The Coin, directed by Fabien Martorell

The Coin, Short film – Directed by Fabien Martorell – Starring Christopher Lloyd, Kathryn Morris
Based on the short story “Soul Murder” by David Mamet
Trailer Edited by Scott Butzer
Watch the trailer for The Coin HERE

The Coin is an absorbing short film based on the (very) short story entitled “Soul Murder” written by David Mamet, published in Granta Magazine. The entire story is about two pages long and observes a boy being berated by his stern mother; a man watching fantasizes about approaching the boy while his mother has stepped away and telling the boy he is his guardian angel and giving him a coin that is symbolic of the boy’s goodness. Mamet, a masterful writer, is able to paint a portrait of a troubled family dynamic in two short pages with deft brush strokes of dialogue and description. Since the man’s thoughts are purely internal, it would be near impossible to depict them as written in film unless one relied on voice-over. Instead, filmmaker Fabien Martorell and co-writer Golan Ramras opt for taking the mother and son inside a grocery store where the man actually interacts with the boy, handing him a coin and impressing upon him the belief that he is, in fact, good not bad. That the man is played by Christopher Lloyd lends an immediate likability to the character who otherwise might be suspect as he is apparently homeless. Mamet’s version conveys a deep sadness for the child who seems to be (rightfully so) depressed and disturbed. In the film, the child appears to have more internal strength and while the mother castigates him, he seems determined to remain his own person. In the end, in the film, we think the child will be ok; not so in the written story. As a result, the film captures a certain magic in the man handing the boy the coin (a magic further suggested by the film’s end suggesting the man may have been an actual angel after all) while presenting a recognizable dynamic in this angry, frustrated mother and her young son who may or may not have done something worthy of her wrath. A remarkable short film inspired by a remarkable very short story. Mike Fishman

6 AWARDS – 5 NOMINATIONS – 24 FESTIVALS (including 4 Academy-qualifying festivals, and 6 festivals voted Top 50 by MovieMaker Magazine)
WINNER 2013 & 2014: “Best Short Film” Sunscreen Film Festival West, “Best Short Film” San Pedro Int’l Film Festival, “Best US Short Film-Audience Award” Champs-Elysees Film Festival, “Best Director” Festival Int’l du Film de Court Metrage d’Avignon, “Best Short Film-Jury Award” Big Bear Lake Int’l Film Festival, “Best Concept” The Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest
NOMINATIONS 2014 & 2015: “Best International/World Cinema” Portobello Film Festival London, “Best Short Film-Drama”, “Best Director-Drama”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Concept” The Brightside Tavern
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS 2013, 2014 & 2015: Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest, LA Shorts Fest, Newport Beach, Cleveland, HollyShorts, San Antonio, deadCENTER, Big Bear Lake, Avignon (France), Champs-Elysees (France), Scarborough (Canada), Portobello London (UK), SNOB, San Pedro, Sunscreen West, Saint-Cloud, Gold Coast Int’l Film Festival, Enfoque (Puerto Rico), Short. Sweet. Film Fest, Speechless, Philadelphia, Hyart, The Brightside Tavern
WORLD PREMIERE June 2013: Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest

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Strawberry Barbara, written and directed by Lucas Diercouff

Strawberry Barbara is a story about a recently widowed father who struggles to tell his daughter that he is dating again.

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Painter’s Brush, written and directed by and starring Jake Douglas


Painter’s Brush

A short film by Jake Douglas

Synopsis: The exploration of light and colour in the context of a painter’s love for his art.

See the film here (password: cinemagic): http://www.vimeo.com/jakedouglas/paintersbrush

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Cinema Bid Adieu, directed by Aneek Chaudhuri

SYNOPSIS: Cinema Bid Adieu connects three time periods i.e. Past, Present and Future which are actually three short silent tales with the common theme, CONFLICT. Moreover, the scenario of WAR has been equated to the struggle and sequence of combats that led to the invention of Cinema and the inception of ‘Arrival of a Train’ by Lumiere Brothers. This is treated to solve the warship scenario that prevails still today, and it is indeed taking a microscopic route that is the combat for sustenance on earth. This is the revolving sequence of Cinema in its original content, however the context is concentrating on the combat to bring up the birth of first cinematic piece i.e. Arrival of a Train.

Stage of Development: The film is ready to be screened however, no current screenings have been planned yet.

Personal Bio: Aneek Chaudhuri, the director of Cinema Bid Adieu has had his films screened at prestigious festivals at Cannes, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and Warsaw. He is a film theorist and has more than a dozen papers published in reputed international journals. He also holds the authorship of four books, out of which two are on Film Studies. He has pursued his Graduation in Films and English in Delhi, India.

Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/Cinema-Bid-Adieu-737354259727884/?notif_t=page_user_activity

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303, directed by Tomasz Magierski

303 from Tomasz Magierski on Vimeo.

Title: 303

Synopsis: The film tells the story of the most successful squadron of the Battle of Britain – the Polish 303 Kosciuszko Squadron – through the eyes of two veteran pilots of the Squadron: Franciszek Kornicki and Stanislaw Socha, as well as through the children of three spectacular aces of 303 Squadron: John Kent, the Canadian Flight commander, Witold Urbanowicz, the legendary Polish commander of 303, Miroslaw Feric, also a chronicler of the squadron.

It is a story of personal courage against great odds when the fate of WW2 was at stake. It shows heroic men and their perseverance in living up to the Kosciuszko motto of fighting “for our freedom and yours”. I believe that this story of men of the greatest generation conveys a universal message which viewers can identify with. The film also explores an American connection, as the Kosciuszko Squadron was established in 1919 in Poland by American volunteer pilots, including Merian Cooper, and it’s insignia was designed by another American pilot, Elliott Chess.

Website: http://tomaszmagierski.com/303/

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Cerebral, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt

Cerebral (Miss Ash Productions) Directors Cut from Ashleigh Coffelt on Vimeo.

Synopsis: After turning herself in for a string of murders, a young women turns the tables on her interrogators.
Starring Courtney Birk, James Bressi and Esther Jones
Directed, edited, cinematography and concept by Ashleigh Coffelt
Made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2015: http://www.48hourfilm.com/home

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FUCKKKYOUUU, directed by Eddie Alcazar

FUCKKKYOUUU – An Exist Films production
(Director: Eddie Alcazar http://www.eddiealcazar.com, Music: Flying Lotus)

SYNOPSIS: With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.
Producers: Eddie Alcazar, Javier Lovato | Executive Producer / Legal: Anthony De Toro | Cast: Jesse Sullivan, Charles Baker.Experimental Short / Music Video.

“The opening sequence of FUCKKKYOUUU is something akin to the shadow of [F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire classic] Nosferatu come to life.” – okayplayer

Press Articles below
TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfF5LJZ8jkI
Fantastic Fest – http://fantasticfest.com/films/fuckkkyouuu
Twitchfilm – http://alturl.com/5vkbb
Consequence of Sound – http://goo.gl/DUZ9oJ

Film Contact:
Javier Lovato
existfilms@gmail.com

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Better Than Crazy, written and directed by Mike Restaino

Synopsis: Five cousins gather for the first time in years at a drunken family reunion. They find themselves busy singing country songs about fatty snack foods, dealing with paranormal threats from a dead aunt with dubious fashion sense, and cracking more fat jokes per minute of film than any movie in history.
Starring Amy Bruni, Aaron Daley, Nick Leonti, Deborah O’Brien, Shawn Romias, and Katherine Fullenlove.
Written and Directed By Mike Restaino

Film Site: http://betterthancrazy.com

On Demand Page: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/betterthancrazy
Social Media Links:
https://twitter.com/betterthancrazy
https://www.facebook.com/betterthancrazymovie

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Craig Hunter’s short film for EastSide Partnership, shot by Chris Nelson, showcases the east of Belfast city.

Craig Hunter’s short film for EastSide Partnership, shot by Chris Nelson, showcases the east of Belfast city.

For more information on EastSide Partnership, please visit: http://www.eastsidearts.net

For information on Chris Nelson, please visit: http://www.storyhousefilms.com/

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Capital I, directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya

Capital I is an existential psychodrama revolving around a mysterious and unknown artist and depicting the transformation of mind of a young girl whereby she finds herself trapped in between realistic relationships and attractions and a strange relationship with her hallucinatory lesbian partner.

Director – Amartya Bhattacharyya
Producers – Susant Misra, Swastik Choudhury
International Sales and Distribution – The Open Reel
Language – Odia, English (subtitled in English)
Country – India
Completion Year – December 2014
Running Time – 85 mins

IMDb Page – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3690050/
Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uJtBZisCvQ

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