Narrative Short Film Programs


Comedy Central

Laugh along with these great short films

Total Running Time - 90 minutes

This program has been generously sponsored by Top Tier Construction.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 1 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 

GIRL BAND

Olivia Mitchell, filmmaker in person | click for director bios |
Kerry Furrh, Cailin Lowry
(USA, 2015, 11 mins), Colorado Premiere

It's a beautiful morning in the middle of fucking nowhere. Four best friends/bandmates are packed and ready to make their long-anticipated road-trip move to Los Angeles, but their hometown keeps getting in the way.

A REASONABLE REQUEST

Andrew Laurich | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 8 mins), Colorado Premiere

A desperate son reconnects with his estranged father over an absurd, highly sexual request.

 

KAPUNKA

Tal Greenberg | click for director bio |
(Israel, 2015, 12 mins), Colorado Premiere

In order to get around a requirement for Jews to leave their fields fallow once every 7 years, Shmulik ‘sells’ his land to his Thai laborer leading to unexpected consequences.

 

MADAM BLACK

Ivan Barge | click for director bio |
(NZ, 2015, 12 mins), Colorado Premiere

When a glamour photographer runs over a child's pet, he's forced to fabricate a story about its disappearance.

 

A TEACHABLE MOMENT

Jason Jeffrey | click for director bio |
(Canada, 2016, 8 mins)
Colorado premiere

Henry lies at the side of the road, bleeding out from a gunshot wound. A young mother with a bizarre sense of what is appropriate uses his final moments as a teachable lesson for her six year-old son.

RATED

John Fortson | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 19 mins), Colorado premiere

Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating over their head.

 

SITUATIONAL

Scott Simonsen, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 22 mins), Colorado Premiere

After being prescribed his third antidepressant, Charlie returns home to have his Craigslist-roommate Miles toilet flush his pills and kidnap him to see a sunrise over the ocean. Tension mounts as the fast-talking road trip drives us to the bottom of Charlie's pain and to the impending sunrise on the coast, where life could begin or end, literally...And then there are chinchillas.


Passports Please

Take a trip around the world to the heart of these countries.

Total Running Time - 102 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12 PM  - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 9:30 PM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE

 

PEARL

Patrick Osborne |click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 6 mins), Colorado Premiere

Set inside their home - a beloved hatchback - Pearl is the animated story of a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

UMISHU

Ken Yoshika | click for director bio |
(Japan, 2016, 15 mins), Colorado premiere

A stylistic masterpiece. What is this bar doing in the middle of a city? The menu listed plum wines by region. But the wine that I tasted there far surpassed the simplicity I had assumed of the place…

INTENTIONS

Ivan Casajús | click for director bio |
(Spain, 2015, 15 mins), Colorado Premiere

Cris finally got a date with Natalia. But Roberto, her father, is clear that his daughter won't date just anyone. And sorry about the cat.

OUT OF THE VILLAGE

Jonathan Stein | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 16 mins)

If it takes a village to raise a child. But what happens if the village is gone? This gripping portrait explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister. Starring Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) and Executive Produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men).

RAZOR

Rajko Ristanović | click for director bio |
(Serbia, 2014, 9 mins), Colorado Premiere

A chance encounter between two men with a shared past. A game of destiny or cosmic justice? This time the balance of power has shifted. Is it time to settle the score?

Based on the short story, Razor, by Vladimir Nabokov.

SEMELE

Myrsini Aristidou | click for director bio |
(Cyprus, 2015, 13 mins), Colorado Premiere

Eleven year-old Semele will do anything to spend more time with her long-absent father. A note from school becomes just the excuse for her to visit him at his workplace, where her presence highlights their fragile relationship.

WINTER LIGHT

Julian Higgins | click for director bio |
Louise Henderson, producer in person
(USA, 2015, 29 mins), Colorado Premiere

When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a story by James Lee Burke, Winter Light is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen Montana wilderness.


Present, Tense

Tough times, great films!

Total Running Time - 103 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3 PM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10:30 AM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2

 

THE BUS STOP

Justin Malone, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 14 mins), Colorado Premiere

Set in a posh apartment building in New York City, two young boys come to blows due to humorous, religious stereotypes they learn from their parents.

 

BIRTHDAY

Chris King | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 13 mins), Colorado Premiere

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that their life ahead is going to be an overwhelming - yet amazing - journey.

FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY

Florian Heinzen-Ziob | click for director bio |
(Germany, 2016, 15 mins), Colorado premiere

Jonas works at the hand baggage screening at an airport. He is obsessed with preventing the next terrorist attack. But neither his colleagues, nor his boss seem to appreciate his commitment.

 

RATE ME

Fyzal Boulifa | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 17:16), Colorado Premiere

A portrait of a teenage escort named Coco - told from different online users.

Viewer discretion advised. A moment of sexual violence.

 

THE MOTHER

Paolo Monico | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 11 mins), Colorado Premiere

When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband's death.

A WALK IN WINTER

Ryan Moody, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2015, 15 mins), Colorado Premiere

Conrad returns to his hometown in the middle of winter to find out whether the ruined corpse discovered nearby is his long-disappeared mother. An unsettling realization awaits. Starring James Franco. 

THE LAST WORDS

Keegan Mullin, filmmaker in person | click for director bio
(USA, 2015, 19 mins), Colorado Premiere

David, who suffered the effects of growing up the only deaf member of his family, struggles with the decision to speak for the first time since childhood if he wishes to say goodbye to his dying mother.


Welcome to the Future

A selection of films about the world to come.

Total Running Time - 107 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 -10 AM - MALLARDI CABARET THEATRE

 

DOLFUN

Sebastian Silva | click for director bio |
(USA/Chile, 2015, 7:55), Colorado Premiere

What begins as a love story becomes an existential crisis when filmmaker Sebastian Silva (Crystal Fairy) flies to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of swimming with a dolphin.

CARBON

Christian Lybrook, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 14 mins), Colorado Premiere

A sheep rancher's carefully constructed life begins to unravel when she discovers strange happenings on her ranch. A western thriller.

VALERIA

Erin Vassilopoulos |click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 20 mins), Colorado premiere

Discharged from the hospital after a partial face transplant, Eva is struck by an insatiable curiosity about her donor, with whom she feels increasingly connected.

STUTTERER

Benjamin Cleary
(Ireland, 2015, 12 mins)

Academy Award Winner - Best Short Film, Live Action

A lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice must face his greatest fear.

WARM WAVES

Ashley Valenzuela, Filmmaker in person, Shannon Mujica, writer, Crested Butte resident, in person
(USA, 2015, 8 mins), Colorado Premiere | click for director bios |

In this beautifully-shot, visual poem, a young couple are in love with each other but aren't committed to the relationship. Based on the Elephant Journal poem, "I Don't Want to Date You" by Crested Butte resident, Shannon Mujica.

SANCTITY

Eric Adrian Marshall, filmmaker in person | click for director bios |
(USA, 2016, 17 mins), Colorado premiere

A by-the-book federal agent and his desperate ex-girlfriend struggle with an unplanned pregnancy in a near-future America where Roe v. Wade has been overturned and abortion has been fully criminalized.

JAPANESE FANTASIES

Rory Pfotenhauer, filmmaker in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 28 mins), World Premiere

A white boy who dreams of cognitive enhancement moves to Tokyo at the age of eighteen to pursue the technological singularity. Instead, he ends up becoming an actor in a Japanese soap opera. Now, ten years later, he decides to return to Tokyo to seek closure on his puzzling past.