Aug 14

Short on Shorts: Bertie the Brilliant

Bertie the Brilliant from filmmaker Gabriela Garcia Medina is a fun and fanciful film about childhood dreams. Young Bertie is obsessed with magic and his favorite performer, gender-fluid Drag King Magician, Maya the Magnificent. When he learns Maya the Magnificent will be performing in his town, Bertie becomes determined to earn money for a ticket. […]

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Aug 13

Filmmaker 5 with William Hellmuth: Dixieland

In Dixieland, Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead, etc.) plays a Black Union physician. After his regiment is destroyed, he flees into the Virginian woods, stumbling on a Confederate soldier hiding in a cave. They share a fire, and try to find a moment of understanding before the sun comes up. Dixieland screens […]

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Aug 13

Filmmaker 5 with Sabina Vajraca: Sevhap Mitzvah

The film Sevhap Mitzvah (A Good Deed) is based on the true story of Muslim woman Zejneba Hardaga and her family who hid from the Nazis her Jewish friend Rifka Kabiljo and her family at their home. Riisking their own lives, they helped them escape Nazi-occupied Sarajevo in the 1940s and then move to Israel. […]

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Aug 12

Filmmaker 5 with Brian Lonano and Blake Myers: CONTENT: The Lo-Fi Man

CONTENT: The Lo-Fi Man starts as a documentary about a beloved cult film, then turns into a YouTube video until it escapes into a dystopian sci-fi adventure, upon which it transforms into a body horror film resulting in a kaiju battle finale. Part sci-fi, horror, comedy, satire, midnight, cult, fantasy, it’s a genre-bending short from filmmakers Brian Lonano […]

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Aug 12

Filmmaker 5 with Jessica Hinkson: Sara

C’mon Mort Productions and Hello, Darling Pictures present in association with 88th StreetProductions made with support from Stowe Story Labs a film by Jessica Hinkson, Sara premieres at the the 19th Annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival in Los Angeles on August 12, 2023. Sara is a dramatic short film about a woman who finds the strength […]

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Aug 11

Filmmaker 5 with Omri Laron: More Than Friends

The LGBTQ+ community is represented at the 19th Annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival with an exciting line-up of short films. From Omri Laron short film More Than Friends takes an unexpected turn when a quirky lesbian mom discovers a love letter written by her 11-year-old son to another boy. She decides to take matters into […]

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Aug 10

Filmmaker 5 with Emily Ruhl: In the Garden of Tulips

In the Garden of Tulips follows Caroline as she takes a fateful car ride with her father through the Iranian countryside. The short film screens during the 19th Annual Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. Our Classic Couple exclusive interview with Emily Ruhl executive producer of In the Garden of Tulips follows. Filmmaker 5.1:  Short film, with In […]

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Apr 30

Filmmaker 5 with River Finlay: Eat Flowers

In 2017, photographer Cig Harvey’s best friend Mary was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. When forced to isolate during her treatment, she asked Cig to send her photographs. Everyday Cig set out to bring color and life to Mary through her camera. Everyday Mary asked for more. Eat Flowers brings us into the […]

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Mar 07

Filmmaker 5 with Nils Keller: Almost Home

Short film Almost Home tells the coming-of-age story of Jakob, a teenage boy struggling to overcome a disability, living aboard a cramped spaceship with his mother. As the end of their two-year voyage nears, Jakob dreams of returning to Earth and life with his father and friends. But as they near Earth, they learn the […]

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Dec 31

Thanks for an Amazing 2022!

I started our Filmmaker 5 series in 2021 as an approach for interviewing Bill Morrison about his experimental short “let me come in.” Quickly I used the format again and produced several Filmmaker 5 interviews that year. In 2022, I set an intention to interview a dozen filmmakers across the year. As I write, I […]

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