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Another highlight is Patch Town, a Disney-esque live-action film about a doll’s search for his mother, which gained momentum at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Inspired by Russian fables of babies hatched in cabbage patches, first-time Canadian director Craig Goodwill employs musical numbers to broach deeper topics of love and abandonment.

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Patch Town by Charles Bramesco

Pivoting off a traditional Russian fable, this deranged bedtime story forms the basis of Patch Town. The jumping-off point invites camp, and writer-director Craig Goodwill hasn’t compromised one grain of kooky-creepy personality while extending his 2011 short to feature length. He treats the added runtime like a bigger playpen, providing him with more space to stack the post-industrial blocks that make up his richly realized dystopia.

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