When attending film festivals, there is no more exciting prospect than catching a screening of a Midnight shorts section. These are generally made up of the strangest, and in many ways, the most innovative projects accepted. They are playgrounds for exploration, coming from filmmakers who are absolutely fearless in exploding the themes and neuroses of their own daily lives.

And SXSW selects the best of them. 

We sat down with a handful of crew members from shorts featured at SXSW 2017, including Drew Maynard and Caleb Dirks fromThe Saurus, Celine Held and Logan George from Mouse, and Sarah Winshall from Whiskey Fist.

We discussed the different favors, efforts, and resources it took for each of these filmmakers to get their short into the festival. There was one constant in every path, however: no one made a short to get into a Midnight section, or even a film festival. They all just made stories which they felt needed to be told. They just happened to be batshit insane.

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This episode was produced and edited by Jon Fusco.