WI/IL Short Slot 2

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 19th


Don’t miss the moderated Q&A session with filmmakers from:


Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

Dad’s Apple

Directed by Emir Cakaroz
Narrative Short
USA | 19 min | 2019

The film recreates memories the filmmaker has of his dad. It presents an observation of a father from the point of view of a young child and shows how the immigration of the filmmaker’s family from Bulgaria to Turkey shaped their lives. The filmmaker plays his dad, and his son plays the filmmaker as a child.

Dad's Apple - Poster

Signing on to direct this film was an easy “yes” for me. The team behind this female written, directed, and produced short film set out to create a story on screen that reflects the diverse world we live in, while staying true to our comedic roots. The comedic timing each performer brought to set was just *chef’s kiss.* And we are proud our cast and crew represent a variety of individual backgrounds, including African American, Middle Eastern, LGBTQ, Latinx, and Asian.

Dad's Apple - Emir CakarozEmir Cakaroz

Emir Cakaroz is a Turkish filmmaker who lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his BA and MA degrees in Cinema and Television, at Anadolu University, in Turkey. He also holds an MFA degree from the Film Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His award-winning films have screened all around the world, including the International Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey and Short Film Corner in Cannes Film Festival in France. Emir teaches filmmaking classes at the Film Department of UW- Milwaukee and Lake Forest College.

Film Information

Director: Emir Cakaroz
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: Turkish
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writers: Emir Cakaroz
Producer: Emir Cakaroz
Cinematographer: Sarah Buccheri

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