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© LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, July 25, 3:15 pm

Program 41

@ Laemmle NOHO

A short tale on the face of masculinity, portrayed by young men who grow up in inner city environments. Where the iconic ‘screwface’ is more than just an expression, it’s a matter of life and death.

Serious Tingz

Director/Writer: Abdou Cisse

Writer: Kieran Kenlock

Producer: Matthew Ellingham

Cast: Nico Jouvel, Andre Dwayne, Julien Wisdom

United Kingdom / Drama / 3 mins

Emily comes home to find her overbearing mother has thrown her a painfully awkward surprise party, complete with her ex boyfriend.

Surprise!

Director: Ryan Ederer

Writer: Stacy Kaney

Producer: Stacy Kaney

Cast: Stacy Kaney, Paul S. Tracey

United States / Drama / 10 mins

A 9-year-old girl gives the Philippines’ wealthiest widow a tour of a graveyard thousands of poor people call home, where she discovers what real riches are.

Tombstone Pillow

Director: Daniel Lir, Bayou Bennett

Writer: Fraser Scott

Producer: Bayou Bennett

Cast: Lourdes Duque Baron, Kendra Sison De Mesa

Philippines / Drama / 12 mins

A man returns to his country only to find a society where citizens police each other with their mobile phones and where there is more freedom inside prison rather than outside it. Desperate, but unable to escape, the brave act of one woman 
gives him his freedom.

Utopia

Director/Writer: Kosta Nikas

Producer: Aaron Bush, Rishi Shukla

Cast: Magdalena Stamos, Adam Hatzimanolis, Will Gabriel

Australia / Drama / 15 mins

Kate moves to a small coastal town for a bartending job, anticipating a summer of freedom. What she finds instead is less idyllic, and she comes to realize she’s much more vulnerable than she thought.

Kate in Oxnard

Director/Writer: Emily Tomson

Producer: Adrienne Childress, Jordan Michaud-Scorza

Cast: Audrey Corsa, Daniel Ahearn

United States / Drama / 19 mins

A stranger, and a little kismet, give a defeated woman the courage to face her fate.

Kleen

Director: Shannon Van Metre

Writer: Paula Goldberg

Producer: Shannon Van Metre, Ryan Sage

Cast: Melora Walters, Olivia Taylor Cruz, Benjamin Barrett

United States / Drama / 15 mins

Known as “Sub” around her 1970’s suburban town, Sophia Brief begins to learn that her nickname and distant relationship with her alcoholic mother may be more intertwined than she ever thought.

sub

Director/Writer: Matt Berns

Producer: Matt Berns, Jacquelyn Ryan, Alex Dunlap

Cast: Kourtney Devinny, Piercey Dalton, Samantha Bartow

United States / Drama / 18 mins