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So Much Yellow
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
10 minutes
2017
Director(s): Erica Milsom
USA
 
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Set in Northern California in the late 1960’s, So Much Yellow depicts the car ride that changes a family forever. is heartbreaking story follows a young girl’s perspective on the day her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is taken away from her to live in an institution. Featuring real-life brother and sister Kayline and Otto Gavenda. 
Director’s Statement

The story evolved many times over 10 years until I thought what that day would be like from the point of view of a young sibling. As I wrote down one of that girl’s thoughts, “I didn’t want you to think that nobody fought for you,” I realized why I hadn’t been able to let this story go. This was the core of our  film. If a story is hard to find, then it’s probably the most important one you can tell. 
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Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
14 minutes
2017
Director(s): Myrsini Aristidou
Cyprus, France
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

Athens, Greece. Seventeen-year-old Aria works at Jimmy’s local kebab place. She’s impatiently waiting for a driving lesson with her father during her break. When he finally arrives, instead of going driving, he drops off a mysterious Chinese immigrant, who speaks neither Greek nor English, into Aria’s care. What will either of these young women do? Subtitles 
Director’s Statement

Sounds, looks, movements, the colors of Athens tell the story of Aria, Lu, and Petros on this cold February afternoon. And when all the elements and subtleties finally unify and collide, the city becomes the soundtrack of Aria’s life. Image by image, sound by sound, and piece by piece, I anticipate the moments that I merge with these characters through their journey, just as they merge into mine. 
Short Docs 1: About Work
Documentary Short
10 minutes
2017
Director(s): Jessica Kingdon
China, USA
 
Thu 12:20 PM Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 AM Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 PM Varsity 2
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Yiwu International Trade Market— aka Commodity City—is the largest wholesale consumer market in the world. Christmas decorations, fake flowers, and other cheap merchandise leaves China to end up in dollar stores everywhere. is documentary observes the daily lives of vendors who work in the Yiwu Markets, exploring moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them. Subtitles 
Director's Statement

When I read about Yiwu Market, I was attracted to the scale, aesthetic, and contextual layers operating there: all of these things were both distant yet relevant to my life. As an American consumer I give little thought to my relationship to the people producing the goods I buy from abroad, and being of mixed Chinese ethnicity, my relationship to China poses an open question. 
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
10 minutes
2018
Director(s): Alex Beh
USA
 
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Two very different people meet on a dating app, but can’t figure out how to have a civil conversation, much less get dinner! An awkward adventure through the Los Angeles night with an unexpected outcome... the possibility of true love? Maybe. if they can just let go and give it a shot. 
Director’s Statement

First Date is a little glimpse into how the way you meet someone can influence how you get to know them; how being uncertain about who they are because of the method in which you meet can greatly affect how much you trust each other. For me starting with nothing—a swipe, a picture, and a blind meeting where two people are basically under the microscope immediately—was a fun way to enter a film.
Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Narrative Short
15 minutes
2017
Director(s): Jeannie Donohoe
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
AJ Green makes an instant impression at varsity basketball tryouts. Coach (former NBA player Rick Fox) takes notice, and so do the other players—especially the point guard, whose starting slot is threatened. the high school team is second best in the state, but this year Coach plans to win it all. AJ has talent, heart, and drive... as well as a big secret. Will AJ make the team once the truth is discovered? 
Director's Statement

I wanted to tell a story about pursuing dreams and playing at the top of your game. Sometimes this requires pushing past limitations and expectations. AJ challenges the rules and takes risks and Coach ultimately acknowledges the talent and drive unconditionally. the relationship between Coach and AJ speaks to a willingness to reward ambition, hard work, and equal talent with equal opportunities. 
Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Documentary Short
13 minutes
2017
Director(s): Wes Hurley, Nathan Miller
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
An autobiographical  film about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom, and their adventurous escape to America. Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of perestroika, Elena and her son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to discover America for herself. 
Directors’ Statement 

Life in Russia, especially for gay people, is still very much a mystery to the rest of the world. Now more than ever the story is relevant with its themes of immigrant quests for the American Dream, government corruption, social oppression, Russia-U.S. politics, violence against women, and gay/trans rights. But despite the heavy subject matter, the story of my mom and I coming to America is as hopeful and positive as any Hollywood happy ending. 
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
26 minutes
2017
Director(s): Dorian Tocker
USA
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
World Premiere

On the day of a father’s unexpected death, six family members each seek ways to manage their grief. In the face of his sudden absence, the ordinary takes on heightened meaning. A poetic exploration of the beauty of life and death and the incomprehensible mystery of it all that’s both profoundly personal and unquestionably universal. We all vanish. 
Director’s Statement
 
I woke up one summer morning to find that my father had vanished from the face of the earth. He’d had a heart attack in his sleep. And yet the world outside—sun trickling down onto the streets of Brooklyn—was completely alive in all of its beauty and glorious mundanity. I’ve been thinking about the paradox of that day for 15 years. 
Short Docs 1: About Work
Documentary Short
35 minutes
2017
Director(s): Ben Knight
Nepal, USA
Thu 12:20 PM Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 AM Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 PM Varsity 2
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around the god Rongkemi. Here you will find a wiry, unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting. Subtitles
Directors' Statement:

This project was a dream come true for me, honestly. In this age of freakishly short attention spans and reality TV-style editing, it was really important to me to tell this story in a way that was (hopefully) immersive for a willing audience and respectful to the Kulung culture. I felt a sense of responsibility to the people who gave us their trust to tell their story in a way that didn’t feel exploitive or overly dramatized. 
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
26 minutes
2017
Director(s): Amy Wang
Australia, USA
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
U.S. Premiere 

Desperate to escape his past, James, a reclusive teenager, moves to a new town with his over-protective, watchful parents. He is eager to fit into a new school and befriends Izzy, a rebellious girl from his class. Izzy is a breath of fresh air and offers James the freedom and friendship he’s longed for his entire life. But James has a secret. A secret so destructive, it could endanger him and maybe those around him. 
Director’s Statement

Being a Chinese-Australian filmmaker has been difficult for me. Growing up in a culture that was so inherently different from my ethnicity made me hate who I was. I made this film because I want people to see others as human, not a caricature or negative stereotype of their sexuality or their ethnicity. Through understanding and compassion, we grow as a culture and become better people. 
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
7 minutes
2017
Director(s): Mylissa Fitzsimmons
USA
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

While visiting a relative in the hospital, a young girl wanders into the room of an elderly woman who has a bible in her hands and a crucifix above her bed. The two engage in a discussion about who decides when it’s your time to die. 
Director’s Statement

Who Decides was inspired by my love of horror films and my own child sneaking into my room late one night after a nightmare and waking me up to ask, “Who decides when it’s your time to die”? Winner of the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival Short Film Lab. 
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