Family Shorts


A collection of short films which deal with the ins and outs of what it means to be “family”.

Three farm brothers face an uncertain future as they confront a landscape that is rapidly changing around them.

Director Troy Perkins currently teaches film and television production at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Upon receiving his M.F.A. in Film Production from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Troy worked for several years in New York City on independent features, music videos, television, and corporate video. He co-founded Mindpool Productions in Milwaukee, WI, where he served as writer/director/editor on commercials, corporate videos, and video and animation design for concert tours (including Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Barenaked Ladies, and the Beastie Boys). Troy is currently working on the next draft of his low budget Midwestern feature screenplay, Solomon’s Train. Featuring the work of local cinematographer Mike Hartzel.

A tale of a boy’s effort to keep his father by his side.

Director Terry Schue earned his BA at the University of Minnesota and MFA in film and television from USC. His experience includes serving as director and professor of electronic media and digital arts at George Washington University and segment producer for CBS. Terry is currently an independent screenwriter and filmmaker.

In an off-centered town north of London, will Wilbur find true love in a little green bean?

Director Dago Rodriguez is a California native, born and raised in the Orange County suburbs. Since age six he has always known he wanted to be a filmmaker, after an emotional epiphany struck him while watching his second movie – E.T. He began his fi lm studies at San Francisco State University and later completed his education at Cal State University Northridge where he received a BA in Radio/Television/Film/Production. Featuring the work of local cinematographer Adam Honzl.

Set in 1987, a young American boy finds the truest form of comradeship and inspiration from none other than Mikhail Gorbachev.

Director David Woods grew up in Ocala, Florida and is a Vanderbilt University graduate. David has worked in film and television over the past eight years, currently serving as Associate Producer on “Everybody Hates Chris” starring Chris Rock. His previous short film, Second Thoughts, screened at various festivals across the United States.

Young Carson Lind is forced to move to Florida when his wacky parents attempt to establish a stereotyipcal Mexican restaurant in an old historic home.

Director Sabi Lofgren was born in Minneapolis, MN and hopes to one day direct inspiring family films that are appropriate to anyone of any age. “Loon” is Sabi’s Graduate Thesis and was completed in partial fulfillment of the MFA Degree in Film Production at the University of Southern Cailfornia.

In this dark comedy a single mother has a very difficult time allowing her 13 year-old son to go on his first date.

Director Sam Lembeck graduated from The University of Southern California in 2007 with his Masters in film. Borderline was his thesis film. Currently, Sam is seeking funding for his next project, a semi-autobiographical feature-length romantic comedy. For updates or to contribute, e-mail Sam at He loves his Minnesotan girlfriend, Natalie.