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© LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Sunday, July 21, 9:55 pm

Program 24

@ Laemmle NOHO

In a looming future where social media celebrities dominate our culture, X is the world’s supreme online icon— but how far must she go to hold on to her popularity?  X lives the dream— she's connected, adored, and instantly validated by her hundreds of millions of followers. The ultimate influencer, celebrities like her are all we watch, all we listen to, all we care about.

Hashtag

Director/Writer: Ben Alpi

Writer: Kevin Rubio

Producer: Jyotika Virmani

Cast: Gigi Edgley, Erryn Arkin, Juliet Landau

United States / Drama / 15 mins

In a dystopian future in which reproductive rights have been outlawed in the United States, a single woman finds out she’s unexpectedly pregnant and attempts to have an illegal procedure. Caught by the agency that enforces the abortion ban, she is forced to carry to term, leading to tragic consequences for both herself and her child.

Gainsay

Director/Writer: Steve Acevedo

Writer: Zoë Simpson Dean

Producer: Zoë Simpson Dean, Steve Acevedo

Cast: Zoë Simpson Dean, Timothy Ryan Cole, Jenny Thompson

United States / Drama / 9 mins

In a world where marriage is on a fixed term, London Romero is the last romantic. When she finds evidence of infidelity in her parent's car, she struggles with her faith in love and her "happily married" parents.

Forever Has Its Season

Director: Daud Yousuf Sani

Writer: Laura-Lynn Rivera

Producer: Laura-Lynn Rivera

Cast:​ Kat Quiceno, Lara Maria Silva, Tim Redmond

United States / Drama / 19 mins

A group of friends enjoy a casual summer dinner party until they are shockingly interrupted by an unexpected guest.

A Cohort Of Guests

Director: Todd Sandler

Writer: Alexa Gilker

Producer: Becca Nelson

Cast: Sarah Drew, Kelly McCreary, Jasika Nicole

United States / Drama / 15 mins

As conflicting schedules and commitments push a sex worker and her girlfriend further apart, an unexpected intimacy with a client pushes her towards a moment of crisis.

Violet

Director/Writer: Rafael Hernán Gamboa

Producer: Skyler Barrett

Cast: Sharon Rodas, Kelley Mack, Christine Kellogg-Darrin 

United States / Drama / 29 mins

Then & Now explores how a the budding of a high school romance can differ in 1958 vs 2018. It is a social commentary on how technology has so heavily affected today's youth in their crucial judgements and decision making skills.

Then & Now

Director: Niki Koss

Writer: Ally Cron-DeVico

Producer: Niki Koss

Cast: Sterling Beaumon, Madeline Carroll, Courtney Grosbeck

United States / Drama / 6 mins