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Film School Shorts

It's in the Blood (#309)

This episode features a woman looking for her father, and a story of immigration, love and World War II. [29 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • Into The Dark (#206)

    A Better Place Than This (USC) An executioner on Singapore's death row tries to help a young convict accept her fate, even though it means facing his own demons. Written and directed by Daniel Grove. [27 minutes]

  • Life During Wartime (#207)

    They Also Serve (CalArts) A mother's nerves start to fray as she waits for her soldier son to arrive home for his welcoming party. Directed by Michael Meehan. Road to Peshawar (University of Texas) During the Soviet-Afghan War, a father leads his injured daughter through the treacherous Peshawar Pass. In a literal minefield, her fate becomes linked to that of a Soviet sniper. Directed by Hammad Rizvi. [28 minutes]

  • Daddy Dearest (#208)

    First Match (Columbia University) Fourteen-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boys wrestling team. Despite her practice and training, her first high school wrestling match introduces a new challenge. Written and directed by Olivia Newman. Efrain (USC) Ten-year-old Efrain's father teaches him never to steal, but the lesson comes at a price on the charged Mexican border. Directed by Matthew Breault. [28 minutes]

  • When We Were Young (#209)

    Blue Boy (UCLA) Credited with saving a kid's life, a teenage lifeguard decides to act on his romantic obsession with a gorgeous country club wife. Directed by Alex Jablonski. Bombshell (NYU) All Daisy wants to do is be one of the boys, but when she tags along with her brother and his troublesome friends, she realizes where her heart really lies. Written and directed by Erin Sanger. [29 minutes]

  • Sugar and Spice (#210)

    Penny Dreadful (Columbia University) A novice crook kidnaps the wrong girl...and learns the hard way that you don't mess with Penny. Written and directed by Shane Atkinson. Delicacy (Columbia University) A culinary connoisseur and an expert chef go on a hunt for a rare animal. Directed by Jason Mann. [29 minutes]

  • Final Ascent (#301)

    The Karman Line (New York University) - Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz) stars as a mother who is hit by an unusual condition that causes her to lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate. Directed by Oscar Sharp. [29 minutes]

  • Separation Anxiety (#302)

    Owl and Mouse (New York University) - In this wry tale that celebrates the art of stop-motion animation, a curmudgeonly owl must fight his nature when he has to watch over a young mouse for a night. Directed by Emma J. Noble. So You've Grown Attached (New York University) - An imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement when his creator - and best friend -starts to grow up. Directed by Kate Tsang. Steadfast Stanley (California Institute of the Arts) - A faithful dog must journey through the zombie apocalypse to save his best friend. Directed by John Kim. Fluffy the Flying Fish (School of Visual Arts) - When they move from Los Angeles to Denver, a family has to decide how to transport their pet goldfish, Fluffy. Directed by Ryan Charmatz. [29 minutes]

  • On The Prowl (#303)

    App (American Film Institute) - Desperate to get funding for his groundbreaking new dating app, shy software developer Paul agrees to use the app to seduce a beautiful stranger, but his calculations backfire when he starts to feel a genuine connection. Directed by Alex Berman. Banana Trip (Florida State University) - Three South Korean college boys head to Florida for spring break, hoping to hook up with white girls. Directed by Hyungjik Lee. [29 minutes]

  • Where Do We Go from Here? (#304)

    11-Minute Mile (University of Southern California) - When an arrogant young day-trader is delayed at an airport during the Boston Marathon bombing, the threat of tragedy brings a moment of clarity. Directed by Andrew Wood. Keep the Change (Columbia University) - David has autism, but he prides himself on not being rigid, "like that movie, Rain Man." He enjoys chasing women, offensive humor and "exclusive clubs," but he comes to reevaluate "normal" when he meets a new love interest at a support group. Directed by Rachel Israel. [29 minutes]

  • Choices (#305)

    Late Spring (New York University) - During the Libyan Revolution of 2011, a petty clerk at a police station must choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help. Directed by Zachary Kerschberg. Pagpag (The Refuse) (New York University) - A hard-drinking, rough-edged woman from an impoverished community in the Philippines tries to sell her orphaned granddaughter to an American couple. Directed by John Paul Su. [29 minutes]

  • Lives In Limbo (#306)

    Burn to Send (New York University) - Amidst Saigon's underground motorcycle racing scene, a young man and woman struggle to define their ambiguous romance. Directed by Andinh Ha. [29 minutes]

  • Playing with Power (#307)

    Above the Sea (Columbia University) - In the dangerous underworld of 1930s Shanghai, Fei, a young lady of the evening, must decide how far she is willing to go to exact vengeance. Directed by Keola Racela. Un Mundo para Raul (Columbia University) - When thirteen-year-old Raul is asked to entertain the local landowner's son, a treacherous game of power and pride unfolds between the boys. Directed by Mauro Mueller. [29 minutes]

  • Responsible Parties (#308)

    Disaster Preparedness (University of California Los Angeles) - A hurricane pulls a couple out of their comfort zone and drops them at the crossroads of commitment, disaster and the art of being prepared. Directed by Melissa Finell. Humpty (New York University) - In time to a classic Harry Nilsson soundtrack, slacker Dean decides to revisit an old high school experiment in his quest to prove his parenting abilities to his pregnant girlfriend. Directed by Clare Sackler. [29 minutes]

  • Express Yourself (#310)

    Nani (American Film Institute) - While doing community service, a young graffiti artist befriends an elderly woman and introduces her to the exhilarating rush of tagging. Directed by Justin Tipping. Little Favour (University of Southern California) - Like poetry in motion, a single leaf morphs from clay to pencil to paper as it blows through a series of imaginative worlds. Directed by Yawen Zheng. [29 minutes]

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