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A Stroke of Good Fortune (Shorts Block #1)

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SHORT FILM BLOCK

A Stroke of Good Fortune

Run Time: 78 mins

Upstanding

Directed by Harrison Trigg
USA | Narrative | 6:14
MADE IN ARKANSAS

WORLD PREMIERE

An upright citizen, both a loving husband and father, is stuck in a morality crisis when his daughter reveals something about herself that she can't change.

DUSK

Directed by Jake Graf
USA | Narrative | 15 mins

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.

Love the Sinner

Directed by Jessica Devaney
USA | Documentary | 16 mins

ARKANSAS PREMIERE

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Tribeca Film Festival; Outfest; Palm Springs

Love the Sinner is a personal documentary essay exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Burst

Directed by Peter Pflügler
Germany | Narrative | 6:10
In German with English subtitles

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Translations - The Seattle Transgender Film Festival

An unexpected kiss triggers a young mans journey to his innermost self. He must learn that facing the unexplored is always the first and most difficult step...

Merce The Series - "Tonight at Eight"

Directed by Tyne Firmin
USA | Narrative - Series | 9:02

ARKANSAS PREMIERE

Merce is a hilarious musical comedy series about a middle-aged, HIV-positive man living in New York City. He is unashamedly and flamboyantly gay, a Pollyanna who sees some events in his life through an MGM lens. Merce is bawdy, outrageous and fun, proving that Life can be positive when you're positive! In this episode, Merce gets ready and goes on a first date.

Merce is seen on OUTtv media platforms in Europe and available through the LGBTQ app, REVRY.

Intersection

Directed by Angela Tucker
USA | Narrative | 9:00 mins

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE

AWARDS: Frameline Completion Fund Grants

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Frameline

A road trip forces a young woman and her two besties to examine their identities and place in the American South, in this poignant film that explores friendship, ally-ship, and intersecting identities.

Little Potato

Directed by Wes Hurley
USA | Documentary | 13:00 mins

ARKANSAS PREMIERE

AWARDS: Jury Prize for Best Short Doc (SXSW); Audience Award Best Short (Outfest); Audience Award Best Short (CinemaQ); 

Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Elena and her young gay son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order-bride and discover America for herself. Saving its most unexpected twist till the end, this is an inspiring and timely story of two immigrants' take on the American Dream.

3 Cafés

Directed by R. W. Gray
Canada | Narrative | 3:00 mins

SOUTHEAST US PREMIERE

AWARDS: Best Experimental Film (Silver Wave Film Festival); Best Experimental Film (SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival)

A beautiful visual investigation of the relevance of chronology to meaning and the way emotions and perspectives change as time passes.