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  • Alex and Taylor Come Up With Characters

    Two roommates try to come up with character ideas for a project. Directed by and starring Alex Ateah, Taylor Rivers.

  • Fake Jazz

    Two chefs ride through a desert of invasive thoughts. Directed by Kevin Luna. Cast: Matthew Doyle, Brian Lee Hughes & Steele O'Neal.

  • Disforia

    Jack returns home to find his family has left and the house has been sold. Perhaps they would still be there if he had come home as the Jane they all know. Directed by Lio Mehiel, Heidi Hartwig. Cast: Lio Mehiel, Alyssa Kempinksi.

  • For the Plasma

    PRESENTED BY FACTORY 25 // At a remote house on the coast of Maine, a young woman has found work as a forest-fire lookout responsible for monitoring the nearby woodland. But when her inquisitive and demanding friend Charlie arrives at the house, Helen finds herself challenged and unsettled by her...

  • August

    Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, a boy decides to run. Director: Cameron Morton. Cast: Thomas Miller and Erin Ownbey.

  • 5 Questions with Cameron Morton (director of "August")

    Cameron Morton is a New York City based director/producer originally from Atlanta, GA. She is an alum of the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium and a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting. She is currently a Jacob Burns Creative Culture Fellow. Motherhood, addi...

  • Whistle in the Outer Lands

    An individual sends out a distress signal to the industrialized world. Directed by Hanna Utkin.

  • Bobby Fish

    A fish reflects on their life and work. Directed by Peter Wagner.

  • Jobe'z World

    PRESENTED BY FACTORY 25 | Jobe, a mysterious middle-aged rollerblader, gets blamed for the drug overdose of a super famous A-list actor. Afraid and confused, he spends one bizarre evening skating across the streets of Manhattan, all the while dodging paparazzi, police, and assorted late night wei...

  • Bliss

    The humble beginnings of the photograph used as the default background of Windows XP, one of the most seen images of all time, becomes a playful rumination on culture, aesthetics, and impermanence. “Bliss,” directed by Zachary Loren Jones, tells the story of a man named Charles, the photographer ...

  • The Oak Tree

    An old woman dives into her past and meets herself as a woman, an adolescent, a girl and a child. Directed by Yuliya Antonova.

  • Tito

    PRESENTED BY FACTORY 25 | A desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder. Directed by and starring Grace Glowicki. Co-starring Ben Petrie.

  • Mustache

    A meddling mother tries to help her 22-year-old son prepare for a job interview. Harris Gurny directs “Mustache,” a picture of suspended adolescence placed in a suburban bubble that’s awkwardly funny and lightly ominous (see flute score). At a strip mall store, Stuart tries on a suit but doesn’t ...

  • November

    Margot, a taciturn mortuary technician, is forced to acknowledge her own inner demons as she responds to a call involving two young children drowned by their mother. Directed by Mae Mann. Starring Charlotte Van Kemmel, Christian I. Noble.

  • Two Thousand Hours

    A young woman recalls her lover and children. Written and Directed by Ryan Henry Knight. Creative Direction by Ryan Henry Knight and Luigi Thomas. Cast: Gelilla Mekonnen, Amira Nailah, Scott Moon, Ben Spencer, Paris Howard, Luigi Thomas.

  • Body

    A performance art film centered around a young woman as she explores her body and how she perceives it. Performance and Concept by Elijah Echo. Directed and Photographed by Ryan Henry Knight.

  • You Almost Saw Me

    The journey of a lonesome girl, Mona, as she pursues a mysterious young man known as Elio. “You Almost Saw Me" is a hypnotic experimental piece about infatuation and what becomes of it. Director, Writer: Ryan Henry Knight. Cast: Camara Bomani, Myles Fulton.

  • Run Away, They'll See Us

    A woman's day is interrupted by the presence of an unwelcome guest. “Run Away, They’ll See Us" is a striking video poem told in black and white, largely silent but for the inclusion of an unsettling applause track. Director, Writer: Ryan Henry Knight. Cast: Cora Linnea, Camara Bomani, Noble Pryor.

  • Ludere

    Two estranged sisters reckon with the truth of their relationship. “Ludere” is a haunting portrait of grief and guilt told with measured simplicity, and spare but potent visuals. Written, Directed by Ryan Henry Knight. Starring: Camara Bomani, Kayla Dixon, and Zipporah Dorsey.

  • Dirt Daughter

    A lonely security guard in an empty building dreams of finding a companion on farmersonly.com. Directed by Marnie Ellen Hertzler.

  • Hi I Need To Be Loved

    'I am going to have you read from a collection of my spam emails,' The director explains as she ushers actors from Craigslist one-by-one into an audition room. The actors and the director together attempt to breathe life into lifeless, manipulative, malicious, and nonsensical email dialogue in an...

  • Growing Girl

    Utilizing unconventional animation platforms and stock photo characters, "Growing Girl" is a PowerPoint presentation about snakes that explores the form and setting of office culture, the reclamation of an empowered female identity, and a remedy for the internalization of an all-too-common social...

  • Dom

    Two old friends reunite on the hottest day of summer in NYC. “Dom" isa sensuous mood piece following Beth through a complicated day spending time with a close friend she hasn’t seen in awhile. Directed by Meryl Jones Williams. Co-written by Jane Stiles, Meryl Jones Williams. Starring Jane Stiles,...

  • One Eye Small

    On a winter afternoon in New York City, two strangers meet and decide to keep each other company for the night.“One Eye Small” is an endearing portrait of relationship blues, and a love letter to Big Apple spontaneity. Written and Directed by Jane Stiles. Starring Jane Stiles and Hani Avital.