Official Selection: The Man Crush

You can’t help what the heart wants. For Trevor, he wants the man he’s been waiting for or at least he thinks. In this story, Trevor will confess his emotional feelings toward one guy who isn’t what he expected to be.

Directed by Richard Louprasong, who graduated with an AS degree in Cinema Editing/Post Production at MCTC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Official Selection: Tuyen

A chance encounter with the refugee girl her neighbor is fostering provides new inspiration for a woman on the verge of giving up.

Director Ivana Basic was born in Yugoslavia. At age 18 she came to London to study acting at Mountview Theatre School.

Music Video for “Offbeat” by Cais Sodré Funk Connection

The first official selection for our May 2016 festival is “Offbeat” by Cais Sodré Funk Connection.

[Our video] shows us the band in a desolate and void industrial location, coexisting with various surreal Gaiman alike characters that personify theirs and ours features, fears, aspirations and more, in a fun and offbeat way.

— Cais Sodré Funk Connection

Spring 2016 Festival Announcement

The second Apex Short Film + Music Video Festival will be hosted at Studio on Third in downtown Rochester, MN on Sunday, May 1st, 2016. A $10 day pass will get you unlimited access to exclusive, quality short films and music videos from around the world, as well as Q&A panels with filmmakers who attend Apex. Event highlights are below.

2:45 pm – Red carpet and paparazzi, open to all attendees
3:05 pm – Introduction by Avai d’Amico
3:40 pm – Lucked Out followed by Q&A with filmmaker Rob J. Gooding of Minneapolis
4:15 pm – The Man Crush followed by Q&A with filmmaker Richard Louprasong of Minneapolis
4:40 pm – Mister Massive and the Super Squad followed by Q&A with filmmaker David Mair of Vadnais Heights
5:10 pm – Happy Hunting followed by Q&A with filmmaker Justin Lund of River Falls, Wisconsin
6:20 pm – Stuck in Mute followed by Q&A with actor Gavin Nienaber of Minneapolis
6:55 pm – Down in the Park & David Dalton’s Advice for Life followed by Q&A with filmmaker Avai d’Amico and actors Matt Rud and Brandon Lawrence of Rochester
7:30 pm – Dom & Knox followed by Q&A with filmmakers AJ Feind and Aaron Avalon of Rochester
8:20 pm – “Drive By” from Thugs, the Musical followed by Q&A with animator Greg Bro of Stewartville
9:00 pm – Red carpet and paparazzi, open to all attendees