Into Temptation

Into Temptation

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Into Temptation

Directed by Quinn da Matta
Narrative Short
USA | 20 min | 2021


Twenty years after being abused by his priest, a fateful reunion reverses roles and reveals love can be just as twisted and destructive as abuse.



The lingering effects of abuse and trauma are scattered throughout all my projects and are explored using different themes and stories. For me, art became a way to express my feelings on the subject, it provided an outlet for my fears and mistakes, and each short film became time capsules of what my psyche was trying to come to terms with at that time in my life.

Now, after eleven short films and decades of psychological excavation, I am embarking on my most personal film yet: Into Temptation.

I was raised Roman Catholic by two loving parents on the opposite sides of the religious spectrum: A father who came from a highly devout family who was taught to accept the holy word, and a mother who ran away from hers and learned to question everything. They agreed–for the sake of peace in the family–to raise us Catholic but, when we turned sixteen and got Confirmed (and were seen as adults in the church), then we were free to decide for ourselves if we wanted to continue.

I chose not to.

But, at sixteen, the choice was based more on laziness. My moral frustration and outrage took time. And it all proved that I had made the right decision for myself.

Into Temptation is the culmination of some of those experiences. Although the abuse in this short is specific, the effects and trauma of it are universal, and we need to be able to discuss it and experience the worlds and words that survivors share with us.

Healing comes from expressing. Understanding comes from sharing. And, in the middle lies my intention for this short film.

Being raised Roman Catholic, and continually being inundated with all the horrid news stories of abuse and denial within the Church, I wanted to explore the trauma of celibacy, the concept of forbidden love, and the consequences of that abuse… but in a different way.

And, from that seedling of a desire, grew the story of an abused boy who falls in love with his molester — the story of a young man who kidnaps and confronts the priest who abused him as a child. And, in the end, it’s revealed that he’s in love with the priest.

As I developed the story and researched sexual abuse stories in the Catholic church, it became critical for me to tell this story: a film that starts as a revenge thriller but descends into a twisted and dangerous love story that explores the consequences of sexual abuse on a minor and the effect it has on them psychosexually.

“The line between love and abuse is very thin.” And, “love makes us do crazy things.”

To Michael, it is love. But, it’s a twisted and dangerous love that he can’t really understand because his concept of love was warped at such a young age when he was manipulated and abused by the Priest. The Priest was the first person – outside his family – who told him he loved him, and that had a profound impact on young Michael. Why would someone lie about that? So, he took that word — and emotion — literally.

Is it Stockholm Syndrome? Or, could it be real love? Who is the real victim?

I want the audience to grapple with these questions as roles of abuser and abused are reversed continuously in the story.

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Into Temptation - Quinn da MattaQuinn da Matta 
Director

Quinn da Matta was seven when his father got his first video camera. That night the movies came home, and he experienced the magical power — and wonder — of a camera. He was seven when he made his first movie. Every week, his parents were subjected to his latest creation: from a heist film staged around a pool to a magic show complete with smoke bombs and disappearing acts.

Living on a remote farm in South Africa, movies were his only exposure to the outside world. For a few hours, he got to experience a new world, a new life. They weren’t movies anymore; they were new connections to the human experience.

He was seven when he realized his destiny: to create, to tell stories, to entertain, to give people little pieces of time they will never forget, just like the filmic moments that had shaped his life.

That led him to film school, where he wrote and directed eleven shorts, five theatre productions, and an animation. He shot in every genre and worked in every department to learn all the different facets and filmmaking styles. After that, he worked for an NGO directing PSA’s for hospitals and hospice centers in areas most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

He then worked as Head Writer/Director at a content marketing agency and was quickly promoted to Creative Director, where he created over 250 promotional spots for international brands like Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Pushing Daisies, The Tudors, Ugly Betty, prison Break, and major film imports. A year later, that work received nine Promax and two PromaxBDA awards, and his dedication and persistence was rewarded with The Young Director Award.

And, in 2010, his dream came true, and that farm boy from the middle of nowhere in South Africa landed in LA.

Since then, he has worked as Producer at The Ashy Agency, and Senior Producer at the Aspire Artists Agency, while also creatively collaborating on various projects with clients like Sony, NatGeo, History Channel, Nickelodeon, Disney, Freeform, OWN, Lifetime, and ABC.

He has relentlessly pursued his passion and dream to direct (on two continents!), and his experiences and struggles have helped forge a unique voice.

Film Information


Director: Quinn da Matta
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Quinn da Matta
Producer:Joseph Seeman, Lara Wickes
Director of Photography: Matt Plaxo
Composer:  Paul Spaeth

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Leap

Leap

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Leap

Directed by Marlo Bernier
Narrative Short
USA | 16 min | 2016


A survivor of sexual abuse rethinks suicide after falling in with a group of drifters. Winner of Breakout Performance at the 17th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival.



Back in the late summer of 2015, I couldn’t have been more honored when I was asked by friend and colleague, Jamie Miller (writer-producer) if I would consider directing her and her producing partner’s (Tyler Ham Pong) newest offering; LEAP for their production company; Kill The Pig Productions

I had zero reservation and immediately said yes and from the moment we went into pre-production, through and into rehearsals and then production, I couldn’t be happier and more fortunate that she had asked me.

The people with whom they surrounded themselves, both in front of and behind the lens, are some of the finest artisans on the current scene here in Los Angeles.

This film, LEAP is one where we were able to capture and deliver an entire arc inside the parameters of this short-subject narrative. Both for the protagonist (Miller’s character, Jane), as well as the supporting characters, respectively.

Working on this picture with this company has been one of the highlights of my career and one of which I am very proud. Everyone’s commitment to this story, the attention to detail, both in front of and behind the lens is unparalleled and nothing short of true joy to have been a part of this team.

I look forward to screening this work with an audience as soon as possible and many times over, too. LEAP offers us as a society an opportunity to cut open a subject that is one of the least pleasant things with which we have to tragically deal – sexual abuse. And in so doing, perhaps the hope is that we’ll continue talking about it and ultimately bring it to its end. And if we have any chance at making this happen, we as a community of people must continue the dialogue and bring the secrets that kill out of the darkness and into the light.

In closing, I’ll state what I hope and believe is true for all of us on whom it is incumbent to make motion pictures, et al.

So, with no alternative, I know very well that this effort is hardly a solo act, but rather a collaborative one of formidable proportions and it is toward this end that I, along with my colleagues, are acutely aware that it is the forces opposing which ultimately drive and deliver anything worthy of note ~ especially that of cinema. And I have zero reservation that we have delivered just that with our picture, LEAP.

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Marlo Bernier, Director | LeapMarlo Bernier
Director

LEAP is Bernier’s third motion picture for which she’d been honored when asked by friend and colleague, Jamie Miller (writer-producer and lead actor) to direct.

Her other recent work includes; Myrna TV Series (pilot episode) – is Bernier’s 5th project as producer/co-writer and her 7th in an originating-creative capacity.

Marlo and company had their taste of triumph with their Award-Winning film; The Last Time We Were…Silver Remi recipients WorldFest/Houston 2006 – bottom-line; the bar had been raised when Marlo’s, Jackie Frost Films in association with writing/producing partner, Jennifer Fontaine’s, Scorpio Rising Films became a filmmaking union with which to be reckoned, delivering their Freshman effort from principal photography to the screen in under five months. Only to be surpassed by their recent delivery of their short film STEALTH, from first frame to screen in under eight weeks. And in May 2009, Bernier and Fontaine were contracted by Mississippi Films to co-pen; Finding John Smith, which they accomplished in under six weeks and also which Marlo was subsequently hired to helm. – plain english; breakneck speed.

Equally important to her filmmaker credits, Bernier brings 50 plus years of living to the table, as well as over two decades of solid work on both stage and screen. On stage Bernier repeatedly delivered award ~ winning performances in leading roles on the stage in Angels in America; Parts I and II, Love! Valour! Compassion!, God’s Country. Along with memorable guest roles in COLD CASE, Homicide: Life on the Street, Las Vegas and ALIAS. And on the larger screen in The Last Time We Were…and in Fincher’s ZODIAC.

Film Information


Director: Marlo Bernier
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Jamie Miller
Producer: Tyler Ham Pong
Cinematography: Chris Vongsawat
Music:Martin del Carpio
Editor: Tyler Ham Pong, Jamie Miller

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Let's Grow

Let’s Grow

BIFF YEAR ’ROUND Spring 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 PM, 2022
Downtown Beloit Association Office
557 E. Grand Ave. Downtown Beloit

In person Q&A Following with filmmaker Daniel Pico.


This will be one of several short films presented this evening.



Let’s Grow

Directed by Daniel Pico
Narrative Short
USA | 16 min | 2020


In the national struggle against institutionalized racism, poets Lisa Nichols, David Bianchi, and Sean Smith perform their original piece “Let’s Grow” proposing a new kind of conversation in America’s ongoing struggle with racial equality.



Back in the late summer of 2015, I couldn’t have been more honored when I was asked by friend and colleague, Jamie Miller (writer-producer) if I would consider directing her and her producing partner’s (Tyler Ham Pong) newest offering; LEAP for their production company; Kill The Pig Productions

I had zero reservation and immediately said yes and from the moment we went into pre-production, through and into rehearsals and then production, I couldn’t be happier and more fortunate that she had asked me.

The people with whom they surrounded themselves, both in front of and behind the lens, are some of the finest artisans on the current scene here in Los Angeles.

This film, LEAP is one where we were able to capture and deliver an entire arc inside the parameters of this short-subject narrative. Both for the protagonist (Miller’s character, Jane), as well as the supporting characters, respectively.

Working on this picture with this company has been one of the highlights of my career and one of which I am very proud. Everyone’s commitment to this story, the attention to detail, both in front of and behind the lens is unparalleled and nothing short of true joy to have been a part of this team.

I look forward to screening this work with an audience as soon as possible and many times over, too. LEAP offers us as a society an opportunity to cut open a subject that is one of the least pleasant things with which we have to tragically deal – sexual abuse. And in so doing, perhaps the hope is that we’ll continue talking about it and ultimately bring it to its end. And if we have any chance at making this happen, we as a community of people must continue the dialogue and bring the secrets that kill out of the darkness and into the light.

In closing, I’ll state what I hope and believe is true for all of us on whom it is incumbent to make motion pictures, et al.

So, with no alternative, I know very well that this effort is hardly a solo act, but rather a collaborative one of formidable proportions and it is toward this end that I, along with my colleagues, are acutely aware that it is the forces opposing which ultimately drive and deliver anything worthy of note ~ especially that of cinema. And I have zero reservation that we have delivered just that with our picture, LEAP.

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I Want Him Dead - Daniel PicoDaniel Pico
Director

Daniel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in directing and screenwriting. He has been shooting films his entire life having made his first movie at the age of 8.

Dan has directed two theatrically released feature films “Common Senses”, and “Farewell Darkness” which won three best feature film awards in the international film festival circuit. Additionally, Daniel has directed more than 85 short films, music videos, commercials and documentaries, including 11 episodes of several popular TV and web series, garnering over 40 independent film awards and nominations for his work.

Daniel is the founder of Pico Blvd Entertainment, a production company who’s core is focused on independent cinema. Not only is Dan a maverick director, he is an accomplished editor and has worked in several major capacities in film, from producing multiple feature films, to first assistant directing several multi-million dollar features films around the world.

Currently he is developing his third feature film “Wounded”, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed play written by award winning playwright Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm.

Film Information


Director: Daniel Pico
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Daniel Pico, David Bianchi, Lisa Nichols, Sean Smith
Producer: David Bianchi
Music:Cameron McCluskey
Editor: Daniel Pico
Cinematography: Dave Perry

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Our Man in Madras

Our Man in Madras

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Our Man in Madras

Directed by Kevin Hoffer
Narrative Short
USA | 17 min | 2014


A soul-challenged corporate lackey from a large, multinational conglomerate uses a massive tragedy in India in an attempt to advance his own career.



I hope you enjoy “The Night Passenger”. We wanted to take a story that has perhaps been told before but tell it in an original way that is evocative of my taste as a young filmmaker. we shot our previous short film in natural light and therefore saw this film as a huge challenge, shooting for 5 nights in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, with the constraints of shooting in and around a car, with a very limiting budget. We also wanted to give the audience a story with a real beginning, middle and end, which so many “short films” are missing these days. It has been extremely humbling to be graced with a supremely talented team for the shoot and post production and we would love to be considered for your festival so “The Night Passenger” can be seen by a much wider audience.

I hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and safe at this time.

Warm regards,
Josh Bowman

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Our Man in Madras - Kevin HofferKevin Hoffer
Director

Kevin Hoffer (director, producer) is an director, vocal director and actor who has voice directed numerous animated projects for Netflix. He directed the critically acclaimed short film ACORN CALF, and has directed plays for L.A.’s Theatre of Note. For nearly a decade, he was the curator of Tuesdays @ Nine, a cold-reading series for writers, affiliated with Naked Angels Theatre Company in New York.n.

Film Information


Director: Kevin Hoffer
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Paul McKinney, adapted from the play by Gert Hofmann
Producers: Kevin Hoffer, Paul McKinney, Peter Soby
Music: Stevie Blacke
Editor: Lissette Rodriguez
Cinematography: Maurizio Dotto

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Sproutland

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Sproutland

Directed by Cynthia Wade
Narrative Short
USA | 25 min | 2021


Beth lives with constant reminders of her deceased husband — a local health guru named Sproutman. She dodges her neighbors who chant yoga mantras and drink green juices in his honor. When her son grows increasingly obsessed with his dad’s legacy, Beth wonders: who am I now without Sproutman? As Beth forges a path she neither expected nor wanted, she learns that life can hold despair and joy at the same time.



I am fascinated by the intersection of fact and fiction. “Sproutland” is a narrative experiment where I cast a real woman, a recent widow in a small town, to play herself in a screenplay based on true events. This quiet, internal film is about small moments, where a widow’s tiniest choices indicate emotional shifts as she transitions from despair to hope.

Cinematographer Boaz Freund, who has shot several of my feature documentaries as well as my “real people” TV ads, used his Alexa and Zeiss super speeds to paint a neo-realistic world in a small Massachusetts town. The locations are real places; the cast is a mix of professional actors and real people. The script, conceived by me and written by Nannina Gilder, weaves narrative hyperbole and non-fiction truth.

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Sproutland - Cynthia WadeCynthia Wade
Director

Cynthia Wade is an Oscar winning documentary director based in Los Angeles. Her documentaries include THE FLAG MAKERS (in production for National Geographic), GRIT (13 awards, Emmy nomination, PBS), GENERATION STARTUP (Netflix), LIVING THE LEGACY (Sundance Channel), GROWING HOPE AGAINST HUNGER (Sesame Street Prime Time Special, Emmy Winner), MONDAYS AT RACINE (Oscar nominee, HBO), FREEHELD (Oscar winner, HBO), SELFIE (Clio winner), BORN SWEET (Oscar shortlist), SHELTER DOGS (HBO) and GRIST FOR THE MILL (Cinemax).

She directs television commercials featuring real people (from Kellogg’s Mini Wheats to Dove Real Beauty).

Cynthia has won over 60 film festival awards worldwide and holds a Master’s Degree in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University. She is represented by WME.

Film Information


Director: Cynthia Wade
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 25 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Nannina Gilder
Producer: Matthew Syrett
Music: Max Avery Lichtenstein
Editor: Fiona Otway
Cinematography: Boaz Freund

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Workday

Workday

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Sun Feb 27, 2022 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s #2
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Workday

Directed by Parker Winship
Narrative Short
USA | 10 min | 2021


Two people, grinding through a depersonalized workday during the pandemic, struggle to find a shred of genuine intimacy in their lives.



The writer and producer, Rosa SanMarchi, approached us out of the blue (digitally) to direct this film after a recommendation from a friend. Immediately after reading the script we knew it was something we wanted to work on. It was a thrilling experience to collaborate with someone new, who already had a vision for the film but was looking for other voices and opinions to bring it home. The collaborative spirit of our team really reflected what we were trying to convey on screen, that we are all better when we listen to one another.

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Workday - Parker WinshipParker Winship
Director

Parker Winship is an MFA graduate of the American Film Institute, a 2021 Resident Filmmaker of the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and a cornfed Wisconsin boy. Among many diverse projects, he recently wrote, directed, and edited the short film “A Lark and a Swallow,” which won Best Wisconsin Short at the 2021 Beloit International Film Festival, and “Julia and the Rock Dragon,” an exquisite corpse fiction/doc hybrid selected for the Online Isolation Short Videos Festival. He is currently working on a documentary about rural hunger in Wisconsin.

A Lark and a Swallow, poster | Parker Winship, Director2021 BIFF Alum

Returning BIFF Filmmaker
Parker Winship
Director

Parker screened A Lark And A Swallow last year and picked up the Best Wisconsin Short Film award for his film.

Film Information


Director: Parker Winship
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated:  PG-13

Credits


Writer:Parker Winship
Producer: Parker Winship

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