SHORTS / 82 mins



A young man rejects the idea of becoming a farmer like his father; a little girl, now grown, fondly remembers afternoons spent with her elderly caretaker. Between different generations, ties that bind can also divide, and family can become a nightmare as well as solace.

- Mordecai Stayton

In This Program

  1. Grand Canal

    Grand Canal

    Johnny Ma / China / 2013 / Documentary, Experimental / 19 mins
    Part noir, part memoir, GRAND CANAL defies expectations at every turn. Based on director Johnny Ma’s experience with his largely absentee father, this film captures the down-and-dirty world of canal sailors in China.

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    Happy Dance

    Crisanta Deguzman / USA / 2013 / Animation, Experimental / 10 mins
    Artist Crisanta Deguzman uses whirling and dancing clay, toys and anything else she can imagine to visualize the inner world of her young autistic son.

  3. Her Prize

    Her Prize

    Rob Trinidad / USA / 2013 / Bay Area Connection, Family, Narrative / 4 mins
    On a rainy day in San Francisco, a young girl waits on the sidewalk for her father to pick her up for the weekend. He presents her with a small gift that comes with unexpected powers.

  4. Makoto

    Makoto: Or, Honesty

    Christopher Yogi / USA / 2013 / Documentary / 5 mins
    In Japanese, “makoto” means “honesty.” Filmmaker Christopher Makoto Yogi enlists his mother and grandmother to candidly trace the life and last days of his father, whom he was named after, in this short.

  5. Malaysian Memories

    Malaysian Memories

    Celeste Chan / USA / 2013 / Bay Area Connection, Experimental, Social Issue / 3 mins
    Looking back at the deprivations of his youth in late British-colonial and World War II era Malaysia, director Celeste Chan’s father recalls a time of hunger and familial sacrifice in this experimental film.

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    Andrew Oh / USA / 2012 / Drama / 15 mins
    A young man living in Los Angeles’ Koreatown must confront the escalating violence in his neighbor’s household. As events come to a fever pitch, the truth of what is really happening stares him right in the face.

  7. Mei-


    Margaret To / Hong Kong / Animation, Documentary, Experimental / 6 mins
    Director Margaret To revisits the Hong Kong of her youth — memorializing an afternoon with her caretaker, Mei — via mixed-media animation.

  8. Sweet Corn

    Sweet Corn

    Joo Hyun Lee / South Korea / 2013 / Drama, Narrative / 20 mins
    A father and son clash over the future of their farm and family home. Meanwhile, their corn wilts in the field, suffering from the elements and devastating insect invasions.

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