Narrative Short

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Martin’s Hagge

Penny Eizenga | Canada | 2016 | 19:23 Facebook Martin, a middle-aged despondent writer, is burdened with Hagge, his wily personification of anxiety and depression, but after freewheeling Norah encroaches on his workspace, he learns apathy is a choice. Cast Sheila McCarthy Paul Braunstein Martha MacIsaac Writer Penny Eizenga Producer Penny Eizenga

Ménage du Trois

Saranne Bensusan | United Kingdom | 2017 | 3:08 English, Welsh with English Subtitles Facebook |  Twitter They’ve picked a victim, she’s bound and gagged; but Bronwyn has chosen this opportunity to confront Dave about the inequalities in their killing games. When Dave feels that sharing his victim with his wife will satisfy her as… Read more »

Here There Be Tygers

Mike Johnston | Canada | 2017 | 5:30 Facebook Third grade student Charles really needs to go to the bathroom. And when his evil teacher Miss Bird finally releases him to go and relieve himself, he arrives at the bathroom to find a full-grown tiger sitting outside of the stalls. Cast Logan Oung Producer Bronwyn… Read more »

Hell of A New Year

Edgar Jimz, Artemus Cole | United States | 2017 | 23:00 Carmen (30), a materialistic and selfish woman, experiences a horrifying near-death experience. Paramedics bring Carmen back to life. However, an entity from another dimension crosses the line of the living attached to her. It may be too late for Carmen to amend her mistakes…. Read more »

Lillies In The Forest

Brian O’Neill | United States | 2017 | 4:54 Two lost souls in search of a deeper connection, form an unlikely bond during a brief encounter in-transit over their mutual appreciation for Myrna Loy. Cast Andrew Dolan Victor Verhaeghe Brian O’Neill Writer Andrew Dolan

Growing Young

Hayley MacFarlane | Australia | 2015 | 13:40 Facebook A short film that explores the endearing relationship between 18 year old Minks and her Nan who has dementia. Cast Samara Weaving Kaye Stevenson Writer Hayley MacFarlane Producer James Woods

Letters from Alcatraz

Madeline Rozwat | United States | 2016 | 19:36 Facebook  | Twitter It’s Christmas Eve 1962 and like many 15-year-olds, Belle Baker wakes up in eager anticipation of the holiday. But things are different for Belle, who lives on Alcatraz Island with her prison-guard father and has been secretly trafficking letters for an inmate since… Read more »

The Guy Came on Horseback

Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi | Islamic Republic of Iran | 2016 | 15:00 When the rural man got aware of the truth that his disabled son has fallen in love with their neighbor’s daughter, He decides to work around it… Writer Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi Producer Samira Vejahati

The Reveal

Steven M Ray | United States | 2017 | 11:30 English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian with English Subtitles Facebook |  Twitter With more than $1 Billion at stake is your loyalty to family, business or money? All will be revealed in the end. Cast Steve Ray Sonia Debreczeni Susan Young Marnie Jopp Philip Stamper… Read more »

The Third Act

Neill Fleeman (as P.E. Marston) | United States | 2017 | 44:53 Twenty-four years after they met playing summer stock and twelve years after the end of their disastrous affair, actress Katie Gordon must confront her past, present, and future when playwright Tom Nichols returns to her Connecticut hometown to play a benefit concert for… Read more »