The 2021 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival has announced the first batch of films in its official selection including Doug Roland's FEELING THROUGH (Academy Award® nominated film), Julian Doan's RASPBERRY, and Mitch McGlocklin's FOREVER. The festival will take place physically from August 20-22 at Assistance League Theatre in Los Angeles.
Here is the first wave lineup for the 2021 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival:
MARVIN'S NEVER HAD COFFEE BEFORE
Dir. Andrew Carter
Prods. Kahlil Maskati, Andrew Carter
Marvin Wexler tries coffee for the first time and desperately wants to talk to someone about it. What follows is a funny exploration of loneliness and trying to fit in during a time when it's never been harder to connect.
HE'S THE ONE
Dir. Jessie Kahnweiler
Prod. Tasha Petty, Paul Young, Richard Card, Jessie Kahnweiler
A girl meets guy and falls head over heels, but a shocking discovery forces her to question everything. A dark comedy about falling in love with the one person you're supposed to hate.
Dir. Julian Doan
Prods. Brianna Murphy, Turner Munch
Undertakers wait on a family’s final farewells, as one son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father.
Dir. Rami Kodeih
Prods. Rachelle Owen, Rubber Duck Films, Courtney Prather, Nora Mariana, Rami Kodeih, Joshua Owen
A WW2 girl gang struggles to save their friend's 3-month-old baby from the Nazis. Starring Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Arrested Development).
Dir. Ashley Paige Brim
Prod. Diana Ward
An adopted woman is forced to confront her darkest fear about motherhood at her sister’s baby shower.
MELTDOWN IN DIXIE
Dir. Emily Harrold
Prod. Emily Harrold, Seth Gadsden
A documentary film about BBQ, Ice Cream, and The Confederate Flag.
Dir. Creston Whittington
Prods. Evan Holtzman, Mike Quinn
An artist, upon selling his most valuable painting, must reckon with the fate of his work.
Dir. Mitch McGlocklin
Prod. Mitch McGlocklin
AI judgment causes a period of introspection
Dir. Heather Jack
Prods. Molly Ortiz, Molly Anne Coogan, Larkin Clark
Underemployed and reeling from a recent miscarriage, comedy writer Jo McDowell’s life is getting less funny by the minute. When she lands a meeting that could turn it all around, she has to make a decision: tell the truth or go for the laugh? A poignant comedy based on a true story.
Dir. Daniel Toledo Saura
This is the story of a first meeting and, at the same time, of a reunion. It's the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.
THE SOUND OF A PAINTING
Dirs. Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf
Prods. Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf
As identical twin sound engineers Angel and Clément celebrate the opening of their new recording studio, one of the brothers makes a startling confession about a past relationship.
Dir. Doug Roland
Prods. Phil Newsom, Susan Ruzenski, Luis Augusto Figueroa
A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.
REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING
Dir. Tony Suriano
Prod. Subhro Das
A man who is down on his luck finds a second shot at life when he buys himself a magical refrigerator.
Dir. Álvaro Carmona
Prod. Álvaro Carmona
A clinic offers what you’ve always wanted… for a low price.
Dir. Jeremy Benning
Prod. Jeremy Benning
An inside look at the world of the Foley artist. This short documentary is a sneak peek into a unique post production sound facility located in rural Ontario, an hour north of Toronto.
WHAT I SHOULD HAVE SAID
Dir. Jamie Donohoe
Prod. Jamie Donohoe
A family struggles to say what needs to be said
FORBIDDEN TO SEE US SCREAM IN TEHRAN
Dir. Farbod Ardebili
Prods. Victoria Razevska Hill, Soroush Arayesh, Patrick Reasonover, Matt Edwards, Sarah Jane Murray
Singing for women is illegal in Iran, but Shima and her Death Metal band don't care.
THE INVISIBLE MONSTER
Dir. Guillermo Fesser Perez de Petinto
Prod. Javier Fesser Perez de Petinto
Aminodin's father always smiles because he says "happy people live longer". That's why, at eight years old, Aminodin puts his best smile while working at the Papandayan dump, where he lives with his family. Her cousin Aliman, on the other hand, lost his when bombs started falling from the sky in the city of Marawi.
Dir. Caleb Slain
Prods. Richard Stevenson, Max Losee, Ethan Seneker, Hope Alexander, La'Charles Trask
A dream, a nightmare, a musical. Ten years in the making, welcome to the stormy inner world of one Congolese-American coming of age in the US.
Dir. Afton Quast Saler
Prods. Rachel Priebe, Reagan Shea
A 35-year-old film student recently diagnosed with ADHD manages by turning the camera on herself.
Dir. Serhat Karaaslan
Prod. Laure Dahout
Late at night in a small Turkish town, a young couple tries to find a hotel room to spend the night together.
JOANNE IS DEAD
Dir. Brian Sacca
Prods. Brian Sacca, Matthew Vaughan, Jeff Tomsic
Myrtle has gone off the rails today, spouting all types of nonsense about her past. None of it can be true, right? RIGHT?!
Dir. Iván Sainz-Pardo
Prod. Iván Sainz-Pardo, Juanjo Moscardó
A love story in the times of programmed obsolescence.
I'M NOT A ROBOT
Dir. Brian Olliver
Prod. Brian Olliver
Desperate to find the perfect new employee during a job interview, a weary office manager discovers that his new recruit is not what he seems.
SOLA IN DISCESA (GOING DOWN ALONE)
Dir. Michele Bizzi, Claudia Di Lascia
Prods. Claudia Di Lascia, Kinedimorae srl
In a metaphorical elevator, a woman travels through her past life and faces all the men who verbally or physically abused her.
ON THE RIDE
Dir. Jen McGowan
Prods. Rebecca Stone, Jeremy Glazer, AMPLE Entertainment
A man grapples with a trauma on a bike ride, taking him to a stranger linked to the past he can’t shake.
Dir. Sophie Somerville
Prod. Courtney Bombell
Peeps is a peek into the inner world of a turbulent teenage friendship group on their after-school shopping trip.
ALA KACHUU - TAKE & RUN
Dir. Maria Brendle
Prod. Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio Gerber
A young Kyrgyz woman is kidnapped and forced to marry. A drama about the desire for freedom in the clutches of tradition.
Dir. Jörgen Scholtens
Prod. Jörgen Scholtens, Jimmy Groeneveld
Inside a cuckoo clock lives a lonely man. Every hour he is catapulted out of his tiny house to yell ‘Cuckoo!’
Stay tuned for the full lineup and schedule. Tickets and passes will be available soon.