New Year New You
13 short films about resolutions, goals, and life changes. You'll encounter resolutions like losing weight (“Bye Bye Body”), starting a new creative project (“Good News” and “Artist Retreat"), meditating more often (“Mallory Meditates''), improving mental wellness ("Beats"), starting a collaboration (“Fauxmous”), making a new friend (“She Keeps Me Young”), moving to a new city (“Rebound”), and more. Whatever we choose to focus on in the new year, it won’t be easy and we’ll certainly need to shake off minor and major traumas along the way, which you’ll be able to achieve upon viewing “Wiggle Your Worries Away.” Wiggle away.
Wiggle Your Worries Away
In this lighthearted PSA, a narrator walks us through the process of shaking off daily doses of small-scale trauma. “Wiggle Your Worries Away,” directed by Tamar Levine, takes the format of a dated educational film and injects it with stylish production design and verve. All mammals, informs the ...
Living with the NEVER-MIND™
A depressed man uses a contraption to utilize his tears for good. “Living with the NEVER-MIND,™” by German director Konstantin Enste, is a clever fake infomercial selling a product that puts sadness to use. A satisfied customer Frank explains how it works: first, he cries, then his tears funnel i...
Bye Bye Body
When Nina fails to meet her goal in the final week of weight loss camp, she considers drastic alternatives. “Bye Bye Body,” directed by Charlotte Benbeniste, is a tender snapshot about body image and self-esteem delivered with wonderfully natural performances and lovely 35mm images. At a weigh-in...
A struggling novelist throws a dinner party to announce his acceptance into a prestigious writer's program, but his plans are soon overshadowed by a more pressing matter. Joe Stankus directs “Good News,” an elegantly constructed exploration of a relationship between two men dealing with varying l...
Mallory attempts to start her day with a simple meditation but is overwhelmed by distractions both in her environment and in her head. Alex Markman directs “Mallory Meditates,” a kinetic character study / mood piece about the arduous task of quieting one’s mind. The simple conceit is pumped full ...
Fauxmous: A New, Very Good Web Series
Two roommates, Annie and Dan, try to concoct a collab that will be their one-way ticket to fame. Written and directed by Annie Brennen, “Fauxmous: A New, Very Good Web Series,” is a rollicking extravaganza of comedy wordplay and effusive self-praise presented in six short eps. Brennen co-stars al...
A woman who's not an artist attends an artist retreat. Allison Johnston directs “Artist Retreat,” a comedic character study and lighthearted satire written by and starring Sara Hennessey. The Maple Farm’s Mindful Women’s Artist Retreat is now in its second year — there are some familiar faces fro...
A holistic healer and a hip hop producer cross paths. Led by two very funny performances from Blair Socci and Tynan DeLong, “Beats” is a dry comedy about the ways we attempt (and fail) to achieve mental wellness in the modern world. Responding to a targeted Facebook ad, Derek shows up to the apar...
A burly stranger looking for a place to lay his head arrives at the home of a newly single mother renting out her guest house. “Rebound,” written by Wes Haney and directed by NoBudge Hall-of-Famer Doron Max Hagay, is pure comedy gold, built with priceless performances from Katy Fullan and George ...
She Keeps Me Young
New movies by director Doron Max Hagay are always cause for celebration here at NoBudge. Today we’re happy to present a “Doron Double Feature” — also featured “Improv is Love” — to highlight an artist we consider an unsung hero of American indie film. Specializing in ludicrous plots, absurdly qui...
The Practice of Loneliness
Brie adapts a new practice, a lifestyle of loneliness to achieve her highest self. Written and directed by Ester Song Kim, “The Practice of Loneliness,” is a stylish anti-rom-com about seeking happiness in solitude. Shot on nostalgia-soaked 8mm film, and featuring actors dubbed into French (thoug...
I'm Gonna Get Married
Wedding bells ring in Elisa's head as she sings of love and hopefully marriage. Elisa Victoria writes and stars in “I’m Gonna Get Married,” a charming DIY pop musical, stylized, self-assured and brimming with personality. Elisa hops around in vintage wedding dresses belting tunes about finding a ...
Happy New Year
A person with a broken elbow writes holiday cards at the start of 2021. Directed by Jasia Ka.