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LBJ

The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.

Thu, Mar 30 7:30 PM
Sun, Apr 2 7:00 PM
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The Shelter (Panahgah)

In the outskirts of Rasht city in Iran, a woman has established a shelter for curing and supporting wild and domestic animals. She has done this with the help for her family and friends.

Fri, Mar 31 10:00 AM
Sat, Apr 1 5:00 PM
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Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society

Fri, Mar 31 10:30 AM
Sat, Apr 1 5:00 PM
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Interlude City of a Dead Woman

Set on the otherworldly Greek island Patmos, this story of heartbreak, loss, and faith conveys three emotionally vulnerable travelers through a ritual of penance. Three of the five main characters --- a former opera singer, a priest, and a bullfighter --- have fled to Patmos seeking redemption. The other two, an older British couple, are fugitives of modern life who came here long ago seeking salvation and alternative living. Their interaction will irrevocably affect each other's lives.

Fri, Mar 31 10:30 AM
Sun, Apr 2 5:30 PM
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PANEL: How To Make a Great Short Film
Fri, Mar 31 10:30 AM
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PANEL: Releasing Your Film: Digital Distribution
Fri, Mar 31 12:00 PM
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Shorts 1: What's Past Is Prologue
Fri, Mar 31 12:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 4:30 PM
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The Islands and the Whales
The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life. When a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution on skyrocketing mercury levels in the whale meat, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.
Fri, Mar 31 12:30 PM
Sun, Apr 2 12:30 PM
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Bezness As Usual

Dutch filmmaker Alex Pitstra is 25 years old when he receives a letter from his father in Tunisia, whom he hasn't seen since his early childhood: the career playboy wants to meet him. As he tentatively pursues a relationship with his estranged family, Alex faces not only cultural misunderstandings, but must also confront his mother's resentment and failed expectations.

Fri, Mar 31 1:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 10:00 AM
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PANEL: The New Documentarians
Fri, Mar 31 1:30 PM
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Stronger Than Bullets

A defiant music scene erupts amidst the 2011 Libyan revolution to become the voice against tyranny and oppression - but as victory descends into conflict and chaos, the music goes silent. Will the music thrive once again, or will it remain mired in Post-Revolutionary Blues?

Fri, Mar 31 1:30 PM
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TECH TALK: Future Tech
Fri, Mar 31 2:00 PM
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Before the West Coast

A federal court ruling in 1967 brought all-black St. Augustine High School into Louisiana's all-white Catholic high school sports association. Newly appointed Head Football Coach Otis Washington would face relentless adversity in the years that followed --- a playoff berth lost on a coin toss, discriminatory officiating, unfavorable rulings from the school board, and a championship game defeat --- while cultivating an innovative offensive style of play still used today.

Fri, Mar 31 2:30 PM
Sat, Apr 1 3:00 PM
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Gaza Surf Club

Locked between Egypt and Israel with slim opportunities for escape, a new generation of Gaza?s youth are drawn to the beaches. Sick of political gridlock, armed with makeshift surfboards, they find personal freedom and new ambitions in the waves of the Mediterranean.

Fri, Mar 31 3:00 PM
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Shorts 2: All the World's A Stage
Fri, Mar 31 3:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 7:00 PM
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Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider

EASY RIDER legend and American iconoclast Dennis Hopper's unflappable veneer belied a man constantly teetering towards his next larger than life incarnation. An influential artist, filmmaker, musician, and eccentric, Hopper's crammed and exorbitant life offers a riveting narrative.

Fri, Mar 31 4:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 12:00 PM
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Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine

A harrowing examination of the Ukranian lives violently disrupted by Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Their battle to wrest power from the autocrats and plutocrats who control their governments is a struggle that is being waged around the world, from the Mideast to America. The outcome affects not only the future of Ukraine, but the future of democracy throughout the world.

Fri, Mar 31 4:30 PM
Sun, Apr 2 3:00 PM
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The Archer

High school archery champion Lauren Pierce has just landed in a brutal juvenile correctional facility after hospitalizing a boy in self-defense. Alongside Rebecca, her ferocious fellow inmate, Lauren gathers enough evidence of the institution's corruption to close the prison for good. The pair make their escape through the wilderness, pursued by a warden desperate to make sure his secret stays buried.

Fri, Mar 31 5:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 9:30 PM
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Supergirl
SUPERGIRL follows 11-year-old powerlifter Naomi Kutin’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence — from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying. With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside. (83)
Fri, Mar 31 5:30 PM
Sun, Apr 2 2:45 PM
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Shorts 3: To Be Or Not To Be
Fri, Mar 31 6:30 PM
Sat, Apr 1 9:30 PM
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Katie Says Goodbye
A kindhearted seventeen-year-old in the American Southwest turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
Fri, Mar 31 7:00 PM
Sun, Apr 2 2:30 PM
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The Next Big Thing

Julian's deranged and estranged best friend Chuck shows up with a plan to make Julian famous by filming him 24/7. Unfortunately for Julian, Chuck's real aim is to make a prank show centered on ruining Julian's life. Before long, Julian begins to regret his decision --- but the more humiliating the situation is for Julian, the more voracious his audience becomes.

Fri, Mar 31 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 1 2:30 PM
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Chasing Trane
The life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others.
Fri, Mar 31 7:15 PM
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Davi's Way
Character actor Robert Davi is perhaps Frank Sinatra's biggest fan --- and most prolific impersonator. Hiring a film crew to document his haphazard efforts, Davi is determined to celebrate Sinatra's 100th birthday by recreating his fabled 'Main Event' concert in Madison Square Garden in this unpredictable, poignant comedic documentary.
Fri, Mar 31 7:45 PM
Sat, Apr 1 7:00 PM
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AWOL

Joey, an aimless young woman, searches for direction in rural Pennsylvania working odd jobs. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a way out, but when she meets Rayna, a rough-and-tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, the promise of that path dissolves in ways neither woman could have imagined.

Fri, Mar 31 9:00 PM
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Shorts 4: Farewell, Fair Cruelty
Fri, Mar 31 9:30 PM
Sun, Apr 2 5:30 PM
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The Night Watchman

Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle for their lives against a horde of hungry vampires.

Fri, Mar 31 9:30 PM
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Check It
As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. These 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery, and drug dealing charges. Led by an ex-convict named Mo, members of the Check It gang break the cycle of poverty and violence by creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows, and working stints as runway models.
Fri, Mar 31 9:45 PM
Sat, Apr 1 7:30 PM
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Where To, Miss?

In Delhi, India, violence against women has become so endemic that all-female taxi fleets are established to safely convey women from one side of the city to another. Desperate to broaden the stubbornly-embedden opportunities for women in India, aspiring driver Devi must first defy her father, then stand up to her husband, and finally even confront her father-in-law.

Sat, Apr 1 10:00 AM
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Documentary Shorts: All In A Day's Work
Sat, Apr 1 10:30 AM
Sun, Apr 2 10:00 AM
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PANEL: The Kid Stays in the Picture
Sat, Apr 1 10:30 AM
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PANEL: The Truth About Producers & Directors
Sat, Apr 1 10:30 AM
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Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

The matriarch of New Orleans' rambling Brennan family and the force of nature behind the restaurants Brennan's and Commander's Palace, Ella Brennan, now 91, is a doyenne of hospitality and Creole cuisine. Fired by her own family at one point, she shouldered on in the industry, pushing her chefs to the forefront and helping to launch the celebrity chef phenomenon.

Sat, Apr 1 11:00 AM
Sun, Apr 2 7:30 PM
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The Other Kids
The Other Kids is a bold hybrid of fiction and non-fiction in which real teens collaborated with the filmmaker to tell their own gripping, personal stories.
Sat, Apr 1 11:00 AM
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Lilly and the Magic Pearl
Young Lilly is standing inside a phone booth on the beach, listening to a fairy tale through the phone receiver. She's whisked away into the blue waters for an adventure alongside octopi, jellyfish, and other deep-sea creatures. This all-ages fable celebrates true friendship and honors the shining pearl of goodness at the heart of every child.
Sat, Apr 1 12:00 PM
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PANEL: Writing the Human Experience Across Film, Television, & New Media
Sat, Apr 1 12:00 PM
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World Premiere Shorts: Brave New World
Sat, Apr 1 1:00 PM
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Tracktown
A young, talented, and lonely long-distance runner twists her ankle as she prepares for the Olympic Trials and must do something she's never done before: take a day off.
Sat, Apr 1 2:00 PM
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Jackson
With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation’s battle over reproductive health-care. Constantly warring with the racial and religious tensions of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.
Sat, Apr 1 4:00 PM
Sun, Apr 2 3:00 PM
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Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

Sat, Apr 1 7:00 PM
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Blood Stripe

The trials and tribulations of a female combat veteran and her battle with vigorous PTSD.

Sat, Apr 1 9:00 PM
Sun, Apr 2 12:30 PM
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SATURDAY BASH
Sat, Apr 1 9:30 PM
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Following Seas

Bob Griffith sailed into Honolulu Harbor in 1960 and met fellow wanderer Nancy Hirsch. From that moment they were wedded to the sea. Steering their 53-foot cutter Awahnee to places no small boat had been before, they spent decades navigating the relentless pull of family and adventure. This is not only a story of world records and sailing feats, but of a family who made the sacrifices their dream demanded.

Sun, Apr 2 10:00 AM
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Local Shorts: Much Ado About Maryland
Sun, Apr 2 10:00 AM
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The Last Laugh
This empathetic, poignant documentary examines Jewish heritage, pop culture, and the use of humor as a means of understanding and coping with the Holocaust. Gilbert Gottfried, Rob Reiner, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and other humorists explore the implications of off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech.
Sun, Apr 2 10:00 AM
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PANEL: Film Fatales & WIFV Present: Voices and Vision
Sun, Apr 2 12:00 PM
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One Week and a Day

For Eyal and Vicky, a week of sitting shiva is hardly enough time to mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son. As the world refuses to accommodate the grieving parents ? taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and gravediggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry ? the two find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain control.

Sun, Apr 2 12:30 PM
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Student Shorts: Great Expectations
Sun, Apr 2 12:30 PM
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Best of Fest
Sun, Apr 2 5:00 PM
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The Tiger Hunter

A young Indian man relocates to swinging 1970s Chicago to become an engineer, much to the delight of his overbearing family. When his job opportunity falls through, he must resort to an elaborate charade with misfit, polyester-clad friends in order to woo his childhood sweetheart and win over her father.

Sun, Apr 2 5:00 PM
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40th Anniversary (40 Aniversario)

A couple's anniversary turns into a competitive confessional.

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5 Films About Technology

An anthology of the absurd realities of how modern technology affects our daily lives.

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An Average Story

When Avi Cohen is told by the Central Bureau of Statistics that he is the most average man who ever lived, his life is turned upside down.

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Another Everest
A retired mountain climber triumphs over new challenges.
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August

Deep in Louisiana's swampland, a woman wakes from a fever dream where it has been August for 16 years.

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Boat People

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.

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Bombing

The sudden arrival of her estranged daughter threatens to interrupt a comedian's on-stage debut.

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Bon Voyage

During a cruise on the mediterranean sea, Swiss holiday sailors encounter a sinking refugee boat.

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Chemistry 101
When a shy student musters up the courage to ask out his chemistry classmate, his plan goes awry.
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DeKalb Elementary

Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Eastport 21403

When a bridge repair divides downtown Annapolis and Eastport for two weeks, the self-proclaimed Maritime Republic of Eastport fights to drum up attention for local businesses cut off by the closure.

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Fairy Tales

Fairy Wang is a working-class girl from rural China who becomes an overnight internet celebrity after posting her eccentric fashion designs on Weibo, China's largest social media site.

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Good Cop, Good Cop

Officer Lane is a dedicated but no so bright police officer who just can't seem to understand the concept of good cop bad cop.

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Homework

A young father helps his daughter with her school homework while preparing for his own performance.

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Icebox

Oscar, a young boy from Honduras, is caught crossing the US border and sent to a juvenile immigrant processing facility.

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It was damp, dark and smelled like wood (Es war feucht, dunkel und roch nach holz)

A group of Greek soldiers strategize and debate their secret mission.

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It's Alright (Vi kan ikke hjelpe alle)

Five-year-old Alexa comes to realize that her young mother is out of money and on the verge of a breakdown.

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Juliet

The SEED company launches with great fanfare, JULIET1, the first generation of synthetic pleasure beings.

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Lend a Hand for Love

Two timid people break free from their joyless lives to find love while their hands break free to elope in a love affair of their own.

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Limbo: A Small Measure of Peace

A writer recalls his memories of his lover in the wake of her early and sudden death.

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Love is Blind

Alice must negotiate her lover's escape when her husband returns home early to make amends.

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Meta
An average Joe finds himself trapped inside of a rom-com as a background character with only 90 minutes to prove himself worthy of making it to the sequel.
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Monsters

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world...until the day that she goes outside?

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Moving Target

Ruby is a human rights advocate in Colombia, who lives with armed protection and spends most of her days in the back seat of a car.

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No Stranger Pilgrims

In the remote desert commune of Slab City, a reunited father and son struggle to heal old wounds and unmask the secrets of the universe(s).

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On the Roof (En la azotea)

When a group of boys on a roof start peeping on a woman sunbathing, one of the boy's gaze begins to drift elsewhere.

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On the Run (En Bout de Course)

Jacques has ten minutes to race home and prove to his wife that he did not spend the night in a hotel room with his mistress.

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Out of the Village

A brother and his sister seek closure after Ebola ravages their West African village.

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Rated

Maggie must own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating over their head.

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Rising Tide
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Sleeptalker
A group of girls go to a sleepover. one girl doesn't quite fit in but the sleeptalker might help take care of that.
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Snails (Slimaki)

The 'snail coin' popularity convinces two Polish friends, Andrzej and Konrad, to start their own "escargot" farm that will bring them millions.

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So Good to See You

One cell phone call threatens to jeopardize a dinner party and superficial friendships.

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Speak

The story of a girl haunted by old traumas that threaten her ability to connect to even the most sincere suitor.

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Sundae

A woman bribes her son with ice cream for information...if only he'll just point out the right house.

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T.P.

A naïve roll of toilet paper in a gas station bathroom resolves to escape what fate has in store.

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The Babysitter Murders

A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out? Or do you?

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The Bathtub (Die Badewanne)

Three brothers in a bathtub try to dive back into their idealized past through an old family picture.

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The Bullet

A portrait of world record holding human cannonball, David "The Bullet" Smith Jr.

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The Chop

Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, pretends to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

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The D in David
An embarrassed Statue of David is humiliated by the other museum artworks for being naked.
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The Dash
A young man recounts a powerful poem while contemplating suicide.
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The Last Ring Home
Made in the USA., lost in Asia, stolen in Europe, Lt. Minter Dial's Annapolis class ring altered the lives of many.
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The Ravens

When young Ruby's father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.

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The Sleep of the Amazons (Le Sommeil des Amazones)

Fleeing her past, Camille meets Lena who takes her back to her house where three other girls live and form a tribe... a family so close that everything is shared.

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Tom

Tom leads his mother to believe that his obsession of peeping on a young woman is an actual relationship.

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Tommy and David

Tommy was so impressed when he first saw Michelangelo's David that he started a business to commemorate his favorite work of art.

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Video

A white woman's racist remark is captured on video by two black teenage girls who threaten to post it online.

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Ziggy

A cautionary tale about spoiling your pet.

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Zombriella

8-year-old Miko has attracted the attention of a little zombie girl who follows him with great determination.

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