Late Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from Jan. 2020 LA Feedback Film Festival

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A young girl waits to get picked up from soccer practice when an unexpected stranger arrives.

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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    850 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography – Michael Dolha (HAYLEY)

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Michael Dolha was born on August 20, 1996 in Transylvania, Romania. He is a film director based in Los Angeles, California who graduated the New York Film Academy with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and has worked on over 50 productions including feature films, short films, commercials and music videos. He is best known for the short film Hayley (2019).

Director Biography – Jan Johnson Goldberger, Jan Johnson Goldberger (SHOOTER)

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Jan Johnson Goldberger is an award-winning filmmaker and alumna of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. While at AFI she became the recipient of the production award administered by the Institute: The Martin Ritt Production Award, named in honor of the socially conscious director of the film, Norma Rae; and a Women In Film Award. Ms. Goldberger’s thesis film, won the first Moon Basin Hatchfest award. This film went on to be licensed by Home Box Office and ran for two consecutive years on HBO.
Jan’s first independent short film, Stone Mansion was one of the Showtime Network’s Black Filmmakers Short film Showcase winners. Stone Mansion was licensed to the Showtime Network in 2011. Stone Mansion was also licensed to (PBS). The film aired in 45 PBS markets over the course of two years and the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) for several consecutive years. Stone Mansion has screened in over fifty national and international film festivals. Ms. Goldberger is a recipient of a grant from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, to develop a feature- length documentary on a landmark racial discrimination case.

Jan has worked with actor/comedian, Damon Wayans as part of his production staff. She was a participant in Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Connects program with her project, Game.

She has produced several short films for the Showtime Network, including the award-winning short, Pants in the Family. Most recently Jan was a participant in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. Currently, Jan is in pre- production on a slate of feature films including, Outlaw, a Western based on a true story, Hit the Switch, an urban hip-hop musical, and Dead of Winter, a teen thriller feature script written by Robert Dorian. Shooter is the 13th short film Jan has produced.

Director Statement

The Department of Justice recent statistics states that “one in four new gang recruits are girls!” My intent for making Shooter was to begin a dialogue about this growing phenomenon. Any gang violence is a direct reflection of the failure of the larger society to embrace and include the group committing the violence. We are all interconnected and not acknowledging that fact leads to the deleterious affects we currently see in Chicago.

Director Biography – Jaskaran Singh (A TURBAN & A BEARD)

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Jaskaran Singh holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Toronto in Political Science and is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Advanced Television and Film program. He held the positions of Head Writer and Creative Director while at UofT for its campus wide media channel. While at Sheridan, Jaskaran continued to write and produce short works, most notably “ReArranged,” which boldly addressed arranged marriages and took part in two festivals in 2018 (IIFSA Toronto and NSI Online); and “S.A.M.,” a technically and logistically demanding sci-fi production that has received festival acclaim globally. Jaskaran recently produced another sci-fi short, “Autopsy,” and in founding Paradox Lost, he hopes to use his unique voice to write/direct/produce stories not given a platform to be told. His latest, “A Turban & A Beard” is the first such attempt.

Director Statement

In the middle of September 2001, a Sikh man was murdered outside of his gas station in one of the first post-9/11 hate crimes against that religious group. When asked, his family said that all the killer saw was a turban and a beard. As part of their faith, Sikhs are required to keep their hair uncut and wear a turban. These articles of faith have ignorantly become synonymous with acts of terrorism, giving free reign for those with hate in their heart to attack based solely on appearance. Almost twenty years later, while much progress has been made, a new brand of nationalism has risen targeting with extreme prejudice. What once felt like underground or receding racism has boldly bubbled to the surface again. A way in which that warped narrative can be challenged is with more widespread representation in media. Sikh representation remains confined to a world of taxi drivers, mistaken terrorists, and convenience store clerks. My hope is that this short allows for layered and complex roles for Sikh actors, while providing an audience with a window inside that cultural, religious, and social upbringing.



Theme of night: Persistence

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

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festival posterPAINFUL SILENCE, 8min., USA, Documentary festival posterPHOTOS IN THE RAIN, 10min, USA, Documentary
festival posterTHE SALTY GENERATIONS, 7min., USA, Documentary festival posterDOLLMAKER, 8min., Finland, Documentary
festival poster#WELAGENTE, 5min, USA, Documentary
festival posterEMERGENCE, 3min., Australia, Documentary
festival posterBLESSING, 6min., USA, Documentary

The 11th event in Los Angeles in 2019.
1 more festival event in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography – Olivier Hero Dressen (THE PASSPORT)

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Olivier “Hero” Dressen is a Belgium director based in Shanghai since 2012. He have been drawing since He was a kid and directed animation films on digital and 16mm films. He also love to mix different techniques such as photography, drawing, graphic design,
video, etc. His primary directing style is characters driven and storytelling. Commercials, Music Videos, and Shorts his career as a director started in 2000.

In 2012 I began a side career as a photographer for portraits, fine art, fashion and editorial magazines.
Now I am currently based in Asia but also work overseas.

Director Statement

Michael and I met through a mutual friend several years ago. Our passion for film and film making led to a creative partnership still strong seven years later. Our first collaboration was “The Passport” which was produced and shot within three weeks of finalizing the script. “The Passport” addresses our idea of identity and memory.  “We are what we remember” illustrates the fragile balance between our existence and the fear of loosing who we really are. This project is personal to myself in particular, as I experienced a degree of memory loss in the past, and realize the importance of how precious and fragile our memory really is.

Regarding my cinematic inspirations and influences, Memento and Drive are two films who really set the tone for me. Memento because of the movie’s subject and his main character’s quest and Drive for the colors, mood, esthetics and music. The film score, as a music video director and part-time musician, I really wanted to express emotion through the music and aim to create a poignant connection between the character, the score and the audience. As I financed, produced and directed this movie myself, the post production process was quite a challenge. I spent a lot of time on a rough edit, both image, sound and visual effects using a variations of post production tools and techniques. From Adobe Creative Cloud Suite to Cinema 4D and Substance painter and even ADR for some sequences. I went back to some of the locations with a sound kit capturing water drips or ambiance noises in the streets of Shanghai etc to give it more depth and realism.

I also learned a new 3D software for this project, Substance Painter was used for some of the 3d texturing process. I found it to be a very intuitive software which allowed me to paint and create a very 3 dimensional texturing. My idea was to create an advanced draft version as close as possible to my vision and seek help from experienced and high end specialists back in my country of birth, Belgium. And thanks to a talented group of people we managed to complete the film and get it to the level it is now.
Our film is finally starting to hit festivals around the world and we hope that our audience will also be inspired and equally passionate for this film.  Our next challenge is to produce a feature film together as we don’t want let Bryan Boise rest for too long.
Michael and I are currently based in Shanghai, China. We continue to collaborate on film projects, which we hope will come to life across screens worldwide in the near future.

Director Biography – Joseph Picozzi (SERIAL KILLER SUPERSTAR)

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Joe Picozzi is an award winning director, writer and producer. In 2015, his short film I WANT TO BEAT UP CLARK PETERS screened worldwide, most notably winning a silver College Television Award (College Emmy) from the Television Academy Foundation. Joe is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he recently completed his latest short film, SERIAL KILLER SUPERSTAR.