Scheduled to Attend: Clayton Dean Smith (Off Track Betty), Michael Hilf (The Candidate)
Romance, Technology | 14 minutes
Big data has revolutionized the way we decide what movies to watch, what restaurants to eat at, and what mouthwash to buy … why not our romantic partners? In Jack Marchetti’s short, a Facebook engineer uses profile data to create a hyper-accurate predictive model of romantic compatibility. But will he release it on the world?
Cast: John Kroft, Robin Rose Singer | Director: Jack Marchetti | Writers: Jack Marchetti, Brian Marchetti | Producers: Robin Rose Singer, Ruya Koman, Heather DiPietro
Comedy, Foreign Language (Dutch, French) | 11 minutes
HHM Jury Nomination: Best Short Film
A spoetnik, it seems, is a kabob-like skewer of meatballs and onions originating in the Limburg province of the Netherlands. It is also a not-so-subtle phallic symbol in this quirky comedy from Dutch director Noël Loozen, in which a young food truck worker and a prostitute find love in the shadow of an isolated brothel.
Cast: Jiri Loozen, Jiri Loozen, Michel van Dousselaere | Writer & Director: Noël Loozen | Producers: Gijs Kerbosch, Gijs Determeijer, Roel Oude Nijhuis
Drama | 12 minutes
Jude suffers from a strange affliction in which he feels the entire world shaking. Jude’s neighbor Kenny is just as cut off from the world as he is. Jason Fitzgerald’s film follows two characters with nothing in common except their own isolation who, in coming together, help to make each other feel a little less lonely.
Cast: Will Kelly, Sharnee Tones | Writer & Director: Jason Fitzgerald | Producers: Brenton Pinsent, Jason Fitzgerald, Will Kelly
Greetings From Kropsdam
Black Comedy, Foreign Language (Dutch) | 24 minutes
HHM Jury Nomination: Best Short Film
Lammert is a mild-mannered farmer who breeds pigeons and leads a simple life, until he makes the mistake of accepting a piece of cake at a forum held by a wind turbine company. Soon the NIMBY locals turn on Lammert like a mob at the gates of Dr. Frankenstein. A dry-witted lesson in scapegoating from Dutch director Joren Molter.
Cast: Jesper Olyve, Trijnie Naber, Jasper Groeneveld | Director: Joren Molter | Writer: Britt Snel | Producers: Miel van Welzen, Jesper Olyve
Dark Comedy, Romance | 15 minutes
This voiceover-driven romantic comedy has a little bit of an Annie Hall vibe, except that the protagonist is a secretly murderous wallflower, the love interest is a cocaine-addled party girl, and the ending, strangely enough, is a lot happier. Twenty-five-year-old wunderkind Will Cuddy directs.
Cast: Jack Strom, Em Lew | Director: Will Cuddy | Writers: Sam Stites, Will Cuddy, Zach Feiner, Jeffrey Janoff | Producers: Will Cuddy, Jeffrey Janoff, Zach Feiner
Psychological Thriller, Foreign Language (Spanish) | 7 minutes
This searing vignette from Spanish filmmaker Amanda Álvarez Díaz presents two women trapped in the windowless basement of their abductor. When an opportunity to escape presents itself, we are forced to fathom the tragedy of those enslaved so long that they can hardly imagine freedom.
Cast: Eva López, Milena Cañas, Klaus | Director: Amanda Álvarez Díaz | Writer: Milena Cañas | Producers: Milena Cañas, María Jara, Yery Bermúdez
Off Track Betty
Drama, 19 minutes
The off-track betting parlor was a fixture of New York street life in the 1970s. There’s a shell of one right downstairs from the dilapidated Lower East Side walkup that Betty has called home since the OTB’s heyday. She stalks the gentrified neighborhood like a ghost, until an unexpected visitor brings memories rushing back. Beautifully shot by Clayton Dean Smith with a bravura performance by Diana Ciesla.
Cast: Diane Ciesla, Corwin C. Tuggles, Brooke Sunny Moriber, James Cavanagh Burke, Lawrence Ballard | Writer & Director: Clayton Dean Smith | Producers: Clayton Dean Smith, Liz Ortiz-Mackes, Thomas A. Stark
Comedy | 6 minutes
Jenna and Anne are auditioning another candidate. Their expectations are a little high but this guy appears to have it all. The nature and outcome of the interview are best left unspoiled in this hilarious, spot-on short directed by Michael Hilf.
Cast: Blaire Baron, Robin McDonald, Will Gressman | Director: Michael Hilf | Writers & Producers: Blaire Baron , Robin McDonald