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Film School Shorts

Sum of Its Parts (#107)

Crazy Glue (NYU) and Bicycle (Biola): A story about love, glue and its extraordinary bonding properties for a husband and wife. Directed by Elizabeth Orne.

Mamoru Amagaya is humiliated by a co-worker and leaves his job. Now alone and without work, parts of Mamoru's bicycle begin to disappear. When the only remaining piece is a lonely bell, Mamoru receives an envelope revealing where the missing bike parts might be retrieved. Directed by Dean Yamada. [27 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Film School Shorts is a new weekly series that showcases short student films from across the country. Each week, viewers can watch hot new episodes featuring quirky comedies, slice-of-life dramas and hard-hitting thrillers from cutting edge filmmakers. Short Films + Big Productions = Film School Shorts.

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  • Okay, Cupid (#101)

    The Hunter and the Swan Discuss their Meeting (NYU) and God of Love (NYU): A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman whose captured robe led to their courtship. The evening goes one direction - downhill. Writer/director Emily Carmichael. 2011 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short, God of Love follows Raymond, an artist who combines singing with his champion dart-throwing ability to harness the power of love. Writer/director Luke Matheny. . [27 minutes]

  • Growing Pains (#102)

    I Feel Stupid (UCLA) and My Name is Your First Love (Columbia): Lein is an awkward teenager, obsessed with pigeons. When her childhood friend Amber comes to visit, Lein's world opens far beyond the pigeon coop. Directed by Milena Pastreich. A teenager works as a gardener for his neighbor. His infatuation with his employer deepens and his afternoon hedge trimming turns into an obsession. Directed by Rob Richert. [28 minutes]

  • Letting Go (#103)

    The New York University film "The Chair" and Columbia's "Bunny" are showcased. [24 minutes]

  • Fire and Fury (#104)

    Fireworks (Columbia), Pearl Was Here (Cal Arts) and Spark (Univ. of Texas): Against a Fourth of July backdrop in Los Angeles, two boys with firecrackers go on a quest to impress a group of girls. Directed by Victor Hugo Duran A scraggly girl slips away from her mother to hide among stuffed animals in the safe and sealed environment of a claw machine. Written, directed by Kate Marks. Ricky is left outside while his dad visits a lady friend. Suddenly, he's confronted by her daughter, Callie. Written, directed by Annie Silverstein. [27 minutes]

  • Blood Is Thicker Than Mud (#105)

    The Fighting Kind (Chapman Univ.) and Northeast Front (Univ. of Texas) : Davin, estranged from his family for years, returns home in desperate need of financial help. He learns that his sister may be the sibling who's truly in need. Written, directed by Nils Taylor. Based on a true story, Esperanza's love for her children knows no bounds, but her limits are pushed when she is forced to save her son from Mexico's dangerous cartels. Written and directed by Angela Camarena Torres. [28 minutes]

  • Man Up (#106)

    The Genius From Quintino (Columbia) and Kiss Me (UCLA): Ricardo, a mechanic nicknamed 'the genius', lives in Quintino, just north of Rio de Janeiro. When a mysterious young boy shows up at his garage with a broken toy, Ricardo is suddenly faced with his forgotten past. Written and directed by Johnny Ma. Boxer Kid Vargas is forced to face up to a devastating truth after he kills his opponent, Johnny Vasquez, in the ring. Consumed by the guilt of killing, Kid's shame is intensified by his repressed homosexuality. Written and directed by Jules Nurrish. [25 minutes]

  • Risky Business (#108)

    A Doctor's Job (UCLA) and Teleglobal Dreamin' (Tisch Asia): Dr. Ramon Moran is an ER physician and cab driver. Set in Peru, Ramon picks up a fare that will radically change his day. Written, directed by Julio O. Ramos. Rosa is a Filipina telemarketer with a crush on Dale, a corporate-trainer from Hollywood. After learning he's an actor, Rosa presses to be his guide around town. Word about Dale's 'fame' spreads quickly, until an unexpected turn of events changes things dramatically. Directed, written by Eric Flanagan. [27 minutes]

  • Creature Comforts (#109)

    Caterwaul (CalArts) and Josephine and the Roach (USC): An aging fisherman seeking closure over the death of his wife develops an unusual relationship with a lobster. A short film by Ian Samuels. A surreal, offbeat story about a cockroach who falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests. They make beautiful music together, but her brutish husband stands in the way of their happiness. A short film by John Langager. [27 minutes]

  • Strange Bedfellows (#110)

    The Passage of Mrs. Calabash (AFI) and The Girl and the Fox (Savannah College of Art and Design): On an overnight train journey, a young woman and a retired professor exchange stories. Told in reverse, their deepest secrets are revealed. A short film by Scott Tuft. A family living in the wilderness discovers a fox has been killing their livestock. The young daughter has no choice but to track down the animal in order to ensure their survival. A short film by Tyler J. Kupferer. [24 minutes]

  • Together Alone (#201)

    WILL (CalArts) On 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Directed by Eusong Lee. Under (Columbia University) A recovering drug addict and her fiance journey to a remote country cabin so she can get clean. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Written and directed by Mark Raso. [28 minutes]

  • This Perfect World (#202)

    Short Term 12 (San Diego State University) One eventful day at a group home for at risk adolescents turns into a personal journey for the head counselor, who must balance violent quarrels with a birthday celebration. Directed by Destin Cretton. Dia de los Muertos (Ringling College of Art and Design) A little girl visits the land of the dead and experiences the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos with the help of someone very special to her. Winner of a Student Academy Award. Directed and produced by Lindsey St. Pierre, Kate Reynolds, and Ashley Graham. [26 minutes]

  • Holy Hipster (#203)

    DUVID (University of Michigan) Pressured by his Satmar Hasidic community to settle down and start a family, Duvid Stern decides to experiment with the world of underground electronic music and psychedelic drugs. Directed by Chelsea Rebecca. [27 minutes]

  • The Cake Is A Lie (#204)

    Springtime (NYU) In search of her "springtime", an 86-year-old pork sung maker quits her shop in rural Taiwan to head to the big city. Written and directed by Erica Liu. Doubles with Slight Pepper (NYU) Despite their strained relationship, a young Trinidadian street-vendor must decide if he will help save his estranged father's life. Written, directed, and produced by Ian Harnarine. Executive produced by Spike Lee. [29 minutes]

  • Big City Blues (#205)

    Priceless Things (NYU) When a piece of jewelry goes missing in a salon in Brooklyn, a recently engaged couple suspect the immigrant employees know more than they admit. Written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss. I am John Wayne (Columbia University) In New York City, an urban cowboy avoids going to his friend's funeral. Written and directed by Christina Choe. [28 minutes]

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