Two short films that blithely deptict demoralized characters whom struggle to create and maintain relationships amidst humanity's lowest point. In Stephen Craig's "stagNation, amen." Rennie and his brother Benjie, both heavily under the influence of cogent misogynist Jerry Solon, begin to struggle when Rennie treats their female victim with peculiar hospitality. Brian Macchiarelli's "Standards Having Dinner" is the story of three brothers named James during a very important day in their mother's life, her ex-boyfriend's (whom they were named after) birthday. With the eldest James' marriage at rock bottom, the middle James' medical enigma that inadvertently proves his wife's infidelity, and the youngest James' first successful murder victim constantly harassing him, this most joyous of days is doomed to go horribly awry. Both films are introduced by the directors in the distinctively cynical manner inferential of their work.