Parachute

Parachute

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Parachute

Directed by Aaron Putnam

Short Narrative
USA | 5 minutes | 2015


We spend our entire lives looking forward to the possibilities adulthood will bring, fully unprepared for its drab reality. For Scarlet, adulthood has amounted to lessons in disappointment and a quarry of apathy. A chance meeting with an unlikely lifeline pulls her out of her self-centered depths, showing her that the only way to survive adulthood is to become a kid again.



Parachute - Aaron PutmanAaron Putnam
Director

With over 10 years of experience in television and film, Aaron has worked as a director, editor, designer, producer and/or writer on multiple feature films, short films and television shows for ESPN, Warner Bros., the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and TLC.

In his current role as Motion Director at Wray Ward he leads a talented team of editors, producers and videographers that craft everything from nationally broadcasted commercials and feature length documentaries to web series’ and short product videos.

Originally from Milwaukee, he received an associate’s degree in television production from Milwaukee Area Technical College and attended the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles

Parachute

Film Information


Director: Aaron Putnam
Country: USA 
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 5 minutes

Credits


Writers: Katie Moore 
Producers:
Devon Chandler
Editors: Griffin Glaze  and Lewis Dameron III
Director of Photography:   Justin Smith
Key Cast:
 Brooke Bradley  and Carter Nesbitt

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We Interrupt This Broadcast

We Interrupt This Broadcast

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


We Interrupt This Broadcast

Directed by Kurt Raether

Short Narrative
USA | 6 minutes | 2015


A security guard at a museum spends his late night shifts reenacting old radio dramas. Tonight: Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds. Are we truly alone? Is he? Inspired by the 100th anniversary of Orson Welles’ birth.



We Interrupt This Broadcast - Kurt RaetherKurt Raether
Director/Writer

Kurt Raether is an producer, director, and partner at Sabljak Raether Hogerton. Known for short documentaries and visually innovative music videos, his latest film “Little America” recently won top honors at the Wisconsin Film Festival. In addition to his own projects, Raether is an indie developer with several projects underway, including a feature ­length Iranian American documentary on the life of Hamid Naficy, famed film scholar.

We Interrupt This Broadcast

Film Information


Director: Kurt Raether
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 6 minutes

Credits


Producers: Martin Kaszubowski
Executive Producers: Mark Sabljak, Matt Sabljak, and Sam Hogerton
Assistant Director: 
Carol Brandt
Editor: Leo Fleming
Special Effects: Jacob Holiday
Sound Design: Kurt Raether
Music:
The Tontine Ensemble
Costume Design
: Dani Groom
Makeup Artist
: Erica Thompson
Key Cast: WC Tank, Kelly Danen, Mike Sabljak, Kyle Willkom , and Mark Sabljak

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The Discovery of Alan Hindley

The Discovery of Alan Hindley

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


The Discovery of Alan Hindley

Directed by Andy Fortenbacher

Short Narrative
USA | 6 minutes | 2015


A ham radio enthusiast discovers a mysterious object that might be a window into another world.



Discovery of Alan Hindley - Andy FortenbacherAndy Fortenbacher
Director/ Writer

ANDY FORTENBACHER has a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University and has built a portfolio of 14 short films from different genres. His film, Moths, received awards from several festivals and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Student Academy Awards. His comedy/horror short film, Melon Head, screened at over thirty-five film festivals worldwide and received awards for best film, best comedy, and audience choice.

Fortenbacher believes that exceptional work is the result of strong collaboration. He relies on his team to help bring his vision to life so that he can meticulously focus on the details in order to achieve polished results.

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Film Information


Director: Andy Fortenbacher
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 6 minutes

Credits


Producers: Zac Page, Cassidy Bisher, and Lisa Mueller
Director of Photography:  Craig Harmer
Visual Effects:  
Ankit Mishra
Sound Designer: Enos Desjardins
Composer:  Jay Lifton

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Fire Escape

Fire Escape

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Fire Escape

Directed by James Heiner

Short Narrative
USA | 6 minutes | 2014


After a chance encounter with a stranger on a fire escape, a young woman takes stock of her lived-in routine.




Fire Escape - James HeinerJames Heiner

Director/Writer

James considers himself a writer first, director second, and the rest of the time he’s usually an AD. After graduating with a BA in Film & Media Arts from the University of Utah, he elected to return for a more production-intensive MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Cinema Directing. Currently he lives and writes in Los Angeles as he works in talent management.

Fire Escape is about a small moment with world-shaking implications; a young mother steps back and takes stock of the path she’s on and where she’s landed. Storytelling at it’s best can lend varied points of view and experience to an audience that may never have looked at that lens otherwise–and that’s the kind of storytelling James aspires to and loves best.

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Film Information


Director: James  Heiner
Country: USA 
Year: 2014
Language: English 
Runtime: 6 minutes

Credits


Producers: Katie Sponseller and Jonathan Moeller
Director of Photography: AJ Young
Editor: Jordan Nelson
Key Cast: Scottie Caldwell, Jeff Cummings, and Michael Medford

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More Alike than Different

More Alike than Different

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


More Alike than Different

Directed by Haley Labian

Short Documentary
USA | 6 minutes | 2015


A short video about Danielle, the most caring individual I’ve ever met. She continues to break down barriers and overcome challenges in her life, most of which come from people who believe that since she looks and acts different, she can’t accomplish the same things. She has Down Syndrome, but she will always first and foremost be my big sister and best friend.



More Alike Than Different - Haley Labian

Haley Labian
Director

Haley is currently a sophomore Film and Digital Media major at Loyola University Chicago. In her free time, she likes to photograph the beauty in the world around her and make short films.

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Film Information


Director: Haley Labian
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 6 minutes

Credits


Producer: Haley Labian
Key Cast: 
Danielle Labian

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Discovering the Truth with Tanner DeMita

Discovering the Truth /w Tanner DeMita

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slots #1


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Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Discovering the Truth with Tanner DeMita

Directed by Matthew J Grcic

Short Documentary
USA | 9 minutes | 2014


Tanner DeMita is an 18 year old senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. He discusses the time when he learned about his diagnosis of Autism, and how it has helped him understand why he is the way he is. We learn of some of the struggles he faces in life, and some of his incredible successes. His twin sister offers her input into his life, and some of her experiences.



Soar Matthew GrcicMatthew J Grcic
Director, Producer, Writer

After completing my Master’s in Communication, Digital Media and Storytelling, from Loyola University Chicago, I find myself settling down near my hometown in the Greater Cleveland/Akron area of Northeast Ohio. I am a photojournalist by nature and I am driven to tell stories. I encourage you to have a look at my portfolio to see the array of work I have created, from commercials and marketing videos to short documentaries.

I have a special interest in environmental and social issues. This is my main focus with my artistic talents. I tell stories with my still and motion pictures, and I will take on any story that needs to be told.

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Film Information


Director: Matthew J Grcic
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 9 minutes

Credits


Producer, DP, and Editor: Matthew J Grcic
Key Cast: Tanner DeMita

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Death Drive

The Death Drive

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


The Death Drive

Directed by Kyle V. James and Michael Bourne

Short Narrative
USA  | 10 minutes | 2015


A self-proclaimed astronaut searches for the missing impact in his life. The young thrill seeker must find the balance between having a relationship and embracing his urge to self-destruct. This short film explores the human desire for danger and risk while commenting on what it means to truly live.

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Death Drive - Kyle JamesKyle James
Director, Editor, Writer

Kyle V. James: Director, Editor, VFX. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kyle works as a digital artist, designer, and filmmaker. His video work spans music videos, short films, T.V. commercials, and full-length feature films. A recent graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Kyle has already worked for Milwaukee Magazine, Wonder Wonder, and About Face Media. Also working as a freelancer, Kyle was able to accumulate an impressive body of work as a cinematographer, editor, animator, and visual effects artist.

Kyle V. James is best known for his work on The Death Drive (2015), China Test Girls (2015), and Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015).

https://beloitfilmfest.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/death-drive-micheal-bourne.jpgMichael Bourne
Director,Writer, Cinematographer

Michael Bourne. Director, Cinematographer/DP, Editor. Michael was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and works as filmmaker and videographer. His video work includes short films, music videos, and short documentary projects. Michael has completed the film program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and currently works as videographer and editor for Doc-UWM, and as a freelancer cinematographer and grip.

Michael Bourne is best known for his work on The Death Drive (2015) and Illuminate (2014).

Film Information


Director:   Kyle V. James and Michael Bourne
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 10 minutes

Credits


Producer: Kyle V. James, Michael Bourne
Writer: Kyle V. James, Michael Bourne
Editor: Kyle V. James
Key Cast: Mallori Taylor, Kyle V. James

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Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Dinosaur

Directed by Spencer Ortega

Short Narrative
USA | 8 minutes | 2014


A young man struggles with the balance between his love for dinosaurs and his social responsibilities.



Dinosaur-Spencer OrtegaSpencer Ortega
Director, Producer, Writer

Spencer Ortega is in his third year at the University of Wisconsin of Milwaukee. He started out on sets mostly doing sound, but his heart was always in cinematography. As his lighting skills improved, he was asked more to help in the grip department than sound and recently has been the Director of Photography for a variety of short films. His philosophy of shooting as much as possible and helping others shoot as much as possible has led him on many great cinematic adventures. Spencer has taken a lot of what he has learned from working on other sets and applied it to his own short films. He loves to use cinema to create new worlds and experiment with characters in peculiar situations. His film from his freshman year, “Balloons” played in the Shorts Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Film Information


Director: Spencer Ortega
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min

Credits


Music: Olive Musique, Gyom, and Kevin MacLeod
Art Director: Aby Farrey
Sound Ops: 
Clayton Backes, Sean McDowell, and Katelyn Schulfer
Voice Artist: Alex Catalano
Assistant Camera:  Ben Sheetz, Josh Peterson, Louie Fisher, Daniel Lindsay
Key Cast: Colin Schultz, John Baiocchi , and Abby Farrey

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Blame Movie

Blame

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Blame

Directed by Kellee Terrell

Short Narrative
USA | 15 minutes | 2014


Haunted by a dead rape victim, a young father must decide to either turn his only son into the police or delete the only evidence of the attack.



Blame Movie - Kellee TerrellKellee Terrell
Director/Writer

Kellee Terrell recently graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a MFA in Film Directing. She also holds an M.A. in African-American Studies from Columbia University in New York. Her first film “Goodnight My Love,” (2013), a short about a Black lesbian couple trapped in the zombie apocalypse, has screened in over 40 cities around the world including San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Kingston, Geneva, Toronto, Copenhagen and Los Angeles. With filmmakers Nate and Rob Bailey-Millado, Terrell is currently co-producing Herr (2015), a feature length documentary about Barbara Herr, an iconic Latina transgender lip-sync artist in NYC. In addition to being a filmmaker, Terrell is also an award-winning journalist whose articles and interviews have been featured in The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, BET.com, Essence, The Root, Glamour, The Advocate, POZ and Colorlines to name a few.

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Film Information


Director: Kellee Terrell
Country: USA 
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 15 min

Credits


Writer:  Kellee Terrell
Producer: Meera Jogani
Editor:   April A. Wilson
Composer: Andrew Orkin
Key Cast: Jerod Haynes, Kristin Anderson, Javoun Baker, and Flavia Borges 

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We Know You Have a Choice

We Know You Have a Choice

Wisconsin Illinois Short Slot #1


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


We Know You Have a Choice

Directed by Eric Simonson

Short Narrative
USA | 12 minutes | 2015


A successful career woman meets her match when she takes on the complexities of technology and so called “customer service”.



Eric Simonson | We Know You Have a Choice

Eric Simonson
Director, Producer, Writer

Eric Simonson is an ensemble member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a position he maintains while working as a writer and director for film, television, theatre and opera.

Recent films include the documentary, “Studs Terkel: Listening to America” (Emmy nomination); “A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin”, which won the Oscar for Documentary Short and received a nomination from the International Documentary Association (IDA) for Distinguished Achievement; “On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom” (Oscar nomination, IDA Award, Emmy nomination). All three films subsequently aired on HBO/Cinemax. Other films include “Hamlet” (co-directed with Campbell Scott) for Hallmark Entertainment, and the independent feature, “Topa Topa Bluffs”. Simonson has also written and developed multiple television series for HBO, FX, Starz, TNT, and USA networks.

We Know You Have a Choice

Film Information


Director: Eric Simonson
Country: United States
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min 45 sec

Credits


Producer and Writer: Eric Simonson
Key Cast: Sue Cremin

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