Here Is Now

By Anita Lee | Romance
A 42-year-old woman struggles to leave her husband the day he throws her a surprise birthday party.

Jessica has just turned 42 and is grappling with overwhelming emotions and despondency, not to mention her deteriorating marriage.

Her husband Michael throws her a surprise birthday party as a way to smooth things over, but it only adds to Jessica’s confusion, leading to an internal reckoning with her own feelings about the marriage — and the past memories that she can’t quite let go of.

Writer-director Anita Lee’s beautifully observed drama is an internal odyssey into how one woman navigates her transition into midlife, with all its challenges, sadnesses, regrets and triumphs. The film rests on the foundation of its strong performances, and both lead actors capture the push and pull of the relationship between them, as well as the internal churning they create in one another.

The editing is also especially effective, transitioning between present and past with a sense of poetry and care. With the help of delicately beautiful images and camera movements, the short traces the internal odyssey that humans face as they begin the downward slope of life.

In the end, “Here is Now” is also deeply romantic, because the couple in question grapple with their fears and doubts — and then must decide whether to choose one another again, despite it all. The result is a quiet, subtle and lovely film grounded in the fact that the biggest journeys in our life are often the inner ones, especially in how clarity sneaks up on us, transforming not just how we see our world, but how we feel about ourselves.




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.