NoBudge Starter Pack #2

NoBudge Starter Pack #2

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NoBudge Starter Pack #2
  • Cornholios

    Three devoted Cornholio enthusiasts struggle to make ends meet in New York. Presented as a direct cinema black and white documentary by the Maysles' Brothers, “Cornholios” (actually directed by Jess Lane), is an inspired low-art gag about being obsessed with a character from “Beavis and Butthead”...

  • Sophie & Stephen

    Two AI assistants conspire to get their human counterparts to meet. In “Sophie & Stephen,” directed by Rob Perri, a love story between two people who have yet to meet, there are plenty of questions beyond the central connection: is this where we’re headed as a society? Is that a good thing? In a ...

  • Más Bowls

    Davey needs to win the High School QuizJam to help pay for his girlfriend Lex’s abortion. Habitually oblivious but generally well meaning, he's only a few correct answers away from the $125 they need. | Directed by Max Tullio. Starring Grace Durham, Andrew Greer.

  • Chicken Wraps and Condoms

    Lacking chicken wraps and condoms, a man heads to Kroger. An absurd music video / experimental free-for-fall that mimics the disorienting effects of the internet, where little context is provided, and the crazier, the better. | Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Actor: Jacob Gregor. Producer, Wr...

  • Ear Ache

    A struggling actor suffering from an ear infection takes his pain out on the world. “Ear Ache” is an uncomfortably engrossing dark comedy directed by Alex Kavutskiy carried by a potent, on-the-edge performance from DeMorge Brown. Twice a year, Frederik Beltran can have a surgery on his ear that t...

  • The Noodle Effect

    This glimpse into the everyday moments of ordinary people is a vivid portrayal of mundanity, vulnerability, and frustration. A series of vignettes captured, for the most part, in evocative one-takes. Directed by Brandon Winters.

  • Only Trumpets

    Longing for a touch the casual encounters section can not satisfy, Tristan, an outsider among outsiders, is captivated by the appearance of a new man. “Only Trumpets” is a lavish glimpse into sex and love in the digital age, part cynical thesis, part experimental music video, part melodramatic ro...

  • Girl Talk

    The messy love life of Mia is explored in intimate detail as she encounters relationships with several different women. A sensual drama about connection, often depicting a gap between emotional and physical intimacy, set apart by its forthright conversations and depictions of sex. | Directed by E...

  • World Wide Woven Bodies

    Mads is 12, a young boy playing free in the picturesque snowy mountains of Norway until the arrival of the internet coincides with an onslaught of new hormones. A sexual coming-of-age tale about the 90’s and internet porn, it’s beautifully shot and ripe with nostalgia. | Directed by Truls Krane M...

  • Nominated

    An actor is forced to take a Lyft to the Emmys and becomes embroiled in his driver's personal life. John de Menil writes and directs “Nominated,” a tumultuous comedy that targets the elevated manner which we treat celebrities, and throws one — a perfectly coiffed man in a tuxedo ready for a night...

  • ADA

    Ada is an unlikeable competitive walker who makes a dress out of toilet paper and has an unfortunate run-in with a hose. A lighthearted silent comedy following the unpredictable antics of a peculiar woman making her way through crowded New York City streets. Director, writer, editor, actor: Elean...

  • Montana, GA

    In the middle of nowhere, three best friends eternally bond when a chill vacation weekend turns supernatural. | Writer, Director, Producer: Ryan Dickie. Cast: Lyn Mckimmey, Brad Goslee, David Young.

  • Killer

    When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens. | Directed by Matt Kazman. Cast: Hale Lytle.

  • Damage

    Mitch and Emma's breakup is interrupted by a stranger looking to buy Mitch's bass amp. Written, Directed, & Edited by Matt Porter. Starring Kate Eastman, Ryan Creamer and Patrick Noth.

  • Dirty

    Marco cuts class to spend the afternoon with his boyfriend, Graham, in this tender portrait of young love and intimacy. Matthew Puccini’s “Dirty” is minimal but lush, a coming-of-age snapshot that tackles an uncomfortable first-time sexual experience with sensitivity and warmth. After ditching sc...

  • Lavender

    Patti and Tina are heading out for an idyllic day-trip but get sidetracked with lavender-based meditations. Ester Song Kim directs “Lavender,” a lighthearted ribbing of L.A. extreme wellness types, and a free-flowing character study about a fizzling friendship.

  • There Were Four of Us

    In a room, there are four people. | Directed and Animated by
    Cassie Shao.

  • Blissful Banquet

    A goofy buddy comedy with a language of its own, uniquely disarming and oddly hilarious. As an expression of their friendship, two young roommates — Ronnie and Darnell — meet in their living room one night a week to give each other a hug. So explains Darnell via his “little radio show” recorded i...

  • Fairchild

    An impressionistic journey into the internal world of Joey, 15, through a seemingly mundane day at summer camp in the Florida Everglades as she sinks deeper into the mire of social pressures around her. | Director: Kali Kahn. Cast: Baker, Claudia E. Rodriguez, Pamela Longsword, Andrew Ottolia.

  • The First Taste

    An army of Catholic high school girls prepare for their upcoming play while dealing with the ugliness of adolescence and the intrusion of a boy into their drama troupe. Chloe Xtina directs “The First Taste,” an expressive coming-of-age character study about the passions and fascinations of a grou...

  • 2064

    In the future, a data limit is reached causing the internet to spill out into the real world. Luke Strickler directs and animates “2064,” an absurdist art video using stock 3D models of common American products and brands to paint a ridiculous future. A giant floating Mario becomes the Earth’s ne...

  • Birthday

    Two grown men compete to be the most childish at a friend’s birthday party. Director Tynan Delong, known for his gloriously adolescent dispatches from Brooklyn apartments, has crafted his most adolescent yet, aimed directly at the stupid teenage boy in all of us. (If you don’t have that side, I w...

  • Broken Bird

    A biracial girl caught between worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood. Radiating with warmth and lived-in specificity, “Broken Bird,” directed by Rachel Harrison Gordon, is a tender coming-of-age drama about a divided upbringing. Birdie has reached a vulnerable age of anxiety and self-...

  • A Woman Eats

    During an editorial fashion shoot, a callous director and client toy with their model. “A Woman Eats,” written by and starring Frances Li, shows a woman trying to “act natural” as she’s subjected to increasingly humiliating questions and intrusions into her personal life. Posed in a lush still li...