Indie Short Fest

A Life So Precious

Heartbroken and grief stricken, a widowed father, who lost his only son, finds a scapegoat in the emergency dispatcher whom he had a brief interaction with. When he sees an opportunity to remind her how fragile life is, his intended threat becomes a reality. 
Written by Debby Huvaere (USA)

A Piece of Stone

It is the story of the 2 friends who went to Historic city on their Christmas Holiday. It is the story of their small journey in Hotel room where they found treasure and lost everything else. It is the story of friendship and greed. 
Story starts when 2 friends enter into one of the ancient hotel/Lodge as they could not find the hotel they were looking and booked earlier due to heavy snowfall. They finally took one small room/studio in some wandering Lodge for one night. In that night they just planned to drink and enjoy. Suddenly, they found one hidden room in that studio. They got hold of some hidden treasure box in that room which have 6 piece of gold. They struggled a lot together to earn that treasure from down heaven like situation in the hidden room. Finally, they won that treasure box and time comes to distribute treasure among 3 of them (2 friends and receptionist). At last there is one piece of diamond left undistributed and this one piece of diamond led to the final and conclusive struggle of these 3 characters of the story. Finally in the twist and turn no one is able to get even single piece of gold and lost the entire treasure found due their greed.
Directed by Anshumaan Bajaj (UK)

The Mask I Wear

A man beat down and weathered by social norms is challenged with balancing a conservative family life while coming to terms with his own reality.
Directed by Brett Newton (USA)

Indie Short Fest: March live screening in Burbank

Amazing evening with very generous guests, able to share their experiences and discuss the craft: 5 film directors and producers, cast and crew members, to screen 5 award-winning short films before the Q&A. All gathered at 1817 Film Studios in Burbank, California, for the Indie Short Fest March live screening.

Losing My Religion

Junior’s dad, a religious fanatic is hassled with his son’s half-heartedness in the church. In the verge of making Junior become as devoted as he is, he mandates him to participate in church vigils, even special teachings with the church pastor. 
Directed by Damilola E. Orimogunje (Nigeria)

The Blessing and the Curse

“The Blessing and the Curse” is the surprising and inspiring story of local folk, Americana, and rockabilly musician Lance Canales, who rose from humble California Central Valley farmworker beginnings to prominence in the international music scene. It’s also the story of the curious and tremendous popularity of Americana music abroad in today’s political climate.

Starting from his modest upbringing in the small campesino town of Orosi, California, we follow Canales on his journey from childhood to adulthood to his ongoing drive to bring working-class folk music to the masses.

Canales garnered a reputation as a child of being able to train wild horses, and for years took lumps to help his family make ends-meet. It wasn’t until he confiscated an older sister’s beat-up guitar and combined it with his vocals that he discovered (in his mother’s fire-and-brimstone church) that he was able to pursue music as a way to slowly carve out a path from his hard-toil life.

Following Canales into adulthood, we learn about his deep-seated desire to bring working-class spiritual folk music to the masses. Through sweat and determination, Canales records over five albums and tours throughout the world to enthusiastic audiences. He recently completed a two-month European tour, where his album hit number five on the European charts in the Americana category.

Additionally, Canales collaborated with Nora Guthrie, the Guthrie Foundation, and his childhood friend, American Book Award-winning Valley author Tim Z. Hernandez, on a concert to raise $10,000 for a memorial headstone for the 28 deportees project. Canales initiated the idea and fundraising effort to place a memorial headstone with the names of the 28 deportees and plane crash victims who were discovered buried nameless in a mass grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno, California. Canales’ idea was to record and read the names of the deportees in the background of Canales’ cover of the famous Woody Guthrie song about the incident.

In September 2013, in a historic moment, the headstone was unveiled and hundreds of people attended from all over the country, including coverage by The New York Times. A Los Angeles Times reporter captured a shot of Canales kneeling down to the unveiled monument in a moment of clear emotional triumph next to the grandson of one of the plane crash victims. Hernandez’ corresponding book, All They Will Call You, was recently released in January 2017 and is a genre-bending work labeled a “documentary novel” based on the Woody Guthrie song, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).

Today, Canales is with Americana folk label Music Road Records, which put out his album, The Blessing and the Curse.

Canales recently ended a two-month European tour in tandem with his internationally and critically acclaimed album. Yet, with all that, Canales stays local and rooted in the Central Valley. He plans to “make it” while keeping his home-base in the heart of California. The question is, can a local artist truly thrive internationally while staying based in the Valley? Is it imperative for a musician or artist to move to LA, NYC or Nashville to make a career? Or can that be achieved while living in the Valley, and if so, what are the challenges and benefits of doing so?

But in addition to his personal journey, we would simultaneously tell the unusual story of Americana’s enormous and surprising popularity abroada particularly noteworthy oddity in today’s political climate. It’s a cultural subject we haven’t yet seen fully explored.

In general, the entire documentary would be told through interviews, live events, and theatrical recreations. Animations and other motion graphics elements would be incorporated into the video. The visual feel will be that of a retro vibe.
Directed by David Kennedy (USA)