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Saturday, August 30 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shorts Block 9: Student Showcase, Part One

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SHORTS BLOCK 9:  Student Showcase, Part One

19 min -- “O Jogo by Pedro Coutinho: After an argument during a road trip to the countryside, Julia and Fred begin a sexual game with definitive consequences for their relationship and their lives.  (Brazil)

12 min -- "Methel Island" by Meg Smaker: A peacock, a musical number on meth, and a trash full of condoms - Welcome to Methel Island. This island in the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco is infested with crystal meth. In the film we explore this lost island and its inhabitants.

05 min -- “Liberty by Lanzhuan Jian: It is a typical day in Los Angeles for a typical immigrant at a typical job seeking the American Dream. Jose Guadalupe wants to climb the ranks of his humble insurance sales job, but his ruthless rival Xavier Jose will stop at nothing to get there first. Jose Guadalupe must decide if he will follow in the footsteps of America's past and fight for justice, Honor and Liberty. (Student film)

12 min -- “Bridgetown by Bryan Tosh: A drug addicted and despondent father, Peter Abbott, awakens from a haze of heroin to find his only daughter is getting married. In an attempt to connect with her father one last time, Emily Abbott sets up a meeting, only to see that nothing has changed. Peter must choose to either continue his path of destruction or become again the father he once was.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

11 min -- “Chimera by Luka Pascalicchio:  In apocalyptic world, Allen, a man with a free will measuring machine, is determined to find someone who can score over 8%.  His sister brings in a mentally challenged patient. Allen understands only the insane can display true free will, and when people from outside are about to break in, he has to go down the rabbit hole in order to find existence. Maybe being free simply means being crazy.

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)




Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.

Bryan Tosh

Writer/Director, "Bridgetown"
Portland Filmmaker, Bryan Tosh, was born and raised in the city which his film Bridgetown is set. Bryan was interested in creative writing at a young age. Attending Benson High School, Bryan picked up photography and his love of the camera began. After serving 10 years in the Navy... Read More →

Lanzhu Jian

Director, “Liberty”
Lanzhu Jian is a filmmaker from the Miao Minority Culture in the Southwest of China. When she turned 16, she quit high school and moved to Beijing on her own, to study art in order to pursue her dreams of being an artist and director. During her undergraduate studies at Beijing Film... Read More →

Luka Pascalicchio

Director, “Chimera”
Luka Pascalicchio was born in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva.  He spent his first 15 years there, then moved to Tennessee, in the USA, for boarding school. At that time he’d already been making short personal films for 3 years. He has made more than 60 personal shorts. He returned... Read More →

Meg Smaker

Director - Methel Island
Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. She is currently getting her MFA in Documentary filmmaking at... Read More →

Michael Zachary Huber

Director, “Driven”

Pedro Coutinho

Pedro started his career as an assistant director in feature films and advertisement. In 2008 he directed his first short film, "The Name of the Cat", selected for more than 30 festivals. From 2009 to 2012, he lived in New York, where he pursued his MFA in Film at Columbia University... Read More →

Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

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