Blunt

Blunt

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2020 A Comedy Special

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Sat Feb 26, 2022 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s #2
Sun Feb 27, 2022 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s #1

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Blunt

Directed by Hisonni Mustafa
Narrative Short
USA | 20 min | 2021


In this dialogue-driven episode, an interracial lesbian couple attempts to ease the racial tension between them and their parents using the power of straight talk and a little bit of Cannabis.



It’s my responsibility as a black man to share the African American experience through my films. But it’s my honor to depict the stories of any underrepresented community on screen.

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Blunt - Hisonni Mustafa JohnsonHisonni Mustafa
Director

Hisonni Mustafa is a Guyanese American filmmaker from the most segregated city in America, Milwaukee, WI. Hisonni creates films that depict the protagonist’s perilous journey toward being loved, financially secure, and discovering their significance in this world. Consequently, Hisonni won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival, the HBO feature film competition at MVAAFF, and became the first black recipient of The Robert Rodriquez Indie Auteur of the year award.

Since 2013 Hisonni has written, directed, shot, edited, produced, and crowdsourced a dozen award-winning projects. Hisonni’s feature films and shorts earned awards from over 100 festivals, including Cinequest, Hollyshorts, and Urbanworld. Hisonni’s shorts/web series have gained over six million views online and award nominations from LA Webfest, The VH1 Streamy Awards, Marseille Webfest, The IAWTV awards, and Marvel’s Stan Lee. In 2020, Hisonni’s independently produced film Take Out Girl has received awards from The Bentonville Film Festival, Dances With Films, Ashland Independent, Cinequest, and Indie Memphis.

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Director: Hisonni Mustafa
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 20 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Hisonni Mustafa Johnson
Producer: Hisonni Mustafa Johnson, Caslin Rose, Hedy Wong, Alberto Triana, Melissa Del Rosario
Editor: Hisonni Mustafa, Alberto Triana
Cinematography: Hisonni Mustafa, Alberto Triana
Music: Martin St. Pierre

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The Box Fort

Box Fort, The

Screens with:

Woodland Grey

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Sat Mar 5, 2022 – 7:30 pm | Visit Beloit
Sun Mar 6, 2022 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s #1

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The Box Fort

Directed by Brian Klewin
Narrative Short
USA | 4 min | 2021


A single mom and her two kids construct a massive box fort with the empty moving boxes from a recent move. After the power goes out, the mom is haunted by something inside the box fort.



I made this film after having emerged from a tumultuous period in my life. It helped me to better understand the power of forgiveness – both of oneself and others – and how it frees us to move on to better things. Maybe it can do the same for others.

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The Box Fort - Brian KlewinBrian Klewin
Director

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Director: Brian Klewin
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Brian Klewin
Producer: Brian Klewin, David Busse
Editor: Bradley Ziegler
Cinematography: Timothy Moder
Music: Dave Olson

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She Picked Me

She Picked Me

Screens with:

THE CHAMBER OF TERROR

Fri Feb 25, 2022 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Sun Mar 6, 2022 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande

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She. Picked. Me.

Directed by Jason Wilkinson
Narrative Feature
USA | 11 min | 2021


Stevie finds herself chased by a mad man in a remote Pacific Northwest forest. When he finally catches her, the story shifts to show what led up to these final moments. It’s revealed some things are not always what they seem. SHE. PICKED. ME. is a modern “Gore Noire” that explores current Social and Feminist themes while stylistically paying homage to nostalgic horror tropes.



I made this film after having emerged from a tumultuous period in my life. It helped me to better understand the power of forgiveness – both of oneself and others – and how it frees us to move on to better things. Maybe it can do the same for others.

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She Picked Me - Jason WilkinsonJason Wilkinson
Director

As an avid movie lover and Filmmaker, Jason has pursued and forged his own career path thus far. In college he was accepted into the BFA program at Oklahoma State University with an emphasis in both Theatrical Performance and Vocal Performance. Since graduating, he’s worked with several production companies in the Pacific Northwest; Killing Time Productions, Deep Sky Studios, endHaven Productions, DNA PDX, and Why? Films. He specializes in writing, directing, and assembly editing short films, television pilots, feature films, commercials and documentaries. He’s now an award winning Director for “Killing Time” and “She. Picked. Me.” Most recently Jason has become one of 9 Directors to complete the first feature film horror anthology to come out of the Clubhouse social app titled “Sinphony.” One trait he truly values is collaborating with driven, honest, and innovative creatives.

Film Information


Director: Jason Wilkinson
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 11 min.
Rated: R

Credits


Writer: Jason Wilkinson
Producer:Jason Wilkinson
Editor: Jeremiah L. Scott, Jason Wilkinson
Cinematography: Jeremiah L. Scott
Music: Bryan Thompson

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Sin Rock: The Story of Johnny Bazooka

Sin Rock: The Story of Johnny Bazooka

YES! Filmmaker(s) Attending for Q&A


Sat Feb 26, 2022 – 5:00 pm | La Casa Grande
Sun Feb 27, 2022 – 12:00 pm | Downtown Beloit Association

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Sin Rock: The Story of Johnny Bazooka

Directed by Sean Klaus
Documentary Short
USA | 33 min | 2021


A mockumentary about legendary Wisconsin guitarist Johnny Bazooka and his meteoric rise to fame in the late 1970’s.

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Growing up in an immigrant family in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, I remember how alienated I felt watching the sitcoms and films of the 80s. I was more likely to (and in fact did) see a cat-eating, wise-cracking alien on television than a family of manual workers shopping for appliances at flea markets, or multiple generations in a household.

When I was in high school in the early 90s, I picked up a comic book by a woman named Heather McAdams and it felt like a veil had been lifted. She was funny, weird, gross, horny, and awkward. All traits I could recognize in myself and my friends. All traits that were absent in the beautiful, perfect, smooth-haired girls I saw on screen with psychiatrist dads and homemaker moms.

Since then, I’ve thought a lot about who “gets” to write, tell, and show their stories, and what it means for our culture when those stories come from a limited point of view. In the United States, our stories are among our greatest exports, viewed by audiences around the world. The stories we tell and share shape how humanity sees itself, its past and its future.

For me, independent comics have been a place where all the usual gatekeepers are absent. Agents, editors, distributors, and funders don’t need to sign-off on, accept, review, or otherwise bless the fantastic worlds drawn on a legal pad during the downtime of an artists’ daily hustle. Copy machines and social media are all that’s needed to transport readers into a variety of lived experiences that Hollywood and major publishers overlook as unprofitable.

In 2010, I wrote and published my own independent comic. It did well, it sold at comics conventions and was nominated for a few awards. Beyond that, the comic shared parts of myself, my values, anxieties, beliefs in a way that nothing else has. It was clarifying for me and allowed for connections I had not expected, including conversations with men who bought the comic and confessed to me this was the first story they had ever read with a female protagonist and their surprise that they could find a woman’s experiences to be relatable to their own.

This is the magic of independent comics: anyone can tell their story and they are so cheap and accessible, that you never know who is going to end up reading it, and in turn, understanding your world. Independent comics allow artists direct access to an audience that is hungry for something new, different, real, and raw.

And this is resonating beyond niche audiences.

Indie comics have become Oscar-winning films and genre-defying hit series on Netflix. I’m convinced that if you want to see the stories, we’ll all be talking about in 2025 and beyond, you can start now by meeting the independent comics creators of today

That’s why I want to take you to the Small Press Expo, a beloved annual event, where we can meet the people that are putting ourselves in stories.

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Sean Klaus, Director | Sin RockSean Klaus
Director

Sean Klaus, a graduate of the Performing Insitute of Minnesota High School, has created multiple music videos and short films as a part of his art collective run out of Minneapolis, MN, the Mortuarium Art Collective. His films include: “LIABILITY” and “MIDWINTER SUNSET”.

Film Information


Director: Sean Klaus
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 33 min.
Rated:  PG

Credits


Writer: Gary James Judson
Producer:
Gary James Judson
Key Cast: Louis Sorrell V, Craig Planting, Sara Heinzen, Jarrod Anderson, Andy Schultz, Scott Loyd, Jim Vandervelde, Terri Judson, Kristianne Schultz, Jesse Carlson, Melissa Mound.

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A Bridge Too Far From Hero Street

A Bridge Too Far From Hero Street

Screens with:

The Loss of the Body

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Wed Mar 2, 2022 – 5:30 pm | Domenico’s #2
Sat Mar 5, 2022 – 12:00 pm | La Casa Grande

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A Bridge Too Far From Hero Street

Directed by Kelly Rundle
Documentary Short
USA | 29 min | 2019


“A Bridge Too Far From Hero Street” follows William Sandoval’s journey from a boxcar in Silvis, Illinois to a battle in a forest in Holland. Born into an impoverished family of twelve, Willie performed migrant farm work alongside his parents and siblings until his father took a job with the Rock Island Railroad. The Sandovals and other Mexican immigrants made their homes in boxcars in the rail yard. As a young man Willie became an accomplished boxer.

Answering a call to service following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Willie became an Army paratrooper. He survived several battles over the next two years (Salerno, Anzio), before he was killed at age 21 in October 1944 following his involvement in the largest air assault in history–Operation Market Garden. An interview with military historian John C. McManus, the author of “September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far”, highlights Willie’s participation. Marc Wilson, the author of “Hero Street, USA” is also featured.

Eight sons of Mexican immigrants from the block-and-a-half long 2nd Street in Silvis, Illinois were killed in combat in World War II and Korea–more lost than any other street in America. The street was renamed Hero Street in 1968.



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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A Bridge Too Far From Hero Street - Kelly RundleKelly Rundle
Director

Director/writer Kelly Rundle & Producer/writer Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films have been producing documentaries and other media projects for over 25 years. Kelly and Tammy are the recipients of seven Mid-America Emmy® nominations, more than a dozen film festival awards, Telly awards, film festival Official Selections and grant awards. They are the producers of the Mid-America Emmy® nominated historical documentaries “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe”, “Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City”, “Letters Home to Hero Street” (co-produced with WQPT), “Country School: One Room – One Nation”, and “River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6”. They are the producers of the Mid-America Emmy-nominated and award-winning docudrama “Sons & Daughters of Thunder”, and the award-winning documentary “The Barn Raisers”, “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” (co-produced with Garry McGee), “Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3”, and “Villisca: Living with a Mystery”.

Film Information


Director: Kelly Rundle
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Runtime: 29 min.
Rated:  PG

Credits


Writer: Tammy Rundle
Producer: Tammy Rundle
Music: Joe Soliz
Original Art: Bruce Walters
Key Cast: John C. McManus, Marc Wilson, Brian Behnken, Rufina Guerrero, Ruben Sandoval

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Summerlight

Summerlight

Screens with:

LONESOME

Tue Mar 1, 2022 – 5:30 pm | Domenico’s #1
Sat Mar 5, 2022 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s #1

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Summerlight

Directed by Joohee KIM
Narrative Short
Republic of Korea| 27 min | 2020


Sa-ha likes her homeroom teacher. Sa-ha just watches her teacher from afar, hiding her mind. Classmate Sae-bom appeared in front of Sa-ha. Unlike Sa-ha, she looks mature. Sae-bom noticed that she also liked her teacher. The two begin to keep each other in check. Sa-ha is just confused by the first feeling she has ever experienced.



Sticky Pinecones is inspired by a true story that happened to the writer one morning when he was out walking. It changed his life. And to tell that story, I chose to have a young autistic actor play the role of the young boy, to give the film authenticity, to be true to the story.

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Summerlight - Joohee KIMJoohee KIM
Director

Director Joohee KIM was born in 1996.
She majored Film at Cheong-ju Univ.

Film Information


Director: Joohee KIM
Country: Republic of Korea
Year: 2020
Language: Korean
Runtime: 27 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Joohee KIM
Producer: Bumgi SEO
Key Cast:  Youngbi KIM, Yewon KIM, Woocan LIM

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The Night Passenger

Night Passenger, The

Screens with:

Here & After

Tue Mar 1, 2022 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s #2
Sun Mar 6, 2022 – 2:30 pm | Downtown Beloit Association

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The Night Passenger

Directed by Josh Bowman
Narrative Short
USA | 27 min | 2021


Marty is going through a crisis and is hanging on by a thread. After discovering a man tied up in his trunk things go from bad to worse. Worse being a psychopathic Irishman who joins Marty on a journey through the city of LA.



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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The Night Passenger - Josh BowmanJosh Bowman
Director

Josh Bowman is a British born actor and director who has spent the last 10 years plying his trade in front of the camera on multiple tv shows (Revenge, Time After Time, Our Girl, Dr. Who) and feature films (The Nellie Bly story, Level Ip, So Undercover). He directed the sci-fi short film “EVE” which was released by Gunpowder Sky on the Dust Channel and has since received over 500,000 views. His second short film, a Neo noir thriller called “The Night Passenger” has just wrapped post production.

Film Information


Director: Josh Bowman
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English
Runtime: 27 min.
Rated: PG-13

Credits


Writer: Megan Barker
Producer: Shaheen Schleifer, Patricia McCormack
Music:Scott Twynholm
Editor: Heidi Freeman
Cinematography: Edmund Curtis

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