CINE GEAR LA EXPO

2024

FILM SERIES COMPETITION FINALISTS

Music Videos / Commercials

Altering Spaces - Decayed Brocade

Director: Pj Perez
Producers: Pj Perez, Sara Gorgon
Director of Photography: Pj Perez
Synopsis: A promotional short about DECAYED BROCADE, a sustainable nature art and home jewelry brand created by Los Angeles-based artist and designer Adriann Helton.

Storm Chaser - Acura MDX

Director: Martin Lisius
Writer: Martin Lisius
Producers: Martin Lisius, Kim George
Director of Photography: Martin Lisius
Synopsis: Commercial for the Acura MDX created by filmmaker and storm chaser Martin Lisius. Filmed mostly in Texas during the spring and summer of 2023, this production required the crew to synchronize shooting dates with extreme weather. Blowing dust, hail, intense lightning, and tornadoes were a regular part of filming.

A Free Society - Night Crickets

Director: Ramzi Abed
Writer: Night Crickets
Producer: Ramzi Abed
Director of Photography: Ramzi Abed
Synopsis: Official music video for new 21st Century post-punk supergroup, Night Crickets, comprised of David J Haskins (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes) and multi-instrumentalist Darwin Meiners, and their genre-defying title track from their debut album, “A Free Society”.

Strangest Thing - CG5

Director: Marmo Films
Producer: Justin Marmorstein
Director of Photography: Cesar Withingham
Synopsis: Official Music Video for “Strangest Thing” from artist Charles Duncan “Charlie” Green V, better known as CG5, who creates original songs, remixes, and covers inspired by popular topics like video games, memes, and the Netflix show, Stranger Things.

The Ballad of Elvis Presley - Josie Cotton + Kevin Preston

Director: Piper Ferguson
Writer: Josie Cotton
Producer:Larva X
Director of Photography: John Pingry
Synopsis: Official music video for “The Ballad of Elvis Presley” by artists Josie Cotton and Kevin Preston

Toyland - Ray Angry

Director: Tatjana Krstevski|
Writer: Tatjana Krstevski
Producer: Tatjana Krstevski
Director of Photography: Tatjana Krstevski
Synopsis: Official music video for “Toyland” by Ray Angry feat. Questlove, Black Thought, Marcus King, Pino Palladino & Liv Warfield

Human - The Elephant Man

Director: VONJAKO
Writer: The Elephant Man
Producer: Andrea Giacomini
Director of Photography: Andrea Giacomini
Synopsis: Official music video for the “Human” by The Elephant Man, a rock-dark-wave quartet from Europe In a world of dazzling sunlight, the enigmatic Elephant Men performers
captivate audiences.

Shoot Sleep Repeat - Zeiss

Director: Jon Joffin, ASC
Producer: Tony Wisniewski
Directors of Photography: Jon Joffin, ASC, Brendan Steacy, ASC, CSC
Synopsis: We follow two filmmakers through their day as they shoot multiple styles and locations with the ZEISS Nano Primes. They repeat the same each day, creating ever better content that ultimately brings awards for their efforts

Independent Short Films

Litany for Mister President

Director: Christopher Meyers
Writers: Christopher Meyers, E.K. Metzker
Producers: Alecc Bracero, Daniel Tantalean
Director of Photography: Derek Johnson
Synopsis: Dom Copley becomes unhinged with grief and anger after the most precious thing in the world is taken from him – his beloved cat, Mister President.

Motel Room

Director: Bradford Lipson
Writer: Sahag Gureghian
Producers: Tammy Katz, Tracy Clifton, Robert C. Rodriguez, Bradford Lipson, Sahag Gureghian
Director of Photography: Jeff Berlin
Synopsis: Motel Room, based on a true event, explores the friendship that develops between an Armenian teenage boy and the prostitute his father hired to take his virginity.

No Light/No Darkness

Director: Margos Margossian
Writer: Margos Margossian
Producer: Wesley Barker
Director of Photography: Kevin Zanit
Synopsis: An informant in the post-Soviet Republic of Armenia must decide if she’ll betray her ethnic identity by leaking highly classified information on the country’s decision to reopen its nuclear power plant following the collapse of the USSR.

Triggered

Director: Hisonni Mustafa
Writers: Hisonni Mustafa, Eduardo Robinson
Producers: Eduardo Robinson, Hisonni Mustafa, Shante Deloach, Adia Bell, Trina Colon, Brandon Champ Robinson
Directors of Photography: Justin Melson, Hisonni Mustafa
Synopsis: When a dedicated teacher’s prized student mysteriously disappears, he is confronted with a pivotal challenge that compels him to reconcile with the boy’s mother in a race against time to locate him.

Voce Means You

Director: Mahyar Mandegar
Writers: Luísa Dalé Silva, Mahyar Mandegar
Producers: Joting Hsu, Corrine Dye
Director of Photography: Luísa Dalé Silva
Synopsis: In Você Means You, Reza, a reserved skateboarder, has a chance encounter with his longtime crush at a busy skatepark one afternoon. As they navigate the skatepark’s challenges, their connection deepens, and they discover the true meaning of você (you) in a heartwarming and unexpected way.

You're Early

Director: Will Maloney
Writer: Robert Bruinewoud
Producers: Will Maloney, Denis Maloney
Director of Photography: Denis Maloney
Synopsis: When a struggling actress walks into a home invasion, she must put on the performance of a lifetime to save her husband.

Student Films

Canta Santiago

Directors: James Valdez, Gabriel Chavarria
Writer: James Valdez
Producers James Valdez, Joel Vazquez
Director of Photography: James Valdez
School: New York Film Academy
Synopsis: A young mariachi faces his first performance alone but discovers his brother has always been by his side.

Children of Light

Director: Minkyu Kang
Writer: Minkyu Kang
Producers: Minkyu Kang, Bofan Zhang
Director of Photography: Jeong-seok Park
School: Columbia University
Synopsis: On a remote island in the 1960s, a young Korean boy is kidnapped and assaulted at a juvenile center and must escape with his rival to survive.

Im Finstern

Director: Mahyar Mandegar
Writers: Hannah Platzer, Mahyar Mandegar
Producers: Santi Naidoo, Mon Castro Busto
Director of Photography: Hannah Platzer
School: American Film Institute
Synopsis: Behind the lonely existence of a vampire in her decaying home lies the tender story of unbroken love and deceptive melancholy. One day, the vampire is visited by a sun ray through the aged wooden panels of her house. Smitten and fascinated, she reaches be

Jamila

Director: Julia Freij
Writers: Julia Freij, Meg Dudley
Producer: Peri Michael
Director of Photography: Pascale. R. Williams
School: American Film Institute
Synopsis: While reluctantly preparing at a beauty salon for a wedding, a Palestinian American teenager clashes with her family members, challenging her assumptions about culture and femininity.

Perfect Day

Director: Puyu Wang
Writer: Puyu Wang
Producers: Eva Zheng, Annine Zhang
Director of Photography: Puyu Wang
School: American Film Institute
Synopsis: On a serene and sunny afternoon, a veteran of the Cultural Revolution and his wife reminisce about their youth as they embark on their final journey together.

The Bullfighter

Director: GIselle Bonilla
Writer: GIselle Bonilla
Producers: Colter Kozal, Wuliang Zhang
Director of Photography: Sharon Pulwer
School: American Film Institute
Synopsis: A farcical comedy about ex-bullfighter, Felipe Fernando de la Fernand, a once extraordinary figure now trapped in an ordinary world. Since his retirement, he has struggled to maintain the heroism he once felt as a matador and uses a job as a flag-waving parking attendant to stage one last redemptive bullfight… actively triggering a past he’s yet to reckon with.

The Basics of Love

Director: Joshua Nathan
Writer: Joshua Nathan
Producer: Xixian Wang
Director of Photography: Andi Obarski
School: American Film Institute
Synopsis: After stumbling into an armed robbery on New Year’s Eve, two sanitation workers are caught off-guard by feelings for one another that they didn’t realize they had.

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.