“There is only one way to be born, but because of mankind, there are hundreds of ways to die. I think about that a lot.” This thought-provoking observation from an adolescent boy is just one of the many captured by seven promising UCLA film students in “Images of War in the 21st Century,” a compilation of short films that premieres on Showtime the eve of the presidential election from 8 – 10 p.m. EST/PST, Monday, Nov. 1, and encores throughout the month.

The seven films that make up “Images of War in the 21st Century” showcase some of the industry’s best up-and-coming talent from graduate students of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and explore the politically charged topics of terrorism and nuclear weapons. The films
were partially funded by a $125,000 donation from the network.

Eligible graduate students were asked to submit proposals and budgets for prospective narrative, animated and documentary films up to 20 minutes in length. The winning films, which were selected by a UCLA faculty committee and Showtime executives, include “War on Their Minds: Voices
of American Kids” by Jennifer W. Glos, “Winning the Peace” by Eli Akira Kaufman, “Outside” by Jenn Kao, “Attention” by Brad Sample, “The Invisible Man” by Angela Mrema, “Elegy” by Kristina Malsberger and “Dominance and Terror: A Discussion With Noam Chomsky” by Roberto S. Oregel.

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