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American Shorts (FREE)

  • The Platform Theatre (Moore Hall 102) Moore Hall, Central Michigan University Mt Pleasant, MI 48858 United States (map)

A collection of short films made by independent filmmakers across the United States.  
Runtime: 90 min 

Q&A with filmmakers scheduled!

Kill The Light 
Dir: Mark Shimmel
Runtime: 20 min
After the loss of his wife, Ray Brinley spends his days on the road scooping up road kill in Door County, IL. One afternoon he stumbles upon a woman, Cheryl, left for dead. Ray, who is accustomed to picking up 'the occasional dog or a deer, but never a person', invites Cheryl into his modest home in an attempt to help. Together, Cheryl and Ray begin to unravel the mystery of her haunting past. 

Dir: Bryce Patingre
Runtime: 5:34
A runner attempts to beat his personal best on a training run. But he becomes extremely aware of his own mortal limits when he must help a fellow runner who is randomly struck by a falling tree branch and at risk of dying 

Sweet Love
Dir: Stephen Crompton
Runtime: 19:50
Alvin Bojar, a retired entertainment producer, now lives in Sun City Center, Florida, which is one of the state’s many so-called “active living” communities for persons over-55. Alvin sees his current home as a sort of “heaven’s waiting room”, but his sense of humor endures. From the confines of this retirement dreamscape, Alvin recounts his experiences, from more than forty years earlier, of writing and producing a bizarre softcore porn film called Fongaluli. 

Highway Semiotics
Dir: Stephen Crompton
Runtime: 4:20
An outdoor advertising specialist offers insights into the industry and discusses the effectiveness of billboards as a promotional medium for commercial, as well as political and religious, messaging

Danny’s Super 8
Dir: Colin Russell and Alec Rodriques
Runtime: 4 min
A look into the work of underground filmmaker Danny Plotnick and his love for Super-8 film. 

Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge
Dir: Aaron Johnson
Runtime: 8:30
Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary

 They Scream in Silence
Dir: Ashray Dravidian
Runtime: 24:20
Many decades after the war, Berek Kaufman, a Holocaust survivor and a renown painter faces the terrors of his past. Which torn opens the decade-old wound, ultimately making him realize just how fragile life is.

Later Event: February 16
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