SHORTS TO SCREEN 2018: Venue Regal Cinemas 1000 W Olympic Blvd. 90015
OCT. 11th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm,Â VENUE 2
DIRECTOR:Â VANESSA THEME AMENT
PRODUCER:Â VANESSA THEME AMENT
WRITER:Â VANESSA THEME AMENT
SYNOPSIS: Thirty women who work in film sound in New York and Los Angeles discuss their work, the film business, the successes, and the obstacles as women in this mostly male, below-the-line field of the American film community.
ARTEMIS AND THE ASTRONAUT
DIRECTOR:Â ALICE L. LEE
PRODUCER:Â DELICIA KUANG
WRITER:Â ALICE .L. Lee
CAST: Lynn Cohen, Andrew Platner, Alice L. Lee
SYNOPSIS: Four weeks ago Henri died. When Artemis hears Henri crying in the next room, will she get a chance to be with him one last time?
OCT. 11th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm,Â VENUE 1
DIRECTOR:Â MARI MANTELA
PRODUCER:Â KLAUS HEYDEMANN
WRITERS:Â MARI MANTELLA, HANNA SCHAAFSMA
CAST: Cris Af Ennhielm, Carl-Petter Erikson, Christian Lindroos, Martin Bahne, Anders Larsson
SYNOPSIS: Two days before her retirement, Anja makes a decision: she will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall.
DIRECTOR:Â RACHEL V. BYRD
PRODUCER:Â JULIA KENNEDY
WRITERS:Â CYDNEY FISHER,Â LYDIA LANE
SYNOPSIS: A new friendship is tested when it is confronted by racism.
BERNIE LANGILLE WANTS TO KNOWâ¦ WHO KILLED BERNIE LANGILLE?
DIRECTOR:Â JACKIE TORRENS
PRODUCER:Â JESSICA BROWN
WRITER:Â JACKIE TORRENS
SYNOPSIS: A meditation on the power of family narratives- what we know, what we don’t know, what we will never know, what we invent- and ultimately, how family mythology affects the lives and identities of individual members.
DIRECTOR:Â VICTORIA DIXON
PRODUCERS:Â BREAUNA NICHOLE,Â SHARONDA DRAKE,Â TRILLION SMALL,Â VICTORIA DICKSON
WRITER:Â VICTORIA DIXON
CAST: LaToya Blakely, Adrenia Lanaeâ, Tori Cage, Naomi Davis, Sharonda Drake
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Talia Better is an overworked Marriage and Family Counselor who helps her patients cope with their problems, while failing to deal with her own list of issues
THE BIRD AND THE WHALE
DIRECTOR:Â CAROL FREEMAN
PRODUCER:Â JONATHAN CLARKE
WRITER:Â CAROL FREEMAN
SYNOPSIS: Â A story about a young whale struggling to find his voice.
DIRECTOR:Â HAN LIN
PRODUCERS:Â HAN LIN,Â CHIA-HAO HSU
WRITER:Â HAN LIN
CAST: Ming-Shuai Shih, Yu-Chieh Cheng, Yi-Chun Pan
SYNOPSIS: Cherry identified herself as a drag queen. She just found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her. Later, on her way to work, she was met with an abandoned baby.
THE BOY IN THE ROOM
DIRECTOR:Â RAFAELA SALOMAO
PRODUCER:Â EDILENE RODRIGUEZ
WRITER:Â RAFAELA SALOMAO
SYNOPSIS: By agreeing to do the sciences homework with a classmate, the Boy didnât expect to find him dead, hanging by a rope in the ceiling.
BY ANY MEANS
DIRECTOR:Â DAR DOWLING
PRODUCERS:Â DAR DOWLING,Â RICARDO MADAN
WRITER:Â DAR DOWLING
RT: 20 MIN
CAST: Leah Nicole Raymond, Stacey Raymond, Clint Tate, El Mustafa Elbahtouri, Daniel Soto
SYNOPSIS: An emotionally charged, partly biographical film of the director, including a story from her own life as she leaves it up to you to figure out what part of the story is fact and which is fiction.
OCT. 13th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm,Â VENUE 1
DIRECTOR:Â PAM NASR
PRODUCERS: PAM NASR,Â JASON WALTER
WRITER:Â NATASHA SOTO-ALBORS
SYNOPSIS: At its heart, Clams Casino is an exploration of our human desire for closeness and satiation. These women struggle with barriers of technology, self-involvement, and insecurity, but can they reach past all of that and really see each other?
PRODUCER: VALERIE MCCAFFREY
DIRECTOR:Â VALERIE MCCAFFREY
WRITER:Â VALERIE MCCAFFREY
CAST:Â J. Michael Trautmann, Ido Samuel, Stefan Simon, Hunter Doohan, Clayton Haymes, James Babson, Dallas Hart, Matt Otstot, Windy Hamilton, Tara Soojian, Connor Linnerooth
SYNOPSIS: Signing his own death wish, a concentration camp prisoner sabotages the construction of the V-2 bomb against the Nazis, while American soldiers struggle to advance against the Germans.
DIRECTOR:Â SARA T. GAMA
PRODUCERS:Â SARA T. GAMA,Â KELSEY MARSH,Â YILDIZ YILMAZ
WRITER:Â SARA T. GAMA
CAST: Sierra Misra
SYNOPSIS: Zeinahâs new commitment to wear the hijab turns the first adventure of her teenage life into a lesson in what it means to be a Muslim in America today, forcing her to defend what the hijab means to her â and to face whether or not it is a commitment she can really sustain.
DIRECTOR:Â ANDREW LLOYD PRESTON
PRODUCERS:Â ELLA JAE STEWART,Â THOMAS H. STEWART,Â ANDREW LLOYD PRESTON,Â CHRISTINA MARIE KARIS
WRITERS:Â ELLA JAE STEWART,Â ANDREW LLOYD PRESTON,Â CHRISTINA MARIE KARIS
CAST: Ella Jae Stewart, Christina Marie Karis, Marcus Henderson, Adelai Henderson Garcia, Lauren Elizabeth
SYNOPSIS: A glimpse into the lives of two women opposite in nature and their dealings with the effects of trauma, loss, and hope.
ELF PETS: SANTAâS ST. BERNARDS SAVE CHRISTMAS
OCT. 13th, 10:00 – 12:00 pm,Â VENUE 2
DIRECTOR:Â CHANDA BELL
PRODUCERS:Â AMY LOVETT,Â CHANDA BELL
WRITER:Â CHANDA BELL
RT: 30 MIN
CAST: Amy Lovett, Chanda Bell
SYNOPSIS: Scout Elves and Elf Pets St. Bernard pups help humans realize that they can make a difference and save the North Pole, keeping Christmas magical forever.
DIRECTOR:Â VIBHA GULATI
PRODUCERS:Â VIBHA GULATI,Â DEBBIE VANDERMUELEN
WRITER:Â VIBHA GULATI
RT: 20 MIN
CAST: Gulshan Grover, Salony Luthra, Gopal Divan, Dhanish Karthik
SYNOPSIS: Based on a true story that follows a Sikh woman named Jasleen, who is running away with her Muslim lover, Fahwaz.
DIRECTOR:Â REBECCA SHAPIRO
PRODUCERS:Â SETH YANKLEWITZ,Â REBECCA SHAPIRO, LEA-BETH SHAPIRO
WRITER:Â REBECCA SHAPIRO
CAST: Concetta Tomei, Mindy Sterling, Rakefet Abergel,
SYNOPSIS: After their regular aerobics class, three ladies of a certain age, plot the best way to rob a bank.
DIRECTOR:Â ZAHRA FARAJI
PRODUCERS:Â ZAHRA FARAJI,Â REZA SHIRVANI,Â FELIPE LOPEZ
WRITER:Â ZAHRA FARAJI
CAST: Daniel Rokouei, Shirin Hodjat, Milan Rezaei, Sahand Enamzadeh
SYNOPSIS: Playing war games and watching superhero stories have changed the concept of war. It has become an understandable way of making things right in the world, specially for the generation who has no real war experience.
DIRECTOR:Â KENZIE SUTTON
PRODUCER:Â KENZIE SUTTON
WRITER:Â KENZIE SUTTON
CAST: Matt Bogacki
SYNOPSIS: A guy named Harls keeps getting reincarnated.
OCT. 12th, 2:10 – 4:10 pm,Â VENUE 2
PRODUCERS:Â CAMILA RIZZO,Â BRUNA CABRAL,Â LIGIA OSORIO
WRITERS:Â CAMILA RIZZO,Â GABRIELA BHERING
CAST: Hayden Currie, Connor Chess, Kelly V. Dolan
SYNOPSIS: An eleven-year-old boy deals with the singularities of autism, and a late 30’s MMA fighter faces the delicate moment of retirement.
DIRECTOR:Â SIEGFRIED PETERS
PRODUCER:Â SIEGFRIED PETERS
WRITER:Â MARGUERITE CUNNINGHAM
CAST: Debby Gerber, Valeria Jauregui
SYNOPSIS: A woman struggles with a life decision until she meets a girl that helps her out.
DIRECTOR:Â DINA NAJI
PRODUCERS:Â DINA NAJI,Â KENDRA MCDONALD
WRITER:Â DINA NAJI
CAST: Afaf Binfan, Zain Shami
SYNOPSIS: After witnessing her father kill her mother, Hind escapes to a housing shelter where she questions if suicide is better than returning home.
HOW NOT TO BUY A COUCH
DIRECTORS:Â ANNA BORDEN,Â RHEA SEEHORN
WRITER:Â RHEA SEEHORN
CAST: Tina Parker, Peter Diseth
SYNOPSIS: To freeze, or not to freeze? That turns out NOT to be the question at all for Emma; a woman looking for a life, not a life partner.
OCT. 13th, 6:05 – 8:00 pm,Â VENUE 2
DIRECTOR:Â SHANNON KOHLI
PRODUCERS:Â SHANNON KOHLI,Â INES EISSES,Â MICHELE PICARD
WRITER:Â HANNAH LEVIEN
CAST: Hannah Levien, Luke Camilleri
SYNOPSIS: Callie, a small town gas station attendant, has an unexpected encounter which will change the course of her life forever.
IN HER SHOES: INDIA
OCT. 11th, 2:05 – 4:00 pm,Â VENUE 2
DIRECTOR:Â DOREE SIMON
PRODUCERS:Â DOREE SIMON,Â CAZ TANNER
WRITER:Â DOREE SIMON,Â CAZ TANNER
CAST: Rani, Doree Simon
SYNOPSIS: Rani is the daughter of a sex worker, and she grew up hearing, âa whoreâs daughter can only be a whore.â
OCT. 11th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm,Â VENUE 2
DIRECTOR:Â CAROLINE LINDY
PRODUCERS:Â EDWARD THOA LIGUORI,Â EMILY WOLFE
CAST: Caroline Lindy, Jack Henry Robbins
SYNOPSIS: Eloise has to decide whether she can date someone who she can’t see or hear but can only communicate with via text.
DIRECTOR:Â JOCELYN STAMAT
PRODUCER:Â JOE RUSSELL
WRITER:Â TERRY ROSSIO
RT: 17 MIN
CAST: Marisa Tomei, Minnie Driver
SYNOPSIS: A physician investigating a missing body disrupts an unlawful experiment.
DIRECTORS:Â EMILY SANDIFER,Â T.J DALRYMPLE
PRODUCERS:Â EMILY SANDIFER,Â T.J DALRYMPLE
WRITER:Â EMILY SANDIFER
CAST: Emily Sandifer
SYNOPSIS: An amateur photographer goes in search of a popular social media landmark, only to find herself in strange circumstances when she does.
LAYTONâS MYSTERY JOURNEY: KATRIELLE AND THE MILLIONAIREâS CONSPIRACY
DIRECTOR:Â AKIHIRO HINO
PRODUCERS:Â AKIHIRO HINO,Â YUKARI HAYAKAWA,Â MARLENE SHARP
WRITER:Â AKIHIRO HINO
RT: 5 MIN
CAST: Rosie Jones, Christopher Robin Miller, Lani Minella, Maria Darling, Verity Marshall
SYNOPSIS: Katrielle endeavors to prove that tracking down her former detective father and solving his cases are all in a good daughter’s day’s work.
DIRECTOR:Â CAATJE VAN LEEUWEN
PRODUCER:Â JEFF HAMMER
WRITER:Â KURT BRINDLEY
CAST: Dion Mucciacito, Colin Bates, Michael Curran-Dorsano,Â
SYNOPSIS: With the United States on the verge of war with Haiti, Chief Petty Officer Lawless attempts to get back to his mother under new political changes.
DIRECTOR:Â JOHANNA NYSTROEM
PRODUCER:Â SANDRA SPARRING
WRITER:Â JOHANNA NYSTROEM
CAST: Emily Blocher, Tory Andrus, Sandra Sparring, Desiree Staples, Anna AcuÃ±a
SYNOPSIS: A day in LIFE of a cynical and sarcastic woman struggling with creative depression and a general distaste for life.
LIFEâS A BIT
DIRECTOR:Â MICKEY BLAINE
PRODUCERS:Â NICOLE BLAINE,Â MICKEY BLAINE
WRITER:Â NICOLE BLAINE
CAST: Nicole Blaine, Tegan Blaine, Finnley Blaine, Mickey Blaine
SYNOPSIS: This piece highlights the ups and downs of a female comic struggling to be recognized in her career and in motherhood.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
DIRECTOR:Â CARLOS ESCOLASTICO
PRODUCER:Â FOTOMOTORA PRODUCTIONS
WRITER:Â FOTOMOTORA PRODUCTIONS
SYNOPSIS: Three women meet at the emergency room of a hospital at dawn with a common link: the three have just lost their partners in a traffic accident.
THE MAGIC LANTERN
DIRECTORS:Â YOUP ZONDAG,Â MARIANA OSPINA
PRODUCERS:Â MARIANA OSPINA,Â YOUP ZONDAG
WRITERS:Â YOUP ZONDAG,Â MARIANA OSPINA
CAST: Tyler Barish, Carson Gale, Mike Petersen, Cynthia Preston, Paulo JC OspinaSYNOPSIS: Not ready to leave his childhood behind, Pieck creates an imagined world that serves as an escape from his reality.
DIRECTOR:Â LISA MARIA HALL
PRODUCERS:Â KIRSTIN VANSKIVER,Â SAMANTHA SCAFFIDI,Â SARAH DONNENBERG,Â LEAH DONNENBERG
WRITER:Â JENNY DONHEISER
CAST: Constance Shulman, Jenny Donheiser
SYNOPSIS: An imminent death in the family puts a spotlight on the complex relationship of a free-spirited mother and her twenty-something daughter.
DIRECTOR:Â CATYA PLATE
PRODUCERS:Â CATYA PLATE,Â TODD AVEN
WRITER:Â CATYA PLATE
CAST: Richard Steven Horvitz, Misty Lee, John McBride
SYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth.
MERMAIDS AND RHINOS
DIRECTOR:Â VIKTORIA TRAUB
PRODUCER:Â POLETT DUS
WRITERS:Â POLETT DUS,Â DORKA GERGELY,Â VIKTORIA TRAUB
SYNOPSIS: Eight-year-old Tildaâs memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino.
DIRECTOR:Â TRACIE LAYMON
PRODUCERS:Â TRACIE LAYMON,Â ALEX LAKE
WRITER:Â TRACIE LAYMON
CAST: Sandeep Parikh, Heather Pasternak
SYNOPSIS: A man and a woman misunderstand each other.
THE MONKEY QUEEN
DIRECTOR:Â YUEWEN YUAN
WRITER:Â YUEWEN YUAN
SYNOPSIS: A girl finds faces her identity as the Monkey King after a failed audition.
DIRECTOR:Â KATHY KOLLA
PRODUCERS:Â SHARI BELAFONTE,Â KATHY KOLLA,Â KASH HOVEY,Â DREW MILFORD,Â RICK WATSON
WRITERS:Â KATHY KOLLA,Â DREW MILFORD
CAST: Shari Belafonte, Kash Hovey, Kathy Kolla and Isabella Clark
SYNOPSIS: Plastic Daydream stars acclaimed actress Shari Belafonte in the role of Hazel, a troubled woman desperate for additional cosmetic procedures — the pursuit of which causes a life-altering incident.
POINT BLANK THERAPY
DIRECTOR:Â CERI GODINEZ
PRODUCER:Â CERI GODINEZ
WRITER:Â CERI GODINEZ
CAST: Sean McBride, Sheena Midori, Sionne Elise
SYNOPSIS: Two friends are kidnapped in the middle of a relationship-ending argument.
DIRECTOR:Â MYLES YAKSICH
PRODUCERS:Â CINDY LU,Â JENNIE LEW TUGEND
WRITER:Â MYLES YAKSICH
RT: 20 MIN
CAST: Matthew Knowles, Cindera Che, Kara Wang, Jonathan Stanton, Yadira Pascault Orozco
SYNOPSIS: While on a flight from Shanghai to New York, a despondent, American lawyer is enchanted by the stories of a wise, Chinese woman sitting beside him; unleashing feelings he had tried to bury deep inside.
RISK: WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES
DIRECTOR:Â ANDREA PRITCHARD
PRODUCER:Â ANDREA PRITCHARD
CAST: Alexandra Avakian, Carol Guzy, Yunghi Kim
SYNOPSIS: A documentary that gives insight into a very small group of brave and passionate women committed to the engagement of conflict, even after all the other cameras are gone. An intimate portrait about a select group of storytellers.
SAC DE MERDE
DIRECTOR:Â GREG CHWERCHAK
PRODUCER:Â JENNY JUMP STUDIOS
WRITERS:Â GREG CHWERCHAK,Â GABRIELLE BERBERICH
RT: 14 MIN
CAST: Arielle Haller-Silverstone, David Fumero
SYNOPSIS: Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams.
SISTERS IN ARMS
DIRECTOR:Â JESSICA OâSULLIVAN
PRODUCER:Â SARAH SAIFI
WRITER:Â JESSICA OâSULLIVAN
CAST: Mashal Kahn, Farhat Zazar, Neha Maqsood, Faiza Butt, Saad Fareedi
SYNOPSIS: A female police anti-terrorist squad arrive at a remote village in Northern Pakistan to question the villagers (mostly women) about two men that they are looking for.
SON TO SON
DIRECTOR:Â TARON LEXTON
PRODUCERS:Â MILENA FERREIRA,Â NICK LANE,Â NICOLE PASE
WRITER:Â JIM MESKIMEN
CAST: Nick Lane, Jim Meskimen
SYNOPSIS: A late-night meeting between a father and son reveals an insidious secret lurking beneath the surface.
SORRY NOT SORRY
DIRECTOR:Â MONIQUE SORGEN
PRODUCERS:Â DARRYL PUGH JR.,Â MONIQUE SORGEN
WRITER:Â MONIQUE SORGEN
CAST: Wallace Langham, Jessica Oyelowo, M. Emmet Walsh
SYNOPSIS: A coupleâs one upmanship reaches unbelievable heights after a man eats his wifeâs plums.
DIRECTOR:Â PAMELA RIBON
WRITER:Â PAMELA RIBON
SYNOPSIS: On what would have been her twelfth anniversary with her husband Tom, Maret has an unexpected visit from Jim, who offers to act as a stand-in for their yearly traditions.
DIRECTOR:Â RACHER BORDERS
PRODUCER:Â RACHEL BORDERS
WRITERS:Â JEN BASHIAN,Â RACHEL BORDERS
CAST: Jen Bashian, Sosie Bacon
SYNOPSIS: Two estranged half-sisters travel to the desert to scatter their motherâs ashes. Their relationship comes to a head when they canât get the urn open.
DIRECTOR:Â LIDIA VITALE
PRODUCER:Â LIDIA VITALE
WRITER:Â LIDIA VITALE
CAST: Blu Yoshimi, Giulio Forges Davanzati, Alessandro Proietti
SYNOPSIS: A girl is happy to go out with her boyfriend, but something goes wrong.
A WOMANâS RIGHT TO SHOES
DIRECTOR:Â ROBIN GRACE
PRODUCERS:Â RORY MACGILLYCUDDY,Â ROBYN GRACE
WRITER:Â ROBYN GRACE
CAST: Brooke Williams, Antonia Prebble, Taylor Hall, Andrew Beattie
SYNOPSIS: Alice loses her husband to her foot double and struggles to overcome her unluckiness in love and shoes.
DIRECTORS:Â SETH KRAMER,Â DANIEL A. MILLER,Â JEREMY NEWBERGER
PRODUCERS:Â SETH KRAMER,Â DANIEL A. MILLER,Â JEREMY NEWBERGER
WRITERS:Â DANIEL A. MILLER,Â ANN TALMAN
CAST: Ann Talman, Woody Talman
SYNOPSIS: For the first time, actress Ann Talman performs her solo show for its muse: her brother with cerebral palsy.