Short of the Week

Mexico/U.S.A • 19 min • Spanish with English Subtitles • richard-parkin.com

Despite his wife’s disapproval, Hector bides his time as a deep-sea diver to provide for his family and to save for his own fishing boat. But after an accident at sea, Hector is forced to confront the deadly nature of his profession while weighing the responsibilities to his family.

Shot on location in the coastal towns of Baja Mexico, Contra el Mar (Against the Sea) is a portrait of a young marriage struggling to find common ground amid hardship and uncertainty.

AWARDS
• National Finalist - 2012 Student Academy Awards
• 2012 Art of Film Award presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
• Best Narrative Student Film - 2012 RiverRun International Film Festival
• Grand Prize Winner - 2011 Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards (Latino / Western Region)
• Best Director - 2011 UCLA Festival of New Creative Work
• Best Screenplay - 2011 UCLA Festival of New Creative Work

OFFICIAL SELECTION
• 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market – World Premiere
• 2011 Carmel Art & Film Festival
• 2011 Boston Latino International Film Festival
• 2012 Next Reel International Film Festival
• 2012 San Diego Latino Film Festival
• 2012 Charlotte Film Festival
• 2012 River Run International Film Festival
• 2012 Nashville Film Festival
• 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival
• 2012 Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival
• 2012 Little Rock Film Festival
• 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
• 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey
• 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Lago Puelo
• 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias

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