Transmigrations Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2020 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival

TRANSMIGRATIONS, 6min., USA, Experimental/Drama

Directed by William Harper

Shot over Lake Michigan near Chicago, this film is an expression of my engagement with line and the contrapuntal movement of multiple lines in music and imagery. The visual lines here are traces of the motion of air and lake traffic against the apparent motion of the stars and moon.

Jilbab Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2020 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival

JILBAB, 4min., USA, Bahrain, Drama/Family

Directed by Jaan Albalushi

Sometimes we should see life under the robes.

Kenya’s Symphony Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2020 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival

KENYA’S SYMPHONY, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama

Directed by Carlos Douglas Jr.

A bold, five year old girl reluctantly attends her very first symphony concert with her mother. Being dragged against her will into the auditorium room, Kenya (the young girl) is not content being there. As the conductor lays a downbeat and the orchestra begins playing, this young rascal finds a new way of entertaining herself. She pulls out a straw and begins blowing spitballs at the attentive patrons.

Collapse Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2020 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival

COLLAPSE, 6min., USA, Thriller/Drama

Directed by Josiah Holroyd

Kyle, a 17-year-old with PTSD goes through a rough therapy session talking about his friends who he witnessed get murdered. During the therapy session, the therapist pushes a little too hard into Kyle’s head and finds himself revealing that Kyle is indeed the murderer of his best friends.

Anna Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2020 CHICAGO Feedback Film Festival

ANNA, 15min., Ukraine, History/Drama

Directed by Dekel Berenson

Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. Nominated for a short Palme d’Or, TIFF, AFI Fest + dozens of selections and awards. Currently, BAFTA shortlisted. BIFA award for Best British Short Film.

Chicago Festival Videos: June 12/2020 Event.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: OURS TO TELL
BEST PERFORMERS: EPHEMERA
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: FALL TO FAME
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: TRANSMIGRATIONS

Theme of night: Unique Courtships

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterANNA, 15min., Ukraine, History/Drama

festival posterTRANSMIGRATIONS, 6min., USA, Experimental/Drama

festival posterCOLLAPSE, 6min., USA, Thriller/Drama

festival posterFALL TO FAME, 9min., USA, Relationship/Drama

festival posterKENYA’S SYMPHONY, 5min., USA, Animation/Drama

festival posterOURS TO TELL, 17min., USA, Documentary

festival posterEPHEMERA, 20min., USA, Drama

festival posterJILBAB, 4min., USA, Bahrain, Drama/Family

festival posterLE COUP, 7min., USA, Romance/Drama

festival posterTHE TRANSACTION 3min., France, Romance

festival posterFLORENCE, 16min., USA, Romance

festival posterLIT, 5min., USA, Romance

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Jaan AlBalushi (JILBAB)

Jaan AlBalushi Bahraini Artist, director and photographer, who specializes in filming short movies and commercials, began his career in photography almost 10 years ago, then opened his own studio (Jaan Click Media) for imaging Profile and photographing weddings and makeup advertisements, commercial and Art Videos and concerts. Jaan recently moved to photograph cars and aspires to be a photographer specialist for cars in addition to taking out short movies and videoclips. He took part in the exhibition through the public institution for youth and sport and many exhibitions outside Bahrain such as Oman Exhibition Gallery through Photography Association.

Jaan AlBalushi has won numerous awards, has won the several international awards for his short films and photography, recently his feature Award winning film “Zaraab” screened in Bahrain cinemas also in several international festivals and nominated for best feature film in PIFF and won the best film in Bahrain Cinema Club competition as it’s the first Balochi feature film screened in cinemas.

Director Biography – Chelses Venkadathu (EPHEMERA)

Chelses Venkadathu is an Emmy® nominated (midwest chapter) editor making his debut as a writer/director in this short film “Ephemera”. He also edited the Director’s Cut of “CA$H” starring Chris Hemsworth and Sean Bean. Chelses started his career as a 3D animator for clients such as United Airlines and Labatt Beer Company. Afterward, he produced community based TV shows and eventually worked his way into film.

Chelses Venkadathu was born in a small town along the southwest coast state of Kerala in India. He moved and lived with his family in north and west India as well. He also lived in Bahrain for two years until finally settling down in Chicago at the age of seven. His father was an engineer and mother was a nurse. Chelses received his AA in Electronic Design and B.A. in Computer Animation & Media Arts. Although his true intentions were to pursue a career in video games, that slowly transitioned in to a love for filmmaking.Director Statement

Ephemera has taken over 7 years to produce from inception to completion. I’ve been chipping away on this project since 2012. In the meantime I also got married, had 2 kids, and maintained a regular job. Just so we’re clear on why it took me 7 years. It was shot in the Chicagoland area over the course of 6 days on the Arri Alexa Mini. This adult drama with a running time of 20 minutes has a production cost of $50,000. Needless to say, we have taken our time to carefully craft this piece of cinema.

Short Film: EPHEMERA, 20min., USA, Drama

The story is about a young couple that have been married for ten years. They have a five year old daughter who bonds the family despite the mundanity of their marriage. But a new lifestyle that pushes boundaries might be the unexpected resolution to keep this family bound.

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