SCHOOLHOUSE BLOCK - CFF 2022 STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE

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BROKEN HEARTS

Availability ended 6/29/2022 EDT
When a sheltered teenager with congenital heart disease befriends a young rebel set for a heart transplant, she learns to live courageously.
Indigo Johnson is a teenager with congenital heart disease (CHD) who wants nothing more than to get her ears pierced, but she's never been allowed to due to medical forewarnings of endocarditis (a life threatening heart infection). It doesn’t help that her New-Age crazed parents are overprotective and govern her life based on astrological forecasts. At a cardiologist appointment in prep for an upcoming surgery, she meets Sarah – a younger, eccentric, and vivacious CHD survivor getting a heart transplant in only a few days. The two decide to break out of the hospital together to go on an adventure and feel like normal rebellious teenagers for a day, and maybe get some piercings while they’re at it.

WISH YOU WERE HERE

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A deadbeat older brother must accompany his estranged sister to safety while searching for supplies in an abandoned, dystopian airport.
In the year 2038, the world has fallen into a dystopia. A rise in authoritarianism has forced some to live on the outskirts of society. Isaac (28), a deadbeat with little ambition, must accompany his estranged sister Taylor (16) to safety. Hiding in a heavily monitored abandoned airport overnight, Taylor endures loud panic attacks whenever her video game console dies out. Therefore, Isaac and Taylor must find replacement batteries in time for pick-up, whilst evading patrollers, and facing their past.

NAHRANI

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Development aid worker Carina Nowak walks into a trap set by the Taliban.
Development aid worker Carina Nowak walks into a trap set by the Taliban, together with a squadron of German army soldiers. Only she and young soldier Luca survive and they both have to fight to reach their own goals.

THE ROTTING OF CASEY CULPEPPER

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A girl battling leukemia and her single father fall into a well of paranoia when the girl experiences visions of a tumor-covered creature.
A girl battling leukemia and her single father fall into a well of paranoia when the girl experiences visions of a tumor-covered creature.

SPLIT ENDS

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From the festering wound of an impulsive decision is born Isa’s fear that her Abuela is forgetting her. Any twenty-something could tell you they’ve chopped off their hair as a means of regaining agency in uncertain times. Instant regret: what if this exacerbates her dying Abuela’s dementia? Instant defiance: her mother’s disapproving opinion is unwelcome. The harder Isa bites down on the spot of her tongue that tastes like remorse, the more decapitated hair crawls up her drain pipes; a manifestation of her complex anticipatory grief. No choice but to confront it. This horror is a commentary on Latina beauty standards––especially ones that concern women’s hair and are perpetuated by mothers.

SKELETONS

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Are you sure you want to do this?
Haunted houses are scary. And, sometimes, dads are scary too.

WHY IS IT SO WARM ON CHRISTMAS

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Superhero / Solidarity / Costume / Christmas
After obtaining superhuman powers from an accident, movie star Eugene meets a drawback as he starts out a heroic move. His costume is too cold for winter! Panic drives him towards online communities where he'd been ignoring. A band of nerds set out to change the world!

CYCLES

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A fungal infection of the mind and soul.
In this psychological, horror short, Jake, a young man in his mid-twenties, simultaneously deals with multiple traumatic events. As he navigates these experiences, something has taken root inside of his mind that he may not be able to take control of.

UNDERDOGS

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Underdogs
At the California Men’s Colony in Central California, a special connection forms between dogs and their inmate handlers who train them to become fully operational service animals.

DARKSIDE

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Embrace the Unknown.
After a devastating tragedy, an astronaut struggles to complete his interstellar mission to rescue a lost crew.