LA Shorts Fest

FRIDAY - JULY 27 - 1:00 PM

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The Velvet Underground Played at My High School

Documentary / USA / 8 min.

his animated documentary is the story of the Velvet Underground's disastrous first public performance. While on stage for merely 20 minutes, The Velvet Underground performed three songs: 'There She Goes', 'Venus in Furs', and 'Heroin'. The Summit High School audience responded with, as a band member recalled in 1983, a 'murmur of surprise that greeted the appearance' that 'increased to a roar of disbelief as the band started to pl

Director: Anthony Jannelli, Robert Pietri
Producer: Anthony Jannelli, Robert Pietri
Writer: Marina Donahue
Echoes of You

Drama / USA / 18 min.

An aspiring classical pianist finds his greatest fulfillment in an unlikely place.

Director: Henry Quilici
Producer: John Lapin
Writer: Henry Quilici
Cast: Laurence Fuller, Zakary Risinger
Jim Svejda: Between the Notes

Documentary / USA / 10 min.

A short documentary about the most knowledgeable classical DJ in America.

Director: Daniel Zucker
Producer: Daniel Zucker, Kara Durrett
Cast: Jim Svejda, Anne Akiko Meyers, Brenda Barnes, Nicholas Meyer, Rich Capparela, Thomas Newman

Drama / USA / 16 min.

After forty years' devotion to music, the conductor of a world- renowned orchestra, struggles to decide whether to start his farewell concert.

Director: Weijie (Jay) Sun , Yun Xie
Producer: Yunong Li, Jue Wang
Writer: Aaron Yu, Weijie (Jay) Sun
Cast: John Henry Richardson, Don Baldaramos
Quiet Denial

Drama / USA / 16 min.

Linda Jackson, an African-American, auditions to study with world- renowned classical pianist, Dr. Michael Garrison. Her enthusiasm is dampened when she realizes the passive-aggressive, hostile environment she has walked into.

Director: Zuri Alexander
Producer: Zuri Alexander
Writer: Zuri Alexander
Cast: Rod Menzies, Zuri Alexander

Drama / USA / 12 min.

In the aftermath of his parents' separation, teenage saxophonist Jeffrey Lee must adjust to a new life with his troubled father, Alex, who has fallen into depression after losing both his marriage and his day job. While Alex finds consolation in having his son around, Jeffrey's musical aspirations are a painful reminder of his ex-wife's lingering influence.

Director: David R. Liu
Producer: Sanford Jenkins, Xin Li
Cast: George Tsai, Max Tepper

Comedy / USA / 15 min.

A down and out concert conductor struggles with his coat jacket on opening night.

Director: Ryan Kohler
Cast: Jackson Kuehn
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