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Athenaeum Short Film Series - Alexandria Film Festival
Alexandria, VA
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Athenaeum Short Film Series - Alexandria Film Festival
(10m, USA)
Director Ann Marie Allison
Romantic Comedy

Maggie is a bespectacled filing clerk. Clark is a confident corporate executive. Maggie knows they have a special connection, if only she can get Clark to notice her. To get close to him, Maggie coordinates their daily ride up in the elevator, hoping today's the day he will realize they're meant for each other. But when another, more stylish woman grabs Clark's attention, Maggie decides it's time to change, and she devises a plan to finally stand out.
Special Guest: Director Ann Marie Allison. Q&A with audience with Ivan Kander, "Finding Time."

"Finding Time"
(10m, USA)
Director Ivan Kander

Harris, a young scientist, spends every waking hour attempting to crack the secret of time travel. He has let his research and work consume his life. On one particular night, Harris encounters a future version of himself who attempts to explain the importance of appreciating the time we are given, suggesting that instead of struggling to control time, perhaps it is better to simply appreciate it.
Special Guest: Director Ivan Kander. Q&A with audience with Ann Marie Allison, "Lift."

"Caoineadh" (Lament)
(7m, USA) World Premiere
Director Toby Wosskow
Romance, Travel

An unusual love story that takes place in Dublin, Ireland.

"A Joke"
(13m, USA) World Premiere
Director Andy Brown
Romantic Comedy

Bryce and Nadia, a young couple, have been dating for about 3 months when Bryce decides to bring Nadia to his favorite sledding hill. After much persuasion, Nadia agrees to ride with him down the steepest slope on the hill. While barreling down the treacherous path, Bryce whispers something in Nadia's ear, creating a mystery that is revealed years later.

"Two Hours in the Dark"
(35m, USA) DC Premiere
Director Chip Hackler

Blindsided by the success of his comedy, "It Happened One Night," which swept the 1935 Oscars, director Frank Capra became crippled with fear. Convinced his next film would fail, he deteriorated to the brink of death--until the day a mysterious stranger showed up, changing Capra's life, and films, forever. Did this experience inspire "It's a Wonderful Life?" You decide.

"The Cycle"
(18m, USA) DC Premiere
Director Roy Clovis

Crystal, a loving wife and mother, is the owner of a charming neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn. Her eight year-old daughter, Corinne, enjoys spending midsummer afternoons playing in front of the store. But the tranquility of a beautiful day unravels when a teenage boy steals her bicycle. While Crystal's decision to call the police is seen as a betrayal by some of her neighbors, others choose to join the search. As events unfold, underlying tensions caused by economic disparities begin to surface. Will the search for a child's bicycle unite this fragile community or ignite a conflict that could blow it apart?

"Una Caja de Botones" (A Box of Buttons)
(20m, Spain)
Director Maria Reyes Arias
Drama, Spanish with English Subtitles

Andres cannot possibly afford the presents his daughter wants for Christmas. That makes him tell his daughter the truth about the tradition of the Three Wise Men, (The Spanish version of Santa Claus). This revelation launches them on a voyage of emotional discovery.


201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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