SHORT CUTS 
2022 Film Festival

This year's festival will be brought to you live from the

The Westport Library

Thursdays

October 27: Narratives

November 17: Documentaries

December 8: Narratives

 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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Our annual international film festival SHORT CUTS features three evenings of outstanding short, award-winning narrative and documentary films followed by an in-person post-film conversation with a director. SHORT CUTS will be presented live from the Trefz Forum at The Westport Library. Films were curated from the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Thursday, October 27
Narrative Films

Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine

 by Naman Gupta (USA)

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Winner, Netflix-supported Tasveer Film Fund's Inaugural Competition

When coming out to his traditional parents, MIT grad student Sid uses his time machine to make sure the day goes perfectly.

Five - O

by Yassine Lassar Ramdani, Elsie Otinwa, Florence Fauquet, Ismaïl Alaoui Fdili, Ming Fai Sham Lourenço, and Eloïse Monmirel

(France)

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A theater director from Paris sees an opportunity for a young immigrant soccer spotter to become a soloist in her opera.

Pete

by Bret Parker (USA)

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Is it too much to ask that Pete be allowed to play Little League baseball just by being Pete?

Sparring Partner

by JJ Kandel (USA)

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When a long flirtation between two co-workers comes to a head during a revealing lunch, who will walk away?
Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Neil LaBute. Featuring
Cecily Strong (SNL) & KeiLyn Durrel Jones.

Night Ride

by Eirik Tveiten (Norway)

Winner, Best Narrative Short 2022,Tribeca

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On a cold night in December, Ebba's train ride transforms into an unexpected adventure.

Special Guest:
JJ Kandel
Director, Sparring Partner

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*Coming Soon...

November 17: Documentaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 8: Narratives

 

*Programs in Development

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John Leguizamo Live at Rikers Island 

by Elena Francesa Engel and Abigail Fuller

(USA)

Beirut Dreams

by Michael Collins (USA)

He’s the openly gay frontman of a Lebanese rock band. She is an ardent activist and fan. After one fateful night, their lives intersect and are altered forever.

Actor John Leguizamo spends time at Rikers Island inspiring justice-involved young men to reflect openly about their own lives and the serious challenges of incarceration.

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More Than I Remember
by Amy Bench (USA)

Fourteen-year-old Mugeni awakes to the sounds of bombs. As her family scatters to the surrounding forests to save themselves, Mugeni finds herself completely alone.

Winner, Best International Short Documentary,
Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival, 2022

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Kylie
by Sterling Hampton (USA)

A young Black ballerina from the inner city voices her experiences in the dance industry whilst performing on the streets of Los Angeles.

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SHORT CUTS is produced by Nancy Diamond

Nancy Diamond was co-founder of JIB Productions and Play With Your Food. Drawing on the success of the short play format, Nancy began SHORT CUTS in 2010 curating international films primarily from the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Prior to moving to CT, Nancy produced the off-Broadway play “Funny Feet,” and presented dance, theater and music in the New York area. She is Chair of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee.

A Look Back at SHORT CUTS 2021...

Thursday, November 18
Documentary Films

Change the Name 

by Cai Thomas (USA)

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Student activists and educators in Chicago campaign to change the name of a park from a slaveholder to an abolitionist.

Unspoken 

 by William Armstrong (Denmark) 

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Contemporary choreographer Paul Lightfoot creates a tribute to his father whom he lost during lockdown.

My Father, The Mover

by Julia Jansch (South Africa)

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African electronic Gqom beats motivate kids in the township of Khayelitsha, South Africa to jive through their hardship and find their “superpowers.”

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, Tribeca

The Unlikely Fan 

 by Sai Selvarajan & Jeff Bednarz (USA) 

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Nominated, SXSW Grand Jury Award

Meet a Sri-Lankan born, Dallas based, retired teacher who knows a thing or two about hoops.

Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker

 by Ryan White (USA) 

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 Winner, Best Documentary Short, Tribeca

The story of illustrator J.C. Leyendecker,

whose legacy laid the foundation for today's out-and-proud LGBTQ+ advertisements.

Thursday, November 4
Narrative Films

 The Angler 

 by Oscar nominated David Darg (USA) 

 Six Nights 

 by Robert Brogden (USA) 

CUPIDS 
 by Zoey Martinson (USA) 

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Three schoolchildren set out to find their beloved bus driver her perfect match.

No Longer Suitable For Use

 by Julian Joslin (USA) 

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A Syrian FBI informant gets one final chance to avoid deportation.

 Try to Fly 
 by The Affolter Brothers (animated-Canada) 

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While learning to fly, a baby owl has an existential crisis.

Nominated, Best Animated Short, Tribeca

A fisherman and a young mother have a chance encounter when their lines become entangled.

A restaurant dishwasher is given a last-minute chance to step up as a line cook.

Winner, Student Visionary Award,Tribeca

Thursday, October 14
Narrative Films

The Kicksled Choir 
 by Torfinn Iversen
(Norway) 

 Death and the Lady 

by Geoff Bailey and Lucy Streuver

(animated-USA)

 Nominated, Best Narrative Short, Tribeca 

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Ten year-old Gabriel dreams of joining a local caroling group.

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On a dark and stormy night, Death pays a visit to a very old lady and her dog.

Two Jacked 

 by Jon Huertas (USA) 

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The world’s worst carjacker meets the world’s most understanding victim.

There are Bunnies on Fire in the Forest 
 

 by JLee MacKenzie (animated-USA) 

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A young girl gets in big trouble at school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Waves 
 by Agazi Desta 

Girl with a Thermal Gun 
 by Rongfei Guo (China) 

Winner, Best Narrative Short, Tribeca 

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A teenager hopes to get his hair cut in "waves" for prom night.

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A delivery man fantasizes about a girl who measures his temperature in a supermarket during COVID-19.

 Special Guests 

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 Geoff Bailey and Lucy Streuver 

 Directors, Death and the Lady 

2020 November Selections:

Living the Truth

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Single by Ashley Eakin (USA)

Winner, Special Jury Recognition, South by Southwest

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Tapes by Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney (USA)

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Dirty Laundry by Maxim Bessmertny (Macau)

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Coup D'etat Math by Sai Selvarajan (USA)

Winner, Special Jury Recognition, South by Southwest

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Liliu by Jeremiah Tauamiti (New Zealand)

Special Guests:

Directors

Sai Selvarajan, Betsey Kenney, Jeremiah Tauamiti

in discussion with Nancy Diamond

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 2020 October Selections: 

Seeking Refuge

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Cru - Raw by David Oesch (Switzerland)

Winner, Student Visionary Award, Tribeca

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Gets Good Light by Alejandra Parody (USA)

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Vera by Laura Rubirola Sala (Spain)

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Toto by Marco Baldonado (Canada)

Nominated, Best Narrative Short, Tribeca

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No More Wings by Abraham Adeyemi (United Kingdom)

Winner, Best Narrative Short, Tribeca

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Special Guests:

 

Directors

Abraham Adeyemi, Alejandra Parody, David Oesch

in discussion with Nancy Diamond

 2019 October Selections: 

"The Secrets We Hold"

Special Guest: B. Monet

Writer & Director of

 Ballet After Dark

MAJA

by Marijana Jankovic (Denmark) 

Winner, Best Narrative Short

A little girl moves to a new country with her parents. Based on a true story. 

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by Dana Nachman (USA)

Nominee, Best Narrative Short

​A sorority girl figures out a way to eliminate all risk from the late-night ritual that is the college hook up. Now all she needs is to find a guy to test out her idea on... and with.

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JEBEL BANAT

by  Sharine Atif (Egypt)

Winner, Student Visionary Award 

The retelling of a melancholic 19th century Egyptian legend about two Bedouin sisters escaping forced marriages.​

MOMSTER

by Drew Denny (USA)

Nominee, Get Shorty Award

 A queer heist film starring Brianna Hildebrand and Amanda Plummer.  

 2019 November Selections: 

"Living with Family"

Special Guest: Haley Finnegan

Writer, Actor, Director,

Westphalia

PEARL

by Yuchao "Robbin" Feng (China)
 

Special Jury Mention, 2019

In a desolate Chinese fishing village, a single mother gives her 6-year-old daughter one final lesson, inspired by true events.

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by Scott Lochmus (USA)

​An elderly maestro and a young piano prodigy venture out of their musical isolation in hopes of selling their beloved piano.

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MIND MY MIND

by Floor Adams (The Netherlands)
 

Nominated, Best International Short 2019

Relying on social scripts to survive the social world, one must not go off-script. Especially if you want to date a girl.​

WESTFALIA

by Haley Finnegan (USA)

Emelia & Brody pack their things for a social media road trip in a 1984 Westfalia Vanagon...their aim is to become Insta-famous.  

SHORT CUTS Festival Highlights!