From toxic masculinity to toxic thinking, this collection of short films offers various experiences dealing with and overcoming dangerous belief systems dealing with identity, gender roles and agency.
“An American Boy” is a realistic drama set in early 2000s Chicago. The story follows a musically talented young boy who is sent to live with his convert Muslim father after his mom discovers him dressing up as her. Inciting religious practices on the young boy, he is forbidden to sing in an upcoming school recital, which forms new trauma in his life.
Miranda is a 1st-generation Salvadoran-American indiepop singer with a growing online following. Miranda’s at a nightclub to meet with some label representatives who are “interested in her music” - and instead finds herself connecting with Cristina, an immigrant from El Salvador who is also the bathroom attendant at this club.
With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year-old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.
When a first date takes a wrong turn it leaves a woman unhinged and forces a serial dater into a conversation that will change his life forever.
A young woman, Mackenzie, is a talented singer who seeks to distance herself from her past through songwriting and a twelve step support program. Meanwhile, her estranged father, Ray, an LAPD detective about to retire, tracks her down. The delicate opportunity for the two to reconnect is fraught with obstacles when Mackenzie's ex boyfriend, Fox, suddenly appears on the scene. After Ray is forced to step in to protect his daughter from Fox, he takes her back to their old home where forgiveness becomes possible.
Devin, a concerned neighbor finds himself in the middle of a crisis when he suspects his neighbor, Ashley may be getting abused by her boyfriend. He is faced with a decision to further investigate the suspected abuse or to take the advice and not intervene in the situation.
A black faculty member takes a calculated risk to motivate an underachieving student. In this 13 minute short a black professor must cross the line of acceptable academic protocol while placing his faith in the unwritten code of silence.
A Young Sketch Artist visits a well renowned psychiatrist as his life begins sprawling out of control after years of Physical and Verbal Abuse has taken a toll on him.