Performance/Anxiety

(Canada, 2013, 111 mins)
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Some of us were born for the stage (or screen) while others have flop sweat in their veins. Will the characters in these short films rise to the occasion or go down in flames?

Sunday Punch

DIR Alan Powell / ON, 2013, 9 min.

The stakes in a seemingly ordinary domestic squabble suddenly spike, leading the couple to become genuine combatants—they launch broadsides and throw low blows with wild abandon.

Subconscious Password

DIR Chris Landreth / QC/ON, 2013, 11 min.

A man’s desperate attempt to remember someone’s name sparks a frantic, fantastical game show in the recesses of his brain.

Anxious Oswald Greene

DIR Marshall Axani / BC, 2013, 16 min.

A bid to alleviate his crippling anxiety lands Oswald in a clinic where his fate rests in the hands of a blind nurse, talking fly and flamboyant malpractitioner.

Pilgrims

DIR Marie Clements / BC, 2013, 8 min.

In this unsettling comedy, a German tourist’s misguided attempt to experience a little West Coast “Indian” culture leaves him horribly out of his depth…

Gloria Victoria

DIR Theodore Ushev / QC, 2013, 7 min.

Set to bombastic symphonics, and incorporating elements of surrealism and cubism, this bold piece explores the ties between art and war.

Role Play

DIR Alex Epstein / QC, 2013, 10 min.

While researching her first serious role, a ’tween starlet doesn’t realize just how far from safety she’s strayed.

Destroyer

DIR Kevan Funk / BC, 2013, 10 min.

After witnessing an act of violence, a guilt-stricken junior hockey player must choose between his teammates and the truth.

Method

DIR Gregory Smith / ON, 2013, 9 min.

A standard issue interrogation scene takes a dramatic turn when the players are asked to not only establish motive but also find their motivation.

Big Trees

DIR Ann Marie Fleming / BC/QC, 2013, 13 min.

Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.

Follow the Fox

DIR Simon Laganiere / QC, 2013, 18 min.

Inspired by Terry Fox, two well-intentioned but poorly prepared cousins embark on an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking marathon of haplessness.