Short of the Week

Jason B. Kohl

Drama about Sexuality in Live-Action

A coming of age love story set in the shacks of Khayelitsha township, one of the most dangerous areas in the world.

Fantasy about Family in Live-Action
Lily Baldwin / 14 min / USA / 2015

An innocent tourist travels to LA and unexpectedly conjures her sister’s last night alive.

Dramedy about Love in Live-Action
Dustin Guy Defa / 18 min / USA / 2014

The morning after hosting a party, a record store owner finds a pretty young woman sleeping on his floor. She refuses to leave.

Drama about Crime in Live-Action
Benjamin Arfmann / 7 min / USA / 2014

A first person POV of the true story of a Sheriff’s deputy who encounters an aggressive driver on a lonely stretch of highway.

Documentary about Identity in Live-Action
Mark Columbus / 7 min / USA / 2014

A deceptively simple film about “the Jimi Hendrix of Fiji,” forced to take a menial job in the United States when his wife became pregnant with the filmmaker.

Drama about Losing It in Live-Action
Matthew James Reilly / 17 min / USA / 2014

At the end of what she hopes to be her last day at work, a young gas station attendant attempts to leave town permanently.

Thriller about Sexuality in Live-Action
Jon Bryant Crawford / 20 min / USA / 2014

NSFW! A troubled teenager seeks help from his neighbor who has a secret. A thrilling psychological scenario ensues.

Dramedy about Love in Live-Action
Jeremy Hersh / 20 min / USA / 2014

From SXSW 2013. A white jewish girl joins her native American girlfriend on a visit to her parent’s place. Her attempts at family bonding go terribly wrong.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Nick Palmer / 15 min / USA / 2013

Every Christmas, Bruce Mertz lights up the neighborhood with his dazzling festive displays – discover how a kid who grew up on a farm with no electricity became Mr. Christmas.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Julius Onah / 14 min / Nigeria / 2013

Uzoma, a young Nigerian boy, likes to play dangerous games with his little brother Chize.

Western about Redemption in Live-Action
Justin Lerner / 25 min / USA / 2013

After spending a year in a juvenile center for beating up his stepfather, Todd Turnbull returns to his backwoods hometown repentant. When he finds his best friend, withering away without any medical attention due to the family’s spiritual beliefs, Todd must make a choice: let his friend die; or break his oath of non-violence.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Mark Lester / 11 min / USA / 2013

A year in the life of a guy and his car. A funny/romantic/tragic short film.

Romance about Love in Animation
Emily Carmichael / 9 min / USA / 2013

Two 8-bit video game characters enter the world of online dating and forge an unlikely romance.

Dark Comedy about Love in Live-Action
Matt Spicer / 10 min / USA / 2013

Starring Gillian Jacobs (Community), a young woman’s relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend makes starts to annoy her.

Drama about Innocence in Live-Action
Eric F. Martin / 13 min / USA / 2013

A short film about a woman who learns she may have been switched at birth.

Comedy about Love in Live-Action
Anthony Deptula / 6 min / USA / 2013

Dating in Los Angeles is hard, especially when you have a crappy car.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Seith Mann / 21 min / USA / 2012

Friends meet at the crossroads of loyalty and morality and are forced to decide which path to walk.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Mads Matthiesen / 18 min / Denmark / 2011

A shy bodybuilder ventures out on a date against the wishes of his over-protective mother in this powerful character-driven film from Denmark.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Sofia Coppola / 14 min / USA / 2011

A cruel clique of high school girls obsessed with social life wreak havoc on their classmates with their psychological torment in this early film by Sofia Coppola.

Drama about Redemption in Live-Action
George Hickenlooper / 28 min / USA / 2011

The 1994 short film classic remade into the Oscar-winning feature Slingblade.

Sci-Fi about Society in Live-Action
A. Sayeeda Clarke / 15 min / USA / 2011

It’s December in New York City, and it’s 120 degrees. Bato and his wife are expecting a baby, but he’s faced with the choice of giving up his identity to ensure a safe delivery.

News / March 11, 2011

As the SXSW Film Festival gears up this weekend, regular SOTW contributor, Jason B Kohl, sat down with two filmmakers from UCLA’s MFA Directing Program en route to Austin. Their…

Experimental about Humanity in Live-Action
Gus Van Sant / 9 min / USA / 2011

A bizarre instructional film from Gus Van Sant’s early days as a filmmaker that teaches us to perfect the details of everyday life and turns out to be an appropriate allegory for filmmaking.

Dark Comedy about Losing It in Live-Action
Chris Morris / 12 min / UK / 2011

An epic battle of the mind between a man and the dog he’s watching.

Drama about Transformation in Live-Action
Peter Sollett / 28 min / USA / 2010

Driven by the prospects of love, young Victor walks his neighborhood in Manhattan’s lower east side struggling to find his place in a world of dominance and empty promises