Directed by Dean Yamada
After his parents’ divorce, a teenager named Brian moves to a new neighborhood with his mom. Across the street stands a decrepit house, where Brian meets an enigmatic Kid who gets off on smashing old appliances with a sledgehammer. Without a father-figure, Brian is drawn into the Kid’s world, and together they start sneaking into upperclass homes for the sake of touring them. When Brian enters a child’s room, he is reminded of the innocence he lost when his family was fractured by divorce. He grabs the Kid’s sledgehammer and releases his anger on every appliance in the kitchen, leaving it in ruin. The two boys go on a destructive spree over the next couple of weeks; but when Brian learns from his mom that his father is moving to another state, Brian decides that the next house they tour will be his dad’s.
Dean Yamada is a filmmaker and film professor at Biola University, who has traveled to Tokyo, Berlin and Jakarta to direct a series of award-winning short films and two feature films. His short film, Jitensha, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won the Golden Reel at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, while his first feature CICADA picked up 8 awards, including the grand jury prize at LAAPFF.
Director: Dean Yamada
Writer: Jeff Schulder
Cast: Kyler Sakamoto, Alan Ayala, Saki Miata, Robin O'Rourke
Shorts Programs / 95 minsThe only thing that matters, is just following your heart, and eventually you’ll finally make it right. These films involve individuals breaking the rules, defying expectations, and trying to find their place in a world they believe they don’t belong to. Young hearts, be free tonight. — Kirby Peñafiel