Short Sweet Film Fest

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 11:00am

Alex Theatre
2017 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44101

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The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. strives to showcase the best local, national, and international films from up-and-coming filmmakers. What better way to watch independent cinema then in the stunning Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at the 9 while enjoying a cool beer or cocktail with some delicious food?. The following films will be screened in-person at the 2021 Short. Sweet. Film Fest. Many of these films, as well as others, will be available to screen on-demand for free.


11:00am - 1:30pm: Program #1 (Comedy and Animation)

Clay Mates
Director: Gracia Lu

A lonely boy's adoring clay creation comes to life.

Something Scary
Director: Joe Abriatis

A storybook-for-adults exploration of the fear of the unknown.

Br’er Rabbit and Anasi
Director: Obediya Jones-Darrell

Our friends live in a fictional tropical forest, filled with lots of colourful plants and fruits. All of the children are different animals... or are they?

Director: Farnoosh Abedi

Music was his passion...Love was his masterpiece…

Director: Ollie Rankin

Orthogonal is a story of two young women from very different, but equally challenging backgrounds.

Test Flight
Director: Emma Momoko Frew

A bunny witch attempts to get her vegetable themed broomstick to fly.

Piece by Piece: Ari's Story of Recovery
Director: Michael Skinner, Jon Michael Shink

"Piece by Piece" is an animated short story about one mother's journey to recovery and empowerment.

Gon, The Little Fox
Director: Takeshi Yashiro

When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day.

Frederick Von Scholar’s How –To Series
Director: Jim Allison

Thanks to our new collection of how-tos, now anyone can make friends. Maybe.

Director: Avery Stockhoff

Shizuko, a young woman in a small Japanese town, spends her morning shift at a laundromat daydreaming about the windchimes outside the window.

Director: Nick Cavalier

A comedy short inspired by Covid -19 and boredom.

Director: Carmen Córdoba González

15 years have passed and Roberto is still in love with his neighbor, but she prefers to hide ashamed of her body. With his art and an old clothesline as the only ways of communication, Roberto has a plan to push his beloved to face her monsters at once.

7 Steps to Inspire Creative Writing
Director: Zebulon Griffin

A politely crazed fan secretly intervenes in the life of her new favorite novelist. Her clandestine actions yield unintended consequences driving the author to the brink of madness.

Director: Davis Cameron Chu, Milana Scarlato, Ethan Ngo

A beloved office worker struggles to ignore the depressing realities of life in order to prepare for an important presentation.

Director: Meredith Jackson

A couple tries to have an intimate date online, but keeps getting interrupted.

Director: Jessy Leigh

A Mother takes her Daughter to get a horse for an upcoming competition; a hobbyhorse competition.

1:30pm - 2:30pm: VR Demo

2:30pm – 5:00pm: Program #2 (Comedy and Music Videos)

Kids Again
Director: Mark Andrew Hamer

Animated short about two young characters finding each other and getting nostalgic about their past.

Polychrome (Starts with a Kiss)
Director: Sammy Patterson

Escapism Entanglements

Death Proof
Director: Gregory Elek

A Quentin Tarantino inspired music video for the artist WIll Cherry.

Director: Peter-John Campbell

Music Video for "Mirage" by Indré

Director: Erin Brown Thomas

A woman suffering in isolation gets a taste of the spotlight.

Director: Laurence J. Nozik

A character who picks up an apparently special guitar and drives to a motel, where he nervously waits for another courier to pick up the guitar.

Dream Away
Director: Alan Sanchez

Director: Kristoffer Grindheim

FOG is a music video and a composition by the composer and pianist John Vegard Schow.

Green Cobra
Director: Sigurd Culhane

GREEN COBRA is the genre-bending story of a hit-man…excuse me, “Life Ending Technician.” Who details, to a documentary film crew, her rise in a mostly male dominated field, on the backdrop of a typical day on the job; which consists of Russian mob clients, disturbing methods of torture, and maybe one too many bad ex-boyfriends.

If<Girlfriend Deluxe>
Director: Steve Moss

Frank tries to replicate the lost intimacy of his marriage with Cindy, a synthetic pleasure unit. But she has other ideas. Tasked with fleecing clients for as much as she can, he struggles to find the connection he desperately craves.

Director: Foster Vernon

Cigarettes, Saxophones, Guitars and Goth Girls.

I Am Samantha
Director: T Cooper

“I Am Samantha", by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, was inspired by his friend Samantha Williams. Director T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper gathered 27 trans actors to tell the story of the universal human journey to find identity, acceptance and love.

Director: Christian Ewald

Majorie loves the ocean, but has never actually seen it. In regular therapy sessions she tries to overcome her fear of trains. When she buys a goldfish that seems to share her longing for the ocean, she slowly starts to face her past.

Strange Noises
Director: Pauline Nowakowski

Two teenage brothers house and dog sit their grandmothers home while she is in the hospital. Deme, the younger brother finds his grandmothers house unsettling, especially when he begins to hear strange noises.

Director: Jon Mancinetti

An indie filmmaker discovers his full potential by making a superhero movie with his brother, a young man with autism.

Bag Your Face
Director: Keith Eyrich

Taking the after-school special format and crashing it at high speed head-on with a whirligig of 90's VHS/video game/Nickelodeon trash imagery, this film is pure Nuclear Nostalgia.

Director: Mikhail Tot

After a rough divorce Dave decides to come back to his home town and he finds it exactly how he left it. Some things just don't change.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: 48 Hour Film Project Presentation

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Short. Sweet. + (LGBTQ Films and Discussion)

I Am Samantha
Director: T Cooper

“I Am Samantha", by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, was inspired by his friend Samantha Williams. Director T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper gathered 27 trans actors to tell the story of the universal human journey to find identity, acceptance and love.

Feeling Flush
Director: Erin Brown Thomas

Vicki idolizes her new girlfriend Samantha, but draws the line when it comes to her time on the porcelain throne. Their small bathroom gets awkward when Samatha challenges Vicki’s definition of intimacy.

Director: Álvaro Vicario

José faces a paranormal event that breaks into his home. As he fights for his life against the supernatural powers, Jose will have to discover the secret behind the phenomena if he wishes to regain control of his home.

Director: Pablo Arreba

Nobody can protect you from yourself.

Director: Carolina Neves

Vasco’s exposed to his brother's extremist ideals, expressed through the National Socialist Black Metal genre. However, Vasco doesn't identify with the movement's nature and hides from his brother an essential aspect of his life, in order to avoid a fraternal break, while tracing the path of self-acceptance.

Love and Murder
Director: Tyler N. Thomas

A gay couple invite a co-worker over for dinner, but the eccentric co-worker has nefarious intentions.

My Body is My Home
Director: Marissa Roesch

A short film that shows what we will do to feel comfortable in our first and longest home; our body.

Sam and Emma
Director: Vanessa Leigh

When their love wanes after a miscarriage, two heartbroken women try to piece together their relationship, highlighting the hardship and dysfunction that can arise from trauma and grief.

5:00pm – 6:00pm: 48 Hour Film Project Presentation

6:00pm – 8:30pm: Program #3 (Horror and Drama)

Tea Time
Director: Tara Price

While having a tea party, a little girl loses her temper and things get bloody.

Give Me Something Good to Eat
Director: Patrick Masteller

When a lazy teenager fails to hand out candy, one trick or treater will take their love of Halloween to the extreme.

Answer Me
Director: Patrick Masteller

A fake halloween phone starts getting strange phone calls.

Eye Exam
Director: Aislinn Clarke

A woman regrets attending a free eye exam when she begins to suspect that her optometrist has nefarious intentions.

Director: Brian L Tan

Haunted by his experiences from the war, a Vietnam Veteran has had enough. Placing motion sensors around his property, he's decided to face his demons once and for all.

Special Delivery
Director: John McPhail

A young delivery driver struggles with one simple direction: DO NOT OPEN THE BOX.

The Gift
Director: Jacintha Charles

A girl with uncommonly large ears is bullied at school, but finds solace in her friendship with a crow in the woods. She feeds the bird everyday and in exchange it presents her with gifts, until a violent encounter at school causes their ritual to take an unsettling turn.

Director: Álvaro Vicario

José faces a paranormal event that breaks into his home. As he fights for his life against the supernatural powers, Jose will have to discover the secret behind the phenomena if he wishes to regain control of his home.

Lycan Noir
Director: Lon and Shannon Nease

In a town facing werewolf attacks, a woman makes her last stand in a house in the woods.

Director: Robert Tejada

A young woman believes she is a targeted individual.

Numerous Duo
Director: Nick Fiorella

A young Catholic school girl encounters foul spirits.

Director: Adlih Torres

One sorrowful girl must get kibbles for her dog, but the potential consequences weigh heavy in her mind.

Director: Raj Sekhar

‘Monster’ is about a lady who is being haunted by a monster in her dreams and how it affects her reality.

Home Free
Director: Eddie Shieh

A pandemic challenges a young woman on the path to legal immigration while sheltering in her new American home.

The Tell Tale Heart
Director: McClain Lindquist

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart" is considered the first Psychological Thrillers ever penned. His classic tale has been re-visioned in this gruesome, mind-bending, descent into madness.

There He is Now
Director: Jörg Viktor Steins-Lauss

A creature lurks in her mind. Maybe that's a good thing.

Summer, 16
Director: Vahan Bedelian

While playing Pokémon Go and driving, a reckless gamer runs over a mysterious creature. But when he gets out to inspect the damage, he is pulled away by the sight of an in-game lure that has been set down a dark alley.

8:30pm – 9:00pm: Awards

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