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SWIMMING UPSTREAM - Director Caren Messing

 

“Swimming Upstream”  is a musical and metaphorical dreamscape. Sometimes life feels like we are swimming upstream; a test in determination and tenacity and is played out in our dreams.  Reaching for another shape like words making their way through dreams, perhaps, life in its complexity—makes a surreal experience after all.

 

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Music Video - Experimental

WACKADOODLE - Directors Havard Walseth & Espen Olaisen

 

The paperboy Kurt walks in on her girlfriend cheating on him. Gry, his girlfriend convinces him that what he saw was all in his head, and sends him off to a shrink. Everything goes downhill from there.

 

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Feature - Comedy

MAGENTA - Director Gabriele Tacchi

 

"Elementary, my Dear Cthulhu." Sara stole an archeological find, “The Magenta eye”. When she realizes the stone has supernatural power, the only man who can help her is a mystery consultant who believes to be Sherlock Holmes.

 

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Short - Experimental

TWO DUM MICKS - Director D.B.Sweeny

 

Two unlucky guys meet in the drunk tank and hatch a plan.

 

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Short - Comedy

FALLING IN LOVE: A COMING OF AGE SELFIE FILM - Director Barbara Becker Holstein

 

A young teen talks to 'you' via Selfies on her smart phone. In these conversations the girl shares her loneliness moving, losing her best friend, her beginning friendships with new kids, and her realization that she has fallen in love again.

 

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Short - Experimental

THE DOORS BETWEEN US - Director Maximillian Aguiar

 

Eight complete strangers are tested like never before when they wake up locked inside a mysterious house. With no memory of how or why they are there paranoia takes over, forcing them to make their own decisions on who to trust and how best to escape.

 

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Feature - Comedy

BEAUTY, BRAINS, AND PERSONALITY - Director Emmett Loverde

 

At a monthly dinner party between three female friends, one announces to the others, “Together we make up the perfect woman -- you’re the brains, you’re the personality, and I’M the beauty!” The other two are devastated.

 

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Feature - Drama / Comedy

ELLIPSIS - Director Ben Parsons

 

A young man and woman reconnect at their high school reunion and wind up spending the evening discussing their differing views on life, love, and whether they've been given another shot at being together.

 

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Feature

COLLISION - Directors Brandy Seymour & Regina Walker

 

Two serial killers compete, but what happens when their future collides

 

 

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Short - Horror / Psychologica / Sci-fi

THE 44 SCARVES OF LIZA MINNELLI - Director Russell Brown

 

A filmmaker purchased 44 of Liza Minnelli’s used scarves at auction and sent them to 43 friends asking them to make images which suggested “Minnelli metaphor.” This project is the result…

 

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Short - Experimental / Documentary

THE PANTAGONIA TRIPLE CROWN - Director Nomade Media

 

A group of kayakers make a run down the three less explored and most dangerous rivers in Pantagonia. These are some of the most insane rivers to navigate in the world. With hair-raising white water footage this doc also explores some of the environmental impacts that proposed dams would have on the region.

 

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Short - Documentary

VIAJE SIN MALETAS ( TRIP WITHOUT LUGGAGE ) - Director Jaime Khelout

 

What happens when you have death in front of you and you are not yet ready to die? Amador does not have anything easy, with a six-year-old boy very attached to him. His fight is exemplary, but his destiny is not in his hands.

 

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Short

THE WEED ART PROCESS - Director Serge Goldwicht

 

This is the story of a magic seed. Through pure art, the seed frees the power of imagination.

 

 

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Short - Animation

STANS - Director Coral Rucker

 

STANS is about three internet friends, brought together by their love of Fifth Harmony. In the midst of the pop culture events and obstacles that come along their way, they all experience Adulthood together.

 

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Short - Comedy / Webseries

DOWNSIZING OF THE GODS - Director Anna-Maria Vag

 

What if the gods of ancient Greece and Rome were real and worked in a modern company? How would the Company of the Gods handle the new millennium -- power struggles, fraud, sexual harassment, takeover by major multinational corporations - and perhaps most importantly, silver lamé?

 

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Short - Divine Comedy

DHUMKKUDIYA - Director Nandial Nayak

 

Budhwa - a native tribal realizes his true identity while serving to his rich masters. Despite being an integral part of the Tribal Community, Budhwa sabotaged its own people, culture, Identity, and beliefs in pursuit of his greed.

 

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Feature

LAYOVER - Director Skyler Barrett

Brooke, a leftist millennial living in Los Angeles with her girlfriend, gets saddled with hosting her homophobic, Trump-supporting Aunt for a night because of a layover at LAX. They haven't spoken since the 2016 presidential election, so the real question is: can they make it through one night together in close quarters?

 

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Short - Drama / Comedy / Family

THE EXTRACTIVE GAZE - Director Steve McGuire

Increasingly, Neuro-marketers learn to read customers thoughts, extract data and use it to shape our consumer experience. This film is not limited to straight journalistic reportage, rather it seeks to generate curiosity and discussion regarding these matters, as well as to entertain.

 

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Documentary

THE SOUND OF BALLONS - Director Marquette Jefferson

 

During finals week, Sofia's unknown supernatural powers send her warnings that her college roommate is in danger whenever she hears the Sound of Balloons.

 

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Short

FATE ALCHEMY - Director Ace Blankenship

A dark comedy that unfolds with a whirlwind of vulgarity and ill-fated circumstance. A deal to chase the American dream diminishes as our three protagonists try to work their way out of an unfortunate event that spawns many to come.

 

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Short - Dark Comedy

MEOW BOW WOW - Director Bronny Lane

 

A confused dog owned by an old lady escapes for a day of adventure whilst narrowly avoiding capture, he discovers his true identity.

 

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Short - Black Comedy / Art House

THE HOLLYWOOD TOUR - Director William Austin Speis

 

 A young runaway meets a Hollywood tour guide on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

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Feature - Drama / Mystery / Romance

SUPER SPACE COWBOY ROCKSTARS SAVE THE UNIVERSE - Director Michael Heath Jr.

2 Guys try to pitch a film to a studio directors obnoxious son, and in doing so embark on 1 of the greatest stories ever imagined.

 

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Short - Experimental / Comedy

AIM THE CAMERA AND SHOOT ! - Director Rio Miller

Caught between an apathetic Producer and an emotionally (and mentally?) unstable Screenwriter, a first time Director struggles to find stability in an increasingly unstable film production.

 

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Short - Experimental

GAM CAM GRRL - Director Michael Paul Girard

Notorious hacker Shane Antar is released from prison and gets swept up in a whirlwind relationship with Karol - an aspiring stand-up comic in Los Angeles. But that relationship is abruptly derailed when he gets employed by the NSA to help them find Cami Fawlkes - the elusive ‘Gam Cam Grrl’ who has set up a rogue website that no government has been able to shut down.

 

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Feature

OSTINATO - Director Luke Luch

The first step is admitting you need help—but getting it kills. In this psychological horror short, John Fields dies by the hands of his "friends", over and over... or does he?

 

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Short - Experimental

T=E/X2 - Director Andreas Z. Simon

Imagine a movie that tells his story backwards and on three different timelevels. Imagine a movie where the protagonists are stuck in the same timeloop as the audience.

 

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Feature - Sci-fi, Fantasy

THE LUNATIC - Director Michael Jeremiah

A child who "learns nursery rhymes when he speaks with two men in his head" grows up and becomes a decorated Green Beret. After one too many battles he is forced into retirement. Seeking to get lost in the crowd in New York City he finds that he hasn't really left the war behind him.

 

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Short - Drama

MIKE - Director Kent Smith

Mike is an intellectually challenged man in his mid-50's, working for his only friend, Donald. When one dream propels Mike onto a course of adventure and splendor along the path of life, the dream mission turns out to be not as simple. It's a tale about finding yourself while experiencing the moment. One dream. One journey.

 

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Short - Drama

NOSFERATU - Director Wayne Keeley

 

Updated, restored version of F.W. Murnau's Silent Classic Nosferatu. The legendary Goth Band, TYPE -O Negative provided soundtrack and is hosted by the late David Carradine.

 

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Feature - Horror

FESTIVAL OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN - Directors Bjorn Rallare, Niklas Mertel Ekelund, Peder Carlsson

Two filmmakers want to make a movie. One idea is of a true story about what was supposed to be Sweden's answer to Woodstock in 1970. They expected 300.000 people, but only 3.000 showed up and a plethora of weirdness took place in what has been described as "Sweden's biggest music failure".

 

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Short

ODE TO DAPHNE - Director Catherine Phillips

Using as an allegory the legend of Daphne who protected herself by turning into a tree, the film follows the emotional journey of modern day Daphne who is diagnosed with breast cancer. The film combines poetic imagery with the visual quality of water and trees to describe how dependent we are on the nature world for life and healing.

 

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Short - Experimental

LEASH LEADER - Director MJ Watz

 

An amateur dog sitter and lifestyle stoner struggles to decipher if she is cursed or just paranoid, as a series of unfortunate events and mysterious deaths take place.

 

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Feature

OUT OF MIND - Director Tigran Nersisian

 

Out of Mind follows the story of a young Armenian man's struggle with depression and anxiety disorder worsened by the stigma around mental illness in his family and the community.

 

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Short

SERVE AND PROTECT - Director Stephanie Santos

 

A comedy about a typical day for a cop that becomes anything but when he encounters three different speeders.

 

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Short - Comedy

WATERMARK - Director Rebecca Maddalo

When Meg moves in with her longtime boyfriend, she is suddenly terrorized by memories of a past trauma from years earlier. Desperate to move forward with the life she wants, she constructs an imagined space in her mind to confront her ghosts and battle their grasp on her reality.

 

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Short - Student

WILD HORSES - Director William E. Simpson II

 

A Cinematic experience carried by an uplifting musical score powering a revealing look into the plight of America's Wild Horses

 

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A Micro / Mini - documentary

NASTY HABITS - Director Allisyn Arm

 

A young aspiring musician befriends a lonely truck driver, who picks her up as she hitchhikes her way to Los Angeles.

 

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Short - Thriller, Suspense, Drama

WAITING ROOM - Director Uzef Gavrilova

 

A lonely drug dealer has an eventful birthday.

 

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Feature

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION, A COMING OF AGE, SELFIE FILM - Director Dr. Barbara I. Holstein

 

Two traumatic events structure the 'Girl's' high school year: a Lock Down and a family secret. She is shocked yet manages to recover and to understand the importance and value of family and the complexity of truth.

 

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 Short - Student Project

I'M NOT FAMOUS - Director Bernard Howard

 

Lyrical Storm a professional entertainment brand owner is a victim of remote neural monitoring. This documentary depicts his life under electronic surveillance and gang stalking activity as a street performer in Los Angeles, CA.

 

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 Short - Documentary

LA BREAK UP - Director Erik Ros

 

 

A young creative couple try to come to terms with living in LA.

 

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 Short - Drama

EXTRA LARGE AND EXTRA SPOOKY - Director Jeremy Stewart

 

 

A pizza delivery girl gets paranoid when entering a spooky house.

 

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 Short

THERAPY Original Motion Picture + Soundtrack - Director Dame Pierre ll

 

THERAPY is a dream state haze, weaving a story of lovers caught up in the spell of passion and desire that soon dissolves into obsession, an ultimatum…and consequences.

 

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 Short - Romantic Drama

L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP - Director Sam Vinal

 

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

 

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 Short - Documentary

THE LAST CHANCE AT THE SUNDANCE MOTEL - Director Nathan Vega

 

Ghost (Diggz Graves) is damned to spend eternity in an oddity emporium when a young photographer soon possesses the camera of the deceased , a photo shoot fueled by drugs and rock n roll goes from bad to worse

 

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Animation - Short

HOSTAGE - Director Nestor Villasmil

"The T-shirt Soldiers" a tribute to the fallen ones. Based on the events that occurred during 2017 protests in Venezuela.

 

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Animation - Music Video

THE SECRET STORY: HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA WAS RE-LEGALIZED IN THE US - Director Brian C. Applegarth

The inspiring true story of renegade gay hippy pot kingpin Dennis Peron and patient advocate Brownie Mary in their quest for medical cannabis legalization. A historical LBGTQ+ San Francisco story of how a public health crisis combined with passionate pioneers ignited a marijuana revolution that forever changed the world.

 

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Short - Documentary

BID -  Director Jetto Dorsainville

 

Hakim is raising money for his Dad's transplant by selling a camera lens online for $4000, but on the way it gets damaged and the buyer wants his money back. The problem is that the money's been spent on his Father's operation. The buyer ends up killing Hakim and his Dad has to watch his only son get buried.

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Short - Student

BUCKY -  Director Geoffrey Gould

 

A third date does not go as expected when Amy's lifelong friend Bucky confronts her date Peter.

 

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Short - Dark Comedy

THE LAUNDRY -  Director Saoud Bouebaid

There was no silent conversation between two characters since childhood and this story is not complete because of social differences

 

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Short

A PAPER HOUSE -  Director Wei Geng

While visiting a classmate, a fifth grade girl accidently finds paper houses that are model replicas of the houses in her village. She senses an evil connection between the models and the real houses and is determined to find out the secrets of these paper houses.

 

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Short

ARE YOU PROUD? -  Director Ashley Joiner

Are You Proud? is a candid and moving investigation into seventy years of progress in the LGBTQ+ rights movement. It celebrates the many breakthroughs made by tireless individuals and it reminds us how far we have yet to go.

 

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Feature Documentary

TRUST ISSUES -  Director Andretti Dante

Charlie and Megan, are madly in love and stranded in an unforgiving desert. Charlie is bleeding out and must now lean on Megan to lead him across the border as they attempt to flee authorities. But as the sweltering sun beams down on their weary bodies trust issues start to surface that threaten the very fabric of their ride or die relationship.

 

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Short - Romantic Dramedy

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE  FINALISTS WHO SCREENED BELOW AT THE

2019 HOLLYWEED FILM FESTIVAL AND SPECIAL THANKS  TO THE WINNERS "BREATH" & "BLIND" 

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TABBIGAIL'S COMPLAINT -  Director Mark Glaeser

Tabbigail’s complaint is a surrealist intervention in the age of Trump, drawing from the time of Reagan, it follows the inadvertent travels of the earth and its reluctant companion, a cat named Tabbigail.

 

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Short - Experimental

BLIND -  Director Marcel Walz

Faye (Sarah French), a former actress that lost her vision due to botched laser eye, struggles to put her life back together while living alone in her dream house in the Hollywood Hills.  When a masked stranger named “Pretty Boy” (Jed Rowen) shows up, Faye will realize that she isn`t as alone as she thinks

 

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Feature - Thriller, Drama, Horror

RESTART -  Director Zhuqing Wang

 

 

 

 

Having suffered the loss of her daughter, a grieving mother wakes up in the middle of nowhere and finds herself stuck in a disturbing time loop. The film mainly discusses people’s inner struggles when it comes to dealing with psychological wounds.

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Short  - Drama / Thriller

 

HELLO BABY  -  Director Lee Siu Lung

 

Crystal is pregnant and when as she moves into an old rented apartment strange things start to happen. Master "Kind Heart" indicates that her last abortion is causing all the super natural events and wants Crystal and her unborn baby killed.

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Short - Drama / Thriller

THE REPORT  -  Director Alexander Callens

 

Ted's report is due tomorrow but the last thing he wants to do is work from home.

 

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Trailer - Dark Comedy Short

THE CREEPY LINE  -  Director M.A.Taylor

 

 

A film Google doesn't want you to see.

 

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 Trailer - Documentary

 

LIGHT MATTER  -  Director Virgil Widrich

 

A black-and-white film that lets you see colors.

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Trailer - Experimental

 

LET'S GET STONED  -  Director Jessee Clarkson

 

An aging amphibian rockstar finally meets the girl of his dreams

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Music Video

 

 

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY with THE GODZ  -  Director Jeffrey Wengrofsky

 

Here to Eternity with The Godz is a short documentary about The Godz, one of the first psychedelic rock bands.

 

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Short - Experimental Documentary

DAYMARES -  Director Jon Tu

 

Tara gives viewers a glimpse into the world of her Daymares.

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Teaser - Short

 

MY NAME IS ART -  Director Shahab Zargari

 

A young suburbanite, confronted by a belligerent stranger at his front door, must determine the best way to   diffuse the situation to protect himself and his home.

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Trailer - Short

SHAHKBOY -  Director Jake Pecker

 

Shahkboy is a typical Boston high school kid, doing drugs and getting busted for graffiti. Oh, and he's half shark.

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Short - Animation

 

 

BREATHE -  Director Mitch Yapko

 

When Marvin comes home from work one day, he discovers that not everything is as it was when he left - it    seems that the air outside isn't for everyone anymore.

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Short - Film

 

 

TEMPTATION OF SAINT FRANCIS -  Director Johnnie Semerad

 

Two ill matched garden statues fall in love in this animated exploration of the battle between spiritual enlightenment and physical desires that we all go through. An imaginative take on what happens in your garden when you’re not looking.

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Short - Animation

 

BIG BOOM -  Director Brian Watson

 

A lonely service robot looks for meaning and purpose in a seemingly empty world.

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Short - Animation

GETTING HIGH WITH SIRI -  Director Jeffrey Gardner

 

While hotboxing in his car, Anthony soon realizes that Siri has gotten high as well.

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Short - Comedy

 

A VERY ODD ENGAGEMENT -  Director Gareth James

Commitment-phobic 40 something, Archie, is reluctant to propose to his shrewish girlfriend Diane, despite her insistence on marriage. Following a night of infidelity, Archie's fears of marriage and desire to conceal the truth from Diane culminate in a farcical downward spiral.

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Short - Alt Black Comedy

 

3 REFLECTIONS ON BAD ART -  Director David Hensley

 

"3 Reflections On Bad Art" is a collection of short films that explore how we define "art."

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Short Drama Comedy