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Friday Night Frights

  Australia, China, Ireland, Philippines, United States     5 shorts | 60 minutes


An array of frights await in this assortment of horror films. These shorts from around the world tap into our most primal fears and darkest secrets in unique, uncanny, and inventive ways.

Please note: Films in this program contain themes, images, and language that may not be suitable for all ages.


Claymation title card shows the words 'Artist on the go' on a painter's palette.

Artist on the Go! (DS Advanced Unreleased Gameplay)

Nathan William Frost | Montgomery, Illinois | Age 17

A surreal, nightmarish game in which the player (or the viewer) is confronted with abstract and frightening tasks to complete.

A stark black and white photo of a person's knees are shown from behind.

The Body

Justine Borlagdan | Philippines | Age 20

An abstract tone poem, which uses the human body as a landscape for a variety of sensations and processes.

A young Irish boy is holding a dead rat against a lush green environment in Ireland

Rat King

Róisín Leavy-Sahin | Ireland | Age 18

A young boy’s affinity for a dead rat brings dire consequences to himself and his local community.

A young religious woman places her hand on her heart.

The Veiling of a Heart

Jess Nipperess | Australia | Age 18

Devout Catholic Miriam is forced to choose between forbidden romance and religious obligation.

A silhouette of a person posing to the left of a blood stain and to the right of a drum set


Charlie Li | China | Age 23

An obsessive workaholic pits his wits against a loud drummer in a battle for peace and quiet.

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A man watches in front of him as a light shines from the projector beside him.

Only the River Flows He Bian De Cuo Wu

  Wei Shujun

  China     101 minutes


1990s small town China. A woman’s body washes up in the local river. The chief of police, Ma Zhe, is tasked with heading up the investigation. An obvious perp leads to a hasty arrest, though the mystery lingers in Ma Zhe’s mind. What kind of darkness is truly at play here?

In director Wei Shujun’s murky throwback film noir, gritty, textured film grain captures the pulpy proceedings, Torrents of rain envelop the characters as they descend into madness in pursuit of the truth. Equal parts atmospheric tour-de-force and beguiling puzzler, Only the River Flows is at once a masterfully styled ode to a bygone cinematic era and a sharp-edged portrait of provincial paranoia.

 Mandarin with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Tang Xiaohui, Huang Xufeng, Li Chan, Shen Yang
  •   Kang Chunlei, Wei Shujun
  •   Mattieu Laclau
  •   Chengma
  •   Zhu Yilong, Chloe Maayan, Hou Tianlai, Tong Linkai
  •   Tu Duu-Chih, Tu Tse-Kang
  •   Tang Xiaohui, Dorothy Zeng, Li Chan
  •   KXKH Film


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John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation