INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING : National Narrative Shorts Competition
SUGAR GLASS BOTTLE
Near-future Tokyo. A sheepish high schooler, Kou, through the help of his best friend, finds a surprising way to express his mounting frustration at the insidious forces of commercialism that are forcing out the neighbors he cares most about.
GLITTER AIN’T GOLD
A sixth grader takes a trip to the flea market with his best friend to buy a fake chain to impress his crush.
When visiting her best friend who recently moved towns, an eczema-prone 13-year-old girl gets pressured into making a bottle bomb at a local junkyard.
A trans man recovering from top surgery is transported into a memory by a photograph in his hotel room.
OURIKA! is a glamorous surreal sci-fi short film that deconstructs the old tale of Ourika from death to life. After being dead for over 200 years, Ourika’s soul is awoken inside of a barren purgatory while her body incubates in a fleshy blob. In the void, she encounters ghosts from her past life and depictions of her likeness that taunt her. She must see her true self to be set free. Ourika is unaware that two sister scientists, Velinda and Ronnell, twin spirits, have been searching for all the pieces of her soul in hopes that they can bring her back to life.
F^¢K ‘€M R!GHT B@¢K
A queer Black aspiring Baltimore rapper must outwit his vengeful day-job boss in order to avoid getting fired after accidentally eating an edible.