Arcangel

Arcangel

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Arcangel

Directed by Angeles Cruz
Narrative Short
Mexico | 18 min | 2018


Arcángel is a fifty year old peasant facing accelerating vision loss. Before total darkness overtakes him, he needs to find a nursing home for Patrocinia, an elderly woman from his community that is totally dependant on him.



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.

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Arcangel - Angeles CruzAngeles Cruz
Director

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Director: Angeles Cruz
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 18min.
Rated: PG

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Producer: Lola Ovando
Writer: Angeles Cruz

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The Dakota Family

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The Dakota Family

Directed by Toni Hilgersson
Narrative Short
Belgium | 29 min | 2019


A strange deathlike creature roams around grandpa Dakota. The patriarch knows it’s time to call on the members of his tribe. A family, his family, atypical and dismantled will then have to reunite. Will they arrive in time to share a last moment with their clan chief?



It always comes down to characters. Superficially, combining science fiction and the wild west may seem difficult. But, the challenges weren’t the visual effects or science fiction weapons; the challenges were about character.

I don’t believe in genre. I believe a writer’s primary job is to be a malevolent manipulator, crafting deeply flawed characters and then constantly thwarting their ambitions.

And in that sense, this science fiction western is really a story of failed friendship, mistrust and an inability to take a leap of faith. It is, I hope, funny, quirky and deeply human.

But, my script would never have been possible without my amazing team! James Wulfgar’s science fiction weaponry and props are as good as any Hollywood film. Branden Miletta’s visual effects work is stupendous. Luis Caffesse’s amazing editing blows me away; I could never do what he does. Bytheway-May’s music carefully balances the comedy and action of this short film. The costumes and sets are incredible.

And the cast! The cast did such an amazing job! Michael Tabb, Jason R. Moore and Chris Ranney own their roles. They bring so much depth and detail to their characters.

I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing team help bring my quirky, strange, genre mash-up to life. We hope you enjoy Honor Among Thieves!

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The Dakota FamilyToni Hilgersson
Director

Born in 1984 from Belgium’s womb, Toni Hilgersson studied
film editing at INRACI Brussels. Enamored of music and cinema, he combines those two passions and directs a lot of music videos, developing his
particular universe. The Dakota family is his first short film.

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Director: Toni Hilgersson
Country: Belgium
Language: French
Runtime: 29 min.
Rated: PG-13

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Producer: Serge Kestemont, Emma Orselli
Writer: Toni Hilgersson
Music: Dawans-Bonesso
Director of Photography: Son Doan
Editor: Antoine Lanckmans
Set Designers: Nikko Noirhomme and Mélanie Gallez
Key Cast: Joaquim Vincent, Dominique Pattuelli, Jérémie Vanhoof, Emma Orselli, Gaël Soudron

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Honor Among Thieves

Honor Among Thieves

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Honor Among Thieves

Directed by Justin Eugene Evans
Narrative Short
USA | 10 min | 2019


Official Selection of more than 25 film festivals. And our list keeps growing!

When a planet-hopping cowboy-criminal (Jason R. Moore, Marvel’s The Punisher) returns to New Mexico after a heist-gone-wrong, he expects a hero’s welcome. Instead, he finds his mutinous crew have decided he’s no longer in charge.



It always comes down to characters. Superficially, combining science fiction and the wild west may seem difficult. But, the challenges weren’t the visual effects or science fiction weapons; the challenges were about character.

I don’t believe in genre. I believe a writer’s primary job is to be a malevolent manipulator, crafting deeply flawed characters and then constantly thwarting their ambitions.

And in that sense, this science fiction western is really a story of failed friendship, mistrust and an inability to take a leap of faith. It is, I hope, funny, quirky and deeply human.

But, my script would never have been possible without my amazing team! James Wulfgar’s science fiction weaponry and props are as good as any Hollywood film. Branden Miletta’s visual effects work is stupendous. Luis Caffesse’s amazing editing blows me away; I could never do what he does. Bytheway-May’s music carefully balances the comedy and action of this short film. The costumes and sets are incredible.

And the cast! The cast did such an amazing job! Michael Tabb, Jason R. Moore and Chris Ranney own their roles. They bring so much depth and detail to their characters.

I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing team help bring my quirky, strange, genre mash-up to life. We hope you enjoy Honor Among Thieves!

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Honor Among Thieves - Justin Eugene EvansJustin Eugene Evans
Director

Justin Eugene Evans’ previous film, A Lonely Place For Dying, was accepted in 46 film festivals. The film was nominated for 53 awards and won 29 including 18 best pictures. Justin then took a leave of absence from filmmaking for 8 years to invent a new type of cinema lighting system. He is now returning to filmmaking with a Science-Fiction/Western short film entitled Honor Among Thieves.

Justin’s engineering skills include mechanical, electrical, mechtronic, optical, and thermodynamics. He worked in 18 factories throughout China to teach himself the fundamentals of modern manufacturing. He taught himself basic Mandarin so he could navigate the world of Chinese and Southeast Asia manufacturing.

As an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome, he often feels slightly out of step. Justin’s son, David, is also Autistic and his wife is a college culinary instructor at an Autistic school in Wisconsin. Together, they educate non-Autistics about Autism and advocate for Autistic acceptance.

Justin splits his time between invention and filmmaking.

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Director: Justin Eugene Evans
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: PG-13

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Producer: Justin Eugene Evans, Jason R. Moore,  Rubén Burgos, Jr., Brent Tiano
Writer: Justin Eugene Evans

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Minor Key

Minor Key

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Minor Key

Directed by Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Narrative Short
Spain | 12 min | 2018


“The moving story about a man locked in a Portuguese Fado”



It always comes down to characters. Superficially, combining science fiction and the wild west may seem difficult. But, the challenges weren’t the visual effects or science fiction weapons; the challenges were about character.

I don’t believe in genre. I believe a writer’s primary job is to be a malevolent manipulator, crafting deeply flawed characters and then constantly thwarting their ambitions.

And in that sense, this science fiction western is really a story of failed friendship, mistrust and an inability to take a leap of faith. It is, I hope, funny, quirky and deeply human.

But, my script would never have been possible without my amazing team! James Wulfgar’s science fiction weaponry and props are as good as any Hollywood film. Branden Miletta’s visual effects work is stupendous. Luis Caffesse’s amazing editing blows me away; I could never do what he does. Bytheway-May’s music carefully balances the comedy and action of this short film. The costumes and sets are incredible.

And the cast! The cast did such an amazing job! Michael Tabb, Jason R. Moore and Chris Ranney own their roles. They bring so much depth and detail to their characters.

I’m truly blessed to have such an amazing team help bring my quirky, strange, genre mash-up to life. We hope you enjoy Honor Among Thieves!

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Minor Key - Ivan Sainz-PardoIvan Sainz-Pardo
Director

Ivan holds a degree in film and television by the prestigious Munich Film School (HFF München). He works as director and screenwriter in film and advertising and also as Consultant Content in the international image stock company Framepool. He has won more than 400 Awards at film festivals around the world, an Academy Award (Oscar) pre-nomination, GOYA 2018 prenomination, Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis nomination, and Best European Short Award at the International Fantasy Film Festival of Brussels.

He works as a film and advertising director and screenwriter. He is actually working also in his first feature film in Germany.

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Director: Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: PG

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Producer: Ivan Sainz-Pardo,  Guillermo Delgado
Writer: Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Music: Philipp Fabian Kölmel
Cinematographer: Jose Martín Rosete

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Whoever Was Using This Bed

Whoever Was Using This Bed

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Whoever Was Using This Bed

Directed by Andrew Kotatko
Narrative Short
Australia | 20 min | 2016


A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).



One of the last stories that the great American writer Raymond Carver left us was Whoever Was Using This Bed.

When I first read it, I was deeply moved by its intimacy, humor and sadness – its inescapable truth. The seemingly ordinary dialogue between a man and a woman is endowed with Carver’s unique and compassionate perspective on the human condition.

It is a story about our darkest fears – a story for us all. I felt compelled to make it into a short film.

Andrew Kotatko, 2016

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Whoever Was Using This Bed - Andre KotatkoAndrew Kotatko
Director

A screenwriting graduate of Binger Filmlab in The Netherlands, Andrew previously wrote and directed the award-winning short film Everything Goes (2004), based on a story by Raymond Carver and starring Hugo Weaving, Abbie Cornish and Sullivan Stapleton. He is also Australia’s most experienced music supervisor, having collaborated with directors such as Jane Campion, Fred Schepisi, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson. Andrew’s latest short film is the AFI|AACTA Award winner Whoever Was Using This Bed (2016) starring Jean-Marc Barr, Radha Mitchell and Jane Birkin.

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Director: Andrew Kotatko
Country: Australia
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

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Producer: Andrew Kotatko, Marie Slaight
Writer: Andrew Kotatko
Cinematography: Geoffrey Simpson, ACS
Editor: Roland Gallois, ASE

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