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2017 DTLA Film Festival Schedule

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DTLA FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS: STUDENT SERIES

This series of short films spanning the globe underscores one truth: There is no shortage of talent among emerging filmmakers wherever they may live.

Total Running Time 94 minutes / 7 films

REST IN PEACE
USA | Narrative | 2016 | 18 min.
Director: Salma Amer
Additional Credits: Writer: Salma Amer, Producer: Salma Amer, Cinematographer: Simon English, Sanchith Sanjeev

A girl gets possessed by her father’s spirit.

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Salma Amer
salma.amer@nyfa.edu

NOBLE CREATURES  
USA | Narrative | 2017 | 20 min.
Director: Daniel Lafrentz
Additional Credits: Writer: Daniel Lafrentz, Producers: Daniel Lafrentz, Jeremy D. Hill, Cinematographer: Teodora Totoiu

Two adversarial escaped convicts – with different ideas about how to hold onto their freedom – are hunted through the Louisiana swamp by a tortured, but resolute, female corrections officer.

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Daniel Lafrentz
daniel.lafrentz@gmail.com

MOTHER OF THE YEAR
USA | Narrative | 2017 | 15 min.
Director: Makena Costlow

Sam, loving mother of two, is a hot mess. She can’t seem to handle the chaos of her daughter’s teenage rebellion and her son’s over-involved schedule. When she disappoints those who matter most to her, her mother comes to the rescue. Sliding a clear bag across the table, she introduces Sam to a drug that might solve everything. It’s powers convince Sam to volunteer herself to host the neighborhood block party. Thanks to her newly found addiction, Sam has no problem balancing her kids and her party planning.

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Makena Costlow
makenacostlow@gmail.com

LIGHT SIGHT
Iran | Narrative | 2016 | 8 min.
Director: Seyed M. Tabatabaei
Additional Credits: Writer: Seyed M. Tabatabaei, Producer: Simin Farrokh Ahmadii, Cinematographer: Travis Auclair

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.

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Seyed M. Tabatabaei
sieliss@gmail.com

OPHELIA
USA | Narrative | 2017 | 4 min.
Director: Julia Balayan
Additional Credits: Writer: Julia Balayan, Producer: Adela Tobon, Cinematographer: Damon Cirulli

Inspired by true events, ‘Ophelia’, tells a story of a girl, whose young love meets a tragic end. Embodied by a trio of cellist, pianist and a ballerina, the video is an ode to her undying love and a tribute to her eternal memory.

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Julia Balayan
yerazikbalayan@gmail.com

DEVIL WEARS A SUIT
Australia | Narrative | 2017 | 20 min.
Director: Eli Mak
Additional Credits: Writer: Eli Mak, Producers: Michael Whyntie, Gabreille McLeod, Cinematographer: Josh Stafield 

A high-concept drama/scifi about a Jewish boy who must decide whether to ‘cure’ his homosexuality with an injection or be ostracised from his community forever.

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Eli Mak
gelimak91@gmail.com

CAMERA OBSCURA
USA | Narrative | 2017 | 10 min.
Director: Ashley Kroon

Tessa and Vera are best friends with the shared dream of creating a final film for their high school art class that’s so sensational, it goes down in history. There’s only one problem: they don’t have a subject. Then, they meet Strange Boy.

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Ashley Kroon
ashley@dtlaff.com

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