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San Diego Film Week

Realistically Speaking

Italian Neo-realism, French New Wave- these film movements changed the future of film and were beyond influential on modern filmmaking. San Diego Film Week founder, Jodi Cilley, is heavily inspired by these and other realism movements. She created this block to highlight and celebrate the filmmakers in our community who are producing films that emphasize the real and dynamic ways we interact as humans. This block will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all make you FEEL what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.


  1. adolescence

    Benjamin Howard / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / Comedy, Drama / 7 mins
    A lengthy car ride concludes with awkward family banter between a prying mother and her two adult children.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. Dear Old Dad

    Tyler J. Oakley / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / 7 mins
    A battle of egos between a father and son takes a sharp turn when the son raises the bet and his father calls what he believes is a bluff.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Greetings From San Diego

    Mike Peterson and Dominic Kawaja / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2 mins
    Hyperlapse Commercial work for a realtor in San Diego.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. Ostoja Will Move Your Piano

    Sandra Mitrovic / San Diego International Film Festival, Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / 15 mins
    Legendary piano mover in Belgrade gets a special delivery.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Our Barrio

    Ryan Casselman / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / Drama / 29 mins
    Our Barrio tells the story of Gabriela, a young woman on the verge of adulthood, who lives with her family in a diverse neighborhood. Struggling with her identity, Gabriela is forced to reckon with herself when her life comes to an abrupt halt. Finding beauty in life’s quietest, yet most meaningful moments, Our Barrio is an exploration of the Latino American experience -- and the human experience-- as it delves into the topics of compassion, community, and overcoming adversity.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. Quiet Mess

    Shaan Couture / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / Comedy, Romance / 9 mins
    Life is a cycle, and this couple is definitely feeling it. While struggling through repetitive fights, Nate and Sarah try to find peace by visiting the place where they first got together.
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    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    Realistically Speaking / 120 mins
    Italian Neo-realism, French New Wave- these film movements changed the future of film and were beyond influential on modern filmmaking. San Diego Film Week founder, Jodi Cilley, is heavily inspired by these and other realism movements. She created this block to highlight and celebrate the filmmakers in our community who are producing films that emphasize the real and dynamic ways we interact as humans. This block will make you laugh, make you cry, but most of all make you FEEL what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. Featuring Jeff Man, Ryan Cassalman, Benjamin Howard, Shaan Couture, and Tyler J. Oakley.

    In This Program: Greetings From San Diego, Ostoja Will Move Your Piano, Santa Claus, Our Barrio, adolescence, Quiet Mess, Sleep on It, Dear Old Dad

    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. Santa Claus

    Jeff Man / PAC Arts, Realistically Speaking / 2017 / 15 mins
    On Christmas night, two lonely neighbors come together to share a meal. Despite having little in common, they attempt to make a meaningful connection before the holiday comes to a close.
    Plays In:
    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. Sleep on It

    Benjamin Howard / Realistically Speaking / United States / 2017 / Drama, LGBT / 8 mins
    A quarrel puts things into perspective for a young couple mattress-shopping for their first apartment.
    Plays In:
    Realistically Speaking – Shorts Program

    AMC - Mission Valley 20
    March 3, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets