Short Film: THE PASSPORT, 15min., China, Drama/Film Noir

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Somewhere in a big city, a man wakes up in a dark alley with no memory of who he is or how he got there. On a mission to figure out his identity, he discovers truths that were better left forgotten.

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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.

Short Film: SERIAL KILLER SUPERSTAR, 6min., USA, Comedy/Horror

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A beaten-down actor in Los Angeles sets his sights on becoming a
serial killer after his favorite ice cream is discontinued.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 24, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony Fs5
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Sigal Erez (WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?)

Director Statement

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

The movie has powerful narrative, action, and perhaps most importantly an extremely relevant message, not only about the Holocaust, but about the forgotten bond between Blacks and Jews. A bridge is formed to close a huge gap between generations who do not know about each other’s history. We also see how ignorance remains today about stereotypes.

My hope is that we will realize that we are all noted on a list much higher than a tangible one; that each one of us is a divine soul in God’s eyes. When the intention is purely from the heart, miracles happen.

An extraordinary D.P. named Daron Keet agreed to shoot the film with top film equipment and a great crew for less than his usual compensation. Daron Keet: “Working with female directors is great because they are not afraid to ask questions and advise… I would love to work with Sigal Erez on any film.”

An A-list post production house led by Marcel Lehrer felt a strong connection to the film subject. He and his team (Paul Ratajczack, Mark Ettel, Hall Cantrell, Scott Radke, Patrick Sullivan) worked after hours on all aspects of the post production. From original score to sound design, they worked without being compensated.

My son Jacob, a 13 year old, operated the drone for a scene at the end of the film.

I am both grateful and emotional when I think of the many challenges and sacrifices my son and I made, but at the end we had angels coming our way.

I strongly believe that until now women were lacking opportunities. There were assumptions that women, for example, cannot direct big action movies. Or that women can only do a soft love story. My goal, and I’m sure most women would agree, is that we are not limited. We’re able to tell all kinds of stories. And we should be given an equal opportunity to create and to do so.

This story to me is about bringing two people together, who otherwise, wouldn’t meet each other. In life, it’s those surprising encounters that help us break stereotypes, preconceived notions, and show us at the end of the day that our basic, most important factor in life is love and kindness.

I believe Women in Film is an excellent platform for a creator like myself. My stories are very diverse. They reflect the many cultures, religions, and people that are influential in my life and who I have been exposed to. With an international family, several languages are spoken at our dinner table, and our looks are very diverse. We are adamant about not creating categories, not judging, and always being with an open heart to meet a person and judge their character based on our own experience with them.

I want to be an impactful storyteller. I want to make movies about extremely various subjects. I will make Women in Film proud.

Thank you for your consideration,
Warmly,
Sigal Erez

Short Film: WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? , 18min., USA, Drama

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The story of an unlikely friendship between a Holocaust survivor and a young African American boy who meet at the park on an ordinary afternoon. The kid is waiting for his Mom to pick him up from school, but on that day she doesn’t show up, and his phone dies. The Holocaust survivor notices that the kid has been waiting for a while. He asks him if everything is ok. The kid responds that he doesn’t know what happened to his mom. She is late, and his phone is out of battery. The survivor offers his phone so he can call his mother. The kid immediately notices a number on the old man’s arm. He thinks to himself, “that’s a boring tattoo.” The kid calls his mother and finds out that she got into a car accident, and she will be delayed in picking him up. The survivor stays with the boy until the mother shows up. The kid notices the number tattooed on the survivor’s arm, which leads to a whole conversation about the survivor’s past which includes a dramatic flashback to how he survived. An emotional connection is made between the Holocaust survivor and the African American kid, and a lesson in history is shared between the two. The mother arrives to the park, and the survivor’s son comes to the park looking for his Dad because it is unusual for the old man to stay at the park for so long. The four of them share a warm moment. We learn that each one of us indeed, has a number…

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HIGHLIGHTS, WINNERS & VIDEOS: October 2019 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival (Los Angeles)

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: AMERICA FIRST: THE LEGACY OF AN IMMIGRATION RAID
BEST PERFORMANCE: ENGLISH LESSONS performers
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: TONY MCCLEAN NEPAL TRUST
BEST MUSIC: THE RIVER

Theme of night: Resiliance

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterAMERICA FIRST: THE LEGACY OF AN IMMIGRATION RAID, 40min., USA, Documentary festival posterNINA SAIZA, 6min., USA, Drama/Family
festival posterSUNSET GLORY, 9min., USA, Drama/Family festival posterENGLISH LESSONS, 16min., USA, Drama/Family
festival posterTHE RIVER, 10min, USA, Drama/Family festival posterTONY MCCLEAN NEPAL TRUST, 8min., Documentary

The 9th event in Los Angeles in 2019.
3 more festival events in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

LA Festival Best Scene Reading: The Miscalculation, by Stephen Davis

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Mark: Kaleb Alexander
Sarah: Natalie Morgan

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch