(Un)Claimed: Digital Web Series

Web Series

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Running Time: 25 minutes 19 seconds
Directed by: Carolyn Ratteray

WomenLos AngelesLGBTQIA

"(Un)Claimed" follows Fiona Devers, a facilities-manager-but-wanna-be-performer, and her longtime girlfriend Kimberly Mills as they navigate polyamory for the first time. With the help of friends, can this motley crew learn to be true to themselves while realizing that love doesn’t always look the way you expect?

2 Dollars

TV Pilots Series Block I

Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 14 minutes and 42 seconds
Directed by: Robin Cloud

WomenUrbanLGBTQIA

Syd works at one of the worst property management firms in the city. As a black queer masculine of center artist, Syd deals with the daily slights from ignorant co-workers, an oblivious boss, and a killer workload. Louise, a gambling-addicted coworker, pressures Syd into contributing to the office lotto pool. The following morning, Syd learns that they have won the lotto or so they think. In an act of rebellion, Syd trashes the office that has caused her so much pain and when confronted, finds the courage to leave this life behind and pursue their dreams.

American Girl

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 1:42:00
Directed by: Alfred Robbins

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After an argument with her emotionally abusive step-father, a smart 19-year-old young woman from rural Georgia hastily moves to Atlanta with hopes of staying with a friend. Motivated by the social justice movement of 2020, she wants to work for Stacy Abrams and register people to vote. She has lots of natural talent and personality but lacks the work experience to get the job. After an argument with her friend, she finds herself suddenly homeless and must survive on the mean streets of Atlanta by any means necessary. Help comes from the most unexpected places.

As Bitter As Sweet

Drama Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:57
Directed by: Dorothy Xiao

Women

Two single mothers struggle with the expectations and pressures of motherhood, and conflict arises when one of them develops a deeper bond with the other woman’s child.

Bloom

Drama Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 19:59
Directed by: Freddie Lopez

LGBTQIA

After going his whole life drowning in many dark thoughts, a 20 year old young male, finally breaks through with the courage of his sexuality. Facing the undeniable fear of rejection from the people that he loves the most. Will he Bloom?

Border-Ball

Documentary Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 20 min 19 sec
Directed by: Joel Tauber

"Border-Ball" chronicles Joel Tauber’s 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S. - Mexico border. He walks, repeatedly, from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, along the Border Wall, to the Otay Mesa Detention Center—and back. People share their thoughts and stories, and Tauber wonders how we can be so cruel to so many immigrants and refugees. They play catch. They hug. Sometimes they even laugh, despite it all. And Tauber continues walking, praying that things will change.

Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings

Documentary Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 11:30
Directed by: Cady McClain

An artful look at the trials and triumphs of four diverse girls in the foster system as they struggle with addiction and histories of abuse.

Coastal Crisis: California's Vanishing Beaches

Documentary Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 28 min 16 sec
Directed by: Scott Hays

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California is known for its scenic coastline, but its coastline is in danger. Sea-level rise, land development, and other factors are leading to coastal erosion and potentially affecting billions of dollars in property. This documentary explores what is happening, how local governments are dealing with the issue, and what the consequences are if there is a lack of adequate action.

Faculty Lounging

TV Pilots Series Block I

Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 29 minutes and 26 seconds
Directed by: Richard Andrew Janes

Women

When teacher Michelle Kelley catches her wealthy husband in bed with a neighbor she immediately moves out, leaving her cushy, artisanal cheese life behind. Unable to secure a hotel, she has only one place to go: Green Pastures High School to sleep in her faculty lounge. At the same time, across town, science teacher Kathy Ford discovers her parents are moving to South Padre and have Airbnb’ed the family house out from under her. Being abruptly forced from the nest with no money, 200K in student loan debt, and minimal life skills, she has the same idea. The two ladies find themselves spending just “one night” together in the school’s faculty lounge as they figure out how to get back on their feet. One night quickly turns into months as they find it’s hard to save for an apartment on a public school teacher’s salary especially during a housing crisis.

Feel Like Ghosts

Genre: Romance, Drama
Running Time: 1:39:23
Directed by: Kali Baker-Johnson

Two recent exes with an undeniable connection confront what could have been had their cultural differences not pushed them to new lives on opposite coasts. As both come to a crossroads in their lives, Keir and Jade must decide if their relationship is worth a second chance, and what they're willing to give up to find out. The film explores a long-distance interracial romance in three discrete acts: his story, her story, and their past together.

Flow!

TV Pilots Series Block I

Genre: Drama, Comedy
Running Time: 14 minutes and 19 seconds
Directed by: Lin Que Ayoung

WomenUrbanLatino

"Flow!" is a semi auto-biographical dark comedy about a struggling teacher by day and an even more struggling stand-up comedian by night. Zita is a thirty-five-year-old vivacious independent Latina with health benefits and a pension, a decent bank account, her own apartment, and growing relationships with family and friends. As time ticks on, her craving for what she believes she should have received long ago: the perfect husband, a gifted child, and Havanese puppy, exacerbates. The only thing standing in her way is Zita… namely, her self-destructive tendency to look for love in all the demoralizing places. Throughout the season, Zita's ""no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is"" friends, coworkers, neighbors, and students set Zita on a somewhat upwards track toward self-respect!

Gold

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Westerns, Drama, Comedy
Running Time: 6:30
Directed by: Roland Smith

Kicked out of the Mormon church for having sex out of wedlock, headstrong Ava drags her rigid twin sister Lavinia through the dangerous California wilderness in search of a new life with their uncle, who is rumored to have found gold in a nearby town. When they find themselves lost, alone, and out of food, the twins must decide whether to push on toward a life that is unknown but free or to return to a life that is certain but stifling.

Handsome

Web Series

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Running Time: 24 minutes 24 seconds
Directed by: Devon O'Kane

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"Handsome" is a 6-episode, queer web series about a gay man in his early 30’s who has just ended a 10 year relationship. Now he has to navigate a modern dating scene he knows nothing about.

Le Ballon Bleu (The Blue Balloon)

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:57
Directed by: Katherine Griffin

A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but she quickly discovers all is not what it appears to be. When she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work. It is in French with English subtitles. And, this film was shot entirely on iPhone.

My House

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 12:02
Directed by: Mary Elizabeth Boylan

One woman's lifelong journey told through the prism of her childhood home.

Noor

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Romance, Drama
Running Time: 18:13
Directed by: Lidiya Korotko

An Arab-American woman, isolated in rural America, is forced to confront the ghost of her marriage when she meets a sexy next-door neighbor.

Raw

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: War, Drama
Running Time: 10:29
Directed by: Drake Shannon

Women

Past and present are blurred by a horrifying transgression as a female soldier faces the aftermath of a military patrol in the Middle East. RAW exposes military sexual trauma through the eyes of a soldier struggling to readjust to everyday life.

Reggie and June

Drama Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 12:51
Directed by: Brandon Thomas

In Oakland, California we're introduced to a family leaving their 3 year olds ""Red Egg & ginger"" party. A young Black father named Reggie is completely oblivious to how he botched a traditional Chinese event important to his Asian-American wife. June will one-up Reggies mistake with her lack of understanding her husbands Black experience. In the heat of an argument Reggie leaves to reach out to his father and meets him at his fencing club. Even then Reggie doesn't get the validation he desperately seeks. We'll witness a married couple fighting for their toddler to know and understand their cultures fully.

Retrograde

Web Series

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama
Running Time: 19 minutes 35 seconds
Directed by: Millie Rose Heywood

WomenMysteryLos Angeles

A tight-knit coven of millennial witches invites a seemingly innocent outsider into their midst, threatening the intricate balance of their clique and unwittingly exposing them to powerful witchcraft. Caught up in the drama within their circle, they are left vulnerable to the malefic threats closing in and will discover that awakening real magick comes with dark consequences.

T.I.M.E (Treasure Intimate Memories Everyday)

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 9:16
Directed by: Maurice Alan Elrod

A life journey between a father and his only daughter (silent film).

The Blonde Bombshell

Drama Shorts Series Block I

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 10:40
Directed by: Jamielyn Lippman

"The Blonde Bombshell" follows the life of a 1960's famous Hollywood actress (Marilyn Monroe). We follow the "The Actress" through the last few hours of her life up to her untimely demise.

The Great American Lowrider Tradition

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 2:58:52
Directed by: Martin Torrez

Los Angeles

The previously untold story of the East L.A. car culture known as Lowriders is revealed in this feature-length documentary. The Lowrider movement was born in the midst of racism and social injustice in America targeting Latinos and specifically Mexican-Americans/Chicanos. In spite of what it endured, the culture prevailed, becoming an authentic American tradition, celebrated worldwide.

The Great American Lowrider Tradition II

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 2:58:52
Directed by: Martin Torrez

Los Angeles

The previously untold story of the East L.A. car culture known as Lowriders is revealed in this feature-length documentary. The Lowrider movement was born in the midst of racism and social injustice in America targeting Latinos and specifically Mexican-Americans/Chicanos. In spite of what it endured, the culture prevailed, becoming an authentic American tradition, celebrated worldwide.

The Great American Lowrider Tradition III

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 2:58:52
Directed by: Martin Torrez

Los Angeles

The previously untold story of the East L.A. car culture known as Lowriders is revealed in this feature-length documentary. The Lowrider movement was born in the midst of racism and social injustice in America targeting Latinos and specifically Mexican-Americans/Chicanos. In spite of what it endured, the culture prevailed, becoming an authentic American tradition, celebrated worldwide. ....................Please note there is no Q & A following this screening............

The Rest of Us | Closing Night Film

Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 1:10:00
Directed by: Florencia Krochik

Shot over a seven year period during the rise and fall of DACA, the fllm explores the broken American immigration system and follows the lives of five undocumented students as they live, study and work towards a better life in a country that doesn't recognize them as its own.

Viva

Drama Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:59
Directed by: Esteban

Desperate to escape Cuba and find freedom, a young ballerina struggles to believe that she has the talent to dance her way off the impoverished island.

Yae: Blind Samurai Woman

Drama Shorts Series Block II

Genre: Drama, Action
Running Time: 18:43
Directed by: Akiko Izumitani

In the mountains of Edo Period Japan, when a blind woman’s samurai father is killed by a young samurai avenging his own father’s death, she agrees to be escorted to the nearest village, but she’s not as helpless as she appears.

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