I would like to explore, experience, and learn about short films to determine the desirability of continuing this new direction in my teaching and my research by attending a major film festival that offers a supporting program in the form of lectures, discussions, an exhibition hall for new materials, as well as the opportunity to meet people who are active in the field. I am interested in the short film for two major reasons: it has the potential to integrate my research into my teaching and vice versa and promises a renewed passion for my scholarship. Towards that end, I would like to turn to this previously rather recreational interest of mine with a more intentionally focused look: the exploration of short film for its pedagogical – and potentially scholarly – promise. My experience with film studies is limited to full-length feature films and documentary in various German language and literature courses. I believe that short films have the potential to be integrated into language, culture, and literature teaching more meaningfully and more holistically than feature films can due to this genre's pointed thematic content and focused conceptual and aesthetic qualities. My scholarship has been informed by psychoanalytic theory focusing on suicide and trauma in Romantic literature. I feel as though my excitement for my area of research has lost some steam. In order to sustain myself as a productive scholar and engaged teacher I need to reintroduce passion into my work and I hope to accomplish this with a "new direction." The exploration of short film holds the promise of doing just that.