Best of LA and SD Shorts Program

Los Angeles is the mecca of film production and just hours away from our beautiful city. This block features some of San Diego’s strongest short films alongside some of the best short films LA independent filmmakers have produced. Working together with New Filmmakers LA, we’ll get a taste of what our two film communities could do together.  Networking is at it’s best during this block of films.  Learn more about NewFilmmakers LA at

In this program

White Wings

Directed by Justice Parman

After four years apart, the Burroughs family comes back together for a family reunion in the summer. Once close siblings, Tessa and Michael try to mend their separated relationship after living different lives, in different locations over the past four years.

One Small Step

Directed by Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.


Directed by Erica Eng

Horace Gold’s poetic words personifies his past unhealthy relationship with alcohol through a fictional relationship with a woman. Inspired by the surrealist film “Meshes Of The Afternoon” — POISON is an expression of addiction through repetition.

To Infinity

Directed by Gabriel Savodivker

A dying father helps his young daughter carry an imaginary mission into space in order to reunite her with her mother; which leads to an unimaginable revelation.


Directed by Adria Tennor

Carol invites Annette over for homemade pie and after much prodding divulges her special secret and scandalous ingredient. It’s Thelma and Louise meets Sweeney Todd via Stepford, Connecticut.


Directed by Jason Gudasz

Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and boyfriend wanting a fresh start. But the spirits of the house have plans to turn them all against each other in very bizarre ways.

Existential Donut

Directed by Jason Pierre

A man having a mental break goes on an adventure helping a donut find it’s hole and in that journey he finds out whats missing in himself.

Star Wars: The Toys Awaken

Directed by Raymond Montemayor

On the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a seven-year-old girl’s Star Wars toys come to life. They learn who they are and set off on an adventure to help their young companion as she heads out to watch The Force Awakens.


Directed by Bruno Mulligan

After risking the family’s finances to his addiction, John takes a deal from a loan shark in an attempt to win back the money he lost.


Directed by Jonathan Hammond

The last thing Isabel wanted was a caretaker. The last thing she expected was Taryn.


Directed by Benjamin Howard

In the early sixties, a sexually conflicted teenager finds faith and acceptance after escaping the tortures of electrotherapeutic conversion therapy.

The events that inspired this story are based partly on historical occurrences and partly on the experiences of the producer and director. In the mid 70’s, 13 subjects willingly enrolled themselves in a study of “electric aversion therapy” conducted by a BYU graduate student. Between 1971-1989, gay soldiers in the South African Defense Forces underwent chemical castration and medical torture (including the use of electric shocks) to “cure” them of their homosexuality under a program called The Aversion Project. Shock machines were available for in-home use during the mid 20th century, until the APA declassified homosexuality as a mental illness.

These days, electroshock therapy is a blatant violation of human rights. Instead of these physical methods being used, licensed therapists use verbal lashings under a faux cloak of faith-based lessons. Conversion therapy is becoming more obsolete, but is still legal in more than 40 states. It is our hope this film will shine a spotlight on the horrors of what continues to be a serious, life-effecting issue among LGBT minors.

Dates & Times
Museum of Photographic Arts

Fri Apr 19
8:00 pm