Chicken

Chicken

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Chicken

Directed by Emma Li
Documentary Short
USA | 5 min | 2019


A mother and father tell a true story of kindness, cruelty, and a chicken.



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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Emma Li, Director | ChickenEmma Li
Director

Emma Li is an artist working in illustration, animation, game development, and writing. Recently graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Art, Film & Visual studies, she originally hails from Platteville, Wisconsin. Chicken is her second film and reached Semi Finalist status at the 47th Annual Student Academy Awards.

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Director: Emma Li
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 5 min.
Rated:  G

Credits


Animator:  Emma Li
Key Cast: Shusen Zhang, Qiong Li

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The Child

Child, The

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The Child

Directed by Becky Osman
Narrative Short
USA | 10 min | 2021


Bill’s life is spiraling towards rock bottom, what’s it going to take to get his game back?



After working on “The Child” I have discovered my passion for film making and directing. It has been an honor to be able to work with the Children’s Film Academy of Madison ( C-FAM) organization. It will be fun to watch this organization grow and support our youth in the arts community.

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The Child - Becky OsmanBecky Osman
Director

Becky Osman is the drama coach at Monona Grove High School, with experience in theatre. This is her first time directing a film, she is grateful for the opportunity from Children’s Film Academy of Madison (C-FAM) and looks forward to sharing what she’s learning with her students.

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Director: Becky Osman
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Writer: Fritzy
Producer: Jennifer Doheny, Becky Osman, Fritzy
Cinematographer: Jordan Biagomala
Editor: Brian Hollendyke
Composer: Jonathan Beaudette

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Hanging in There

Hanging in There

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Hanging in There

Directed by Nathan Israileff
Narrative Short
USA |14 min | 2021


Matt is interrupted during a suicide attempt, by his friend Andy, and what commences is a conversation about depression, suicide and understanding.



2020 was hard for a lot of people, and in a year when we had to look inside of ourselves for strength that we don’t always find, I felt it important to shine a light on the uncomfortable conversation of depression & suicide.

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Hanging in There - Nathan IsraileffNathan Israileff
Director

Nathan Israileff was born in San Francisco, CA, has lived all over the world but adopted Chicago as his hometown after moving for university. He graduated with a degree in Film & Video Production from Columbia College Chicago, and after nearly a ten year hiatus has returned to the film industry (his first love) in 2020. ‘Hanging in There’ is his first project since ‘Animal’ (2008), shot in early-2021.

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Director:  Nathan Israileff
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Nathan Israileff
Producer: Amanda White Del-Pino, Nathan Israileff
Cinematographer: Jessica Tolliver
Editor: Amanda White Del-Pino
Original Music: Frank Turner

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Little Blood

Little Blood

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Little Blood

Directed by Crestwood 4th and 5th graders
Narrative Short
USA | 8 min | 2021


An animated re-telling of a Mayan myth by the 4th and 5th grade students of Crestwood Elementary school in Madison, WI.



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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Crestwood 4th and 5th graders
Director

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Director: Crestwood 4th and 5th graders
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Writer: Crestwood 4th and 5th graders
Producer:Crestwood Elementary Art Dept
Key Cast: Jocelyn P, Sawyer S, Jahmir W,  Winni S

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Mittens

Mittens

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Mittens

Directed by Justin Johnson
Narrative Short
USA | 6 min | 2019


Mittens is the heartfelt journey of a pair of red mittens, created by grandmother and gifted to granddaughter.



“Manasanamaha” roughly translates to ‘Salutations to the mind’ in Sanskrit. The film is an ode to the process of making memories and how they define our perspective. In order to communicate this to the audience, I chose to narrate this story in the first person perspective over the usual third person perspective. Of course it would be biased, but I felt it would also make it more human, full of errors and emotions.

When I started visualizing the film, I wanted it to have its own language, be it the structure, compositions, colours, cinematography, editing or even the narrative. A lot of work went into the cinematographic and sound editing techniques to evoke the sense of nostalgia the character feels while reminiscing. Use of a custom-made helmet rig for the POV shots helped set the tone, as did the fluid watercolour shots to bookend the different chapters of the story.

The idea at the heart of this film is that the endings of love stories can be happy or sad but the beginnings are always happy. With this in mind, I decided to literally narrate a story in backwards to end it on a happy note.

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Mittens - Justin JohnsonJustin Johnson
Director

After discovering his passion for movies, Justin decided to attend UW Oshkosh and major in Radio-TV-Film where his theories on filmmaking and storytelling were further developed. He believes it’s character, our understanding of them, our empathy for them, that elicits an emotion. And it’s emotion that keeps us watching and makes it linger in our minds.

He has a passion for storytelling and the foundation of effective storytelling, character, whether it be a living, breathing person or a fictional creation. Delivering a story that entertains, moves, educates, or informs is incredibly rewarding. Justin loves studying, examining, and participating in that process.

Film Information


Director: Justin Johnson
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 6 min.
Rated: G

Credits


Producers:  Joseph Lefeber, Amanda Lefeber, Justin Johnson
Director of Photography: Joseph Lefeber
Editor: Justin Johnson
Music By: David Obaniyi
Key Cast: Gretta Kumrow, Joey Larsen

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Rosso

Rosso

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Rosso

Directed by Zach Staads
Narrative Short
USA | 5 min | 2021


4 AM on the lake is beautiful, eerie, and there always seems to be something lurking under the murky surface.

For an anxious person, being trapped on a boat with someone you don’t like can be the tense. Stuck for hours afloat, nothing on the line, bad conversation, and cold winds as resentment rises. Both people chained to a rod and tackle because one won’t speak up and admit that they want to go home.



Rosso began as a long held feeling of the strange passive aggressive fishing trips I had over my formative years, and first became a short two person theatrical scene entitled ‘Bait’ for Artober 2019. When I was up late one night, not long after the pandemic hit, I saw a frame of Porco Rosso that, for whatever reason, inspired me to write this different interpretation of those fishing trips. Now let’s all take a strange, early morning fishing trip together in Rosso.

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Rosso - Zach StaadsZach Staads
Director

I am a director/writer and a producer currently based in the Twin Cities, originally from Eau Claire, WI. Received a BA in Comprehensive Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and is currently admitted to the DePaul University Creative Producing MFA program for the fall of 2022.

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Director: Zach Staads
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 5 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Zach Staads
Producer: Tim Schwagel, Zach Staads
Director of Photography: Nick Houchin

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Schengen

Schengen

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Schengen

Directed by Marcus Aubin, Matthew Brdlik, & David Neylon
Narrative Short
USA | 20 min | 2020


A man mysteriously begins waking up in a new European city every time he goes to sleep, putting his addictive and egotistical personality into question.

This movie was created entirely by three filmmakers, Matthew Brdlik, Marcus Aubin, & David Neylon while backpacking around the Schengen zone in May 2019.


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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.

Schengen - Marcus Aubin, Matthew Brdlik, David NeylonMarcus Aubin, Matthew Brdlik, David Neylon
Directors

Marcus Aubin, Matthew Brdlik, and David Neylon are award-winning filmmakers from Chicago, IL. They all have big hearts and dreams. They love to travel, especially with each other. They each bring something different to the table, but through trust, love, and collaboration, have found a way to combine their visions and translate them into what we see here with “Schengen”.

Film Information


Director: Marcus Aubin, Matthew Brdlik, David Neylon
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

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Producers: Matthew Brdlik, Marcus Aubin, David Neylon

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Tantalization

Tantalization

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Tantalization

Directed by Matthew Brdlik
Narrative Short
USA | 14 min | 2020


A craftsman, struggling to cope with the loss of his wife, falls down a dark path as he begins to restore a captivating old knife.

Official SelectionL:Sidewalk Film Festival
Chicago International’s Cineyouth Film Festival
UFA Youth Short Film Festival
Cinestesia Festival
Awards: Sidwalk Film Festival Kathryn Windham Tucker Story Telling Award
Semi Finalist: UFA Short Film Festival



Everyday headlines of newspapers are plagued by seemingly random acts of violence, ‘A man kills another over a bag of chips’. What could cause someone to commit such a horrid act? The deeply repressed primal instinct of violence is within everyone. Tantalization represents the ultimate character study and exploration into this idea. How in under 15 minutes can a regular old man make the decision to take a life? How does the audience react when they not only know the full story, but empathize with it?

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Tantalization - Matthew BrdlikMatthew Brdlik
Director

Matthew Brdlik is a narrative and documentary Filmmaker from Chicago Illinois. His goal in film is to create unique and immersive stories that provide a different perspective on society and reality.

Matthew studied at DePaul University and now works as a freelance director on the documentary series Wild Gamble.

Film Information


Director: Matthew Brdlik
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer:Matthew Brdlik
Producer: Matthew Brdlik
Cinematography: Brandon Hoeg
Editor: Marcus Aubin
Music: Phillip Rapa

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Your Son

Your Son

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Your Son

Directed by Ben Friedman
Narrative Short
USA | 9 min | 2021


After realizing there has just been a shooting at the high school her son goes to, Lucy suffers a panic attack while trying to contact him.



As the child of a single mother, I must admit that I do not respect her enough. I am quick to blame her for being the reason why my life is not perfect and slow to appreciate the sacrifices she has made. As a society, we need to realize that some things are just outside of our parents’ control.

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Your Son - Ben FriedmanBen Friedman
Director

Ben Friedman is a writer/director from Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2021 a Bachelor of Arts in Film. Ben plans to continue his education and put himself on a path to one teach cinema theory at a university. His favorite thing about Wisconsin is the abundance of obscure roadside attractions.

Film Information


Director: Ben Friedman
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 9 min.
Rated:  PG-13

Credits


Writer: Ben Friedman
Producer: Breana Malloy
Cinematography: Ben Tiesworth

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