First-Time Filmmakers Collection

Wednesday 26th June, 9.15pm - 10.45pm
@ Stuart Cinema & Cafe, 79 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222


Dir. Sonny Steckel
USA | 20 mins
Logline: Four retired rockers have formed a new band and booked their first show. But when a bandmate's daughter threatens to put one of them in a nursing home, the band must go to new extremes to stay together and keep the dream alive.


Extra Toppings
Dir. Alex Backstrom
USA | 10 mins
Synopsis: In a sinless town where pizza shops run like organized crime families, a wild driver must prove herself in more way than one to the Corleone like owner of Tony P’s.


The Elevator
Dir. Hannah Keiffert
USA | 8 mins
Logline: The Elevator is a stop motion animated short by Hannah Keiffert. The film explores themes of death, life, and the afterlife as a person takes an unsettling journey on a surreal elevator ride, stopping at multiple floors before they eventually climb upward to their final destination. Inspired by her psychiatrist’s mixed-use office building, each floor has a completely different function and appearance, ultimately representing the different facets of the person’s mentally unstable mind.


Dir. Lauren Friedman
USA | 12 mins
Logline: Alex, a delivery girl, delivers to an ex who reveals he's gotten sober and now wants to make amends.


The Legend of Scotty Watts
Dir. Prash Sampathkumaran
USA | 11 mins
Logline: A teenager deeply consumed by fantasy struggles to form a meaningful connection.


Dir. Bismark Fernandes
USA | 4 mins
Logline: A stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.


Coffee and a Donut
Dir. Cary Patrick Martin
USA | 12 mins
Logline: A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in....ordering breakfast at the local diner.



After each film there will be a minute-long break, during which we invite the audience to complete scorecards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audience's response.

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