Competition Narrative Shorts
Shorts Program 3: Got to Give It Up
Total Running Time: 94 MIN
DIRECTED BY LEVI ABRINO
USA, 2011, 17.5 MIN
A divorced dad tries to win back his family by buying a pony for his son’s 8th birthday in this bittersweet comedy from Levi Abrino (“The Lonely Bliss of the Cannonball Luke,” FFF 2008) that was co-written by Oscar-winning director Luke Matheny (“God of Love,” FFF 2011).
DIRECTED BY JARL OLSEN
USA, 2011, 1.5 MIN
What’s up with all the plush toys people display on their dashboards? FFF veteran Jarl Olsen (“Devil Doll” & “Cry Radio,” FFF 1999) explores the subject of his photographic obsession in this charmingly narrated slideshow.
DIRECTED BY LAURIE THOMAS
USA, 2011, 12 MIN
A talented 13-year-old girl, driven to a singing audition by her father, has a surprise pit stop that changes everything. This powerful, unflinching drama was shot in Orlando and Tampa using local cast and crew.
DIRECTED BY LUCAS LEYVA
USA, 2011, 4 MIN
Narrated by a dying shark, this film metaphorically explores the Cuban American exile experience using captivating black-and-white imagery and snippets of Cuban film and literature.
DIRECTED BY BRIAN LANNIN
USA, 2011, 16.5 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE/2ND US SHOWING
Jez lives in a remote cabin on a frozen lake in the Adirondacks, where she cares for her bedridden husband. She’s ready to escape.
DIRECTED BY TATJANA NAJDANOVIC
USA, 2011, 13 MIN
Fionnula Flanagan (Waking Ned Devine, TV’s Lost) and longtime friend of the Festival Seymour Cassel (Faces, The Royal Tenenbaums) play a senior couple engaged in some extremely—ahem—stimulating dinner conversation.
DIRECTED BY JACOB CHASE
USA, 2010, 9 MIN
Sarah Paulson (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty, The Hunger Games) have an awkward encounter at an indoor playground in this cringe-inducer, written by master misanthrope Neil LaBute (“Sexting,” FFF 2011).
DIRECTED BY MARTIN ANDERSEN
USA, 2011, 20 MIN
In this taut thriller, a man wakes up in an abandoned warehouse, buried up to his waist in cement. The only person who hears his cries for help is a man accusing him of an unspeakable crime.