Siri With A Vengeance Short Film, Audience Comments from CHICAGO FEEDBACK Film Festival. Sept. 2019

SIRI WITH A VENGEANCE, 5min., Norway, Comedy/Thriller

Directed by Martin Sofiedal

Shawn is held has to play a game of survival, after Siri hacks into his Android phone to seek revenge for not using her anymore.

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Director Biography – Daniel John Harris (NOW AND NOT YET)

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Daniel John Harris is an award-winning filmmaker based in Chicago, IL. After serving six years as an artilleryman with the IL Army National Guard, he traded his cannon for a Canon to begin his career as a filmmaker and photographer.Director Statement

I think Springsteen put it best when he said artists are part fraudsters; liars in service of truth. This story isn’t my truth, but hopefully I have just enough empathy as a filmmaker to get it right. All my thanks and undying gratitude to my cast and crew, who were given a large task in a small amount of time, but executed flawlessly.

Short Film: ENJOY?, 3min., USA, Comedy/Parody

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A dark comedy about the student debt bubble and the people behind it.Director Biography – DAVE

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  • Film Type:Short, Student
  • Runtime:2 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:February 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:200 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Shooting Format:CL100
  • Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Film Color:Color

Director Biography – Zige Zhang (KING OF THE HOUSE)

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Zige Zhang is a director and a storyboard artist. She is fond of telling metaphorical stories, and translating her life experience into fantasies. Although Zige likes to create animated films that are filled with theatrical pageantry, she believes they still have the power to make people feel empathy, as these characters play roles that are not so far from audiences’ own experience.

Also, Zige is interested in singing and composing. She started playing piano at an early age and she has a solid foundation in music theory. Her long time engagement with music has led to her the especial interest of musicals and she just finished a musical animation King of the House. 
Director Statement

This film is a portrait of a man in a stagnated mental state, which develops in many people. The “king” is afraid to go outside, and unwilling to accept new things, because he doesn’t want to accept his true self. I believe that in order to protect themselves, people sometimes can be deceived, believing they are better off sealed away. Hiding from the disappointments of experience, they succumb to isolation.

I am interested in exploring the dark sides of human nature: the strong possessiveness over one’s territory, and the fear for the unknown. I think these dark sides of the humanity are often connected with our insecurity, and I hope to illustrate human’s reactions under these psychological circumstances through a humorous and ironic story.

To make this piece inline with the “kings” hallucinations, I used a dramatic, musical structure to tell the story. There are three musical songs in this film. I hope the expressionism visual style, and the strong color palette presents a dark and desperate emotional tone within an also humorous film.

Short Film: KING OF THE HOUSE, 11min., USA, Animation/Music

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A delusional man lives alone in a small dark house, believing that he is the king of the world and his supremacy is secure. However, his sovereignty is shaken by the arrival of a stranger. Little by little, this intruder occupies his living space, forces him to face his inner fears, cowardice and inferiority. Eventually, he realizes the great king he conjured in his tiny kingdom, is nothing but a pitiful tramp to the rest of the world.

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Director Biography – Ralph Klisiewicz (COLLIDE)

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Ralph Klisiewicz is inspired by directors like David Fincher, Danny Boyle, and Denis Villeneuve. Ralph was a student of psychology. Consequently, he is interested in exploring deeper, and potentially darker, layers of his characters.

Ralph’s entrance into filmmaking was rather unorthodox. About 7 years ago, as a musician, he was in need of a musical video. Although several people with a film background helped him get the project a started, much of the work fell upon his shoulders. In order to complete the project, Ralph was forced to learn and perform many of the filmmaking tasks. Since that initial project, he has fallen in love with the entire process of filmmaking. He has now produced a number of music videos along with 3 short films up to date. In addition, he started his own film/ 
video production company and produces commercial work. Ralph is a self-taught filmmaker, and such background gives him a perspective and creative approach free of traditional filmmaking paradigms. He looks forward to projects that challenge him and push him to grow 
as a filmmaker.

Short Film: COLLIDE, 10min., USA, Drama/Relationship

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Sally comes home and starts talking with her boyfriend, Tim. Initially, she talks about having a baby. The conversations takes a turn and Sally begins describing her day. She talks about a car accident that she has witnessed. She reveals to Tim what an emotional impact the accident had on her. She saw a man “under the sheet, they were carrying him away” and how it could it have been Tim. However, there was no accident. The man under the sheet was a young, athletic, and charming Kevin.

HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: JUNE 2019 DRAMA & COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival

Los Angeles feedback film festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: ELI

BEST COMEDY: PLEASURE PALS

BEST PERFORMANCES: SCATTERED

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: ELPIDA

BEST MUSIC: MEMORY BOX

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterSCATTERED,9min., Canada, Comedy

festival posterPLEASURE PALS, 10min., USA, Comedy/Animation

festival posterBIG BOOOM, 4min., Russia, Drama/Animation

festival posterELI, 11min., UK, Drama

festival posterELPIDA, 7min., 7min., USA, Drama/Sci-Fi

festival posterMEMORY BOX, 11min., USA, Drama

festival posterA ROOMBA’S TALE, 5min., USA, Comedy

festival posterTHE SERPENT IN THE APPLE, 18min., USA, Comedy/Documentary

festival posterT.I.M: This Is Me, 4min., UK, Drama

The theme of the June 2019 DRAMA & COMEDY Feedback Film Festival in Toronto was “Reinvention of the Soul”.

Each film was about a character who reinvents themselves to a new purpose.

The 6th event of the Los Angeles festivals in 2019.

6 more festivals to go in LA this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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