THE SHORT LIST: INDIE MEMPHIS

Director: Various
USA / 2021 / Various

Followed by a Q&A with the Filmmakers

Last streamed on Wed, Apr 20

Metrograph and Indie Memphis Film Festival present The Short List, a collection of the finest short films from the last few years curated by Indie Memphis Artistic Director Miriam Bale and Programmer Kayla Myers. Following the live online screening, these films will be available to stream from April 21 through October 21, 2022.

“These five short films, which have screened at past Indie Memphis Film Festivals, cover many genres: drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, and combinations thereof. What they have in common is coming at their subjects from the side, rather than head on. With structural innovation and intoxicating images, each film starts obliquely and goes deep.”—Miriam Bale

Following the live virtual screening, individual films will be available to stream on Metrograph’s online platform.

Program Schedule:

Desperate LA (2021) Dir. Jeanetta Rich, 15 min
When Homegirl discovers she’s pregnant by the guy who ghosted her, she must face a “new normal” all alone.

Hot Singles (2021) Dir. Laura Jean Hocking, 9 min
Featuring vivid projection imagery, Hot Singles incisively explores the experience of isolation, as a woman seeks refuge from an apocalyptic event.

A Few Things I’m Beginning to Understand (2021) Dir. Xenia Matthews, 12 min
Journey through the colorful, musical world of Xenia Matthews’s mind as she explores intergenerational trauma, interactions with state violence, and how these can seep into loving relationships such as her own.

Ten Leaves Dilated (2021) Dirs. Ebony Blanding and Kate E. Hinshaw, 14 min
Using a peculiar Cabbage Patch Kids ceremony as inspiration, Ten Leaves Dilated traces the origins of the cabbage patch birth myth and modern birth practices to explore shifting ideas around birth in the American South.