30 Minutes or Less

30 Minutes or Less

Sometimes great movies come in small sizes. Enjoy one of these shorts, all under thirty minutes. Check back monthly for new selections!

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30 Minutes or Less
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady

    Directed by Gabriel Abrantes • 2019 • France
    Starring Liza Lapert, Virgil Vernier, Caroline Deruas-Garrel

    Tired of being a banal architectural ornament, a sculpture runs away from the Louvre to confront real life on the streets of Paris.

  • Rev. S. S. Jones Home Movies

    Directed by Reverend Solomon Sir Jones • 1924–1928 • United States

    Amateur photographer Reverend Solomon Sir Jones used his 16 mm camera to capture candid glimpses of life in the African American communities of rural Oklahoma.

  • Sierra

    Directed by Sander Joon • 2022 • Estonia

    A father and son embark on a freewheeling road race that spins off into surreal and unexpectedly poignant realms in this brightly colored, boldly graphic animated capriccio.

  • Praise House

    Directed by Julie Dash • 1991 • United States

    PRAISE HOUSE combines elements of theater, dance, and music based on the rhythms and rituals of Africa. Director Julie Dash collaborated with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder and choreographer of Urban Bush Women, to explore the source of creativity a...

  • Call Your Father

    Directed by Jordan Firstman • 2016 • United States
    Starring Craig Chester, Jordan Firstman

    Usually a reserved guy, Greg struggles to keep up with young, unpredictable Josh on their first date. But as things heat up and spiral out of control, the two men must confront the generational divide that...

  • Warsha

    Directed by Dania Bdeir • 2022 • Lebanon, France
    Starring Khansa, Kamal Saleh, Hassan Aqqoul

    Queer alienation gives way to an ecstatic experience of liberation in Dania Bdeir’s dazzlingly conceived short, a Sundance prizewinner. One morning, Mohammad (Khansa), a Syrian migrant working constructi...

  • Borom sarret

    Directed by Ousmane Sembène • 1963 • Senegal

    This groundbreaking short film, which won first prize at the 1963 Touris Film Festival in France, was the directorial debut of Ousmane Sembène.

    Restored in 2013 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and Éclair, in association wit...

  • FISHING WITH JOHN: Episode 1

    “Montauk with Jim Jarmusch”
    Directed by John Lurie • 1992 • United States

    John Lurie knows absolutely nothing about fishing, but that doesn't stop him from undertaking the adventure of a lifetime in FISHING WITH JOHN. In this episode, John Lurie battles sharks with Jim Jarmusch off the tip of Lo...

  • I Snuck off the Slave Ship

    Directed by Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi • 2019 • United States
    Starring Lonnie Holley, Theotis Taylor

    Visionary folk artist Lonnie Holley choreographs an ecstatic Afrofuturist tone poem to his own music in an assemblage of his encounters with the slave ship “America” and a testament to imag...

  • Shadow Animals

    Directed by Jerry Carlsson • 2017 • Sweden
    Starring Ayla Turin, Cecilia Milocco, Peter Melin

    Marall, a young girl, accompanies her parents to a dinner party where the strange social rituals of the adult world take an unsettling turn.

  • Shake! Otis at Monterey

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus • 1986 • United States

    Redding, a venerable star of Memphis’s Stax record label, seduced the "love crowd" in one of his best, and last, performances. SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY, feature the entire set of this legendary musician, a performance that has ...

  • À propos de Nice

    Directed by Jean Vigo and Boris Kaufman • 1930 • France

    Jean Vigo was twenty-five when he made this, his debut film, a silent cinematic poem that reveals, through a thrilling and ironic use of montage, the economic reality hidden behind the facade of the Mediterranean resort town of Nice. The fi...