DC Shorts 2016 Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Special Shows

Homework

Drama • Germany • 7 Minutes

A young father (27), his twelve year old daughter, one night club, two secrets and a lie that will solve everything.

Bear (Bär)

Drama • Germany • 8 Minutes

My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something that he would say or do, but he would never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew it, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.

Rock Bottom

ComedyDrama • United States • 12 Minutes

Winner of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival’s 2016 Script to Screen Contest: A twenty something year old woman is brought out of her funk by the six year old boy she baby sits.

Shabu Shabu Spirit

Comedy • Japan • 10:31 Minutes

A fiancé, Keita, goes to meet the family, the father, Shozo, begins his secret appraisal – a test to see whether this fiancé is worthy or not of marrying his daughter. Trying to reduce the distance between them, the mother prepares a single nabe (cooking pot) for the shabu-shabu meal. As Shozo’s eyes glint brightly, Keita reaches towards the shabu-shabu.

Lobster fra Diavolo

Comedy • United States • 14:11 Minutes

Nonna (Grandma) is about to prepare her linguine lobster fra diavolo as part of the traditional Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. She calls on vegan granddaughter, Angela, to go get the live lobster. While Angela cannot say No to her beloved Nonna, Mr. Lobster has other ideas.

Lockdown

DocumentaryDrama • United States • 5:15 Minutes

In elementary schools nationwide, students and teachers rehearse for the possibility of a violent intruder through lockdown drills.

Tied to the System

DocumentaryDrama • United States • 19:20 Minutes

A poetic protest against police brutality. Last year I began my thesis project to do my part in heightening awareness of police brutality. With that I’ve been waiting for the right to release it which is foolishness, the time is now. Please pass it along.

Zoo (Volkerschau)

Drama • United States • 11:01 Minutes

Zoo (Volkerschau) is about two girls, one African, one German, preparing to see a live show featuring an exotic creature at the World’s Fair in 1958. Same expectations, drastically different outcomes. One thing for sure; we don’t know racism until it’s taught to us.

Fairness Rising

Documentary • United States • 29:01 Minutes

Washington D.C.’s Franklin Square is famous for its hundreds of unhoused patrons who congregate there daily. Less known is the stately building that haunts its eastern end: Franklin School, the shelter that used to house them. Formed in response to the shelter’s closing, People for Fairness coalition – an advocacy group made up of unhoused and formerly unhoused men and women – sought to stand up for themselves and the city’s most vulnerable, when they realized no one else would. Experience a year with these amazing men and women as they architect two powerful events that silently shake the city, portending an imminent political quake. They will stop at nothing short of housing for all, but will the brutal winters that increasingly claim the lives of their friends, family and those they serve silence their stride?

Raise to Rise

Documentary • United States • 29:28 Minutes

Experience D.C. General from the inside as a brave mother raising her two-year-old maintains a secret iPhone diary of their time at a shelter notorious for its uninhabitable conditions and structural neglect. This intensely intimate film looks at how one’s own childhood can lead to parenting a child under equally harrowing circumstances – and how one mother puts a stop to this suffocating feedback loop.

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