Poster for Newfest Shorts: What’s On Your Mind?

Newfest Shorts: What’s On Your Mind?

Run Time: 81 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

The stories in SHORTS: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? prove that caring is sharing and show the immense value in listening to the people you love, or even those you’ve just met.


THE FIRST TIME
Dir. Soleil Burgess & Camille Ora-Nicole, USA, 2 mins
After dating for 6 months, Kat finally builds up the courage to tell Joey she loves her… for the first time.


I IDENTIFY AS ME
Dir. Tina Colleen & Monick Monell, USA, 3 mins
A chorus of gender-diverse women and queer, trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC) whose stories reflect that intersectionality is infinite.


BETWEEN US
Dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes, Canada, 17 mins
Kei longs for a “normal life” in rural Japan. But for a transgender man facing unemployment in his hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb.


THE BEAUTY OF BEING DEAF
Dir. Chella Man, USA, 3 mins
A short film shot underwater and featuring an all-BIPOC, deaf cast performing a poem in American Sign Language.


LITTLE MX. SUNSHINE
Dir. Alessandro Nori, USA, 11 mins
Jordan, a transfemme non-binary person and Taz, a semi-closeted/figuring-it-out bi/pan dude, hash out what it might mean for them to date in public.


CLOSE UP
Dir. Benett Holgerson, USA, 15 mins
Join Moses on a three-part journey of self-reflection as he discusses sex, love, and life in New York City.


A SIGNIFICANT NAME
Dir. Diane Russo-Cheng, USA, 5 mins
The story of Ban’s journey as a child of Taiwanese immigrants raised in the American South, focused around Ban’s name.


MORE HAPPINESS
Dir. Livia Huang, USA, 13 mins
A woman asks her mother for relationship advice.


PINK & BLUE
Dir. Carmen LoBue, USA, 13 mins
After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a trans couple wrestles with the impact of the new baby on their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.