Shorts Program: Best of Film at Mason

Award-winning films from George Mason’s Film and Video Studies program illustrate our shared need for connection and community. This program of inventive shorts highlights directors innovatively working across genres including web series, documentary, drama and comedy. Mason students produce their films in collaboration and community, working with student artists studying screenwriting, producing, cinematography, sound design and editing.

The Unfortunate and Accidental Death of Mr. Gregory
Ashley Adams | 2018 | Narrative | 3 min
This pilot webisode follows a cleaning crew of outsiders who arrive to find themselves in quite a mess.

Sunny Side Up
Marie Karkehabadi | 2018 | Narrative | 8 min
A man overwhelmed by existential doubt transitions from married to divorced, exploring the inescapability of ordinary suffering. Best Experimental Film and Best VFX, Mason Film Festival 2017; premiered at Brooklyn International Film Festival.

James Woolard | 2018 | Narrative | 5 min
Fillers is a workplace comedy web series following the mundane existence of two friends who are employed solely to occupy space in retail stores. Pilot episode.

Cultivation and Community
Alicia Rodriguez | 2018 | Documentary | 5 min
Amid histories in the U.S. of racialized food inaccessibility, this documentary portrait focuses on Jenn, a black woman who has immersed herself within community-based food systems of growing with the intent of building sustainable networks.

The Day
Andy Riddle | 2018 | Narrative | 6 min
Will faces challenges as he stumbles about his day.

Gloria: An Immigrant
Adam Reforzo | 2018 | Documentary | 12 min
A documentary portrait of Gloria, the filmmaker’s mother, who intimately shares her experience leaving El Salvador to join her father in the United States and the sacrifices endured by her and the growing family she left behind.

Naod Haddish | 2018 | Narrative | 9 min
Melanie learns to grieve through the music shared between her and her deceased Grandpa. Best Editing and Audience Award, Mason Film Festival 2018.

909 Nights
Ryan Judge | 2018 | Narrative | 10 min
A former classical music prodigy struggles as he pursues a career in electronic music, his true passion. Best Experimental Film, Mason Film Festival 2018.

Typewriters Today
Kyle Finnegan | 2018 | Documentary | 3 min
Most people think the typewriter is a thing of the past, but Ed Michael knows this to be false. Best Short Documentary, Jersey Shore Film Festival.

Sugar Babies
D’Andra Welch | 2018 | Narrative | 9 min
Three girls try to make money in the most unconventional way. Special Faculty Jury Award for Directing Actors, Mason Film Festival 2018.

David Mason | 2018 | Narrative | 12 min
After a tragic family event, a woman returns home to discover that her little sister has gone missing. Will her sister’s diary and the bedroom mirror help the woman find her? Best Horror/Thriller, Audience Award, Distinction in Cinematography, Mason Film Festival 2018.

Filmmakers will participate in a Q&A following the screening.

See the Film

Sat Oct 27

In Person at Bow Tie Cinemas
11940 Market St., Reston, VA 20190
12:00 pm