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Poster for NoBudge Live #21

NoBudge Live #21

Run Time: 92 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2019

NoBudge is happy to present nine new narrative short films (including several NYC and Brooklyn premieres), a sampling of recent favorites from the film festival circuit and online premieres. Connected loosely around the theme of life not going as planned, this 92 minute block tends toward the comedic, but there are also moments of emotional resonance. A recently divorced father deals with the failure of his marriage in How It’s Goin’, while a visual artist reckons with the realities of not making enough money in the profound Unfinished,2017 (Mixed media). The lives of struggling artists are also tackled comedically in films such as Too Long at the Fair and Seven Dreams featuring performers with unusual approaches. Two films share a director (Doron Max Hagay, NoBudge Hall-of-Famer) while four take place in California, a visual nod to the summer screening. Screened with filmmakers in attendance for a post-film Q&A and Afterparty.

NoBudge is an online platform spotlighting the best in low-budget indie filmmaking. “One of the best places to sample what’s happening in low-budget cinema worldwide,” says Glenn Kenny of The New York Times. Its mission is to provide a supportive home for emerging indie filmmakers working with limited resources and without major industry connections, and to be a trusted discovery platform helping audiences find their new favorite movies and filmmakers.

The movies:
New York Premiere.
Writer Wes Haney and director Doron Max Hagay present.
A burly stranger looking for a place to lay his head arrives at the home of a newly single mother renting out her guest house.
(3 minutes)

A Riveting Thriller
New York Premiere.
Writer/star Amy Zimmer and director Doron Max Hagay present.
A down-and-out reporter bemoans the current state of “this town.”
(3 minutes)

A Few Activities
Director Abigail Horton present.
A series of small, absurd moments in the lives of a handful of people.
(13 minutes)

Seven Dreams
New York Premiere.
Director Anthony Oberbeck present.
A nervous comedian seeks fame by sneaking into movie theaters to perform his stand-up act.
(9 minutes)

It’s Been Too Long
Director Amber Schaefer present.
Two ex-lovers meet at a rarely-used Aspen lodge to reignite their passions, but first they must confess their past sins.
(8 minutes)

How It’s Goin’
New York Premiere.
Directors Irene Kim Chin and Kurt Vincent present.
A recently divorced father drops off his daughter for the weekend with his ex-wife, then stumbles upon a 4/20 celebration in the park.
(13 min)

Nest Egg
New York Premiere.
Directed by Henry Loevner
When a young American woman decides to become a gestational surrogate to a couple from China, her insecure husband tries to torpedo the arrangement.
(13 minutes)

Unfinished,2017 (Mixed media)
Brooklyn Premiere.
Director Rafael Salazar Moreno present.
“Unfinished” captures the decisive and inevitable moment in which an artist faces her greatest fear: to stop making art.
(16 minutes)

Too Long at the Fair
Brooklyn Premiere.
Directors Jessie Barr and Lena Hudson present.
Charlie and Val, best friends and owners of a fledgling Princess Party business in L.A., meet a charming divorcee and spend the day together.
(14 minutes)