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About the Showcase:
Since 1989, The American Pavilion has offered unparalleled experiences in Cannes to film students and emerging filmmakers from around the world. AmPav’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase provides an opportunity for filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees. Finalist Films from 2020 and 2021 will also be screened at The American Pavilion this year.  Each of our four categories of exceptional and diverse 2022 films (Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, LGBTQ+ Showcase, Student showcase and High School Film Showcase) will be showcased to our American Pavilion audiences followed by a live filmmaker Q&A.

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE
2022 OFFICIAL SELECTION OF FILMS

 

EMERGING FILMMAKER DOCUMENTARIES  & SHORT FILMS

 

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON
2021, 17:39 min., USA, Documentary


Producer/Writer/Director
: Paul Grant, Nathan Crane Cohen

Cast: Jeff Whiting, Robin McGee, Sarah Timberlake, Bruce Barish

At the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic and in the midst of a PPE crisis, Broadway’s resilient community comes together to create the infrastructure to supply frontline medical workers with desperately needed hospital gowns. 

 

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STONEHEART: AN UNDYING GIFT 
2021, 6:20 min., USA, Documentary 

Director
: Nicholas Markart

Producer: Stephen Hilfiker, Nicholas Markart

Cast: Stephen Hilfiker

Steve Hilfiker, a heart transplant survivor and father of four, describes his experience facing death, and how his perspective on life has forever changed following the fateful operation.

 

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7 LBS 8 OZ

2021, 7:08 min., USA, Animation/Comedy/Drama

Writer/Director:
Yoo Lee
Producer:
Xin Li, Evelyn Angelica Martinez 
Cast:
Frank Thon, Michelle Sohn, Robin Daniels
When a young mother moves into 8th street, Jersey City, NJ, she learns about the value of the community and how her own perception determines her own experiences. 

 

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CHARLIE AND THE HUNT
2022, 14:31 min., USA, Family/Drama/Coming-of-Age


Writer/Director:
Jenn Shaw
Producer:
Dannielle Dormer, Anita M Cal, YJ Meira, Tema L Staig, Allison Vanore
Cast:
Lauren Ridloff, Nifeoluwa Ramroop, Robert Artz
Charlie and the Hunt is the fantastical journey of Charlie Miles, a little Black-American girl with a taste for adventure. One day, Charlie is playfully spinning in her front yard, experiencing her world from her point of view. As a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult) kid, she uses American Sign Language while communicating with her deaf mother and sometimes playing with Shirley, her mischievous dog. After seeing her mom frantically search for a meaningful bracelet, Charlie hides that she is responsible. So, on a journey to recover the lost item, Charlie takes off into the wild. She follows her homemade treasure map and disappears into a lush forest filled with breathtaking landscapes and towering waterfalls. While admiring the beauty of nature, she must avoid danger and overcome her biggest fear to find her way to a treasure more priceless than she could ever imagine. 

 

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THE ERRAND

2022, 11:23 min., USA, Drama

Director:
Amanda Renee Knox
Writer: Mira Olsson
Producer: Lara Aslanian, Amanda Renee Knox
Cast: Naya Johnson, Ezekiel Bridges, Toni Robison-May, Sean Gallagher
When a young girl hitchhiking is picked up by a stranger, who ends up taking whom for a ride?

 

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MY GIFT

2021, 13:25 min., Australia, Drama

Writer/Director
: Michael Raso

Producer: Michael Raso, JD Cohen

Cast: Luke Hoogendyk, Ridhi Prasad, Joshua Fisk, Catherine Ross, Jyotsna Sharma, Susan Ling Young
A young boy is admitted to a hospital for lifesaving treatment. He befriends a young Indian girl who hopes a cure is found to save him before it’s too late.

 

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IF MY VOICE RANG LOUDER THAN MY SKIN
2021, 4:29 min., USA, Animation


Writer/Director: Kyra Peters

“If My Voice Rang Louder Than My Skin” brings to life the story of a teenage boy who craves a life where his skin no longer affects his daily life or how others perceive him. Using 2D animation, the film follows him through the streets of the Bronx, trying to unite his community’s voice through music to rally against the divisive hate against color.

 

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NOISY
2020, 10:04 min., USA, Drama

Writer/Director: Cedric Hill
Producer: Cedric Hill, Pandora Scooter, Daniel Phillips

Executive Producer: Dany Bouchedid DP: Valentina Caniglia
Cast: Max Lamadrid, Gabi Faye
Sam gets on the subway to get home. He catches the eye of April. The two of them discover they have way more in common than where they’re heading. Sometimes you need a noisy place to have a quiet conversation.

 

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SHUTTER THE DOORS
2021, 13:23 min., USA, Drama


Writer/Director: Sheri Sussman
Producer: Antonio Cortese, Adam Rex
Cast: Ian Buchanan, Billy Wirth
“Shutter the Doors”, starring Ian Buchanan and Billy Wirth, is a short film that captures a moment in time of a man struggling to deal with an unexpected loss in his life.

 

 


EMERGING FILMMAKER LGBTQ+  FILMS

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CANS CAN’T STAND

2022, 18:42 min., USA, Documentary/Social Justice/LGBTQ+, Yale University

Director: Matt Nadel, Megan Plotka
Producer:
Matt Nadel, Wendi Cooper
Cast:
Wendi Cooper, Milan Nicole Sherry, CANScan’tSTAND Activists
Since 1982, police have weaponized Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law to terrorize queer/trans Louisianians. CANS Can’t Stand follows a group of Black trans women in New Orleans who are fighting to repeal that law—and advance trans liberation statewide.

 

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ALL THE YOUNG DUDES 
2020, 8:39 min., USA, Drama/Historical/Music/LGBTQ+, Florida State University

Writer/Director: William Stead

Producer: Cameron Greco

Cast: Blake Lafita, Richie Gambardella

Georgia, USA, 1973. Glam rocker Billy rebels against his conservative high school, inspiring admiration from an unlikely ally with a desire to walk on the wild side…

 

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CARINO

2021, 3:46 min., USA, Animation/LGBTQ+, School of Visual Arts

Writer/Director: Carlos Taborda, Roshel Amuruz, Ashley Williams
In the streets of Cartagena, a young boy embarks on an adventure to find a flower for his crush and win his affection.

 

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CUPIDS


2021, 10 min., USA, Comedy/LGBTQ+

Director: Zoey Martinson

Writer: Zoey Martinson, Julie Sharbutt

Producer: Korey Jackson and Devin E. Haqq

Cast: Melanie Nicholls-King, Toryn Isabella Coote, Julius Sampson, Scarlett London Diviney

In this playful comedy, three kids worry that their beloved school bus driver will be lonely this summer without them. They set out to find her a partner and imagine the perfect matches.

 

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DON’T LET GO
2021, 9:33 min., USA, Drama/LGBTQ+, University of Southern California

Writer/Director: Mel Orpen
Producer: Mehmet Gungoren
Cast: Tessa Hope Slovis, Joyce Lee, Lauren Lynn King, Susan Harmon
When Sam and Reggie get engaged, their future seems bright–until a terrible car accident leaves Reggie in a coma. And Sam must confront Reggie’s homophobic mother to fight for a place at her hospital bedside before it’s too late.

 

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DOTTING THE “I”

2022, 11:14 min., USA, Romance/Drama/Comedy/LGBTQ+

Writer/Director: Doug Tompos

Producer: Doug Tompos, Risa Bramon Garcia, Steve Braun

Cast: Jeff Lorch, Miguel Perez

In the shadows of an empty office, the poetry of an unlikely kiss helps two men discover a love lost and a love never found.

 

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IMPERFECTLY COMPLETE
2021, 14:46 min., USA (Subtitles), Drama/Romance/LGBTQ+, University of Southern California

Writer/Director: Bruce Chiu
Producer: Victor Tsao, Chrissy Aung

Cast: Chrissy Aung, Zaw Myo Htet
Lucy has been taking care of Owen, a blind guitarist she has admired for years. When Owen is about to get his vision back, Lucy faces the struggle of whether to reveal her true identity to Owen.

 

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NOAH’S SONG

2021, 2:57 min., USA, Animation/Romance/LGBTQ+, Vassar College

Producer/Writer/Director: Damián Bonito Zapien

Noah’s Song is an animation about a transgender man coming out to his partner. 

 

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SECOND TEAM
2020, 10:27 min., USA, Comedy/LGBTQ+


Director
: Ria Pavia

Writer: Anni Weisband

Producer: Mayon Denton, Julia Armine, Robert E. Arnold, Anni Weisband
Cast: Francia Raisa, Danielle Savre, Gigi Zumbado, Greer Grammar, Phill Lewis, Chester Lockhart, Sally Brooks, Akil Jackson, Alexander True Snyder, Catfish Jean, Melissa Greenspan

A scorned stand-in actor for a hit TV show distorts the script to publicly undress her costar.

 

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THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT

2021, 11 min., USA, Comedy/LGBTQ+ 


Director: Fawzia Mirza

Writer: Kausar Mohammed

Producer: Amalia Mesa-Gustin, Kausar Mohamed  
Cast: Kausar Mohammed, Vico Ortiz, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Pia Shah, D’Lo Srijaerajah

All cards are on the table when a queer Pakistani Muslim woman brings her Puerto Rican partner home for the first time on the family’s annual game night.

 

STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES  & STUDENT SHORT FILMS

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BAD HOMBREWOOD

2021, 23:45 min., USA, Documentary, University of Southern California


Director: Guillermo Casarin
Producer: Marian Cook, Santos Herrera

Cast: Phil Lord, Lee Unkrich, Guillermo Del Toro, Melissa Fumero, Ben Lopez, Dr. Laura Isabel Serna, Leslie Arcos, Osiris Pichardo, Jenniffer González Martinez, Anabel Iñigo, Santos Herrera, Guillermo Casarín
For decades, the film industry has confined minorities to stereotypical characters. Now, filmmakers fight to change the Latinx role in Hollywood. Guillermo Casarín, an aspiring young filmmaker, came to the United States from Mexico to pursue his dreams of becoming a film director. Now, he is on the verge of graduating from one of the best film schools in the world, but after experiencing racism in the country and film industry, he finds himself questioning his place in Hollywood. Through compelling interviews–such as Academy Award-winning directors Phil Lord, Lee Unkrich, and Guillermo Del Toro, and Melissa Fumero from the Golden Globe-winning show Brooklyn Nine-Nine–and archival footage, Bad Hombrewood reveals the dark side of Hollywood’s history and the challenges Latinx filmmakers face while trying to succeed in the entertainment industry.

 

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SPOKESPEOPLE 
2020, 23:30 min., USA, Documentary, University of Southern California

Director
: Ryan Mekenian 
Producer: Daniel Sheahan, Stephen Tonti

Cast: Jeremy Sisto (Narration)

For Los Angeles natives living in the early 1900’s, bicycles and streetcars shared the road as our primary modes of transportation. But the arrival of the freeway effectively wiped them out. Today, a collective of cycling communities fight for protected bike lanes and road safety; determined to bring a new era of mobility justice to the city..

 

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MESSAGE SENT

2021, 4:13 min., USA, Animation/Comedy, Cal State University Northridge

Producer/Writer/Director: Ryan C. Lopez

Cast: Ryan C. Lopez, Danielle Della Porta
When Steven struggles to make his feelings for Liza clear, his Cell Phone comes to life and encourages him to make the most important decision of his young adult life, to trust himself, and take a leap of faith.

 

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MOTHER IN THE MIST  
2021, 20:51 min., China, Drama, University of Southern California

Writer/Director: Kay Niuyue Zhang 
Producer: Robin Zhongyu Wang, Kay Niuyue Zhang
Co-Producer: Eris Zhao, Jiayun Li Cinematographer: Jiang Du
Cast: Shen Shiyu, Wang Xiwen 
Following Wuhan’s Coronavirus lockdown, a rural single mother embarks on a dangerous journey in search of her preemie newborn baby stranded in Wuhan City Hospital. Against a harsh, grim winter night, she trudges through trials and tribulations, fighting a way around checkpoints. Joining her path is a mysterious eight-year-old girl, who shares the same determination to reunite with her mother in the city. When She finally almost gets to Wuhan, we realize things are not as it seems…

 

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OVER MY DEAD BODY

2020, 25 min., USA (subtitles), Drama/Comedy/Family, New York Film Academy

Producer/Writer/Director: Meital Cohen Navarro

Cast: Mary Apick, Nakta Pahlevan, Bahram Vatanparast, Afshin Katanchi, Mahsa Shamsa

When a young Jewish Persian-American woman tells her parents that her fiancé is Muslim, they make her choose between him and them.

 

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THE WAR WITHIN  
2021, 25 min., USA (subtitles), Drama, Santa Monica College

Writer/Director: Marta D’Ocon

Producer: Marina Coutinho, Catharine Dada  
Cast: Sabrina Hartmann, Alan Corvaia, Laura Urgelles, Damián Delgado 
Somewhere in Latin America, a young woman joins a guerrilla army when her entire family is massacred by government troops. She initially thrives, finding strength and independence as a deadly sniper. But her newfound sense of purpose and self-respect come with a high price. 

 

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WUHAN DRIVER
2021, 14:14 min., USA, Drama, New York University

Writer/Director: Tiger Ji
Producer: Alena Svyatova, Jonathan Sanger

Cast: Wayne Chang

At the beginning of the pandemic, a Chinese driver in New York struggles to make ends meet as he picks up passengers on a long and dreary night.

 


HIGH SCHOOL FILMS

 

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A PRAYER FOR MY MOTHER: THE EVA BRETTLER STORY
2022, 9:58 min., USA, Animation/Documentary, The Righteous Conversations Project

Director: Ruben Barrett, Raisa Effress, Sophia Evans, Lauren Fuchs, Katie Hadsock-Longarzo, Ian Kim, Eve Levy, Timothy Lim, Asher Meron, Marlon Ochoa, Bella Rahi, Hank Schoen, Olivia Uzielli
Producer: C. Lily Ericsson, Carter Beardmore, Sophie Kim
Exec Producer: Cheri Gaulke, Samara Hutman
Cast: Eva Brettler
A Prayer For My Mother: The Eva Brettler Story is an animated film that chronicles the extraordinary saga of Holocaust survivor Eva Brettler – a child facing brutality and profound loss who finds sustenance in faith and her own dreams for the future. From the loss of her parents to a forced death march across Europe, young Eva survives Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camps, the destruction of her family, and the near destruction of European Jewry to emerge, with a tender heart and faith intact, crediting the goodness and decency of helpers and caretakers she encountered along the way.

 

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DEVIL BEAN 

2021, 10:36 min., Australia, Comedy, St. Matthews Catholic School

Director: Jessica Nipperess

Writer: Sam Paine

Cast: Sam Paine, Stella Morgan, Reneé French, Charlie French

After gifting a coffee machine to their father on Christmas, this picture-perfect family is thrown into the jaws of a horror-come-anti-drug flick as their dad’s addiction tears the family apart.

 

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GRETA 

2021, 7:49 min., USA, Drama/Coming of Age, Glendale High School


Writer/Director: Sofie Verweyen

Cast: Lilah Hayes, Erinn Hayes, Victoria Atkin, Jack Hayes, Maggie Hayes, Eva Langsdorff
A personal, subjective journey into the mind of Greta Thunberg, before realizing her calling as a climate activist. While struggling with mental health issues and bullying because of her Aspergers, she also grapples with a sense of impending doom due to the climate crisis. These same struggles and fears drive her to make change and become the person she is today.

 

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HOTLINE

2021, 13:21 min., USA, Drama, Pacifica Christian High School

Writer/Director: Andreas Mickelopoulos, Garrett Seabold

Cast: Isai Palomares, Charlotte Shays, Robert Pitts, Nicolas Kolesnikow

Three high school boys’ night of prank calls quickly develops into a matter of life and death when an unsuspecting classmate answers the phone.

 

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PHO
2021, 11:51 min., USA, Drama, Orange County School of the Arts

Writer/Director: Ethan Chu

Producer: Ava Encinas
Cast: Khoi Le, Julie Tong, Antone Axten

After building a seemingly successful life, a man must come to terms with the melancholic truth that he has detached from his Vietnamese culture and subsequently his grandmother, both of which he once held a close relationship with. His grief pushes him through a journey of reflection which reveals to him the perfect recipe to restore the once lost connection.

 

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SYDNEY 2078

2021, 9:36 min., Australia, Sci-Fi/Drama, Balgowlah Boys Campus

Producer/Writer/Director: Brady O’Sullivan
Cast: Gordon Carroll
A teenage boy from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with a fascination for science fiction movies and novels has a vision during the night, leading him on an inter-dimensional endeavour into the future.

 

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THINK LIKE A FILMMAKER
2021, 6:20 min, USA, Documentary, Saint Ann’s School

Producer/Director
: Eli Berliner

Cast: Alan Berliner

Eli Berliner turns the camera on his father, Alan, a personal documentary filmmaker, whose new body of work approaches sculpture through the eyes of a filmmaker.

 

 

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