Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Biting The Hand That Feeds (#1113H) Duration: 28:36 STEREO TVPGV
MATCH HEAD - England
Ten-year-old Meg has burnt down the foster care home that she lived in. As part of her punishment she is ordered to attend counseling sessions in the hope that these will cure her addiction to fire. When ex-arsonist George turns up to show Meg the dire consequences of his obsession, sparks start to fly and the counselor realizes maybe this wasn't such a good idea. A very dark comedy directed and produced by Ian Barnes. Principal cast: Eve Barnes (the filmmaker's daughter), Steven Elder and Zahra Browne.
SHOPLIFTING - Australia
Pete is teaching his youngest son the art of shoplifting. However, as the song goes, "the times they are a-changing." His eldest son takes up internet fraud instead and with the new security panels being introduced in department stores for the first time, Pete suddenly has to fight to keep control of his family, his career and his life. A twisted tale written and directed by Neil Triffett. Principal cast: Gary Samolin, Ivan Bradara and Nathan O-Rourke.
Nice Guys Finish First (#1211H) Duration: 27:32 STEREO TVG
NO MAIL (Australia): Small minds in a small town attempt to ostracize the new postman, who happens to be Muslim, and their actions divide the town. When the postman's co-workers rally behind him the residents are forced to face the same exclusion they imposed on him.
AMBER AMULET (Australia): Meet Liam, a lonely twelve year old boy whose alter ego is the Masked Avenger, a superhero with powers so potent, not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Dressed in his superhero outfit and accompanied by his best friend, Richie the Power-Beagle, the Masked Avenger roams his neighborhood putting things right. There is a damsel in distress in the house down the block. It's time to spring into action.
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Man's Best Friend (#1104H) Duration: 29:09 STEREO TVG
MY HAPPY END - Germany
All dogs love to chase their tail. This particular dog succeeds in catching it. Not only does this act change his life, but his new best friend's life as well. An affectionate tribute to the old Saturday morning cartoons we all grew up with. Directed by Milen Vitanov.
TALKING DOG FOR SALE, 10 EUROS - France
When a man sees a curious advertisement for a talking dog for sale really cheap, he pursues the offer with natural skepticism. It's got to be a joke, right? Written, produced and directed by Lewis-Martin Soucy. This is Lewis-Martin's second film to be part of Imagemakers (Season three - Handicap). Principal cast: Roberto Alvarez, Rikar Gil and Camilo Garcia.
DOG YEARS I & II- England
Ben, a frustrated mongrel ties to make sense of his human companion's strange behavior. When his supposed best friend takes him to get castrated, Ben has a hard time seeing the bright side of the situation. A dog's life is not all it's cracked up to be. Shot on super 8, the hilarious film gives a dog's perspective on the meaning of life. When nothing seems to make sense, all you've got left is to live in the moment. Written and directed by Sam Hearn and Richard Penfold.
DAVID AND GOLIATH - USA
David, a Jew and a resistance fighter, flees for his life as he is being hunted down by Nazi soldiers. David finds refuge in a nearby farmhouse where he hides in a dog house protected by a ferocious German Shepherd, who ultimately becomes his savior. An extraordinary true story set in 1943 Czechoslovakia and based on the life of David Bako. Produced, written and directed by George Zaverdas. Principal cast: Billy Burke, Kent Kasper, Jim Boeven and Rudolf Martin.
Starting Over (#1103H) Duration: 25:20 STEREO TVG
EVEN GODS - Ireland
Recovering alcoholic Hughie has been living in a long-term homeless shelter for as long as he can remember. But when his long forgotten daughter contacts him out of the blue and wants to see him for the first time in 13 years, the long buried wounds of the past come back into sharp, painful focus. A heart-wrenching tale about the power of reconciliation with a tour de force performance by lead actor Lalor Roddy. Written and directed by Phil Harrison. Principal cast: Lalor Roddy, Laura Thompson and Lois Turkington.
JONNY BOY - Ireland
After a lifetime of love, faithfulness and loyalty, Jonny's terminally ill wife confesses a secret that she has kept secret for thirty five years. A secret stash of letters takes Jonny on a journey of discovery of feelings that had long since been denied, but never forgotten. Directed by Laura Way. Principal cast: Jon Polito, Kathleen Tierney, Ronan Wilmot and Irene Wright.
Dead Last Option (#1105H) Duration: 29:05 STEREO TVPGV
TRUE LOVE - Australia
A woman has suffered years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. When he starts focusing his rage on her daughter, she snaps and kills him. She never thought she had it in her to kill somebody. Now does she have it in her to bury the evidence? The original and unpredictable thriller that will have you guessing up to its shocking climax. Directed by Robert Braiden. Principal cast: Niki J Price and Jamie Dunn.
CURFEW - USA
At the lowest point in his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his 9-year-old niece. Years may exaggerate the distance separating brothers and sisters, but blood ties run too deep and cannot be ignored. Written, directed and edited by Shawn Christensen. Principal cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek and Kim Allen.
Planet Animation (#1206H) Duration: 26:19 STEREO TVG
WIND (Germany): Global warming has taken its toll on a windy town. The inhabitants are resourceful and adapt to the new routine... that is until the gust stops... then things really get "blown" out of whack.
BEAR ME (Germany / Poland): One day, I found a bear... or he found me. I couldn't get rid of him. We became to closest of friends. The film shows how love makes for strange bed partners.
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN (United States): Marcel the Rooster, survives bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Despite being blind in one eye, he remains the proud King of Tervuren. Never underestimate the willpower of a one-eyed rooster.
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES (Holland): A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster and those left behind to pick up the pieces.
Another One Night Stand (#1101H) Duration: 26:26 STEREO TVPG
THE PICK UP ARTIST - Germany
Olli is a playboy. He finds himself just as he did the morning before - in another strange woman's bed. As he plans to make his escape after another conquest, he comes face to face with his worst nightmare - the woman's 6 year old daughter. Little Yvonne is not happy with the unlucky love life of her mother and decides to take matters into her own hands. Produced and directed by Steffen Weinert. Principal cast: Steffen Groth, Chantal Hourticolon and Nina Weniger.
SATURDAY GIRLS - France
Waking up alone the morning after a one-night stand is bad enough. Finding yourself alone with your one-night-stand's little brother is worse. Little Leon explains rather matter-of-fact, she's expected to be his babysitter for the day. Written and directed by Emilie Cherpitel. Principal cast: Cecile Cassel, Antoine Rodet and Vincent Marie.
Cry for Love (#1108H) Duration: 28:38 STEREO TVPGL
DIVISION OF GRAVITY - England
Kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises. With every goodbye you learn. Love can take your breath away as well as break your heart. A woman lets her heart reveal lessons of a love lost. The fragility of love is captured eloquently and gorgeously by director Rob Chiu. Principal cast: Rebecca Calder and Max Wrottesley.
NEW YEAR - Germany
The morning after celebrating New Years' Eve is going to define the relationship between Michael, Anna and Fabian. It's the start of the New Year. It's time for things to change. Written, directed and edited by Thomas Hartmann. Principal cast: Alexander Merbeth, Ann-Cathrin Schaible and Jan Taubert.
FALLING APART - Holland < br />Frank is a quiet, ordinary man with an extraordinary problem. His life is no longer subjected to the laws of gravity. Frank's life is turned upside down, figuratively and literally. Finding love is hard enough as it is when you're shy. His unusual situation forces him to resort to desperate measures. Written and directed by Jasper Wessels. Principal cast: Stijn Koomen and Tamara Bosma.
Future Shock (#1202H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-V
THE GATE (England): A new virulent strain of rabies is thought to be responsible for a number of horrible deaths in the city of London. It soon becomes clear that the cause of the condition has a much more sinister origin.
PEACEFORCE (Denmark): Copenhagen, Denmark. 2045. A global economic collapse has left humanity on the brink of total anarchy. A young, inexperienced and idealistic peacekeeper volunteers for an unusual mission. Elephants had become extinct years ago, but the locals tell of an elephant that is currently on the loose leaving dead and injured in its wake. He decides to appease the locals and visits them, but before long he is in over his head.
A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (#1213H) Duration: 28:55 STEREO TVG
ALL SOUL'S DAY (Poland): On her eighteenth birthday, Lena is trying to bond with her family, but as usual, they seem to be ignoring her. It also happens to be All Soul's Day, a time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one's roots. Lena set out in search for her long-lost father. Events of the day transpire that ultimately lead her to reassess what family truly means.
THE PARAKEETS (France): Lili, an ill young woman going through cancer treatment, is faced one morning with the sudden loss of her hair. She cannot bring herself to leave her apartment. Her best friend proposes a radical solution: to give Lili a radical makeover from head to toe. Lili agrees to be transformed. Little does she know that this makeover will fundamentally change not only her day, but also her life. When your inhibitions are the last things you have to lose, that's when freedom begins.
Humor Me (#1201H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING (Finland): All hell breaks loose when a family oversleeps on the day they are supposed to be attending a wedding. A comedy featuring disinterested kids, a clueless husband and a wife who has to take care of everything herself - sound familiar?
NO COMMENT (France):When an English speaking tourist asks a beautiful young woman for directions in Paris, she reads him the riot act, assuming he's simply trying to pick her up.
THE DATE (Finland): Tino, a geeky and shy teenager, has to host a date for Diablo, his family's pedigree stud tomcat. An embarrassing frank mother and her good looking daughter arrive with their prized possession.
THE OP SHOP (Australia): It came in a box. No name. No description. Just a strange donation that three elderly women at a thrift shop were determined to sell for $3.50. But then... and then again... and once more... they slowly unlock its secret.
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The Gravity of Life (#1203H) Duration: 26:32 STEREO TVG
43,000 FEET (New Zealand): You think you've got problems? When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43,000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes 48 seconds before he hits the ground.
EXPLOSIONS (Australia): As gravity appears to fail all around them, the inhabitants of a neighborhood begin to mysteriously float into the sky. After failing to save her boyfriend from this phenomenon, will she succumb to the same fate?
BRIDGE (New Zealand): A woman finds herself along after dark waiting for a train on an empty platform... or so she thinks. She starts to run as she is pursued by a faceless stranger... or so she thinks. She slips and is knocked out. When she wakes up, her world is truly upside down and she must decide if it's time to let go of the past.
Behind The Veil (#1212H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (France): Marie, adopted at the age of five under strange circumstances, lives in the French countryside with her father and younger sister. One fateful evening, the family finds a strange young girl hiding in their barn. On the run from the law, this stranger will change Marie's life forever and bring her hidden past into sharp focus.
AFTER THE CLASS (Iran): In this emotionally nuanced family drama, a high school teacher's day begins with the good news of a promotion. But later, her independently minded daughter brings less welcome news. A universal story about what freedom and independence means for a modern day woman.
Island of Misfit Toys (#1209H) Duration: 44:10 STEREO TVG
FUGU & TAKO (Australia): Two friends have very discerning tastes when it comes to sushi. They want only the freshest sushi. When one friend reprimands the chef for stale sushi, the chef gives him really fresh sushi. Be careful what you wish for.
ELEPHANT (Spain): Manuel is a middle aged man with a dull life. He is trapped in a monotonous job. His family takes him for granted. But one day his doctor tells him he suffers from a rare disease that will turn him into an elephant.
EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada / France): Edmond is not like everybody else. Some may say odd. He is very well aware he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice.
Woman to Woman (#1205H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVPG
DOTTY (Australia): Sitting on her bed in a nursing home, a stubborn old woman struggles to send an important text message to her daughter. When her morning cup of tea arrives, Dotty manages to rope someone else into her endless battle with her cell phone. Through stubborn persistence, love conquers technology.
KIRUNA KIGALI (Sweden / Rwanda): In the midst of a snowstorm, a woman is driving her way to the hospital in Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden. Under the scorching sun in a remote village near Kigali, Rwanada, another woman is being carried to the nearest hospital on a stretcher by the village boys. Two single mothers to be on the verge of giving birth are separated by thousands of miles, but share the same fear of childbirth and being a single parent.