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
Directed by Joshua Tate
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 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