Narrative Short Film Programs
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
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.
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.
A TEACHABLE MOMENT
Jason Jeffrey | click for director bio |
(Canada, 2016, 8 mins)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.