About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered opportunities in Cannes to film students from around the world. The 2018 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-seven films will be screened in a special “Emerging Filmmaker” showcase at The American Pavilion in Cannes.

THE AMERICAN PAVILION
EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Short Film – winner
MAN OF THE HOUR directed by Linda Ludwig and James Curle

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Student Film – winner
NIGHT CALL directed by Amanda Renee Knox
(Chapman University Dodge College of Media Arts)

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Documentary – winners  (Tie)
GUNS FOUND HERE directed by David Freid
EMPIRE ON MAIN STREET directed by Jessica Congdon

Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Best Student Documentary – winner
BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS directed by Brian Adamkiewicz
(Brooklyn Film College)

Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase Best Short Film – winner
CANDACE directed by Emma Weinstein
(Yale School of Drama)

Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase screenings:
Sunday, May 13, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Emerging Filmmaker Student Showcase screenings:
Tuesday, May 15, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Emerging Filmmaker Showcase screenings:
Tuesday, May 15, 4pm – 6:30pm

 

2018 FINALISTS

 

STUDENT SHORT FILMS
(Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

 

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THE RISEN
2018, 7:43 min., USA, Drama/Thriller, The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp

Director: John Ainsworth
Co-Directors: Monica Jeon, Olivia Ingram, Sarah Whalen
Writers: Sarah Elizabeth Whalen, Brad Griffith
Producers: John Ainsworth, Shawn Ryan, Valerie Dohrer
Cast: Marguerite Williamson, Reed Wylie-Chaney, Jolie Orban
Without warning or any explanation, all kids on earth have woken up to an overtaken planet. The kids retreat to live in the forest until they receive a signal that the threat has receded… but has it truly? Can the kids get along with each other long enough to survive the destruction of earth?

 

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A CHRISTMAS DINNER
2017, 5:41 min., USA, Comedy, University Nevada Las Vegas


Writer/Director
: Tyler Yarbro
Producer: Melissa Del Rosario
Cast: David Kurtz, Spiro Siavelis, Kevin Fitzpatrick 
A family’s nutcracker Christmas dinner is interrupted when the narrator unveils their darkest secrets. 

 

 

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BROADSIDE
2017, 3:25 min., USA, Animation, School of Visual Arts


Writer/Director
: Jodi Chamberlain
Producer: Jimmy Calhoun
Cast: Lisa O’Hara
She just wants to enjoy a snack, but when this salty old sailor is attacked by a beast many times larger than her boat, she must think and act fast in this spaghetti-western sci-fi monster movie about wit, grit, and cunning.

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NIGHT CALL
2017, 17:39 min., USA, Drama/Action, Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

Writer/Director: Amanda Renee Knox
Producers: Phabillia Afflack-Borja, Miriam Anwari
Cast: Marlyne Barrett, Rachael Holmes, Delaney Williams, Matthieu Jean-Pierre
When on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

 

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GLORIA TALKS FUNNY
2017, 18:27 min., USA, Comedy/Dramedy, Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

Writer/Director: Kendall Goldberg
Producer: Michael Stanziale
Cast: Candi Milo, Ryan Stiffelman, Shawn Ryan, Jon Heder, Jeremy Shada
When struggling voice actress, Gloria, discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy. 

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHORT FILMS

(Tuesday, May 15, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)

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ALL THE MARBLES
2017, 17 min., USA, Family, Drama, Fantasy 

Director: Michael Swingler
Producers/Writers: Michael Swingler, Carl Petersen
Cast: Carl Petersen, Christopher Franciosa, Cole Sand, Helen Sadler, Micah Fitzgerald
A little boy challenges a villainous bully to a game of marbles in a bizarre and fantastical world where marbles are as precious as gold.

 

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G[R]O[W]ING UP
2017, 9:55 min., USA, Romance

Producer/Writer/Director: Annabelle K. Frost
Line Producer:  Cherryl Siena Espinoza 
Cast: Mary Kate Wiles, Billy Beck, Scott Cooper Ryan, Larry Clarke, Fran Bennett, Terri Ivens, Evan Arnold
A naive elevator operator becomes smitten when she meets a winsome new tenant in the spring. She falls deep in love over the summer only to hit troubled times in the fall. Frozen by her predicament, she withdraws through the winter. Will she find love before spring returns?   

 

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DIRTY BOMB
2017, 14:59 min., USA, Drama/Action/History


Writer/Director
: Valerie McCaffrey
Producers: Brian Kelly Jones, Jennifer Tung, Stefan Simon
Cast: Ido Samuel, J. Michael Trautmann, Dallas Hart, Hunter Doohan, James Babson, Clayton Haymes, Stefan Simon, Robert Arce,  Connor Linnerooth, Matt Otstot, Windy Hamilton, Tara Soojian
Signing his own death wish, a concentration camp prisoner sabotages the construction of the V-2 bomb against the Nazis, while American soldiers struggle to advance against the Germans during “The Battle of the Bulge”, Hitler’s last chance for winning the war.


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THE FIRST OF MANY
2017, 12:39 min., USA, Drama

Producers/Directors: Pamela Guest, Elizabeth Guest
Writer: Pamela Guest
Cast: Elizabeth Guest, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kristen Slaysman
In 1971 a young actress goes on her first audition with surprising, life-changing results.

 

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MAN OF THE HOUR
2018, 17:51 min., United Kingdom, Drama/Mystery/Comedy


Directors
: Linda Ludwig & James Curle
Writer: Tom Palmer
Producers: Tom Palmer, Linda Ludwig, James Curle
Cast: Charlotte Ritchie, Ed White, Oliver Chris, Richard Durden, Tom Palmer, Harriet Green, Tom Stourton, Natasia Demetriou
Gemma receives a mysterious invitation to the birthday party of an enigmatic millionaire, Jeremy. She must pass herself off as Jeremy’s old friend and mingle with his glittering guests. But Gemma cannot help but wonder who Jeremy is and why he has tasked her with such a peculiar job – there’s something more to him than meets the eye.

 

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SCARLETT-ANGELINA
2017, 9:55 min, Family/Drama, USA 


Director
: Lorette Bayle
Writer: Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Producers: Nicolas Emiliani, Stephanie Nilles, Lorette Bayle
Cast: Madison Calderon, Leif Gantvoort, Anthony Jensen, Rachael Markarian, Thomas Ashworth
Scarlett-Angelina is a little girl who knows how to take care of herself, much to the dismay of the small-time crook who kidnaps her.   

 


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TZEVA ADOM: COLOR RED
2017, 20:25 min., USA/Israel, Drama

Director: Michael Horwitz
Writer: C. Ashleigh Caldwell
Producers: Todd Felderstein, C. Ashleigh Caldwell
Executive Producer: Fran Harvey
Cast: Shani Atias, Jack Pitchon, Jonathan Arkin, Danny Boushebel, Kenzie Caplan, Sima Galanti
A female Israeli soldier forms an unlikely connection with a Palestinian boy over social media. 

 

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GOOD MORNING
2017, 12:26 min., USA, Drama/Horror

Writer/Director: Elaine Mongeon
Producer: Julie M. Anderson
Cast: Maya Kazan, Jamie McShane
A young woman and her father adapt to terrifying challenges they never expected.

 

EMERGING STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES
(Tuesday, May 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

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HALE
2017, 20:24 min., USA, Documentary, UC Berkeley School of Journalism

Producer/Writer/Director: Brad Bailey
Cast: Hale Zukas, Judith Heuman, Zona Roberts
Born with cerebral palsy, Hale Zukas is the grandfather of disability movement, started in Berkeley, California. Every morning, he still wakes up for the fight to live independently with dignity, strength, and courage. 

 

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PEACEKEEPER
2017, 13 min., USA, Florida State University, Documentary

Producers/Directors: Nicholas Markart, Tyler Knutt
Cast: Judith LeBlanc, Lewis Grassrope, Ray Taken Alive, William Brown Otter, Margaret Landin
Native Americans from Standing Rock speak out on the pipeline, the repetition of history, and their roles as water-protectors in a struggle for modern sovereignty.

 

 

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BUILD RAMPS NOT WALLS
2018, 13:20 min., Documentary/Sports, USA/Mexico, Brooklyn Film College


Director
: Brian Adamkiewicz
Producer: Rebecca Frances Scotti
Shown through the eyes of an 8-year-old American-Mexican boy, Build Ramps Not Walls documents a bi-national skate community in Mexico seeking a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and the USA after the 2016 presidential elections. 

 

 

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JESSICA CLARK RACING
2017, 4:57 min., USA, Documentary, Art Center College of Design


Producer/Writer/Director
: Ellen Houlihan
Cast: Jessica Clark
Jessica Clark, a 21-year-old race car driver from Ventura, California dreams of racing in NASCAR one day. As a confident and driven woman in a male-dominated career field, she is an empowering example of a woman defying the odds and resisting any challenge she encounters on and off the track.

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER DOCUMENTARIES
(Tuesday, May 15, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)

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ZEBRAFISH: PRACTICALLY PEOPLE, TRANSFORMING THE STUDY OF DISEASE 
2018, 9:54 min., USA, Documentary

Producer/Director: Jennifer Manner
Writer: Dr. Wendy Leonard
Healthcare spending is out of control. What if we could get better biomedical data, spend pennies on the dollar, and get results in a fraction of the time? Zebrafish, a proven but under-recognized and underutilized biomedical research model, can do that. Zebrafish are human avatars. 

 

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GUNS FOUND HERE
2018, 10:05 min., USA, Documentary

Director: David Freid
Producer: Mor Albalak
An American paper trail. When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day. 

 

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER LGBTQ SHOWCASE
(Sunday, May 13 –  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

 

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LADY EVA
2017, 10:45 min., USA/Tonga, Documentary/LGBTQ


Directors
: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Producer: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
A brave young transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way.

 

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COMING OF AGE
2018, 7:26 min., USA, Drama/Romance/LGBTQ


Writer/Director
: Doug Tompos
Producers: Risa Bramon Garcia, Steve Braun, Doug Tompos
Cast: Doug Tompos, Adrian Gonzalez
In the afterglow of sex, a generation gap opens between two men as they struggle to define trust in the age of open marriage and NSA hookups.

 

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CANDACE
2017, 9 min., USA, Comedy/Drama/LGBTQ, Yale School of Drama

Director: Emma Weinstein
Writer: Emma Weinstein, Stella Baker
Producers: Emma Weinstein, Alix Masters, Michael Breslin, Stella Baker
Cast: Stella Baker, Moses Ingram
Through race, sexuality and dolphin suicide, this 9-minute short looks at the erotic and messy intimacy of childhood best friends trying to figure out how to say goodbye.

 

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PRETTY
2018, 9:30 min., USA, Drama/LGBTQ, Young Actors’ Theatre Camp


Director: Jim Fall
Writer: Jeremy Pitzer
Producers: John Ainsworth, Shawn Ryan, Valerie Dohrer
Cast: Jeremy Pitzer, Ava Vukic, Sean McCrystal, Riley Blum, Karen Moore, Matt McCoy, Shawn Ryan, Brad Griffith
Sam strives to be accepted but worries he will be rejected for being himself. He loves pretty gowns, fancy makeup and sneaking into the local drag show. He soon realizes the only thing holding him back is himself.

 

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LIFE IN COLOR
2018, 21 min., USA, Drama/LGBTQ, Santa Monica College


Director
: Bishal Dutta
Writers: Bishal Dutta, Matt McClelland
Producer: Olivia Shapiro
Executive Producer: Scott Carper
Cast: Bart McCarthy, Ioanna Meli, Sean McBride 
An aging, closeted gay man with Alzheimer’s struggles against his strong-willed daughter to hold on to the memory of the long lost love of his life.

 

 

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EMPIRE ON MAIN STREET
2018, 24 min., USA, Documentary/LGBTQ 

Director: Jessica Congdon
Producer: Eric Holland
Cast: Crista Luedtke
A tireless entrepreneur jump-starts the transformation of a neglected vacation town, until her ambition pushes her to the brink.

 

 

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THE HOMESTAY
2017, 11:45, USA, Comedy/LGBTQ

Writer/Director: Priyanka Mattoo
Producers: Priyanka Mattoo, Ursula Camack, Meghan Malloy
Cast: Meera Syal, Bernard White, Max Jenkins, Ravi Patel, Sujata Day, Gabe Delahaye
A sheltered Indian couple visits their son in the U.S. for the first time and bungles their apartment rental, ending up in close quarters with their hosts, a gay couple and their dog.

 

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HAIRCUT: THE MUSICAL!
2017, 6:25 min., USA, Comedy/Musical/LGBTQ, University Southern California

Writer/Director: Jason Phillips
Producer: Adrian Vega Albela Osorio
Cast: Matthew Manhard, Finley Polynice, John Skoubis, Kate Enggren
Before Brian Mills leaves for his first year at Princeton University, he must come to terms with his sexual orientation and be honest with himself after some guidance from his trusted barber.

 

 

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KCETLink Media Group’s FINE CUT Festival of Films, Final DraftWrite Brothers Movie Magic ScreenwriterJungle SoftwareMichael Wiese Productions BooksInternational Documentary Association(IDA), Screening Services GroupESE Film Workshops Online