It feels like there is a different film festival opening or closing its doors every other week in New York. Starting a new one might seem redundant but 30UNDER30 is really one of a kind. The fest is showcasing 30 short films from 30 filmmakers under 30 years old. Running this weekend the two-day event includes three film programs, a free panel discussion, after parties and an awards ceremony.
Sebastian Rea, a 24 year-old Ecuadorian-born and New York-raised filmmaker founded the festival to showcase young talent, “I started this festival because I wanted to specifically spotlight young emerging directors like myself and create a platform that engages the larger community with our work. We are the next wave of talent with unique voices and perspectives and we want to share our visions with the world.”
One of the shorts playing on Opening Night is the result of a pretty incredible and fortuitous opportunity. Brandon Polanco was working as a Production Assistant last year on a feature film that halted production due to Hurricane Sandy. One of the film's stars, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston decided to produce a short film to pass the time and asked people to submit scripts. Polanco's script was chosen and he went from P.A. to Director. His short film Writer's Block stars Cranston and is screening as part of Friday's program.Of the 30 short films screening at 30UNDER30 ten of them are from Latino filmmakers. We highlight these shorts below.
ETHAN'S "COUGAR" EXPERIENCE directed by RICK SOSTRE - 4 min
An episodic dating story short.
DENSELY HOLLOW directed by CHRISTOPHER LOPEZ / DAVI SANTOS - 5 min
A preview of a feature about counterintelligence.
NEVERMORE directed by MELISSA RODRIGUEZ - 2 min
Obsession and love going too far.
Domestic communication and trust.
A preview of a feature narrative about undocumented teenagers in NYC.
A vexed screenwriter, an elusive woman, and the thin line between fact and fiction. Starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.
ON THE MARGINS: screening 11 short films with director Q&A.
A.P.T. 5.E - directed by JAMES DUARTE - 11 min
A psychological thriller that sheds light on the potentials of the ever-growing cyber world.
RIPENING - directed by BRIAN GONZALEZ - 5 min
An avant-garde dance/film experience.WOMEN IN FOCUS: screening 9 short films with director Q&A.
HIJA DE PUTA directed by ALEXANDRA BAS - 13 min
Andrea, a seven-year-old girl whose mother is a prostitute, takes care of her little brother while her mother goes to work.
HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN directed by INGA MOREN - 7 min
Immersed in a surreal hospital, Chloe's wish to die becomes an exchange for a new life that is all but ordinary.Buy Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/30under30-film-festival-tickets-9675031279
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Written by Vanessa Erazo. LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook.