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5@5 Daughter of the Night

“You don't know what it's all about. You look to the left, you look to the right. The brightest day and the darkest night." These international tales dive deep into the mysterious and the unknown. A couple finds some unexpected intimacy when caught in the crossfire in Christian Walsh’s Rocket (US 2018, 6 min). Soyeon Kim’s abstract notations of life in a strange land are vividly conveyed in her Diary 2013-2018 (US 2018, 3 min). A Chinese man’s commute home is suffused with questions not easily answered in Tian Tang’s The Butcher (US 2019, 9 min). Ramazi Baranov’s Rumba azul (Mexico 2019, 2 min) explores when loss encounters Latin rhythms. A young boy finds himself in a temporal vortex in Shubham Yogi’s Glitch (India 2018, 15 min). An epic meditation on the role of storytelling and cultural rituals across two different cultures is beautifully rendered in Mehdi Tangestani’s stunning Tragodia (Iran 2019, 11 min). Memory is elusive and decay finds
Mon, Oct 7 6:15 PM
Tue, Oct 8 9:00 PM
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5@5 Feels Like Fire

"My way's easy even if you're fallen or you're struggling. There's still beauty in what we do." Stop-motion, 2D, and 3D animated shorts use wild colors and whimsical characters to explore lives both frustrated and fabulous.
Fri, Oct 4 6:00 PM
Wed, Oct 9 6:00 PM
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5@5 Just in Time to See the Sun

“Clouds roll past and leave their thunder—Just a warning, a warning to be heard.” Not everything is as it seems and expectations are easily subverted in this collection of shorts. A gardening project reveals some darker truths in Maegan Houang’s In Full Bloom (US 2018, 10 min). Ursula Ellis’s Ava in the End (US 2019, 10 min) has a woman form an unlikely bond with her app. Two joggers in a park have a fateful encounter in Paul Urcioli’s Runners (US 2018, 16 min). A dad and his daughter share a touching outing in Max Walker-Silverman’s Lefty/Righty (US 2019, 12 min). A veterinarian’s assistant has a very tough day in Ilya Simakov’s Keep It Quiet (US 2019, 14 min). Dani Pearce’s Backpedal (Australia 2019, 5 min) explores a memory that finds deep resonance for one woman. Rich with emotion, this powerful assembly of stories is one you won’t soon forget.
Thu, Oct 10 6:15 PM
Fri, Oct 11 9:00 PM
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5@5 Life Is for Living

“In this world, there is so much anger. Our lives are in danger. We are all living in fears. We’ve got to stop the tears.” We may be living in challenging times, but today’s teen filmmakers are using film purposefully—and creatively—to tell stories that both confront and counteract the darkness. In this peer-reviewed collection of youth-made shorts, no genre is left unturned—from sci-fi to superheroes, serial-killer comedy to animated adventure: fortissimo (Lilith Jörg, Germany 2019, 2 min), The Cold Season (Josiah Stendel, US 2019, 10 min), Painting the Town: The Street Art of Detroit (William Higbie, US 2018, 10 min), BaBam (Nick Sherman, US 2019, 6 min), Pliashka (Yegor Bondarenko, Ukraine 2017, 4 min), Passenger (Cal Thacher, US 2019, 8 min), Fangs for the Memories (Mason Roech, US 2019, 5 min), The Burdens They Carry (Alyssa Andrews, US 2019, 12 min), Diluted Fear (Jared Goudsmit, US 2017, 5 min), Acceptance!!!!
Sat, Oct 5 11:00 AM
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5@5 Night Hunting Time

“But I still can't get no rest. Brain trapped on a roller coaster, got a pain in my chest.” The mind and body can be both fierce and fragile in this diverse array of shorts. The Body of Christ has a deeper meaning for one religious couple in Ben Kallam’s Washed Away (US 2019, 12 min). The intersection of female oppression and empowerment finds powerful expression in Alexia Maltner’s Guilty (Culpado) (Brazil 2018, 1 min). Two female fighter pilots find their friendship tested in Nicole Emanuele's Wingmen (US 2019, 15 min). An interracial couple in the 1950s have an all-too-real supernatural experience in Jay K. Raja’s The Bumbry Encounter (US 2018, 15 min). An olfactory expert finds his career at a crossroads in Paloma Lingwei Chen’s The Perfumer (US 2019, 24 min). And Maika Monroe (It Follows) stars as a woman forced to face what lurks in the dark of her own home in Kate Trefry’s How to Be Alone (US 2018, 13 min), wrapping up this
Thu, Oct 10 8:45 PM
Fri, Oct 11 6:00 PM
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5@5 Smooth

“And it's just like the ocean under the moon, it's the same emotion that I get from you.” Sometimes all a good story needs is two compelling characters, as each of these shorts deftly illustrates. A trans daughter has a difficult reunion with her mother in Loli Menezes’s poignant Selma After the Rain (Selma Depois da Chuva) (Brazil 2019, 11 min). A round of Seven Minutes in Heaven unearths some harsh truths for a pair of teens in Kaily Smith Westbrook’s Just Between Us (US 2018, 14 min). An unlikely couple share a soulful evening together in Julian Turner’s lovely May (US 2018, 11 min). A protective older sister spends a trying day with her younger brother in Emily Gularte’s Lizard (Lagartija) (Guatemala 2018, 8 min). Star-crossed lovers reveal perhaps too much in a lurid liaison in Amber Schaefer’s It’s Been Too Long (US 2019, 8 min). Nicolas Collins’ Prittyboi (US 2019, 4 min) is a love letter to the Bay Area and to romance on i
Tue, Oct 8 6:00 PM
Wed, Oct 9 8:45 PM
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5@5 Stone Flower

“All around there's a feeling in the air that with the grace of time we’ll be getting closer there.” May Yam’s Xmas Cake – This American Shelf-Life (US 2018, 10 min) shows how starting a go-go band was one woman's way of lashing out at antiquated gender roles. In Robin Hoskyns’ Guardians of Anja (UK 2017, 10 min), we meet the amazing creatures who are doing their part to protect the rainforests of Madagascar. With Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet (US 2019, 11 min), Haydn Reiss pays tribute to one of America’s most renowned humanists, providing an exciting introduction to Whitman's life and demonstrating why his legacy is still relevant today. In Ben Proudfoot's That’s My Jazz (US 2018, 14 min), Milton Abel, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his deceased father, Milton Abel Sr., famed Kansas City jazz musician. In T.J. Parsell's The Gender Line (US 2019, 12 min), transgender musician Cidny Bullens, former rock star and mother of
Fri, Oct 4 9:30 PM
Mon, Oct 7 5:30 PM
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