Tribeca Short Films – New talent, new ways of telling stories

The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival includes 72 short films, 45 of which are world premieres; 53 are in competition. After receiving 3,553 submissions, the programmers curated a widely diverse and genre-spanning crop of provocative true-life stories and challenging fiction from 23 different countries, including Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and the United States.

“Short-form storytelling has always been an integral part of Tribeca’s programming,” said Sharon Badal, Vice President of Filmmaker Relations and Shorts Programming. “Short films are where new talent is discovered and new ways of telling stories emerge. Creative content and consumer viewing habits are changing and short films are perfect for this growing audience. We’re thrilled to be able to champion these films, and equally excited to provide an opportunity for audiences to see them at the festival.”

Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t EiC Stephen Reilly crossed paths with NYU Tisch alums Parker Hill and Evan Ari Kelman at a recent TFF networking event. Hill (director/co-writer/producer/editor) and Kelman (co-writer/producer) are collaborators on the short film titled ONE GOOD PITCH, a 4 minute film about a young man who hopes to reconnect with his estranged father through a game of catch, which he played throughout his youth with his father.

In a recent statement Hill said, “I wanted to write a little league movie about parents who tell their kids they’re special. It was about the participation-trophy generation where kids get to sign up for sports instead of trying out. One Good Pitch ended up being the exact opposite. As a storyteller and a daughter, I’m incredibly fascinated with the importance and effects of good parenting. With this film, I wanted to explore a father’s effect on his son—especially, when the son knows his father is deeply flawed.”


Parker Hill is a NYC based writer/director who has a proclivity for wordplay. She recently graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a focus on producing and directing. Parker co-wrote, produced and edited the short film, BANDITO, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Parker is also an analogue photographer whose work has been featured in several online magazines including Satellite Journal, Splash and Grab and Son of A Gun.

Evan Ari Kelman is a New York City filmmaker with a passion for creating emotionally powerful experiences for audiences. Kelman’s latest narrative, BANDITO, held its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. For his work on this thesis film, Kelman received the 2015 Wasserman Award for Best Directing from NYU. As a freelancer, Kelman has directed content for Foot Locker, Converse, Uber, and Chevrolet. His most recent advertisement, “The Push” for Foot Locker, aired nationally on ABC and ESPN2 in November 2015.


Monty Renfrow – Andrew
Roger Grunwald – Richard
Laval Alsbrooks – Gurad


Parker Hill – Director/Co-Writer/Producer/Editor
Evan Ari Kelman – Co-Writer/Producer
Jacob Baker – Producer
Andrew Corkin – Executive Producer
Bryan Reisberg – Executive Producer
Debby Hill Levine – Executive Producer
Maria Rusche – Cinematographer
James Newberry – Composer
Michael Coffman – Sound Designer
Jon Simon – Production Designer
Adrian Anaya – 1st Assistant Director
Brit Bucklee – Unit Production Manager
Emma Seligman – Costume Designer
Christy-Diane Smith – Hair and Make Up
Eric Perini – Gaffer
Sebastian Grove – Key Grip
Adam Mantell – Best Boy Grip
Jonah Best – Best Boy Grip
Pierson Andreas 1st Assistant Camera
Mary-Clare Plaschke – 2nd Assistant Camera
Evan DeVitto – Production Sound
Joe Gawler – Colorist
Harbor Picture Company – Color Correction



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