Director Biography – Seayoon Jeong (BREAKING THE SILENCE)

Seayoon Jeong is a New York based producer, director, and writer. Seayoon has produced dozens of short films, including Broken Badge, executive produced by Academy Award nominated Michael Houseman (Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain). She has worked with award-winning independent filmmakers as associate producer to help finance their feature film projects, including Kilo Two Bravo (nominee for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer at the BAFTA Awards), and Growing Up Smith (Audience Award winner at the Woodstock Film Festival).

Seayoon has also directed two short films, one of which, The Last Day of Summer, was shown at multiple film festivals and won the Award of Merit at the IndieFest Film Awards. Seayoon’s current directorial short film project, Breaking the Silence has won dozens of awards at multiple film festivals, including the Los Angles Film Awards and TopShorts festival. She currently has Breaking the Silence in development as a full-length feature, and at the same time Seayoon is working on a novelization of the film in cooperation with a published novelist.

Director Statement

When I was a little girl, I often heard stories about comfort women from my grandmother, who had lived through the Japanese occupation of Korea, as well as from my parents and teachers, as the negative effects of Imperial Japan’s occupation of Korea before and during World War II continued to be controversial and profound for national morale. In addition, I sometimes watched organized protests of the small number of survivors on TV. As a result, I was fully aware of comfort women, who remained underrepresented and voiceless. However, my desire to make a movie about comfort women didn’t emerge until my grandmother’s passing five years ago.

At her funeral, it suddenly dawned on me that older people like my grandmother, who had endured the war and could offer first-hand accounts of it, were disappearing. As a result, future generations will not have the chance to learn about the hidden tragedy of the comfort women, especially in the United States, where there’s a lack of diversity in the school’s curriculum. This could lead to the important but underrepresented stories of the comfort women soon being forgotten and buried in history. This realization led me to want to make a film about the comfort women not only to leave behind a visual record that depicts them with a focus on an emotional arc in a narrative form, but also to give the voiceless a voice.

For this reason, Breaking the Silence examines the psychological and emotional effects of the comfort women experiences, including the guilt and shame associated with them, on a woman who has remained silent for nearly forty years until fate brings her to reveal the truth about her harrowing past during WWII so she can come to terms with her past and finally move forward with newfound peace.

Short Film: BREAKING THE SILENCE, 27min., USA, Drama/History

Francesca, tormented by her past for nearly forty years, finally breaks the silence to tell the truth about her past.

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Director Biography – Alicia Buckner (STARFISH)

 Fôlsheart Productions was established in early 2018 by U.S. Navy Veteran Alicia Buckner. New York born and raised, Alicia had a vision to create films that impact society in a meaningful and memorable way. She set out to help businesses, nonprofits, artists, and actors alike enhance their vision and message through film. Bringing out the underlying emotion that needs to be tapped into to make a lasting impact on viewers is the main priority of Fôlsheart. Fôlsheart Productions brings diverse voices together in a new light utilizing film.

Director Statement
We all have a voice, even those who don’t know it. After honorably serving my country in the United States Navy, I started FôlsHeart Productions. I made it my mission to elevate marginalized and unheard voices through filmmaking. I strongly believe in Diversity equity and inclusion in all aspects of our film productions. I also believe in cultivating a healthy and fun working environment for all involved.

Director Biography – Pierre Leon LUNEAU, Mathieu CAYROU (PLACE DU TROCADERO)

Mathieu Cayrou is a screenwriter and director. After having been a cabinetmaker, interior architect and designer, Pierre Léon Luneau began his film career in 2016. A former student of the Boulle School and the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, he worked for 5 years at Philippe Starck then as an independent interior designer. He designed the Mokus restaurant in Paris 16th and the folding coffee table “Miss Folding”, the latter entered the collections of the National Fund of Contemporary Art (FNAC) in 2008. In 2019, he crosses the Atlantic Ocean to the sailing on the Rara-Avis, three-masted 38-meter schooner from 1957, with the association of Father Michel Jaouen (association of Friends Thursday Sunday).

Director Biography – Rory Alexander Stewart (SIDECAR)

Writer and director Rory Alexander Stewart received the BAFTA New Talent Writer Award in 2013 for his debut short film LIAR. The following year, his follow up, the no-budget improvised short GOOD GIRL went on to win The Skinny/Innis & Gunn short. With the prize money from GOOD GIRL, Rory went to make his subsequent short MISERY GUTS, which was nominated for the Channel 4 Award for Innovation in Storytelling. His short, IN THE GRASS, played in competition at Clermont-Ferrand after premiering at Warsaw International Film Festival 2016. Rory’s latest short film WILD HORSES premiered at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation Selection.

Short Film: SIDECAR, 14min, UK, Drama

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can leave people to live a life full of uncertainty about their condition and future. It’s common for the conversation around the progression of MS to go untalked about, in clinic and around family and friends. It’s the elephant in the room, it’s the thing that nobody wants to talk about. It often leaves MSers feeling alone and afraid.

“I know it’s different for everyone, but I wonder how quickly peoples’ MS has progressed from invisible at diagnosis to obvious mobility problems…?” – member.

Sidecar is a film that tells the story of MSers tackling the fear of onset of advanced MS and the impact this may have on their quality of life. This highly emotive, thought provoking film explores the challenges of handling the psychological burden that comes with new disease activity, such as relapses and loss of mobility.

The compelling film speaks out about the unsaid fears that MSers go through, offering a perspective on how they and their support network manage and respond to the challenges of disease progression. The purpose of this film is to empower MSers to communicate and manage the challenges of disease progression.

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DRAMA Festival BEST SCENE Script Read: Doug Maxwell, by Theodore Gregson Huntington, Douglas Stuart

Festival for Drama in Film, Screenplays, Novels

Imagine an athlete so incredible that he dominates two sports – football and baseball – shattering records and lifting his team to championships every year. He is so much better than the competition that many doubt his talents, and he faces unrelenting scrutiny and skepticism.
DOUG MAXWELL, the title character of this screenplay, adapted from the book, “Doug Maxwell,” is a new kind of reluctant hero. The movie harkens back to epic tales such as “Forrest Gump,” “The Natural,” “Benjamin Button” and “Field of Dreams.”

Narrator: Allison Kampf
Dawn: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Bob: Sean Ballantyne

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THRILLER BEST Scene Script Reading: 53 Hours In Harpers Ferry, by David Sabbath

Thriller/Suspense Film and Writing Festival

Hannah Davenport is having a “good news, bad news” kind of day: A stranger appears in the haunted village of Harper’s Ferry and could be the father she never knew. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he could also be a cold-blooded killer.

Narrator; Allison Kampf
Hanna: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Sunday: Sean Ballantyne

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