A reel from selected narrative works directed by Ryan Velasquez.
When Gabe, an overweight high-schooler, musters the courage to talk to the girl of his dreams, a promising friendship forms that is almost too good to be true. He even starts feeling good about the “extra love” he’s carrying around. But, when she becomes the target of Marcus, his personal bully, things take a turn for the worse and he must decide whether or not to finally stand up.
Festivals LOS ANGELES
The story of a mother, Olga, and her daughter, Ana struggling to come to terms with each other. Spanning twenty years and two countries, Olga attempts to reconcile her dream of becoming a singer with the wants and needs of her young daughter. Ana struggles to find her passion while living in the shadow of her mother's unrealized dream. As both women toil to make their dreams come true, will they ever be able to see each other for who they really are?
Awards DGA AWARD (STUDENT), USA FILM FESTIVAL (JURY)
Festivals HBO'S URBANWORLD, LA SHORTSFEST, BROOKLYN, SAN ANTONIO, NEWPORT BEACH, SAN DIEGO, FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND, LITTLE ROCK, AND MORE
Luis, a former accordion prodigy, gave up his musical aspirations long ago after a horrific bout of stage fright. Now many years later, he works as a second-tier motivational speaker in the 16 Steps To Success program.
When he meets Cindy, an eccentric new attendee in one of his classes, he will be faced with having to play once again. Will he be able to overcome his own greatest fear in order to win her heart?
Jonathan comes from a family of prodigies, all of whom were discovered when they were twelve. But now, with only two weeks left until his thirteenth birthday, Jonathan feels like his time to find his special something is running out. With the help of his friend, Jonathan decides to become the most celebrated family member yet -- by breaking a world record.
Awards LA SHORTS FEST (BEST COMEDY), ELIGIBLE FOR ACADEMY AWARD CONSIDERATION
Festivals INDIE MEMPHIS, CLEVELAND, LA SHORTSFEST
When Andy picks up a struggling actress in his cab one late, Los Angeles evening, it doesn't take long for him to recognize her as Kelly, his childhood sweetheart from Kansas.
Over the course of the night drive, they roll back the years and are confronted with the hopes and dreams they both shared when they were young.
Josh, a young boy who has yet to see a vagina, becomes obsessed with seeing his first. With the help of his trusty best friend Tim, he goes on a quest to finally find out what all the fuss is about.
Dana doesn't have friends, a boyfriend, or a functional family, but at least she has her job. She is the associate manager at the renowned Cinema Social movie theater. After the incumbent manager goes on maternity leave, Dana thinks she's a shoo-in for the newly vacant role.
When she finds out she's been passed over for an outside hire, she is forced to face life without the one thing she's been holding on to and begins a slippery descent.
Two friends have differing philosophies on how best to approach women. When an opportunity presents itself while they're working late one night, they both test their hypotheses.