Director Biography – Yoginee Arul (AH)

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Name – Vishnudevi Arul by birth and fondly called Yoginee by film media.

Self made,Entrepreneur,Director,Actor,Writer,Lyricist,VoiceOver artist

Actor since 15 yrs old & acted in few films and about 70 television series in languages Tamil &Telugu

Received multiple awards for acting

About to direct my debut feature film by November 2018 which is Trilingual (Tamil & Malayalam& Kannada languages)

Director Biography – Letia Solomon (GOD TOLD ME)

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Based in Los Angeles, CA, Letia Solomon graduated from the University of California Riverside with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked as a Materials Engineer in Aerospace for four years. In lieu of working, she started her career in entertainment as an actress. In 2015, she wrote, produced, and starred in her first short film “Untold” which was centered on domestic violence and screened at the 2015 Black Woman Film Network Summit in Atlanta, GA and the 2016 SE Manly Short Showcase in Los Angeles, CA. Her interest in filmmaking blossomed and she founded L. Solo Productions in 2015 to house her creative ventures. Letia went on to complete a directing course at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA and wrote and directed two more short films. One of which, “Elevate” won for Best Student Film in the 2017 Philadelphia Independent Film Awards. Also in 2015, she created the LA Film & Arts Showcase to showcase the works of new and experienced filmmakers and artists within the Los Angeles area. In 2016, she took on another business venture partnering with Lightsup Entertainment to create the African World Film Festival in Detroit, MI which highlighted films on people of African descent. She is currently attending the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a Masters in TV & Film Production. Woman of many talents, she enjoys acting, directing, producing and entrepreneurship.

Director Statement

In the lack of comfort, we are forced to come face to face with our truths.
Accept, Release, and Make Art.

Short Film: GOD TOLD ME, 6min., USA, Drama/Relationship

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Although deeply drawn to each other, Reggie and Felicia grapple with the toxic nature of their relationship in one evening after a nice night out in the parking lot.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2018
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Kefei Li, Connie Qin He (WATERMELON: A CAUTIONARY TALE)

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Kefei Li (Oct 8.1995) and Connie Qin He (July 25, 1994) are student from Ringling College of Art & Design.

Kefei Li is an animator and illustrator from in Beijing China. She is a recent graduate from Ringling College of Art& Design who specializes in 3D animation and visual development. She inspired by every little thing in life, finding interesting element from the ordinary thing and represents it in a different perspective.

Connie Qin He is a story artist and 3D generalist who was born in Shanghai, China. She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2018 majoring in Computer Animation. Connie is very devoted to story development for animation where her goal is to touch the audiences’ hearts by creating relatable and appealing characters.

Director Statement

We believe that animation is an art form that connects with the audience no matter their race or nationality. Everyone is able to understand animation without barriers which allows you to create a more powerful and deeper influences than any other art form. Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale is a story that all people can understand , relate to and hopefully enjoy. We feel that the film will reach many audiences and see things in a way they haven’t before.

Short Film: WATERMELON: A CAUTIONARY TALE, 3min., USA, Animation/Fantasy

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After a boy accidentally swallows a watermelon seed, weird things start to happen.

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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    21:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Lucy Joan Barnes (FOR WANT OF A NAIL)

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Having received a Diploma in Art and Design from Ravensbourne College Lucy decided to follow a path towards theatre, graduating from Rose Bruford College with a degree in Theatre Stage management. This progressed into a career in theatre and drama school education spanning 12 years, teaching her how to interact with actors on and off set to build relationships and get the best performance possible.

After many years of working in this area, and having the opportunity to work with some incredible artists such as Brian Cox, Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons, Lucy heard the siren call of film and decided to leave everything behind to study for an MA in Fiction Directing at Edinburgh University.

Graduating with a distinction, her graduate short film “Lucid” was nominated for “Best Drama” at BAFTA NEW TALENT AWARDS 2016 and has been shown at several festivals. Since then Lucy has gone on to work on a further 5 features films in a variety of roles focused on production and direction.

Taking inspiration from the likes of Park Chan-wook, Mary Harron and Jim Jarmusch her style focuses on highlighting the beauty within darker subject matter through the visual composition of the scene and sensitive directing of the actors to build an empathic link to the audience.

Director Statement

While reading the script, the first thing that struck me was ”I never knew that was part of OCD”.

I was aware not all OCD sufferer’s live in minimalist white houses they clean obsessively every day, but I wasn’t aware of the voice within their mind that never seems to turn off.

Can you imagine constantly having the voice of your nagging mother in your head, except it’s not your mother… it’s you, and when you put your headphones on… it’s still there!

The truth is unless you deal with OCD, it’s very hard to imagine what it’s like for someone else.

For Want of a Nail takes the viewer completely into the mind of Marty, what he’s going through and why he has created an almost unobtainable standard.

One could observe Marty at the beginning of the film as almost arrogant, but by the end, I want the audience to empathise and understand his actions, instead of judging them.

​One of the biggest challenges was the exposition, I’ve spent years working on “Less is more”, but the point of this film is to let the audience know exactly what is going on in his mind.

Marty still has a subtext and doesn’t share everything with us, there is a dark place inside, that he will never show to anyone..even us.

With most of the film being voice over narration, I had  to visualise how, and why Marty is moving around his house during his everyday routine. Every tiny kinetic action, from washing his body (with vo commentary) to how he types. All of Marty’s physical actions have a reason or a drive behind them.

The voice over was recorded a few days before shooting and played during filming to ensure all timings were correct and his actions, match his thoughts.

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