a/perture is pleased to present selected short films curated by the Out at the Movies Film Festival on screen before selected features.



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Embrace directed by Tesha Merkel precedes most film screenings in June

Tesha is a fresh-out-of-school animator from the Midwest, hoping to grow as an artist and creator while sharing her first film, Embrace. While she’s interested in a wide range of visual media, her preferences lie in using illustration, video game design, and animation development for telling stories. There are countless amazing films that have influenced her work, from short films like In a Heartbeat and Foreign Bodies to feature films such as Summer Wars and Into the Spider-Verse. As she grows her skills in animation, she hopes to bring some of the same charming visual and storytelling techniques to her own work.


a/perture is pleased to present selected student short films from the Ambrosia Film Festival at
UNCSA School of Filmmaking on screen before selected features. screenings of Ambrosia shorts will return in Fall 2022.



previously screened

Close-Up directed by Nathan Shanahan precedes most film screenings in May

Nathan Shanahan is a third-year directing student from Durham, North Carolina. His influences include Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, and Kanye West. His favorite films include the first West Side Story, Taxi Driver, and High School Musical 2.





Math-Bot directed by John Caudill precedes screenings of Everything Everywhere All at Once


John is a third year filmmaking student from Laurinburg, NC, who is interested in directing and screenwriting. Some of his influences include Yorgos Lanthimos, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, and The Coen Brothers. Some of his favorite films include La Haine, The Graduate, and Spongebob Squarepants.





Stalled directed by Jacqueline Smith preceded our screenings of The Batman.

Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is a first-year filmmaker interested in directing, producing, and screenwriting. Her influences include Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, and Dennis Villeneuve. Some of her favorite films are City of God, The Apartment, and Memento.





The Lady in the Yellow Raincoat directed by Frieda Prosono preceded our screenings of all films in February.

Frieda is a third year filmmaking student with a concentration in directing. Some of her favorite movies include Akira, Harold and Maude, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Lovely Bones, and Spider-man into the Spider-Verse.