Short + Feature

  • Human Tides
    1 season

    Human Tides

    1 season

    These haunting, poetic meditations on the European refugee crisis speak eloquently and urgently to the harrowing human cost of a global tragedy. In Yorgos Zois’s eerily evocative short 8TH CONTINENT, the filmmaker’s camera silently surveys a desolate dump on the Greek island of Lesbos strewn with...

  • A Woman’s Place

    1 season

    These subtly radical tales of feminist awakening explore what it means to be an independent woman in Indian society. Reema Sengupta’s sharply observed short COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO follows a woman who has escaped an abusive marriage only to find herself facing deep-seated social prejudice as she strug...

  • Send in the Clowns

    1 season

    Two legendary directors explore the human condition through the laughter and tears of a clown. Before he became famous for his minimalist-cool crime dramas, Jean-Pierre Melville made his directorial debut with the short 24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A CLOWN, a charming look at the behind-the-scenes wor...

  • Get Thee to a Nunnery!

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    Shot through with a surreal mysticism, Nietzchka Keene’s hypnotic short AVES deploys a flurry of experimental animation techniques to illuminate the spiritual state of a cloistered nun. It’s a sister to one of cinema’s most astonishing explorations of life in the habit: Jacques Rivette’s controve...

  • Express Yourself

    1 season

    A new generation challenges restrictive gender norms in these sensitive coming-of-age journeys. Goran Stolevski’s award-winning short WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER is a visceral immersion into the world of a teenage tomboy who defies conservative Macedonian gender expectations when she dares to take part...

  • Dance, Dance, Dance!

    1 season

    The radical visions of two of modern dance’s most revolutionary choreographers are captured with lightning-in-a-bottle brilliance in this dynamic pairing. In NIGHT JOURNEY, the legendary Martha Graham stages and performs her powerfully physical interpretation of the Oedipus myth, directed by accl...

  • Matters of Perspective

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    Truth is in the eye of the beholder in two films, set thirteen centuries and thousands of miles apart, that explore the subjective nature of reality and the myriad ways in which a single event can be understood, interpreted, and misconstrued. In Alice Colomer-Kang’s short J.M. MONDÉSIR, the camer...

  • India Up Close
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    India Up Close

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    From Mumbai to Kolkata, filmmakers capture the rich social fabric of life in India’s bustling cities. In the hilariously deadpan short documentary TUNGRUS, an ornery pet rooster terrorizes a family in a cramped Mumbai apartment. It’s followed by Satyajit Ray’s masterful drama THE BIG CITY, which ...

  • Tourist Traps
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    Tourist Traps

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    The tables turn on white tourists in South Africa in these subversive anticolonialist parables that question the meaning of “civilization.” In Samantha Nell and Michael Wahrmann’s satirical short THE BEAST, a frustrated performer in a Zulu cultural village launches a one-man rebellion of Shakespe...

  • Prime Cuts
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    Prime Cuts

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    Calling all carnivores: get a crash course in how to slice all those fancy meats—from ham hocks to pot roasts—in CARVING MAGIC, a fantastically ’50s industrial-educational blood feast from future wizard of gore Herschell Gordon Lewis. It makes for an appropriately fleshy appetizer to Jean-Pierre ...

  • Guilty Pleasures

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    Hit-and-run accidents set off shockwaves of guilt, paranoia, and recrimination in this gripping, psychologically charged pairing. Anna Mantzaris’s stingingly ironic stop-motion short GOOD INTENTIONS bristles with expressionistic unease as it evokes the torment that consumes a woman following a ca...

  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

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    Drunken nights lead to encounters with the Grim Reaper—and, paradoxically, a chance at rebirth—in these tales of death and transfiguration. In Alan Holly’s animated phantasmagoria CODA, a brush with death begets not terror but a wondrous cosmic journey through the glories of life. Then, Death com...

  • Homoerotic for the Holidays

    1 season

    Queer love and desire smolder behind bars in these unconventional holiday tales. Harry Lighton’s expectation-defying short WREN BOYS spins off in increasingly surprising directions as it unravels the relationships between an incarcerated man, his boyfriend on the outside, and an Irish Catholic pr...

  • Let’s Talk About Love

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    With their emphasis on literate conversation and the romantic complications of the young and urbane, the films of French New Wave titan Eric Rohmer and New York indie darling Whit Stillman share a sophisticated spiritual connection. Starring a very young Jean-Luc Godard, Rohmer’s early short PRES...

  • Jingle Hells
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    Jingle Hells

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    Family got you down this holiday season? Commiserate with the poor, put-upon nephews in these incisive portraits of yuletide dysfunction. In his dryly funny short BAD NIGHT FOR THE BLUES, British director Chris Shepherd delves into his own family’s history to recreate a wild December night out wi...

  • Last Call
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    Last Call

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    Images of wonder and terror swirl beneath the Mexican sun in these delirious, alcohol-fueled fever dreams. Suzan Pitt’s wildly surreal animated short EL DOCTOR is an alternately morbid and miraculous magical-realist tour through a boozehound Mexican doctor’s last moments on earth, featuring a gar...

  • Baseball and Broomsticks

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    Something witchy this way comes in these sinister brews of satanism, black magic, and . . . baseball? Sean McCoy’s eerie occult exposé THE BEANING finds a diabolical conspiracy in the 1920 death-by-fastball of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman. It casts its unholy spell in part through the ...

  • Sister Acts
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    Sister Acts

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    A pair of identical twins break away from each other in Lucy Knox’s character study, then Carlos Saura’s 1976 masterpiece double-casts Geraldine Chaplin in an allegorical drama about two generations of sisters.

  • Folklore and Family

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    Francisca Alegría’s award-winning short and Lucrecia Martel’s astonishing debut weave their mysteries in remote corners of Chile and Argentina, combining provincial lore with visionary technique.

  • Crossing the Line

    1 season

    In Adrian Sitaru's provocative satire, two filmmakers cite Nagisa Oshima's taboo-shattering classic as they try to convince a mother to let her daughter take the role of a sexually abused child.

  • Phallic Vegetables and Nightmare Babies

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    Together again: Suzan Pitt’s psychosexual fantasia and David Lynch’s otherworldly debut were paired as a cult-favorite double bill on the midnight-movie circuit in 1979.

  • Keeping Score
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    Keeping Score

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    Norman McLaren’s hand-painted short film joins Oscar Peterson for a jam session, then Miles Davis lends Louis Malle’s proto–New Wave crime film an effortlessly cool counterpoint.

  • Moral Peril
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    Moral Peril

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    Caroline Monnet and Daniel Watchorn’s hallucinatory short uncovers the horrifying history of a Canadian infirmary for Native American children, and Carl Theodor Dreyer conjures a seventeenth-century town consumed by fear of witchcraft.

  • Love vs. the Law

    1 season

    An experimental short film and a prescient blackmail drama offer stirring indictments of a shameful time in British history when the law forbade homosexuality.