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Wlit­tle nuggets of cin­e­matic good­ness, work­ing within the nar­ra­tive con­straints of a com­pressed time frame while still of­fer­ing up a com­plete story — or at least a com­pelling slice of one. The Santa Fe In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val pre­sents nu­mer­ous short-film pro­grams through­out the week­end, with plenty of home­grown fare as well as ef­forts from afar. On Fri­day, Oct. 21, fes­ti­val-go­ers can catch the fol­low­ing pro­grams at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts Stu­dio: Doc­u­men­taries (10:30 a.m.), An­i­ma­tion Shorts (1 p.m.), Ex­per­i­men­tal Shorts (3:30 p.m.), Past and Fu­ture Tense Shorts (6 p.m.),

and Mis­taken Iden­tity Shorts (8:15 p.m.). Santa Fe Stu­dent Shorts screen at 9 p.m. in the CCA main theater. Some stand-outs in the Past and Fu­ture Tense pro­gram in­clude

Un­for­tu­nate Cir­cum­stances, star­ring Gena Row­lands as a ther­a­pist coun­sel­ing a re­cent widow about her loss — but her client dis­plays an alarm­ing lack of sad­ness. Avo is a bit­ter­sweet story of an Ar­me­nian boy on the day of his grand­fa­ther’s funeral, and You, Me, & Me is a timetravel com­edy that turns on the thin premise of go­ing back to warn one’s younger self of heart­break ahead. Mis­taken Iden­tity Shorts in­clude the campy blood­bath ie tropes are in­verted for comic ef­fect. Jesse Eisen­berg Uses the Uri­nal, one of the Santa Fe Stu­dent Shorts, is an un­ex­pect­edly nu­anced look at the act­ing tics of the Academy Award­win­ning ac­tor, pack­aged in scat­o­log­i­cal non­sense about Eisen­berg’s in­abil­ity to use the bath­room. The comic tim­ing of the ac­tors is im­pec­ca­ble.

On Satur­day, Oct. 22, the shorts pro­grams con­tinue at CCA Stu­dio with Emer­gency Ex­its (10:30 a.m.) and

Pop­u­lar­ity Con­test (4 p.m.), along with ad­di­tional screen­ings of Doc­u­men­taries (6 p.m.) and Past and Fu­ture Tense (8:50 p.m.). Emer­gency Ex­its in­clude films that fo­cus on abrupt departures as well as the im­mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence, how­ever metaphorical that might be. In Boat Peo­ple ,a white Euro­pean cou­ple on a house­boat find a stow­away, a ship­wrecked refugee flee­ing the ter­ror of Boko Haram, and must de­cide whether or not to trust him. In Home, a fam­ily that at first ap­pears to be go­ing on va­ca­tion is smug­gled across a bor­der, and in Zero M2, a French take on the hous­ing cri­sis, a young man moves into a cheap stu­dio only to find that the lease does not guar­an­tee his apart­ment will stay the same size. An­i­mated and Ex­per­i­men­tal shorts screen again on Sun­day, Oct. 23, at CCA, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. re­spec­tively. For a com­plete sched­ule, visit www.santafe in­de­pen­dent­film­fes­ti­ — Jen­nifer Levin

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