JULY 25

JULY 25, 8:15 PM

The Forbidden Zone

ANIMATION SHORT | USA | 11 MINUTES 

The Forbidden Zone is a stop-motion short film about Dumont, a botanist, who has quarantined in an abandoned train station. The world has become saturated by a toxic fog that destroys all life forms and replaces oxygen with poison. He spends his days fighting to survive, as his resources quickly dwindle. On a night when all seems lost, a nymph crashes outside Dumont’s bunker. In a sudden act of bravery, he dons his final tank of oxygen and leaves the safety of the station. Gathering the wounded Nymph in his arms, Dumont risks his life to return the glowing creature to the peak of the red mountain. In his quest to save his new charge, Dumont risks his life and, in doing so, discovers hope beyond the fog.

DIRECTOR Zach Tolchinsky

PRODUCER Candace Hammer

WRITER Zach Tolchinsky

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El Portafolio

DRAMA SHORT | USA | 10 MINUTES 

Clutching an intriguing looking briefcase, a man (JUAN CARLOS CANTU) arrives home late to his concerned wife (ALMA MARTINEZ). Curious to hear the tale of his tardiness she pries the story from him. A story that involves giving a ride to an oddly behaved hitchhiker (ALBERT HAMMOND JR) who was spotted walking along the edge of the tarmac on a desolate desert road, holding the aforementioned case.

Reluctant to accept the ride the strange hitchhiker realizes he has very little options given his location. Once in the cabin and back on the road stifled conversation and non answers confuse our innocent driver. Hoping to get something from the stranger our man inquiries about the briefcase, where he is met with rude resistance.
 

DIRECTOR Scottie Cameron

PRODUCER Mike Moretti, Jonathan Biebl

WRITER Scottie Cameron

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When You Leave

DRAMA SHORT  | USA | 16 MINUTES 

A young Japanese American must confront his past and learn the price of freedom when given the opportunity to leave the WWII internment camp where he is imprisoned.

DIRECTOR Jason Yamamoto

PRODUCER Tamlyn Doll

WRITER Jason Yamamoto

San Gabriel Valley

DRAMA SHORT | USA | 20 MINUTES 

Ten months after Supin moved to the United States with her husband Qinyi, her favorite student Mia from the Chinese piano shop she works at is about to leave the States to return home. As Supin feels more and more cornered by her new life in the States, the news of Mia's upcoming departure leaves a ripple in Supin's still heart.

DIRECTOR Dante Jiayu Liu

PRODUCER Sarah Hyunji Park

WRITER Dante Jiayu Liu, Sarah Hyunji Park

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Someone To Destroy

DRAMA SHORT | USA | 22 MINUTES 

After experiencing recent rage-inducing life occurrences, three characters, Quan: a grief-stricken young Black man, Mike: an older man angry about his community changing, and Liz: a woman who’s indignant after a confrontation at a coffee shop, all rant their frustrations in this examination of anger in America.

DIRECTOR Kalif Fuller

PRODUCER Kalif Fuller, Kurtis Myers

WRITER Kalif Fuller

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Checkmate

DRAMA SHORT | USA | 7 MINUTES 

An assistant has a meeting with his boss to resolve unfinished business.

DIRECTOR Sebastian Johnson-Deal

PRODUCER Sebastian Johnson-Deal

WRITER Manny Sandoval