AFI CONSERVATORY THESIS SHOWCASE

AGAINST NIGHT

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Saba Zerehi
  • Stefan Kubicki
  • Stefan Kubicki
  • Nicolas Navia
  • Shayar Bhansali
  • Aleksandra Zgorska
In the 1960s, a crash-landing in Mongolia leaves a cosmonaut alone with memories of his lost wife and daughter.


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AND THE WIND FALLS

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Hyerim Michelle Park
  • Shuming He
  • Shuming He
  • Seongbin Baek
  • Sunghwan Moon
  • Wan Chih Haley Ho*
Desperate to reunite with her daughter, a cash-strapped motel housekeeper finds a potential answer: a dead guest's bag of money.

*AFI alumni


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THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE

  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Jessica Keath
  • Jessica Keath/Semone Fournillier
  • Nathaniel Hurtsellers
  • Mike Aguilar
In an American Civil War medical camp, a woman wrestles with her faith while her daughter fights for her life.

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DAY ONE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Michael Steiner
  • Henry Hughes
  • Henry Hughes
  • Kee Sun Kyung
  • Anisha Acharya
  • Benjamin Cox
On her first day in Afghanistan, a U.S. Army interpreter is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker.

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ELLIE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Marcos Dávalos
  • Allison Eckert
  • Megan Chomskis/Allison Eckert
  • Daniella Nowitz
  • Megan Chomskis
A girl crashes her best friend's family camping trip in an attempt to escape the grief of losing her father.

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FATHER

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Hana Kazim
  • Hanna Västinsalo
  • Hanna Västinsalo
  • Moira Morel
  • Tarek Karkoutly
A father and daughter's opposing philosophies clash on the day of her grandfather's funeral as both struggle to say goodbye.

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GOLDEN THREAD

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Rachel Alterman
  • Jade Hærem Aksnes
  • Jade Hærem Aksnes/Joseph O'Driscoll
  • Michael Street
  • Michael Smith
  • Erik Robert
A girl becomes determined to reunite with her dead mother through a story her mother used to tell her.

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KIMI KABUKI

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Laura Noxon
  • Yoko Okumura
  • Yoko Okumura
  • Bennett Cerf
  • Michael Block
  • Haisu Wang
When a woman discovers that her husband is attending an adult industry expo behind her back, she follows him there in order to confront him.

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MARTIAN AMERICAN

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Trevor Worley
  • Lee Citron
  • John Barr/Lee Citron
  • Nathaniel Hurtsellers
  • Michael Smith
  • Allison Lopes
A lonely Martian starts a new life in Los Angeles but finds his resolve shaken by adversity, culture shock and self-doubt.

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MUSH

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Saba Zerehi
  • Yoonhee Ye
  • Emily Ackerman
  • Suhyun Dawn Shim
  • Leo Chan
An irritable crime scene cleaner is forced to face his past when he meets an eccentric neighbor who is fascinated with his grim profession.

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PANACEA

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Christine Melton
  • Michael Summers
  • Christine Melton/Michael Summers
  • Kevin Israel Castro
  • Megan Chomskis
  • Ying-Te Julie Chen
An ominous, animalistic force in nature confronts two brothers who spend their time creating mischief in the woods.

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PANCAKE CASTLE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designers
  • Pin-Chun Liu*
  • Simon Roel
  • Simon Roel
  • Yi Ching Kay Hung
  • Joseph Patrick Wesley Connor
  • Aashrita Kamath*/Ying-Te Julie Chen
A road trip to Disneyland turns dark when a family's twisted secret is exposed.

*AFI alumni


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PERSUASION

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Jordan Lietz
  • Mattson Tomlin
  • Mattson Tomlin/Derek Asaff
  • Rachael Kliman
  • Shayar Bhansali
A father struggles to parent a child who has manifested supernatural mind control powers.

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PINKY

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Hyojong Kim
  • Dylan Paffe
  • Dylan Paffe/Hannah Wolfe
  • Julian Estrada
  • Joseph Patrick Wesley Connor
  • Kedra Dawkins
A woman's plan to move away from her rural hometown is thwarted by her self-destructive teenage brother.

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PYROMANCE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Jennifer Elmas
  • John de Menil
  • John de Menil
  • Daryl Gilmore
  • Noah Cody
  • Susannah Honey
Sparks fly between a pyrotechnician and a local motel owner on the eve of a Fourth of July fireworks show.

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REAL LOVE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Selina Ringel
  • Dan Levy Dagerman
  • Elizabeth Kim
  • Valentina Martinico
  • Mike Aguilar
  • Anelisa Torruella
A couples therapist struggles to save her marriage when she stars in a reality show with her rock star husband.

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RISE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Cyril Abraham
  • Wyatt Maw
  • Wyatt Maw
  • Cory Warner
  • Tarek Karkoutly
In revolutionary Russia, a man must sacrifice himself for his wife, who is being wrongly tried for murder.

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SLUT

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Lisa Gollobin
  • Chloe Okuno
  • Chloe Okuno
  • Benjamin Kirk Nielsen
  • Michael Block
  • Yihong Ding
When a girl reinvents herself to impress the boys of her small town, she finds herself becoming the target of a sociopath.

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SON OF A BARMAN

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Edgar Rosa
  • Bennett Lasseter
  • Jonathan Monitz
  • Jordan Gzesh
  • Leo Chan
  • Sarah Cole
A promising businessman returns home to Ireland for his estranged father's funeral and struggles to cut ties with his family.

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STARMAN

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Jo Henriquez
  • Josema Roig
  • Derek Ustruck
  • Nicolas Navia
  • Steven Pristin
  • Sandra Doyle Carmola
A has-been daredevil struggles to reclaim his old glory in a world that's left him behind.

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STEALTH

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Melissa Hoppe/Muhua Yang
  • Bennett Lasseter
  • Melissa Hoppe
  • Andressa Cordeiro
  • Leo Chan
The heartwarming story of a brave, transgender tween.

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A TEENAGE DRAMA

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Judith Bafaro
  • Phillip Clark Davis
  • Phillip Clark Davis/Mike Langer
  • Stephen St. Peter
  • John Carner
  • Julianne Kunke
A humiliating breakup drives a teenager to suicide, but he proves to be as good at death as he was at love.

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THIS WAY UP

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters

  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Michael Langer
  • Jeremy Cloe
  • Jeremy Cloe/Michael Langer/
    Ed Lee
  • Cory Warner
  • Steven Pristin
  • Ying-Te Julie Chen
A homeless man living in a Las Vegas storm drain creates a fake life to hide the truth from his daughter.

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TIDES

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Dawn DeVoe
  • Risto Tuominen
  • Dawn DeVoe/Risto Tuominen
  • Edward Wu
  • John Carner
A woman's marriage hits an unexpected bump when her ex-boyfriend wills her his sperm following his death in Afghanistan.

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TRACKS

  • Director
  • Screenwriters
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Logan Sandler
  • Logan Sandler/Carly Stone
  • Daniella Nowitz
  • Sunghwan Moon
An aspiring pro skateboarder finds himself saddled with having to watch his girlfriend's daughter on the day of his amateur championship.

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VLADO

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Gurjeet Kaur Bassi
  • L. Felipe Mucci
  • Rodrigo Espinosa Marván
  • Dagmara Malinska
  • Anisha Acharya
An examination of journalist Vladimir Herzog's final moments before his disappearance in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1975.

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THE WILD, THE CHILD AND THE MIRACLE

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriters

  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Production Designer
  • Germán Fernández-Moreno
  • Calvin Robertson
  • Germán Fernández-Moreno/Calvin Robertson/Lucia Gayoso
  • Farhad Ahmed Dehlvi
  • Noah Cody
  • Emma Koh
A woman arrives at a group home and claims that a child found in the wilderness is her long-lost son.

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