FINDING YOUR PATH

These short films follow the trials and sacrifices one must make to achieve their dreams - whether it’s leaving family behind to become a star, focusing on the lessons taught by the death of a loved one, or pursuing your dreams despite the naysayers, these films showcase the unconventional path of self-discovery.

(SHORT FILM)

HARANA

Dir. / Writer: Marie Jamora / Prod. Jason McLagan, Matthew Keene Smith

Maya is a cover band singer in a Las Vegas casino-hotel lounge trying to connect with her daughter who is growing up in the Philippines without her. Wrestling between her passion for songwriting and becoming a pop-culture photocopy for an un-listening audience, she realizes that music -- the one thing that keeps them distant – can also bring them closer together.

EAVESDROPPING ON THE ELDERS

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Kiah Clingman, Robinson Vil / Writer: Kiah Clingman, CJ Sykes / Prod. Kiah Clingman, Shaka Satori- The African-American Legacy Network

A girl is unknowingly challenged with the task of bridging the gap between 2 generations. With a little help from her father, she's forced into another world where she's confronted with lessons from the past.

WHAT THE BEACH CHAIR MEANS TO ME

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Amr Galal / Writer / Prod. Kris Michaelsen, Amr Galal

Donnie is a confident and budding actor. However, his path is less glorious than he had imagined.

FLIP THE RECORD

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Marie Jamora / Prod. Matthew Keene Smith, Jason McLagan, Marie Jamora

In this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism.

SMELL THE TREES

(STUDENT SHORT FILM)

Dir./Writer: Breyionna Flowers / Prod. Ashley James

While social distancing during a pandemic, Jakayla reluctantly embraces her ill sister’s request to create a list of ways to find joy during sorrow.

JOSEPH TURNS 42

(STUDENT INT'L SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Paul Maziere / Prod. Paul Maziere, Julien Cornwall, Ashley Teague

A disillusioned daydreamer vacationing on the Côte d’Azur decides to embrace every weird and wonderful adventure that comes his way.

ANNA

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Dekel Berenson / Prod. Dekel Berenson, Merlin Merton, Olga Beskhmelnytsina

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.

CHICKEN SOUP

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Taylor Gates

After a nasty breakup and fallout with her family, a young woman moves to Los Angeles and enters a cooking contest in order to meet her favorite celebrity chef. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t have a kitchen.

SPEAK TRUTH 2 POWER

(SHORT FILM)

 Dir. / Writer / Prod. Thais Sherell 

A down-trodden middle-aged suburban woman hears a powerful message while washing dishes and gains power to stay the course.