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2020 InShort Student Film Showcase

Director: Eva Rios

Song: Facing Sanity, by James Reed

Running Time: 3:03

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Director: Dominique Holiday

Song: Insomniac by Amber Run

Running Time: 3:16

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Director: Wahab Alamri

Song: Secret of Life, by Lord Huron

Running Time: 3:52

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Director: Olivia McCann 

Song: Caffeine, by Gestalt

Running Time: 3:29

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Director: Jacob Miltenberg

Song: No Drama (Ft. Kid Quill), Remix by Nick Cohen

Running Time: 3:58

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Director: Julie Tran

Song: Over and Over (9 minutes late) by Darian Brunetti

Running Time: 3:29

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Director: Pualani Tupper

Song: 8, by Billie Eilish

Running Time: 2:30

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Director: Ashton Word

Song: Day by Day, by Oli McCracken

Running Time: 4:33

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Director: Riley Manifold

Song: Runaway, by Oli McCracken

Running Time: 1:22

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Director: Emily Goldberg

Song: Some Special, by Bratmobile

Running Time: 1:44

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Director: Chandler Fairbanks

Song: Light Years, by The National

Running Time: 3:54

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Director: Mary Marcontell

Song: The Story, by Brandi Carlile, Instrumental cover by Allen and Bright

Running Time: 2:11

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Director: Andrew Cersonsky

Song: Get Back up Again, by Anna Kendrick

Running Time: 3:24

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Director: Alston Phu

Song: On the Rocks, by Jackson Wang

Running Time: 3:15

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Director: Bryanna Graham

Song: Shut up and Dance, by Walk the Moon (Parody)

Running Time: 4:12  

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Director: Alek Seballes

Song: Brain Stew, by Green Day

Running Time: 3:30

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Director: Mitch Bencie

Song: Work This Time, by Kind Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Running Time: 4:42

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Director: Michael Mullins

Song: Journey, by THEMICK

Running Time: 4:43

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Director: Case Davis

Song: Anduin Adventures, by Sam Incardona

Running Time: 3:22

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Director: Kelsey Briding

Song: Ballad of the Seven Statues, by Connor Briding

Running Time: 2:25

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Director: Jack Trembath and Travis Fulcher

Song: Song for Jack, by Elliot Plummer

Running Time: 4:06

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2018 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase held on June 7, 2018.

Another Shot

Three friends have a little too much fun during a rowdy night out, only to wake and realize one of them has a date with a girl they can't remember.

Production Team: Taylor Kauffman, Philip Rudyk, Shihua Shangguan, Sydney Foster

Source: DU VideoManager

Love From Afar

An awkward sketch artist tries to get over an ex-girlfriend by finding love where he never expected.

Production Team: Joseph Morrison, Isaiah Adams, Paige Smith, Tyler Roth

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The kick ass tale of a young girl breaching heterocentric suburbia in the face of her demons.

Production Team: Andis Solomon, Myles Goldstein, Zach Teves, Caroline Field

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Swipe Left

A quirky young woman pursues her passion for comedy by actively dodging mismatched dates arranged by her mother through a love app.

Production Team: Mariah Ortiz, Maral Pourarfaie, Hayley Knoph, Samuel Churches

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We Simply Can't

Two individuals who fall in love, yet face a challenge of cultural expectations.

Production Team: Kevin Vargas, Paula Aguayo Lopez, Jack Anderson, Chris Tracy

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2017 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase held on June 8, 2017.


An aspiring comedian connects with a new mentor and discovers the value of comedy.

Production Team: Jack Anderson, Mariah Ortiz, Sean Stroh

Source: DU VideoManager

Face Value

Face Value reveals the truth behind the intimidating exterior of renowned tatoo artist Ian McKown - beyond his alarming appearance and through his spiritual awakening. 

Production Team: Marteene Diaz, Oanh Le, Maureen Maloney, Stefan Wisnoski

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Florez explores artistic passion and positive protest through eccentric Denver musician Diego Florez.

Production Team: Nick Kemp, Elizabeth Lamp, Andis Solomon

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Rags to Riches

"If you've got cash, you don't have to take any trash." Bob Ragland, a self-promoted outlier, has the business tools to successfully heat and eat as a non-starving artist. 

Production Team: C.J. Blakely, Samantha Lobato, Cooper Pagano

Source: DU VideoManager

River North

River North explores Denver's River North (RiNo) art district and the complexities of a neighborhood in transition. 

Production Team: Conner Ashley, Shihua Shangguan, Sam Windham

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The One who Makes Happy Through her Dancing

A Native dancer weighs tradition and assimilation as she works to combine past and present into her art. 

Production Team: Dustin Amick, Skyler Anselmo, Cami Serrano

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The Other Side

Three college students share their personal experiences with mental illness to address societal stigmas ans create honest conversations. 

Production Team: Paula Aguayo Lopez, Will Beasley, Ryan Neary

Source: DU VideoManager

The Red Tape Project

Three college women shed light on the sexual assault epidemic plaguing college campuses and how their Red Tape Project provides an outlet for survivors to share their stories. 

Production Team: Taff Anderson, Jake Davis, Shelby Dolen

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Zon presents a visual construction and deconstruction of Denver guided by the sun's interaction with the city. 

Production Team: Sam Churches, Claire Hassler, Hayley Knoph

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2016 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase held on June 2, 2016.

A good man

A man on the run weighs his morality after a life changing decision.

Production team: Alexander Rudolph, Douglas MacIsaac, Tucker Schoenthaler, Arthur Edelman

*Strong Language Advisory*

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A special someone

Even a gigolo needs love.

Production team: Ryan Neary, Annette Bonner, Gretchen Bahr, Michael Martin

*Strong Language Advisory*

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A rabbi explores retail to try and restore his faith.

Production team: Dustin Amick, Atticus Blatt, Naomi Forman, Thatcher Anderson, Benjamin McGuire

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Brewed Awakenings

When loyalty is put to the test, old habits don't die as hard as you might think.

Production team: Cooper Dahlen-Pagano, Lindsay Tomasetti, Samantha Lobato, Joshua Klein, Ryan Wilkinson

*Strong Language Advisory*

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Hipsters, heart, irony

A cerebral drama that challenges the idea of reality and how far our minds will go to protect it.

Production team: Teri Andony, Katie Cook, Marteene Diaz, Oanh Le, Stefan Wisnoski

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2015 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase held on June 4, 2015.

Avenue of hope

Along one of America's roughest stretches of road, kids learn how to make media all the while doing what they do best - being silly kids.

Production team: Katie Cook, Ellie Brown, Lyndsay Lack 

the village blacksmiths

An exploration of an ancient craft in the modern world reveals unique perspectives from three blacksmiths and shows how past and present combine to create something remarkable. 

Production team: Casey Morris, Michael Hughes, Rachel Feeken 


Stormtrooping examines the most fearsome group of soldiers in the galaxy, and what they do to make it a better place.

Production team: Ted Sturgulewski, Shane Black, Dimitri Kapetan 

Our colfax

In a world of mass media kids learn to have agency through producing their own news show.

Production team: Kyna Moore and Kaitlin Kunkler 

life walks

Scottish lover of life and photographer Roddy MacInnes teaches his students about the art of photography and the simple joy of living.

Production team: Adam Lujan, Aidan McCarthy, Victoria Romejko 


2014 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase held on June 5, 2014.


A neurotic rabbi ruins a Jewish wedding with an all too revealing toast.

Production team: Brandon Reich-Sweet, Michael Sambol, David Stewart, Matt Worley


A To escape her parents' fighting, ten-year-old Emma travels through time with her best friend Charles.

Production team: Joel Cruz, Michael Glantz, James Mecham, Siena Pinney

2013 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are several documentary final projects from the 2013 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase.

Hope Is Free At This Shop

Refugees in Colorado find hope second hand.

Production team: Brian Bakos, Ty Dockter, Wanda Lakota, Xusiming


Refuge is a documentary about wolves and humans finding sanctuary in a place called Mission:Wolf.

Production team: Merle Gleiforst, Brittany Heath


The typical U.S. coffee shop becomes classroom and haven for Naseer, an Iraqi refugee who perseveres through the pain of the past to launch his American dream.

Production team: Montana Knapp, Jessica Markowitz, Courtney Merage


Leveled looks at death, the great equalizer, through a range of perspectives and reactions to our own mortality. 

Production team: Patrick Gillespie, Jennifer O'Connor, Mike McKelvey, David Stewart

Final Table

When one of the world's best poker players is knocked out within the first 30 minutes of the Amateur Championship, two unlikely players emerge as Final Table favorites.

Production team: Samuel Granados, Jonny Havey, Dan Ketchum

2012 InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase

Following are a sampling of student final projects from the "InShort: DU Film/Video Showcase" held June 7, 2012.

On Such A Winter's Day

A mother and son in distress and the event that changes everything. 

Production team: Vincent De La Torre, Jonathan Feinmann, Robert Hardy

Volume Up

The charming comedy of a young woman who must defeat her noisy upstairs neighbors before shining at work to win a coveted overseas promotion 

Production team: Kacie Henderson, Carly Jerome, Chris Pacheco


A young man loses his memory and struggles to accept his family. 

Production team: Paul Gunther, Kevin Keables, Jessica Pearl Salas

Shades of Gray

A young girl is obsessed with her teacher, as her best friend attempts to draw her back into reality. 

Production team: Brian Grill, Alice Ralston, David Stewart

Into That Good Night

A young man, faced with a life-changing diagnosis, yearns for acceptance while those around him struggle to do the same. 

Production team: Aaron Brunhofer, Ty Dockter, Lesley Pahl