Program 18
October 24, 6:00pm 

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Ball and Vase

United States / Drama / 31 mins

Director/Writer: David Baram

Producer: Julie Anne Robinson

Cast: Austin Pendleton, Diane J Findlay

When an ailing and widowed 92-year-old magician learns his grandson will not be visiting for his last Christmas, he struggles to reconnect with the world--and himself—one last time by attempting to perform at a local pub that he used to visit with his wife.

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A Better Half

United States / Drama / 19 mins

Director/Writer: Marco Calvani

Producer: Ben Arredondo, Marco Calvani, Marco Pigossi

Cast: Chris Stack, Darren Pettie, Marisa Tomei

Incapable of intimacy and chronically depressed, Sean must come face to face with the person he feels is responsible for his troubled life.

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Cheap Hugs

Canada / Drama / 15 mins

Director: Sarah Baskin

Writers: Sarah Baskin, Valéry Lessard, Bryan Fitzgerald

Producer: Bryan Fitzgerald, Valéry Lessard, Sarah Baskin

Cast: Miryam Magri, Sarah Baskin, Valéry Lessard

Two strangers, reeling from the loss of their friend, find themselves in an unexpected moment of connection.

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Unworthy

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Director/Writer: Adam Ross Perlman 

Producer: Stephen Moffatt, Tatiana Fenner

Cast: Kelly AuCoin, Mary Beth Peil, Antonique Smith

Thirty years ago, Warren Frye committed a crime that changed his life and millions of others: He shot the President of the United States. Now he's been released from a mental hospital into the care of his 80-year-old mother. They say he's better. He hopes he is. But when he's confronted by the same pressures that once led him to do the unthinkable, we hope for redemption, brace for tragedy, and live in the space between.