Director Biography – Luai Akl (EPIPHANY)

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Basically, I am an Architect with a cinematic background as i worked as a “Photographer, Cinematographer, Assistant Director, Art Director, Set designer”, and took a directing and cinematography courses to finally follow my passion as a director

Director Statement

How kids are strongly affected “psychologically and emotionally” by their parent’s actions, and the whole environment around them!

Short Film: EPIPHANY, 4min., Egypt, Drama

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EPIPHANY “A moment of realization”

It all begins while the 11 years old main character is lying down alone with his childish and emotional imagination on the floor waiting for an unrecognized punishment from his father while locking him up in a room.

– We can see clearly the conflict between his “psychological thinking, feelings and thoughts” and his “real emotions” from his point of view about his future if he grew up in the same environment!
– There is an unstable relationship between his aggressive, careless and irresponsible father “who’s always drunk and careless about his own child and family and how that behavior will affect the whole family environment”, and his poor mother that has the opposite attitude/personality.
– But unfortunately, his mother took the easy way, first to get out of her problems and miserable life and the more pressing reason is that she can’t even think about the idea of her kid growing up in such environment to end up just like his father, to start another loop of another depressing life.

– How the main character ”the grown-up” seeing flashbacks through his point of view and how he changed through the time jump that happened in the film “shown in the scenes” to be even worse than his careless and irresponsible father, and getting deeper and deeper until he finds himself in the deep bottom, then we can see the transition between the time jump for the character with a surprising and self-denial look while his father is locking him up in a room and closes the door on him, that moment let him think about the whole thing again but this time with another point of view.
– So, the scenes begin to reverse to show the opposite side of the story, and in some scenes we can see the other point of view for some situations between the kid’s parents. To finally see how everything changed in the main character’s mind and to see him looking directly into your eyes with “A moment of realization” look on his face.

It’s an open ending film, The idea here is to make the audience ask questions, like:
– Is it just a glimpse for the main character’s future under the influence of his environment while he is getting lock up by his father?!
– Is that all already happened and the main character “the grown up” is just remembering some flashbacks from his childhood that led him to be that kind of person?!
– What happened next?!…etc.)

Director Biography – Dana Saint (SAND IN THE SKY)

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Gnarly Bay, Inc. makes videos…gnarly ones. Dan Riordan and Dana Saint are two ambitious filmmakers that started Gnarly Bay shortly after high school. Over the years, they have grown to do bigger and better work each year.

Dana Saint has made an effort to document his life, and make personal films along side the client work at gnarly bay. Over the years, he has produced many films that invoke a sense of curiosity, including A Story For Tomorrow, Choice, and Stop LooK GO to name a few. This year, he is proud to release SAND IN THE SKY, which is narrated by his son Oliver.

Short Film: SAND IN THE SKY, 4min., USA, Drama

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Traveling with a baby is an interesting thing. They add all sorts of challenges to any trip you do. Long flights, strollers, nap schedules, and car seats all seem to pile up and complicate what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Sometimes, you may even find yourself wondering…is all this effort worth it for a baby who won’t even remember the trip? All these experiences and memories will eventually disappear, like a fading dream. So is it worth it?

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    May 10, 2018
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Short Film: ONE TWICE A DAY, 3min., USA, Drama

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During a routine health check a doctor discovers that there’s something terribly wrong with his patient….

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    3 minutes 40 seconds
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    April 15, 2019
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    1,000 USD
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HIGHLIGHTS – September 2019 Under 5 Minute Film Festival


Them of night: “Twist Endings”

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE DOCKS, 1min., UK festival posterCRUEL WINTER, 1min., Italy
festival posterELIZABETH, 12min., USA, Smartphone festival posterFATHOM, 1min., USA
festival posterFEAST, 1min., India, Smartphone festival posterLIFE IN A TINY TOWN, 2min., Smartphone
festival posterLOUD AND PROUD, 1min., UK festival posterMOMENTS IN PARADISE, 1min., Switzerland
festival posterPAPER TRAIL, 1min., UK festival posterSAY NO TO DRIFT WALKING, 1min., USA
festival posterTHE DEPRIVED, 1min., India festival posterKARMA, 16min., Spain, Drama/Fantasy
festival poster(YOU’RE) THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE, 13min., Drama/Thriller festival posterTHE LEGEND OF SCOTTY WATTS, 11min., USA, Drama/Music

The 19th event of the Toronto festivals in 2019.
11 more festivals to go in Toronto this year.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

THE DEPRIVED Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from 1 Minute Film Festival, Sept. 2019

THE DEPRIVED, 1min., India

Directed by Rashmi Mayur Koyyada

The farmers, tribes from across the world are deprived for centuries. Revolutions are common in most of the poor countries. What is the replacement of violence and death?

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