Dingus Wishes (Chicago, 8 min)
Every year, the Wish Gremlin of Dingus Town (née Lakeshore Falls) grants the wish of the town’s youngest resident, which has resulted in everything from talking horses to giant stuffed penguins. Hoping for more socially useful outcomes, the mayor decides to hold a vote, but will the community be able to agree on a wish that isn’t idiotic?
For fans of The Princess Bride and Shrek
Free Advice with Adam Chernick (United States, 4 min)
Produced by Soul Pancake
In this episode of the popular web series, precocious 11-year-old “free advice expert” Adam Chernick teaches us how to have more empathy for other people by visiting… parking enforcement, of course! As he says, “If I walk away having sympathy for them, I can have sympathy for almost anyone!”
For fans of Billy on the Street and Conan O’Brien’s “remote” segments
Greenport (United States, 26 Min)
A struggling Hollywood director’s career is thrown into disarray when he is summoned to Greenport, New York to help his elderly parents. Balancing family obligations, including his autistic son about whom he’s developing a film, with PR fiascos and an assortment of other hindrances, one seemingly small trip quickly becomes the impetus for calamity.
For fans of Extras and Arrested Development
The Deadbeat (Chicago, 16 min)
After the sudden apparent suicide of her pet hamster, young Dottie convinces her moody nihilist brother Ned to take her to a fortune teller who claims he can raise pets from the dead. The (possibly) crackpot mystic, played by the hilarious George Wendt, prompts Ned to wonder if it’s the hamster who needs resurrecting, or himself.
For fans of Ghostbusters and The Twilight Zone
WILLIAM FLUGLE’S TRAVEL ADVENTURES WITH WILLIAM FLUGLE (Chicago, 22 min)
Join clueless, self-important host William Flugle as he blunders through the historic sites of Portugal, leaving confused and insulted foreigners in his wake. Let this uproarious parody of travel shows serve as a useful primer for what NOT to do abroad.
For fans of An Idiot Abroad and Rick Steves’ Europe
Other People’s Children (Chicago, 16 min)
Margot Antler dreams of becoming a renowned novelist with a three-book deal and a summer home in Ghent. Reality check: she’s a rookie second-grade teacher about to experience the insanity of parent teacher conferences for the first time! It doesn’t take long before she realizes it’s not her students who have problems – it’s their parents.
For fans of The Office and Parks and Recreation