SouthSide Film Institute

Film Schedule – Wednesday







5:20pm to 6:50pm
Charter Arts

7:20pm to 9pm
Charter Arts

9:20pm to 10:55pm
Charter Arts


Miscellaneous Block Time: 5:20pm

You and Me Before and After directed by Madeleine Gottlieb

2020 | 11 minutes | Narrative Short

Two adult sisters who love each other learn to like each other while getting their first tattoos. Stuck side by side in the chair with nothing to do but talk, they are forced to confront a shared history that’s as painful as it is hilarious.

Cupids directed by Zoey Martinson

2021 | 10 minutes | Narrative Short

What is the most important thing on the last day of school before summer break? If you’re Mia, Natalie, and Jabari you frantically search for a date for Ms. Cheryl, the most beloved bus driver of all time! This love letter to New York’s essential workers captures the whimsy of a child’s imagination as they try to save Ms. Cheryl from a lonely summer void of school children, destined to a life on the sofa surrounded by cats.

Frank & Emmet directed by Carlos F. Puertolas

2021 | 12 minutes | Narrative Short

“Frank & Emmet” tells the story of two life-long friends and show business partners who, after weeks of drifting apart, sit together to have a much-needed conversation. Their friendly dialogue takes a turn when they address head-on the one thing they’ve never talked about: one of them is a puppet.

CYMK (Colors You May Know) directed by David Chai

2021 | 3 minutes | Animated Short

Inspired by the division of 2020; here’s a friendly reminder to please love one another and celebrate our differences.

Sunshine directed by Martha Goddard

2021 | 10 minutes | Narrative Short

A distraught woman has a chance encounter at a cafe which changes her life.

An Irish Goodbye directed by Tom Berkeley and Ross White

2021 | 23 minutes | Narrative Short

Set against the backdrop of a working farm in rural Northern Ireland, ‘An Irish Goodbye’ is a black comedy following the reunion of estranged brothers Turlough and Lorcan following the untimely death of their mother.

Roy directed by Ross White

2021 | 15 minutes | Narrative Short

Trapped in a lonely existence, reclusive widower Roy passes the days by cold-calling strangers from the phone book, looking for brief moments of companionship. But when he accidentally calls adult hotline worker Cara, an unlikely friendship is born that will help them both rediscover the joy of life.

Don’t Be Scared directed by Richard O’Connor

2021 | 2 minutes | Animated Short

A family of birds looks for safety in a storm.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Time: 5:20pm

Delivering Hope directed by Jordan Orsak

2021 | 89 minutes | Documentary Feature

Eight days before his 50th birthday, ultra-runner Kevin Kline set out to become the first person in history to run the northernmost 300 miles of Alaska’s dangerous Dalton Highway, in winter, to raise awareness for children battling pediatric cancer. Delivering Hope tells the ultimate story of people coming together for something bigger than themselves.


Comedy Block Time: 5:20pm

My New Boyfriend directed by Anthony DiMieri

2021 | 3 minutes | Narrative Short

A jaded young woman in New York City puts the dating scene behind her as she enters into a romantic relationship with the 12-foot skeleton from Home Depot.

The Best Orchestra in the World directed by Henning Backhaus

2020 | 14 minutes | Narrative Short

Ingbert, the sock, applies for a position as double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. Bad idea.

A Cartoon of a Cat Sleeping directed by Randall Christopher

2022 | 7 minute | Animated Short

A 7-minute comedy which unfolds entirely in one shot with no edits, cuts, or camera movements. As the story gets more and more chaotic, one big question looms: Will the cat ever wake up?

In The Event of My Death directed by Brian Scott Steele

2021 | 21 minutes | Narrative Short

Jeremy. Just. DIED. So, in the event of his death, he leaves behind a series of clever clues and witty video messages for his best friend and bandmate Same, and his brash sister Mandy, which sends them on an adventure through their shared past.

Writer On The Storm directed by Zack Wilcox, Tony Susi

2021 | 4 minutes | Narrative Short

Arthouse film rendering of what it is to be a Screenwriter, the film encapsulates the feeling of the manifestation of the First Draft of a screenplay and is dashed to bits by the delivery of first notes.

F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT [email protected]¢K directed by Harris Doran

2021 | 12 minutes | Narrative Short

A queer Black aspiring Baltimore rapper must outwit his vengeful day-job boss in order to avoid getting fired after accidentally eating an edible.

Local Middle Schooler directed by Sanjna Bharadwaj

2020 | 11 minutes | Animated Short

A girl with magic eyelashes is exploited for them by her school, her community, and eventually the government. She battles the weight of the world with the weight of being a middle schooler.

Tank Fairy directed by Erich Rettstadt

2021 | 10 minutes | Narrative Short

In Taiwan, “song wa si de” are workers who routinely supply gas tanks to street vendors and old residential buildings. The magical Tank Fairy delivers her tanks unlike any other – with sass, stilettos and a healthy helping of glitter. Tank Fairy is a musical extravaganza that encourages us all to embrace our authentic selves.

This Feels Right directed by Jonathan Thomas Coleman

2021 | 9 minutes | Narrative Short

A bickering couple get lost on a dead-end road and stumble into a horrifying time loop that will change their lives forever. A comedy.


Time: 7:20pm

The Automat directed by Lisa Hurwitz

2021 | 79 minutes | Documentary Feature

The Automat tells the story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees – we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Drama Block Time: 7:20pm

Burros directed by Jefferson Stein

2021 | 14 minutes | Narrative Short

Set in southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a six-year-old Indigenous girl discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has lost her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham tribal lands into the United States.

Dalía directed by Brúsi Ólason

2020 | 16 minutes | Animated Short

A distant father and his six year old son connect as they put a horse out of its misery.

Relict directed by Ilya Polyakov

2021 | 8 minutes | Narrative Short

A tormented old man wrestles with his demons, which manifest themselves in terrifying ways.

Brother Troll directed by Gudmund Helmsdal

2021 | 30 minutes | Narrative Short

Once upon a time in the Faroe Islands, two lone brothers struggle to save their fragile relationship after the sudden loss of their older brother.

Over directed by Ellie Kline

2021 | 9 minutes | Narrative Short

When she becomes pregnant unexpectedly, recently-bereaved young adult Greta is caught between unresolved grief and the pull of her own future.

When You Clean a Stranger’s Home directed by Sharon Arteaga

2020 | 7 minutes | Narrative Short

A cinematic essay where a first-generation high school student describes what her and her mom learn about people when cleaning their homes. House decor and items left around convey a privilege that unveils her imagination, jealousy, and frustrations.

Game 11 directed by Vernard James

2021 | 10 minutes | Narrative Short

The lives of a promising young basketball player, a remorseless killer, and his reluctant friend intertwine in two stories of competitive sport and murder.



Peace by Chocolate directed by Jonathan Keijser

2021 | 100 minutes | Narrative Feature

After the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struffles to settle into his new Canadian small-town life, caught between following his dream to become a doctor and preserving his family’s chocolate-making legacy.


Time: 9:20pm

Our Words Collide directed by Jordan W. Barrow & Matt Edwards

2021 | 94 minutes | Documentary Feature

A documentary following the lives of five teenage spoken word poets in Los Angeles as they navigate their final year of high school and exploring many of the challenges facing young people today – identity and expression, transitioning into adulthood, and overcoming mental health issues – through the unique prism of their poetry. The film highlights the poets of the Get Lit program, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles educating and empowering young people through poetry.

VENUE: NMIH | 602 E. 2ND ST.

Documentary Block 1 Time: 9:20pm

DEERWOODS DEATHTRAP directed by James P. Gannon

2021 | 9 minutes | Documentary Short

50 years ago Jack and Betty were hit by a train and survived. This is their story.

If I Tell Them directed by Oliver Sutro

2021 | 12 minute | Documentary Short

James Sampsel, a plein air painter and fly-fishing guide, comes to terms with his past and bi-polar diagnosis that hangs over his future.

Breaking Trail directed by Jesse Roesler

2021 | 30 minutes | Documentary Short

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed Alaskan Husky sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.

Total Disaster directed by Keil Orion Troisi, Molly Gore

2022 | 12 minutes | Documentary Short

Trickster environmental activists pretending to be oil behemoth Total stage a satirical press conference to introduce “RéHabitat”, a plan to rescue animals from the East African Oil Pipeline by relocating them to “more sustainable” habitats in France. Using humor and mischief, they shed light on a deadly ecological and humanitarian disaster.

Mountains We Climb direct by Ryan Canney

2021 | 20 minutes | Documentary Short

In 2019, Doylestown native Chris Baccash had a best ever result at the Bucks County Classic Pro Cycling Race. He and his team looked forward to what the 2020 season could bring – racing the Leadville 100 at the top of the list. Four months later came a devastating diagnosis, life-saving surgeries, and a global pandemic. In the midst of the adversity, Chris finds the key to climbing the mountain ahead.

The Captain directed by Greg Kohs

2020 | 8 minutes | Documentary Short

Of Maine’s more than 5000 commercial lobstermen, only 4% are female. The Captain is a short documentary film that celebrates that fearless 4% through the lens of Sadie Samuels, a 28-year-old lobster boat captain who is equal parts beauty and badass.


Animation Block 2 Time: 9:20pm

Bird directed by Wu-Ching Chang

2019 | 5 minutes | Animated Short

The girl suffers from a feeling of great discomfort that comes without warning, like an uncontrollable disaster. When the panic is accompanied by a flapping of wings, a chaotic, dissociated journey into her unconsciousness begins.

Blue Cooler directed by Laura Margulies

2021 | 8 minutes | Animated Short

An oil painted animated short film that captures small moments of life in Hawaii through a montage of richly painted and colorful brush strokes, sounds, and images.

Annah la Javanaise directed by Fatimah Tobing Rony

2020 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model. They called her Anna la Javanaise. This is a reimagining of her story.

Forgotten directed by Mawrgan Shaw

2021 | 4 minutes | Animated Short

Offering a window into the isolation the elderly face when living alone, ‘Forgotten’ is a timely exploration of loneliness.

The One, The Ones, and the Won directed by Wally Chung

2021 | 1 minute | Animated Short

Living in the big city, a man’s sleep is interrupted.

House of Memory directed by Sofía Rosales Arreola

2020 | 13 minutes | Animated Short

An old man lives in a film library made up of memories captured in celluloid that he carefully preserves. When these tapes begin to deteriorate, he will do everything possible to save his memory.

Confusion will be my Epitaph directed by Marine Beasse, Corentin Cormont, Benjamin Germe, Hadrien Maton, Arnaud Mege, Coline Thelliez

2021 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

A lonely little girl shares her daily life with illness.

Prince in a Pastry Shop directed by Katarzyna Agopsowicz

2020 | 16 minutes | Animated Short

A philosophical parable about a couple eating cakes in a cafe that touches upon fundamental issues that are close to everyone – the elusiveness of happiness, the fact that we are not always able to perceive it, let alone experience it as fully as possible.

Pigeon directed by Sang Joon Kim

2021 | 6 minutes | Animated Short

Joe is having a bad day. But now he is at the brink of becoming a part of the world that makes bad days.

In the Mountains directed by Wally Chung

2021 | 5 minutes | Animated Short

A couple goes on a hike and runs into some trouble.

Allwell Ogini – Jolly directed by Maciek Albrect

2020 | 4 minutes | Animated Short

Afrobeat Afro-Fusion Hip-Hop Music Video

Mr. Rabbit’s Doll directed by Arvin Medghalchi

2021 | 12 minutes | Animated Short

The doll was the only companion of Mr. Rabbit’s lonely night which turned his chance of finding true love into a disaster.

Demi’s Panic directed by Bill Plympton

2021 | 10 minutes | Animated Short

Animated short film about Demi, a Latina in NYC whose nightmares foreshadow an unprecedented storm, transforming her city & her life. Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Seine’s Tears directed by Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur

2021 | 9 minutes | Animated Short

17 October 1961, “Algerian workers” got down in the streets to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the police prefecture.

Independent Ukraine directed by Maciek Albrecht

2022 | 1 minute | Animated Short

No synopsis.