Why Watch? This short film from Dan Marcus deals with memory, but it feels more like a dream. In Streamline, a man in a suit is being chased through a traumatic series of events in his past while attempting to come to terms with a horrible father and a mysterious woman who has access to his mind. This isn’t the first time Marcus has looked at both 1) strained father/son relationships that cropped up because of 2) the mother dying. We featured his short film Wake a few years back, which boasted stirring camera work that highlighted the strength of that theme, and Streamline is no different. Fortunately it comes with a tilted take on a standardized sci-fi setup — not that it’s a mindblowing twist or anything, it’s really just a deft move of shifting expectations at the right moment. Unfortunately, the film is mellowed by amateurish, hollow acting that takes some of the hyper-real blocking and makes it feel stagey. Cheryl Graeff does well as a stalwart guide through the mind, but the main hero feels a bit comatose. Otherwise, the key components to an engaging, emotional sci-fi film are all here.