TFT’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and Melnitz Movies
THE MELNITZ FESTIVAL FOR STUDENTS AND ALUMNI
Featuring Five Short Films Curated by Paige Gresty
Q/A with the Filmmakers
: Sister Bianchi leads a religion class at St. Mary Magdalene High School. She returns home to find Jeremy, her 16-year-old student, sound asleep in her bed. This has been a weekly ritual for almost two years. As he wakes up from the nap, they share a blissful moment of pure joy. Although Norma knows that this moment won’t last, she has become a different woman and can’t go back to who she was two years ago. Directed by Shirley Kim-Ryu, 15 minutes.
: With Grace is a short slice of slice film following a young woman and her adjustment to life dating a single father. Cora initially impresses Seth with her shoplifting skills, but when she brings his young daughter, Grace, into the mix and gets caught by security, Seth feels betrayed. Cora ultimately has to learn how to reconcile her misguided mischievous ways and put the needs of Grace before her own. Directed by Candice Knutson, 17 minutes.
GIVE IT UP
: Healing from the fresh wounds of a breakup, an amateur comic turns to his craft for answers. Directed by Justin Tan, 5 minutes.
DEAD BIRD DON’T FLY
: Forced into an American high school by her parents, an isolated foreign student becomes attracted to her only friend, her female English tutor. Directed by Chen Chen Julian, 15 minutes.
BATTLE OF THE JAZZ GUITARIST
: Student Academy Award® National Finalist and made with funds by Adobe®, Battle of the Jazz Guitarist is a documentary about a famous jazz guitarist from the Fiji Islands who moved to the US for the betterment of his family. Directed by Mark Columbus, 8 minutes.
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 PM in The James Bridges Theater
James Bridges Theater, UCLA, 235 Charles E Young Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095