Shorts

Ablution

Description

The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad, Khaled, for prayer as a part of their Islamic religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son is gay he's torn between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.
 

Cast & Credits

Jay Abdo
Omar Al Dakheel
Austin MacKinnon 

Director, Writer & Producer: Omar Al Dakheel
Producer & DP: Xing-Mai Deng
Producer & AD: Itai Forman
Associate Producer: Tim Jacobi
Editor: Avi Glick
Production Designer: Arman Gosparini
Composer: Murat Selcuk
Supervising Sound Editor: Zheng Jia

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AKASHI (あかし)

Description

Kana, a young Japanese woman is pursuing her dream in America. However her new lifestyle has made her emotionally distant and can’t seem to sustain a long term relationship. Her mother calls informing Kana that grandma passed away. As Kana returns home, she recalls her most intimate conversation with grandma. In their talk, Grandma is proud of Kana for leaving Japan. Kana argues it’s even harder to raise a family and sustain a marriage for a lifetime. Grandma tells Kana that their marriage was far from ideal, and reveals a secret which changes Kana’s attitudes on relationships.
 

Cast & Credits

Yayoi Hirano
Hiro Kanagawa
Linda Uyehara Hoffman
Mayumi Yoshida 

Director/Writer/Producer: Mayumi Yoshida
Producer: Phil Planta
Producer/DOP: Adam Van Steinburg
Producer: Nach Dudsdeemaytha
 

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Alone

Description

With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. A documentary short filmed in black and white, “Alone” mines layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of love within the modern Black American family.
 

Cast & Credits

Alone Watts
Desmond Watson 

Director: Garrett Bradley
Producer: Lauren Domino
Producer: Dolly Turner
Executive Producer: Kathleen Lingo
Coordinating Producer: Lindsay Crouse
Cinematographer: Zac Manuel
Additional Cinematographer: Justin Zweifach, Paavo Hanninen
Original Score: Jonathan Zalben
Production Sound: Dorian Celestian
Editor: Garrett Bradley
Assistant Editor: Daniela Leal
Sound Design: Zack Howard

Supervising Editor: Andrew Blackwell

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Atone

Description

Glenn Clark is a high profile and respected minister, in some of the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles. He counsels at risk youth and adults dedicating his life to getting them back on track.  Amidst his stellar reputation, a stranger from the unknown emerges and asks Glenn to atone for a dark secret he’s hidden for decades. No man is above God's law... We must Atone.
 

Cast & Credits

Shaun Baker
Richard Gant
Deborah Lacey
Naiyah Scaife
Jeffrey Rolle Jr. 
Shaquann Nesbitt
Carlos Heredia
Saudia Yasmien
Malik Barnhardt
Monica R. Cooper

Director/Writer: Damion L. Smith
Producer: Monica R. Cooper
Executive Producers: Damion L. Smith, Rhonda R. Conley
Director of Photography: Tony Aaron II
Associate Producer: Rhonda R. Conley, Tony Jacobs
Editor: Gilly Rudolf
Music: Jeffrey Alan Jones
Production Sound Mixer: David Spates
Best Boy/Gaffer: Lance Mitchell

Make Up Artist: Hadley Rose Kennedy
Hair: Ken Rich
Script Supervisor: Lillian S. Lee
Key Art Concept: Saudia Yasmein
Production Assistants: Imani Higgins, Sidney Breedlove, Aamar Blair, Naurah Blair
Swing/Set PA: David Dortch
Key Set PA: Jovan Thomas
Visual Effects: TBD 

Sound Designer: Jeffrey Alan Jones
Colorist: Gilly Rudolf
Web Design: Christopher "Corp" Felton
Assistant to Monica Cooper: Koi Martinez
 

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Beautiful Soul

Description

Music Video
 

Cast & Credits

Singer/Songwriter: Elan Varner
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Jac Benson
 

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Big City

Description

Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up a stray drunk, Chris. Vijay's distrust is slowly broken down as Chris befriends him. Over the course of the night, Chris experiences some of Vijay's nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.
 

Cast & Credits

Gurvinder Atwal
CJ Fortuna

Director: Jordan Bond
Co-Director: Ryan Lachlan
 

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Cocoon

Description

1997 China is a place of transitions. Control of Hong Kong has just returned to the mainland. Western values are beginning to impact traditional Chinese values.

At this time, 11-year-old Qingqing is also in a place of transition. On the cusp of adolescence, she lives with her mom in the peaceful city of Wuhan. Her father, who works in Shenzhen (China’s first special economic zone) comes home only once a month. Qingqing and her friends are beginning to discover the opposite sex, and each other.
 

Cast & Credits

Jinger Li
Jing Yang
Yuan Xu
Zhe Gong 

Director: Mei Liying
Screenwriters: Mei Liying, Xu Zhang
Producer: Xu Zhang
DP: Jon Keng
Editor: Yifan Zhang
Music: Pantawit Kiangsiri

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Covered

Description

A married, Muslim woman in crises becomes intrigued by "what" and then "who" she believes might be buried in her backyard. At her breaking point, she and her husband will dig it all up before day breaks.
 

Cast & Crew

Karla Mosley
Darian Dauchan
Nandi Abdus-Shakoor 

Director / Screenwriter / Producer: Desha Dauchan
Producer: Jennifer O'Reggio
Associate Producer: Malcolm Barrett
Executive Producer: Shirley Dauchan
Director of Photography: Jerry Henry
Editor: Melba Williams
Sound Design: Jay Nierenberg
Color: Suny Behar
Music by: 4 Hero & Jessie Montgomery
Sound: Mikaal Sulaiman
Assistant Camera: Dan Major
Gaffer: Michael Newman
Gaffer: Brendon Bonney
Sound Editor: Katerina Frederick
Sound Editor: Steven Iba
Production Assistant: Mikayla O'Reggio
Production Assistant: Alley Gaspar
Jimbe Drummer: Ali Abdus-Shakoor
 

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Dayton Jones

Description

Dayton Jones used to be bad ass in the blaxploitation '70s. But now it is 1981 and instead of beating up chumps, he settles insurance claims in Chocolate City aka Washington, D.C. One day his quiet life is up ended by two meetings: one with a local gambling kingpin and the other with a long lost girlfriend. Each meeting draws Dayton back to a past he wants to forget.
 

Cast & Credits

Brandon J. Dirden
Cassandra Freeman
Reg E. Cathey
Jordan Mahome

Director: Nelson George
Producer: Leslie Norville
Director of Photography: Cliff Charles
Editor: Liron Reiter
Composer: Elliott Wheeler
Production Designer: Danica Pantic
Costume Designer: Emily Gunshor
 

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Emergency

Description

Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.
 

Cast & Crew

Darrell Lake
Jason Woods
Peter Pasco

Director: Carey Williams
Writer: K.D. Dávila
Producer: Joenique C. Rose
Cinematographer: Jomo Fray
Editor: David Aristizabal
 

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Flip The Record

Description

A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84. Vanessa, sick of the the constraints and boring piano lessons in her conservative Filipino-American household, starts teaching herself on the sly how to scratch on her older brother’s turntables. We follow Ness as she discovers her talents and place in the local music scene of the era.
 

Cast & Crew

Courtney Bandeko
Michael Rosete
Sammay Dizon
Jon Viktor Corpuz
JD Charisma
Derek Bosco
Olga Natividad
DJ Icy Ice

Director: Marie Jamora
 

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Fractured

Description

The Park Family suffers the consequences of untreated Mental Health Illness. They are thrown into chaos with the events that occurred with their son. - Inspired by a True Event.
 

Cast & Crew

Mark Daugherty
Yong Kim
Chris Yejin
Ami Park
Jessica Montville
Gillian Cooper
Jacqueline Marie Alberto
Justin Kress
Christopher Collins
Robert Shearer
James Han 

Director/Writer: Arnold Chun
Producer/Writer: Esther Moon
Executive Producer: Cecilia Choi
Executive Producer: Luci Kim
DP: Alejandro Lalinde
1st AD: Amy Kay
2nd AD: Jason Hedy
Composer: Samuel Kim
Make Up/Hair: MJ Lee
Production Designer: Alicia Minette
Costume Designer: Grace Yim
Sound Mixer: Vic Bouzi
Gaffer: Robert Olivea Jr
Production Coordinator: Susan Kim
Script Supervisor: Anna Moon
Set Decorator: Tiffany Jiwon Yoon
Editor: James Milton
 

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French

Description

At seventeen, Seyna, a teenager from Cameroon is passionate about France history, the country where she was born and she is deeply in love.

Her diploma in hand, and approaching her majority, Seyna aspires only to one thing: getting French nationality. But her father Amidou is fiercely opposed to it.
 

Cast & Crew

Director: Josza Anjembe
Senya: Grace Seri
 

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Hijo por Hijo (Child For Child)

Description

The life of a Venezuelan Kidnapper takes an unexpected turn on his last job.
 

Cast & Crew

Oliver Morillo
Ernesto Campos
María Alesia Machado
Alejandro Furth

Director: Juan Avella
Producer: Sharon Waich B
DP: David Rivera Rojas
Composer: Pablo Croissier/Composer
Sound Designer: Orlando Perez Rosso
Editors: Antonio Marin and Otto Scheuren
Production Designer: Daniela Hinestroza
Executive Producers: Shelby Farrell & Juan Avella
 

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Just Go!

Description

Inspired by the incredible true story about a young man JUST (24), who lost both of his legs in a childhood accident and who is in love with the girl next door - IEVA (23).

The story begins when JUST meets IEVA on the doorstep of the house they both live in. They start a flirty conversation that is interrupted by two thieves, who rob Ieva in front of JUST.

In the blink of an eye JUST decides to follow the thieves to retrieve IEVA’S bag and conquer her heart.
 

Cast & Crew

Just: Aleksandrs Ronis
Ieva: Jana Herbsta
Thief 1: Toms Velicko
Thief 2: Sergejs Fjodorovs

Director: Pāvels Gumennikovs
DOP: Martins Jansons
Script: Laura Lapina
Composer: Michael Bachnmiller
Editor: Pavels Gumennikovs

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Know Your Worth

Description

Halima tries to break all ties with her unfaithful boyfriend. While he pleads for her to come back she discovers her power and strength without him; the downfall in their relationship becomes her ultimate triumph.
 

Cast & Crew

Halima Edozie-Akinlade
Nick Garcia
Melissa Jones 

Director: Emily Gurland
Director of Photography: Nina Gofur
Producer: Audrey Thomas
1st AC: Julia Kupiec
Gaffer: Sam Wolfson
1st AD: Kamau Wainaina
Editor: Julia Kupiec
Sound Designer: Danielle Kimball
Colorist: Martin Blanco
Art Direction: Hannah Murphy
 

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Last Looks

Description

An aesthetician does her brother's makeup for his final showcase.
 

Cast & Crew

Rutina Wesley
LeBaron Thornton

Director: Cierra Glaude
Writers: Nic Ashe, Cierra Glaude
Story By: Kimberly Wilson
Executive Producer: Rutina Wesley
Producers: Rhonda Alston, Lauren Boudreaux, Cierra Glaude
DP: Bron Moyi
1st AD: Andre Herrera
Editor: Shawn Marcus Taylor
Composer: Amanda Jones
 

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Lunch Time

Description

A 16-year-old girl deals with the responsibility and harsh bureaucracy of having to identify the body of her mother.
 

Cast & Crew

Khorshid Cheraghipour
Rouya Bakhtiari
Siavash Cheraghipour
Peiman Naemi
Amir Tahdiri

Director: Alireza Ghasemi
 

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Missio - Can I Exist

Description

Separated during childhood due to the color of their skin, two friends are reunited years later during the Baltimore City race riots of 1968.
 

Cast & Crew

Everett (Child): Trent Jolie
Morgan (Child): Mason Duane
Everett (Adult): Jeremy St. James
Morgan (Adult): Henry Smith
Morgan's Son: Tre Whitney
Everett's Father: Cory Frith
Police Officer #2: Brian Villalobos

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor: Jeff Ray
Producer: Peggy Schott
Director of Photography: Taylor Washington
1st Assistant Camera: Morgan Bond
2nd Assistant Camera: Taylor Camarot
Gaffer: Jack Langlois
Production Assistant: Joey Basham
Digital Colorist: Connor Pickens
Post-Grain Removal: Nickolas Grisham 

Special Thanks...
Dustin Meyer
Deby Lannen
City of Taylor, TX
Taylor Camarot
Fran Duane
Theresa Clark
Matthew Brue
David Butler
 

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Mosquito: The Bite of Passage

Description

A mosquito on her first hunting trip with her mother desperately tries to confess that she doesn’t like blood.
 

Cast & Crew

Alisa Reyes
Eileen Galindo
Philip Anthony Traylor

Director: Brian Vincent Rhodes
Co-Director: Teng “Eric” Cheng
Co-Producer: Ivan Bordas
Production Designer: Jean Paulo Lasmar
Director of Photography: Xing-Mai Deng
Composer: Gautier Galard
Sound Design: Randolph Zaini
 

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