Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

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Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Total Running Time: 91 MIN

From landing the quintessential skateboard trick, to a sleepover that will be talked about for years to come, this program might seem a little crazier than most, but the films collected here actually address the human (and corgi) condition with profound insights into parent/child relationships, gender and identity, and making one’s own inimitable mark on a world that has seen an overpowering sense of change in the last two years. So please join us in celebrating some unique voices working in the state today.



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Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

¡OLLIE!

Directed by: Abiesel Aleed Báez and Corey Ray Marr

USA, 2021, 5m

In Spanish with English subtitles

Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2021 Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase, this UCF film follows a young Hispanic man skating his way through life as he faces his biggest challenge yet: landing the ollie.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

I Won’t Let You Get Lost

Directed by: Dakota Renée

USA, 2021, 10m

A UCF student’s personal experience in coming out as a bisexual trans man to their mother presents in a series of interviews that take place in both subject’s cars. Through the combination of these interviews, we witness a very personal coming-out experience from two distinct perspectives.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Barking Orders

Directed by: Alexander Tullo

USA, 2021, 2m

When the entire British royal family tragically dies, the Queen’s corgi finds himself next in line for the throne in this hilarious animated short from Ringling College of Art & Design that received the student Oscars® Silver Medal.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Lioness

Directed by: Molly Smith

USA, 2022, 7m

A moving and powerful look at the bonds of parenthood. Barricaded in a motel room, a mother’s determination and primal instincts kick in to protect her child’s innocence.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Hammer

Directed by: Masood Ahmed

USA, 2022, 11m

Executive produced by Michael Jordan’s son Marcus, this stunning documentary follows Delray Beach boxer Erickson Lubin as he prepares for his first pay-per-view fight.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Chicks

Directed by: Geena Marie Hernandez

USA, 2022, 12m

It could almost be a midnight movie! FSU alum Geena Marie Hernandez throws the covers back to finally dispel the myth of what teenage girls REALLY do at sleepovers.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Julian Comes Home

Directed by: Joseph Ziad Khoury

USA, 2021, 9m

In this winner of the 2021 Central Florida Film Slam, 21-year-old Julian comes home from college after experiencing symptoms of agoraphobia and panic disorder. Fed up with anguish, he forces himself to leave his house.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Linda

Directed by: Kali Kahn

USA, 2022, 12m

An estranged mother and daughter struggle to wade through their murky relationship during an insidious getaway in Central Florida. Evocative and richly imbued with Florida vibes comes a new film from the director of the equally exquisite “Fairchild” (FFF 2020).

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Pink is the Color of the Ocean

Directed by: Summer Schantz

USA, 2021, 14m

Living in a trailer by the sea, Carmen does everything to give her half-sister May a better childhood than the one she had in this haunting film about losing the freedom of youth by taking on the de facto parenting role in one’s sibling’s life.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Hot Dogs!

Directed by: Frank Volk

USA, 2022, 7m

UCF alum Frank Volk returns for his third visit (“Things Happen Because,” FFF 2020; “Sitting Still,” FFF 2021) with this unique animated film about a hot dog man who has a crisis of faith.

Sunshine & Swampland: New Florida Shorts

Dino Bone

Directed by: Jordan Power and Sam Durkin

USA, 2022, 2m

After seeing a suggestive fossil of two dinosaurs “getting it on,” an anxious father tells his curious son a series of little white lies to avoid having “the talk,” in this hilarious animated short from the Ringling College of Art & Design.

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