These four incredible short films were too long to be programmed in front of our features at ~20 minute long, but they absolutely needed to be seen, and so Toronto True Crime Film Festival’s very first shorts block—Law & Shorter: Short Film Unit—was born.
24 MINUTES | 2018 | BELGIUM | FRENCH | FULL SUBTITLES
Dir. Nina Marissiaux
Follow five strangers as they sit in on a murder trial and listen to the testimony of a witness who lost his entire family in a violent murder. This offers an inside look at how European courts work, as well as the gruelling emotional turmoil trials can cause. ADJOURNMENT is a truly empathetic and unique look at how the criminal justice system works to serve those who have been wronged.
Content Warning: graphic discussions of violence, discussions of violence against women and children, death.
KATIE AND THE BLACK ROBIN HOOD
21 MINUTES | 2018 | USA | ENGLISH | CANADIAN PREMIERE
Dir. Alessandra Giordano & John Richie
An interesting look at how a public defender in New Orleans is using film to help clients receive more appropriate sentencing at trial. We follow her as she tries to help Christopher Simms—a man who robbed thirteen banks in ten different states and calls himself "The Black Robin Hood"—with her empathy-fueled, film-based approach at handling the justice system. This short serves to remind the public that behind every criminal act, there is a complex human story.
Content Warning: classism, racism.
17 MINUTES | 2018 | USA | ENGLISH | CANADIAN PREMIERE
Dir. Marisa Aveling & Sean Mattison
Pardoned by 44th U.S. President Barack Obama, Mr. Wash was released from prison 21 years into a mandatory life sentence for a non-violent drug offence. During his sentence, Mr. Wash became an incredible self-taught artist, detailing the stories around him and channeling his emotions into hundreds of paintings. MR. WASH is an emotional and inspiring look at man who is trying to re-adjust to life outside of prison and embark on his new life as an artist.
21 MINUTES | 2018 | FRANCE | ENGLISH
Dir. Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
There’s a dark underbelly to the online gaming community in the form of a phenomenon known as ‘swatting’. Online players detail their experiences with being ‘swatted’ and how this specific type of cyber-harassment can cause real damage to their homes and even their psyches.
Content Warning: threats of violence, bullying, seizure warning (flashing lights/fast motion).