Bag Man is a slow burn of a short film, an introspective tale of a boy from Harlem who ditches school one day to cart a mysterious bag out to the rural reaches of upstate New York. But the whole time we're dying to know: What's in the bag?

Jonathan and Josh Baker wrote and directed Bag Man, which is a beautifully shot film even independent of its payoff. (It helps that the short is shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Nicolas Karkatsanis.) We're invited to form an impression of the character based on his reactions to the world around him, and where he chooses to venture—and then wonder why he makes the decisions he does at the end.

Bag Man [via Short of the Week]