Short Sweet Film Fest

Sunday, Feb 28, 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 (Local Matinee)

The Payback
Director: Carl Schlacht

The only way out is to get in deeper.

Damned If You Do, Damned if You Don't
Director: Nick Muhlbach

The classic case of the missing parents.

Le Carceri Uncanny
Director: Marc Haas

The interior of this place is underground, forgotten, and a small window high up becomes unreachable, staring down on the repressed human subject on whom space appears to close in. A machine rhythmically turns, powering the space while disempowering the man. The darkness in which the human resides is full of sorrow and sordidness, as he mindlessly works to keep the machine running. The days are repetitive and a descent into insanity ensues. The light becomes a hope for escape, but is life beyond what is known truly better off?

Changing Times
Director: Bernie Golias, Antonio Harper

An old man reminisces on his childhood, his father and their shared love for antique cars as he comes to realize he's part of a fading hobby.

Director: Bernie Golias, Antonio Harper

A passionate collector receives an ultimatum for better or for worse.

The Retribution
Director: Evelyn Smits

A strange humming sound may bring on the rapture via the children of the world.

For Love
Director: George Tutie

His wife has been kidnapped and now he must do whatever it takes to get her back.

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.

Block Universe
Director: Simone Massis

After a bout of insomnia, our unknowingly mentally ill main character, Don, starts hallucinating and has trouble deciphering what is real and what isn’t.

Panic in Valley City
Director: Antonio Harper, Abby Burton

Awakened to muffled voices and piercing light, a panic stricken couple crawl into the New Year.

Director: Antonio Harper, Abby Burton

A young man stumbles upon a scene that forces him to become a part of the never-ending cycle of social injustice.

Director: Jon Mancinetti

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

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Cleveland Film Commission Presentation

2:30pm – 5:00pm: Program #2 (Local and Documentary)

Gramma and Ginga: The Movie
Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin

The story of beloved sisters Gramma and Ginga who, at ages 104 and 99, accidentally became world-famous internet superstars.

Wedding Officiant
Director: Hõbe Ilus, Mihkel Oksmann

Love is patient. Love is kind. But if you’re in a hurry, call Lennys! He’s been riding the subway for 20 years marrying couples of all creeds and none. A day can include five or more ceremonies, some in superhero costume and some even behind bars. In this feel-good documentary, we explore an unseen side of New York, following Lennys as he travels to and from weddings, serving a diversity of clients and sharing his wit and wisdom.

The Brick House in the Wind
Director: Sangsun Choi

A short documentary about a family's life with three children as immigrants.

Remembering Willie Earle
Director: Thomas Espy, Stevie Jefferis, Cassie Harding, Frank Carroll

70 years ago, Willie Earle was taken from a jail in Pickens, South Carolina and murdered by a mob for a crime that he may not have committed. Now, his childhood friend AQ remembers, in a community that wants to forget.

Director: Alexandria Cree, Kristen Hilkert

This is the story of Aine a magical, feisty young girl with Down syndrome.

Good Harvest
Director: Meyli Mars

A loving portrait of an older Chinese American couple enjoying a summer like any other in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.

Alive Day
Director: Lindsay O'Keefe

Against incredible odds, a young swimmer tells her inspiring story.

Defying Cancer
Director: Debra Harrip

An honest, intimate documentary, which excavates one resilient cancer survivor’s journey by bringing a dark subject matter out into the light cancer diagnoses is a reminder to live life to the fullest.

Joe + Coffee
Director: Kristin Walton

This is a short documentary about Joe, the owner of Wooden Shoe Coffee, and how he got started with the business.

Out for Fame
Director: Graham Emerson Beck

Is graffiti art or vandalism? Are writers artists or vandals? Out For Fame takes an artistic approach to the subject of Cleveland graffiti and those who keep it alive.

6:00pm – 8:30pm: Program #3 (10 Years, 10 Films)

(Award winning films from this year and the past 10 years!).

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