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Sunday, August 30, 2015


Fazioli Room


Rahway International Film Festival Short Films Presentation


Showcasing works that educate and inspire empathy, equality, and awareness through film, RIFF has got it all. With shorts films ranging from documentary to animation to drama to comedy, these films from all over the world will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think.


Block #3 Lineup:

  • Gaunshahar 2071 (CA, USA | Filmed in Nepal)

  • A Letter to My Son (NC, USA)

  • Edifício Tatuapé Mahal (Tatuape Mahal Tower) (Brazil)

  • Stay with Me (United Kingdom)

  • The Song of the Seashore (China)

  • The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow (MA, USA)

  • Fixed (Australia)


Afterwards, please join us for the Closing Night Party & Awards Ceremony to end the night at Patria Latin Bistro! Show your ticket to ANY of the weekend's events for entry!


All festival tickets include free admission to the Saturday Lobby Networking Hour at 8PM, which will serve complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All tickets also include admission to our Opening Night & Closing Night After-Parties, offering a complimentary light buffet and Happy Hour bar pricing. Come join the fun!


10% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the charities "Integrity House" & "National Alliance on Mental Illness".

"Gaunshahar 2071"


Short Documentary  |  Runtime: 12:26

Country of Origin: California, USA  |  Filmed in Nepal

Language: English, Nepali


Synopsis: At 1400m in Gaunshahar, Nepal, Shamser Thapa welcomes Western volunteers to teach at his new English school. But the realities of voluntourism and the idealized American way are put into question when they try to address Nepal's trash crisis. [This film was shot one year before the earthquake hit, very lose to the epicenter.]


Director: Sophia Savage

Sophia was raised and home-schooled by totalitarian hippies in the woods of New Hampshire, where she was given ample freedom to explore nature, storytelling and her own imagination. Sophia studied dance extensively while acting in theater productions and having her writing published, all before entering Smith College at 17 to double major in Film and Theater. In early 2014 Sophia shot her first documentary in Nepal while learning to use a camera (GAUNSHAHAR 2071). Sophia’s first narrative feature is now in development.



"A Letter to My Son"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 10:07

Country of Origin: North Carolina, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: 'A Letter To My Son' is the touching story of a father who pens a hypothetical letter to his unborn son outlining his fears and concerns about the world.


Director | Writer: Maurice Hicks

Maurice Hicks' love of film began at a young age when his mother would frequently show him the Kung Fu films of the Shaw Brother's Chinese cinema.  That interest evolved into a love of films that transcended local and immediate culture boundaries.  After earning his bachelor's degree, double majoring in Film/Video Production & Psychology, he went on to pursue his filmmaking career having since made several commercial ad spots and producing his own feature length film.  Maurice enjoys film that involves cultural awareness, equality, and relationships.



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"Edifício Tatuapé Mahal"

("Tatuape Mahal Tower")


Short Animation  |  Runtime: 9:35

Country of Origin: Brazil

Language: Spanish


Synopsis: The existential drama of Javier Juarez Garcia, an Argentinian scale model figure who decided to live in São Paulo to work in the city's many real state scale models. After a betrayal, Javier makes a decision that will change his life forever.


Co-Director | Co-Writer: Carolina Markowicz

Carolina Markowicz is a director and screenwriter from São Paulo, Brazil. She has directed the short film 69-Luz Square, that won several awards in many festivals around the world, including best short film at Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, and was screened in more than 20 countries. As a screenwriter, she has participated in many other projects. Tatuapé Mahal Tower’s was awarded as "Best Film" in 4 festivals, among other many awards.


Co-Director | Co-Writer: Fernanda Salloum

Fernanda Salloum is a production designer and a graphic art director. The animated short Tatuapé Mahal Tower is her debut as a director and co-writer. Tatuapé Mahal Tower’s screenplay won the “Best Screenplay” award at Paulínia Film Festival-Brazil 2014. The short was also awarded as "Best Film" in 4 festivals and Best Production Design at Festival Mix Brasil – 2014, among other many awards.



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"Stay With Me"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 11:30

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Language: English


Synopsis: A young girl sends signs to her grieving mother that she still exists in the afterlife.


Director: Nicola Hosking

Nicola Hosking is a freelance writer – amongst other things. She graduated with a B.A. Hons in Scriptwriting for Film/TV from Bournemouth University in 2014 and has since been involved in various film and theatre projects. 'Stay with Me' was her directorial debut and she has started her own production company – Momento Films Ltd. Filming lasted three days as most of the crew worked for free. 



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"The Song of Seashore"


Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 26:45

Country of Origin: China

Language: Japanese, Chinese


Synopsis: This is a short film to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the world's anti-Fascist war and the people who suffered because of it. It is about a young Japanese soldier who saves a Chinese 'comfort woman' in the war.


Director: Long Yang

"The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow"


Short Documentary  |  Runtime: 23:04

Country of Origin: Massachusetts, USA

Language: English


Synopsis: The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow showcases five acclaimed singer-songwriters hailing from Western Massachusetts and their four-day roadshow throughout the Commonwealth in a fun, lively and engaging way. Through the interviews, performances and experiences captured while on the road, the goal is to feature the musical talents birthing from Western Mass and ultimately reveal the true warmth and beauty of what the Treaty represents: the confluence of music and people and its powerful effect on our shared experiences. The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a showcase of the hidden talents of Western Massachusetts, music collaborations, friendship, and the love we show for our community. This film has 100% original score.


Director: Timothy Bradley

Tim Bradley has been working in video for over a decade producing commercials, documentary films, and reality television programming. Tim’s passion is to create and tell engaging and inspiring stories through the medium of video. This award winning approach has provided Tim an opportunity to work on a variety of projects of different locales, lengths, and audiences. Most recently, Tim’s cinematography work for Hammer & Saw Films' "100: Head/Heart/Feet" feature-length documentary received numerous accolades in the festival circuit. 


Producer: Susie Hanna

Susie Hanna is in the business of creating events that bring people together in a way they will never forget. She created and produced the Whiskey Treaty in 2012 to showcase the talent that Western Massachusetts offers. She has been in the event industry for the past 5 years and is the owner of Daisy Stone Studio, a Floral and Event Design Company. She is equally as passionate about design as she is about producing music and art within her community.



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Short Narrative  |  Runtime: 7:00

Country of Origin: Australia

Language: English


Synopsis: Jemimah is five years old and desperate for her dog, Tilly, to have puppies.  When she learns her parents plan to have Tilly desexed, Jemimah embarks on a quest to get Tilly pregnant. 


Co-Director: Codey Wilson

FIXED is Codey Wilson’s first film as director.  He studied film at SAE Institute, where he met co-director Burleigh Smith and producer Rob Viney.  Codey lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and has a keen interest in cinematography and surfing.


Co-Director | Co-Producer: Burleigh Smith

Burleigh Smith is a screenwriter, film director and actor.  His films centre on relationships between men and women and often emphasise dry wit and desperate characters.  His strongest influence is Woody Allen. Burleigh’s work has screened at over 200 film festivals across 25 countries.  He lives in Perth, Western Australia, where he lectures in filmmaking.


Co-Producer: Rob Viney

Rob Viney is a screenwriter, film director and producer.  He has worked on a wide variety of productions, from feature films to television series to live broadcast. Rob lectures in filmmaking in Perth and is frontman for the band Mantl. 



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