Program 3: Family Matters

Family is the center of most cultures around the world and at the heart of this program. These films examine an array of human issues and how our relationship with loved ones plays a role in shaping our every day lives for better or for worse.

Total Program Runtime = 88 min


Guest Room

Directed by Joshua Tate

Synopsis: A young woman with Down Syndrome grapples with intimacy, identity, and adulthood after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend.

Runtime: 13:00 minutes

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Baby Mary

Directed by Kris Swanberg

Synopsis: Shot with non-actors on the west side of Chicago, Baby Mary, is the story of eight-year-old Kiara, who finds a neglected toddler and decides to take her home.

Runtime: 8:00 minutes






The Hero Pose     

Directed by Mischa jakupcak

Synopsis: Mia a precocious eight year old wants to do anything but hang out at her father's house trying to sell a car that doesn't run.  This short film explores these two characters, their relationship and those precious moments in life when two people are able to pause, breath and connect.

Runtime: 12:14 minutes




Animals I Killed Last Summer      

Directed by Gustav Danielsson

Synopsis: A young boy kills small animals and his father can’t handle it. A handful of small animals are killed, and in the end even the father gets blood on his hands. This is a macabre, comical story of a moral dilemma with no easy answers.

Runtime: 14:50 minutes




The Distant Touch

Directed by Jun Chen

Synopsis: The Distant Touch is a 2D animation about a baby fox’s quest to find his mother. It shows an animal’s inner world that has been destroyed by human beings.

Runtime: 4:56 minutes





Directed by Stella Kyriakopoulos

Synopsis: A mother and daughter start out from downtown Athens and head to the northern suburbs of the city. Nina thinks she's going on a walk.

Runtime: 11:24 minutes





Directed by Mick Andrews and Brett O’Gorman

Synopsis: A stubborn old lady struggles to send a text message to her daughter.

Runtime: 10:48 minutes





Directed by Chris King

“Birthday” is a about a severely wounded Marine and his wife coming home for the first time following months of surgeries and rehabilitation. It is a powerful, realistic and dignified depiction of what it is like for our severely wounded soldiers and their spouses as they face enormously difficult times ahead.

Runtime: 12:30 minutes