2020 SBIFF Short Films (G-M)

Musical Voyage

Musical Voyage

MUSICAL VOYAGE documents French/American surfer and musician Lee-Ann Curren, exploring the intersections of sound and surf. This tri-lingual expose follows her roots; taking us from the Basque Country to California.Directed by Patrick TrefzPreceding "OUTDEH"Country:...

Mother of Chernobyl

Mother of Chernobyl

After the Chernobyl disaster, a woman who remained in the radiation zone with her newborn baby must fight to survive.Directed by Alexander ShuryepovStarring Alyona KhmaraCountry: USA30 minutesSubtitled

Monsters in the Dark

Monsters in the Dark

A boy with an abused past fears the love of his new family and runs away, meeting a monster that will change his life.Directed by Apollonia ThomaierProduced by Apollonia Thomaier, Aizen Chiu, Tina HuangWritten by Apollonia ThomaierCountry: USA7 minutes

Mochitsuki

Mochitsuki

A close-knit, intergenerational community revels in the ceremonial creation of mochi as they prepare for Japanese New Year.Directed by Sky BergmanProduced by Sky BergmanStarring Alan Eto, Janis Eto, Ron Kikuchi, Jean KikuchiCountry: USA4 minutesWorld Premiere

A Million Eyes

A Million Eyes

A gifted young photographer, grappling with his alcoholic mother, sets out to capture something he loves.Directed by Richard RaymondProduced by Josh Reinhold, Richard Raymond, Nousha Raymond, Erin CharlesWritten by Curt Zacharias Jr.Starring Josh Reinhold, Richard...

Marsha!

Marsha!

Thanks to a mix of bad luck and bad behavior, Aiden finds himself stuck in a hole in his little brother’s directorial debut.Directed by Rowen KahnProduced by Aiden Kahn, Matt ElisofanWritten by Rowen KahnStarring Aiden Kahn, Rowen Kahn, Rachel ColwellCountry: Canada17...

Margaret Singer: Seeking Light

Margaret Singer: Seeking Light

With courage and purpose, 97-year-old Margaret Singer bent darkness into light utilizing her gifts as an artist and a poet and her innate sense of truth and joy. Margaret's art, journey and wisdom will inspire generations.Directed by Louise Palanker Country: USA 20...

The Love Bugs

The Love Bugs

Married 55 years, two entomologists explore a love of nature and the nature of love--and devote themselves to both.Directed by Allison Otto, Maria ClintonProduced by Caryn Capotosto, Jane Julian, David and Linda CornfieldCountry: USA34 minutes

A Little Piece of Earth

A Little Piece of Earth

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife moved to a ranch in a redwood forest. Now 86, Charles reflects on his life’s work.Directed by Ryan MalloyProduced by Ryan MalloyStarring Charles BelloCountry: USA15 minutes

Lean Against The Wind

Lean Against The Wind

Conquering a 45 mile stretch of stacked waves, crashing currents, and blistering winds — 13 times with just a paddle in hand — is just one way Lauren Spalding is considered a champion. Add Olympian and working parent to the list, and it’s safe to say she’s fully...

Last Week at Ed’s

Last Week at Ed’s

In the final emotional week of a beloved West Hollywood diner, staff and customers say goodbye to the 60-year-old institution.Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg KasdanProduced by Lawrence Kasdan, Meg KasdanCountry: USA40 minutes

The Last Ride

The Last Ride

Randy Johnson, a 65-year-old bronc rider, defies his age as he prepares for what could be his last rodeo.Directed by Andrew SchonebergerProduced by Brett WilliamsWritten by Andrew Schoneberger, Brett WilliamsStarring Randy JohnsonCountry: USA6 minutes

Lady Samurai

Lady Samurai

Samurai sword performer, singer, and motion capture actor, Kaori Kawabuchi, keeps ancient Japanese traditions alive.Directed by James LatimerProduced by James Latimer, Mikul ErikssonWritten by James LatimerStarring Kaori KawabuchiCountry: Japan6 minutesSubtitled

Kopitiam

Kopitiam

An exploration of a Malaysian chef’s life on the Lower East Side shows how relationships are cultivated by food.Directed by Sancheev RavichandranProduced by Kazuki Akiba, Aja EvansStarring Kyo PangCountry: USA9 minutesUS Premiere

The Kite (Šarkan)

The Kite (Šarkan)

Showing that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey, a little boy and his grandpa share a special relationship.Directed by Martin SmatanaWritten by Martin SmatanaCountry: Czech Republic13 minutes

In the Dark Room (En cuarto oscuro)

In the Dark Room (En cuarto oscuro)

A famous Spanish photographer recalls memories while processing photos in her darkroom.Directed by Luigi Abanto VareseProduced by Luigi Abanto VareseWritten by Luigi Abanto VareseStarring Luigi Abanto Varese; Cristina García RoderoCountry: Spain10 minutesSubtitled

Heirloom

Heirloom

When two siblings go through their recently deceased grandfather’s things, they uncover scandalous facts about his past.Directed by Paul Walter HauserProduced by Steve AlvarezWritten by Steve AlvarezStarring Joshua Radford, Sabina KsiezopolskaCountry: USA9 minutes

Healing Hands

Healing Hands

Dr. Gloria Kaye bridges the gap between modern and alternative medicine, healing ailments that Western medicine has failed.Directed by Christopher SibleyProduced by Christopher Sibley, Gloria KayeWritten by Andrew Van WykStarring Dr. Gloria KayeCountry: USA8...

The Haunted Swordsman

The Haunted Swordsman

In a world of demons and ghosts, a lone samurai and his odd companion seek vengeance.Directed by Kevin McTurkProduced by Lisa HensonWritten by Tab MurphyStarring Jason Scott Lee, James Hong, Chistopher Lloyd, Franka PotenteCountry: USA16 minutesUS Premiere

Hannah’s Ride

Hannah’s Ride

Confined to a hospital bed until age 6, cyclist Hannah Jordan beat the odds to rise to the highest level of her sport.Directed by Andrew SchonebergerProduced by Brett WilliamsStarring Hannah JordanCountry: USA9 minutesWorld Premiere

Grizzly Country

Grizzly Country

With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies threatened, an eco-warrior reflects on why he continues to fight for wild causes.Directed by Ben MoonProduced by Shannon Ethridge, Ben SturgelewskiStarring Doug PeacockCountry: USA12 minutes

God

God

A student’s obsession with a poem and its author inform him more about his sexuality than he might be ready to accept.Directed by Greg BrunkallaProduced by Chris Cho, Matt Factor, Lisa Mayer-SommerWritten by Greg Brunkalla, Benjamin NugentStarring Tyler Young, Ili...

A Glimpse

A Glimpse

A blossoming relationship unfolds when two strangers have a chance encounter in a London cafe.Directed by Tom TurnerProduced by Rebecca HarrisWritten by Tom Turner, Sam BerrillStarring Rachel Stenton, Chris Overton, Ali FarahaniCountry: UK10 minutes

Ghost of the Towers

Ghost of the Towers

A team of experts makes an eight-day expedition to southern Chile to document the legendary and elusive puma.Directed by Michael BlakeProduced by Ian GlassWritten by Michael Blake, George Mays, Phinehas HodgesNarrated by Dr. Carola FloresCountry: USA, Chile25 minutes

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