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The term “altered state” refers specifically to dreamlike, hallucinatory, or surreal states of mind of which many experimental narrative films are based. In this program, filmmakers subvert and expand on what could be considered typical story arcs involving comedy, drama, and suspense, but crafting them in their own wild and otherworldly style. These films include stunning examples of art direction and costume design, encouraging viewers to tackle relatable issues under a new light.


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Total Run Time: 88 minutes


This program will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.


Programmed by Guest Festival Shorts Programmer, Emily Eddy.


Content Considerations: Strong language, harassment, implied violence.

A doctor informs his patient that when he thinks he’s eating asparagus he is actually smoking an entire pack of unfiltered Cuban cigarettes. Upon learning this the patient must reckon with his own subjectivity, with no help from at all from his doctor.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Yuma Slowbinder
  • Screenwriter
    Yuma Slowbinder
  • Producer
    Maxence Nobert Boucq
  • Cast
    Skylar Okerstrom-Lang, Steve Boghossian
  • Cinematographer
    Robert E. Newman
  • Editor
    Seymour Askin
  • Production Design
    Kat Aman