SHORTS: YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE

The next generation of LGBTQ folks foster community in spaces beyond the bars, finding strength in visibility while swearing off the so-called rules of the past — and doing it all in their own new way. These shorts contain a more open look into youth culture — the struggles, the curiosities, and the joy — that include a theatrical young boy who evokes a musical dream from a personal tragedy, a fearless middle schooler who takes a bold risk to get her crush’s attention, and a trans teenager finding her chosen family after ditching school.

In this program


DENIM

Directed by Daryen Ru, Lucas McGowen

A vengeful school rival outs Micayla as transgender by taking a photo of her using the girls’ bathroom.

LOCKDOWN

Directed by Celine Held, Logan George

Marie, a 14-year-old, stages a risky but almost perfect plan to understand the feelings she’s developing for her best friend.

MEG’S FIRST DANCE

Directed by Ada Gorn

When Meg explores a world outside her Catholic high school routine, she begins to see her best friend as something more.

SEA FOAM

Directed by Luis Mariano García

Ana’s shyness holds her back from talking to her crush, but with inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this may finally change.

TADPOLE

Directed by Jovan James

During a sleepover, Chris hopes to take a risk with his friend Alex that would change their friendship.

TALENT NIGHT AT AUSCHWITZ: BUNK FIVE

Directed by Max Rifkind-Barron

A 14-year-old boy escapes from modern and historical traumas to a glittering, musical dreamworld.

WELCOME TO THE BALL

Directed by Adam Vincent Wright

A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.

WONDER

Directed by Javier Molina

An 11-year-old kid growing up in “the hood” secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

Dates & Times
Past
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

Sat, Jul 20
4:45 pm

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