in the form of a found-object sculpture.... more
  • Mayhem


    USA , 1987 , 18 min.
  • Mi Hatice

    Mi Hatice

    Turkey , 2010 , 19 min. The pace of the city contrasts with the life of a young Turkish wife who struggles with her husband’s extreme indifference.... more
  • Minka


    USA , 2010 , 15 min. An American journalist and a Japanese architect rescue an ancient farmhouse in this intimate story about design, memory, and the meaning of home.... more
  • Mirror World

    Mirror World

    USA , 2006 , 15 min.
  • Missed Connections

    Missed Connections

    USA , 2010 , 9 min. A charming documentary that traces what happens to the romantics who place entries on Craigslist’s Missed Connections board.... more
  • Ms. G's Class

    Ms. G's Class

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. Ms. G’s Class highlights the gap between the promise and the reality of education in the minority community.... more
  • Neve & Sons

    Neve & Sons

    USA , 2011 , 8 min. Four generations after their great grandfather arrived from Italy and opened a flower shop, a family struggles to save the business—and his legacy.... more
  • New Broken Calculator

    New Broken Calculator

    USA , 2010 , 6 min. When a lonely boy gives up on a long-held dream, he never suspects a new friend is just a few locker doors away.... more
  • No One Shall Be Called Illegal

    No One Shall Be Called Illegal

    USA , 2011 , 6 min. Lacking legal status, a college student strives to be accepted by the very society in which he was raised.... more
  • No Wine Left Behind

    No Wine Left Behind

    USA , 15 min. An Iraq War hero leads a ragtag group of veterans as they try to conquer the wine industry.... more
  • Orbis Minor

    Orbis Minor

    USA , 2010 , 14 min. The effects of technological immersion on humans are contrasted in this experimental film. Through coded imagery, an expansive sound design, and four interviews with members of the Silent, Boomer, and Millennial Gen... more
  • People Involved

    People Involved

    Czech Republic , 2010 , 26 min. After an accident kills her boyfriend, guilt-stricken Emily travels to Prague to confront Petr’s mother and father about their son’s unborn child.... more
  • Perils


    USA , 1986 , 5 min.
  • Perpetual Motion

    Perpetual Motion

    USA , 1992 , 5 min. This film celebrates the cyclical nature of time as well as the symbols and rites that have been created to mark and honor its passage.... more
  • Persimmon


    Japan , 2011 , 19 min. Tamotsu has two problems: an elderly man who won’t eat and a persimmon that won’t dry.... more
  • Protect The Nation

    Protect The Nation

    Germany , 2010 , 16 min. Against the backdrop of xenophobic attacks in his neighborhood, a young boy wrestles with the distinction between right and wrong.... more
  • Rhonda's Party

    Rhonda's Party

    Canada , 2010 , 8 min. The retirement home is all atwitter in anticipation of Rhonda’s 100th birthday celebration.... more
  • Rocky Flats: Legacy

    Rocky Flats: Legacy

    USA , 2011 , 22 min. This Colorado documentary is about former Rocky Flats nuclear workers who are fighting for their lives against the government, as well as those who have died waiting for help.... more
  • Romance


    Canada , 2011 , 7 min. Under the influence of a Rachmaninoff scherzo, a man follows his desires into the unknown, through a whirlwind of music and movement.... more
  • Safe & Sound

    Safe & Sound

    United Kingdom , 2011 , 27 min. Aman works as a janitor in a luxurious residential building in Iran. When it's time for him to get married back in his village, he decides to borrow a security guard's uniform to impress his fiancé’s family.... more
  • Salar


    Bolivia , 2011 , 19 min. Two paths cross in an isolated Bolivian village: that of a disgruntled American doctor and a Bolivian salt miner who's just been stabbed in the hand.... more
  • Santiago from the Other Side

    Santiago from the Other Side

    Mexico , 2011 , 11 min. Sometimes life has a surprise in store—sometimes two! Lucia is pregnant and wants to find the right moment to tell her longtime boyfriend Santiago. A party seems the ideal moment... more
  • Sasquatch Birth Journal 2

    Sasquatch Birth Journal 2

    USA , 2010 , 5 min. You have to see it to believe it: “rare” footage of the legendary Bigfoot giving birth.... more
  • Scars: Ben LaMarca

    Scars: Ben LaMarca

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. In this segment of an ongoing interview project, which investigates the origins of scars, a shooting victim recalls a life-changing moment in vivid detail.... more
  • A Scene at the Sea

    A Scene at the Sea

    South Korea , 2010 , 21 min. A father and son whose roles have reversed as junior becomes the caretaker of senior execute a delicate dance at the edge of the sea.... more
  • Sensorium


    USA , 2007 , 5 min. A study of the synthesis between sound and motion, inspired by dance gestures and movements found in nature.... more
  • Shades of Beige

    Shades of Beige

    United Kingdom , 2010 , 15 min. Jodie and Brian have been incredibly close siblings since childhood. But their shared world crumbles when he is accused of a heinous crime.... more
  • Shangri-La


    USA , 2011 , 6 min. A Tibetan monk describes his transition into American life and the challenge of setting up a monastery for fellow exiled monks.... more
  • Shapes in the City

    Shapes in the City

    USA , 2011 , 5 min. Abstract shapes from a painting escape the frame in order to spend a night on the town in the “city that never sleeps.”... more
  • Solo, Piano—NYC

    Solo, Piano—NYC

    USA , 2011 , 5 min. On a cold winter's day, a lone, once-loved piano awaits its fate on a New York City street.... more
  • Splitscreen: A Love Story

    Splitscreen: A Love Story

    United Kingdom , 2011 , 2 min. A man and a woman, thousands of miles apart, share so much in this clever film, shot entirely on a cell phone.... more
  • A Stan Needs a Maid

    A Stan Needs a Maid

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. This comedic short starts with the attempted robbery of a hoarder—and ends with a desperate ploy to clean his house.... more
  • Stick


    Netherlands , 2010 , 11 min. Len is on the playground when he meets a classmate who offers to introduce him to the mysteries of the fairer sex. There’s only one condition: Len must learn what to do with a stick.... more
  • Susan's Horses

    Susan's Horses

    USA , 2010 , 6 min.
  • Swimming Pool

    Swimming Pool

    Czech Republic , 2010 , 6 min. Two strangers sneak into a public pool after hours and are delighted to discover that they are synchronized swimmers—and may even be soulmates.... more
  • The Tailor

    The Tailor

    USA , 2011 , 6 min. Set on the streets of Brooklyn, The Tailor is a multicultural mash-up involving two Talmudic students, a pair of Catholic nuns, and a brand-new suit.... more
  • Tasnim


    Israel , 2011 , 12 min. Tasnim, a strong and opinionated 10-year-old, lives with her mother and siblings in a neglected Bedouin village. A surprise visit from her father forces her, for the first time in her life, to confront the conservative norms of the family tribe and the fact that she is no longer daddy's little girl.... more
  • Taxonomy


    USA , 2011 , 4 min. The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, evoking the themes of transience and interconnectedness. Karen's final film was completed three weeks prior to her untimely death on May 30, 2011.... more
  • Ten Dancing Kids

    Ten Dancing Kids

    USA , 2000 , 2 min. During the 1990s Aqua produced and animated over two dozen short segments for Sesame Street. Here are three of those segments, selected by her husband and soundtrack collaborator Ken Field.... more
  • Terrebonne


    USA , 2010 , 14 min. Set on the imperiled coast of Louisiana, this is the meditative story of a brother and sister who encounter unexpected trouble when they venture deep into the swamp in search of the mythic ivory-billed woodpecker.... more
  • The Laying on of Hands

    The Laying on of Hands

    USA , 2010 , 8 min. Unlike just about any documentary you’ll see this year, this unusual story about martial arts and faith healing is told through the use of found footage.... more
  • The Lost Town of Switez

    The Lost Town of Switez

    Canada , 2010 , 20 min. An epic Polish poem is the source of this beautiful animated fable about the destruction of a medieval town; 3D and other special effects combine to create a mesmerizing experience set to an orchestral score.... more
  • The Vacuum Kid

    The Vacuum Kid

    USA , 2011 , 12 min. Being a local celebrity isn't easy, especially for a 12-year-old kid with a curious obsession.... more
  • Till Summer Comes

    Till Summer Comes

    Italy , 2011 , 16 min. If Nicholas, Daniel, and Lollo join forces, can they save their friendship in the face of divisive fate?... more
  • Time and Love

    Time and Love

    USA , 2010 , 7 min. Sonny has been carrying a torch for Katie since the sixth grade. It’s about time that he makes sure she knows.... more
  • Time Freak

    Time Freak

    USA , 2010 , 11 min. The good news is that Stillman has created a time machine that actually works; the bad news is what he actually does with it.... more
  • Topo Gigio Is Dead

    Topo Gigio Is Dead

    Chile , 2010 , 23 min. After meeting unexpectedly at a funeral in Philadelphia, two Chileans seek to come to terms with their parents’ brutal past. Daniela is the daughter of a former political prisoner who was tortured; Tomas is the son of the physician that tortured him.... more
  • Tord and Tord

    Tord and Tord

    Sweden , 2010 , 11 min. Tord meets his new neighbor…Tord.... more
  • Tread Darkly

    Tread Darkly

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. In this short horror film, Ben brings his girlfriend to a seedy motel for a night of cheap, hot sex. Then strange things start happening.... more
  • Twist of Fate

    Twist of Fate

    USA , 2009 , 9 min. The transformative experience of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is imagined here on the cellular level through animation. ... more
  • Two's a Crowd

    Two's a Crowd

    USA , 2011 , 19 min. This affectionate documentary profiles quintessential New Yorkers Allen and Collette, who, after four years of marriage, decide to move in together.... more
  • Under


    Canada , 2011 , 23 min. A love story about city girl Sydney, a relapsed drug addict who is convinced to journey to a country cabin by her fiancé in order to clean up.... more
  • Vending For Change

    Vending For Change

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. In Denver, there are sign-flying homeless people on most street corners downtown. Weaving through them is a different group of homeless people who stand proud with newspapers and ask, “Dollar donation for the... more
  • Vis-à-Vis


    USA , 1982 , 12 min. An autobiographical fantasy depicting an individual torn by conflicting desires—and a reflection on the reconciliation between work and the creative imagination.... more
  • The Visit

    The Visit

    Germany , 2011 , 8 min. A tragicomic animated short about an old woman, who, to the horror of her son, is cooking up a meal in the middle of the night for her long-deceased friends.... more
  • Voices of the Rockies

    Voices of the Rockies

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. Voices of the Rockies provides an urgent look at wildlife conservation through the lens of the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center.... more
  • Waiting Room

    Waiting Room

    USA , 2010 , 9 min. What appears to be a routine morning is, upon closer examination, anything but.... more
  • Walter


    USA , 2011 , 3 min. Everyone’s favorite character actor, Paul Dooley, stars as a widower who hits on a surprisingly creative solution to his loneliness.... more
  • We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins

    We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. In 1960 a group of courageous college students took part in an event that would become one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement.... more
  • Web of Lies

    Web of Lies

    USA , 2011 , 10 min. A man on the edge, a woman with a past, and a cop with a secret populate this gritty noir throwback that ends, of course, with a twist.... more
  • The Woman with the Grey Bundle

    The Woman with the Grey Bundle

    Spain , 2011 , 20 min. A woman takes a long, emotional walk to visit her beloved husband in prison.... more
  • You Have the Right to an Attorney

    You Have the Right to an Attorney

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. A candid look at the daily grind for two young public defenders in the South Bronx.... more
  • Yours for the Taking

    Yours for the Taking

    USA , 1984 , 7 min. This collaboration with clay artist Jeanée Redmond combines 2-D and 3-D artwork in a technique called replacement animation.... more
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