Narrative Short

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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The Downside

Sean Skelton | United States | 2017 | 20:00 A darkly comedic day-in-the-life profile of a fallen young Hollywood starlet, fresh out of yet another stint in drug rehab, suffering an existential crisis. Cast Mary Elaine Ramsey Jackie Debatin Matt Walton Writer Sean Skelton Producer Sean Skelton Kelly Kirklyn

I’m Fat!

Tom Cavanaugh | 10:16 I’M FAT is a short film that deals with the body shaming issue! A big beautiful woman is working out when she’s approached by a slender, attractive, seemingly “Fitness Guru”! We find out that our big, beautiful woman Our big beautiful woman is NOT putting up with it this time. She’s… Read more »

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There’s Gotta Be Something More

Fiona Lincke | United States | 2018 | 25:54 Website | Facebook | Twitter This is a “slice of life” short dealing with a lady who has to reinvent her own existence after the death of her husband. Cast Carol Jones Chad Layman Christopher Karl Johnson Susan Anderson Dean Swaydan Karen Heimbaugh Susan Monti Tony… Read more »

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You Can Go Now

Marisa Merkl | United States | 00:14:26 | 2020 An abrupt personal tragedy uproots Tanda from her day and she rushes to face the inevitable. Her new, jolted world feels peculiar—a strange experience that is impossible for any of us to put into words. Cast Nyssa Greatorex Tim Higgins Clarence Aumend Jay Winters Linda Cieslik… Read more »

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The Pandemic Artist

Bob Belinoff | United States | 00:06:24 | 2021 English During the lockdown a man searches for art and seeks to make sense of the world – without leaving the house.

I’ll Have Another

Lora Grillo | United States | 00:15:00 | 2020 English A love letter to bartenders and regulars, I’ll Have Another follows interwoven characters across four different bars over the course of one night. Cast Jeremy Balderson Daniel Murphy Scott Engel Lauren Satchwell Leemore Malka Lindsey Austen Sah Abrams Andrea DeFelice Stephen Anderson Michael Brumfield Marie… Read more »

The Many

When Laura meets her dream guy, she quickly falls under his spell. Believing in love and her man, she gives him her heart and money. But when a mysterious phone call warns her that he’s played this game before — many times — she’s not willing to let it slide. Now, all gloves are off… Read more »

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Big Hand Nick: First Assignment

Paul Stamas | United States | 00:25:00 | 2021 English From people who love films comes a film that’s taken almost 20 years to make. Big Hand Nick: First Assignment explores the origins of the film’s main protagonist Big Hand Nick. He is a complicated character not defined by being either good or bad, but… Read more »

One Bad Day

Julian Morales | United States | 2019 | 27:45 IMDB An ex-Marine turned Bank Robber, Maggie, who after a heist turns bloody, has to do everything in her power to keep her team together and come to terms with the consequences of their violent actions. Cast Luna Rivera Carolina Speroterra Allena Graaf Frantzy Moreau Andre… Read more »

Critter

A hypnotic extraterrestrial critter establishes itself in the swimming pool of a family in crisis. They all finish becoming addicted to him, less the mother and head of household. She is the only one that seems to realize that the critter commits an outrage against the familiar stability and will fight against it.