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About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes to film students from around the world. The 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase will provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees. Prizes will be awarded to filmmakers and the top twenty-two films will be screened in a special “Emerging Filmmaker” showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes


AMERICAN PAVILION
EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

2016 FINALISTS

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Short Film – winner
OUT OF THE VILLAGE directed by Jonathan Stein

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Student Film – winner
ROSA directed by Alejandra Parody (NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

Emerging Filmmaker Best Documentary – winner
THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT directed by Nicholas Coles

Emerging Filmmaker Best Student Documentary – winner
ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY directed by Gabe Schimmel & Monica Petruzzelli (Chapman University)

Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase – winner
ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY directed by Gabe Schimmel & Monica Petruzzelli (Chapman University)

 

Sunday, May 15th
Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17th
Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Student Short Films & Documentaries
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Emerging Filmmaker Short Films & Documentaries
Filmmaker Awards Ceremony Following the last Screening 


STUDENT SHORT FILMS
(Tuesday, May 17th, Noon-2pm)

CORA

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2015, 22 min., USA, Drama, Santa Monica College

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Writer/Director: Kevin Maxwell
Producer: David Field, Cristiano Cardoso,Christopher Rojas, Juan Felipe Zuleta
Executive Producer: Salvador Carrasco; Co-Executive Producer: Anne Spielberg
Cast: Latarsha Rose, Joe Holt, Willie C. Carpenter
An African-American woman fights racism and domestic abuse in the 60s only to face the toughest choice of her life.

 

GUIDE

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2015, 18 min., USA, Drama, Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

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Writer/Director: Jackson Miller
Producer: Missy Hauser, Skyler Stearns
Cast: Aaron Kuban, Johnny Bouchard, Kirsta Peterson, Maggie McCollester, Litany Miller
When John, a blind man, discovers that his guide dog and best friend, Jubilee, is dying, his world seems to crumble. Unwilling to apply for a new dog, but unable to live without one, John struggles to find the strength to say goodbye and find a way to push on.

 

ROSA

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2015, 21 min., USA/Colombia, Drama, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

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Director: Alejandra Parody
Producer: Elizabeth Philipson-Weiner, Janella Lacson
Cast: Aracely Guzman Doria, Tomas Estrada Pulverail, Mila Villamizar, Alejandro Estrada
Despite having served the same family for several years, a passionate maid struggles to belong when class divisions clash with her devotion to the family’s boy.

 


TAKING THE PLUNGE

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2015, 7 min., USA, Animation, The School of Visual Art

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Writer/Director: Thaddaeus Andreades, Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult
When a young man’s ideal wedding proposal is put in jeopardy, he is forced to dive into the unknown waters to salvage his plans.

 


EMERGING FILMMAKER SHORT FILMS (Tuesday, May 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

 

BOTTOMLESS

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2015, 2 min., USA, Animation

Bottomless

Writer/Director: Véronique Vanblaere
Producer: Jen West
A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

 


DEBRIS (ESCOMBROS)

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2015, 15 min., USA, Drama

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Writer/Director: Mary-Lyn Chambers
Producer: Katherine Borda, Codie Elaine Oliver, Stephen Love, Jr.
Cast: Isabella Luna, Martin Simone, Kate Nichols, Jaime Alvarez, Mariana Anaya, David Plascencia, Jake Jacobson, Rudy Casillas, Julie Garnye
Caught in the gears of the 2014 US immigration crisis, when  over 52,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border, twelve-year-old Ana arrives at an immigration detection center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute, younger brother, and a treasured music box. She soon finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.

 

EAST RAMADI

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2016, 6 min., USA, Drama

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Writer/Director
: Kristen Gerweck
Producer: Nuria Anson
Cast: Ryan Sadaghiani, Callen David Stilphen, Drew Koles, Jason Teh-Mitchell
Two Iraqi orphans are sent to deliver a package to a dangerous section of Ramadi and when they collide with US soldiers occupying the area, a miscommunication quickly unravels into madness that will forever alter their lives.

 

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS

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2016, 7 min., USA, Comedy/Drama

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Director
: Benjamin Berman
Writer: Aaron Bleyaert
Producer: Benjamin Berman
Executive Producer: Aaron Bleyaert
Cast: Beck Bennett, Britt Lower, Jessy Hodges
A four step guide to losing weight – kind of.

 

OUT OF THE VILLAGE

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2015, 16 min., USA/Ghana, Drama

Out of the Village

Director: Jonathan Stein
Writer: Jonathan Stein, Luke A. Renner
Producer: Jonathan Stein
Executive Producer: Bryan Singer
Cast: Abraham Attah, Hannah Attah, Kobina Amissah-Sam, Mawuko Kuadzi
A brother and his sister seek closure after Ebola ravages their West African village.


PRICK

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2016, 8 min., USA, Comedy

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Writer/Director: Lisanne Sartor
Producer: Lisanne Sartor, XiaoLin Yu
Cast: Matthew Henerson, Becky Wu, Jamison Reeves, Karen Tarleton, Joanna Bacalso
When a burglar gets stuck in a closet during a robbery, he finds out more about himself than he wants to know and way more the couple he’s robbing than even they know themselves.

 

EMERGING STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES
(Tuesday, May 17, Noon – 2:00 p.m.)

 

BUNEE: THE BOY FROM CONSTANȚA

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2015, 14 min., USA/Romania, Documentary, Santa Fe University of Art & Design

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Producer/Director: Bunee Tomlinson
Cast: Tommy Tomlinson, Susan Tomlinson, Bunee Tomlinson
After spending the first six years of his life in the dreadful Romanian orphanage system of the 1980’s and 1990’s, a young boy searches for something to drive him in his new world and discovers that filmmaking could be the engine for his personal growth.

 

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

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2016, 14 min., USA/Laos, Documentary, Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

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Producer/Director: Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber
For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, in 2016, there are less than 4oo elephants left in the wild.

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER DOCUMENTARIES
(Tuesday, May 17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

 

DOCUMENTED AMERICA: SPIRIT OF IRIS

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2015, 8 min., USA, Documentary

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Producer/Director: Corinne Jayaweera
Cast: Iris Cummings Critchell
Meet Iris, a 95-year-old certified flight instructor who has trained astronauts, swam and competed in the 1936 Olympics games and was one of the first women to fly for the air force during WWII.

 

THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT

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2015, 12 min., USA, Documentary

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Director: Nicholas Coles
Producer: Alexis Manya Spraic, Max Velez
Cast: John Cabrera, Barbara Holmes, Tom Williams
Tom and Barbara’s new home has a notorious past and it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.

 

THE NEW ORLEANS SAZERAC

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2015, 20 min., USA, Documentary

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Director: James Martin
Producer: Jen West
Cast: Ted Breaux, Paul Clarke, Kirk Estopinal, Joe Gendusa, Abigail Gullo, Philip Greene, Paul Gustings, Jeff Hallman, Chris Hannah, Elizabeth Pearce, Chris McMillian, Robert Simonson, Ann Tuennerman, Paul Tuennerman, David Wondrich
The New Orleans Sazerac explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.

 

THE NIKE CHARIOT EARRING

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2015, 14 min., USA, Documentary

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Director: Karen Audette
Producer: Steven Audette
Cast: Florence Wolsky
A half-century ago a priceless treasure was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This is the remarkable story of its recovery and the woman who found it.


EMERGING FILMMAKER LGBTQ SHOWCASE
(Sunday, May 15, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

 

ALZHEIMER’S: A LOVE STORY

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2015, 16 min., USA, LGBTQ/Documentary, Chapman University Dodge College of Media Arts

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Director: Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli
Producer: Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzelli, Riani Singgih
Cast: Michael Horvich, Gregory Maire
Alzheimer’s: A Love Story follows Greg and Michael as they struggle with a disease that is actively eradicating the memory of a beautiful relationship 40+ years in the making, and the love that has held them together through it all.


BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

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2015, 23 min., USA, Drama/LGBTQ, Santa Barbara City College

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Writer/Director: Michele Ly
Producer: Vanessa Tobis
Associate Producer: Adam Stumle
Cast: Marshall McCabe, Ivy Vahanian, Cory David, Jasmine Bottelsen, Tanner Gross, Ren Wilson, Libby West, Michael Hall, Kevin Barry, Jesse, Egan, Tim Whitcomb, Cindy Stevens, John Tipich, Joakim Leopold
A pastor struggles to choose between keeping his job and family, or honoring his identity. Inspired by a true story.

 

BREAKING FAST

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2015, 17 min., USA, Comedy/Drama/Romance/LBGTQ

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Writer/Director: Mike Mosallam
Producer: Seth Hauer, Sarah Bazzi, Alex Lampsos, Hany Haddad, Jason Hariton, Davin Michaels
Co-Producers: Maha Chehlaoui, Lameece Issaq, Nilou Safinya
Cast: Ryan P. Shrime, Tom Berklund, Adrian Anchondo, Aline Elasmar, Matthew Spencer, Meena Dimian
During the month of Ramadan, Mo, a practicing Muslim reluctantly attends his best friend’s birthday party, where he unexpectedly meets Kal, a 30-year-old all-American white guy, who catches him by surprise with each twist and turn through the streets of Los Angeles.

 

THE FIRST SESSION

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2015, 6 min., USA, Comedy/LGBTQ

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Director: Ryan Logan
Writer: Fawzia Mirza
Producer: Fawzia Mirza, Reena Dutt
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Mouzam Makkar, Parvesh Cheena
Two women get relationship advice from an unconventional therapist and the healing power of the mango,


PRIDE FIGHTER

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2016, 15 min., USA, Drama/Sports/LGBTQ, University of Alabama

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Writer/Director: Danny Ryan
Producer: Lauren Rossi
Executive Producer: Joseph Pepe, Matthew Schroeder
Cast: David Siciliano, Adrain Washington, Keenan Jolliff, Mitchell Robbins, Nelson Ballester
After a young Mixed Martial Arts fighter comes out as gay, he is rejected by his masculine fighting partners right before his first big fight.


RANDY

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2016, 9 min., USA, Comedy/Drama/LGBTQ

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Director: Shawn Ryan
Producer: John Ainsworth
Cast: Missi Pyle, Paul DeVincenzo, John Ainsworth, Shawn Ryan, Amir Malaklou
Changing a life starts with a choice to be happy…and FABULOUS!

 

 

REINVENTING THE REEL

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2015, 20 min., USA/Canada, LGBTQ/Documentary, Sheridan College

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Producer/Director: Michael Gorlick
‘Reinventing the Reel’ is about contemporary independent filmmakers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. The film begins with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, and then shows how that portrayal has changed, and why it is important that it continues to change.

 

 

 

Thank you to our Prize Award Sponsors:
Final DraftMovie Magic ScreenwriterJungle SoftwareMWP BooksInternational Documentary Association(IDA), Screening Services Group/Wilshire Screening RoomESE Film Workshops Online