A Lark and a Swallow | Parker Winship, Director

A Lark and a Swallow

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
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A Lark and a Swallow

Directed by Parker Winship
Narrative Short
USA | 20 min | 2020


Amy loves birds almost as much as she loves her best friend almost as much as she loves drugs. A shut-in, barely functioning addict and dealer, she decides one night to try to again commune with the world and things get sticky.



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A Lark and a Swallow, poster | Parker Winship, Director

After working together as a filmmaking team for over a decade making 14 environmental movies, we wanted to make a film that would be a game-changer for the global environmental movement. We wanted the film to be based on science, to be inspiring and to be something that audiences love to watch together in movie theaters. Ultimately, we wanted it to transform the global conversion from despair around our world to hope for our future.

KISS THE GROUND was born from one simple idea: we can reverse global warming and the Earth’s soil is the solution. By regenerating earth, we can completely and rapidly stabilize our planet’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

We shot footage on five continents, worked with NASA and NOAA to gain access to data and graphics, and spend years on animations. We found the voice of the movie through interviewing leading scientists, ecologists, and experts including Nobel Laureates in climate, members of the International Panel on Climate Change, top scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), as well as environmental activists such as Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Jason Mraz, Ian Somerhalder, Patricia Arquette, and Rosario Dawson.

After 7 years of hard work, we believe this film is an urgent call to action in addressing the world’s climate crisis. Finally, there is an accessible, relatively simple solution to humanity’s greatest challenge. It is our dream that it will be viewed by audiences in every part of the world for years to come and we would be honored if you and your festival would join us on this mission.

Josh and Rebecca Tickell,
Directors and Producers of KISS THE GROUND

Parker WinshipParker Winship
Director

Film Information


Director: Parker Winship
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 19:59 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Parker Winship
Producer: Kristin Peterson Kaszubowski

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Blackbird, Fly | Jay Winters, Director

Blackbird, Fly

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Blackbird, Fly

Directed by Jay Winter
Narrative Short
USA | 7 min | 2020


Blackbird Fly is a short fantasy piece about Raven Wilkinson. Seen through the mind of a young girl named Gabby. This is the first in a series called “Medusa Girls” that features woman throughout history, seen as girls that dared to dream!


Blackbird, Fly, poster | Jay Winters, Director

Jay is thrilled to be sharing this short film with audiences. She hopes everyone becomes a fan of Raven Wilkinson and take up ballet or at least supports it!

Jay Winters
Director

Jay Winters is a multi-talented filmmaker, actress, director, writer, editor and producer.
In “Blackbird, Fly” she co-wrote, directed, produced and edited.

Film Information


Director: Jay Winters
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 7 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Writers: Jay Winters, Alyson Chavez
Producers: Gabriella Mancuso, Kristin Peterson, Mary Chuy, Alyson Chavez, Joseph Mancuso, Jay Winters

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Cardinal

Cardinal

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Cardinal

Directed by Conor Hibbler
Narrative Short
USA | 16 min | 2019


A quiet young boy hides his emotions about his mother’s declining health below his cowboy hat until he is forced to accept things that are beyond his control.


Cardinal - 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.

Cardinal - Conor HibblerConor Hibbler
Director

Conor Hibbler is a Writer/Director from Houston, Texas, with experience writing and directing 12 films over the course of his time at Columbia College Chicago. His past works include various short films, ranging from character dramas to thrillers, to comedies, as well his 2017 feature film debut The Aardvark. With his additional musical talents, Conor also composes for each of his films, bringing an extra touch to each of these projects. With his films, Conor strives to tell unique and personal stories with a strong sense of perspective and allowing the character’s eyes to guide how the audience sees the world. Although these stories come from a very particular point-of-view, they still hold a weight that can be felt by anyone watching. This is no different for his most recent film Cardinal. He is currently working in New York after graduating in May 2019 and is in pre-production on his next film, An American Viking Funeral.

Film Information


Director: Conor Hibbler
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writers: Brock Stillmunks
Producer: Snore Doumbia
Director of Photography:  Corey Kinnane
Editor: Max Drenckpohl
Production Designer: Ellie Langshaw

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Customer Support

Customer Support

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
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Customer Support

Directed by Andrew Paul Davis
Narrative Short
USA | 5 min | 2020


Joe’s wifi is broken during a pandemic.



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Customer Support - 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.

Customer Support - Andrew Paul DavisAndrew Paul Davis
Director

Andrew Paul Davis is an American filmmaker and songwriter based in Chicago. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 20th, 1994, and has been writing and directing since 2011.

He graduated from Taylor University in 2018 with a BA in Film Production and minors in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. He’s directed over twenty short films and three plays, with festival recognition at the Heartland International Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Palm Beach International Film Festival, and Charlotte Film Festival. His short film “Maya” went on to receive 5 million views on YouTube before being censored from the platform. In college, he wrote and directed eight short films spanning 1929-1999, each film taking place in the final year of their respective decade.

In 2018 he launched One County Film Company with his brother Timothy Mark Davis.

Andrew’s debut feature-length film “Palace” was called “a bittersweet love letter to rural Indiana” and “remarkable debut” by Fort Wayne’s ‘whatzup’ publication. His sophomore feature “Pompano Boy” is slated for a 2021 release.

His debut folk-rock album “For Now” was recorded in California with producer Bill Baird and friends.

Film Information


Director: Andrew Paul Davis
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 5 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Writers:Andrew Paul Davis
Producer: Andrew Paul Davis

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Keep the Change

Keep The Change

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Keep The Change

Directed by Tom Doherty
Narrative Short
USA | 10 min | 2020


A comedian pulls a dine and dash in hopes of luring the owner of a restaurant to his show.


Keep the Change

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.

Tom Doherty, Director | Keep The ChangeTom Doherty
Director

Tom Doherty is a graduate of The Palm Beach Film School and Rock Valley College. He loves movies and has been passionate about filmmaking ever since he was a little kid. His short films have been featured in a number of festivals and have been honored with multiple awards over the years. Tom believes collaborating with great people is key to the success any of his films have had. The process of filmmaking brings Tom much joy and he considers it an absolute privilege to meet and work with the talented individuals who make up the cast and crew of each project.

Film Information


Director: Tom Doherty
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writers: Gunnar Ulrich
Producer: Tom Doherty, Josiah Sjostrom, Gunnar Ulrich

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Scutly

Scutly

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Thu Feb 27, 2020 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
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Scutly

Directed by Layne Marie Williams
Narrative Short
USA | 15 min | 2020


An old man named Scutly suffers from Alzheimer’s disease while grieving the loss of his wife. Three Pastel Girls attempt to befriend him.



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Scutly film poster | Layne Marie Williams, Director

I am interested in new worlds and the weird and wonderful characters that reside there. I am hungry for collaborations that broaden my perspective and nourish both the makers and the watchers. I’m interested in grand gestures, poetry, expressionism, fantasy, grit, and hard truths. I am an activist, a feminist, a Southern woman, a former Barbie, an energetic leader, a doodler and a dreamer. I am interested in social justice and learning from those whose histories and inspirations are different from my own.

Layne Marie Williams, Director | ScutlyLayne Marie Williams
Director

After arriving in Hollywood, it took filmmaker Layne Marie Williams not even two weeks to land her first LA directing gigs. Not surprising, given the talents of this acclaimed Chicago filmmaker. Prior to arriving in LA, Layne Marie has logged over a dozen credits, everything from writing and directing award-winning shorts to developing web series to producing internationally acclaimed features. All that, and yet this young auteur is just getting started. For more on Layne Marie and her endeavors: www.LayneMarieWilliams.com

Film Information


Director: Layne Marie Williams
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writers: Layne Marie Williams, Laura Day
Producers: Sam George, Jill Sandmire, Aimy Tien, Layne Marie Williams
Editor:  Zoé Kraft
Director of Photography: Paige Hochstatter
Composer: Devin Delaney

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Ships in the Night

Ships in the Night

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Ships in the Night

Directed by Katherine Bourne Taylor
Narrative Short
USA | 11 min | 2021


“Ships in the Night” follows a young woman coping with the beginning days of this pandemic by “shipping” two fictional, animated characters together (basically, she wants them to kiss). To combat her growing isolation and a strained relationship with her sister, she turns to an online fandom community and begins writing a fanfiction about the characters she is fixated on.

“Ships in the Night” is a dramedy about how stories connect us and transcend the days. It makes a case for escapism, nerd girls and leaning into what you like as a way to cope. It also strives to remind audiences that in a barrage of information, healing is not just a bodily thing.


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I am inspired by women who dare to be weird- and not in an ironic, manic pixie way. Weirdness rooted in passion and purpose. There is something beautiful about that moment when you recognize each other and go, “you too?”, realizing that you aren’t as alone as you thought. I make stories about those women.

Ships in the Night - Katherine Bourne TaylorKatherine Bourne Taylor
Director

Katherine Bourne Taylor is an actor, producer, and creator in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. Most recently, she produced and starred in the short film “Cool for Five Seconds” which premiered at Beloit International and went on to be a selection at over 20 film festivals (BendFilm, deadCenter, Tallgrass, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, among others), won Grand Prize at Best of The Midwest Awards, and can now be viewed on Omeleto. You also might have caught her in the HBO series, Lovecraft Country, or in a tiny house with Amy Poehler. On stage she has performed with Raven Theatre, The House Theater of Chicago, The Back Room Shakespeare Project, The Gift Theatre, A Crew of Patches and Undermain Theatre (ensemble member), among others. Katherine earned her BFA in Acting at Southern Methodist University and studied with The School at Steppenwolf and the British American Drama Academy. Katherine-Bourne.com for more info!

Film Information


Director: Katherine Bourne Taylor
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: PG

Credits


Producers: Jennifer Hoks, Katherine Bourne Taylor
Writer: Katherine Bourne Taylor

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