2013 Finalists: Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Presented by American Express
About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes to film students from around the world. The 2013 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase will provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees. Prizes will be awarded to filmmakers and the top fourteen films will be screened in a special “Emerging Filmmaker” showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes.
Emerging Short Film: Adonis directed by David Dibble
Student Short Film: Brother directed by Sari Rodrig
Student Documentary: Past Their Prime directed by Becca Friedman
Emerging Filmmaker Documentary: Colored My Mind: Diagnosis directed by Nia Hill
THURSDAY, MAY 23
Screening of 2013 Finalists
Student Short Films & Documentaries: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Emerging Filmmaker Short Films & Documentaries: 4:30 pm – 6:15 pm
A 9-1-1 operator receives a frantic call from her son, who has caused a horrific accident. Every word matters when the call is being recorded.
Writer/Director: Andrew Fairbank
Producer: Gerrad Wilson
Cast: Marsha Dietlein Bennett, Cosmo Wolski, Art Wallace, Victoria Nugent
“Brother” tells the story of a humanoid robot who can’t build anything that works correctly. He must find it within himself to make his creations come to life.
Writer/Director: Sari Rodrig
While homelessness forces a single mother of two to fend for her young family on the streets, she knows one thing for sure: she will not be separated from her children.
Director: Moshe Sayada
Writer: Moshe Sayada, Cami Starkman
Producer: Deniese Davis
Cast: Julia Lee
SIX LETTER WORD
An unlikely mom (Rumer Willis) is forced to confront her son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.
Director: Lisanne Sartor
Producer: Xiaolin Yu, Derrick Pete, Lisanne Sartor
Cast: Rumer Willis, Josh Braaten, Rio Mangini
EMERGING FILMMAKER SHORT FILMS
A 2ND OPINION
Director: David Del Rio
Writer: David Gunning
Producer: Jon Paul Burkhart
Executive Producer: David Gunning
Cast: David Gunning, Gabrielle Christian, Angela Bullock, Bee-Be Smith, Emily Chang, Michael Gabiano, Regina Saldivar, Sharon Omi
Sophomore Philip Weinberg orchestrates a series of unbelievable ‘coincidences’ to grab the attention of an older girl. Enlisting a ragtag group of accomplices, Philip goes to incredible lengths to create the perfect first impression. As his plans unfold, they become more grandiose and elaborate – but will his house of cards remain standing?
Director: David Singer
Cast: Jack Foley, Zoe Levin
Writer/Director: David Dibble
Producer: David Dibble, Erik Wong
Cast: James Snyder, Ernie Hudson, Velinda Godfrey, and Jimmy the Dog
Based on true stories, PRIVATE WAR exposes the unique perspective of a female Marine deployed in Afghanistan, and the relationships, triumphs and tragedies that arise from her service.
EMERGING STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES
TRACK BY TRACK
A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.
Director: Anna Moot-Levin
A QUEST FOR PEACE: NONVIOLENCE AMONG RELIGIONS
Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society: violence among religions. Through discussions with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, and local religious leaders from the Central Coast of California, Matthew learns powerful lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding. As Gandhi has said, “We must become the change we wish to see in our world!” This film helps us understand how we can make these changes.
Director: Matthew Evans
Cast: Arun Gandhi, Leona Evans, Linda Bertenthal, Michael Moran, Naiyerah Kolkailah, Russell Brown
RAISING THE TITANIC
27 years after the Titanic shipwreck is discovered, the steward and sole salvager of the Titanic, RMS Titanic Incorporated, is holding a private auction, in which they will sell over 5,000 artifacts from the wreck site for over $189 million.
Producer/Director: Alex Mitchell
Cast: Lowell Lyle, Mary Glowack, Glen Doran
PAST THEIR PRIME
A look at the world of geriatric zoo animal care, through Colo–the oldest living gorilla in captivity–on her 55th birthday.
Producer/Director: Becca Friedman
Cast: Cola (Gorilla), Audra Meinelt, Dana Hatcher, Dusty Lombardi, Harry Peachey, Jack Hanna, Jerry Seija, Scott Shelley
COLORED MY MIND: DIAGNOSIS
In this powerful Short Docu-feature by award-winning writer and director Nia T. Hill, we hear the stories of five powerful women including an educator, an actress, a lawyer, a music manager, and a homemaker, as we explore the overlooked world of autism, in particular in Black and Brown communities. Actors Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker dramatize their stores in this Short appropriately entitled “Diagnosis.”
Writer/Director: Nia Hill
Producer: Shannon Nash
Cast: Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, John Duffy, Donna Hunter, LaDonna Hughley, Shannon Nash, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tammy McCrary
PEOPLE AREN’T ALL BAD
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Yutaka Kobayashi endured many obstacles in life. As a young boy he was labeled stupid by his teacher for refusing to learn Japanese. Later, after his high school graduation and at the start of World War II, his attempts to enlist in the US Army were refused because of his Japanese heritage. Then, in 1942 he was sent to the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp. Surprisingly, it was during this dark period in his life that he experienced compassion and kindness from where he least expected it, a gun tower guard from within the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp.
Director: Matthew Hashiguchi
Cast: Yutaka Kobayashi (voice)