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MONDAY JULY 22, 3:15 PM 
PROGRAM 28

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Upside - Down Genius
Japan / Drama / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Ryotaro Nishi

Producer: Hajime Kutsuzawa

Cast: Hiroyuki Toritani, Chloe

Dr. Noboru Sakai, being a genius, was never understood by those around him and was always lonely.
For some reason, he was always hanging upside down while conducting his research.

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Soma
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: Aliza Brugger

Producer: Emily Eng, Mireia Vilanova

Cast: Ana Nicolle Chavez, Dan Cathcart

Quinn returns home to sucker money from her estranged half-sister, but a nightmarish evening forces her to fight for solace in their broken relationship.

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The Last Word
USA / Drama / 9 minutes

Director: Cate Fogarty

Writer: Diana Leigh Dinerman

Producer: Diana Dinerman

Cast: Diana Dinerman, Carla Vila, Karen Tarleton

When a woman visits her dying mother to say goodbye, her mother has the last word.

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Prospective Female Character
USA / Drama / 12 minutes

Director: Nina Morasky

Writer: Cindy Zhang

Producer: Ava Kramer

Cast: Cameron England, Shelly O'Neil, Nick Delzompo

In a fantastical world where characters interview to be written into books, Prospective Female Character #0054
wants nothing more than to be chosen by an author, but finds that that’s a much taller ask than anticipated.

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The Painter
USA / Drama / 19 minutes

Director/Writer: Jahanshah Vafaeisefat

Producer: Jahanshah Vafaeisefat, Elyusha Vafaeisefat, James North

Cast: Raymond J. Barry, Jesse Ridenour, Jay Whitmore

Pap, a former championship boxer, has become a cynic and a recluse after the death of his wife. Years later, his estranged granddaughter Jesse attempts to make a documentary about him. Conflict erupts as the two are unable to see eye to eye. Through the power of art, the two must pull each other out of the depths of their despair, or fall into deeper suffering.

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Paeonia
USA / Sci-Fi / 16 minutes

Director: Pedro Xavier Buson

Writer: Philip Yuzhong Ge, Veronica Harrington, Pedro Xavier Buson

Producer: Philip Yuzhong Ge, Crystal Bohan Yang

Cast: Wilky Lau, Jim Lau

Fai is a guilt-ridden scientist conducting genetic experiments on a desert planet alone to create a species of peony
that can survive the harsh environment.

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The World Is Ours (Her Story)
USA / Drama / 16 minutes

Director/Writer: Areg Azatyan

Producer: Efuru Flowers, Shoga Tadevosyan, Areg Azatyan

Cast: Anais Lilit, Alex Michell, Vahe Bejan

Inspired by a true story, Lusine, an Armenian teenager from a conservative family in Los Angeles, faces a life-altering choice when she gets pregnant by her African-American boyfriend.

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