First Wave Lineup Announced for the 2022 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival

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A Los Angeles-based film festival Salute Your Shorts Film Festival has announced its first wave of film titles. This first round of titles includes the 2022 Sundance award-winning film WARSHA by Dania Bdeir, an Independent Spirit Award nominee Dawn Luebbe's DRESS A COW, a Los Angeles-based director Erica Eng's AMERICANIZED, and the 2022 SIFF award-winning film RACHELS DON'T RUN by Joanny Causse.


The festival will take place in person from August 19-21 at Assistance League Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets and passes will be available soon.


Here is the first wave lineup for the 2022 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival — more titles to be announced.


ACTION

DIR. Benoît Monney

On a film set, there are always unforeseen events. Some days, it's all there is. And sometimes it's even worse.


AMERICANIZED

DIR. Erica Eng

Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench; but to the Asian kids she’s "Americanized." As her sophomore year of high school comes to an end, Eng tries to find a sense of belonging within the two worlds that don't accept her.


ANCHORED OUT

DIR. Katie Bernstein, Clara Mokri

In wealthy Sausalito floats one of the last free places in California. A vibrant liveaboard community of mariners, drifters, nomads, disaster survivors, and those cast out by high costs of living and no social safety net struggle against a harbormaster, bureaucrats and a wealthy community that wants them gone.

ANCHORED OUT / DIR. Katie Bernstein, Clara Mokri

BATHROOM TIME

DIR. Sara June

Four office employees fight to find privacy in the workplace.


BLEUE

DIR. Ornella Pacchioni

An island, a seaside cemetery, a 13-year-old girl, Lucie, who spends her holiday in Corsica. She meets Léo, a dehydrated boy who is always in need to be in the water, but Lucie fears the sea. Their teenagers’ games are immersed in an atmosphere of innocence and mystery.


BYE BYE

DIR. Amélie Bonnin

With his diploma in his pocket, Julien left his native Normandy to build a bigger life for himself in Paris, leaving his memories behind. And then one day, one has to come back, and that day his memories jump in his face.


CHEMISTRY

DIR. Isaac Garza

An intimate night gone wrong because of a jalapeño.

CHEMISTRY / DIR. Isaac Garza

CHRISTIAN

DIR. Adán Pichardo

Cristiano is a young devotee who wants to be trained in the seminary to become a Catholic priest, but unexpectedly the interviewer responsible for vocations is the ancient priest of his hometown, Avelino, an unconventional priest.


DRESS A COW

DIR. Dawn Luebbe

A documentary that spotlights a 38 year tradition, the “Dress A Cow” event at Ohio’s Canfield County Fair. A meditation on bovine beauty, it reminds us that putting pants on a cow is not like putting pants on a person.


DYING IN YOUR MOTHER'S ARMS

DIR. John Beder

If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, a palliative care doctor Dr. Nadia Tremonti has made it her mission to make it better.


FATHER, SON, AND THE BEACH

DIR. Chieh-Huei Hsu

Ting-Wei spent his entire summer vacation helping his dad make deliveries, with only one condition- that he will take him to the beach before school starts.

FATHER, SON, AND THE BEACH / DIR. Chieh-Huei Hsu

FIRST DOWN

DIR. Carrie Stett

First Down is a gripping documentary that profiles an underdog team in America’s first all-girls tackle football league. This band of misfits and outcasts compete for the title while tackling their struggles both on and off the field.


FIVE CENTS

DIR. Aaron Hughes

A consumer finds himself in over his head after a string of purchases goes out of control. Drawn by hand on thousands of market data pages from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times with ink, white-out, gouache paint, gold leaf and other materials.


GOLDEN AGE KARATE

DIR. Sindha Agha

Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at 10 years old, Jeff Wall is a teenage karate pro. But that’s not even his greatest achievement.


HYPO-GRAVITATION

DIR. Jacob Arenber‏

A mother and daughter are forced to learn to live together after the daughter gets sick with a mysterious illness and begins to hover in the air.

HYPO-GRAVITATION / DIR. Jacob Arenber

IPSEITY

DIR. Nicholas Stachurski

The portrait of a mother on a difficult and visceral journey, re-defining beauty, sacrifice and our uniquely human ability to define our own destiny.


IT’S SNOWING IN THE SUMMER

DIR. Gladimir Gelin

A thirtieth birthday finds two friends dealing with different realities of the Black Harlem experience


LILI ALONE

DIR. Zou Jing

Lili, a young mother, lives with her gambler husband in a remote part of Sichuan. Lonely and poor, she heads for the city in a bid to earn enough money to save her dying father.

LILI ALONE / DIR. Zou Jing

MARY MEET GRACE

DIR. Faryl Amadeus

When a stranger appears in Grace's life with disturbing news about her long-lost birth mother, she must fight to untangle herself from a dangerous and sinister plan.


MIGRANTS

DIR. Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise

Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.


MISO

DIR. Kelly Walker

Cat is pregnant and doesn’t want to be. Since support is scarce and options are limited, she decides to take a non-traditional approach by enlisting the help of Sophie - a local doula who aids women as they take matters into their own hands. Literally. With Sophie’s help, Cat manages her at-home abortion, and comes into a deeper sense of personal power in the process.


MONEYBAG HEAD

DIR. Patrick O'Brien

Dennis, a lonely sad sack with an unfortunate cranial deformity, finds himself romantically entangled with Catherine, a charming political cartoonist. After the two share an intensely intimate night together, Dennis is happier than he’s ever been… until he sees Catherine’s latest cartoon.


OBJECT OF LIFE

DIR. Jack James Parry

The Object of Life addresses the most urgent problem of our time. The question of materialism. Why do we long for objects? Object of Life argues that we shouldn’t define ourselves by what we have accumulated but rather the ordeal we have endured and the nature of our struggle.


OH, BABY!

DIR. Brooke Trantor

Jane is on the hunt for a rockin’ one-night stand before an impending arrival.

OH, BABY! / DIR. Brooke Trantor

PHLEGM

DIR. Jan-David Bolt

Oscar's late. In the surrounding skyscrapers hands are shaken and contracts are signed. That's the last thing he needs right now. Where do these damned snails come from?


RACHELS DON'T RUN

DIR. Joanny Causse

While monitoring late-night calls at an AI companionship service, lonely customer support agent Leah impersonates an artificial dream girl to chat with the regular caller for whom she's developed feelings.


RAT TAIL

DIR. Chad Sogas

Rat Tail is a comedic look at director Chad Sogas’ battle with depression using archival footage and ephemera from his past, focusing primarily on the rat tail he had for ten years that his parents still keep in the storage room of their basement.

RAT TAIL / DIR. Chad Sogas

UNDER THE LIGHTS

DIR. Miles Levin

A boy with epilepsy is so desperate to feel like a regular kid, he goes to prom knowing that the lights will make him have a seizure.


UNICA

DIR. Alessandro Marzullo

The Fibonacci’s essay divides the world into beautiful and not beautiful through an objective evaluation system.


WARSHA

DIR. Dania Bdeir

A crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom.


WRITTEN BY

DIR. Callie Marie Bloem, Christopher J. Ewing

Kenzie, a 20-something Angeleno discovers during a totally boring and routine general check up that she is fictional. And even worse, that she was written by a dude. This revelation knocks Kenzie’s world catastrophically off axis as she begins to question everything.

WRITTEN BY / DIR. Callie Marie Bloem, Christopher J. Ewing

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