Short Film: TIME TO LEAVE, 7min., USA, Experimental

Aggressively escorted out of a bank, at the age of 16, after inquiring about opening a bank account, the narrator ( also the filmmaker) boldly confronts and examines that discriminatory moment from his past. That it, indeed, changed his perspective on race forever is what is on full display in this film. This looking back and forth at one’s own personal and social history also leads the narrator to ask whether it is fair to be seen – or treated – as a threat or criminal before we even do anything wrong? Exploring as well as highlighting the struggles and complexities around the issues of race; stereotypes, and belonging this experimental essay film demonstrates how connected those larger issues are to the personal, lived experience. Ultimately, with emphasis on the present and the future of race relations in America, the film challenges and encourages us to constantly question and reimagine our own positional privilege.

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Director Biography – Alexis Spradic (THE LAST HARVEST)

Alexis Spraic is an award-winning director and writer based in Los Angeles. Her recent documentary work includes feature BUILT TO FAIL, the untold story of streetwear’s rise from subculture to a 70 billion dollar industry, featuring Russell Simmons, A$AP Rocky, et al.produced by Peter Berg.

She is in post production on a feature documentary, POWER. Filmed in fourteen countries, it takes on the global energy crisis.

Her work as a producer and editor includes Tamra Davis’ critically produced and edited the top-rated HBO documentary, CAT DANCERS for which she won a Special Jury Prize for editing at SXSW and MAXED OUT (Showtime).

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Short Film: THE LAST HARVEST, 20min., USA, Documentary

America’s food values are rapidly changing. We are experiencing a food revolution that is demanding better-tasting, natural and sustainable food and yet, we don’t often consider who is responsible for growing this food. The truth is, 75% of the fresh fruit consumed in the U.S. is completely dependent on hand harvesting. Without the workforce to pick the crops, growers are at risk of losing their livelihood.

The Last Harvest offers a rare glimpse into the hopes, hardships, and uncertain futures of three family growers. Harvesters face a harsh reality of tightened immigration control and inefficient guest worker programs that prevent growers from finding a workforce to pick their fields. These problems threaten our availability of fresh food and our vibrant and thriving agricultural community.

We have an opportunity to impact positive change, but first we must understand the issues. Let’s inspire a productive dialogue. Let’s work together on solutions that save family growers who live and contribute to our local communities. The future of good food depends on the choices we make today. Our hope is this is not The Last Harvest.

Director Biography – Linda Barsi (THE O LIST)

Linda Barsi is a screenwriter, director, and novelist. Linda graduated with a degree in Film from Cornell University and an MFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California. She has a YouTube channel with 19k subscribers where she gives writing advice and talks about mental health.

Director Statement

When Becky Harris and I decided to collaborate on a project, we realized we wanted to make a short film about something we hardly, if ever, see in TV or film: what it’s like for a woman to express her orgasm needs to her partner. But we only wanted to do that if we could simultaneously tell a great story about two characters with real wants, fears, and senses of humor. We are so proud of this film and what it’s become and hope you enjoy it.

Short Film: THE O LIST, 11min, USA, Comedy/Romance


When Margot tells Roman, her hookup of three months, that she has yet to orgasm with him, he is devastated. But as they go through her detailed “O-List,” their relationship reaches a new level.

  • Film Type:Short
  • Genres:Romantic Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime:11 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:September 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Film Language:English
  • Shooting Format:Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Film Color:Color

Director Biography – Lamu Yangchu (THEO: BEYOND EXPRESSION)


Female, from Tibet

New York based director, School of visual arts directing major student.
WORKS (DIRECTOR)

Beyond Expression: Short Film – 2019 Spring – (Run time: 13’45’’)
Idol, Canyon & Samsara: Experimental Film – 2018 Fall – (Run time: 10’24’’)
A FILM BY MIA: Short Film – 2018 Spring – (Run time: 11’38’’)
The Derge Sutra Printing Temple: Documentary – 2017 Winter – (Run time:
6’47’’)

Short Film: THEO: BEYOND EXPRESSION, 14min., Drama

Theo is a voice actor who lives behind the scenes. This attractive and intimate work has made him a new life when he has this real life where he is stuttering and being shy and silent. And his role in the cartoon “Blind Police” as “Blind Agent X” is like the inner hero of his inner world, let him rely more on this work to release his usual unspeakable emotions. He gradually became more and more away from his family, and all his efforts to rebuild this connection seemed to be in vain. More and more frustration, unsatisfactory work and unrespectedness made Theo plunged into chaos, which eventually led to his desperate cry for help. At the end of the story, when he releases himself in a nearly exaggerated way, he realizes that he needs another way to express himself.

  • Film Type:Short, Student
  • Runtime:13 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:May 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:United States
  • Country of Filming:United States
  • Film Language:English
  • Shooting Format:Digital, RED dragon
  • Aspect Ratio:2.37:1
  • Film Color:Color