Liberty Road (USA, 17 min)

Directed by Jason Fraley

Set in a Maryland crab shack where newspaper tablecloths record the climate of the Great Recession, Liberty Road follows a lowly bartender who loses his job and his “underwater” home the same day. Pushed to the brink, he pulls a gun from under the bar and takes aim at his boss. That’s when a chain of good deeds, unwittingly begun by the gunman himself, brings the film to an epiphanic conclusion. Juggling fate and free will, the film explores whether enough random acts of kindness can overcome even the worst random act of violence, and whether these acts are ever truly random at all. Here, the restaurant becomes a microcosm of America, packing all of the combustible elements of our society into one location and watching as the “melting pot” boils over.

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