Crisis Management

(Various, Various Countries, 106 mins)
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Whether it’s trying to cope with addiction, divorce, unemployment, familial responsibilities, impotence, strange mutations, the scars from abuse or a deathbed goodbye, there are crises afoot in this entertaining and enlightening program of short films. This is an emotional roller coaster that’s well worth the ride!

45 Degrees

DIR Georgis Grigorakis / Greece, 2012, 15 min.

Athens, August 2012. Forty-five degrees. The fridge is empty. In a quickly decaying city, an unemployed middle-aged man is reliant on handouts from his brother-in-law to support his family.

America 101

DIR Richard Speight, Jr. / USA, 2012, 10 min.

One man’s life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.

Dear Susan

DIR Susumu Kimura / USA, 2013, 8 min.

On a hospital deathbed, while the line between internal monologue and reality blurs, a man composes a love letter to his wife.

December 25

DIR Wendy Dent / Australia, 2012, 1 min.

A poignant Christmas message that demonstrates the power of words.

Ellen Is Leaving

DIR Michelle Savill / New Zealand, 2012, 15 min.

On the eve of departing overseas, Ellen makes the fateful decision to gift her boyfriend to another girl—but it’s often difficult to move on from someone you once loved.

Genital Extreme Close-up, Prologue to a Romantic Comedy

DIR David Planell / Spain, 2013, 13 min.

When you wake up with someone you just met the night before, anything, or perhaps nothing, could happen.

Ms. Belvedere

DIR Michael Reynolds / USA, 2012, 8 min.

After a failed relationship, a suburban housewife transforms the family car as a way of purging her emotional baggage.

Ostrichland

DIR David McCracken / USA, 2013, 15 min.

Two estranged brothers, a truck full of their deceased father’s UFO memorabilia and a two-day drive home lead to a rough and tumble commentary on sibling relations.

Social Media Anonymous

DIR Jason Berger / USA, 2013, 7 min.

In an AA-like meeting a mixed-age group of social media abusers try to confront their addictions.

Sweet Rabbit

DIR Camiel Schouwenaar / Netherlands, 2012, 14 min.

In this Kafkaesque parable, a bored, devoted housewife thinks her new appendages are the sure end of her marriage. They’re anything but!