2017 Film Guide

In Our World

Runtime: 2 min

Directed by: Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson

Location: Hosfos, Iceland

A travelogue, led by five-year-old Unna Katla, that will introduce you to Iceland, the things in our world, and the things not in our world. You may even learn a new language.

ISIS Hair Salon

Runtime: 5 min

Directed by: Nicholas Coles

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles hair stylist Carrie Banks has unwittingly been thrust into the war on terror, and she’s fighting back one braid, weave, and extension at a time.

Jazzy and Mumbo

Runtime: 10 min

Directed by: Aaron Beck

Location: Moorhead, MN

The city’s greatest detectives, Jazzy and Mumbo, are thrown for a loop when perpetrators become the victims as they describe being controlled by an unknown force.


Runtime: 15 min

Directed by: Genevieve Clay-Smith

Location: Sydney, Australia

A vivacious woman with Down Syndrome forms an unlikely friendship with a Sudanese refugee through their mutual love of the street dance, KRUMP.

Kitten Witch

Runtime: 9 min

Directed by: James Cunningham

Location: Aukland, New Zealand

A precocious kitten wants to be a witch’s familiar and must pass a test or she will forever be just simple cat, but the witch sees something in the kitten she does not expect. 

Kojo: A Short Documentary

Runtime: 14 min

Directed by: Michael Fequiere

Location: New York, NY

Kojo is a loveable and precocious jazz prodigy. When he’s not at home in New York, he’s touring the world, which serves as both his stage and classroom. 

Lady Lillian

Runtime: 8 min

Directed by: Amber Danger Johnson

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Lady Lillian is a dark comedy about a tarot reader/psychic whose rambling and somewhat absurd conversations with clients become self-fulfilling prophesies. 

Life, Coached

Runtime: 16 min

Directed by: Chloe Lenihan

Location: New York, NY

To Life Coach, Elena Ray, counseling others comes naturally, but too often, following her own advice is much more difficult.


Runtime: 13 min

Directed by: Chris Jopp

Location: St. Paul, MN

Meow is a stylish bloodstained genre mash offering life lessons in demonic cats, dubious landlords and overbearing mothers.

Monkey Business

Runtime: 82 min

Directed by: Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Location: New York, NY

We all know Curious George – but what about his creators? On makeshift bicycles, Hans and Margret Rey rode across Nazi occupied Europe as refugees, in search of a freedom that would nurture one of the most treasured children’s book series of all time.

On the Wall, Off the Chain

Runtime: 7 min

Directed by: Greg Carlson

Location: Fargo, ND

Adam Turman is a gentleman in everything he does: bicycles, art, and family. “On the Wall, Off the Chain” was selected as a top-twelve finalist in the Fusion/International Documentary Challenge, and premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January of 2017.

Peep and the Paperplane

Runtime: 12 min

Directed by: Christoph Englert

Location: Munich, Germany

For little bird Peep, a crash landed paper plane comes to life. The unlikely buddies head out for adventure and our little bird gets his first flight lesson from Paperplane. But their new friendship is soon tested by Peep’s naughty behaviour, leading to a close encounter in the sky.


Runtime: 2 min

Directed by: Derek Bauer and Jes Kalina

Location: Moorhead, MN

Not only a man, not only a printer. Mostly printer, but also pretty man-like.

Rag Dolls

Runtime: 5 min

Directed by: Justin & Kristin Schaack

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a young girl discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. For the dolls’ very real counterparts, self-control is out of their hands.


Runtime: 20 min

Directed by: John Fortson

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her behavior when she wakes to find every adult has received a YELP-like star rating floating above their head. While most everyone has a shining 4 or 5 stars, Maggie’s got just 2.5!