Director: Candice Carella
Producers: Candice Carella & MaryAnn Tanedo
Writer: Candice Carella
Cinematographer: Brad Rushing
Editor: Brett Hedlund
Production Designer: Matthew Holt
Synopsis: Claudia, a hardworking single mom, has to go out of town on an important last minute business trip, forcing her to leave her 5 year old daughter Miko with uncle Jeff, a rock musician in his 50's who is still running on fumes from his glory days. Spending the weekend looking after a spirited 5 year old, Jeff must suspend his delusions of grandeur and face reality. Miko is the catalyst for him to re-evaluate his life and re-connect with the inspiration that originally led him to music and he is able to gently guide her to a nascent understanding of life's vicissitudes.
Screening Time: October 24th 2:00 pm
Candice Carella (Writer/Director/ Executive Producer): Candice was a student of fine art and cinema at UCLA. Her entry into the business as a costume designer gave her experience telling narrative stories visually. Years of involvement in the filmmaking process from her art and costume design perspectives led to Ms. Carella’s realizing that her varied interests were stepping stones to trying her hand at story telling on a larger scale. Realizing that the only way she’d get the opportunity to direct was if she also wrote, produced and financed her own short, she began to write the screenplay and financially plan for the film she wanted to make. She shadowed television and film directors and used her knowledge of compositional style from her time as an artist to storyboard every scene of the film. Pony is her maiden effort short film and has earned several awards as both a writer and director since its April premiere.
MaryAnn Tanedo (Producer) - A Grammy Award winning producer, MaryAnn has produced countless music videos and commercials for some of the world's top production companies HSI, Propaganda Films, Palomar Pictures and RSA. Tanedo has worked along side some of the industries leading directors such as Dominic Sena, David Fincher, Herb Ritts, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Michael Bay, John Hillcoat, Mark Romanek, Paul Hunter, Angela Alvardo and the Hughes Brothers. Tanedo has garnered numerous Grammy and VMA nominations collaborating with director Joseph Kahn as his Producer on high profiled music videos for Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Faith Hill, Dre, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Eminem, Juanes, Moby, Gwen Stefani, M.I.A, Jamiroquai, Enrique Iglesia, Joss Stone, Pussycat Dolls, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Martin among others.
Brad Rushing (Cinematographer) - Brad began working as a cinematographer in Houston before moving to Los Angeles in 1990 to work for Roger Corman's Concorde/New Horizons film company and other indie companies like Full Moon. While he began his career in narrative filmmaking he also shot some of the most iconic music videos of the 2000's, including Moby's We Are All Made Of Stars winner of an MTV Video Music Award and the CSC Award winner Alsou's Always On My Mind. Brad photographed the smash hit Toxic video for Britney Spears. Deeply appreciative of all the advice, support and opportunities he has received over the years, Brad is dedicated to paying that forward and has been mentoring young filmmakers from his earliest years in the business. He has also accepted many invitations to speak to students at colleges like Cal Arts, UCLA, USC, Pasadena City College and Loyola University New Orleans.
Brett Hedlund (Editor) - Between the years 1996 and 1998, Brett was hired as the staff editor for Andrew Stevens and Ashok Amritraj’s company, Royal Oaks Entertainment. During this period Brett honed his skills – editing 10 feature films. It was here that Brett had his first collaboration with writer/director Anthony Hickox. Brett and Anthony have teamed up on four feature films to date, including the $20M action adventure Blast. Anthony’s mother, editing legend Anne V. Coates, would sometimes visit the cutting room and attend preview screenings. Brett contributes this time working with Anthony as his “but what’s the story?” phase – learning valuable techniques in editing theory and storytelling. As of 2014, Brett has edited over 40 feature films, 3 short films and multiple episodes of television for CBS, PBS and The History Channel.