5 Minutes or Less

5 Minutes or Less

Got five minutes? Enjoy a flash of cinematic inspiration with these dazzling shorts. Check back monthly for new selections!

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  • Because Men in Silk Shirts on Lagos Nights

    Directed by Arie Esiri • 2018 • United States

    Presented here is a short made by Arie Esiri in 2018 for the fashion brand Maki Oh. Shot on celluloid at night in Lagos, Nigeria, the film has eerie postapocalyptic and Afrofuturist overtones.

  • Maya at 24

    Directed by Lynne Sachs • 2021 • United States

    Lynne Sachs films her daughter Maya Maya Street-Sachs at ages six, sixteen, and twenty-four. At each iteration, Maya runs around her mother, in a circle—clockwise—as if propelling herself in the same direction as time, forward. Conscious of the stra...

  • Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy

    Directed by Lewie Kloster and Noah Kloster • 2016 • United States
    Starring Christine Choy

    Faced with endlessly rising cigarette prices in New York, Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Christine Choy goes to extralegal lengths to procure her favorite brand.

  • T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1986 • France
    Starring Isabelle Adjani

    Isabelle Adjani narrates an architectural tribute to the Cinémathèque française on its fiftieth anniversary.

  • Hua yang de nian hua

    Directed by Wong Kar Wai • 2000 • Hong Kong

    This 2000 short film by Wong Kar Wai was made entirely out of print elements discovered in a California warehouse. It is set to Zhou Xuan’s song “Hua yang de nian hua.”

  • Butterfly

    Directed by Shirley Clarke • 1967 • United States

    This protest film was originally screened at the Week of Angry Arts Against the War in Vietnam, which director Shirley Clarke helped organize at New York University in 1967.

  • Liberian Boy

    Directed by Mati Diop and Manon Lutanie • 2015 • France, Canada
    Starring Jules Langlade

    A boy channels his inner Michael Jackson in this experimental dance film set to a pulsing electro-pop beat.

  • The Alphabet

    Directed by David Lynch • 1968 • United States

    This experimental short film presents a sick woman's nightmare involving living representations of the alphabet.