Sunday, November 30, 2014

Countdown to VFF14..."Made in the (818)" Short Films

From A to Z, here are the short films in the 14th Annual Valley Film Festival that were either shot in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley or whose key crew (Director/Producer/Writer) calls the (818) home-sweet-home. 

17 min/Dark Comedy - Written & Produced by Michele Karpel
Screens in "Girls on Film" Shorts Program - 12/11 at 8:00pm

ABASHED is the story of David and Brenda. A married couple of 17 years who have the opportunity on this one night to do better for themselves. To reinvent themselves. Be the David and Brenda they thought they'd be before life got a hold of them. Will they make a fresh start?

34 min/Drama - Directed by Peter Paul Basler
Screens in Dramatic Shorts Program - 12/13 at 12:00pm

A coach, once on top of his game, finds everything he holds dear slipping away. Over the course of one single day, this man who has become an institution, finds a way to comes to grips with that fact that he must leave behind his football family to solve the problems within his real family that have long been ignored.

16 min/Comedy - Written and Produced by Jeanne Taylor
Screens before ODD BRODSKY - 12/14 at 5:00pm

A hilarious insight into the Hollywood "Master" Acting Class. Follow the adventures of Cloe Floutz, an aspiring actress in Hollywood. Is the class her last stop or her first step in making her acting dreams come true?

19 min/Dramedy - Directed by Chris Valenziano
Screens before LA VIE NOUS APPARTIENT - 12/14 at 2:30pm

When Noah, a small town ice cream man with dreams of moving to New York, meets Emma, a free-spirited girl visiting for the summer, she shows him another side to both his hometown and his life as she learns the tragic truth of what Noah’s really running away from.

18 min/Drama - Directed by Eric Casaccio
Screens in "Reality Bites" Shorts Program - 12/13 at 5:00pm

An honest genuine writer discovers the painful truth of a handsome and charming, yet manipulative and toxic love interest.

13 min/Dramedy - Directed by Jax Medel
Screens in "Flights of Fantasy" Shorts Program - 12/13 at 10:00pm

When a young man finally admits to dropping out of law school, his parents' reaction is not what he expected.

16 min/Drama - Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Screens in "Flights of Fantasy" Shorts Program - 12/13 at 10:00pm

After weeks of receiving anonymous notes and Shakespearean love sonnets, Spidora, a Side Show performer in Dr. Graves’ Museum of the Weird, finally agrees to meet her secret admirer. Encouraged by the tiny Stella, the Museum’s resident escape artist, and equally disparaged by Roxanne the fire-eater, Spidora nervously waits backstage after the show.

15 min/Drama - Directed by Jody Jaress
Screens in "Girls on Film" Shorts Program - 12/11 at 8:00pm

TRACES OF MEMORY, a psychological drama about a woman's fractured mind and what happens when she can no longer differentiate between her reality... and the truth.

14 min/Drama - Directed by Ricardo Ultreras
Screens in "Reality Bites" Shorts Program - 12/13 at 5:00pm

When Nick and Angie reunite after 10 years, they discover how reminiscing about the past will ultimately define their future.

8 min/Comedy - Directed by Liz Rizzo
Screens in "Girls on Film" Shorts Program - 12/11 at 8:00pm

Gamer girl Veronica gets real power in her hands when she steals a mysterious woman's phone during a one-night stand gone south. Now a single anonymous text message can kill anyone she wants. And she'll have to use all her first-person shooter skills when one bad call has her scouting a real professional assassin across suburban rooftops.

9 min/Dramedy - Directed by Yolanda Centeno
Screens in "Girls on Film" Shorts Program - 12/11 at 8:00pm

ZUGZWANG in German means obligation to move. Life and chess are not so different. There is a moment in life where you know you have to make a decision, but the best thing to do would be not to make any move. But... you must. We simply call this being screwed. In chess, they call it Zugzwang.

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