Chirp, Buzz, & Other Sensations

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Programmer’s Prize

When Angie — a fifteen-year-old girl raised in a conservatively religious household — begins experiencing her very first sexual attraction, she goes to extremes to rid herself of these “sinful” sensations.

Director: Miley D. Durbin
Writer(s): Miley D. Durbin & Gabe Moore
Producer(s): Rebecca Mundwiller, Mary Pelchat, Rachel Wostenberg
Cast: Eve Bui, Nicolas Alayo, Jasmine Wright

The story of a girl and her very rude sexual awakening

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Chasing Sunshine

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Feature Film

2018 Winner: Audience Award, Feature Film; Best Performance in a Lead Role; Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Darcy and Jack drive all over the valley, searching for answers they may not want to know.

Director: Darren Coyle
Writer(s): Darren Coyle
Producer(s): Darren Coyle, Kassie Thornton, Erich Hover and Chad Bishoff
Cast: Kassie Thornton and Trevor Penick

Two people. One car. The whole valley.

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Cathedrals

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Outstanding Short Film; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Acting, Individual – Brendan Sexton III

Through a strange, almost psychedelic experience with a blind man, a young husband who is able to see his marriage from a new perspective.

Director: Benjamin Caro
Writer(s): Benjamin Caro
Producer(s): Ruby Siering, Bay Dariz
Cast: Brendan Sexton III, Michele Weaver, Rick Boggs, Jessie Lande

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A sighted man who can’t see. A blind man who can.

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Because We Can

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Audience Award, Short Film;  Outstanding Acting, Individual – Jillian Ferry

What do you do when you wake up after a crazy night of drinking married to a complete stranger? You either make the best of it or freak out.

Director: Elaine Chu
Writer(s): Jeffrey Thompson
Producer(s): Jeffrey Thompson
Cast: Joe Willand, Jillian Ferry, Jeffrey Thompson, Jeanene Beauregard, Brigid Marshall


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Allerton

2018 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film

2018 Winner: Outstanding Cinematography, Darren Streibig

Haunted by visions of his uncle’s murder, a troubled young man seeks revenge on the person that got away with it.

Directors: Daniel Lawrence Wilson & Austin Hanner
Writer(s): Austin Hanner
Producer(s): Daniel Lawrence Wilson & Austin Hanner
Cast: Austin Hanner, Chuck Hanner, Heidi Craddock, David Lareau, Benjamin Craddock, Matthew Craddock, Danielle Vollmer

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Bury Your Past

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New Sponsor: Art Dimensions Online

The Sherman Oaks Film Festival is proud to announce a new sponsor:  Art Dimensions Online leases and sells fine contemporary art by well-known and emerging artists. Art Dimensions’ artwork has appeared in many feature films and television shows, including Ocean’s Thirteen, How I Met Your Mother, and Two Broke Girls. Art Dimensions works with different time frames and budgets to provide fabulous artwork for film, print, and commercial projects.

The Production Designer of the film that receives the award for Best Art Direction will win a complementary one week rental of an art piece for their next production. The artwork for this prize will be chosen from a selection of pieces provided by Art Dimensions Online.

SOFF is an Award Winning Festival

SOFF has been giving awards to filmmakers for the last few years, but last week we were delighted to be on the other side and win an award.

The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce held a vote and the winner of the the Golden Oaks Award for “Ground Breaker” was the Sherman Oaks Film Festival!  Besides a nifty plaque, we got Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, California State Assembly, and our congressman from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Festival programmer Jeff Howard went to accept the award.