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  • Spin

    At a late night laundromat, a young woman questions her current life path. “Spin,” directed by Jorge G. Camarena, is a visually rich character portrait that merges an ordinary night with surreal turns. There’s no dialogue — the film gets by on its vibey atmosphere (DP: Kadri Koop) and air of unea...

  • An Athlete Wrestling a Python

    An aspiring film director prepares for a play based on her complicated feelings toward her father. “An Athlete Wrestling a Python” is a Australian film by director Stephanie Jane Day, an incisive, darkly comedic character study on Julien. Her present preoccupations with the artistic process and c...

  • Casual Workers

    In Johannesburg, South Africa, we follow two young factory workers through an ordinary day on and off the job. “Casual Workers,” directed by Keagan Afonso, is a free roaming portrait, a day in the life. Periods of work are followed by periods of rest and leisure, smoking cigarettes, staring at th...

  • Remission

    Three creatures travel great distances on a lonely pilgrimage. “Remission,” directed by John Charter, is a mixed-media experimental film loaded with stunning visuals and potent abstract imagery. According to the film's logline, the figures are manifestations of an unknown solider’s war trauma — w...

  • Flora Borealis

    Two gay men struggle with depression in a ruined environment, and a botanical glassblower mourns his wife. “Flora Borealis,” directed by Casey Friedman, is a striking animated film that uses a post-apocalyptic setting to explore themes of destruction and perseverance. The young couple survives in...

  • Big Money Flicks

    A screenwriter tries to pitch his project but must endure an egotistical producer and his elusive schedule. “Big Money Flicks” is an absurdist satire on the pains of trying to make a movie, the desperation, power plays, et al. It’s delivered with madcap energy and intentionally disorienting editi...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • Yanvalou

    An awkward computer programmer learns to dance to impress his next-door neighbor. “Yanvalou” highlights a dichotomy of cultures — one centered around movement and expression; the other, a digital startup environment that's no less sterile for its balls for chairs and VR headsets. Writer, Director...

  • Genius in a Small Town

    A young woman hires a hunky arborist to inspect a tree on her property, to the dismay of her husband. “Genius in a Small Town" is an amusing look at rugged masculinity and the reactions it inspires. Written and directed by Emma Horwitz & Claire Siebers. Starring Claire Siebers, Jonathan Bock, Qui...

  • Affirmations

    A group of keyed-up Brooklynites try to convince themselves they’re in control of their lives using daily affirmations in this satirical jab at self-help videos and the dubious reliability of positive thinking. Written and directed by Kady Ruth Ashcraft. Starring Tallie Medel, Bailey Belzora, Car...

  • Blackwood

    In this tender comedy-drama exploring the African Australian experience in small town Australia, a mom prepares for a TV interview while her son heads to a soccer tryout. | Directed by Kalu Oji.

  • Happy New Year

    A person with a broken elbow writes holiday cards at the start of 2021. | Directed by Jasia Ka.

  • This is a Woman

    An alternative version of "jean-luc rabideau," which uses much of the same footage, but results in quite a different film. | Directed by Jessie Rabideau and Leland Bankowski.