LA Shorts Fest

OPENING NIGHT FILM PROGRAM

Pear Cider and Cigarettes 

Animation / United Kingdom / 35 min. 

The brutally honest story of Robert's turbulent relationship with a self-destructive yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver. 

Director: Robert Valley 
Producer: Cara Speller 
Writer: Robert Valley

The Postmodern Pioneer Plaque 

Foreign / Spain / 8 min. 

In 1973 Carl Sagan created the Pionner Plaque for the NASA Pioneer 10 mission. It was Humanity's first message for extraterrestrial civilizations. 

Director: Boris Kozlov 
Producer: Boris Kozlov 
Writer: Boris Kozlov 
 
Cast: Tony Rodriguez, Sara Montgomery Campbell, Naeem Munaf
Seam 

Sci-Fi / Canada / 22 min. 

After a global war between humanity and the Machines, the only threat to the fragile peace are the Sleepers, living suicide bombs left over after the war. When Yusef discovers his wife Ayana is a Sleeper, they must make it to the new Machine Homeland to prevent her death. 

Director: Rajeev Dassani, Elan Dassani 
Producer: Issam Husseini, Rajeev Dassani 
Writer: Rajeev Dassani, Elan Dassani 
 
Cast: Rakeen Saad, Khaled Ghouery, Oded
Nimmer 

Animation / Belgium / 16 min. 

A man is looking for the ultimate solution to save his wife from a falling cliff 

Director: Lieven Vanhove 
Producer: Sieber Marly 
Writer: Lieven Vanhove 
 
Cast: Geert Vandyck, Sarah Eisa
Lookouts 

Action/Adventure / USA / 12 min. 

A young woodland scout abandons his troop during a Basilisk ambush and flees into the forest where he uses the memory of his Mother and words of his mentor to find the courage that will change his fate. 

Director: David Bousquet 
Producer: Kristin Bousquet 
Writer: David Bousquet 
 
Cast: Kelton Roney, Chris Cleveland, Stefanie Estes
The Carousel 

Documentary / USA / 12 min. 

In the small town of Binghamton, New York, there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into the Twilight Zone. 

Director: Jonathan Napolitano 
Producer: Jonathan Napolitano, Kayleigh Napolitano 
Writer: Jonathan Napolitano 
 
Cast: Anne Serling, Cortlandt Hull
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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