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© LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday, July 23, 3:15 pm

Program 31

@ Laemmle NOHO

Bend is a psychological thriller- teaser for a pilot -with mystery, drama, fantasy and supernatural elements. 


After her sister’s apparent suicide, Fay returns to the sleepy northern town she used to call home. Left to face the ghosts of their past, she embarks on a quest with her neighbor and childhood friend, Mina, to find out the truth regarding Crystal’s disappearance

Bend

Director/Writer: Lucy Vico

Cast: Lucy Vico, Iva Hasperger 

United States / Drama / 5 mins

HERMAN is a daytime horror about the earthly forces around us that impact our lives but we aren't aware of - or choose to ignore. The story concerns a young boy who discovers a strange figurine. Its mysterious effect on his family suggests it could be a harbinger of larger consequence.

Herman

Director/Writer: Eric Bodge

Cast: Aria Spinello, Kimberlee Oren, Yates Warren  

United States / Drama / 15 mins

In 2022 after Roe v. Wade is overturned, a woman struggles to find the care that she needs after being sexually assaulted.

It Happened One Night

Director/Writer: Jabree Webber

Cast: Paulina Bugembe, Jabree Webber

United States / Drama / 10 mins

A pregnant Chinese girl escapes an ICE raid on her maternity hotel in Los Angeles to preserve her American dream, only to find herself forced to look after a little Chinese boy.

You Win USA Vacation Resort

Director/Writer: Georgia Fu

Producer: Eve Symington, Rebecca Shuhan Lou, Pin Chun Liu

Cast: Demi Ke, Dylan Huang, Ryan Keem

United States / Drama / 18 mins

On the morning of her annual Memorial Day barbecue, a young mother, Jiya, is threatened by tormenting symptoms of postpartum psychosis. Overwhelmed, she tries to suppress the sense of dread as her mental state worsens, but her sense of reality begins to deteriorate when the final guest arrives -- her mother.

Cul-De-Sac

Director/Writer: Cara Lawson

Writer: Lisa Wilkinson

Producer: Miguel Lozano

Cast: Shivaani Sharma

United States / Drama / 13 mins

A truck stop diner, a killer confesses his bizarre experiments to a blogger for the LA Times. An unassuming middle-aged man shares his appetite for twisting fate and playing God. He has polaroids of his ninety-nine victims, by the end of their meal, one of them will be the next.

The 100th Victim

Director/Writer: Anthony von Seck

Cast: Anthony von Seck, Devon Graye 

United States / Drama / 20 mins

Sheila Hancock stars as Ellie; a woman gathering her strength on the morning of the hardest day of her life. Unwaveringly, she prepares to perform her last act of love. As she navigates her feelings and the very practical considerations of getting this done, she finds that another big decision is to be made.

From This Day Forward

Director/Writer: Karel van Bellingen

Producer: Storr Redman

Cast: Sheila Hancock, Michael Jayston, Melissa Neal, Connor Harris

United Kingdom / Drama / 14 mins