Short Films

 6,743 Count My Voice!

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In the year 2015, the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 initiated the country’s transition to a federal state, thereby providing an opportunity for local participation in government giving people a stronger voice in how their communities are governed. The Local Level Election Act 2017 mandates that two of the ward members elected for each ward must be women and one of the two women must be a Dalit, in total of 6743 wards. The film tries to explore the dilemma of one of such locally elected representatives from Terai region of Nepal, whereby belonging to a certain marginalized community is boon as well as bane. While her representation is a direct outcome of the aforementioned provision, the fact that the candidate has been elected by virtue of being a Dalit woman ironically prohibits her meaningful participation in the exercise of her rights and responsibilities as a Ward member. She is just a proxy leader, with no say of her own in decision making and her role as a Ward member, which makes it only harder for her to live up to the expectations of the people who elected her. This is the story of Mrs. Jasodhiya Paswan, who wants her voice to be counted, not just on paper but in reality. This is an effort to raise the voice of thousands like Jasodhiya Paswan.

8 mins

About the Director

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Shristi Joshi is a girl from Kathmandu with keen interest in governance. She aspires to tell stories, which people generally refrain from sharing, but is something that reflects the society. For people to know and take action, such stories have to be told in a meaningful manner. This is where she believes a filmmaker can contribute.


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A Sisterhood of Signatures

After a middle school tween discovers a letter from her great grandmother (from WWII era), she challenges her mischievous friends to begin a cursive, letter-writing club.

17 mins

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Okema "Seven" Gunn is an award-winning educator, who has a passion for film critique and filmmaking. She desires to make films with unique themes and underrepresented voices that challenge the mainstream and spawn further discussion.


A Thousand Needles

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A documentary about the nuanced realities of women living with sexual and reproductive health issues such as uterine fibroids and endometriosis. It follows the journey of one woman and how the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain affects differing aspects of her life. With a focus on the power of reflection, the documentary blends interviews with monologues and artistic visuals and poetry to give audiences an insight into the invisible illnesses plaguing women.

29 mins

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Kelsi is an African-American born in New Orleans, Louisiana (United States). She is an emerging photographer and performance artist with a background in education and film. Her undergraduate degree is in Film and Video from Columbia College of Chicago (2007) and her graduate degree is in Education from Xavier University of Louisiana (2010). She is a pan-Africanist who suppressed her creative side for a decade before moving to Tanzania where she was reborn. A year later, she co-founded an organization called Heights, a collective of creatives who come together to do community service projects across East Africa. Kelsi expresses herself and her identity through her ancestors who guided her back to their spirituality, a spirituality that was intentionally vilified and hidden from her. Every country she visits on the African continent feels like a new version of home.


Beta

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A young woman finds herself in a cold cellar room without any recollection of how she got there. The two men who are her captors try everything to get information from her. Are these men kidnappers, or is there another reason she’s being held captive? (What does she know?)

19 mins

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Clown College

A twisted dark comedy about a coed overcoming the memories of an over bearing father.

10 mins

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Fraser Syndrome & Me

Filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys is only the 75th person to be born with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome. Having always felt alone in the world, she sets out on a journey to find her community and finally meets others just like her.

20 mins

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My name is Kyle Anne Grendys. I am many things: a little sister, a world traveler, dog mom, musical fanatic, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee’s film program. Oh … and I have a disability. I was born with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called Fraser Syndrome. The day I was born doctors told my parents I wouldn’t survive the night. 26 years later I am still proving them wrong. I like to say that I see the world through a view you can’t get from two eyes. I have seen the very worst the world has to offer, but without seeing the bad you would never recognize the good. I dedicate my life to making films about everything good.


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Gaia Mama

This experimental documentary highlights the musical collaboration of two women working in creative partnership as they compose healing music. Set in a sunny Southern California suburb, an ordinary backyard is transformed through light and sound, giving insight into their creative process and demonstrating the experience of sound healing. High-speed 16mm cinematography is utilized, allowing visual access to what sound vibrations inside the healing bowls look like at speeds over 2,000 frames-per-second.

19 mins

About the Director

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Laura Boza is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose work considers the intersections of documentary, narrative and experimental film traditions. Her films have screened internationally including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, World Film Festival of Bangkok, ATA Film & Video Festival, and at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts and teaches film in the Cinema and Television Program at Fullerton College.


Game

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A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

15 mins

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Jeannie Donohoe is an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has written and directed several short films, including GAME (in festivals), LAMBING SEASON (selected for over 50 film festivals and multiple awards; named one of the Best Short Films of 2014 by Indiewire, currently airing on PBS Film School Shorts) and Public (Palm Springs ShortFest, PBS Imagemakers). Jeannie was selected from over 4,600 applicants to write and direct GAME through the Lexus Short Films program. Jeannie earned her MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University. She attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, and also earned an MS in Education while teaching middle school in the Bronx through the Teach For America program. Jeannie is currently developing her first feature-length film.


Golden Voices

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Determined to uncover the source of “Golden Voices” appearing on unknown frequencies across Indiana, Paranormal Investigator Radha Laburnum takes her radio show on the road. As if guided by destiny, she comes into contact with sleepwalking children whispering of gold... She wonders: Are they cautioning us? What is the gold?

14 mins

About the Director

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Layne Marie Williams is an award-winning director and filmmaker currently based in Chicago, IL. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the womanist film collective, Women of The Now, and Co-Founder of the five-year standing The Women's Film Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Williams has written and directed numerous movies throughout her career and recently won Best Director for the paranormal short GOLDEN VOICES as part of the Indiana Film Race, as well as taking home the gold for Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, and Best Picture.


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Grandpa’s Getaways

A story of love and memory. Will has always been the hero of his own stories in spite of the fact that no one believes him. How much of it is true? And how much does it really matter?

13 mins

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Kristin Holodak has been drawn to image making ever since she was a child and begged her dad to let her hold the family camera while on vacation and then snuck a picture after being explicitly told not to touch any of the buttons. After completing an MFA in film production, she is now an assistant professor in digital media at Marquette University, helping the next generation find their voices as filmmakers.


I Have A Date Tonight

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To finally find her Prince Charming and enduring love story, Abby calls her besties to the clothing boutique to help her as she needs a winning outfit to slay her first date.

11 mins

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Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Tai-Ying Chi has been studying and working in the film industry, and has been based in Los Angeles since 2016.


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I Want To Do It

A young mother gives a gift to a childless couple. The consequences take the couple by surprise.

11 mins

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Roshan Hill started a career in the music industry during the 80s with her partner Tony Hill. As an indie band, she was very involved in the production of three music videos. After she starting, raising a family she went into marketing and communications in the not for profit arena. In the new millenium, she found herself having to take on numerous short-term contracts which she found unsatisfying. Deciding she needed a career change, she enrolled in a two-year advanced diploma in filmmaking. Specifically scriptwriting, directing and producing. Finishing her course in 2017, she had to update her home studio in order to complete post-production on two shorts shot as student exercises. This resulted in her first film THIS IS FOR US being selected as finalist for three festivals, two in the United States and the other in the UK. She works closely with her partner Tony Hill, who is both sound editor and music composer. She is currently writing her first feature.


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Lift Off

11-year-old Grace is woken up from her dream about going to the moon in a rocket ship by her parents and their friends arguing about the future in the sitting room below.

7 mins

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Kevin Hughes has undertaken many filmmaking roles throughout his career, from writer, director, producer, editor, to director of photography.


Made Public

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The night before he says 'I do,' Dave commits a cardinal sin, and his doubts about tying the knot go viral. Alone at the altar, Dave must confront his own cold feet, a Greek chorus of bridesmaids, and the bride herself - all to save his marriage before it's even begun. Directed by Foster Wilson, MADE PUBLIC explores the impulse to share our most intimate thoughts and sacred moments with the general public - and how much we're willing to lose to obtain the approval of strangers.

14 mins

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Foster Wilson is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, actor and Emergence Award Recipient. She earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied for three years with the Atlantic Theater Company under the tutelage of David Mamet, Mary McCann and Chris Bauer, among others. In 2015, Foster co-founded Detroit Street Films, an independent film production company intent on building a robust community of filmmakers to collaborate on low-budget films. In DSF’s inaugural year, the company produced over a dozen films, including Foster’s directorial debut: a gritty short about possessions and priorities titled BRICK & MOPSIE. Her sophomore short film, WAFFLES, held its world premiere at the 2017 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto. WAFFLES went on to screen at over a dozen festivals in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Nevada, New Mexico, Australia, Germany and Hong Kong; to date, the film has been nominated for 7 awards including Best Comedy and Best Performance. WAFFLES is a raw exploration of morality and sexuality starring Jeanine Mason (Grey's Anatomy, Roswell) and Leslie Stevens (The Young and The Restless, Bosch). Recently completed projects include PLATYPUS, a dark tragicomedy about honesty and intimacy; and the pilot presentation LOVE SCENES, LLC, a fictional, feminist take on the adult film industry. Next up she is shooting the short film MADE PUBLIC (2017 Emergence Award Recipient), as well a short series entitled GROSS ANATOMY, which will accompany the release of the book by Mara Altman. Foster has several projects in development, including the comedic short 5 STAGES OF GRIEF and a collaborative feature with Detroit Street Films based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play LA RONDE.


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No Comet: A 1969 Comet’s Tale

A documentary about director Carol Jackson's 1969 Mercury Comet.

19 mins

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Pride Prom

PRIDE PROM is a short documentary that follows the story of E Tejada III, the organizer of the first LGBTQ+ Pride Prom at Marquette University, a Catholic Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The film weaves together exclusive interviews and footage from event planning and the dance itself, and news coverage of public controversy surrounding the evenT - all while exploring the burnout E experiences along the way. In the end, PRIDE PROM is about the emotional toll of fighting for inclusion at an institution torn between progressive optics and traditional values... and the moments of joy and community that make it all worthwhile.

11 mins

About the Director

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Robyn Di Giacinto is a proudly bi Milwaukeean who’s passionate about highlighting important stories and issues in her community. Her work as an independent film director has been featured by the Milwaukee Film Festival, Film Girl Film Festival, OutReels Cincinnati, the Marquette Student Film Festival and the Eau Claire World Film Festival. She filmed and produced PRIDE PROM as part of her master’s program at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.


Reservation

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A woman returns to her ex-husband's house to retrieve a lamp. Easy enough? Until he asks her to stay, and then stay the night, and then go to dinner, and, you know, he seems different now...

12 mins

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Kristine Morgan is a filmmaker from Indianapolis.


Sac de Merde

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Based on a true story, SAC DE MERDE tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

13 mins

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Greg Chwerchak has helped conceive and create hundreds of music videos, for artists as wide-ranging as Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Counting Crows, System of a Down, and Nelly; he’s also directed commercials for Gatorade, McDonald’s, and ESPN. A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Chwerchak has directed two award winning shorts: THE HOOK-ARMED MAN and THE QUARRY. He made his feature film directorial debut with GREETINGS FROM THE SHORE starring Kim Shaw, David Fumero, and Paul Sorvino, which won awards at the Fargo Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Great Lakes Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival, WorlfdFest Houston, and Wild Rose Independent Film Festival.


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SHTRIGA

Students interview an eccentric old man who says he can help them uncover truths about a local witch legend. They get more than they bargained for when they come face to face with the witch and are never heard from again.

8 mins

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As a young teenager, Jayde Williams realized how much of an impact a film can have on someone. Compelled by a desire to learn more, she immersed herself in the craft of filmmaking. Growing up, Jayde would rather watch behind-the-scenes footage and take notes instead of watching the movie. She received her first camera in the sixth grade and began filming family videos and short films. She also enrolled in acting classes, and in the seventh grade she gave a presentation on how the makers of THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN coordinated and blocked an entire battle scene. In high school, Jayde became the school's first freshman assistant director and worked along side the theater director. Two years after high school, Jayde enrolled in the Scottsdale School of Film and Theater. In her final year of film school, Jayde wrote a script based on her real-life relationship with an abusive alcoholic. The script was submitted to the film school board and it was selected as a Capstone project - and so was Jayde, as its director. Her short-film CENTRAL OFFICE screened at the 2017 Scottsdale Short Film Festival and won three awards; Audience Choice, Best Performance and Best Director. Since then, Jayde has been inspired to never let fear, rejection or horrible circumstances get in the way of doing what she loves: making films.


Sisters March

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A reflection on the journey between Chicago and DC, connecting voices of hope, empowerment and intersectionality during The Women's March, the largest protest in the history of the United States, as women and girls organize and rally after the inauguration of the 45th president. Focusing on intersectionality, mothers and daughters from every strata of the country reflect on the work that is to come for the women's movement and how we can mobilize for change.

26 mins

About the Directors

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Producer/director Laurie Little is a Chicago-based filmmaker, educator, digital artist, colorist, photographer and founder of the production company, Luminist Films. As a documentarian, she uses an observational style to focus on personal stories and social justice issues to help motivate discussion, mobilize advocates, and change the narrative. Her award-winning films and collaborations have screened internationally in over 30 film festivals. Little teaches Documenting Social Injustice and Culture Race and Media at Columbia College Chicago and works as a media artist in the ad world. She holds a BFA from York University and an MFA in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago.

Jess Mattison , co-director/editor/camera, has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. She loves to tell stories, but not as much as she love listening to them. When she started at Columbia College in the narrative film department, she was writing multiple stories a day. With endless class exercises and script writing, she was up to her ears in stories. There was something missing though, and she couldn’t quite put her finger on it. After taking a step back, and reevaluating her passions, she realized she was stuck in a fantasy world. She was coming up with endless stories from her imagination that really had no meaning or made any sense to anyone but her. As she was having this epiphany, she almost simultaneously discovered documentaries. She had seen documentaries in school, but they were never very exciting. She came to the realization that her passion was for the truth. She could combine her two passions, storytelling and the truth, and from this, the birth of her documentary filmmaking career began. If people would let her, she would tell their stories. She soon came to realize that we are all a lot more alike than different. Her goal in filmmaking is to bring people together through their similarities, despite their apparent differences. The truth is not one defined thing, and as a filmmaker, she crafts the truth through her medium.

Theresa Campagna, co-director/producer/camera, is an independent journalist, photographer and producer. She has a passion for reporting and photo reportage that aims to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Topics range from education, global warming, racism, immigration, and state violence. Her work has appeared in WYCC PBS Chicago channel 20, Xojane, Alternet, Getty Images, The Gate Newspaper, South Side Weekly, Free Speech Radio News, and WLUW 88.7 fm Chicago. Her written reporting can be found here: tcampagna.tumblr.com


The Avant-Gardener

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Distinguishing itself through innovative format, and raw emotion, this "FilmTrack" to Lindsay Katt's new musical record THE AVANT-GARDENER is tackling new ground on the frontier of artistic visual storytelling/experimental film. Captured through the lens of ten interlocking musical vignettes, (each produced in a different style of film making) we follow the story of a young artist’s life, through the trials and challenges of self-discovery. We experience this journey through time, space, and her subconscious mind, as we are invited to explore themes of connection, purpose, and the complexity of the human spirit.

36 mins

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Lindsay Katt's inspiration to create film/art/music began as a child in the beauty of the rural Montana mountains where she grew up. Following that inspiration all the way to the surreal grit of New York City, Lindsay has worked there as a painter, performance/recording artist, composer, and film director, creating work that is both authentic and deeply thought-provoking. Her music has been featured on MTV's THE REAL WORLD and TEEN MOM, as well as programming such as ABC's CASTLE, ALIAS, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, and SyFy's BEING HUMAN, with music videos airing on MTV and Logo.


The Doctor’s Last Day

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A therapist tries to help four different friends who see him on the same day.

5 mins

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Laura Lewis-Barr is an award-winning screenwriter and a published, award-winning playwright. She specializes in comedies of all lengths and styles. After her first screenplay was made into an indie film, Laura began making her own short films. THE DOCTOR’S LAST DAY is her first stop-motion project. She continues to explore this complex art, experimenting in her basement film studio with her very patient cast.


The Doves

THE DOVES is an art film that shows the effects of drug abuse, which is a growing epidemic. It is based on a poem Chloe wrote in response to witnessing some of her closest friends struggle with dependency. The film follows a teenage girl, Zelda, who experiences the vivid hallucinations of the “answer”, but is met with the harsh reality of addiction.

6 mins

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About the Director

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Chloe Campos is a 17-year-old first generation Nicaraguan-American high school student and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her passion for visual arts began with drawing and painting as a child and evolved to include photography and the film disciplines. She has written and directed several short films and music videos from the young age of nine years old. Chloe’s films have ranged from the horror genre to interactive art, but have primarily focused on topics relative to her age group. Her most recent film, THE DOVES, is an art film that expresses the effects of drug abuse, which she created to further the discussion of this much too common issue.


The Group Chat

Grace is a 25-year-old living in Los Angeles. She decides to enter a positive-body-competition and has one month to work out consistently before her progress is celebrated in front of an audience. As the event day approaches, her friends begin to question her obsession with exercise. The shift causes Grace to look at how the dynamics of their friendship have changed.

13 mins

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The Watch

A blind man and a striking woman learn that beauty is more than skin deep when you really take the time to get to know someone.

9 mins

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Susan M. Cummings is a proud native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. This former stand-up and improvisational comedian has studied at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles and performed in shows on the east and west coasts (and a place or two in between) in comedy clubs and for such companies as Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and the world famous Improv. She also works as a freelance writer, producer and director on various live shows, events and high-profile projects within the Themed Entertainment Industry


To Ana

Ana learns to witness her own value when she ingeniously discovers a do-it-yourself cure for her ghosted heart.

6 mins

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Simone LeClaire is a 28-year-old white woman who grew up on Leech Lake Indian Reservation, obtained film and sociology degrees in Moorhead, MN, and has lived in Minneapolis for five years. Most notably, she is the director of the award-winning ELEMENTAL series of retold fairy tales, and UPM of the internationally acclaimed web series THEATER PEOPLE SEASON FOUR. Her short films WATER, NEW, AIR, AND EARTH have screened at festivals around the country, as well as featured in many Minneapolis screenings.


Valeria

Valeria visits her mother for the first time after ten years and discloses her story of losing her virginity, while there, something else is revealed. This film explores the themes of sexual abuse and having the courage to speak up!

12 mins

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Tasnim Hindeyeh is a filmmaker who worked on feature films and television commercials between Dubai and Jordan. She has experience producing, writing, and script supervising. Tasnim's goal is to create more roles for women and to direct films/television series that reflect her multi-ethnic background.


Welfare Check

An empathetic police officer, discouraged by the darkness she sees on her job, finds renewed encouragement in an older woman's home on a routine welfare check.

10 mins

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Rani Deighe Crowe is an independent writer/director/producer whose previous short films include HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS, TEXTING: A LOVE STORY, BEAUTIFUL EYES, AND THE TEST. Originally from Ohio, she received her BA degree in theater from Antioch College and her MFA in film at Ohio University. She currently teaches at Ball State University.


Women at the Wheel: Stories of remarkable women shattering cultural roadblocks and gendered assumptions

Some stories refuse to be ignored despite concentrated efforts to erase contributions women have made in techno-industrial fields. Artist Pat Benincasa tells the story of thirteen women who defied spirit-crushing social norms to invent, race, and design their way into automotive history.

13 mins

About the Director

Visual artist Pat Benincasa created Women At The Wheel, a series of thirteen 12” x 12” sheet metal paintings of a woman or group of women with an attached artifact from the time the woman lived. Ms. Benincasa wrote, researched archival documentation, and photographs to produce this video. John Mark Hostetler was video director.

13 mins

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You’re Talking To Me?

When she is changing in a mixed room, a colleague touches Eve's bottom. To compose herself, she plays out one of her favorite film scenes. But the character’s influence takes her further than intended.

4 mins

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About the Director

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Isabelle Desalos graduated from the Sorbonne in literature and after 3 years in a conservatoire, she started working in a theater (Paris). She directed CORIOLANUS (Shakespeare), LES DEUX TIMIDES, UN GARCON DE CHEZ VERY (Eugène Labiche), GAUCHE UPPERCUT (Joël Jouanneau) and a fairytale MOI, POUCET (adapted from Charles Perrault) for kids 3 years and older. Then she became an AD and an assistant manager for movies, with Frédéric Tellier on SK1, Danny Boon, Régie Roinsard, Olivier Baroux and Franck Gastambide on TAXI 5. Recently she adapted a novel for the stage but never played it. Now she’s writing scripts: punchy short films, short political comedy, long psychological drama, or even a scifi series.