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Poster for NoBudge Live #31

NoBudge Live #31

Run Time: 105 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023

NoBudge is happy to present new work from a group of emerging indie filmmakers mostly based in New York. These nine short films reflect a sampling of our varied programming style going from DIY sci-fi, to absurd sketch-comedy, to a tone poem about grief. Beyond the opening experimental documentary, each film falls in the narrative category but exists on a broad spectrum between ultra silly and deeply earnest. Four of the films are NYC or Brooklyn premieres and each director will be 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.

The movies:

Director Leah Shore present.
A portrait film about the pollution in Brooklyn NY and beyond. Extremophiles are organisms that exist when nothing else can survive.
(4 min)

Death Valley
Director Grace Sloan present.
On New Year’s Eve 2080, a new age radiologist travels from outer space to Earth to practice some desert yoga.
(11 min)

Speak in My Language
New York Premiere
Director Gabriel Guzman present.
Two fleeting souls communicate with each other through the language of telepathy.
(16 min)

Five Song Tour
Director Chloe Jury-Fogel present.
A dispirited young musician living out of her car comes to a crossroads when she reconnects with an ex-girlfriend for one night.
(12 min)

Love Machine
Brooklyn Premiere
Director Michael Rees present.
An anniversary gift leads two young lovers into a black hole of misunderstanding.
(11 min)

Boyfriend’s Boyfriends
New York Premiere
Filmmakers Joe Gleason and Alex Forrest present.
Alex meets her boyfriend’s friends.
(9 min)

Craigslist Roommate
Director Arielle Bordow present.
A new roommate moves into Xena’s apartment, changing the dynamic with their current partner.
(12 min)


Director Kathy Mitrani present.
A young girl desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers
(11 min)

Lay Me By the Shore
New York Premiere
Director David Findlay present.
A high school senior in his final days of school must come to terms with the death of a friend.
(19 min)