FILM LAYOUT

March 7, 2020 - 12:00pm
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
Yes
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Writer(s): 
Steven Heil
Producer(s): 
Diane Vlajcic Heil
Douglas Heil
Film Length:
1:37:54
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Premier Status: 
Date Completed: 
April, 2019

Awards

Gold Reel Winner in the Feature Film Competition, 2018 Nevada International Film Festival Winner / Best Song, Jan. 2019 Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles / Best Original Song for a Film, Jan. 2019 American Tracks Music Awards International Contest / Best Score Finalist (Runner-Up), Feb. 2019 American Tracks Music Awards International Contest / Best Indie Feature, Best Drama Feature, Best Original Story, Best First Time Director (Feature), Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress & Best Actress Honorable Mention at the Jan. 2019 Los Angeles Film Awards / Gold Award Winners for Best Feature—First Time Filmmaker, Best Young Actress, & Best Original Song + Best Producer Honorable Mention at the Jan–Feb 2019 Queen Palm International Film Festival / Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, & Best Ensemble at the Feb. 2019 Actors Awards, Los Angeles / Gold Award Winners for Best LGBTQ+ Film, & Best Actor, Supporting Role at the 2019 Global Independent Film Awards / Best Narrative Feature, Best Drama, Best Fantasy Film, Best Mystery Film, Best First Time Director, Best Original Story, + Honorable Mention Best Actor at the April 2019 New York Film Awards / Best Writing, & Best Actress at the Spring 2019 Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo / Best Film of the Festival, 2019 Manhattan Rep's STORIES Film Festival, New York, NY / 2019 Best Central States Film (14 states), & Best Original Soundtrack at the 2019 Central States Indie FanFilmFest / Queen Supreme Award for Best Young Actress—Feature at the Queen Palm International Film Festival 2019 Annual Screening & Award Show, Palm Springs, CA / Best Cross-Culture Award at the 2019 Japan Film Festival Los Angeles / Best Feature at the 2019 Network Film Festival, New York, NY / Best Feature Silver Award at the 2019 CINEMAFEST, Ellington, NY / Feature Film Award of Outstanding Excellence, Best Directing in Drama, Music/Songwriting Award of Exceptional Merit at the 2019 CineMagic Film Fest, Greenville, SC / Best Supporting Actor at the 2019 US Hollywood Int'l Golden Film Award / Best of Show in Drama, Award of Outstanding Excellence in Content/Message Delivery, Award of Outstanding Excellence in Direction, Award of Excellence in Set Design, Award of Excellence in Makeup, Award of Excellence in Sound Editing, Award of Excellence in SFX at the 2020 Depth of Field International Film Festival.

One-liner: A Japanese-American high school student spars with his father while forging a close bond with two social outcasts — one of whom is bullied because he is gay, while the other claims she is being followed by a spirit.

Synopsis: Akira is a high school transfer student with a deteriorating relationship with his father. When he arrives at his new school, he stumbles onto a classmate being bullied. His intervention triggers two new friendships — one with the victim Scott and the other with Elizabeth — the classmate who aids him after he is knocked out. Scott has a worse problem than the bullies — he has not come out at home yet. But Elizabeth may have an even bigger problem: she is a social pariah because she keeps acting as though someone or something is after her. Meanwhile, Akira’s home front situation is going from bad to worse.

Director(s): 

Steven Heil

As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, writer/director/editor Steven Heil directed five productions that won recognition in national competitions. His narrative short film The Order, which he wrote, produced, directed, shot, and edited, won Best Student Film at the Oregon International Film Awards. His narrative television episode Love Bites #2 “Sous Chef Wanted,” which he wrote, directed, and edited, won the Grand Prize in the Video Drama Program Category at the National Undergraduate Student Electronic Media Competition. His music video for Scumbag Kea’s “Yew Who” won a Bronze Remi Award at the Houston International Film Festival; he served as its producer/director/cinematographer/editor. Since graduating, his music video for Franki Moscato’s “Me, Myself, & I” has won several international awards, including Best Music Video at the London Independent Film Awards. In 2019, he was competitively selected for the Creative Minds in Sundance Film Program.