Student Shorts Block A: Live Action Shorts

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Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.

Student Shorts Block A: Live Action Shorts
Genre: Black Experience, Coming-of-Age, Documentary, Drama, Female Experience, Female Filmmaker, First-Time Filmmaker, Relationships, Social Issues, Southern Stories, Student Filmmaker

Films will be accessible for 24 hours after the scheduled start time.

The Light Breaks

Directed by Hailey French  
USA, 2020, 13 min.
World premiere

Over the course of a single day, three generations of women are faced with a life-changing decision.

Writer: Cassidy Haynes
Producer: Lauren Bautista
Cast: Katrina Mervin, Natharina Nguyen, Kausar Mohammed
School: SCAD


Directed by Luca Zuberbühler
Belgium/Switzerland, 2019, 10 min.
Georgia premiere

An old theater is about to be demolished. A construction worker enters the crumbling building to make sure no one is inside and strays into a mystical, fragile world.

Writer: Luca Zuberbühler
Producers: Nadine Lüchinger, Philippe van der Loo 
Cast: Aurélien Lallouet, Aurélien Caeyman
School: LUCA School of Arts

Patriot Day

Directed by Nailah Robinson 
USA, 2020, 14 min.

As tragedy strikes in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, stoic 11-year-old Jamila navigates her pre-teenage life and waits for her mom to come home from the Pentagon so they can celebrate her birthday.

Producers: Nicole Magabo, Christina Jobe
Cast: Kaylin Ali, Marcellus Shepard, Stephanie Parker, Jacqueline Oday
School: London Film School

A Little Mess

Directed by Jamie Deradorian-Delia 
USA, 2019, 7 min.
Georgia premiere

Artist Lydia Ricci uses scraps from her childhood home to create miniature sculptures of nostalgic objects. 

Cast: Lydia Ricci
School: School of Visual Arts

Unfinished Lives

Directed by Yucong Chen 
USA, 2020, 24 min.
World premiere

In 2014, 24-year-old University of Southern California graduate student Xinran Ji was beaten to death by four teens. A lawyer, Rose Tsai, took it upon herself to tirelessly advocate on his behalf and represent his parents as they attempt to understand the senseless tragedy.

Cinematographer: Huanxi Li
Editors: Mozhu Yan, Yucong Chen
Sound: Jiaxuan Cai
Producers: Niuyue Zhang, Shange Zhang
School: University of Southern California

Eyes of Eidolon

Directed by Davi Pena 
USA, 2020, 11 min.
Georgia premiere

A short narrative about love, loss, and the memories that haunt us.

Writer: Davi Pena
Director of photography: Kai Dickson
Editor: Devon Solwold
Producer: Addison Toney
Cast: Russell Shealy
School: SCAD

Our Side

Directed by Nicola Rinciari
USA, 2020, 12 min.
Southeast premiere

After the new immigration laws making her visa invalid, Adillah, an African caregiver,
must decide whether to save herself or the elderly Sicilian man in her care.

Writers: Nicola Rinciari, Emily Dillard
Producers: Emily Dillard, Jessica Lueck, Liz Kraushaar
Cast: MK Smith, Bella Mencia, Walker Cody
School: SCAD

Paper Boats

Directed by Gonzalo Guajardo
USA/Ethiopia/Spain, 2019, 15 min.
Georgia premiere

Why can’t Rahel bring herself to sign her artwork? A visit from her high school academic advisor triggers memories of why she is haunted by her surname yet won’t consider changing it.

Writer: Abezash Tamerat
Producer: Helena Papayanopulos
Cast: Semenesh Cheksa, Briana Stoakley, Samuel Gebreselessie, Merone Misiker
School: New York Film Academy

Growing Indoors

Directed by Maria Primera Darwich
USA, 2020, 4 min.
World premiere

COVID-19 has heavily affected our lives. Growing Indoors examines how an artist copes with the desperation of wanting to express herself, and how desperately we need the arts, music, and human connection to keep growing, even if we must do it indoors.

Writer, producer: Maria Primera Darwich
Camera: Selah Kwon
Featuring: “Aguanile” by Hector Perez, Willie Colón
Music production: Carlos Jr. Diaz
School: SCAD

Death of Childhood

Directed by McKinley Benson
USA, 2020, 8 min.
World premiere

A 19-year-old artist struggles with the loss of his beloved sketchbook containing memories of his estranged father, as he learns to accept adulthood.

Writer, producer: McKinley Benson
Cast: Brady Dollyhigh
School: SCAD


Directed by Alice Aguiar
USA, 7 min.
World premiere

It’s the 1930s and Sophia’s farm is suffering from the effects of the recession. Looking for an escape from her monotonous life, she communicates with an unknown entity that takes her to places she has only dreamed of before.

Writers: Alice Aguiar, Victoria Williams
Producers: Victoria Williams, Zach Jones
Cast: Claire Charnaux, Kathleen Farrell, Lucas Scott
School: SCAD

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Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.

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