Shorts Program Four

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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Beautiful Soul

Description

Music Video
 

Cast & Credits

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

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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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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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Silence Radio

Description

Nayla is a foreign student living in Europe.  She has been a jazz enthusiast all her life, and she currently hosts a jazz radio show at her university. One night, an older man from her past asks her to appear on the show to talk about the political situation in their home country.  She is inclined to refuse him, but she acts cautiously, knowing that to upset the zealous man could have dire consequences.
 

Cast & Crew

Shahana Goswami
Mahipal Singh
Philippe Ohrel

Original Music: Denis Volte
Cinematographer: Gregory Rodriguez
Production Design: Valerie Elder Fontaine
Sound: Alexis Jung & Martin Sadoux
Editor: Matylda Dymek
 

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Something More Banal

Description

In an unusual working morning, people sit and wait, contemplating life, and the dead man hanging in front of them in a Mexican factory.
 

Cast & Crew

Siari Montes De Oca Schulz
Christian Franco
Paula Parducz
Jaime Menéndez
Francisco Labbe 

Director: Shalini Adnani
Cinematographer: Joan Vicente Durà 
Producer: Michael Graf
Production Designer: Tayub Sunny Hussein
Editor: Gabrielle Gozo
Sound Recordist: Albert Josiah
Composer: Eduardo Andrade
 

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The Tale of Four

Description

Inspired by Nina Simone’s song, “Four Women,” this narrative explores the inner lives of Aunt Sarah; bound and burdened by duty, Saffronia; who is searching for identity, Sweet Thing; who looks to reconcile sex with love and Peaches; who seeks justice for her son. Separate stories reflective of multi-faceted African American women connected by the inner city building that they live in, ultimately converge on one fateful day through unheralded acts of bravery.
 

Cast & Crew

Jussie Smollett
Dana Gourrier
Ledisi Young
Aisha Hinds
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney
Meagan Kimberly Smith

Director: Gabourey Sidibe
Co-Writer/Producer: Kia Perry
Co-Writer: Ayanna McMichael
Producer: Lisa Cortes  
Producer: Shannon Gibson
Co-Producer: Xavier Francis
Line Producer: Kate Bolger
Executive Producer: Amy Emmerich
Executive Producer: Stone Roberts
Director of Photography: Daniel Patterson
Production Designer: Aaqil Ka
Costume Designer: Trenton Dallas
Editor: Dean Gonzalez

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Waiting for Hassana

Description

In 2014, 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria—by dawn, nearly all had disappeared, and their school was burned to the ground. Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.

Cast & Crew

Director: Ifunanya Maduka
Producers:  Ifunanya Maduka , Uzodinma Iweala
Executive Producers: Nnamdi Asomugha, Ann & Andrew Tisch, Edward Tyler Nahem
Cinematographer: Victor Okhai
Original Score: Saul Simon MacWilliams
Editor: Jennifer Tiexiera
Sound: Pius Fatoke

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