NY Shorts Fest

PROGRAM 1
TUESDAY - MAY 30 - 5:30 PM

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Raghead

Drama / USA / 12 min.

Raghead tells the story of Omar, an 11-year old Arab boy living in New York three months after the 9/11 attacks. Omar has been living with his grandmother since his father was deployed overseas by the American Military. Each day, he is bullied at school by other kids who discriminate against him based on his ethnicity. Omar is conflicted about the value of his Arab heritage and isn’t sure whether he should wear his ‘thawb’ for Heritage Day, the school’s largest event of the year.

Director: Sebastian Sdaigui
Producer: Lizzie Shapiro, Leila Rusciani
Writer: Sebastian Sdaigui, Kalil Hamadaoui
 
Cast: Leila Rusciani, Benny Ash, Max
Dear Henri,

Drama / USA / 13 min.

Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply – but could their correspondence continue? One summer day, Henri "sends" a series of letters, as she imagines the magically circuitous route her messages take. Will she ever receive a response?

Director: Matthew Sandager
Producer: Matthew Sandager, Matthew Burgess
Writer: Matthew Burgess
 
Cast: Kemari Joy McClary, Shondra Floyd, Joe Sullivan
The Long Island Wolf

Action/Adventure / USA / 7 min.

Johnny is a down on his luck Hustler with a bad habit of using a crowbar to solve his problems. After conning his way into a risky partnership with a Long Haired, Loud Mouth criminal, Johnny and the Loud Mouth sign up for a mysterious job for legendary Mob Boss- the Long Island Wolf. The unusual encounter with The Wolf convinces Johnny to change his ways to something more passive but he just can’t seem to escape his violent nature.

Director: Julien Lasseur
Producer: Julien Lasseur, Brian Groh
Writer: Brian Groh
 
Cast: Shawn Parsons, Brian Groh, Louis P. Giacalone
Hello

Drama / USA / 11 min.

"hello" is a modern fable about an introverted young Brooklynite whose sole companion is a beloved pet fish. Herby spends his days busking as a living statue of The Tin Man, at once immersed in and protected from a disheartening world. When a curious young woman and her pup move into the apartment next door, they rouse Herby from his narrow existence.

Director: Sydney Lloyd Smith
Producer: Sydney Lloyd Smith, Louise Rubacky
Writer: Sydney Lloyd Smith
To Whom It May Concern

Drama / USA / 17 min.

At a chic Manhattan gallery opening, a young woman is startled to discover she bears an alarming resemblance to the subject of the photographs on display. Over the course of a single evening, she explores both the city and herself in search of the truth behind behind the mysterious picture she can't remember taking.

Director: Blake Rice
Producer: Stephanie Iscovitz, Gabriella Piazza
Writer: Blake Rice
 
Cast: Gabriella Piazza, Noelle Lake
The Understudy

Suspense/Thriller / United Kingdom / 7 min.

The obsession of an understudy with a well known english stage actress. How far will she go to reach her goal?

Director: Morgane Polanski
Producer: Morgane Polanski, Imogen Sage
Writer: Morgane Polanski, Imogen Sage
 
Cast: Imogen Sage, Edith Poor
Who's Buried on Hart Island?

Documentary / USA / 20 min.

Hart island, New York City's 'potter's field', is managed by the NYC Department of Correction, with Rikers Island inmates burying the dead in mass graves. Visitations are strictly limited to family members. In recent years, it has become a topic of controversy with families of those buried there fighting to improve conditions, ease visitation restrictions, and transfer control of the island to any agency other than the Department of Correction.

Director: Jonathan Baudoin
Producer: Jonathan Baudoin
 
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