THURSDAY
JULY 28, 3:15PM 
PROGRAM 40

SHORTLIST
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How to Avoid a Sappy Goodbye
USA / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Doug Rogers

Producer: Doug Rogers, Sandi Todorovic, Nick Libbey, Chris Libbey

Cast: Alyssa Limperis, Doug Rogers

A pair of friends-with-benefits negotiate the terms of their mutually agreed upon casual fling after one offers the other a ride to the airport on their last day together. How to Avoid a Sappy Goodbye is a romantic comedy with a little less romance and a little more comedy.

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Someday All This Will Be Yours
USA / Drama / 17 minutes

Director/Writer: Paul Cadenhead

Producer: Yuchuan Xing

Cast: Ronnie Clark, Don DiPetta, Michael Jordan Sweet

A shabby door-to-door salesman must grapple with his fading pride as his nonstarter son tags along with him to sell used fire alarms.

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Trying
USA / Comedy / 15 minutes

Director: Alice Lee

Writer: Alice Lee, Zach Reiner-Harris

Producer: Alice Lee, Zach Reiner-Harris

Cast: Alice Lee, Kimiko Glenn

Alice Moon, a Korean American actress, and an only child of two first-generation immigrants, struggles to retain her confidence and motivation while taping an audition for a stereotypical drama about a North Korean defector. 

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The Picnic Basket
USA / Drama / 18 minutes

Director/Writer: John C Richards

Producer: Dionne Jones, Michele Nieri, Ken Robings

Cast: Michael Mantell, Nate Lovell, Natalie Richards, Stewart Zully, Dionne Jones

William Burns lives in Assisted Living. When two young aides, Calder and Donna, wake him one morning and say he’s going to a family picnic that day, he doesn’t believe them. They say he doesn’t remember, but he says he won’t go. Since his family doesn’t visit him, he doesn’t want to see them. But they persist.

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The Lizard Laughed
USA / Drama / 21 minutes

Director/Writer: Allen Cordell

Producer: Eric Michael Kochmer, Christopher Funderburg

Cast: Sky Elobar, Jared Boghosian

Based on the acclaimed indie comic from Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln), this is the bitterly comedic story of an unreliable father doing the absolute least he can to reconnect with his estranged son during a hike to see The Laughing Lizard rock formation.