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Dread the Darkness

Whether in a dingy bar, our very own bed, or a perfectly manicured household, fear of things beyond our control haunt us. When the lights go out for this block of short films, expect disturbing historical truths, jump scares, body horror – along with a healthy dose of animation, surprising laughs, and moving moments. These films will leave you wondering who holds the control, and whether or not any of us really have any power when night falls.

Program curated by Phoebe Schaub and David Tanh.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program


Directed by Statten Roeg, Sunita Soliar

A freakish, throbbing growth torments Ash. She is stuck caring for her vitriolic, dementia-ridden mother. With every indignity, Ash’s lump grows, until it erupts, spewing a mysterious substance. Will Ash figure out what it is and how to stop it?


Directed by Peiyu Zheng

A story about a Witch, a frog, and their neighbors.

Rock Inn

Directed by Fon Davis

A group of regulars at a dive bar disappear one by one after two strangers arrive.

The New Tale of Rat Wife

Directed by Yoonsun Kim

A wife who is pressured to have a baby encounters a rat wife who happens to look just like herself.

Astonishing Little Feet

Directed by Maegan Houang

Afong Moy, the first documented Chinese woman to come to the United States, realizes the men who separated her from her family only have interest in profiting off the peculiarities of her bound feet.