Bureau of Creative Works
A growing library of short films by award-winning indie filmmakers for people who believe film should come from the ground up, not the top-down.
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The Poet and the Professor
Penny & Paul
The Real Thing
Many Different People at Once
F is for Friendship
Swan Song of the Skunk Ape
Amma Meri (Mother)
High & Tight
Aster and Sidney
The Joyous Farmer
A rural woodworker consumed by grief builds his own coffin. A film by Sanford Jenkins Jr..
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Directed by Sanford Jenkins Jr.
Written by Joel David Santer
Produced by Elise Brown, Cydney Fisher
Cinematography by Tanmay Chowdhary, Madeline Leach
Production Design by Neima Patterson, Ron Trejo
Starring Marvin Gay, Shirley Jordan, and Leonard R. Garner Jr.
Edited by Shiyu “Cheryl” Hu, ...
Amongst fragmentary recollections of friendship and the sublime, two friends explore changing priorities in a world that may quickly be slipping away. A film by Anne Hollowday and Bill Kirstein.
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Written and Directed by Anne Hollowday & Bill Kirstein
Produced by Billy Holiday; 100 Year Films
Edited by Ian Park
Additional Camera Operator: Gabe Elder
Assistant Camera: Jake Ewal...
An exploration of the ways we perform and perceive gender in the world today. Bird Watching uses real-life documentary interviews and carefully curated archive footage to examine how women are seen. A film by Anne Hollowday.
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Directed by Anne Hollowday
Produced by 100 Year Films
Set in the very near future, a virtual reality addicted girl must follow a government mandate to remove her VR headset for 3 hours. When her dismal reality sets in, she goes online and orders Perfect Man: a robotic humanoid love companion. A film by Nic Collins & Jake Andrews.
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Written and Directed by Nic Collins & Jake Andrews
Produced by TJ Connor, Danny Lepthien
Cinematography by ...
The Poet and the Professor
A dark comedic about Ariel, an insecure writer tortured by her own desires who must overcome a proclivity for dysfunctional affairs to find a healthier, more sustainable relationship. A film by Ariel Kavoussi.
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Executive Producer - Ariel Kavoussi, Clifford McCurdy, Devoe YatesProduction Funded by Kickstarter Backers
Producer - Valerie SteinbergDirector of Photography - Charlotte...
Penny & Paul
Somewhere in the Mojave desert, a wayward young woman en route to a new life with a guy she just met in Vegas discovers that her new fellow isn't quite the man she thought he was. A film by Brian Rawlins.
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Written & Directed by Brian Rawlins
Produced by Chris Schwartz and Patrick Alexander
Production Design by Kimberly Rice
Cinematography by Steve Acevedo
Starring Olivia Grace Apple...
A bittersweet love story where two long-lost classmates from grade school reconnect on a lonely New Years Eve - because people don't remember phone numbers anymore.
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Written & Directed by Anthony Deptula
Produced by Dean Cates, Dave Smith
Associate Produced by Deborah Streit & David Streit
Cinematography by Mark Evans
Edited by Jeff Sharpe
Starring Jeff Sloniker, Tina Kapousis
The Real Thing
When a soldier returns home, things have often changed. For Staff Sergeant Michael Waltze, the ultimate change is in his child. While on his tour of duty, his daughter has transitioned and started living her truth. Today he is coming home to surprise her.
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Written & Directed by Brandon Kelley
Produced by Jon Gestal
Cinematography by Greta Zozula
Edited by Taylor Levy
A black woman struggles with her feelings as she navigates the aftermath of the white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville. A film by Xavier Burgin.
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Written/Starring Vanessa Baden Kelly
Directed by Xavier Burgin
Vanessa Baden Kelly
Jed Rapp Goldstein
Many Different People at Once
A couple experiments with opening up their relationship to other people. A film by Joshua LaBure & Zachary Gutierrez.
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Directed by: Joshua LaBure & Zachary Gutierrez
Written by: Joshua LaBure
Production Company: Weekend Films
Producer: Gillian Kreft
Cast: David Draper, Lisa Novotny, Olivia J Carmel. Megan M.
A filmic reverie in homage to the writer-gravedigger Tico, who in a marginal life, searches for an aesthetic and political inspiration.
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Script, Director, Editor: Adriana Barbosa and Bruno Mello Castanho
Production Company: Memória Viva
Cast: Tico and Renan Rovida
Producer: Marco Escrivão
Director Ass: Thiago B. Mendonça
Photography: Rogério Che
Sound: Samuel Gambini
F is for Friendship
Emily decides to air out some dirty laundry and brave the scrutiny of a catty dinner party to win back her name. A film by Shaya Mulcahy.
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Written, Directed and Produced by: Shaya Mulcahy
Director of Photography: Ben Potter
Original Score: James Watson
Sound Design: David Forshee
Starring: Joosje Duk, Kelsey Lea Jones, Erica Duke Forsyth, Eddie Robinson
Swan Song of the Skunk Ape
The story of South Florida's strangest bipedal resident, as told by the rare few who claim they've encountered the creature. A man-hunter, cryptozoologist, indigenous conservationist, and erotic photographer, paint a portrait of a people and place as endangered as the beast itself.
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Director & Editor: Brad Abrahams
Exec. Producer: Nate Barr
Producer/Skunkape: Matthew Ralston
Two children take refuge in the Sinaloa sierra.
Filmed in the municipality of Concordia, Sinaloa, northwest Mexico, the film shows an idyllic landscape wrapped in a rare atmosphere of peace in contrast to the threatening presence of the drug cartels who have operated in the area for decades.
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Script, Cinematography, Editing, Direction: Isaac Ruiz Gastélum
Cast: Jacqueline Vizcarra,...
Amma Meri (Mother)
When Balram learns about the money in his ailing mother's account could be his, only after her death. He begins to think of this as the only solution to all his problems
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Written & Directed by Tarun Jain
Produced by Tarun Jain
Music by Vivek-Abhishek
Sound Design by Shajith Koyeri
Cinematography by Karen Thapliyal
Edited by Rajan Kumar Singh, Vishal Chauhan
Starring Anurag Arora, Ra...
High & Tight
High & Tight follows a shaggy-haired, mysterious outsider who returns to the sleepy town where he committed a double-homicide to confront the father of the man he killed, the town's barber.
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Written & Directed by Luis Servera
Produced by Naheem Adio Kujenya
Co-produced by Luis Servera
Cinematography by Jon Hanford
Film Editing by Lenny Toussaint
Starring: Apache Ramos, Seth Abrams
Bearing the weight of social obligation and self-preservation, Mel attends her baby shower in this meditation on the female psyche.
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Written & Directed by Mimi Jeffries
Produced by Javian Ashton Le
Co-produced by Peter Chapman, Carrie Tate
Cinematography by Allison Anderson
Film Editing by Javian Ashton Le
Starring: Elia Monte-Brown (Tasha), Olivia Gilliatt (Mel), Tim Nicolai (Lucas), J...
Aster and Sidney
After the collapse of society, a secret threatens to destroy two women's relationship.
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Director: Sean Temple
Writers: Sarah Wisner & Sean Temple
Cinematographer: Mia Cioffi Henry
Producers: Sean Temple, Sarah Wisner & Elise Ahrens
Assistant Director: Sam Hagerman
Production Designer: Jean-Paul Disciscio
Art Director/Hair/Make-up: Nicole Georgallas
Costume Designer: Becca Iandol...
The Joyous Farmer
Ratnapala is an impoverished and alcoholic farmer living in Sri Lanka's dry zone. Having sold all his possessions to drown his sorrows, he lacks industry and motivation. After an encounter with a government official, he is prescribed an experimental drug to enhance his work ethic.
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Written and Directed by Hiran Balasuriya
Based on a Short Story by Anuk Arudpragasam
Produced by Simo...
After her husband’s death, Nieves begs to keep his job as her apartment building’s superintendent so she won’t lose her apartment, but she’s unaware she may be making a deal with the devil.
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Directed by: Carmen Jimenez
Written by: Carmen Jimenez & Chris Boyce
DP: Sean Porter
Produced by: Chris Boyce, Edited by Javier Loarte, Carmen Jiménez, and Ferran Mendoza
Starring: Aida Lopez, Juan C...
Temp to Perm
Jane is subjected to an increasingly bizarre series of questions and demands as we learn just how far she's willing to go for gainful employment.
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Written & Directed by Joseph Marconi
Executive Produced by Jaclyn Iavarone, April V. Marconi, Omar Parker
Cinematography by Kenneth Bauer
Original Music by Jason Lowri
Production Design by Matthew Rumer
Starring: Amy Huckabay, Mischa Ga...
Ambivalent about her pregnancy, Connie attempts to withstand the desert, her husband, and herself. A dive into the underexplored psychological complexities of expectant motherhood.
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Directed by: Joel Garber
Written by: Joel Garber & Robin Hardy
Produced by: Tetra Balestri, Summer Garber, & Robin Hardy
Cinematography by: Travis Auclair
Edited by: Milenko Skoknic
Starring: Robin Hardy & B...
Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios - who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job?
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Written & Directed by: Cameo Wood
Produced by: Alexa Fraser-Herron, Ryon Lane, Cameo Wood
Cinematography by: Kimberly Culotta
Film Editing by: Russell August Anderson
A homeless man witnesses a kidnapping, and when he hunts down the perpetrator he uncovers a dirty secret in suburbia.
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Written & Directed by: Tony Gapastione
DP: Matthew Mayotte
Produced by: Jessica Musgrave, Jayson Johnson, Ola Soler, Daniel Emanuel, Tony Gapastione, Soncity Media
Starring: Bruce Beatty, Anjelah Johnson, Dove Meir
Composer: John W. Snyder
Sound Design: Matthew Waters
A story of lust and desire, of identity and sexuality. Elizabeth, an English rose, falls for Sirena, a mysterious sensuous Spanish woman. From their initial meeting, Elizabeth feels an overwhelming attraction for Sirena that grows with intensity; all complicated by Elizabeth’s on/off relationship with local guy Tom.
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Written & Directed by: Louise Marie Cooke
DP: Laura Bellingham
Sing For Your Supper
In a totalitarian world where the only currency is song, citizens must sing well in order to eat. Unfortunately, Glen has just come down with a severe bout of laryngitis.
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Director: Mu Sun
Writer: Michael Jonathan Smith
Producers: Karen Lavender, Mu Sun, Gensho Tasaka
Dir. of Photography: Teruhisa Yoshida
Production Designer: Tomoya Imai
Original Music & Songs: Gavin Keese, Sherri Chun...
Lucia, Before and After
In this meditative "anti-road trip", Lucia travels from Odessa to El Paso, Texas to get an abortion, only to find that she has to wait the state-mandated, twenty-four hours before she can have the procedure. With nowhere to go, she spends the night in a town she doesn't know while awaiting her fate.
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Written & Directed by Anu Valia
DP: Charlotte Hornsby
Editor: James Codoyannis
The Man Hidden in the Room
Young actress Elísabet experiences a day of very strange happenings. She gets a role in a film she desired, but she's also being drawn into something rather dangerous, what might or might not be connected with a mysterious disappearance of her friend.
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Written & Directed by Petr Makaj
DP: Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson
Sound: Lukáš Ujčík
Music: Jan Provazník
Visual Effects: Jörundur Rafn Arna...
A collection of short films in which five of independent film's most adventurous and acclaimed filmmakers join forces to adapt each other's dreams.
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"Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen With Your Eyes Open"
— David Ehrlich, Rolling Stone
A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. A suicidal Grim Reaper hosts a children's TV show. The formerly incarcerated remember and reinterpr...
A sheltered and struggling young actor, Ian, receives a call from his agent about an upcoming audition. Shortly after, Ian begins to see disturbing visions of the immediate future and he soon realizes that having this ability is not exactly a welcomed gift unless he is ready to do something about it.
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Written & Directed by Michael Fodera
Produced by Angel Acevedo, Michael Fodera, Nicholas G...
A battered girl must journey through a dark and violent world to discover the truth behind why her boyfriend mysteriously vanished.
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Directed by Matthew Underwood
Written by Matthew Underwood and Beta Angarole
Produced by Kirk Slawek, Loren Hughes, Matthew Underwood, Beta Angarole, and John Matysiak
Executive Producer Kirk Slawek
Production House GearSeven Creative
Director of Photograp...
Fleeing the responsibilities of her relationship, a young Brooklyn woman retreats to her late grandmother's decaying house upstate, only to discover that some unexpected guests have moved in.
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Written by: Lance Edmands & Sarah Tihany
Directed & Edited by: Lance Edmands
Starring: Sarah Tihany, Thomas Sullivan & Roderick Hill
Produced by: Craig Butta & Kyle Martin
Cinematography: Adam ...
A 13-year-old boy is caught in the web of his parents’ divorce. Grappling to understand their separation, he meets Luna, a young girl who takes an interest in his silent struggle.
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Writer: Romana Friedli, Flo Linus Baumann
Director: Flo Linus Baumann
Producer: Rajko Jazbec
DOP: Manuel Haefele
Edited by: Aurora Vögeli
Music: Dominik Blumer
Sound Design: Remie Blaser
Two women who share a name and appearances meet when one hires the other to clean her house.
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Director/Writer: Jessica Kingdon
Featuring: Graci Carley & Mia Jessup
Producer/Editor: Alex Megaro
Producer/Editor: Ian Bell
Producer/Composer: Simon Taufique
Meg Charlton (podcast host)
Zane Midlin (baby)
Director of Photography: Aharon Rothschild
The Mess He Made
A Man Spends 15 Minutes Waiting for the Results of a Rapid Hiv Test in a Small-Town Strip Mall.
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Director: Matthew Puccini
Co-Produced by: Tyler Rabinowitz & Matthew Puccini
Director of Photography: Brandon Roots
Cast: Max Jenkins
Featuring: Maya Piel, Zenzi Williams, Andrew Raia, Will Krisanda, Jack Sochet, Sean Higgins
Editor: Henry Hayes
Production Designer: Christina O'neil
An unknown rock band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music that blows up amps, liquefies tape decks, and starts electrical fires. On the eve of their first (and possibly last) show, they must decide whether to risk life, limb, and legacy for a 1 am slot on a Tuesday. It could change everything... or nothing at all.
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Writer / Director: Dylan Allen
Producer: Eddy Vallante
Lena's Complicated Machine
Three years after her partner’s untimely death, Dr. Lena Thierry, a neuroengineer, has been unable to move on. After years of research and development, she attempts to upload his consciousness into a computer software program.
Two women reunite in a quiet neighborhood before a party begins. But by turns mysterious and shocking, the film's narrative begins to unravel even as the women's relationship teeters on the edge of truth.
A film by Frank Mosley
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Written & Directed by Frank Mosley
Loosely inspired by Ibsen's "A Doll's House'', SPIDER VEINS is a mercurial investigation into varying levels of everyda...
That Party That One Night
Socially and sexually awkward teenager Melissa finds herself alone with her crush after being ditched by her friends at a party one night.
Not So Soft
A lyrical journey into the subconscious, Not So Soft explores a woman’s dark and twisted history with men.
Filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff delves into her family’s home movie footage for this bleak but compelling exploration of her past, an act of catharsis on Super 8mm film. A tapestry of memories and childhood traumas, she discovers the true strength of her artistic voice in this stunning visual essay and heartfelt letter to her father.
With an inspiring visit to Miami, Victor “Bikini” Rodriguez, a former state-employed engineer, works to grow his fledgling bathing suit business in Havana, Cuba. A film by Alex Mallis.
A short film about a man, desperate for a break, who gets caught up on the wrong side of life and making the only decision he can live with.
Learn more at http://bureauofcreative.works/kingsrun
Writer / Director/ Score: Ayz Waraich
Producer: Martin Wisniewski
Executive Producers: The Bureau of Creative Works, Justin James Walsh, & Zachary M. Bradly Jr.
A mother (Lilli Cooper, Spring Awakening) tucks her twin boys (Aiden and Austin Johnson) into bed and they realize they might not be alone.
A shy wolf tries to befriend a group of hip, party-loving bunnies but finds her body is in revolt.
Written & Directed by Dianne Bellino
Learn more at http://bureauofcreative.works/film/itching
A Collaboration by Dianne Bellino + Adam Davies
Written, Directed + Edited by Dianne Bellino
Animated by Adam Davies
Produced by Dianne Bellino + Adam Davies
Cinematography + Lighting: Dianne Bellino
Production Design, Set Construction + Art Dir...
A father tells his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.
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Written & Directed by David Lowery
Starring Myles Brooks, Will Oldham
Produced by Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston
Music by Daniel Hart
Cinematography by David Blood
Editing by David Lowery
Sound Design by Tim Nagle
Casting by Frank Mosley
A comedy about isolation and loneliness. Written, directed, and starring Bridey Elliott, the film follows a young woman, adrift, seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.
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Directed by Bridey Elliott
Actors: Bud Cort, Bridey Elliott, Rob Michel Hugal
Cinematographer: Michael J. Wilson
Makeup and Hair: Angelea Lavelle Longo
Sound design: Sam Mutch, Darrell Tung
Music: Kristin R...
Six characters meet in a public bath house: the pedant bath house manager, a couple with a strange way of communicating and a gang with shady intentions. Something goes wrong.
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Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer: Kalle Wettre, Malade
Script: Jerker Virdborg
Idea: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Animation: Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Schubert Animation
Sound: Hans Appelqvist
After seeing a nature documentary, a newly acquainted couple ponder the ways in which animals show affection towards one another.
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Directed by John Arthur Wilson
Based on the poem by Tony Hoagland