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  • Growing Up Gay

    1 season

    The mundane is rendered miraculous in these richly impressionistic evocations of the inner worlds of young boys grappling with questions of sexuality, identity, and religion. Director Terrance Daye drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious household to create his lyrical pri...

  • Window Watching

    1 season

    Blink and you could miss a murder in a classic study of voyeurism and an innovative homage. Codirected by Guy Maddin, the ingenious optical experiment ACCIDENCE unfolds as a single, bravura shot of a large apartment-block exterior buzzing with all manner of strange and sinister goings-on—what you...

  • The Night Before Christmas

    1 season

    See the magic of Christmas Eve through a child’s eyes in these glowingly nostalgic visions of holiday enchantment. On the night before Christmas, toys come to life through the wonders of stop motion in Czech animation wizard Karel Zeman’s delightfully imaginative fantasia A CHRISTMAS DREAM. It’s ...

  • Holiday Affairs

    1 season

    ’Tis the season for infidelity as a pair of husbands and fathers living double lives discover that duplicity is particularly devastating during the holidays. The roots of Lynne Ramsay’s woozy, richly impressionistic style are on display in her early short GASMAN, in which a father brings his chil...

  • Trance-Formers

    1 season

    Two giants of the American avant-garde speak through the language of the subconscious in a pair of surrealist masterpieces set in the shadow of the dream factory. Shot in her Hollywood home but a world away from the commercial gloss of Tinseltown, Maya Deren’s experimental landmark MESHES OF THE ...

  • Psychic Connection

    1 season

    Grab a ouija board, light a candle, and settle in for two spine-tingling exercises in the occult arts. First, Chloë Sevigny directs Kate Lyn Sheil, Eleonore Hendricks, and Sheila Vand in her spellbinding feminist ghost story WHITE ECHO, in which a group of women tap into a frightening spiritual p...

  • Endings and Awakenings

    1 season

    Young women come of age in South America in two visually sublime explorations of adolescence, loss of innocence, and the realization that everything comes to an end. Colombian filmmaker Mariana Saffon’s beautifully observed short BETWEEN YOU AND MILAGROS evokes the subtle but profound psychologic...

  • The Present Past

    1 season

    A woman wanders a golf course looking for her late husband’s grave, searching desperately for a place lost to time in Vietnamese director Pham Ngoc Lan’s gorgeous black-and-white short BLESSED LAND. It makes for a haunting prelude to THE NAKED ISLAND, Kaneto Shindo’s hypnotic, documentary-like po...

  • The End of Innocence

    1 season

    The illusions of youth come to an abrupt end in two heartrending tales of innocence lost. Strikingly shot along the coast of Ghana, Anthony Nti’s award-winning short DA YIE takes viewers on an unsettling adventure involving two guileless children, a charming stranger, and a sinister plot. It’s pa...

  • Summer Wonderlands

    1 season

    Drift into the dreamy realm of childhood imagination with these ethereal visions of endless summer. David Gordon Green first came to critical attention with his debut GEORGE WASHINGTON, a senses-ravishing immersion into a crumbling southern town where a group of kids comes of age over the course ...

  • Under the SoCal Sun

    1 season

    The sunbaked desert landscapes and laid-back cool of Southern California permeate a playful avant-garde short and a postpunk road movie, both shot in evocatively lo-fi 16 mm. In her cosmic diary film WORDS, PLANETS, Spanish-born, Los Angeles-based experimentalist Laida Lertxundi riffs on the comp...

  • Under the Volcanoes

    1 season

    The elemental power of nature is on dramatic display in a breathtaking documentary and a neorealist landmark, both set amid the volcanic islands off the coast of Sicily. Directed by documentary poet Vittorio De Seta, ISLANDS OF FIRE captures the before, during, and after of a volcanic eruption on...

  • Mob Injustice

    1 season

    Vigilantes take it upon themselves to uphold public morality with devastating consequences in an unsettling one-take short and one of Mexico’s most important works of political cinema. Employing a single, unbroken shot in order to build almost unbearable tension, Sudarshan Suresh’s MIZARU unfolds...

  • Bureaucratic for the People

    1 season

    The System got you down? Commiserate with two hard-hitting looks at the soul-crushing frustrations of trying to succeed in the face of unfeeling bureaucracy and endless red tape. First, a man’s inability to renew his car’s registration spirals into an absurdist pileup of indignities in Georgi M. ...

  • Respect Your Elders

    1 season

    Multigenerational Jewish families squabble while lending one another a hand in a sharply observed short and a brilliant docu-fantasy. Tensions rise in Joe Stankus and Ashley Connor’s family portrait when two octogenarians are tasked with driving their adult daughter to work. Then, Jan Oxenberg’s ...

  • Circles of Life

    1 season

    A rotating cast of characters traverse from one vignette to the next in a brilliant and unsettling stop-motion marvel and an enchanting romantic roundelay. Set during the nineteenth-century colonial occupation of Congo, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’s acclaimed animated short THIS MAGNIFICEN...

  • Faces in the Crowd

    1 season

    A pair of mesmerizing nonfiction films derive visual poetry from the relationship between the group and the individual. Filmed near the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China, Iyabo Kwayana’s short PRACTICE transforms a portrait of students engaged in martial arts training into an immersive, dazzlingly k...

  • City Girls

    1 season

    The big city becomes a playground of imagination for two spirited girls in a pair of gently whimsical fantasias bursting with anarchic charm. With her trusted teddy bear in tow, a pint-sized pirate sets out to conquer the island of Manhattan in Josephine Decker’s enchantingly inventive DIY fairy ...

  • Goya Gothic

    1 season

    The macabre visual imagination of Spanish painter Francisco Goya provides the inspiration for two disturbing journeys into the nightmare realm. First, Jonathan Glazer takes viewers down a deep, dark, dizzying well in THE FALL, a frighteningly surreal vision of fascistic violence that was influenc...

  • Ramblin’ Women

    1 season

    Through evocatively grainy 16 mm visuals and unsettling sound design, Ashley McKenzie’s haunting short STRAY viscerally evokes the restless aimlessness of a young girl as she roams her desolate neighborhood in search of a feral cat. Its vérité vision of female alienation against a bleak industria...

  • Wandering Warriors

    1 season

    The enduring fascination with Japanese samurai mythology extends across genres and borders in a katana-swinging classic and an innovative homage. Set in a dystopian future ravaged by climate change, French-Burkinabe director Cédric Ido’s HASAKI YA SUDA puts a fresh, Afrofuturist spin on the samur...

  • Lovers in Arms

    1 season

    Two visions of love and longing among military men unfold amid lush, senses-stunning landscapes in these ravishing cinematic hallucinations. An island overrun by hydrangeas whose rich purple color seems to drip from each frame is the dreamily apocalyptic setting for a romance between two soldiers...

  • Water Worlds

    1 season

    Let your imagination swim in the waters of two aqueous odysseys set in magical floating worlds. Inspired by the true story of the 1950 Red River flood that devastated much of Winnipeg, Canada, and its surroundings, Matthew Rankin’s short TABULA RASA envisions a town’s surreal resurrection through...

  • From the Salon to the Boardroom

    1 season

    Mariama Diallo’s fiendishly subversive short HAIR WOLF blends horror and Blaxploitation tropes to satirize racism, gentrification, and cultural appropriation via the story of employees at a Black hair salon confronting a strange new monster: white women intent on literally sucking the lifeblood f...