Contact

By Teal Greyhavens and Nikolai von Keller | Sci-Fi
When a man's companion vanishes before his eyes, he realizes the world around him may be starting to unravel.

Filmmaking team Teal Greyhavens and Nikolai von Keller have crafted a thoughtful, intriguing short sci-fi mystery that examines the line between technology and perception, and just what happens when the world around us is virtual.

Working from a subtle, intelligent script, the film begins with a tender, vulnerable scene, beautifully shot in an hillside location.

But the gentle atmosphere ruptures with the revelation that something — perhaps a collision event, followed by a mass exodus — has happened while Jason has been talking.

Jason must confront the reality that the world around him may be coming to an end, and his only connection may be the invisible voice that serves as his tether to information, news and even the remains of humanity itself.

The film rests on a terrific lead performance by Leo Marks, who draws in viewers with a quiet yet emotional pull in the film’s opening. But as the story reveals its hand, he communicates the confusion, disbelief and fear that arises when he confronts what is happening to the rest of the world.

The film’s photography is both beautiful and economical, and while Jason is surrounded by natural beauty, thanks to his virtual world, the invisible reality around him is actually the most influential and ultimately devastating. No matter what bucolic scene surrounds him, something dangerous and life-altering is happening — and in fact his inability to see and experience it directly may actually cause him more anxiety and fear.

“Contact” handles its futuristic elements with subtlety, looking at what life could be like when practically all of reality is mediated by technology. Like many sci-fi films, it poses provocative questions about our relationship and increasing reliance on technology. If our only “contact” with others and the outside world is virtual, the price we pay in terms of disconnection and disassociation may be larger than we ever could imagine.




You Might Also Like:

Mordechai

By Benjamin Bee | Drama
An ultra-orthodox Jew hasn't seen his identical twin brother in years. But today is the day of their father's funeral.

Retouch

By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
Her husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Stealing Silver ft. Maisie Williams

By Mark Lobatto | Drama
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.

Joseph’s Reel

By Michael Lavers | Romance
An elderly man, upon dying, is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.

Cradle

By Devon Manney | Animation
Returning to the U.S. after losing both arms, a veteran battles phantom pains, prosthetics and memories of his pre-war life.

Hold On

By Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Drama
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.

Don’t Be a Hero

By Pete Lee | Drama
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.

Our Kind of Love

By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati | Romance
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.

Lost and Found

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Edmund the Magnificent ft. David Bradley & Ian McKellen

By Ben Ockrent | Comedy
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invests his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.

Reception

By Joe Gillette | Romance
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
A man in a time loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire.

Garfield

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Partners

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Balance

By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.



Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.