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Cat Lady
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Cat Lady

Credits: writer. A nosy girl unravels a puzzling connection between her reclusive grandmother and a mysterious string of cat disappearances. Directed by Liam Loughran Written By Ela Passarelli Produced by Ben Marko 1st Assistant Director: Kara Mauer Director of Photography: Ethan Denning Gaffer: Frank Ding Edited by: Christian Hannis & Marco Bizio Sound Designers: Jacob Evangelista & Ahmad McCutcheon Production Designer: Tiana Cheung Original Score: Alex Mansour Cast Lauren: Kayden Tokarski Tonya: Sarah Lilley Maia: Summer Dawn Jimmy: Thomas C Long 2nd Assistant Director: Kaleb Cruzado Unit Production Manager: Adam Ambuske First Assistant Camera: Bibikova Second Assistant Camera: Zoe Scully Production Sound Assistants:  Sarah Grant Cassie Howell Script Supervisors: Mikayla Davic Ambi Butler Grips: Ethan Zhang Patrick Kuo Finn Droga Ye Ma Victor Longchuang Li Liam Hoole Johans Saldana Prop Master: Ian Connolly Hair & Makeup Artist: Haze Gao Set Dresser: Holly Hodges & Cassandra Howell Art Production Assistants: Ellie Sullivan & Patrick Kuo Background Actors: Tiana Lucerne Cheung Haze Gao Ben Marko Stills Photographer: Diana Duvanskaya Post-Production Supervisor: Ben Marko Assistant Editors: Kayla Wong & Holly Hodges Colorist: Jake Harbour Post Production Sound Assistant: Khash Ghaffarieh Scoring Engineer: Ken Huffman Violin – Agatha Blevin Viola – Andrew Grishaw Oboe – Cameron Roberts Bassoon – Philip Milman Casting Services Provided by Breakdown Express and Backstage Animal Wrangling Provided by Studio Animal Services Special Thanks Frank Greenfield Garfield Ecung Kelly & Craig Tokarski Chandler & Ross Kayla Chacon American Humane Society The Loughran Family The Marko Family Richard Clitter The Menlo House Anthonu & Karyn Mauer The Hannis Family The Bizio Family Vivian Gray Tonya Passarelli Hua Zhang & Yuan Ding The Cheungs Gabriel Fabian & Matt Oflas Festivals & Distribution/Licensing: Sandrine Faucher Cassidy Student Assistants: Lead - Ellery Marshall Cinematography - Graham Wilder Byers Production Design - Katrina Skender Editing - Shaman Marya Sound - Ziyi Wendy Wang and Lan Yang Faculty Advisors: Lead/Producing - Brenda Goodman Directing - Helaine Head Cinematography - Chris Chomyn, ASC Production Design - Mimi Gramatky Editing - Thomas G. Miller, ACE AVID - Avi Glick Sound - Suhail F. Kafity, MPSE Camera by SONY Edited on AVID No animals were harmed in the making of this film. Student Produced at The University of Southern California © 2022 University of Southern California. All Rights Reserved.

WAVES APART PRESS

THE INERTIA

JEWISH SURFERS AND ANTISEMITISM: NEW DOCUMENTARY SHINES A LIGHT

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JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY

‘SWASTIKA BOARDS’ AND ‘SURF NAZIS’: NEW DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES SURFING’S HISTORY OF ANTISEMITISM

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SAN CLEMENTE TIMES

CREATIVITY KEEPS SURFING INTERESTING

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THE OC REGISTER

FILM ‘WAVES APART’ EXPLORES ANTISEMITISM IN SURFING

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My role in Waves Apart was as a co-producer with Aslan Dalgic. The 24 minute documentary was made as our senior thesis project at the University of California and went on to the festivals listed below including the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at Cannes and the 2022 Student Academy Awards®.

The film explores the history of anti-semitism and localism in surf history told through director Josh Greene's eyes, a Jewish surfer from San Clemente.

 

Although at the time I didn't have a personal connection to the material, the experience taught me crucial skills in documentary filmmaking producing and interviewing . It also pushed me towards a love of surfing I found while traveling.

THE WAVES APART FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

As our first short film submitted to festivals, we were absolutely thrilled to see Waves Apart go to 19 festivals and counting, especially as a nominee at the 2022 Student Academy Awards® and winning best documentary at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes Film Festival.

EMERGING FILMMAKER SHOWCASE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (BEST DOCUMENTARY)

2022 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL SURF FILM FESTIVAL ANGLET (BEST EDITING)

THE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (AMDOCS)

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL

DENVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

PARIS SURF & SKATEBOARD FILM FESTIVAL 

CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL 

TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 

BLOCK ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL 

SANTA CRUZ JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL 

NORTHWESTFEST

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

CHESAPEAKE FILM FESTIVAL 

TRAVEL FILMMAKING

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Since March 2023, I've been solo traveling the world. Learn more about my projects while traveling and where I've gone under TRAVEL.

And below, find some of my favorite stills from my trips.

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