"Zelos"

Watch Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Anna Camp (Mad Men), and more flex their acting muscles in indie short films. Film School Shorts is a weekly series showcasing short films from across the country. From compelling dramas to feel-good rom-coms, every episode is Hollywood quality without the three-hour runtime. Make some popcorn and sit back for 30 minutes of fantastic filmmaking.

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America

Directed by Andrew Ellmaker, '80s-inspired comedy "Total Freak" tells the story of how a boy's pursuit of his first summer camp kiss awakens a monster from the deep.

Iranian-born Rita sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary in "Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist," starring Patrick Fugit. Directed by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman.

One robot learns that fitting in isn't all it's cracked up to be when his new human form attracts the wrong kind of attention in post-9/11 America in "Timmy II." Directed by Imran J. Kahn.

Mean Streets

Taissa Farmiga stars in "Share" as a 15-year-old girl facing her return to school after someone shared an explicit video of her online. Directed by Pippa Bianco.

Next, watch as racial tensions explode between young people waiting in line to buy the hottest new sneakers on the market in "Hypebeasts," inspired by Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing." Directed by Jessica dela Merced.

Daily Grind

Stephen Singer plays a sock merchant in "Socks & Bonds." He hopes his girlfriend's Hamptons-dwelling ex will invest, only to discover there's a more pressing negotiation at hand. Directed by Daniel Zimbler.

Then, catch a snapshot of life in the law offices of "Hopkins & Delaney, LLP," an animation that captures the hidden cubicle moments that comprise all our working lives. Directed by Sean Buckelew.

In "Butterfingers," every marriage has its moments, and this wife can't listen to another word from her husband about work. Directed by Milan Roganovic.

Aspirations

At a beach, in the snow, and underwater, stop-motion short "Bottle" details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle. Directed by Kirsten Lepore.

In "Glory Days," Jack, a recovering alcoholic and divorced father of two, has to look after his kids on New Year's weekend. Directed by Benjamin Rutkowski.

Then, "Lea" chronicles the life of a delusional actress with an affinity for burning bridges as she struggles to connect with the role that could make her career. Directed by Connor Simpson.