In Chapter 1 of this award-winning short-form series, a teenager recruits the help of a mysterious fisherman to figure out what happened to his father after a confounding disappearance at sea.
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2018 SXSW - Grand Jury Prize, Episodic
2018 Bentonville Film Festival - Jury Prize, Episodic
2019 Telly Award Winner - Directing, Cinematography
2018 Atlanta Film Festival - Official Selection
2018 Sidewalk Film Festival - Official Selection
2018 SeriesFest - Official Selection
2018 Salute Your Shorts - Jury Award Winner
created by // ben strang
written & directed by // ben strang
starring // elijah mayo, chantal nchako, jay potter, helen hedman
production // blueprint motion pictures
produced by // jonathan maurer, david hartcorn, lara pictet, ben strang
executive producers // jason berman, tony frere, rosemary marie, victory shapiro, raphael swann
cinematography // david bolen
editor // manuel crosby
sound design + mix // sean higgins
original music // nicholas jacobson-larson
color // arianna pane
titles // harshit desai
visual effects // david nieman, eseraele alemu
About the film:
From Maryland-born writer/director Ben Strang, Beast is an episodic short set against the little known world of the Chesapeake Bay maritime — a region of rapidly eroding islands that were once home to a booming fishing industry. Beast explores themes of isolation and resilience of the human spirit through the eyes of Daniel — a teenager from the island’s only African American family — as he desperately searches for answers in his remote and homogeneous hometown. Beast was shot entirely on location on Smith Island, Maryland, 15 miles off-shore in the Chesapeake Bay. The historic island is home to roughly 200 residents whose families date back to the 1600s when John Smith settled the island.
Nominated for Best British Short at the BIFAs (British Independent Film Awards), Pommel is a coming-of-age drama set within the world of competitive gymnastics about the tumultuous relationship between two young brothers as they compete for recognition and approval in an upcoming gymnastics competition.
Written and directed by
British Independent Film Awards (BIFA), "Pommel," 2018 BEST BRITISH SHORT
East End Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Best UK Short Film
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Winner Special Jury Mention for Excellence in Directing
Short Shorts Film Asia, "Pommel," 2018 Best Narrative, Nominee for Best International Short
Norwich Film Festival, "Pommel," 2018 Nominated Best Short Film
Official Selection London Short Film Festival 2019 "Pommel," 2018
Sian Ju Tan
The story of Yung Lenox: Rap's most prolific (7-year-old) portraitist.
Described by LA Weekly as the 'Foremost Doodler of Rap', this hilariously endearing film follows Seattle's 7-year-old rap portraitist, Yung Lenox, and his Dad, Skip - an unconventional artistic duo simultaneously navigating the tumultuous worlds of rap and modern-day-parenting. Through Lenox's eyes, ears and encounters with rappers such as Kool Keith and Cam'ron, the film presents an innocent entry point into the idolized and often explicit world of hip hop. It reconsiders the age-old parental advisory debate and the realities of a kid growing up in an adult world. As Skip confronts criticism about his intentions and parenting, Lenox remains unfazed. In his world, art is 'medium important' compared to school, Lego's and Minecraft. And that's why the kid is everyone's favorite artist.
Directed by Stacey Lee & Anthony Mathile
DP: Jacob Rosen
Producer: Stacey Lee
Associate Producers: Corbett Jones, Anna Rau, Jacob Rosen, Marina Cukeric
Additional Camera: Frank Mobilio
Editor: Anthony Mathile, Matthew Charof
Supervising Editor: Joe Peeler
Music Composition: Aaron Stein-Chester
Audio Post Production: One Thousand Birds
Sound Editing / Mixing: Andrew Tracy, Calvin Hunting Pia
Colorist: Matt Conrad
Stills Photography: Brook Fetch, Jordan Nicholson, Skip Class
Title Design: Nicci Martinez, Hannah Souter
Poster Design: Jon Santos
Special Thanks: Carmody Brothers, Spencer Breen, Erik Perry, British Young, Lee Gibson, Karie Higgins, Andrew Gurguis, From the Range Films
Starring: Yung Lenox, Skip Buringrad, Megan Bingham, Cam'ron & Kool Keith
SKYWATCH is a sci-fi proof of concept written & directed by Colin Levy.
Six years in the making, funded via Kickstarter, and crafted by volunteering vfx artists across the world.
Starring up-and-comers Uriah Shelton (13 REASONS WHY, LOOKING FOR ALASKA) and Zach Callison (STEVEN UNIVERSE, THE GOLDBERGS) – with an appearance by Jude Law.
When two outcast teens hack into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to pull a prank on their neighbor, they accidentally crash-land a dangerous prototype – and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy.
Palm Springs Shortfest 2020
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2020
SideWalk Film Festival 2020
Hollyshorts Film Festival 2020
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2020
Urbanworld Film Festival 2020
Cine Las Americas 2020
Atlanta Underground Film Festival 2020
Winner Best Music Video Oxford International Film Festival
Winner Best Music Video Oregon Independent Film Fest
Winner Best Music Video 2020 Atlanta Underground Film Festival