March 26, 2022 @ 4:15 pm

Brattle Theatre

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It feels familiar. In a good way. Like curling up on the couch under your favorite blanket with your favorite bong. It hits the sweet spots, and all the surreal ones.

These 12 shorts dive straight into the deep end of self-aware nostalgia, life-altering automobiles, and the familial ties that bind (and gag) us. So get in the pool and get wet. If existential dread is the water, then childlike whimsy is the chlorine. No peeing.

– Melinda Green

Featuring:

Tea Time

Tara Price, USA, 6 min.

She’s the cutest little capo you’ll ever meet! RSVP for tea, macaroons, and bloodthirsty revenge.

Truck Dad

Tamir Rawlings & Bradley Wilkinson, USA, 5 min.

4 x 4 ways for a father to abandon his son.

They Used To Call Me Crazy

Jim McDonough, USA, 5 min.

Before Dad died, he finally told us about those formative years borrowing the Cadillacs of Catholics during mass.

Bliss

Sarah Gold, USA, 14 min.

The touching bildungsroman of a very special sock puppet.

Meat Friend

Izzy Lee, USA, 9 min.

Ground beef is the best imaginary friend a kid could ever have.

Johnny The Dime

Joseph Blake Menzel, USA, 7 min.

If he catches you creeping around his sister’s window, Johnny is gonna mess you up.

The Blood of the Dinosaurs

Joseph Badon, USA, 18 min.

What sort of nonrenewable resource hell have our basic cable-addled brains wrought?

Take Him Down

Joe Raasch, Canada, 2 min.

Respawn! It’s for suckers.

Shitty Shitty Bang Bang

Kevin James, Neil Cicierega, Ryan Murphy, USA, 6 min.

Best friends and a flying car. What could possibly go wrong?

A Puff Before Dying

Michael Reich and Mike Pinkney, USA, 10 min.

What is the only thing more dangerous than reefer? Peer Pressure.

Polybius

Alex Rouleau, USA, 5 min.

The thrilling, previously-unknown next chapter in the story of everyone’s favorite mind control video game of lore yore.

Toshie The Nihilist

Matthew Chozick, Japan, USA, 15 min.

Leave the crypto and your boyfriend behind — we’re swimming to Hawaii!