Shorts Program 4: Creativity Spotlight

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 8:00 PM

Shorts Program 4: Creativity Spotlight

Our jury was incredibly impressed by the creativity shown in these four short films.  Three are narrative films and one is a documentary, and all four bring you a level of creativity that you wish was coming out of Hollywood.

A Scream That’s Trapped Inside (15 mins), A Meditation (16 mins), From Ashes to Immortality (23 mins), Sound of the Future: Haiti (19 mins)

 

A Scream That’s Trapped Inside (15 mins)

Mara comes back home from her boyfriend’s funeral to experience a mind game full of guilt. Jake, her boyfriend, prepared a scavenger game and placed some notes around the house that lead to an anniversary present.

A Meditation (16 mins)

A man who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist.

From Ashes to Immortality (23 mins)

A dark, human story about an innocent girl, a disturbed father, a troubled neighbor, and a tale of magic.

Sound of the Future: HAITI (19 mins)

This film follows the story of the most well known modern Haitian musician, Michael Brun, as he takes it upon himself to show his fellow countrymen that Haiti is worth fighting for.

Shorts Program 3: Millikan Middle School Spotlight

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Shorts Program 3 – Millikan Middle School Spotlight

These seven wonderful short films all come to us from the Cinematic Arts Academy at Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks.  Come see the future of filmmaking!

Some Bunny’s Story (4 mins), Anastasia (5 mins), Full Circle (4 mins), Us. (4 mins), Joya Mia (6 mins), Mouse Mess (7 mins), Hope (4 mins)

Some Bunny’s Story (4 mins)

When a young girl receives a toy bunny, it becomes more precious to her than she ever imagined.

Anastasia| Herschey Liss (5 mins)

When Studying on her own fails her she goes to Lucy for help, and begins to learn English and also makes a new friend.

Full Circle (4 mins)

A boy named Pablo realizes he left his homework on a train and his homework journeys around the city to his classroom.

Us. (4 mins)

A brief and positive telling of America’s history using clay and stop motion animation.

Joya Mia (6 mins)

Julia grows up with a fierce bond with her grandfather, and as she gets older, so does he – and his memory is disappearing. One day he sees Julia as a complete stranger, and that devastates her, and must learn how to cope the best way she can.

Mouse Mess (7 mins)

A woman has to rise to the challenge of dealing with a stranger in her midst.

Hope (4 mins)

Moving documentary about how music and hope inspired a young cancer survivor.

Shorts Program 2: Daring Spotlight

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Friday, November 17, 2017 – 8:30 PM

Shorts Program 2: Daring Spotlight

Each of these three short films struck our jury as daring works of art.  These filmmakers are not afraid to take risks.

I Cherish Women (4 mins), Letters (13 mins), Chatsworth (19 mins)

I Cherish Women (4 mins)

I Cherish Women packs a powerful political punch in four minutes. Thirty artists and activists unite to deliver a bold statement to, “defend human rights and right human wrongs in the Trump era.”

Letters (13 mins)

Bereavement is something that is inevitable. However, the mental illness that may arise from it seems to be an unspoken issue in our society. How do we deal with it?

Chatsworth (19 mins)

Deep in the San Fernando Valley, Foster is struggling to finish writing his latest musical while Danica works for her abusive movie producer boyfriend. Will they both achieve their dreams… together? With a little help from their “friends” they just might make it.
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Shorts Program 1: Suspense Spotlight

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Friday, November 17, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Shorts Program 1: Suspense Spotlight

Is there anything better than watching a film and having no idea how it is going to end?  It’s called suspense.  All three of these short films struck our jury as suspenseful and satisfying.

Immersion (7 mins), Tirachinas (Slingshot) (17 mins), See Yourself Out (22 mins)

Immersion (7 mins)

A man mysteriously finds himself in a room with a couple dead guys, a gun, some money, and a dubious gentleman observing from the shadows. Little does he know that he’s in a VR parole hearing, and what happens next is “virtually” criminal.

Tirachinas (Slingshot) (17 mins)

A rock fired by a slingshot unfolds an avalanche of emotions, effecting three couples as they explore some of humans’ most animalistic desires.

See Yourself Out (22 mins)

When unforeseen circumstances throw Wallace and Reggie into each other’s orbit, they discover that they share an unhealthy common ground.

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SOFF 2016 Winner Eli Stern Interviewed on Podcast

Eli Stern won a Grand Jury Prize in 2016 for his short film Whiskey Sour. He sat down with festival programmer Jeff Howard to talk about the process he went through from script to festival.  Eli has more than a few surprises. Learn more about Eli and Discover Film by clicking here.

You can listen to the podcast through iTunes/iOS App, Google Play, SoundCloud, or Stitcher.

FILA programmer Jeff Howard hosts a podcast called, “Discover Film” featuring interviews with filmmakers from the festival circuit.

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Tickets for the 2017 festival and free memberships are available now!

2017 Festival Screenings

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Many film festivals charge for a membership which then gets the member a discount.  We want to encourage film lovers to stay in touch with us and that is why our membership is FREE.  We call it the Discover Film Sherman Oaks
Complementary Membership because the  Sherman Oaks Film Festival has a sister festival in June from the same founders called Film Invasion Los Angeles.  Membership gets you $5 off all screening tickets to both festivals, as well as invitations to all of our mixers and other events.

2017 Screening Schedule

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Friday, November 17, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Shorts Program 1- Suspense Spotlight
Immersion (7 mins), Tirachinas (Slingshot) (17 mins), See Yourself Out (22 mins)

Friday, November 17, 2017 – 8:30 PM
Shorts Program 2 – Daring Spotlight
I Cherish Women (4 mins), Letters (13 mins), Chatsworth (19 mins)

Friday, November 17, 2017 – 10:00 PM
Arg Stairs (100 mins)
A comedy adventure about a resourceful cavemen who conceives one of the most over looked creations in human history, the stairs.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Shorts Program 3 – Millikan Middle School Spotlight
Some Bunny’s Story (4 mins), Anastasia (5 mins), Full Circle (4 mins), Us. (4 mins), Joya Mia (6 mins), Mouse Mess (7 mins), Hope (4 mins)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Shorts Program 4 – Creativity Spotlight
A Scream That’s Trapped Inside (15 mins), A Meditation (16 mins), From Ashes to Immortality (23 mins), Sound of the Future: Haiti (19 mins)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 10:00 PM
Stay (93 mins)
Can a good man do terrible things? A man holds a woman captive in hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 12:00 PM
Shorts Program 5 0- Inventive Spotlight
One More (8 mins), The Faceless Man (13 mins), The Pooka (15 mins), Transmission (18 mins)

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 2:00 PM
Shorts Program 6 – Imagination Spotlight
See How Easy That Was? (8 mins), Holly’s Girl (9 mins), Rebirth (12 mins), Mismatch and Lighter (17 mins)

Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 3:45 PM
90 Minutes of the Fever (102 mins)
A family trapped in a house, airing all their long held secrets as the end of the world approaches.

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90 Minutes of the Fever Cinemagraphs

On Sunday, November 19 at 3:45 PM, the 2017 Sherman Oaks Film Festival closes with the innovative feature film 90 Minutes of the Fever.  The filmmaking team has provided SOFF with some extremely cool cinemagraphs!

We wanted to share them with you.  You should not miss this movie!