Chicago Feedback Festival Testimonial – April 30 2020

Filmmaker Yijun Pan (RED THREAD)

I think most of the audience, no matter from this festival or some other festival I’ve screened before, they are amazed by the cinematography and the crispy sound, but they don’t really understand what the short film is about because of the cultural differences. Still, after I explain and also show one of our documentaries short called “The Making of Red Thread,” people realize the meaning behind the story, they gave me excellent feedback!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:https://www.youtube.com/embed/rM_lgrFAS6c?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

Short Film: HONOR AMONG THIEVES, 10min., USA, Sci-Fi/Western

Official Selection of more than 29 film festivals. And our list keeps growing!

When a planet-hopping cowboy-criminal (Jason R. Moore, Marvel’s The Punisher) returns to New Mexico after a heist-gone-wrong, he expects a hero’s welcome. Instead, he finds his mutinous crew have decided he’s no longer in charge.

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Short Film: LET THE BLONDE SING, 13min., USA Documentary

An intimate look into a small community in Alaska through the eyes of Beverly Sue Waltz, the bartender of the only bar open all-year-round.

Born in Texas, Beverly had dreams of becoming a country singer and traveled around the US performing at a young age. Pregnant at 15 and escaping a troublesome relationship, Beverly found herself in a small Alaskan town where she cares for her community that gathers in the Anchor Inn bar, occasionally singing on the bar’s stage that was built for her.Director Biography – Rachel Knoll

Short Film: BALLHAWKS, 10min., USA, Documentary

Outside of Wrigley Field, a group of die-hard Cubs fans have attended years of games and only rarely entered the park. They spend the innings on the corner of Waveland and Kenmore in the hopes of catching home runs in what they call the far outfield. Their shared passion has led to lifelong friendships and a community spirit that hearkens back to the early days of the game. In the fall of 2016, after a 100-year dry spell, the Cubs will play in the World Series and these Ballhawks have a chance they’ve only dreamed of – to catch a World Series home run ball.

  • Film Type:Documentary
  • Runtime:10 minutes
  • Completion Date:April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Film Language:English
  • Shooting Format:Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Film Color:Color

Short Film: WELL DONE, 3min., USA, Comedy


Neil needs his co-worker BBQ to go off without a hitch in order for his boss to entrust him with the warehouse club membership. Then he will choose the SNACKS!

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Short Film: SATURDAY, 9min., USA/Iran, Drama

As the viewer follows a joyful trip to the beach by a family with three young children, innocence and happiness give way to the unthinkable. While the day unfolds on-screen, the audience comes to realize, through subtle audiovisual cues, that a tragedy has occurred: one of the three children has drowned. Decisions are made in a state of shock, and the blurred lines between the rational and irrational interrupt and fragment the journey back home. The parents opt to bring their dead son back in the same car with the two other children pretending as if he is sleeping.

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Director Biography – Yijun Pan, Anh Vo (RED THREAD)

I believe in the power of storytelling with a camera. Before I came to the United States, I was a full-time fashion photographer. Still, I want more, which makes me decide to pursue a new education at DePaul University with a cinematography concentration to prepare myself to understand and tell a better human story through visual storytelling.

Director Statement

The Red Thread of Fate (also referred to as the Red Thread of Marriage), is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red cord around the little finger of those that are destined to meet each other. The two people who connected by the red dread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances. This myth is similar to the western concept of a soul mate or a destined flame.

Through stages of the relationship, the concept we want to portray is in the modern world; people’s relationship is getting more and more complicated; our red thread sometime is not tied on only one person anymore. Sometimes people are getting suffer and torture in the relationship mentally and physically.

Short Film: RED THREAD, 3min., USA, Experimental

A red thread connects your destiny, but perhaps not the only one you find.

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Chicago Festival Videos: Sept. 20/2019 Event.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST COMEDY FILM: SHORT CALF MUSCLE
BEST PERFORMANCES: COLLIDE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: NOW AND NOT YET
BEST MUSIC: KING OF THE HOUSE

Them of night: “Skewed Perceptions”

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:


SHORT CALF MUSCLE, 13min., Netherlands, Comedy

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

HOPE IS FRENCH, 15min., France, Comedy/Relationships

COLLIDE, 10min., USA, Drama/Relationship

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

ENJOY?, 3min., USA, Comedy/Parody
NOW AND NOT YET, 6min., USA, Drama/Crime

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