ROMANCE Best Scene Reading: I’ll Give You My Heart, by Tamara Steren

 https://youtu.be/Jo3Oqk832OI

 After her fiancé is killed on their wedding day, a young woman struggles to open her heart again for a familiar stranger.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Shawn Devlin

Karen: Bree Ali

Charlie: Hannah Ehman

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

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Director Biography – GG Hawkins (AN ASPIRATIONAL SPACE)

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GG Hawkins is a Brooklyn-based director, writer, and actor working in media and entertainment. She currently works at Gimlet Media, an award-winning podcast company, overseeing partnerships with brands like HBO and Showtime to create award-winning audio content, including the first Cannes Lion for audio “Chompers”.

GG is part of the inaugural UCB NY Academy Cohort and the narrative fiction team Podcation’s Jupiter Saloon. She has studied improv, sketch, film, and acting at UCB, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and the Gaiety School of Acting, among others. GG has also worked at Studio B Films, Google, and The Wall Street Journal. You can follow her work at GGHawkins.com and on social media @lostingraceland. An Aspirational Space is GG’s directorial debut

Director Statement

I created An Aspirational Space to parody the dark side of endless self-help.

After decluttering my funky Brooklyn studio using the best-selling book by Marie Kondo “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” I found myself too keen to clean. When my long-distance boyfriend came to stay with me after a month apart, I stopped mid-reunion-smooch to put a stray glass in the dishwasher.
“Are you okay?” he asked.
“I’m fine!” I said through gritted Stepford-millennial @iSmileDirectClub teeth.
The relationship didn’t work out.
From Marie Kondo’s organizing cult, to #AwayTravel instagrams, to the eruption of pings in the ladies Slack channel at work when Glossier announces a new balm.com — we are surrounded by a constant stream of content covering self-improvement, self-betterment and self-love-that-may-make-you-hate-yourself-at-the-end-of-the-day-because-nobody’s-skin-is-that-clear.

It feels like of these articles, products and images are designed to make me feel that that this aspirational life is just out of reach. An Aspirational Space, and the online presence (anaspirationalspace.com) we built as a continuum of the world, sinks its teeth the flawless glowing complexion to expose what’s underneath.

It’s also important to me to build an inclusive team that reflects diversity both in front of and behind the camera. I am proud to say more than half of our cast and crew identify as women.

Enjoy!

GG Hawkins

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Short Film: AN ASPIRATIONAL SPACE, 8min, USA, Drama

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After her relationship abruptly ends, a woman isolates herself in a new apartment in an attempt to rebuild her life. Her sister recommends a popular self-help guide that focuses on organizing, tidying, and simplifying life, written by an artist-turned-newsletter-writer-turned- influencer. As she falls deeper into the world of the book, the woman finally feels in control of her life for the first time in years – but nothing can stop her as she attempts to obtain and maintain An Aspirational Space.

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Director Biography – Cory Souto (PROM QUEENS)

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Cory is a filmmaker and media creator currently studying at Syracuse University. Throughout his life, he has been interested in telling stories using various mediums and creative practices in his experimental and narrative works.

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Short Film: PROM QUEENS, 4min, USA, Romance/Teen

A girl who doesn’t want to be at the school dance decides to make a bold move.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 11, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    2K, Canon C500, Odyssey 7Q+
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director Biography – Eleni Rivera (LOVE IN SEASONS)

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Eleni Rivera was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has always had a creative drive and passion for storytelling through film. She is a writer, producer, and first time director.

Director Statement

Through personal experiences and experiences I have witnessed, I hope through my unique culture and upbringing I can reflect it in my filmmaking and impact thousands of lives with positive uplifting messages.

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Short Film: LOVE IN SEASONS, 6min., USA, Romance/Drama

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Even when love begins or ends, the seasons will continue to change.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
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