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Thursday, July 25, 1:00 pm

Program 40

@ Laemmle NOHO

When Charlie and Lucy Compson can’t find it in them to cope with the loss of their son, Jackson, they find a healthy, alternative means of handling grief by faking their own deaths in order to claim new identities with the help of mercenary Suicide Paul.

Plastic Funerals

Director/Writer: Max Neace

Producer: Grant Vance, Trevor Ash

Cast: Gracie Taylor, Christopher Smith

United States / Drama / 12 mins

A desperate mother tries to reconcile a distant relationship.


Director/Writer: Parish Rahbar

Producer: Tara Moini, Joseph Crilly

Cast: Tara Moini, Zach Tinker

United States / Drama / 16 mins

While doing small dope deals with his cousin and starting a new job as a garbage collector, Steve, a 16-year-old, finds himself pulled in a number of directions that has him questioning his ambitions and the man he wants to be. The film explores themes of responsibility, choices, and consequences through the eyes of a young man entering adulthood in a small town. 

The Usual Route

Director/Writer: Cory Warner

Producer: Flora Ortega, Steven Dunn

United States / Drama / 11 mins

A shy expatriate arrives in America for work to support her child back in Asia. In time, she realizes that something is not right with her situation and that the position she applied for is nowhere near the truth.

Expatriate Dream

Director/Writer: Arvin Sutedja

Producer: Paige Prevost, Jason Wang

Cast: Selena Sullivanm, Uli Auliani

United States / Drama / 9 mins

Inspired by true events, THE WIND PHONE intimately follows the emotional journeys of seven strangers. Each is drawn to the same remote and eerie phone booth on a Japanese cliffside, although their conversations couldn’t seem more different.

The Wind Phone

Director/Writer: Kristen Gerweck

Producer: Linda C. Riedmann

Cast: Megumi Kabe, Hitoshi Masaki, Yukina Takase

Austria / Drama / 16 mins