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© LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Wednesday, July 17, 4:00 pm

Program 2

@ Regal Cinema LA LIVE

The story moves from one character to another and arrives back to the first character, a peeping tom who sells recorded videos of people. It tries to reflect contemporary issues involving digital media and personal privacy.

Secret

Director/Writer: Ysabel Congying Li

Cast:​​Jay Shipman, Ysabel Congying Li

United States / Animation / 6 mins

When a young girl of a generationally owned fishball noodle stall gets a chance to change her life, she must first confront her strict grandmother.

A story dedicated to family, food and all the love that gets lost in amidst the hustle and bustle.

Front of the House

Director/Writer: Sum Yi Ma

Storyboard Artist: Danica Dickison

Lead FX Artist: Yuxin Zhou

Cast:​​ Ceci Haha, Katie Chan

United States / Animation / 6 mins

A warmhearted comedy about culture clashes and family. Lily, a 28-year old Chinese woman turned American through years of studying and living abroad and marrying an American. Her world is thrown upside down when her very traditional Chinese mother, whom Lily hasn't seen since leaving for America, shows up at her doorstep out of the blue.

Lily

Director/Writer: Yingli Cheng

Writer: Michelle Calderon

Producer: Tianying Jiang

Cast:​ Yi Liu, Roberts Tyler

United States / Comedy / 15 mins

During the outbreak of SARS in 2003, doctor Li Shan finds out that the government tries to hide the serious situation by announcing SARS being regular pneumonia. After getting suspended from confronting his supervisor, Li Shan sneaks into the hospital and steals the blood sample from a patient to test the virus, and finally reveals the truth to the public.

Li Shan

Director/Writer: Wenqi You

Producer: Chuyan Fang

Cast:​​ Zhan Wang, Alice Ko

China / Drama / 27 mins

Besieged follows the lives of Yang and Victor, Chinese half-brothers who have been in competition with each other their entire lives. Yang, an aspiring actor, auditions for a prestigious film role, only to realize that his younger brother Victor, a violin prodigy, is auditioning for the same role as well. In a vicious effort to win the role, Yang stealthily sabotages his brother throughout the audition process. 

Besieged

Director/Writer: Mengchen Niu

Producer: Chungwei Huang

Cast:​​ Feiyang Li, Zeyu Li

China / Drama / 25 mins

We follow Victor, an American expat living in Beijing, as he navigates through the underground city scene delivering packages for an online tech company. When Victor is asked to open one of the packages, he's put into a tailspin of warped memories and weird science.

Into the Belly of Beijing

Director/Writer: Ricky Reid

Cinematography: Nick Jewell

Cinematography: Husain Amer, Julien Rei

China / Experimental / 9 mins

A coming of age story about the natural process of life and the sacrifices a mother makes for the better of her daughter.

Eve's Dinner

Director/Writer: Huanxi Li

Producer: Agustin Mares

Cast: Joanne Shen, Harmonie He

United States / Drama / 6 mins