06/08/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT
Lifetime (Tues., June 9, 9 p.m. ET)
If you can overlook the intrusive commercial breaks and the ho-hum attitude of host Penny Marshall, this second annual cable showcase for female independent filmmakers is worth two hours of your time. The best of the four short films is Dani Minnick's touching World upon Her Shoulder, which stars Karen Young (Daylight) as a woman whose mental breakdown is seen through the eyes of her young daughter (Kashmir Jones). Our runner-up choice is Paula Walker's Seed, which combines terse narrative and flashy camera work in the story of a pregnant cop (The Jackal's Diane Venora) and her shadowy sperm donor. Also on the bill are Carol Mayes's Rituals, a sexy but implausible tale of voodoo and adultery, and Icebergs, Nicola Hart's offbeat comedy of food as a source of family conflict.
Bottom Line: Stylish shorts from a female perspective