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W H A T :

  • Ten short films, running time 92 minutes. In English and various languages with English subtitles.
  • Genre: Shorts - live action and animation; drama, comedy and documentary.
  • Discussion after the film.
  • The films are NR (not rated) but suitable for all audiences, high-school and older.

  • W H E N :

    R E S C H E D U L E D

  • Tuesday, February 09
  • Sunday, February 14, 4:30
    Social Hour at 3:30 pm
      hosted by Women Writing for a Change
    Film seating at 4:00 pm
    Films Start at 4:30 pm

          program repeats:

  • Wednesday, February 10
  • Wednesday, February 17, 7:30
    Social Hour at 6:30 pm
      hosted by Women Writing for a Change
    Film seating at 7:00 pm
    Films Start at 7:30 pm

    All advance tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new dates.

    W H E R E :

  • Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011   859-491-2030
  • Easy Access, Free Parking

  • Maps & Directions:
    Printable PDF parking map
    Printable JPG parking map
    Interactive directional map
    Printable map and written directions

    T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $8* in advance and $10* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $8*, available only at the door.
  • Tickets for WVXU PERKS Cardholders with valid ID are $8*, available only at the door.

  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.
  • Advance tickets purchased at local outlets are not subject to service charge.
  • Advance tickets obtained online incur a sliding scale service charge ranging from $1.00 to $1.92 per ticket, depending on the number of tix purchased in a single transaction.

    How to get Tickets

  • Click here for online tickets

    By phone:
  • The Carnegie, 859-491-2030, Tues-Fri 12pm-5pm
  • Tollfree, 1-877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm

    In person at these area locations
    (click each for map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Ave. -
      Sitwell's Coffee House
      513 281 7487  324 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati 45220

  • Mt. Lookout Square -
      Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
      513 871 8626  3181 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati 45208

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave -
      Shake It Music & Video
      513 591 0123  4156 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati 45223

  • Downtown Cincinnati -
      Coffee Emporium
      513 651 5483  110 E. Central Pkwy, Cincinnati 45202

  • Covington -
      The Carnegie
      859-491-2030  1028 Scott Blvd, Covington KY, 41011

    Tickets will also be on sale at the door, subject to availability.

    Discount coupon on the back is valid at the Coffee Emporium, Lookout Joe or Sitwell's Coffee House.

  • Phone, 859.781.8151, Mon-Sat 9a-6p, voicemail 24x7
  • Email, via "Contact" in the Main Menu

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    Pre-Film Social Hour

    Hosted by Women Writing for (a) Change

    Since 1991, Women Writing for (a) Change has fostered a healthy writing community, where the words of individuals from all walks of life are nurtured, developed and celebrated. Much more than an exercise in communication, WWfaC has enhanced the lives of its participants, creating a sustainable model of learning, business and community building.

    WWfaC founder Mary Pierce Brosmer will be out of the country on the rescheduled dates, but we are delighted to have WWfaC writers Mary Beth King on Sunday, and Anni Gibson and Bronwyn Park on Wednesday. From them you can learn more about the courses, workshops and retreats that have impacted the lives of so many.     womenwriting.org

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    Post-Film Discussion Leaders

    Sara Mahle Drabik

    Wednesday, Feb 17

    Educator and producer-director at Northern Kentucky University
    Sara Mahle Drabik

    CWC audiences are familiar with Sara, who has frequently led our post-film discussions. As producer-director for Norse Media and lecturer, Electronic Media & Broadcasting, Sara is currently teaching Media Literacy and leading special projects classes at Northern Kentucky University, where she her M.A. in Communication, with Honors.

    Sara brings extensive experience in teaching, production and media activism and her work focuses on documentary and community based projects that raise awareness of social issues and attempt to create positive social change.

    Previously, after spending a year developing educational programs in Thailand, Sara worked for several years as the Education Coordinator for Media Bridges, a non-profit media arts organization in Cincinnati. Through her work, Sara brought the tools of video making and media analysis to classrooms throughout the city of Cincinnati. And, as curator of local film and video exhibitions presented quarterly by Underneath Cincinnati, Sara worked with many Tri-State area media artists, nurturing Cincinnati's emerging video community.

    A filmmaker herself, she studied film and photography at Ithaca College where she received her BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts in 1999. Ms. Drabiks's works have screened at Cornell Cinema, the Olympia Film and Video Festival, the New England Experimental Film and Video Festival, as well as through community media programs across the country. In addition, she serves as the Chair for the Central States Regional Board for the Alliance for Community Media and is an active advocate for media reform issues on the local and national levels.   NKU-EMB

    Kristen Erwin
    Sunday, Feb 14

    Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission

    Kristen Erwin

    Cincinnati native and Miami University graduate Kristen Erwin has a pretty cool job - interacting with big movie studio, independent film and music company directors and executives to extol the virtues of shooting their movies, TV shows and music videos in the Cincinnati metro area. Plus, she gets to scout the area looking for unique neighborhoods and homes that might serve as shooting locations.

    Starting as an intern, and now in her eighth year as the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, Kristen has the distinction of running the oldest nonprofit film commission in the country, and she is only the second person to hold the position since the commission was founded in 1987.

    The Film Commission provides artistic, educational and creative opportunities for local media industry professionals by way of marketing the region to filmmakers of all types - major studios, independents, music videos, commercials and industrials. In 2009, Kristen estimates $22 million in direct spending for media production to Greater Cincinnati, including two national television series.

    Capitalizing on recent changes in Ohio film production incentives, the Film Commission has strong strategic plan for the future, focusing on government advocacy, business attraction and workforce development.   www.filmcincinnati.org

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    About the Carnegie

    The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, improvements include comfortable seating with additional leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons we have limited the capacity to 350 seats on the main floor and center balcony -- to insure the best sight lines and audience experience.

    And YES, there is POPCORN !!

    COME EARLY to socialize before selected screenings and enjoy your favorite spirits or non-alcoholic beverage. The Carnegie opens at 6:30 before evening screenings and the cash bar is in the adjacent Gallery/reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011(corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots -- click here for the Parking Map.

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  • Lunafest 2010

    Cincinnati World Cinema :: Lunafest 2010 Slide Show


    Right-click to download Schedule & Film Descriptions  Right-click to download / print the complete Lunafest 2010 program (pdf)

    FOR THE FIFTH consecutive year, Cincinnati World Cinema is pleased to present the Lunafest Short Films, sharing original perspectives of women from all walks of life. These are excellent short films about women, their families and universal issues; made by women filmmakers, for women and the men who care about them.

    THE TEN LUNAFEST winners, selected from over 800 entries, bring us realistic characters representing myriad nationalities and ethnicities -- American, African American, Australian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Indian, Israeli and Vietnamese; created by an equally diverse array of accomplished filmmakers with roots in Australia, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Scotland, the UK and the USA. In both live-action and animated format, these short dramas, comedies and documentaries will tug at your heartstrings, make you smile and make you think.

    LunaFest Film Roster

           QUICK TAKE >>>   the lineup in a nutshell ... 

    Director Ela Their, USA, 2009, 16.5 minutes, live-action, in Hebrew with English subtitles.
    thierproductions.com       Film clip: thierproductions.com/id141.html

    When Ellie, an 11-year-old Israeli girl with little knowledge of English, immigrates with her family to Connecticut in 1982, she navigates culture-shock, homesickness, and the beginnings of adolescence. Hoa, a Vietnamese refugee her age living next door, is in the same situation but Ellie somewhat rudely shies away from making friends. Instead, through a series of letters read aloud in the film, she shares her experiences with her best friend back in Israel. After a while, the letters arrive with diminishing frequency and Ellie decides to befriend her next door neighbor.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    A writer by trade, Ela Thier's screenplay, The Wedding Cow, was produced by SWR, a major German TV network, garnering twenty awards at international film festivals including nine Best Feature and five Audience Choice awards.

    Ela studied Film at New York University, and has written, directed and performed in several short projects. In 2008 she received an Artists' Fellowship Award in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and used the grant to write, direct and produce A Summer Rain, which is screening this year at over 150 festivals and venues across the US and Canada, receiving numerous nominations and awards. She is currently in post-production on the feature-length version of A Summer Rain, titled Foreign Letters.

    Thier has written, directed, produced and performed in over a dozen short films including Plato's Symposium, Be With Me, Clamor, and the short version of her feature project, A Story for Old Lovers. She has also been involved with the development and production of numerous shorts including Red, Midas' Son, What Happened on the Fourth Date, BFF, Nights and The Way Home. This year she'll be directing two shorts: Gentle Cycle Only, written and produced by Mrinalini Kamath, and Judo Girl, written and produced by Sandy Chase.

    Thier is a recipient of an Artists' Fellowship Award in screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A prolific writer, her feature scripts were selected by the Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market) four times in three years. In 2006 Thier's first screenwriting workshop was attended by eight writers. In four years, with reputation spreading word-of-mouth, over two-thousand writers had attended her seminars in New York. Thier now offers workshops in film producing and directing as well, under the banner of The Independent Film School.

           Awards ... read more

    Winner Best Short, Vietnamese Intl Film Festival
    Best Short Nominee, Heart of Gold Intl Film Festival, Australia
    Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto Canada
    Beijing International Movie Week, China
    Children's Intl Film Festival, Mumbai India
    Nashville Film Festival, TN
    Feel Good Film Festival, Los Angeles CA
    San Francisco Bay Area Intl Children's Film Festival CA
    San Diego Intl Children's Film Festival CA
    San Francisco Women's Film Festival CA
    Women's Intl Film Festival, South Florida
    1 Reel Film Festival, Seattle WA
    Finalist, Lunafest Film Festival

    Director Sandy Widyanata, Australia, 2009, 7.5 minutes, live-action.
    plasticthefilm.com       Film clip: youtube

    While Anna is preparing for a first date with Henry, a man she has secretly loved for years, everything goes wrong and Anna slips into a downward spiral of self-criticism. If only she could change a few things about how she looks. Standing in front of her mirror, she suddenly discovers that she can sculpt her appearance to any shape she desires. How far should she go in changing her body structure and looks?

    A feast of visual effects demonstrating the obsession many young women have with having a perfect body, it won the Visual Effects Society Award for students in 2009. While the live-action shoot took only four days, the entire process took almost a full year. Pre-production planning took two months and post-production took eight months because of the special effects intricacies involved with Autodesk Maya 3D and Apple Shake.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Born, raised and educated in Germany to Indonesian parents, and now living in Australia, Sandy Widyanata received her B.A. in Film Studies and Journalism at the University of Bochum. She trained in editing and visual effects at the European Institute for Film & Television. She also worked as a set assistant and graphic artist at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, one of Germany's major public television and radio broadcasting stations.

    In 2000, Sandy was invited to Sydney to screen a clay animated short film she made during university. She decided to make Australia her new home and continued working as a multimedia designer and animator for major corporate clients. Sandy has just completed a Masters at the Australian Film Television and Radio School where she wrote and directed her thesis film, Plastic, about the obsession for a perfect body image. Sandy currently works as a freelance VFX artist in broadcast design and commercials while developing feature film projects. She aspires to continue making and working on films that she believes can make a difference.

           Awards ... read more

    Outstanding Effects in a Student Project, 2009 Visual Effects Society Awards, Los Angeles, CA
    Winner Best Short, In the Bin Short Film Festival, Australia
    Winner, Most Innovative Film, Sichaun TV Festival, China
    Silver Award, ACS Awards, Australia
    Finalist, Best Short Fiction, ATOM Awards, Australia
    Nominated Best Special Effects, Australian Film Institute
    Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
    St. Tropez Film Festival, France
    Los Angeles Intl Short Film Festival, CA
    Cleveland International Film Festival, OH
    Malta International Film Festival
    Manhattan Short Film Festival, NY
    Hatchfest Short Film Festival, Bozeman MT
    Recontres Langlois International Film Festival, France
    Flickerfest Intl Short Film Festival, Australia
    Omaha Film Festival, NE
    Heartland Film Festival, IN
    World of Women Film Festival, Australia
    International Video Festival, Bochum, Germany

    Director Charlene Music, USA, 2008, 3 minutes, documentary.


    At just three minutes in length, this black-and-white documentary offers what many longer films do not - a poignant, poetic, three-part narrative documentary that quickly and compellingly engages viewers.

    When social workers took Joshua away from Roz he was only seven months old. Today he is 12 and Roz is allowed to visit him three times a week. The reason for the separation is simple: since 1993 Roz has been homeless. She lives in an old van, with a bicycle parked beside it that she rides to work every morning. While coping with destitution, Roz maintains her optimism and the fervent hope that one day she will live with her son. Roz's chance encounter with filmmaker with Charlene Music changed her life. Since the film was released, Roz is training to become a massage therapist and is no longer homeless.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Charlene Music was born and raised in Costa Rica. After studying photography at Harvard (Magna Cum Laude, 2004), she worked as a documentary filmmaker in India, where she produced domestic violence prevention films in collaboration with rural communities. She works with international and humanitarian organizations to effect social change and empower communities through photography and film. Her outreach work has also included youth counseling and improving public health and educational programs.

    In Costa Rica, Ms. Music founded the video production departments at Eureka Comunicación and Café Britt and directed human rights films for organizations including the National Children's Hospital. She also worked with children in the Costa Rican slum Ciudadelas Unidades, teaching them photography and film. Filmmaking has taken Charlene to Africa, China, Cuba and the United States, where she has more recently made documentaries in collaboration with the Center for Responsible Travel and Stanford University's Cochlear Implant Center.

    Charlene graduated from Stanford's MFA in Documentary Film program in 2009 with her thesis Danza del Viejo Imigrante, an intimate documentary about the challenges and opportunities facing elderly Latinos in the U.S. She is received awards from CINE, the University Film & Video Association, the National Academy of Television, and Kodak.

           Awards ... read more

    Winner, CINE Special Jury Award - NY
    Winner, Festival International des Tres Courts -- France
    Finalist, Angelus Student Film Festival - CA
    Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival -- Washington, D.C.
    Cinema du Reel -- France
    SXSW (South by South West) Intl Film Festival -- TX
    True/False Film Fest-- MO
    Tiburon International Film Festival -- CA
    Hamburg Short Film Festival -- Germany
    One World International Film Festival -- Czech Republic
    Documenta Madrid
    Festival de Cine Centromericano
    Festival de Cine y Video Documental
    Film Festival Film Academy -- Vienna
    Blue Sky Film Festival - NV
    Fresno Film Festival -- CA
    Reel 13 -- PBS NYC

    Director Courteney Cox, USA, 2008, 19.5 minutes, live action.


    Academy Award nominee Laura Dern stars as Theresa, a single woman who loves her full life in this life-affirming film. Pressed by her best friend (Courteney Cox) to find a relationship to provide what's "missing" from her life, she begins to have doubts a year after her mother's death. Through a chance encounter Theresa realizes that the life she lives is exactly what she wants. Costarring Rosemary Harris, this is the film debut for Cox as a writer/director.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Alabama native Courteney Cox gained overnight fame as the neurotic yet loveable Monica Gellar on NBC's Emmy Award winning comedy Friends. Prior to this, her TV credits include starring in Family Ties as Michael J. Fox's girlfriend Lauren.

    Cox's film career began in the '80s with Masters of the Universe and Shaking the Tree. She was in the 1994 film Ace Ventura Pet Detective and in 1996 starred in Wes Craven's horror/comedy Scream and went on to reprise her role two additional times for the Scream Trilogy. Courteney's other film credits include 3000 Miles to Graceland, Mr. Destiny, Cocoon: The Return, Zoom, November, The Longest Yard and Barnyard and Disney's family comedy Bedtime Stories.

    In 2004, Courteney and husband David Arquette established their own production company, Coquette. Projects have included an interior design show for cable's WE (Women's Entertainment) Network called Mix It Up, the comedy Daisy Does America for TBS and most recently, The Tripper, a horror film written and directed by David Arquette. In fall of 2009, Cox reteamed with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence on the new series Cougar Town for ABC as actress and producer.

    In 2009, she made the segue from producing to directing for Glamour's Reel Moments Project and Monday Before Thanksgiving marks her directorial debut. Glamour Reel Moments is a series of three short films based on real women's stories written by Glamour readers. The project benefits a women's program for FilmAid International, an organization that uses the power of film to promote health, strengthen communities and enrich the lives of women around the world.

           Awards ... read more

    Palm Springs International Film Festival, CA
    Nashville Film Festival, TN
    United Film Festival, Los Angeles CA
    Glamour Reel Moments Premiere, Los Angeles CA
    Williamstown Film Festival, MA
    Los Angeles Shorts Fest, CA
    Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, Santa Monica CA

    Director Lynn Robinson, USA, 2009, 1 minute, animation.


    Barely one minute in length, this amusing animation suggests that the demise of the corset and bustle as 19th Century womenswear staples was due to the emergence of the bicycle as a mode of transportation and recreation for women.

    "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling ... I think it has done
    more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."
    - Susan B. Anthony

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    As the visual economy of her film might suggest, Lynn Robinson is a New Hampshire-based motion graphics designer and Principal at Black Cap Studio who collaborates with talented creative teams and clients on projects intended for web, broadcast, print, and mobile device delivery.

    Since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design's Film, Animation & Video Program, Lynn has been fascinated with films made in historical and traditional methods. The Bolex film camera (human-powered by hand crank), even in this age of digital video, is still her favorite. Her personal work is inspired by the roots of filmmaking, the "do it yourself" nature of the early hardcore/punk movements, and by hand-made bike culture.

    Lynn feels fortunate to be working in a medium that has a tremendous ability to bring people together, and as a result, has had the pleasure of showing work at numerous film festivals across the United States. She attempts to balance her sedentary creative endeavors with teaching digital media, rock climbing, mountain biking and growing organic produce. Her vegetable of choice is, always, spinach.

           Awards ... read more

    New York Bike Film Festival
    Boston Institute of Contemporary Art
    Boston Museum of Fine Arts
    Chicago Public Television's "Image Union"
    Filmed By Bike Film Festival
    Lunafest Film Festival
    New England Film and Video Festival
    San Francisco Film Festival
    Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival

    Director Jessica Yu, USA, 2008, 8.5 minutes, live-action/animation, documentary.

    thekindasutra.com       Film clip: snagfilms

    Among Lunafest standouts this year is Oscar-winner Jessica Yu's very amusing The Kinda Sutra, in which a group of middle-aged people discuss their wacky childhood notions of how babies were made. For example, "My mother has an oven in her tummy."

    These impressions from early childhood are then played out in animation by an Indian couple and their son in a comical take-off on The Kama Sutra. Next, the animated scenes are followed by on-target assessments of human creation by a group of 5-year-olds, each of whom seems to have graduated from a sex education class. This all may sound complicated, but the result is a seamless and very entertaining short documentary that offers a tantalizing view of people's youthful misconceptions about conception.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Jessica Yu is a fifth-generation Chinese American, her father's family is from Shanghai and her mother's is from Guangdong. Now based in Los Angeles, Jessica grew up in Palo Alto before attending Yale University, graduating with a B.A. in English, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

    Ms. Yu is a prolific filmmaker who is comfortable working in a wide variety of media and genres, from shorts and documentaries, to episodic television, features and commercial spots. Her documentary short film Breathing Lessons won an Academy Award and more than 20 awards at major festival. Her HBO documentary The Living Museum was a Sundance selection, as was her Emmy-winning In the Realms of the Unreal, which also received film festival honors nationwide. Her latest documentary, Protagonist, garnered Jessica her third nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and is in distribution by IFC Pictures.

    On the narrative side, Jessica is a well-respected director of episodic television programs including Grey's Anatomy, E.R. and The West Wing. Her independent comedy feature Ping Pong Playa premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is currently in theaters nationwide. In the commercial world, she has helmed campaigns, featuring both real people and actors, for Secret, BP, MasterCard, Microsoft and Jet Blue. Her most recent projects, the multi-city Swap Your Ride and Drive One campaigns for Ford, have become a staple on the web and TV nationwide.

    Yu has also written articles and fiction pieces, which have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, Buzz, Worth, and the Pacific News Service. She is a recipient of the Murrow Award for Journalism from the Skeptics Society, the DREAM Media Award from the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and ACV's Asian American Media Award. In 2000, Yu was the artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. She has been a board member of the International Documentary Association, and more recently, an artist trustee of the Sundance Institute.

           Awards ... read more

    Sundance Film Festival
    AFI Silverdocs
    Telluride Film Festival
    Aspen Film Festival
    Full Frame Documentary Festival
    L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival
    Canadian Film Center Worldwide Short Film Festival

    Director Katrina Mansoor, Brazil/UK, 2008, 3 minutes, live-action, documentary.

    animalmonday.co.uk       Film clip: a_vida_politica

    Reminiscent of the "Oscar Short Docs" CWC has presented over the years, this lively, richly colored, and beautifully shot film documents the dynamic political activism of a Brazilian woman through the celebration of styling hair. Negra Jho uses hairdressing as a way to promote black identity and the message that "beauty is politics." Her activism has transformed her own life while empowering others.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    http://www.animalmonday.co.uk/kat_mansoor.html Kat Mansoor runs an independent media production company, Animal Monday Ltd., in Brighton England, which provides engaging, original films and documentaries for television networks and community interests. Her roles include the direction and production of documentaries, development of business ideas, fundraising for new projects, production of new media and the formation of innovative partnerships.

    She is also co-founder and advisory board member of the New York-based Vital Edge Aid, a media-based NGO focusing on humanitarian micro-aid for specific causes and communities,http://www.vitaledgeaid.org/blueprint/index.html.

           Awards ... read more

    SXSW International Film Festival, TX
    Birds Eye View Film Festival, London
    Davis Feminist Film Festival, CA
    A Corto Di Donne, Naples Italy
    Discovering Latin America Festival
    PSBT Open Frame Festival

    Director Maya Anand, USA, 2009, 14.5 minutes, live-action.


    Anjali is a drama about Anjali Gupal, a rebellious Indian-American teenager whose family struggles daily to accommodate both their traditional Indian values alongside more contemporary American concerns.

    The generation gap seems especially hard to bridge when Anjali sneaks home for a little 'afternoon delight' with her all-American boyfriend. She is surprised to find someone else is already there, doing the same thing. She investigates, and secretly witnesses her father with another woman.

    Faced with this devastating information, Anjali must decide whether she will share her secret, and risk destroying the family to which her mother has so earnestly committed herself. Finally, Anjali must bring herself to see her parents as the flawed adults they really are.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Maya Anand was born and raised in New York. A pianist and singer, she has studied music since the age of 4. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from Harvard University in 2003, Maya remained in Cambridge, MA to study filmmaking with director Hal Hartley. While at Harvard, she was Music Director of the Radcliffe Pitches - Harvard's oldest female acapella group.

    In 2004 she returned to New York and worked for producer Robert Greenhut on several feature films, including Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty, Kirsten Sheridan's August Rush and, in 2006, as post-production supervisor manager for Return to Rajapur, filmed in India. Recently Maya completed the 2008 Academy (AAMPAS) Internship Program, providing development assistance to director Bennett Miller (Capote) while she pursued her M.F.A. at the Film Division of the Columbia School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Student Development Award. In 2009, May directed Iris, a short thriller currently on the film festival circuit, and is the producer of William Saunders' Sweet Little Lies, now in post-production.

           Awards ... read more

    Faculty Honors & Audience Choice Award, Columbia University Film Festival
    Best Director, CA Next Gen Film Festival, Sacramento CA
    Palm Springs Shortsfest
    San Diego Asian Film Festival
    Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, NY
    DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
    LA Shorts Fest, CA
    Woods Hole Film Festival, MA
    Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
    Barbados International Film Festival
    Savannah Film Festival, GA
    Roxbury Film Festival, MA
    Bahamas International Film Festival
    AFI La Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles
    Angelus Film Festival, CA

    Director Nadejda Koseva, Bulgaria, 2008, 5 minutes, live-action.

    koseva.com     frontfilm.com     imdb

    In 1996, a young Bulgarian mother struggles with the challenges of a collapsing economy, food shortages, rampant inflation and social upheaval. As prices rise before her eyes in the queue for food, a series of events commence that separately break each of the three eggs she can afford to purchase.

    Part of a project of 15 short films encapsulating each of the 15 years of Bulgaria's political transition out of communism, the five-minute Omelette is a compactly shot and powerfully evocative rendition of real life during the period it portrays - doing a lot with a little.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Nadejda Koseva was born in 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. After graduating from the Bulgarian National Film and Television Academy, Nadejda directed the short fiction film The Ritual, part of the omnibus work Lost and Found which premiered at Berlin IFF 2005. Nadejda and Svetla Tsotsorkova founded the production company FRONT FILM and produced the short film Waltzes and Tangos from the Village of Whitewater which premiered at Locarno IFF 2007. Her filmography as a director includes Cake (1997), The Three Sisters (1998), That's It (1999), The Herd of Pavel Koichev (2000), Execution I (2000) and Veronyka's Destiny (2002).

           Awards ... read more

    Honorable Mention, Short Film Award, Sundance Film Festival
    Best Short Film, Cine Black Sea Jury, Romanian Intl Film Festival
    Audience Award, Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
    Brussels Film Festival
    Hamptons International Film Festival, NY
    Thessaloniki International Film Festival
    Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia
    Pamplona Film Festival, Spain
    Festroia International Film Festival, Lisbon Portugal
    Nashville Film Festival, TN
    Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
    Huesca Film Festival, Spain
    Expresion En Corto International Film Festival, Mexico
    Breda Film Festival, The Netherlands

    Directors Kristina and Nick Higgins, USA, 2005, 6.5 minutes, live-action documentary.


    Wonder Valley, California is a small and remote high desert community sparsely inhabited (pop. 814) by retirees, artists and ordinary folks just making a living. For every occupied home, there are five deserted broken down cabins, usually with the haunting remains of the last occupants' belongings strewn about the landscape. Shortly after moving to Wonder Valley, filmmakers Kristina and Nick Higgins came upon a series of cabin properties that had been cleaned up and landscaped, the existing bushes watered and rock walkways made for imaginary occupants. They wondered who could be toiling away in the 100-degree heat, creating such beauty for so few people to see. To their surprise, they discovered an older woman in a massive sombrero, creating a rock wall by the side of the road. That woman was Ann McCombie.

    Over the years, McCombie, who gardens 15 acres every day, built a road to her house from the fire station and is single-handedly cleaning the blighted landscape of a deserted community. Along the way she figured out the secret to a happy life. The 83-year-old self-reliant Ann McCombie delivers her philosophy of living life in the here-and-now with a great deal of wisdom and personality: "What is past is past...you`ve got now and if you`re going to have a happy life, you enjoy all your nows." In this plain spoken no-frills cinematic slice of American life, the grit and optimism of Ms. McCombie shines like the hot desert sun.

       Filmmaker Bio ... read more

    Double Dog Productions was born in a tiny Himalayan village in 1999 when Nick and Kristina Higgins discovered their shared passion for film, adventure and each other. So they got hitched and start making documentary films. Since then, their documentary and narrative work has appeared on PBS, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E and in festivals worldwide. They have documented elderly eccentrics living in the Mojave desert, desperate health workers in Nepal trying to secure supplies and parents across America pioneering new ways to integrate work and family life.

    Kristina Higgins, Director, Producer

    Kristina started her career as a research consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Early on she was asked to go undercover as a Mary Kay sales recruit to document their recruiting process. The women she met and the world of Mary Kay were just too fascinating for a mere PowerPoint presentation. So she wrote and performed an award-winning solo show about her experience, thus launching her theater career. Her storytelling evolved to writing and directing for the screen and lead to a grant to study at The American Film Institute. She has since won numerous awards for her narrative and documentary films, including the Audi Documentary Audience and Grand Jury prizes for Life as You Know It.

    Nick Higgins, Director, Director of Photography

    For the best part of the 1990s, Nick shot films clandestinely while selling GE 747 aircraft engines in Hong Kong and Rio De Janeiro. On the day his camera case outweighed his briefcase, he realized a career shift was in order. A couple of years at graduate school gave him the unusual distinction of being the first Scotsman to receive a Masters in Cinematography from The American Film Institute. He was the Director of Photography for National Geographic's My Brilliant Brain and Robert Greenwald's Iraq for Sale.

           Awards ... read more

    Winner, PBS Independent Lens Award
    AFI Film Fest, Los Angeles, CA
    Palm Springs International Shorts Fest, CA
    Hi-Lo Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
    Slam Dance Film Festival, UT

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