All American Shorts
This episode includes:
God of Love by Luke Matheny
Blue Boy by Alex Jablonski
Chicken Heads by by Bassam Ali Jarbawi
Bunny by Robert Snow
God of Love
Meet Raymond Goodfellow, a multi-talented artist who combines lounge singing with his champion dart throwing ability. He has fallen head over heels for his bass player, but she's in love with the guitarist. His prayers are answered, or so he thinks, when he receives a package of passion-inducing darts. Writer/Director Luke Matheny's film won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Principal cast: Luke Matheny, Marian Brock, Christopher Hirsh, Emily Young and Miguel Rosales.
- To learn more about the film, go to lukemathenyfilms.com.
- To read an interview with the filmmaker, go to thefilmyap.com.
- To purchase this film, go to iTunes.
Every summer morning 17-year old Kenny rides his bike to the wealthier part of town to his job as a lifeguard. Invisible to the moneyed moms and socialite girls who populate the country club, Kenny spends his work hours stoned and fantasizing about the women around him. One in particular has caught his eye. After an act of heroism brings them together, he finds himself at her house and he decides to act on his daydreams. Based on a short story by Kevin Canty. Directed by UCLA film student Alex Jablonski. Principal cast: Jordan Thompson and Simone Kessell.
- To learn more about the film, go to blueboyfilm.com.
A prized sheep goes missing from a poor farmer's land. His 11 year old son is the only one who knows what happened. Young Yousef learns a harsh lesson when he tries to cover up the truth. Written and directed by Bassam Ali Jarbawi. Principal cast: Qusai Abu-Eid, Mohammad Abu-Eid, Atef Al-Akhras and Hussein Nakhleh.
- To learn more about the filmmaker, go to bassamjarbawi.com.
- Watch an interview with the filmmaker, below.
A naïve young boy ventures into a rough part of town to retrieve his stolen pet bunny. Understanding and forgiveness are big words when you're a little child. Writer/director Robert Snow offers a gritty, touching and uncompromising look at class differences in a tough Philadelphia suburb. Based on a true story. When the filmmaker was 8-years old, someone stole his rabbit. Principal cast: John Barbieri, Scott Clark, Griffin Hyde, Brooke Hoover and Natalie Toth.
Watch an interview with the filmmaker of Chicken Heads:
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