SHORTS: YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE
- SHORTS PROGRAMS
- 89 mins
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
Directed by Daryen Ru, Lucas McGowen
A vengeful school rival outs Micayla as transgender by taking a photo of her using the girls’ bathroom.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by Jovan James
During a sleepover, Chris hopes to take a risk with his friend Alex that would change their friendship.
Directed by Max Rifkind-Barron
A 14-year-old boy escapes from modern and historical traumas to a glittering, musical dreamworld.
Directed by Adam Vincent Wright
A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.
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.