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TUESDAY JULY 23, 3:15 PM 
PROGRAM 33

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Leon
USA / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: Yixuan Li

Producer: Wei Dai

Cast: Jackie Tran, Ray Kam

Leon, a Chinese-American teen, faces exclusion from his friends when he refuses to join their bullying of a social outcast. Desperate to belong, Leon takes on the blame for his friend’s drug business. While he succeeds, the fleeting joy of fitting in is soon overshadowed by a demand from the gang: Leon must become a bully himself to prove his loyalty.

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Hidden
USA / Drama / 20 minutes

Director: Alex C. Smith, Alonzo Smith Jr

Writer: Alex C. Smith

Producer: Charles Malone, Shaka Smith, Alex C. Smith

Cast: Alex C. Smith, Philicia Saunders, David Haack

Brianna and Justin are a married couple who are a part of the “Hidden Homeless” population in Los Angeles. With no housing options, they’re forced to live out of their car and have been for 6 months.

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Souvenir Drunk
USA / Drama / 15 minutes

Director/Writer: Jacqueline Postajian

Autry comes to pick up something he left behind at Clara’s place. With her impending move to New York hanging in the air, the pair of ex-lovers must resist the temptation to give in to their nostalgia for each other.

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Jalopy
USA / Drama / 11 minutes

Director/Writer: Sal Ardongde

Producer: Ben Foley, Sal Ardongde

Cast: Lauren Birdsall, Benedikt Sebastian

To rekindle their relationship, Mark and Loretta drive to Yosemite for an anniversary trip in Mark’s vintage jeep, which starts to show signs of mechanical problems.

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Launch Fever
USA / Drama / 23 minutes

Director/Writer: Sabrina Ehlert

Producer: Ashley N. Flores, Andrés Correa

Cast: Bryce J. Ramos

Launch Fever is a narrative film inspired by true events. When a highly anticipated mission for NASA and the Columbia STS-107 Crew takes a sharp turn, Mexican American Chief Structural Engineer Rodney Rocha uses his intuition and scientific know-how to challenge NASA’s management, risking his credibility—fearing a greater loss.

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