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PRODUCTIONS

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Long Dark Road

Experimental | 9m | 2023

When lost on a rural backroad, a recovering addict must come to terms with himself in order to find his way back to reality.

Written & Directed by

Aaron Connor

Produced by

Aaron Connor

Cinematography by

Bailey Maine

Production Design by

Wyatt Woods

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Falling Up

Experimental | 36m | 2022

College student Davis clings joyfully to his childlike surroundings. Video games, stuffed animals, singing eggs - who could want anything more? He is content in his current stage of life, and has no intention of growing up, due to the notion that being an adult kind of sucks.

Therefore, when adulthood is literally delivered to his doorstep, Davis responds appropriately. He freaks out. In an effort to cope, Davis traverses through several examinations of change, innocence, and fear—all in a desperate effort to preserve his childhood.

Written & Directed by

Davis Cameron Chu

Produced by

Aaron Connor & Lauren Brooks

Cinematography by

Milana Scarlato

Production Design by

Payton Mack

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The Shipment

Drama | 8m | 2021

Pulled into a mafia plot, a man in custody recalls his story in order to clear his name of a crime he didn’t commit.

Directed by

Rocky Nguyen

Written & Produced by

Aaron Connor

Cinematography by

Lauren Koleszar

Written & Production Designed by

Lauren Brooks

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CIFF Filmmaker Panels @ Cleveland State University

Festival Panels | 5 Yearly Sessions | 2024

Panel 1: The Craft: The Creative Team and Their Decisions

Moderator: Nick Morr

Kareem Tabsch, Director & Producer, Naked Ambition

Bill Ross, Director, Gasoline Rainbow

Eli Thiele, Cinematographer, Sofa, So Good

Juli Vizza, Editor, True Believer

 

Panel 2: The Story: The Journey from Page to Screen

Moderator: James Joyce

Alicia Dwyer, Writer, True Believer

Yance L Ford, Director, Writer, Producer, Power

Luz Orlando Brennan, Director, The Star I Lost

Ezequiel Asnaghi, Executive Producer, The Star I Lost

 

Panel 3: The Business: Follow the Money

Moderator: Mark Schimmel

Michael Eisenberg, Director, The Pitch: Patient Safety's Next Generation

Shawn Hazelett, Producer, Writer, Minted

Sedona Babcock, Producer Kyler Smith: Unfiltered

Alexander Semerano, CPA/ Ohio Film Tax Credit Expert

 

Panel 4: Documentary: Real People, Reel Stories

Moderator: Evan Lieberman

Brian Smith, Director, A House is Not a Disco

Joseph Conforti, Producer, A House is Not a Disco

Michael Townsend, Subject, Secret Mall Apartment

 

Panel 5: Social Justice: Making a Difference, One Camera at a Time

Moderator: Eric Siler

Natalie Rae Robinson, Director, Daughters

Lois Lipman, Director, First We Bombed New Mexico

Ismail Al-Amin, Director, False Positive

Tamika Lamison, Director, Superman Doesn't Steal

Produced by

Aaron Connor

Directed by

John Ban

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Dollhouse

Drama | 14m | 2022

A white-picket family is falling apart. While Mom and Dad are in the midst of a nasty separation, Tobin discovers his big sister, Abby, has found a new escape in heroin. He’s desperate to help her but doesn’t know how.

Written & Directed by

Rocky Nguyen

Produced by

Aaron Connor

Cinematography by

Caylie Obert

Production Design by

JC Wilson

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The Deadmans Quarters

Drama | 14m | 2022

After 2 ex-bar employees enter their forbidden workplace to receive their last paychecks, tensions rise as the bar owner begins to blame each patron for the reason of his failing business.

Written & Directed by

Benicio Calo

Produced by

Aaron Connor

Cinematography by

Simon Vaughan

Production Design by

Wyatt Woods

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