A FISTFUL OF PISTOLS   Director: Joseph Heath  Two men meet in the wild west for a good old fashioned quick draw shoot 'em up situation.

A FISTFUL OF PISTOLS

Director: Joseph Heath
Two men meet in the wild west for a good old fashioned quick draw shoot 'em up situation.

A FISTFUL OF PISTOLS

 BEANS   Director: Maxwell Nalevansky  An idiosyncratic story of an elderly artist who lives and paints alone on a property in the woods. Steve, the painter, decides one day to make a sign that reads "Free Beans," offering a bowl of steaming hot beans to any drifter who might stumble by. Our Narrator takes the audience through a rhapsodic telling of the day he met the painter who cooked him a life-changing bowl of beans.

BEANS

Director: Maxwell Nalevansky
An idiosyncratic story of an elderly artist who lives and paints alone on a property in the woods. Steve, the painter, decides one day to make a sign that reads "Free Beans," offering a bowl of steaming hot beans to any drifter who might stumble by. Our Narrator takes the audience through a rhapsodic telling of the day he met the painter who cooked him a life-changing bowl of beans.

BEANS

 DAHLIA   Director: Ana Mouyis  Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever-changing world; a hand-painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind.

DAHLIA

Director: Ana Mouyis
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever-changing world; a hand-painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind.

DAHLIA

 HAJJI   Director: R.H. Norman  A fateful encounter between two U.S. Marines and an Afghan teenager fuels a wartime cycle of violence in this inspired-by-true-events short starring Ross Marquand ( The Walking Dead ) and Dayo Okeniyi ( Hunger Games ).

HAJJI

Director: R.H. Norman
A fateful encounter between two U.S. Marines and an Afghan teenager fuels a wartime cycle of violence in this inspired-by-true-events short starring Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) and Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games).

HAJJI

 
 MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES   Director: Charlie Tyrell  In this touching documentary, filmmaker Charlie Tyrell attempts to gain a better understanding of his deceased father through his personal effects—including a stash of VHS pornography tapes—and an exploration of his family history.

MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES

Director: Charlie Tyrell
In this touching documentary, filmmaker Charlie Tyrell attempts to gain a better understanding of his deceased father through his personal effects—including a stash of VHS pornography tapes—and an exploration of his family history.

MY DEAD DAD'S PORNO TAPES

 MY LETHAL WEAPON   Director Hope Leigh  A young blonde must navigate treacherous power dynamics after she's pulled over by an increasingly "friendly" cop.

MY LETHAL WEAPON

Director Hope Leigh
A young blonde must navigate treacherous power dynamics after she's pulled over by an increasingly "friendly" cop.

MY LETHAL WEAPON

 RALPH AND OLLIE   Director: Thomas Bell  Do you ever have trouble relating to other people? No? Yeah, me neither.

RALPH AND OLLIE

Director: Thomas Bell
Do you ever have trouble relating to other people? No? Yeah, me neither.

RALPH AND OLLIE

 POISON   Director: Brandt Shandera  A Tinder date goes from awkward to frightening when the conversation turns to poison.

POISON

Director: Brandt Shandera
A Tinder date goes from awkward to frightening when the conversation turns to poison.

POISON

 
 

RETURN FROM DESOLATION

Director: Justin Clifton
Garrett Eaton, an Afghan war vet, oilman, and river guide, has fought his way back from addiction and certain death with the help of the wild, serpentine rivers of the American Southwest. This is a story of renewal, forgiveness and healing,  but it’s also a bridge between what we think we know and the nuance of what it means to be human in a complex society. Through Garrett's experience, we see the importance of wild, public landscapes to help us all find our way home.

RETURN FROM DESOLATION

 THE SILVER SCREEN   Director: Paul Williams  Film buffs Marty and Anna come into conflict when dreamer Marty's desire to reopen the local movie theater clashes with the reality of the impending birth of their child.

THE SILVER SCREEN

Director: Paul Williams
Film buffs Marty and Anna come into conflict when dreamer Marty's desire to reopen the local movie theater clashes with the reality of the impending birth of their child.

THE SILVER SCREEN

 
 

 

SHORT ENDS

Presented by NERDIST

 42 COUNTS   Director: Jill Gevargizian  Inspired by a true story, two unsuspecting victims spend their night off watching scary movies in an apartment rented from their boss—until they uncover something much more sinister than what they're watching on screen.

42 COUNTS

Director: Jill Gevargizian
Inspired by a true story, two unsuspecting victims spend their night off watching scary movies in an apartment rented from their boss—until they uncover something much more sinister than what they're watching on screen.

42 COUNTS

 AMY   Director: L. Gustavo Cooper.  Set against the backdrop of the deadliest heatwave in recorded history and inspired by America’s most prolific female serial killer, L. Gustavo Cooper's  Amy  provides a surreal and distorted glimpse into a killing spree that captivated a nation in the early 1900s.

AMY

Director: L. Gustavo Cooper.
Set against the backdrop of the deadliest heatwave in recorded history and inspired by America’s most prolific female serial killer, L. Gustavo Cooper's Amy provides a surreal and distorted glimpse into a killing spree that captivated a nation in the early 1900s.

AMY

 BABS   Director: Celine Held  An estranged son discovers an alarming purchase made by his late father.

BABS

Director: Celine Held
An estranged son discovers an alarming purchase made by his late father.

BABS

 BESTIA   Director: Gigi Guerrero  Bestia follows the lone survivor (Mathias Retamal) of a disaster as he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.

BESTIA

Director: Gigi Guerrero
Bestia follows the lone survivor (Mathias Retamal) of a disaster as he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.

BESTIA

 
 GREAT CHOICE    Director: Robin Comisar  A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

GREAT CHOICE


Director: Robin Comisar
A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.

GREAT CHOICE

 THE AFTER PARTY   Director: Colin Costello  Meet Skye Monroe. Reality Show Star. Social Media Queen. And blissfully unaware of how self-centered she is. Skye drinks what she wants, snorts what she wants and takes who she wants. Skye doesn't really have friends, but followers, tagging along for every moment of her life thanks to her endless streams of posts. But tonight, Skye will be put on trial for her deeds. Her courtroom is a little dive bar tucked away in the corner of any urban decay, appropriately called, The After Party. Her jury will be four sophisticated women shooting a game of billiards.

THE AFTER PARTY

Director: Colin Costello
Meet Skye Monroe. Reality Show Star. Social Media Queen. And blissfully unaware of how self-centered she is. Skye drinks what she wants, snorts what she wants and takes who she wants. Skye doesn't really have friends, but followers, tagging along for every moment of her life thanks to her endless streams of posts. But tonight, Skye will be put on trial for her deeds. Her courtroom is a little dive bar tucked away in the corner of any urban decay, appropriately called, The After Party. Her jury will be four sophisticated women shooting a game of billiards.

THE AFTER PARTY

 TRANSMISSION   Director: Varun Raman  Welcome to Britannia. Together we stand alone.

TRANSMISSION

Director: Varun Raman
Welcome to Britannia. Together we stand alone.

TRANSMISSION

 WE SUMMONED A DEMON   Director: Chris McInroy They just wanted to be cool. Instead they got a demon.

WE SUMMONED A DEMON

Director: Chris McInroyThey just wanted to be cool. Instead they got a demon.

WE SUMMONED A DEMON

 

 

WTF (WATCH THESE FILMS)

 ALLEN ANDERS   Director: Laura Moss  Found footage of Allen Anders’ famed 1987 performance at New York City's Comedy Castle offers a revealing window into the troubled comedian's psyche.

ALLEN ANDERS

Director: Laura Moss
Found footage of Allen Anders’ famed 1987 performance at New York City's Comedy Castle offers a revealing window into the troubled comedian's psyche.

ALLEN ANDERS

 BFF GIRLS   Director: Brian Lonano  Three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

BFF GIRLS

Director: Brian Lonano
Three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

BFF GIRLS

 COME ON MANDY   Director: Josh Wilmott  A doc/fiction hybrid about a dog who refuses to listen.

COME ON MANDY

Director: Josh Wilmott
A doc/fiction hybrid about a dog who refuses to listen.

COME ON MANDY

 HECTOR FELIX   Director: William Bagley  A thriller/comedy with a retro vibe, Hector Felix is about a drunk who stumbles upon a group of thugs playing cards in the back of a gas station. Shot on 16mm, and accompanied by a killer soundtrack; Hector Felix is nothing short of a good time.

HECTOR FELIX

Director: William Bagley
A thriller/comedy with a retro vibe, Hector Felix is about a drunk who stumbles upon a group of thugs playing cards in the back of a gas station. Shot on 16mm, and accompanied by a killer soundtrack; Hector Felix is nothing short of a good time.

HECTOR FELIX

 
 HOMER_A   Director: Milos Mitrovic  Found VHS footage tells a disturbing day-in-the-life story of a broken family.

HOMER_A

Director: Milos Mitrovic
Found VHS footage tells a disturbing day-in-the-life story of a broken family.

HOMER_A

 SETACEOUS   Director: Tel Benjamin  A group of neighbors, after being awoken in the dead of night by its alarm, investigate a seemingly abandoned car in the middle of their cul-de-sac in the inner suburbs. Slowly they begin to realize the car may not be as abandoned as first perceived and holds something far darker in store for them.

SETACEOUS

Director: Tel Benjamin
A group of neighbors, after being awoken in the dead of night by its alarm, investigate a seemingly abandoned car in the middle of their cul-de-sac in the inner suburbs. Slowly they begin to realize the car may not be as abandoned as first perceived and holds something far darker in store for them.

SETACEOUS

 SOCKS ON FIRE   Director: Bo McGuire  A failed poet takes up cinematic arms when he returns home to Hokes Bluff, Ala. to find his aunt has locked his drag queen uncle out of the family home.

SOCKS ON FIRE

Director: Bo McGuire
A failed poet takes up cinematic arms when he returns home to Hokes Bluff, Ala. to find his aunt has locked his drag queen uncle out of the family home.

SOCKS ON FIRE

 STAY   Director: David Mikalson  A cult of women summon a demon, but one rogue member, Carol, gets in the way of their plans.

STAY

Director: David Mikalson
A cult of women summon a demon, but one rogue member, Carol, gets in the way of their plans.

STAY 

 
 
 THE ACCOMPLICE   Directors: John F. Beach, Jonathan Hoeg  A man discovers his unwitting participation in a bank robbery across a series of increasingly incriminating (and hilarious) answering machine messages.

THE ACCOMPLICE

Directors: John F. Beach, Jonathan Hoeg
A man discovers his unwitting participation in a bank robbery across a series of increasingly incriminating (and hilarious) answering machine messages.

THE ACCOMPLICE

 WEIRD   Director: Fausto Montanari  In this animated film, a young girl explains how personal preference and individuality are the ties that bind us all together.

WEIRD

Director: Fausto Montanari
In this animated film, a young girl explains how personal preference and individuality are the ties that bind us all together.

WEIRD

 
 

 

SHORTS PAIRED WITH FEATURES

 
 EMERGENCY   Director: Carey Williams  Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. Paired with Lowlife

EMERGENCY

Director: Carey Williams
Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police. Paired with Lowlife

EMERGENCY

 HEARTLESS   Director: Kevin Sluder  Based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart." An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience. Paired with Dementia Part 2.

HEARTLESS

Director: Kevin Sluder
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart." An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience. Paired with Dementia Part 2.

HEARTLESS

 MY MONSTER   Director: Izzy Lee  Christmas is coming. If that's not stressful enough, Lily (Brea Grant) has to contend with a clueless partner (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and an unexpected, inter-dimensional holiday guest who just wants two things—blood and cuddles. Paired with All the Creatures Were Stirring.

MY MONSTER

Director: Izzy Lee
Christmas is coming. If that's not stressful enough, Lily (Brea Grant) has to contend with a clueless partner (Adam Egypt Mortimer) and an unexpected, inter-dimensional holiday guest who just wants two things—blood and cuddles. Paired with All the Creatures Were Stirring.

MY MONSTER

 
 

 

TENNESSEE FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

Presented by Tennessee Entertainment Commission

 AIM CENTER SHORTS   Director: Judith Mogul  A collection of stop-motion animations created by the members of AIM Center, which provides education, employment, housing, wellness and socialization opportunities for adults in recovery from serious mental illness. Created in the art studio using the simplest of means, these animations reveal the emotions, inner thoughts and imaginations of a population in our community that is too often misunderstood and neglected.

AIM CENTER SHORTS

Director: Judith Mogul
A collection of stop-motion animations created by the members of AIM Center, which provides education, employment, housing, wellness and socialization opportunities for adults in recovery from serious mental illness. Created in the art studio using the simplest of means, these animations reveal the emotions, inner thoughts and imaginations of a population in our community that is too often misunderstood and neglected.

AIM CENTER SHORTS

 BIG AND TALL   Director: Clint Till  A young girl and her best friend set off into the woods to find proof of a mythological creature.

BIG AND TALL

Director: Clint Till
A young girl and her best friend set off into the woods to find proof of a mythological creature.

BIG AND TALL

 BLACKOUT DAY   Director: Graham Uhelski  A mini documentary about people’s experiences on the day of the total solar eclipse—August 21, 2017. A filmmaker collaboration of an incredible celestial event.

BLACKOUT DAY

Director: Graham Uhelski
A mini documentary about people’s experiences on the day of the total solar eclipse—August 21, 2017. A filmmaker collaboration of an incredible celestial event.

BLACKOUT DAY

 LEGS   Director: Madeleine Hicks  Cara Smart dreams of one day becoming a professional swimmer, but her mother and doctor have plans to remove her body parts instead. This is a tale as old as time.

LEGS

Director: Madeleine Hicks
Cara Smart dreams of one day becoming a professional swimmer, but her mother and doctor have plans to remove her body parts instead. This is a tale as old as time.

LEGS

 
 
 THE ELEPHANT TREE   Director: Judith Mogul  Combining live action with stop motion animation, The Elephant Tree reveals the intimate relationship between an artist and the landscape around her. Through sketches, sculptures and puppets, a world evolves in the artist's studio that reflect her reverie and sadness for the environment, which eventually is threatened when a developer begins to clear the land.

THE ELEPHANT TREE

Director: Judith Mogul
Combining live action with stop motion animation, The Elephant Tree reveals the intimate relationship between an artist and the landscape around her. Through sketches, sculptures and puppets, a world evolves in the artist's studio that reflect her reverie and sadness for the environment, which eventually is threatened when a developer begins to clear the land.

THE ELEPHANT TREE

 THE LOTTERY   Director: Karen Louisa Linton  What kind of life can you have when your life is assigned for you by your government? One young woman tries to exercise what little freedom she has in order to change her life.

THE LOTTERY

Director: Karen Louisa Linton
What kind of life can you have when your life is assigned for you by your government? One young woman tries to exercise what little freedom she has in order to change her life.

THE LOTTERY

 THE ORDER   Director: Chad Cunningham  Three young scouts have been selected for a prestigious opportunity, but as they struggle to prove themselves, they realize nothing is what it seems.

THE ORDER

Director: Chad Cunningham
Three young scouts have been selected for a prestigious opportunity, but as they struggle to prove themselves, they realize nothing is what it seems.

THE ORDER

 
 

 

Student Filmmaker Showcase

10 MINUTES TO SHOW

Director: Joshua DeFour
Punk-rock drummer Charlotte "Charlie" Howe desperately wants to win an Austin battle of the bands competition, but 10 minutes before her band is set to perform, everything seemingly goes to hell backstage.

10 MINUTES TO SHOW

 HEAD ABOVE WATER   Director: Eric Shahinian  A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

HEAD ABOVE WATER

Director: Eric Shahinian
A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

HEAD ABOVE WATER

 POSERS   Director: Sean Thiessen  A coming-of-age creature feature that's also a story of teenage friendship, buddinglove, and figuring out how to fit in.

POSERS

Director: Sean Thiessen
A coming-of-age creature feature that's also a story of teenage friendship, buddinglove, and figuring out how to fit in.

POSERS

 REDSHIFT   Director: Benjamin Crane  After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize Mars and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life. After the company decides to relocate to the red planet, David is given the option to transfer or remain on earth with his family. As tension rises between him and sister as they care for their dying father, David must weigh his commitment to family and his desire for a better life.

REDSHIFT

Director: Benjamin Crane
After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize Mars and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life. After the company decides to relocate to the red planet, David is given the option to transfer or remain on earth with his family. As tension rises between him and sister as they care for their dying father, David must weigh his commitment to family and his desire for a better life.

REDSHIFT

 
 
 THE MEMORY BANK   Director: Austin Faust  Karen awakens to discover that her payment has been declined at The Memory Bank, a cloud-based organization that retains and organizes customers’ memories. She’s then forced to delete memories in order to create new ones.

THE MEMORY BANK

Director: Austin Faust
Karen awakens to discover that her payment has been declined at The Memory Bank, a cloud-based organization that retains and organizes customers’ memories. She’s then forced to delete memories in order to create new ones.

THE MEMORY BANK

 THE SECRET LIFE OF ART   Director: Catherine Mosier-Mills  What if art came to life at night? Do works of art have personalities ? Do they wish to escape their assigned interpretations and roles? How do these works hold up in a modern context? This digitally-animated piece brings to life well-known works by masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas and Gauguin and explores what would happen if they could interact with each other during a chaotic night at the museum.

THE SECRET LIFE OF ART

Director: Catherine Mosier-Mills
What if art came to life at night? Do works of art have personalities ? Do they wish to escape their assigned interpretations and roles? How do these works hold up in a modern context? This digitally-animated piece brings to life well-known works by masters such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas and Gauguin and explores what would happen if they could interact with each other during a chaotic night at the museum.

THE SECRET LIFE OF ART

 TWINKLE TWINKLE   Director: Mack Winzenburg  A young woman named Amy discovers a mysterious record in her home. The record plays the tune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," but Amy begins to fear for her life when it won't stop, no matter what she does.

TWINKLE TWINKLE

Director: Mack Winzenburg
A young woman named Amy discovers a mysterious record in her home. The record plays the tune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," but Amy begins to fear for her life when it won't stop, no matter what she does.

TWINKLE TWINKLE