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.”

  • The Touch Retouched

    Directed by Marie Losier • 2002 • United States

    In 1971, Ingmar Bergman made his first English-language film, THE TOUCH, starring ensemble regulars Max von Sydow and Bibi Andersson, along with seventies everyman Elliott Gould. Thirty years later, Marie Losier decided to recast herself in Gould’s...

  • Mobilize

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2015 • Canada

    Assembled from archival footage of Canada’s First Nations peoples and cut to a pulse-quickening electronic soundtrack, MOBILIZE is a breathless journey from the northern woods to the tops of New York skyscrapers, almost all of which have been construct...

  • Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful

    Directed by Akosua Adoma Owusu • 2012 • United States

    Playful yet powerful, Akosua Adoma Owusu’s SPLIT ENDS, I FEEL WONDERFUL focuses on African American women’s hair, spinning found footage of 1970s New York hair salons and hairstyles into a dense collage of gesture and image.

  • Jonas Mekas in Kodachrome Days

    Directed by Ken Jacobs • 2009 • United States

    Avant-garde titan Ken Jacobs captures a candid moment with Jonas Mekas “dawdling in the cosmos.”

  • 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.