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.
The Real World (#1304H) Duration: 27:23 STEREO TVG
THE HERD (Ireland) - A farmer has to deal with many unexpected situations, but when he encounters an animal with an identity crisis, he is a bit flummoxed as to how he should respond to the situation. < br>KINDA SUTRA (US) - Where do babies come from? Mixing animation and taped interviews, this humorous documentary poses this question to a variety of adult and youngsters who explore their earliest understanding of sex, conception and how the two, um.... intersect. With affection, laughter and nostalgia for youth's lost naivete, the subjects recall some of their earliest encounters pertaining to sex and how babies get made.
GHOST TRAIN (Australia)- An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife's dementia is drawn into a macabre cabaret theatre where he becomes captivated by the lead actress. The short documentary shows the many forms of love and how one can find happiness in unexpected places.
The Dog in the Window (#1305H) Duration: 23:37 STEREO TVG
HELIUM (Denmark) - A terminally ill boy makes a friend with a hospital worker. Through his stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world, the boy regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from his daily hardships. Written and directed by Anders Walter. The film won the 2014 Oscar for Best Short.
The Dance of Life (#1306H) Duration: 25:26 STEREO TVG
TANGO UNDERPANTS (Australia/Argentina) - Trying to forget a failed relationship, an Australian woman decides to get as far away as possible. She hopes to start anew in South America. She has changed her scenery, but learns the thing she most needs to change is herself. While in Argentina, she discovers not only the exciting world of the sexy tango, but also the vital importance of the right underwear.
TANGHI ARGENTINA (Belgium) - A lonely middle aged office clerk decides to hook up with a woman on the internet. She loves to tango. There's only one problem. He can't dance. He pleads with a co-worker to teach him to dance. After much cajoling, he accepts the challenge. Little does he know what he has gotten himself into.
Not The Same Without You (#1307H) Duration: 28:38 STEREO TVG
WE KEEP ON DANCING (Australia) - A deep human connection is made - in of all places - in an auto repair shop among men who have never met before. A distraught man with a rundown Volkswagen Beetle comes into the Rainbow Mechanics repair shop with an unusual request. The men in the shop come to the realization that breakdowns happen to more than just cars.
THE PHONE CALL (England) - Heather is shy and spends her days working at a helpline call center. When she receives a call from a distraught man, she has no idea the encounter will change her life forever. Featuring an amazing performance by Sally Hawkins (who did this film right after her Oscar nominated performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine), the film will resonate with anyone searching for a true companion.
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.
Can You Fly? (#1308H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
5 METERS 80 (France) - Ever wonder what giraffes do for fun? Wonder no more.
9 METER (Denmark) - A young track star's mother is in a coma. Every time he breaks his own personal records, his mother responds by moving her finger. He is convinced that if he can push himself to the limit, he can continuing breaking records in the long jump and this will wake his mom up. He sets out to make the most dangerous jump of his life.
DUST (England) - A creepy man follows a young girl and her mother home from school one day and waits until dark to sneak into their house. The mysterious man won't leave until he gets what he wants... and doesn't leave until he gets it.
Never Take No for An Answer (#1309H) Duration: 29:21 STEREO TVPG
GROUNDED (France) - Evelyne needs to travel to London for her mother's funeral. But at the airport, she can't produce her newborn baby's ID. She is not allowed to board her plane. But with the help of Stephanie, a young air hostess, they will fight the inflexible airport rules and bureaucratic red tape. It is a race against time. Will she make it before the gate closes?
SELMA (Tunisia) - After the accidental death of her taxi-driver husband, Selma decides to become master of her own life by taking over his taxi business. She comes up against the Kafkaesque procedures of Tunisian bureaucracy and the heavily entrenched patriarchal society. With quiet determination, she also faces her conservative Muslim in-laws who continue to dictate the way she should behave. Facing difficult odds, she fights to break free.