12th annual The Method Fest Film Festival
Student Shorts Program 1
The Motion Picture and Television Fund
Woodland Hills, CA
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Student Shorts Program 1
A collection of Method Fest shorts produced and directed by students from AFI, Columbia, LA Film School, The New School, North Carolina School of Arts, Solaris, UCLA and USC.

Forgetting Betty  USA, 10:00 min
Director: James Anderson, Robert Postrozny
Writer: James Anderson, Robert Postrozny
Producer: James Anderson, Robert Postrozny
Starring: Helen Rose, Robert Postrozny

Betty, a 96 year old Polish woman leads a lonely life. Her day consists of routine chores, revisiting past memories, and waiting for the visitor who never comes. But today is different. Her only grandson arrives to celebrate her birthday.

Deface USA, 20:00 min,
Director: John Arlotto
Writer: John Arlotto
Producer: Roman Wyden
Starring: Joseph Steven Yang, Greg Joung Palk, Alexis Rhee, James Kyson Lee, Aira H. Kim

Sooyoung is a faceless worker in North Korea. But when his daughter dies of starvation, his outrage drives him to vandalize the propaganda billboards that decorate the town, an act punishable by death.

The Death Strip GER/USA, 30:00 min, World Premiere
Director: Nicole Haeusser
Writer: Nicole Haeusser
Producer: Nicole Haeusser, Ulrich Schwarz, Vedra Mehagian Dallesandro
Starring: Anne Ramsay, Scott Clifton, Paula Malcomson

In 1980, Mike’s family is forced to escape from East Berlin across the Death Strip. Ten years later, Mike reluctantly returns to the unified Germany to see his godmother, forcing him to confront his past.

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.

My Backyard Was A Mountain USA, 24:00 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....

Mei USA/TWN, 11:00 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. Winner: Si


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



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