SF Indie Fest: Shorts 5: The Hustle
First show: February 10
Dark Comedy Shorts
Give us your tired, your jaded, your sellouts, and your characters making unintentionally hilarious career choices: this program finds the dark humor in “making it.”
Meryl Fuckin Streep
USA, 5 min
For two young screenwriters, a movie pitch takes a turn into the surreal.
UK, 14 min
Jeffrey is an exotic dancer who is in it for the art. But with art comes struggle, courage and cleaning houses between gigs.
USA, 7 min
French director Pauline Sala’s sophomore film hasn’t had the same success as her first, and so her Los Angeles premiere falls to the fledgling L.A. Art Film Festival. To make matter worse, she learns that a strange short film director is sharing her hotel room in order to save the festival money. However, this strange woman has a secret that Pauline will soon learn, and won’t ever forget.
USA, 12 min
Isaac is a sucky babysitter in Brooklyn whose true passion is comedy. Unfortunately for him, he’s not that talented and he’s a tiny bit of an asshole. When a tinder date brings a new hottie into his life, things are looking up but not for long. Isaac fills in at his roommates’ improv group and not only bombs but also offends everyone in the room. Will Isaac get his shit together? Probably not but maybe he’s not such a bad babysitter after all.
USA, 9 min
During the hottest day ever recorded in human history, a fastidious maid’s duties are interrupted when her vagina comes to life.
Italy, 17 min
Augosto, a typically self-absorbed actor, has a big audition coming up, so he enlists his girlfriend Annalisa in his usual good-luck ritual. But this time things don’t go quite so auspiciously.
The Poet and the Professor
USA, 22 min
A dark comedic short about Ariel, an insecure writer tortured by her own desires. Ariel can’t seem to stop seeing “The Poet,” an older, volatile cinematographer who pursues his “art” while taking full advantage of his rich girlfriend’s beautiful New York apartment. Ariel also can’t stop herself from loving her own professor, a depressed, married, struggling adjunct obsessed with postmodernism and addicted to pills. In this short film, Ariel must overcome a proclivity for dysfunctional affairs to find a healthier, more sustainable relationship.
84 min. Contains sex and violence.
SF Indie Fest: Shorts 5: The Hustle: Upcoming Showtimes