AFI CONSERVATORY THESIS SHOWCASE

ALOUD

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  • EDITOR
  • Song Huang
  • Song Huang
    Victor GonÇalves da Silva Dias do
    Nascimento
  • Koodae Kim
  • Stanislav Bondarenko
  • Dana Maddox
In a 1960s Catholic orphanage, an introverted boy hopes to find a family when the arrival of a new music teacher challenges his faith.


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BENNY GOT SHOT

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  • Malcolm Hayes Washington
  • Jory Anast
    Malcolm Hayes Washington
  • Joenique Charlesha Rose
  • Kristen Correll
  • Rafael Nur
  • Arielle Paula Ness-Cohn
A coroner faces her fear of loss when her younger brother goes missing on the same day an unidentified local boy is shot by police.


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B'GAWK: A CHICK FLICK

  • DIRECTOR
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  • PRODUCER
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  • EDITOR
  • Lucy McKendrick
  • Jarret Rosenblatt
    Lucy McKendrick
  • James D. Moore
  • David Leonardo Charry
  • Reynolds Barney
A rebellious girl and her hippie mother must put aside their differences and euthanize their beloved pet chicken after it is mauled by a coyote.


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CLARITY

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  • EDITOR
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  • Dustin Brown
  • Dustin Brown
  • Jason Jerrell Smith
  • Maria Ines Manchego
  • Mengle Han
  • Clarisa Marina Garcia-Fresco
A story of obsession, power and discovery centering around a maverick neuroscientist, her doting pupil and an alluring machine that could revolutionize brain science.


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DOLLAR KING

  • DIRECTOR
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  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Andrew Pollins
  • David Milton Brent
  • Trevor D. Smith
  • Britton Leigh Foster
  • Rafael Nur
Three losers try to reverse their fortunes — by robbing a dollar store. When the heist predictably fails, they might finally have to grow up.


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THE FARE

  • DIRECTOR
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  • Santiago Javier Paladines Guerrero
  • Santiago Javier Paladines Guerrero
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Rasa Partin
  • Christopher Young
A young Ecuadorian kid confronts his past when he's asked to transport a 14-year-old girl from his hometown to a sex-trafficking organization.


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THE FIRST STONE

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  • Kaisan Rei Towns
  • Kaisan Rei Towns
  • Kulabako Margaret Olivia Kyabanji
  • Caleb Tou
  • Charles Christopher Cardall, Jr.
When Reigh is released from prison, she returns home to find her family torn apart at the seams and vows to put it back together again.


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FLESH & BLOOD

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Camilo G. Collazos
  • Munis Rashid
  • Andrea González Mereles
  • Christopher Young
An inmate must convince his estranged daughter to enter witness protection in order to testify against a fellow inmate in exchange for early release.


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LA SIRENA

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Rosita Lama Muvdi
  • Rosita Lama Muvdi
  • Daniel Leighton*
  • Kristen Correll
  • Mengle Han
This psychosexual fairytale follows a woman who surrenders to her inner monster to avenge her broken heart.

*AFI Alumnus



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LAWMAN

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
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  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Matthew Gentile*
  • Joshua Seth Aichenbaum
  • Aundrea Garcia
  • Kalilah Corinne Evans Robinson
  • Rosemary Leisure
  • Claire White (AFI class of 2017)
Based on true events. 1875. Bass Reeves, one of the first African-American U.S. Marshals, arrests African-American outlaw Glen Huddleston and brings him toward encampment.

*AFI alumnus



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LEO JOHNSON

  • DIRECTOR
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  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Evan Camilli Bluestein
  • Joshua Seth Aichenbaum
    Evan Camilli Bluestein
    Ivano Pulito
  • Shi Qiu (Ming)
  • José Andrés Solórzano
  • Veronika Vackova
  • Danielle Lee*
An LA couple join their friend to steal an engagement ring from his ex-fiancée's house.

*AFI alumna



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LOCKDOWN

  • DIRECTOR
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  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
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  • Max Sokoloff
  • Daisygreen Webster Stenhouse
  • Jane Virginia Hollon
  • Caleb Heller
  • David Michael Scorca
  • Laura Santoyo Dangond
When a high-school misfit is taken hostage by a classmate with a gun, together they must find common ground in order to survive the standoff.


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MACKENZIE

  • DIRECTOR
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  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Amanda Sofia Åström
  • Amanda Sofia Åström
    Jory Anast
    Daisygreen Webster Stenhouse
  • Annick Jaëgy
  • William L. Christensen
  • Dana Maddox
A self-centered teenager tries to ignore the emotional distress of moving to college and leaving her anorexic sister behind by making the day about packing.


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MANNERS OF DYING

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Bo-You Niou
  • Cade Loven
  • Jeremy Chang
  • Jessica L. Pantoja Gutierrez
  • Reynolds Barney
Warden Harry Parlington suffers emotionally beneath his cold façade when he realizes all inmates meet a painful death.


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MR. & MRS. KIM

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Jaehuen Chung
  • Joshua Seth Aichenbaum
  • Maricela Garcia
  • Dinara Aprymova
A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of.


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NO WAY BACK

  • DIRECTOR
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  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Michael Gug-Kjeldsen Kongshaug
  • Ji Hye Shim
    Michael Gug-Kjeldsen Kongshaug
  • Feras Alfuqaha
  • Jonathan Klein
  • Veronika Vackova
  • Shannon Walsh
When Zeinah and her daughter Norah flee the devastating war in Syria, things take a turn for the worse as they desperately try to board a dinghy to Europe.


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ORDINARY DREAM

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  • PRODUCER
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  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Patrick Picard
  • Patrick Picard
    Bernardo Ribeiro Viotti
  • Emmanuelle Francoeur Décarie
  • Jake Carl Magee
  • David Michael Scorca
  • Arielle Paula Ness-Cohn
A story of a young man, set for the good life, who after the night of Christmas Eve will never be seen again.


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OSCAR

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  • PRODUCER
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  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Julius Christian Telmer
  • Julius Christian Telmer
    Victor GonÇalves da Silva Dias do
    Nascimento
  • Sweta Rai
  • Scott Aaron Ray
  • Rebecca Lodi
  • Brittany Elias*
An unhinged teenager maneuvering the threshold of manhood escalates a territorial fight with his mother's violent boyfriend when he learns of their pregnancy.

*AFI Alumna

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THE OTHER SIDE

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITERS

  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Daniel Abatan
  • Daniel Abatan
    Brian Cody Allen
  • Jessica M. Gao
  • Thaïs Castrale
  • Charles Christopher Cardall, Jr.
A father of two living in a civil-war-torn country ends up at an enemy's house for shelter.


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PET RITUALS

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • James Casey Modderno
  • Jarret Rosenblatt
  • Thomas Burke
  • Joshua Louis Fisher
  • Brian John Denny
The lead singer of a punk band struggles to end her abusive romance with the band's volatile drummer moments before they take the stage.


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PLEA

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Joseph John Oppenheimer
  • Jarret Rosenblatt
  • Cade Loven
  • Joshua Zucker-Pluda
  • Brian John Denny
  • Clarisa Marina Garcia-Fresco
A public defender has minutes to save her 16-year-old client from a life sentence for murder by convincing him to take a plea deal for a crime he didn't technically commit. But to save this boy, she will have to break him.


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SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Yue Ma
  • Kenneth Morris
  • Mary Mehrkens
  • Gunyoung Yang
  • Rosemary Leisure
A housewife in the 1950s tries to satisfy her husband and save her marriage by replacing her arm with a robotic arm called "Wife-O-Matic."


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SNOWPLOW

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITERS

  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Mia Niebruegge
  • Mia Niebruegge
    Christopher Michael Greenslate
  • Joshua John Paul Valle
  • Favienne Sophia Howsepian
  • Berenice Chavez
  • Doriane Desfaugeres (AFI class of 2018)
After the sudden death of their mother, a teenager struggles to take care of his sister as they try to avoid separation by social services.


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STILL DEVOUT

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Melissa Yvette Perez
  • Melissa Yvette Perez
  • Gabriela Gonzalez*
  • Ujwala Aparna Viswanath
  • Wanqiu Sun
  • Doriane Desfaugeres (AFI class of 2018)
Stuck living at home, an anxious 23-year-old must choose between romance and the needs of her family.

*AFI Alumna



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TIM OF THE JUNGLE

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  • WRITERS

  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
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  • PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • Nasos Gatzoulis
  • Nasos Gatzoulis
    David Milton Brent
  • Leal Naim
  • Jesper Duelund Hansen
  • Rebecca Lodi
  • Laura Santoyo Dangond
A high-school student attempting to complete his musical opus keeps getting distracted by the intense fights of his mentally imbalanced father and overly doting mother.


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TROUBLE MAN

  • DIRECTOR
  • WRITER
  • PRODUCER
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • EDITOR
  • Jackson Young
  • Jackson Young
  • Quinntin Saint Laurent
  • Di Liu
  • Berenice Chavez
A high-school senior living in a Dallas suburb falls into a downward spiral that may prevent him from reaching his dreams of getting into college.


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