Get to know the short film: REBIRTH, 12min, USA, Sci-Fi/Thriller

Playing at the December 2017 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles

Blue stormy sea movie posterA young woman gets her beauty and vanity taken by a masked figure.

  • Jill Von D
    Director
  • Jill Von D
    Writer
  • Anirudh Pisharody
    Producer
  • Natalie Sifferman
    Key Cast
  • Cleve Wong
    Cast
  • Eugene K. Johnson
    Production Designer
  • Desi Aguilar
    Costume Design
  • Genaro Marzan
    Key Grip
  • James Marin
    Assistant Camera
  • Rachel Doe
    Photographer
  • Austin Bledsoe
    Sound Mixer
  • Ashley Hooker
    Makeup
  • Spencer Beghtol
    Production Assistant
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Director BIO: Jill Von D (REBIRTH)

Playing at the December 2017 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles

Director Biography

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Jill is a 22 year old filmmaker born and raised in Hong Kong, who at the age of 10 began her ever-growing passion and involvement with film. Being a painter since birth, her love for the visual arts soon translated onto her first camera, in which still images began her voice of storytelling. It was shortly after that she discovered her ability to render marriage between these images and audio elements that her love for filmmaking and motion pictures began. After moving to the United States by herself at 18, she took on every filmmaking and photography society at the University of Texas at Austin as well as interning at South by Southwest Music and Film Festival where her first screening of short films there made her fall in love with the film festival scene. Visual creation is her biggest passion and language in this world, as she continues to strive in filmmaking after relocating to Los Angeles last year.

Director Statement

Rebirth came into my head on a dusty brown couch on a cold evening in Washington DC last December. I was reading an article about how a young “social media queen” who had made millions of dollars posting posed photos of food and clothing on her page, broke down and decidedly came clean about the dangers and psychological pressures of the social-media-fame realm. It occurred to me that there is a very toxic and absolutely terrifying perspective to our attachments with a handheld screen and digital personalities. It frightened me that we as a collective society now spend half our lives as ourselves whilst simultaneously maintaining an online presence. It jarred me when I thought, what would happen if we lost all that? If something we spent hours on suddenly turned on us, how much of yourself would you lose? This is where Rebirth was born, and where I began my journey of telling this story of a relationship between person and screen. I chose to shoot the film as a silent, non-dialogue film as the main character of the film is debatably a balance between her and the phone. The attention we give to our pocket screens send us into a silent, lonely, isolated trance that no other object has been able to impose on us.

Get to know the short film: THE NINGYO, 27min, USA, Fantasy/Mystery

Playing at the December 2017 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles

Posterningyo1lowA Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

Episode One:
Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.

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Director BIO: Miguel Ortega (THE NINGYO)

Playing at the December 2017 FANTASY/SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles

Director Biography

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Miguel is a Colombian Film Director, creature designer and cinematographer with over 15 years experience working in some of the industries most awarded VFX studios. Miguel has brought to life characters and creatures in many Hollywood blockbusters including: Jack the Giant Slayer, Avatar, Thor, Harry Potter, A Night at the Museum, Godzilla 2, and Krampus. Working with his partner Tran Ma, he had his own directorial debut with the wondrous Short film “The Green Ruby Pumpkin” and is soon to release the Faustian tale of exploration and mythical creature hunting “The Ningyo”.

Director Statement

The Ningyo is guerrilla indie film-making. This was done almost entirely in our living room with a crew of 4.