Egg

Egg

Heroine Short Slot


Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s



Egg

Directed by Martina Scarpelli
Narrative Short
France | 12 min | 2018


A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.



Voices Inside our heads are always speaking to us and this inevitable question, Which one am I? Which one is me?
An Infinite number of “me”s are born throughout our lives. We nurture them, consume them, and unexpectedly lose some of them. But the voices inside us and our accompanying color do not turn off. It’s impossible to live without them on the path to find ourselves; we have to pass through turmoil, empathize with ourselves, and stay alive.
Maybe somewhere we could move past this other one and make the same color and the same voice.

Egg - Poster

Egg - Martina ScarpelliMartina Scarpelli
Director

My name is Martina Scarpelli, I am an Italian film maker and artist based in Denmark. I have a BA in Fine Art from “Accademy of Brera” in Milano, and a BA in Animation from “Experimental Center of Cinematography” in Turin. I took part at the European workshop “ASF – Animation sans frontiers 2014/2015, about development and production of animated projects, Anidox:Lab about development of animated documentary, and Anidox:residency.

My latest short film Egg was awarded with a crystal for first film at Annecy, received a Golden Dove at Dok Leipzig, Golden Horseman at Filmfest Dresden, among others, was nominated for best short film at the European Animation Awards 2018 and shortlisted for the 2020 Cesar Award

Film Information


Director: Martina Scarpelli
Country: France
Year: 2018
Language: N/A
Runtime: 12 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Emmanuel-Alain Raynal et Pierre Baussaron (Miyu Productions), Lana Tankosa Nikolic (Late Love)

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In Colors

In Colors

Heroine Short Slot


Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s



In Colors

Directed by Stephanie Willis
Narrative Short
USA | 15 min | 2019


Lauris, a Latina immigrant adjusting to life in an Arizona border town with her new husband Noah, finds her values tested when Julieta, a young, undocumented immigrant on the run, seeks shelter on their property. Will Lauris do what she believes is right and help Julieta? Or will she choose self-preservation?



“In Colors” is a short film that explores self-sacrifice, values, and what it means to see what unites us instead of what divides us. Regardless of the things that mark us as different, deep down we are all the same: human.

As the writer and director of “In Colors,” I am passionately excited to tell this story. I believe the film’s message – that even in the face of challenges that test our core values, we are capable of compassion that can unite us – will resonate with audiences. Given our current political and social climate, where morals are in flux and discord rampant, this film’s message of hope is more relevant than ever.

In Colors | Stephanie Willis, Director

In Colors - Stephanie WillisStephanie Willis
Director

Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from Dartmouth College, where she graduated summa cum laude and garnered the Maurice Rapf Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. She also obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. While at the University of Southern California, she won a prestigious Annenberg Fellowship which helped fund her award winning short film, “This Is Who We Are.” Stephanie has been featured in and won awards at numerous festivals including the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival, the LA Femme Festival, the Columbus International Film and Video Festival and the Festival International Des Ecoles De Cinema. She has also had the opportunity to shadow fellow directors on the sets of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Kidding”. Stephanie is passionate about bringing stories to life that resonate with audiences and spur their social awareness. In addition to writing and directing her personal projects, Stephanie has also developed a burgeoning career as an editor in television. Her credits include Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series such as “Bloodline,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest” and “Kidding.”

Film Information


Director: Stephanie Willis
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producer: Stephanie Willis, Jason Phillips, Karla Luna Cantu
Writer:  Stephanie Willis
Cinematographer: Sarah Winters
Composer: Andrew Carroll
Editor: Jennifer Van Goethm

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Marisol

Marisol

Heroine Short Slot


Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s



Marisol

Directed by Zoe Salicrup
Narrative Short
USA | 15 min | 2019


Marisol is a young mother striving to make a life for herself and her young daughter, María. She poses as her friend, Luisa, and borrows her car to take fares on a ride-sharing app. But her last passenger of the day, a young white man named Frederick, acts increasingly suspicious. When he accuses Marisol of being undocumented, her worst nightmare comes to life.



I was interested in directing “Unicorns” because it’s a modern, fresh take on a serious subject: surviving depression, which to me is a present universal struggle. The film is also about a connection that develops between two unlikely people from very different walks of life. The script, written by Leah McKendrick, had a unique and unorthodox approach, and I knew it would make a different, interesting and visual movie that could provoke a serious discussion of depression and suicide that is so prevalent in our modern society.

Actress/Producer Hilary Curwen developed this film with the intention of supporting diversity and gender parity in filmmaking. I was especially excited at the prospect of collaborating with a crew primarily composed of dedicated and talented women. Hilary Curwen (I’m Dying Up Here, Happyland, Bad Nannies) really challenged herself to discover the many textures of main character “Elise,” finding nuance and mining a level of personal discomfort to deliver a powerful performance that shows off her acting versatility. Markees Christmas (Morris From America, 88, Black-ish) brilliantly plays “Jonah”, an intelligent, gentle soul with a tough exterior, who carries the weight of severe depression that stifles his innate sense of optimism. Malik Yoba (Cool Runnings, Empire, Designated Survivor, New York Undercover) used improvisational choices to bring depth and authority to the “Marlon” character. Shooting for two days, in five locations (from downtown LA to Santa Monica), with multiple company moves amidst threatening rain, it was a relief to work with our amazing producer Caity Ware, who skillfully navigated a shoot fraught with production hurdles. I worked with DP Brad Rushing to devise a shot list that would be visually interesting and would be feasible for our tight schedule. I collaborated with Astrid Anderson on production design and set decoration to make sure the environments were realistic and textured and dripping with details. I collaborated with Amit Sidi to give visual nuance and depth to all the characters’ visual identities with costume. Brett Hedlund skillfully edited this film, setting the pace and helping to balance the tone to push the narrative further. I had the pleasure of collaborating with music producer Anthony M. Jones on a score that heightens the tension and elevates the emotions of the film infusing it with with his own style of contemporary music. KO creative and Colorspace added the final touches to make it sound and look great. “Unicorns” was a fun to direct and it showcases the hard work and creativity of this team. I hope it gets the platform to entertain, educate and start important conversations about mental illnesses like depression.

Marisol - Poster

Marisol - Zoe SalicrupZoe Salicrup
Director

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zoé Salicrup Junco is a narrative and commercial film director. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Zoé has created content for Sony, ESPN, AOL, and more. Her short film “GABI” competed in numerous festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, and Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Zoé has been named one of The Independent Magazine’s “Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch” and her work has won top prizes like King Screenwriting Award, the Wasserman Directing Award, and the National Board of Review Student Grant. Zoé

is also an HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship Finalist, a Cinefestival/Sundance Latino Screenwriters Project Fellow, and a Sundance Women’s Financing Intensive Project Fellow.

Film Information


Director: Zoe Salicrup
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer:Lauren Sowa, Tim Eliot
Writer: Tim Eliot
Director of Photography: Tine DiLucia
Art Direction: Chantal Demorial
Editor: Leila Min Dai

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Undue Burdens

Undue Burdens

Heroine Short Slot


Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s



Undue Burdens

Directed by Andrea Raby
Documentary Short
USA | 32 min | 2019


In 2017, more than 5,500 people travelled from out of state to terminate a pregnancy in Illinois. TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) and other restrictions wreak havoc on midwestern states, causing women to have to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest clinic. Sometimes there are waiting periods, which means staying in a different city for multiple days. When time off work means not getting paid, many women struggle to deal with the costs of accessing this procedure. That’s where practical abortion funds like Midwest Access Coalition come in, filling a hole in the funding gap that so many women need.

But these abortion funds look starkly similar to something else – something that existed even before Roe V. Wade. The Chicago Abortion Counseling Service, nicknamed Jane, formed in 1969 out of a need to connect women in Chicago to the abortions they so desperately needed. They were a radical organization that provided over 11,000 illegal abortions, and even started doing abortions themselves. But they weren’t heroes – they were housewives, students, and working women that saw a need and mobilized to be the solution.

Undue Burdens follows Midwest Access Coalition, as they organize to provide people with funding for travel, hotel stays, childcare and food, and help women access abortions throughout the Midwest and beyond. Looking back at Jane, we can see how powerful women can be when they band together to make something happen. Undue Burdens compares these two organizations – one that existed out of necessity because of the illegality of abortion, and the other that exists out of necessity because of the failure of our legislature.



Voices Inside our heads are always speaking to us and this inevitable question, Which one am I? Which one is me?
An Infinite number of “me”s are born throughout our lives. We nurture them, consume them, and unexpectedly lose some of them. But the voices inside us and our accompanying color do not turn off. It’s impossible to live without them on the path to find ourselves; we have to pass through turmoil, empathize with ourselves, and stay alive.
Maybe somewhere we could move past this other one and make the same color and the same voice.

Undue Burdens - Poster

Undue Burdens - Andrea RabyAndrea Raby
Director

Andrea Raby is a documentary filmmaker and producer based in Chicago, IL. Graduating with a degree in journalism, she began her film career at Ogilvy & Mather producing commercial content for brands like Huggies and Modelo. Andrea then jumped into the documentary community through an internship with Chicago powerhouse Kartemquin Films, working on various social justice-based films. Through the Kartemquin community, she became associate producer on Director Ruth Leitman’s repro-rights comedy docu-series Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order. Andrea’s first documentary short, Sick, premiered at the Chicago Underground Film Fest in 2018, which follows artist Nick Fisher as he uses Instagram art drops to create a living as an artist. Andrea was a fellow of the 2019 Double Exposure Film Festival.

Film Information


Director: Andrea Raby
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 32 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Producer: Andrea Raby
Editor: Dakota Johnston
Director of Photography: Madelyn Momano
Impact Producers: Sydney Bauer, Abbie Brewer

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Unicorns

Unicorns

Heroine Short Slot


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Fri Feb 28, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Mar 1, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s



Unicorns

Directed by Candice Carella
Narrative Short
USA | 13 min | 2019


When Elise hits rock bottom, her mentor Marlon suggests she connect with Jonah, a teenaged boy battling severe depression of his own. What begins as a forced conversation turns into a genuine, even life-saving connection, as Jonah and Elise each turn out to be the sign the other was looking for.



I was interested in directing “Unicorns” because it’s a modern, fresh take on a serious subject: surviving depression, which to me is a present universal struggle. The film is also about a connection that develops between two unlikely people from very different walks of life. The script, written by Leah McKendrick, had a unique and unorthodox approach, and I knew it would make a different, interesting and visual movie that could provoke a serious discussion of depression and suicide that is so prevalent in our modern society.

Actress/Producer Hilary Curwen developed this film with the intention of supporting diversity and gender parity in filmmaking. I was especially excited at the prospect of collaborating with a crew primarily composed of dedicated and talented women. Hilary Curwen (I’m Dying Up Here, Happyland, Bad Nannies) really challenged herself to discover the many textures of main character “Elise,” finding nuance and mining a level of personal discomfort to deliver a powerful performance that shows off her acting versatility. Markees Christmas (Morris From America, 88, Black-ish) brilliantly plays “Jonah”, an intelligent, gentle soul with a tough exterior, who carries the weight of severe depression that stifles his innate sense of optimism. Malik Yoba (Cool Runnings, Empire, Designated Survivor, New York Undercover) used improvisational choices to bring depth and authority to the “Marlon” character. Shooting for two days, in five locations (from downtown LA to Santa Monica), with multiple company moves amidst threatening rain, it was a relief to work with our amazing producer Caity Ware, who skillfully navigated a shoot fraught with production hurdles. I worked with DP Brad Rushing to devise a shot list that would be visually interesting and would be feasible for our tight schedule. I collaborated with Astrid Anderson on production design and set decoration to make sure the environments were realistic and textured and dripping with details. I collaborated with Amit Sidi to give visual nuance and depth to all the characters’ visual identities with costume. Brett Hedlund skillfully edited this film, setting the pace and helping to balance the tone to push the narrative further. I had the pleasure of collaborating with music producer Anthony M. Jones on a score that heightens the tension and elevates the emotions of the film infusing it with with his own style of contemporary music. KO creative and Colorspace added the final touches to make it sound and look great. “Unicorns” was a fun to direct and it showcases the hard work and creativity of this team. I hope it gets the platform to entertain, educate and start important conversations about mental illnesses like depression.

Unicorns - Poster

Unicorns - Candice CarellaCandice Carella
Director

Candice Carella studied fine art, photography and cinema at UCLA. Her first professional experience came as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer for music videos; working with Grammy Award winning artists (Eminem, Moby, Gwen Stefani) and styling large scale commercials (British Telecom, Coors, McDonalds).

Candice’s desire to work on more narrative projects led her to work in costume departments on several high profile TV shows (Sons of Anarchy, Revenge, Underground, Crossbones) and feature films (50 First Dates, Haywire, Prom)

Branching out on her own, Candice wrote, produced and directed a 30-minute short “PONY,” starring Xander Berkeley (Air Force One, Terminator 2, The Walking Dead) and Suzy Nakamura (Dodgeball, Togetherness, Dr. Ken, Avenue 5) which premiered on the festival circuit in 2015, screening in over 50 film festivals, winning 32 festival awards and gaining a worldwide distribution deal with Shorts International.

In 2017, as a recipient of the prestigious Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, Candice wrote, produced and directed a 20-minute film “THREE DAYS IN THE HOLE,” based on a true story about a young Yezidi girl’s struggle to survive her ISIS capture after the Iraq genocide of 2014.
“Three Days in the Hole” was accepted as part of the 2018 Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner, recently won a Remi Award at the 52nd Annual WorldFest Houston Film Festival, and was also nominated for the 2018 Hollywood Film Festival Silver Screen Jury Prize, the 2018 Rome International Film Festival Best Narrative Short Film award, the 2019 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Best Short Film Award, and the Cordillera International Film Festival Best Social Justice film.

In 2019, Candice Carella directed “UNICORNS”, a modern fresh take on a serious subject, surviving depression. Unorthodox, and at times jarring, the film, starring Malik Yoba (Cool Runnings, New York Undercover, Designated Survivor, Empire), Markees Christmas (Morris From America, Black-ish), and Hilary Curwen (Bad Nannies, Happyland, I’m Dying up Here) ultimately shows us that we are not alone. This film will premiere on the festival circuit in fall of 2019.

Film Information


Director: Candice Carella
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 13 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Producer: Caity Ware, Hilary Curwen
Writer: Leah McKendrick

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