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Thursday, August 31 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
#6 - Student Film Block - D - CXL + Love Child + A Shot of Nectar + Headphones + Mourning Dove + Princess Yun

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Shorts Block #4

CXL - After celebrating her 140th birthday with family, Martha must come to terms with the reality of death. Isolated from her family, Martha finds her life support chair the center of attention and conversation throughout her birthday celebration. After being ignored by her kin, Martha and her support chair charge overnight. Martha dreams of her late husband's tragic death. Stirring from her nightmares, Martha departs the room to return to one place she can feel at home. In order to get there, she must leave her life support chair and climb the home's stairwell. Despite her body's protests, she survives the climb, and is met atop the stairwell by an unexpected guest. Caram, her 'zenchild' (great-great-great grandchild), finds Martha.  The couple enter Martha's old bedroom. Submerged into her own world, she shows Caram a piece of reality: the chaotic outside, a desolate landscape of blowing dust and debris. Martha detaches the final piece of her mechanized body. The personal vest that once served as the connection from her body to her chair is dropped to the floor. Only the human Martha remains. The two lie down, where Martha's life finally expires.

Love Child - When a young couple travels West in search of a better life for their unborn child they become stranded, alone on Donner Pass, and must ultimately make a decision that challenges their faith, love and trust in each other. 

A Shot of Nectar - After moving to a new home, a mother struggles with the decision of being a full-time caretaker for her mentally ill son when she is faced with prejudice from the people closest to her.

Headphones -  Headphones is a short film with a revised take on a familiar method many people use to cope with having anxiety -- by getting lost in their headphones.
This film was made to raise awareness for mental health. Mental illness remains a social stigma, especially within communities of color. Sharing narratives like this offers visibility enough to get conversations started on the subject, so we can grow to understand it better.

Mourning Dove -
 A young refugee uses imagination to accept her tragic past. 

Princess Yun -  Centrum and Actus, two godly artifacts passed down by the primeval gods, are enchanted with the magic power to bend time and space. Princess Yun of Li and Prince Jade of Yi, who had been childhood sweethearts and engaged to be married, had each inherited one of these powerful items from their ancestors. After Centrum was looted by a mystery man in a scrimmage and its whereabouts became unknown, the emperor of Yi, deranged by power and ambition, took the occasion to wage war against Li.
With a former ally turned enemy, Princess Yun was caught in the double bind of choosing between personal romance and national interest. Fate seemed left up in the air for Yun. But as Yun_Ñés coronation day to become the Empress of Sun who reigns over eight kingdoms drew close, the truth behind the missing Centrum started to surface. 

Thursday August 31, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Cinemark at the Pike Theaters 99 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802