In this virtual screening block, watch the long-form (greater than 15 minutes) pilots from our pilots competition.
NORTHBOUND: Hannah's Way
How to Hack Birth Control
‘How to Hack Birth Control’ is a 3-segment pilot of the satire series 'How to Hack' by Sassy Mohen. The pilot focuses on how to navigate and take charge in today’s contraception universe. Told through the sharp wit and perky charm of the narrator Ruth (Xanthe Paige), Birth Control takes a run at ‘not supposed to talk about,’ scenarios and answers all of the questions women truly want to know but are taught to be too afraid to ask.
Filled with tongue-in-cheek graphics and special effects, musical numbers and game shows, each memorable contraceptive milestone is a riotous new discovery. Hailed as, “wickedly funny,” and “charmingly scathing,” by Indie Shorts Magazine, ‘How to Hack Birth Control,’ dishes out invaluable hacks with a merciless sense of humor.
“How to Hack,” looks for optimism within today’s doom and gloom surrounding women’s reproductive rights, dishing out well-researched facts and hacks with merciless humor to help you laugh through the darkness. The episodes take seemingly unrelated characters & circumstances and carefully weave them together to paint a bigger and complete picture. Using sketch comedy, surreal CGI and late-night comedy humor, How to Hack fuses it all together with a sleek modern visual style.
Aiming to shine the cleansing light of satire on today’s challenging topics, ‘How to Hack,’ spotlights everything women were told never to talk about. From birth control, to conception, boobs, infertility and the female orgasm there is no taboo topic ‘How to Hack,’ won’t tear apart and stitch back together with laughter.
Now, stuck in a time where travel to the past is only temporary, and crime is the only option, a rogue group will help him risk everything to break the laws of physics -and time itself- to get back and stay back. Permanently.
The girl who dreamed of being a llama (and the boy who wanted to be blind)
A teenage girl and a pre-teen boy lost surrounded by adults still seeking their true self. Laura, Hanna's mother, on the verge of depression. Ivan, her stepfather, unable to communicate his feelings. Kristen, Adam's mother, stuck in a fixed mindset. The Wolf, the repentant hunter who wanders in the woods...
The llama's enclosure will become a safe place, sheltered from the outside world. A refuge where two very different beings, Hanna and Adam, will form, over Frank the llama, a bond that will wake up their awareness of their own singularities. Through each other' s eyes, they will realise that their differences are true gifts to face life’s challenges. At night, before the starry sky, Frank reflects on the daily discussions.
The Tall Bike Joust
Uniquely blending documentary and scripted elements, this very real tournament is presented by hosts from a SportsCenter-esque studio as though it is a live event of international significance—like the Super Bowl or World Cup—and the jousters hyped as the superheroes they so clearly are.
THE TALL BIKE JOUST originally served as a pilot for SMART PEOPLE BEING STUPID—an unscripted TV/ web series traveling the nation to find intelligent and successful people who engage in random, silly, and seemingly pointless events the general public does not even know exists. But, given the success of this pilot and of the underground sport of tall bicycle jousting, this project also now serves as a pilot for THE TALL BIKE JOUST WORLD CUP—an arced series following five jousters from the pilot as they earn points in tall bicycle jousting tournaments across the southeast and strive to be crowned the year-end champion.