Refresher

Revisit the past work of NoBudge filmmakers with new films currently available at film festivals, in theaters, or on VOD.

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  • Bev

    A very unfunny family history is spun into brilliant comedy from co-directors Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik. They begin with a doozy of a premise and keep pushing. When it all comes together, it feels like a wallop, but it’s largely packaged as a deadpan farce about a group therapy session. Bev is...

  • All You Can Eat

    One of the sharpest satirical shorts in awhile, an American portrait of gluttony, tragedy, and cheap entertainment. Guised as a character study, it begins with a large man in a hotel room in Wilmington, North Carolina. Randy Stormberg, host of a TV show called "All You Can Eat" (a fake show in th...

  • Hannahs

    A mysterious woman finds her way into a stranger’s apartment resulting in an oddly unsettling encounter. India Donaldson directs “Hannahs,” a darkly funny, increasingly uncomfortable character study led by two wonderfully nuanced performances from Amy Zimmer and Brenna Palughi. Hannah returns hom...

  • Lucia, Before And After

    After traveling hundreds of miles, a woman must wait another twenty-four hours before she can get an abortion. Winner of the 2017 Sundance Short Film Jury Award. Directed by Anu Valia. Starring Sarah Goldberg.

  • Wakey Wakey

    A young woman becomes flustered when her boyfriend refuses to help prepare for an upcoming trip. Surreal moments begin to add up — Alex’s tooth falls out, an entire body of water lies just outside her window. Dauterman nails the feeling of a nightmare, say when your partner becomes inexplicably u...

  • Troll

    In her new short about an online troll, director Anu Valia presents an unsettling view of internet connectedness. The callous young woman in the titular role, known virtually as SushiHat, is bored with life if not constantly judging others on social media. Her cruel comments (“nice gunt”) or ince...

  • Fast and Loose

    Playing a version of himself, director Whitmer (aka Whit) Thomas drifts through L.A., meeting up with a series of friends and alienating them in various ways. Both comedic and revealing, "Fast and Loose" is a casual hang but an incisive one. As a self-reflection of a particular sort of friend gro...

  • Drifters

    Somewhere in America, right this instant, a roomful of young women are waiting to audition for the role of a lifetime. In her headspacey short film, Anu Valia plucks her heroine Clara out of this room and momentarily holds her up to the light, before gently nudging her back into the anonymous str...

  • sometimes, I think about dying

    Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her. Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz. Writers: Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright-Mead, Kevin Armento. Cast: Katy Wright-Mead, Jim Sarbh.

  • Laying Out

    An absurd comedy about a woman exploring her own misogyny through fantasies about having a penis and hatred for traditional gender roles. “Laying Out,” directed by Joanna Arnow, casually wades into deeply uncomfortable waters with a fearless sense of humor. On a day at the beach, two women have a...

  • Mami

    Alessandra Lacorazza’s “Mami” takes a risky look at the struggle a daughter engages in when she realizes that her chance for a successful life might hinge on the abandonment of her dependent mother. Carolina, a young Latinx immigrant woman lives with her mother in the United States, is the careta...