Arts Garage, 3:30 PM
NEW DRAMATIC SHORTS
100 min : The AC Cinefest presents a diverse program of new dramatic short films, some filmmakers in attendance.
TOM IN AMERICA
17 min, Dir: Flavio Alves
For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now, they must redefine their future, and decide if it is one their love can survive. Stars Burt Young (Oscar nominee, Rocky) and Sally Kirkland (Oscar nominee, Anna).
12 min, Dir: Pat Kazanjian
Two simple tiny shorts make up Breaktime. All cast actors work with mental and learning disabilities. “Rootbeer” is a story of two friends taking a break from work to get soda. “Hero Sandwich” is a glimpse of super heroes at lunch break.
10 min, Dir. Debra Markowitz
Events beyond Emily Hemming’s control cause her to leave her family whom she loves, but she clings to them even though she knows she can’t stay. Stars Molly Ryan, Joseph A. Halsey and Sal Rendino.
26 min, Dir. Susanne Boeing
Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.
SOFT SHELLED CRAB AND METAL CLAW
14 min, Dir. Joseph Accardi
The Soft Shell Crab and the Metal Claw follows Wei Tang, a Chinese woman in her mid twenties, who finds herself enslaved by the bonds of marriage to an abusive husband, the owner of a fish market in New York City’s Chinatown. Wei Tang is forced to endure a grueling workday of gutting fish as well as the physical torment brought upon her by her husband. However, after years of enduring this life, Wei Tang has hatched a plan to escape. Will Wei Tang get away, or, like the crabs and fish she sells, are there just some traps from which we cannot break free?
7 min, Dir. Albert Kahn
A young Jewish man must choose between tradition and true love when his rabbi father forbids further contact with his secret love interest, a young black woman.
15 min, Dir. Keith Vaile
A young woman named Sharon Becker fights back from an abusive relationship. Once the police get involved, they have to determine if it’s self-defense or murder.