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Friday, May 31, 4:55pm Program 1

Luxembourg / Drama / 15mins

Portraitist

Andre meets his 8 year-old grand daughter who is about to die. The little girl lost all hope and keeps on drawing the same dead tree she sees outside her window.

Director: Cyrus Neshvad

Producer: Cyrus Neshvad

Writer: Cyrus Neshvad, Guillaume Levil

Cast: Albert Delpy, Hervé Sogne, Lysa Welschen

Canada / Animation / 14mins

Animal Behaviour

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

Director: Alison Snowden

Producer: Michael Fukushima

Writer: Alison Snowden, David Fine

USA / Drama / 32mins

My Million Dollar Mom

When an aging mom’s health starts failing from Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, her son must decide between his last chance to realize his life’s dream to become a Congressman and his desire to honor his mother’s wishes to remain in her home and be cared for by him.

Director: Kevin Hackenberg

Producer: Ross Schriftman

Writer: Ross Schriftman

Cast: Pete Postiglione, Susan Moses, Cathy Mostek

Canada / Documentary / 11mins

Uncaged: A Stand-In Story

Marco Kyris worked as Nicolas Cage’s stand-in for a decade on 20 films; everything from Cage’s break out role in Leaving Las Vegas to the blockbuster franchise National Treasure. In Uncaged: A Stand-in Story, Marco talks about his early life as an actor, his journey into the entourage of Nicolas Cage, and what it was like working in the shadow for one of Hollywood’s Legends of Cinema.

Director: Blake Johnston, Kelso Steinhoff

Producer: Marco Kyris, Walter Woodman

Cast: Marco Kyris

Australia / Drama / 10mins

The Visitor

In present-day Melbourne, Naomi is awakened by a frantic young woman on the run. Naomi grapples with a situation that defies reality and as the night unfolds, she must decide how far she can go to protect her visitor from rapidly encroaching danger.

Director: Justin Olstein

Producer: Clea Frost

Writer: Justin Olstein

Cast: Felicity Soper, Kasia Kaczmarek