Indie Short Fest

Just Two Dads

“Just Two Dads” takes a dramatic look into the melancholy faced by the middle-average father. The story closely examines how the day to day lives of a father quickly devolves into a long-form passage through the stages of grief… while their children still remain alive.
Starting from birth, parents face denial that their children will ever leave. Anger that they are not appreciated for all they do. Bargaining that they could have/should be doing a better job. Depressed by the thought of losing a friend. And finally, hopefully, parents will learn to accept that children are people as well.
“Just Two Dads” is a dramatic expression of loss, love and baseball.
Directed by Paul Persic (Canada)


In this comedy, Tyler is overwhelmed from the pressure of his hypochondriac mother with the desire for him to find a girlfriend and have a baby. He goes out on a mission to find a relationship at a speed dating event but an unlikely person may be the prize.
Directed by Ty Cooper (USA)

Kommando 1944

July 1944. An Asian American soldier Corporal Soo is thrown into a Nazi work camp on a farm in Germany as his family back home in America are forced into an American Japanese concentration camp in Manzanar, California. The allied soldiers think Soo is a Japanese soldier and segregate him. Soo must fight to let go of the past in order to be set free.
Directed by Derek Quick (USA)


“Acceptables” is a short film that deals with race, religion and immigration issues in a rapidly changing political climate.
Directed by Michele Lyman (USA)


Two members of Generation Z expound on their values and habits as they redefine minimalism in a world of consumption, technology, and information overload.
Directed by Isabelle Levent (USA)

United Hopes

In my documentary, I have addressed the Syrian refugees’ concerns over exercising their basic human rights and freedom of expression and how the United States immigration policy regarding the Syrian refugees’ humanitarian crisis is being shaped by the concerns over the impact of refugees on the USA’s national security.
A documentary that brings awareness to this humanitarian crisis and highlights the important role of communication in promoting human rights protection while addressing concerns of our national security.
Directed by Arwa Sawan (USA)

MMA – Never Surrender

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City; Jayden’s an underdog of all proportions. With 7 years of his life wasted in prison for partaking in some illegal underground MMA fighting. After doing his time, he now realizes that he needs to make some changes in his life. One of his goals is to rekindle his love with his Ex-girlfriend “Tiffany”; who has moved on to better herself, while going to college, working full time and supporting her son that she had with Jayden. Jayden must now get a job, complete some mandatory community service and get a place to live so he can fulfill the terms of early release from prison. While out of prison, Jayden realizes the more things change, the more they stay the same; as his past comes to haunt him.
Directed by Gerald J. Godbout III (USA)