Nashville Film Festival: Narrative Shorts Program 2 Review


The Nashville Film Festival has arrived, and over the next week, I will be covering the festival and all of the films that I watch. From Short films to Documentaries to Featured Films and more, the festival is filled, with movies that range from all sorts of genres.

Narrative Shorts Program 2: This is a list of short films that the Festival bundles together for you to watch.

Chlorine

A young thief frequents the local swimming pool in search of something more than the objects she steals

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Our short follows Beth (Marlo Kelly) and Keira (Clementine Bell), a mother/daughter pairing trying to figure out life. It was a beautiful depiction of poverty, young mothers, the struggles without a father, and how it can alter everyone’s lives.

Melissa Anastasi’s writing and directing feel raw and personal, and that was the heartbeat of this short, job well done by everyone here.

Exam

A teenage girl gets involved in the process of delivering a pack of cocaine to its client, and gets stuck in a weird cycle of occurrences.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Man o man, these shorts today are gut-wrenching and killing me. Understanding the reality of what I just watched and how that is the norm in some areas of the world is problematic, sad, and breaks my heart in half.

Kids should never be used as drug mules, just a beautiful portrait painted by Sonia K. Hadad.

Cramming

Close friends Alex and Yan Bo, eighth graders, cram for a test in a prestigious prep school. Once they’re accused of cheating off of one another, their friendship is threatened.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A funny look in the minds of kids trying to study for a test and are accused of cheating. The grilling session between the two kids was funny to watch as we have all been down this road as kids no matter what the circumstances.

Funny, thoughtful, and just a good time.

My Hero

As last minute plans for a babysitter fall apart, eight-year-old Brandon is left alone to oversee his younger brother Mason.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Being a parent isn’t easy, but being a single parent is even harder. My Hero shows this exact struggle and why absent fathers have been among the leading causes of troubled kids everywhere.

Damn you, Logan Jackson for having me in tears right now.

Two Little Boys

A boy’s secret love for his closeted bully drives him into an unconventional road to confession and its consequences.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I cannot find the words to describe how this short was an absolute emotional roller coaster. The idea of bigotry is a touchy subject, and often filmmakers drop the ball trying to tackle the issue. Farbod Khoshtinat tells the story in an elegant but equally devastating way.

Everything about this short worked, two strong performances out of our leads who not only made you feel the pain with their words but with their emotions. Technically, from the cinematography to the score, both of which elevate the short.

Two Little Boys is the devastating reality that surrounds the gay community.

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