Film grants 2015

The Davey Foundation welcomes the following filmmakers into their grant-winning family:

A. Stephen Lee graduated from Loyola Marymount with a BA in Film Production and is working on an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing at Columbia University.

Stephen’s short, The Sound of Coins Hitting Brass, follows Manuel ( 10 ), a Filipino-American who accompanies his enigmatic father, Andres, on his gambling binges. When Manuel’s gambling-addicted father loses money playing mahjongg, he drags Manuel to his mother’s house so he can cover his losses.

Having not seen his mother (Lorna) for some time, Andres tries to ease their relationship letting her spend some time with her grandson Manuel. Manuel and Lorna bond, which makes it all the harder when Andres forces Manuel to steal some money from her purse. When Andres is unsuccessful in distracting Lorna from the act, Lorna catches Manuel. Having broken her heart, Lorna figures out Andres’ true intentions. Lorna slaps Andres and kicks both of them out of her house.

Lauren Wolkstein was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,”  and has screened films at many festivals all over the world, including 3 shorts at the Sundance Film Festival, and 5 projects at SXSW, including her thesis film Cigarette Candy, which received the Best Narrative Short Award at SXSW in 2010.

Her short Beemus: It’ll End in Tears is part of a larger original series called Collective: Unconscious, in which five different filmmakers will adapt one another’s dreams into films.  Each dream episode will be presented to the filmmaker whose dream it originally was.  All five filmmakers will be interviewed upon initial reaction of their dreams being interpreted by another filmmaker. This project is the first season of a larger series. Lauren imagines this series as a modern Twilight Zone for independent filmmakers to experiment and play with form and content.

Ted Schaefer has been acting as 1st Assistant Director on assorted films since studying film at Syracuse.  His short, The Zeno Question, follows disaffected college student Patrick as he tries to create meaning out of what he sees as the meaninglessness of higher education…all through the philosophy of Zeno.

Nick Dixon is a Utah resident who studied film at Brigham Young University.  His short Mine is about a shepherd in the Gaza strip who finds himself trapped on a land mine in the desert with little hope of escape.