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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Short Film: OURS TO TELL, 17min., USA, Documentary

Without shame and without fear “Ours to Tell” depicts four people who share their stories and walk in their truth. By owning the lives they choose, what unfolds is an unfiltered and poetic demonstration of how the right to access abortion acts as a dynamic turning point in an individual’s journey to freedom and self love. Each with different perspectives and experiences, the film’s subjects — Brittany, Hannah, Nick and Ylonda — take us inside their worlds, their families, their souls and boldly illustrate the beauty and power of bodily autonomy. As we watch, listen and love each storyteller, we also bear witness to a chilling reality: The fundamental freedom to own our body and future has never been more uncertain than it is today.

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

Kenya, A bold five-year old girl, reluctantly ends up in her first symphony concert with her mother. As the conductor lays a downbeat and the orchestra begins to play, Kenya’s patience wears thin. To entertain herself, the bold young girl pulls out a straw and begins to reign havoc in the auditorium with spitballs. Against her mother’s pleading, Kenya continues to behave in disobedience.

Kenya ultimately wins the higher ground and takes one final shot with her straw in hand; suddenly, a sour music note is produced in place of a spitball. To Kenya’s surprise, her straw has become a musical instrument, imitating the oboe soloist’s instrument on stage. She cautiously gives the straw another try, and more music notes emanate out the other end! Enchanted by the sounds of music, Kenya’s imagination soars with the whimsical melody in a colorful epiphany. After the piece’s conclusion, Kenya is triumphantly escorted out of the symphony hall as the newest (and youngest) patron of the orchestra.

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Director Biography – Brian Sutow, Jessie Mills (FALL TO FAME)

BRIAN SUTOW is an LA-based playwright, director, screenwriter, and a Helen Hayes Award winning producer. His first feature film, Vengeance, is currently being packaged by Myriad Pictures. He is a former Kennedy Center Playwright in Residence and O’Neill Visiting Playwriting Fellow. Selected plays include Between Us (co-written with Emmy Award winner Ashley Nicole Black of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Vengeance (GreenHouse National New Play Winner), and Peril on the Red Planet (commissioned by NASA). His work as a screenwriter includes dozens of commercials, the original comedy pilot A Bowl of Cherries (finalist in the 2006 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition), the short film The SunnySide Singers (prod. First Team Productions), the commissioned pilot The Vamps (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim), the documentary series ReDiscovering Oklahoma! (Kenan Foundation), as well as many web-series.

JESSIE MILLS is a professor of theatre at Pomona College and a professional director. She directs, adapts, and devises theatre, opera and film throughout national and international venues, including the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; The Lincoln Center & The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York; The Goodman Theatre & The Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago; and The Sala Beckett Institute in Barcelona, Spain (co-directing with Neil LaBute). She holds graduate degrees in direction from Carnegie Mellon University and performance theory from Northwestern University. Beyond her work as a director, her scholarship and publications center around ensemble-theatre and comedy-as-community.

Short Film: FALL TO FAME, 9min., USA, Relationship/Drama

Following his first Grammy nomination, a young, gay rockstar is confronted with the painful price of his ambition.

  • Project Type:Short
  • Genres:Narrative
  • Runtime:9 minutes
  • Completion Date:October 8, 2019
  • Production Budget:8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Language:English
  • Film Color:Color

Short Film: COLLAPSE, 6min., USA, Thriller/Drama

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.

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