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Narrative Short | Directed by Madyson DeJausserand 21 minComing-of-Age, Comedy, Drama

Katie’s three best friends all seem to have their lives planned out post-graduation, but she just can’t envision a future without them. The four spend one last night together, unsure of where life will go and scared of the possibility of being separated.

Future Shock
Narrative Short | Directed by Allie Costa 4 minSci Fi & Fantasy

A woman unexpectedly gets the chance to go back in time and give herself the heads up about an event that rocked the world.

of Masquerade and Rhymes
Narrative Short | Directed by Laura Kay Henderson & Sarah E MacLean 11 minDrama, Romance

It's a dilemma old as time; how do you mend a broken heart? Writer Jesse Collins uses her quick wit as a shield. Her best friend Calvin meddles, trying to help her start living again. Could a woman in her writing group be the one to help Jesse move on?

The Idler
Narrative Short | Directed by Danielle Maus 2 minDrama, Comedy

This short student project is of a montage played along with a reading of a poem called "The Idler" by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson. Watch a very melancholic man go through everyday life’s motions as he thinks the thoughts read aloud in the poem one day at University.

Taco Soup
Narrative Short | Directed by Kristina Familara 22 minDrama, Comedy

On the brink of breaking up, Natalie, a young college student, joins her boyfriend Sam to a family dinner at his bizarre Aunt Tilly’s house. Burnt rolls, twisted forks and soggy taco soup are the least of her worries in this sublimely dark comedy.

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Box 1 -- Theatre Performance Shorts Poster

Box 1 features three theatrical performances. Love at First Slice and A Cup of T were produced and filmed specifically for BoxFest Detroit 2020. These directors used their creativity to experiment with theatrical storytelling in a post-Covid world. Selections from Cleopatra Boy presents excerpts from A Host of People’s devised production, Cleopatra Boy, featuring live music, projections, toy theater and more to examine justice and representation.

Box 2 -- Documentary Shorts Poster

Box 2 features three compelling stories, all told through documentary film. Breaking the Cycle follows the private life of Indi Jackson, a record-breaking college athlete, revealing that life’s biggest challenges are often encountered off the field. The Way of Art shares the riveting and precarious journey of one theatre’s quest to bring a giant puppet to life, and The Impact examines MSU students’ responses to racially biased incidents.

Box 3 -- Narrative Shorts Poster

Box 3 features five narrative films that are sure to entertain. Chatterboxing! delights as the festival’s only animated short. Personal trials take center stage in the substance-fueled dramedy, A Basement Film, and ASTRAY: The Justification of Grace, a story with faith-based themes. A Good Day is a surreal, existential trip, and Flame Out offers an apocalyptic tale of interpersonal strife. Day of Reckoning unsettles as the only horror short.

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