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Tribeca Film Festival 2013: Shorts

Find short films playing at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, and buy tickets.

The Rider and the Storm

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Following a gruesome accident, a man finds himself stuck and injured on a remote road in the dead of winter. Help is on the way, but who will get there first? Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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The Acrobat

Every forty seconds a person commits suicide in the world. The Acrobat is the story of one of them. Screening in Shorts Program: The End is Near

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Atlantic Avenue

Young male prostitute Jeremiah waits under a bridge for potential customers. Across the way, seventeen-year-old Celeste is in the middle of a crosswalk when her scarf tangles in her wheelchair. She blocks traffic, and Jeremiah, on his way to a job, stops to help. That moment sparks an infatuation in Celeste, but Jeremiah is too focused on his business. Then she returns as a customer and asks him to be her first love. Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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Close Your Eyes

Thirteen-year-old Imani Cortes is a gifted photographer longing to experience her first kiss. She has a crush on a quiet artist, Junito, with whom she has a natural connection, but she also faces an enormous challenge: she is slowly losing her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye disease. Will Imani let her disease stop her or be the path to independence? Screening in Shorts Program: Unlimited Ride

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One of college basketball’s most prolific coaches, hall-of-famer C. Vivian Stringer became more well known to the non-sports world when the words “nappy headed hoes” were used to describe the young women she was then leading to the 2007 national championship game. A mother whose career has long been mixed with personal tragedy, Stringer’s handling of the incident is a perfect example of grace under fire. Screening in Shorts Program: History Lessons

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Corn Mother

With a single cartridge of Super-8, Taylor Dunne captures her mother’s last visit to her garden. Her body is seen slowly dissolving towards illumination, while her image is forever immortalized in light and silver. The title is borrowed from the Penobscot creation myth of the first woman, The Corn and Tobacco Mother. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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The Cup Reader

Warde, shamed as a young girl yet renowned in Palestine for her mystical seeing and matchmaking, lives with her sister Jaleleh and reads the fortunes of her clients. Each visitor must make a choice between love and marriage, not having the luxury of both. Screening in Shorts Program: Skin Deep

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Dead World Order

Le Havre’s Maison de l’armateur is one of the few houses in the city to survive the D-Day bombings. Built like a spiral, it houses treasures that tell the story of Western colonialism. Through its owner’s special relationship to these objects, and with a soundtrack based on Bernard Hermann’s score to Psycho, Dead World Order examines the desire to preserve and organize objects and, by so doing, tell a specific historical tale. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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A culinary connoisseur and a chef go on a hunt for a rare animal. Screening in Shorts Program: Deadbolt

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A mini-essay on motion, image tracking and mapping in an explicitly digital form, Depart moves through various modes of software and internet aesthetics to frame images of sublime landscapes and flying vehicles. Set to a score of air traffic control radios, transportation ambience and ominous drones, the accumulating layers of found, manufactured and self-shot footage—plus a swarm of digitally animated fireflies—ease into an ambivalent co-existence. Screening in Shorts Program: Let There Be Light: The Cycle of Life

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