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The N.Y. Short Buzz - October 5, 2010 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films: 

 

I. “OUTLOOK” by Derek Velez-Partridge

A short film that brings you into the writer’s process in ways never seen before. Derek is a writer/director in the midst of writer’s block and unable to clearly see his story.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/derek-velez-partridge-987b3011/

II. “PREMATURE” by Rashaad Ernesto Green

After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she’s pregnant and receives no support from her community, she has no where to turn and is faced with the most difficult decisions she will ever make.

https://vimeo.com/greenbrothers

 

III. “St. PAUL” by Francisco Ordonez

A young Latino atheist struggles with his faith in doubt.

http://www.franciscoordonez.com/index.html

 

IV. “REPENTANCE” by Julio Antonio Toro  

During a torrential downpour in New York City, a mysterious Wanderer searches for an elderly Catholic priest, whose greatest secret turns out to be his ultimate sin.

https://www.hollyhoodproductions.com/repentance

 

V. “THE LESSON PLAN” by Eddy Duran

William Lynch, a British slave owner from the West Indies, who left a letter with specific instructions on how to make and keep slaves. Flash forward to 2009 where we meet Nix Dunn, a Brooklyn, NY public school teacher/scholar on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Obsessed with the letter, he creates a Lesson Plan during Black History Month in order to teach his students about the psychological damage he believes still enslave African Americans today.

https://vimeo.com/user1127838

 

VI. “WALK ON BY” by Lisa Quijano Wolfinger  

Like two ships that could've passed in the night, but didn't, a man and a woman have a chance encounter while walking their dogs. Each intrigued by the other, they set high hopes for the next time they meet ... or something like that

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0938368/


 

VII. “BETTY LA FLACA" by Hugo Perez  

"Skinny Betty" might just as well not exist given the lack of attention she gets from men, including her boyfriend Carlos. Her co-worker, Reina, recommends she have some work done to enlarge and enhance the most important part of the body--her butt. When Betty arrives at the homegrown ‘clinica’ in Maria Dolores’ living room in the Bronx, she has no idea how much impact a little ‘work’ will have on her life.

https://vimeo.com/m30a

 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - February 3, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW” by Sofian Khan  

Matthew Lesko, known to most as 'that guy who wears the question mark suit on late night TV', is an infomercial legend. Throughout the 80's and 90's and still keeping strong into the 21st century at the age of 67, he's been hawking his books on government grants for three decades. With titles like 'Free Money for Everybody' and 'How to Get a Grant' his enthusiastic advocacy of government programs has aroused admiration and admonition alike (not to mention sales in the millions). But who is the man behind the question marks? This short documentary is a whimsical and inspiring look at Matthew's life. A man with his own unique brand of zany wisdom.

http://www.capitalkpictures.com/

 

II. “URBAN LULLABY” by Sonia Gonzalez-Martinez

An unemployed artist, Nina, who is at her breaking point in her noisy Bronx neighborhood. She is too intimidated to step to Mateo, her young, thuggish neighbor and source of the noise. They finally have a confrontation that forces them to examine how to navigate the space they both occupy.

https://vimeo.com/soniagmartinez

 

 

III. “JUNITO” by Cesar DeLeon

Junito is a young boy who witnesses his dad (Carlos) falling victim to the depths of alcohol. When Junito steps in to try and help him, the film asks, "what will it take to stop him?

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1478076/

 

 

IV. “LOLA” by Betty Marisol Garcia

This short is a stark statement about the immigration experience in a country that sometimes can't guarantee equal opportunities, or success.

https://vimeo.com/bettygarciafilms

 

 

VI. “WHEN IT RAINS” by Amir Adelar Minder

When a disillusioned Bronx drug dealer is faced with the suicide of his girlfriend he breaks, his guilt is suffocating him; there is only one person who has a chance to save him - his younger half brother.

https://amirminder.carbonmade.com/

 

 

VII. “CHOICES" by Rashaad Ernesto Green 

This Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival explores a young man's thought process as he makes love to his girlfriend, and how a person's upbringing can affect him/her in many ways.  

https://vimeo.com/greenbrothers

The N.Y. Short Buzz - March 9, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “SALIM BABA”  by Tim Sternberg (2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short)

Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in North Kolkata with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighborhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hopes that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.

http://rv-films.com/


 

II. "DIRTY LAUNDRY”  by  Cristina Ibarra  

This fifteen-minute film was made from a collection of home movies, real-life telenovelas and my own fiction. It's about a girl's spin cycle cut short when she's asked to prepare for her cousin's quinceneras.   

http://www.cristinaibarra.com/


 

III. “AWILDA & THE BEE ” by Lyndon McCray 

Awilda Lopez, the baddest chick in the Bronx, is incredibly gifted in spelling. Her high school teacher encourages her to partake in the school’s spelling bee. If she wins, she will then go off to the Bronx National Spelling Bee.   

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1729160/

 

IV. “STICKERS” by Daniel Maldonado

Yells the story of Tommy, a quiet yet imaginative third grader, who while struggling for his teacher’s acceptance in class, recalls the sudden and haunting disappearance of his best friend and classmate, Judy Boyer. Using an assortment of visual palettes including a 1950’s Mental Hygiene Educational film style, “Stickers” is a compelling and haunting peek into the fragile nature of childhood classrooms and their innocent cruelty. 

http://www.gashousefilms.com/

 

V. “THE RECKONING” by Julio Antonio Toro

Sal struggles to keep his emotions in check as he tries to hold onto his family. But the tighter he squeezes, the more he senses his family slipping through his fingers. His wife's need for space, his own jealousy, and his teenage daughter's sudden acts of rebellion, have him jumping to a conclusion which leads to an action that will forever change everyone's life. 

https://www.hollyhoodproductions.com/the-reckoning


 

VI. “STATIC” by Adam Feinstein 

A woman struggles with the idea of telling her mother, who is about to pay her a visit, that she is a lesbian.      

https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamfeinstein/


 

VII. “CUTS”  by Rashaad Ernesto Green  

Michael Taylor, Jr. strikes out in a baseball game, and must now prove his manhood to his father by pursuing a girl from school.

https://vimeo.com/greenbrothers

 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - May 5, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “THE INSPIRAGENESIS” by William Caballero  

Frustrated by a lack of inspiration, two young artists set out to find creative stimulation. Neighbor’s, yet unaware of each other’s existence or of their mutual dilemma, they both find themselves wandering through Coney Island, Brooklyn. Through their shared reverie fueled by the cavalcade of carnival lights and sounds, their imaginations transport them to a fantastic dreamscape and the drawing of inspiration.

http://www.wilcab.com/

 

II. “LA OPERACION” by Victor Cruz

In 1937, a bill is passed allowing women to be sterilized on the island of Puerto Rico. What choice will Lolita Rodriguez make when she is presented with this method? This is Victor Cruz's La Operación.

https://victorcruzactingstudio.com/

 

III. “CASTING NOTICE” by Marcus J. Thomas

Evander Bridges is a struggling actor whose every attempt to book an acting job has resulted in failure. That is, until he recieves a very appealing proposition to appear in an adult film. It’s not exactly the type of break out role he’s hoping for, but its close enough, especially when offered a substantial amount of money and not being presented with any other opportunities. we follow Evander as he decides whether or not to take the role.

http://www.marcus-thomas.com/

 

IV. “THE FORGIVEN” by Lawrence Saint Victor - A desperate young man is presented with the ultimate assignment by his employer: an assignment that rests on his life and the death of another. But does Gabriel have the kind of heart that will drive him to murder? Perhaps so, especially when his only option is kill or be killed.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2372608/

 

V. “COOKIE” by Francisco Ordonez

An interaction between three boys and a streetwalker leaves one of the boys believing that he has been pickpocketed. When he convinces the other two young men to return to the prostitute's street to reclaim his wallet, the result is a night that will change the boy's lives forever.

http://www.franciscoordonez.com/index.html

 

VI. “CLOSE” by Tahir Jetter

One night after a casual “visit,” Angea is all but ready to  leave Derek’s apartment. Derek, however, is determined not to let her go without a fight. A drama about a common moment in a relationship, it explores the intense frustration that comes when the person you desire does not see things your way.   

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3236069/

 
 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - July 7, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “GORDITA” by Debby Wolfe

A plus size Latina regains her lost confidence through the help of a cassette tape she recorded as a sassy booty-shakin' teen in 1994.

https://vimeo.com/user1010931

II. "BOOT" by Madison Cruz

This is a story about a girl, her car, and a big bad shark.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1570071/

III. "CONGRATULATIONS MR. GONZALEZ" by Victor Cruz

Luis Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican actor in his mid-30's who has been given the opportunity to star in a major Hollywood film. Though he's excited for this opportunity, something doesn't feel right. All he wants to do is live out his dream as an actor ... but at what price?

https://victorcruzactingstudio.com/

IV. "MIRROR MIRROR" by Tamika Guishard

Reflections of love ... A chance meeting between two people that are picture-perfect. Their potential for a match made in heaven is undeniable despite the fact that they have never met.

https://vimeo.com/channels/688795/79425989

V. "PARAMOUR" by Maba Ma

Adam, a young fashion designer in New York City, wants to follow his dream. His girlfriend, Lisa, helps him along the way until she refuses to face his failures any longer. He is lost when he meets Eva, a young photographer full of life and passion. Everything starts going well again in Adam's life, but then something else happens.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3995966/

VI. "HARROW ISLAND" by Anja Marquardt

Documenting a torture device called the "Harrow," a photojournalist, Simon Porter, is faced with a decision that will change his life.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2450130/

VII. "LE MIROIR" by Sebastian Rossignol

Deeply disfigured in a car crash, a movie star leaves a plastic surgery hospital after her surgeons have attempted to restore her famous beauty. Trying to escape the mass media pressure, she retreats to a secret family manor near the ocean, where her outer- and inner-beauty is challenged by unimaginable forces.

https://vimeo.com/24432678

 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - September 22, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “THE INTERVIEW” (6min 45sec) by Reinaldo M. Green  

When Ty Bedford meets Wallace Landry, he is in for a treat when the interview takes one wrong turn after another. The film juxtaposes innocence and ignorance and the prejudices that underlie both.

https://vimeo.com/greenbrothers

II. “YITZI” (11min 26sec) by Joe Eckardt

Narcissistic Latino actor Manny Ramirez finally gets his big break audition, and he couldn't be happier. But the arrival of a baby on his doorstep threatens to destroy his destiny of becoming a big soap star. Follow Manny as he tries to enlist the help of his unique family and friends in hopes of attaining his ultimate goal.

http://3psproductions.org/yitzy.html

 

III. “ZOLA’S DAY” (10min 39sec) by Doug Williams

This film follows a 75 year-old woman getting ready on her Wedding Day.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-c-williams-39a6a793/

 

IV. “NIGHTLIFE” (13min) by Shandor Garrison  

Hector, a troubled teen from the Harlem projects, forms a surprising bond with Lily, a lonely girl who feels trapped in the restrictions of her Upper East Side life.

https://vimeo.com/user6630064

 

V. “WEST SIDE GIRL” (14min 54sec) by Andrew Serban  

Patty Reilly - a devout Catholic, working class Irish, female punk - has lived in the rapidly gentrifying NYC neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen all her life. When she's evicted in the middle of winter she solicits the help of a couple of neighborhood friends to exact violent revenge.

https://vimeo.com/user14350721

 

VI . “44” (19min 13sec) by Mikal Din

Sinclair, sent on a journey by his ‘baby mama’ to purchase milk for the baby, encounters various obstacles which put his life in danger. Whenever certain numbers appear (44) someone’s demise is near. In a ‘Ground-hog day’ fashion, every four minutes the story resets itself. That being the case, Sinclair must not only decide if what just occurred was real, but after seeing the outcome he has to figure out another course of action to incur different results. The film blurs the line between cinematic-reality and fantasy-like violence. What started as an opportunity to save a life has transformed into a recurring nightmare.

http://www.blackbirdpictures.org

 

VII. MY BACKYARD WAS A MOUNTAIN (24min) by Adam Schlachter  

Ten-year-old Adan lives a carefree life in the rural town of Palmarejo, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950's, surrounded by his friends, his caring mother, Lilliam, and his beloved pet goat, Chivo. His father, Pablo, returns home from New York City after a brief absence, bringing good news that he has found employment there and announcing he will be moving the family to the distant city immediately. Although Adan initially thinks the trip will be fun and exciting, he discovers that he cannot take Chivo along with him. With the help of his childhood friend, Denise, Adan embarks on a quest to find a new home for his goat.... A compelling, personal story with emotional resonance for anyone with a loving heart.

https://www.facebook.com/palmarejofilms

The N.Y. Short Buzz - December 8, 2011 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “MANNY" (12min) by Adrian Martinez 

At 33, Manny has spent his life in search of love and acceptance. Born prematurely due to a violent and chaotic birth, Manny suffers from Cerebral Palsy, and is considered the "freak" of his Washington Heights neighborhood. Resigned to spending his life as an isolated artist, things change when he meets Lisa, a fragile recluse who lives under the dominating presence of her oppressive mother. Can these two misfits find the love and acceptance they have hoped for their whole lives, or will their relationship fall apart under the weight of their issues?

http://www.adrianmartinez.net/

 

II. "A JOURNEY TO HOMELAND" (14min 19secs) by Manuela Senatore  

Marcela, a young woman from Colombia, relocated to the U.S. to find a career but is disappointed with the experience. The friendship with an older woman from her hometown gives her a new understanding of the traditions and values that she has left behind. When Marcela tries to live these same values in New York the disappointment becomes even bigger forcing her to take a difficult decision.

https://vimeo.com/manuelasenatore

III. “SEED” (15min 9sec) by Hugo Perez

After a decade of famine and food riots, the Mendelian Corporation feeds (and controls) the world through its genetically modified seeds. Twelve-year old Juan is a member of the Sprouts –the Mendelian corporate youth program in which young boys are trained to be the eyes and ears of local authorities. When Juan inadvertently discovers that his father Mateo is involved in a local seed-running ring, he is forced to decide just how far his commitment goes to the Sprouts motto ‘Duty First’.

https://vimeo.com/m30a

 

IV. L'ACCORDATORE: (13min 10secs) by Tomax Aponte

An old piano shop is the setting for this dark tale about a piano tuner and the effect his work has on an unsuspecting public.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1768153/

 

V. "HAWKINS HILL" (14min) by Sara Seligman

Karla and Sam break in to what they think is an abandoned house. Sam had found a series of impressive murals that he wanted to show his girlfriend Karla, because she loves art. Once inside the house, they hear sounds from downstairs; someone else is now in the house. Not knowing who it is and afraid to getting caught, Sam and Karla hide in a closet... and witness something that will change their lives forever.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3192201/


 

VI. “THE ECLIPSE OF TAREGNA” (21min) by Rakesh Chaudhary

Mr. Pathak is a retired civil engineer and lives in Taregna, a small town in India. He is worn out by life's many setbacks and is indifferent to his family - his daughter-in-law Laxmi and 8-year old grandson Roshan. The announcement by NASA that the best place to witness an upcoming solar eclipse will be Taregna, has no impact on Pathak. However, Roshan's curiosity for the celestial event of a lifetime is boundless. When Pathak finally realizes that Roshan desperately needs a father figure, he can no longer remain a bystander to life.

https://www.facebook.com/the.eclipse.of.taregna/

 

VII. “CRUSH” (9min) by Gloria La Morte

Prom Night in the South Bronx, Michael is in for the an evening of horror, hilarity and hope as he decides whether or not to man up and "kick it" to his high school Crush or "punk out" and let him walk into the sunset.

http://www.indiepixfilms.com/creator/13863

 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - March 8, 2012 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “THE THE OLD MAN AND HEMINGWAY” (7min 56sec) by Hugo Perez

This documentary short film chronicles the long friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gregorio, his boat captain, and the way that forty years after his death, Hemingway is remembered by his friend.

https://vimeo.com/m30a

II. “UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY” (16min 5sec) by Natasha Rivera

This short documentary peeks into the lives of New York City subway performers. The aim is to remove the negative connotations associated with their craft and showcase their raw musical abilities in folk, country, instrumentals and rap/ hip-hop.

http://www.facebook.com/UndergroundSymphony

 

III. “SPEED GRIEVING” (12min 37sec) by Alysia Reiner

A driven corporate climber struggles to balance her hectic work schedule with her father's terminal illness, only to learn that certain things in life can't be done efficiently.

https://www.alysiareiner.com/about

 

IV. “INTERCAMBIOS” (13min 14sec) by Brian Gutiérrez Aramayo

Cristina works several jobs and lives a meager existence just to save money for her family in South America. But just because she lives in the U.S. doesn't necessarily mean she belongs here. One sunny morning, after having reached her savings goal, Cristina heads to a local bank to wire transfer the money. But when the bank teller hands her a receipt accounting for only half her deposit, Cristina’s belief in the American Dream is put to the ultimate test.

http://www.bgaramayo.com/

 

V. “THE PERFECT SHOT” (9min 58sec) by Adam Schlachter

A young woman, living vicariously through her photographs of enamored couples, meets her polar opposite in a happy-go-lucky guy who challenges her jaded point of view and reawakens her to the possibilities of love.

https://www.facebook.com/palmarejofilms

 

VI. “DEPARTURE” (18min 18sec) by Mauricio Alexander

This short follows a week in the life of recently dumped and unemployed computer store manager Alex Reyes as he tries to deal with the departure of his long-term, ex-girlfriend, Ana. Alex’s closest friends add comic relief to his troubles, while he bares his soul performing in Fort Greene Park by day and sleeping in subways at night. In the park, Alex meets Mina, a beautiful, quirky aspiring visual artist, and their chemistry ignites into original music and a fresh romance.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1204471/

 

VII. “WHAT THE F*CK DOUG E. DOUG” (15min 48sec) by Clayton Allis 

Doug E. Doug is being interviewed - some agent – was it German TV or Austrian? Now, it turns out they don't even know who he is. They think he is Doug E. Fresh. Freakin' unbelievable! Can this get any worse? And the answer, of course, is yes. Things are about to get much worse. As the cameras keep rolling, Doug is pushed to the outer limits of reality in an epic misadventure. Told in the style of a multi-image, non-stop collage, the film serves up a mix of ever-changing perspectives and details stitched together to fill the screen. This unique visual tapestry is key, echoing and enhancing the absurd breakdown of Doug’s day as it escalating towards one final, heart-stopping moment.

www.facebook.com/WTF.DougE

 

The N.Y. Short Buzz - May 3, 2012 

 

A  screening of award-winning short films with a filmmaker "Q & A"  

The Nuyorican Poet's Cafe

236 East 3rd Street (btwn Ave. B & C) Reverend Pedro Pietri Way

New York, NY  10009

 

In celebration of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, which creates lasting change in the lives of orphans

throughout Latin America by helping them develop vocational skills. All proceeds

from this night's event go directly to services, facilities, and equipment

that will educate and train children.

http://www.orphanedstarfish.org/

 

 

 

The Films:

I. “JOYEUX NOËL" (4:35) by Bobby Plasencia

This a tribute short to Charlie Chaplin and the silent film era. It is Christmas time and our Little Tramp can't afford to buy his sweetheart a Christmas present. But destiny has a different plan for him as he stumbles upon an ingenious way to make some money to buy her the present.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0686706/

 

II. "ONE MIC" (13:28) by David Van Keuren

A terrific documentary that follows the story of 17-year-old Neko White, the youngest working comedian in the NYC comedy scene.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-van-keuren-57219436/

 

III. “UNRAPPED” (18:00) by Dena Greenbaum

This short follows the comedic journey of its heroine, Shay, as she struggles to find a balance between her ordinary life as a timid, schoolteacher and her alter ego as a confident, intimidating rap diva.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dena-greenbaum-68303621/

 

IV. "OSVALDO" (20:00) by Randy Wilkins

Jerry Dominguez, a 15-year-old who has recently lost his mother, is at the family owned barbershop discussing the final details of a special dinner with his father. While in the grocery store, Jerry asks his 8-year-old sister, Glenda, what she thinks of the beautiful red-haired hairdresser at daddy’s shop. His question is met with indifference. When Jerry asks his sister to set four places at the table instead of three, Glenda’s indifference turns to curiosity. All questions are answered when daddy comes home with his special guest, Ana Daisy, the hairdresser from the barbershop. It is at this dinner where the Dominguez family will confront the pain of the past and the uncertainty of the future.

https://vimeo.com/user5517857

V. "DESPERTAR" (15:00) by Cristina Kotz Cornejo

Rosa, a domestic worker in Mexico City, is at a crossroads in her relationship, her job, and her life.

http://www.wildwimminfilms.com/

VI. "SOLD" (12:00) by John Irwin

Set on the backdrop of human trafficking and sex trade happening in America. The story is told through the eyes of a young journalist named Maya, who has inadvertently gotten captured into a trafficking ring while doing an investigative article on the treatment of illegal immigrants in America. The story focuses on Maya and another young girl, Alexa, who are trapped in the trunk of a car on its way out of town and their eventual confrontation with their captors.

http://johnrobinsonirwin.com/

VII. "CONFINED" (6:50) by Tomax Aponte

A woman sits alone in a dark room confined to a chair with nothing but the sound of her voice to comfort her. Alone, until the killer returns.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1768153/