Shorts Block

Documentary Shorts

Goshen Theater • Friday, 3 p.m. & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. (111 min)

Smile Little Ladybug


Director: Laura Asherman
United States

This short documentary centers a Holocaust survivor who unintentionally inspires his daughter and granddaughter to become clowns. The film follows three generations of this wacky and inspiring family from Nazi Germany, to Jim Crow Alabama, to modern-day Atlanta.

RBFF | Creepy City | Songbird

Dani’s Twins


Director: Brad Allgood and Steve Dorst

Dani’e Twins captures the pregnancy and early parenting journey of Daniela Izzie, one of the few quadriplegics in history to ever give birth to twins. While a source of great joy, Dani’s twin pregnancy is highly unusual and susceptible to an array of risks, ranging from blood pressure spikes that could lead to a stroke to the almost-certain likelihood of preterm labor. When the Covid-19 pandemic strikes, it raises the stakes for an already complicated pregnancy. Amid these ups and downs, Dani’s story depicts her unwavering determination against all odds to deliver healthy babies and be a great mother.

RBFF | Creepy City | Echoes

Tim Hawkins: Professional Moron


Director: Christina Russell

After getting swept up in the whirlwind of his career, a famous comedian learns the meaning of true success.

RBFF | Creepy City | Askin’ For It

The Ismailzais


Director: Nate Robards and Peter Nichols

A family of Afghan refugees navigates life in America.

RBFF | Creepy City | Panic Attack



Director: Grace Zander

A tattoo artist who experiences a radical transformation uses his gifts to help others turn their lives around.

RBFF | Creepy City | Atomic Ed

The Final Hours of South U Pizza


Director: Sriram Papolu

A mysterious wandering man recalls the last breaths of his favorite late night pizza joint in beautiful nostalgia before it is decimated to build a high rise apartment complex that to this day is still empty.

RBFF | Creepy City | Below A Dark Wood

Prairie Flowers


Director: Mariana X. Ri vera

Whither the dreams of a weaver whose hands have stopped weaving?

RBFF | Creepy City | Below A Dark Wood

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