All angles of weird, wild, and occasionally horrifying cuts are explored in this collection of crime-time thrillers.
Tim Sanger’s LA-noir Utopian Wares follows a quartet of millennial women whose drug delivery start-up begins to encroach on an eastside gang’s turf.
Mikail Ekiz’s beautifully animated paranoid thriller Pit Stop follows a magic-8ball-headed man attempting to hide his precognitive secret as he toils away on the graveyard shift at a convenience store. Dazzling audiences earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, Canadian filmmaker Shannon Kohli’s Hunting Season follows a small-town gas station attendant’s life-changing brush with the fantastical during a late-night shift.
Aleem Hossain’s unexpectedly madcap The Thin Orange Line flips a familiar cop narrative on its head as a detective grapples with inner conflict while in hot pursuit of a fugitive. T.J. Yoshizaki’s Hot Dog follows an LAPD officer on the shift from (surreal, nightmarish) hell. Heather Halstead’s heady and creepy Blur follows the decline of a forensic photographer’s eyesight and sanity.
Gregory Shultz’s Night Crawl pits a pair of would-be escapee prisoners against wardens straight out of hell (or the X-Files), with incredible practical effects galore. UK filmmaker Faye Jackson’s brilliant Snowflakes follows a pair of Jamaican deportees whose fortune changes when a mysterious virus overcomes their holding facility with explosive results.
Presley Paras’ electric EDM-noir Buffalo & Trout finds a pair of drug addicts facing unexpectedly off with white supremacists while out on a late-night heist. — Nicole McControversy
Tim Sanger | USA | 10 min.
Four millennial women in east LA create an online drug dealing startup, threatening the business of local drug cartel.
Mikail Ekiz | USA | 4 min.
A gas station convenience store clerk has a Magic 8 Ball for a head. He lives in a state of constant paranoia, fearing someone will discover the secret his head holds, and exploit it for themselves.
Hannah Levien | Canada | 12 min.
Callie (Hannah Levien), a small-town gas station attendant, has an unexpected encounter which will change the course of her life forever.
The Thin Orange Line
Aleem Hossain | USA | 7 min.
A detective out for revenge is interrupted by his childhood imaginary friend.
T.J. Yoshizaki | USA | 7 min.
A mind-bending, nightmarish insight into the mind of an LAPD officer having a just another bad day - or not.
Heather Halstead | USA | 15 min.
A forensic photographer begins to hallucinate as she slowly loses her eyesight.
Gregory Shultz | USA | 9 min.
Two Prisoners tunnel out of a hellish prison only to discover something more terrifying than death row.
Faye Jackson | UK | 15 min.
Esther and Miriam are being forcibly deported from the UK to Jamaica when there's an outbreak of a deadly virus that makes you feel calm and only kills white people.
Buffalo & Trout
Presley Paras | USA | 13 min.
Two female drugs addicts heist a white supremacist safe house but are faced with a decision; take the cash or save a young girl's life.
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