Stories of cultural identity, a subcultural legend, meaningful and surprising connection with others, and personal sacrifice comprise the eight short films in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival MATINEE TWO program.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 11:30am
INCLUDES Q&A WITH FILMMAKERS
Image: NO FORKS IN THE ROAD (directed by Jessica Le)
Behind the scenes of the annual high school rodeo championship, Naudy Exposito, a.k.a. ‘Cuba,’ feeds the bucking horses and bulls. When an accident befalls him, he does what cowboys do best: work through the pain.
At a rest stop, May’s newly-found friendship with a stranger leaves her at a crossroads with her cultural identity.
An overburdened daughter decides to abandon her obligations, sealing her depressed mother’s fate.
NSF19 CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
A Himalayan village woman yearns to provide a better life for her young daughters. But the only possible option she sees is surrogacy – a choice that will explode her domestic tranquility and become a searing dilemma.
In between pouring shots at the bowling alley where he works, 66-year-old Pete Napolitano has been developing metaphysical theories. Pull up a stool to Pete’s “Table of Honor,” and soak in his elucidations on how to live a creative life.
An otherwise uneventful day for Julie takes a more serious turn when her daughter, Jazz, starts to ask profound questions about slavery, and what she’s learned at school.
A power outage in a prison classroom temporarily suspends the teacher and inmates in a reality with no barriers.
FIRST TIME FILMMAKER AWARD
A small time hustler spots a vulnerable woman in a truck-stop town on the edge of nowhere. What seems like an easy hit becomes more complicated when unexpected tenderness develops.