No Dull Bits: Dramatic Shorts

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Underground films are borne out of love, not out of a desire for fame or to have an impact on popular culture. The Portland Underground Film Festival (PUFF) has, at its core, the mission to pay tribute to those films and videos that challenge commonly held attitudes toward technique, content, and form. Our intent is to honor those films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language.

No Dull Bits: Dramatic Shorts


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Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

Alfred Hitchcock

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No Dull Bits


Director Jason Rosenblatt

A young woman's busy schedule is shattered when a suicidal neighbor asks for help.

Zoe in Review

Director Stacey Larkins

An emotionally fractured woman examines her past in search of answers for her present entanglement.

The Iago Epilogue

Director Steven LaMorte

In a gender-swapped meditation on a Shakespearean tragedy, Iago (KATHERINE GRANTSUTTIE) makes her final confession from her prison cell, under constant surveillance from cameras and a security guard (STEPHAN GOLDBACH). What led her to the manipulations that ended so many lives? And who is she trying to convince—her audience, her captors, or her own immortal soul?

Nobody Likes You as Much as I Do

Director Jerzy Rose

An American couple worries about the safety of a Parisian girl after a night out.

The Request

Director Paco Espinoza

Rafael, a northern muleteer, along with his best friend, crosses the sierra of the state of Sonora expecting to find a retired rural policeman, an Acordada. Seeking revenge, Rafael meets Jesús Santos, an old rancher who worked for the rural police in his youth. Spending the night with the old man and after a few drinks, Rafael discovers that Jesús Santos it is a supernatural being known by native americans as The Nahual.

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