Shorts Program One

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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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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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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So Far From God

Description

Determined to find her father in the U.S., a rebellious Mexican teen risks her life to make a perilous solo journey hiding in a truck with 15 undocumented immigrants and a limited air supply.
 

Cast & Crew

Angie Hernandez
Carlos Trevisan
Aaron Aguilar
Yuny Parada
Walter Alvarez
Burtis Cutler

Producer/Writer/Director/Editor: Bret Polish
DP: Mike Buchbauer
AD: Adam Abdelmaksoud
Sound: Klaus Shipman (Sound)
Production Design: David Hartwell
AC: Austin Michael
AC: Quran Squire
AC: Tati Masokhina
AC: Logan Fulton
AC: Dawson Taylor
Gaffer: Andy Fronczak
Key Grip: Elise Dean
Make-up: Beatriz Sosa-Prado
 

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Sophia

Description

The short-film Sophia, is a modern fairy tale of sorts, it conveys the universal story of how easy it is to become a prisoner of one’s own illusion.
 

Cast & Crew

Director, Writer: Zsofia Opra-Szabo
Music, Sound: Gregory Mulyk
Producer: Eva Colmers
Set, Puppet, Lighting Design: Zsofia Opra-Szabo
Editor, After Effects, Special Effects: Zsofia Opra-Szabo
 

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The Middlegame

Description

A life-long addict, stuck in the routine of his simple life, escapes his enabling mother's control and ventures into the big city to make amends with his estranged daughter, who in turn must decide whether to believe her father's newly found sobriety or to cut ties inevitably as she is drawn back into the family dysfunction.
 

Cast & Crew

Craig ‘muMs’ Grant
Kelly McCreary
Lynda Gravatt

Writer / Director / Producer: Kristen Hester
Producer: Amenya Makuku
Producer: Justin Foran
Producer: Eric Freidenberg
Co-Producer: Liz Destro
Executive Producer: Kelly McCreary
Director of Photography: Aaron Katter
Editors: Eric Freidenberg & Leah Tuscano
 

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