12th annual The Method Fest Film Festival
Shorts Program 2 - Friends, Family & Loss
The Motion Picture and Television Fund
Woodland Hills, CA
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Shorts Program 2 - Friends, Family & Loss
Program 2 -  Friends, Family & Loss          SAT 11:30 AM MPTF
My Backyard Was A Mountain (USA), 24 MIN
Director: Adam Schlachter
Writer: Adam Schlachter
Producer: Austin Wakefield
Starring: Andrew Aguilar, Wendeline Beltran, Marlon Correa

Ten-year-old Adan lives a carefree life in the rural town of Palmarejo, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950's, surrounded by his friends, his caring mother, Lilliam, and his beloved pet goat, Chivo. His father, Pablo, returns home from New York City after a brief absence, bringing good news that he has found employment there and announcing he will be moving the family to the distant city immediately. Although Adan initially thinks the trip will be fun and exciting, he discovers that he cannot take Chivo along with him. With the help of his childhood friend, Denise, Adan embarks on a quest to find a new home for his goat....

Vartan LLP (USA), 17:20 MIN, World Premiere
Director: Myles Price
Writer: Myles Price
Producer: Myles Price
Starring: Jay O. Sanders, Bronwen Coleman, Christopher Hoffman,  Joel Swetow

One of the most powerful and successful businessmen working on Wall Street is shaken to his core by one phone call.
Mei (USA/TWN), 11 MIN
Director: Arvin Chen
Writer: Arvin Chen
Producer: Lin Ying Tso, Cai Xing Hong, Veronica Shamo-Garcia
Starring: Jack Yao, Dori Wu, Bi Zr-Gang

Jian works at a popular noodle stand in Taipei. He is in love with Mei, the daughter of the stand’s owner. She has long had dreams of moving to America, inspired by the tourists that come through the stand daily. Jian must decide if he will reveal his love or let her go.

Grace (USA), 15 MIN
Director: Camille Cellucci
Writer: Camille Cellucii
Producer: Juanita Diana Feeney,  Margaret Ann, Dennis Murphy
Starring: Christy Lynn Smith,  Joey King

In this hauntingly beautiful film, Rae drowns in a crisis of grief and loss until a five-year-old child unexpectedly interrupts her last desperate act, inspiring Rae to embrace life and living once more.
Matters of Life and Death (USA), 31 MIN, World Premiere
Director: Joseph Mazzello
Writer: Joseph Mazzello
Producer: Michael Breines, Erica Callas, Corey Wish
Starring: Rachael Leigh Cook, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello, Daniel Gillies

Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.

Limited edition discount tickets available at the box office:

AAA members:
$3.00 off admission price for individual screenings

For Time Warner Cable:
$2.00 off admission price for individual screenings


The Motion Picture and Television Fund
23388 Mulholland Dr.
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No