2017 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival Shorts Program Two
Friday, March 24 2:00 pm Theatre 3
Written and directed by Julia Verdin United Kingdom 24min
A former victim, who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking, is given an unexpected gift from a 15-year-old she kidnaps. The gift ignites her lost faith and memory of her former self and gives her the courage to confront her inner demons and dangerous employers in order to break free from the cycle of victimization.
Written and directed by Cara Consilvio USA 19min
Best friends Sarah and Lizzie live for their summers at Blackhawk Farm, times filled with hard work, friendship and horses. This summer, after 10 years as campers, 18-year-old Lizzie will be a counselor, while 17-year-old Sarah will be a C.I.T. (Counselor in Training). Sarah would love to be a counselor, but her late summer birthday seals her fate as a C.I.T. Everything changes when Sarah is told a secret that will change Lizzie’s life forever.
Written by Adriana Leonard USA 10min
Directed by Dana Brawer
Two young women, still recovering from the end of their romantic relationship, unknowingly see the same therapist years later and are forced to come to terms with what happened.
Written and directed by Monique Nagra United Kingdom 15min
In CHESTER, an older foreign gentleman is reluctantly placed in a nursing home in Northern England. Unable to speak English, he is perceived as a John Doe and has trouble engaging with the other residents and staff. Through the aid of Nurse Kelly and the game of chess, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again, until a chess piece goes missing one day.
The Next Step
Written and directed by Rachel Medeiros USA 16min
Sofia and her two siblings thrive in their imaginary world, but that begins to crumble when their brother’s physical limitations prevent him from fully immersing himself in that world. Sofia quickly finds that she must come to terms with her brother’s disability or remain stuck in her imaginary world alone.
Written and directed by Arjun Kamath India 9min
There are photographs that are taken for posterity—perhaps to reminisce years later—and then there are photographs that are taken to tell powerful stories. Pictures are worth a thousand words indeed.